Camping Under the Stars

Sleeping in a Swag and Camping Under the Stars at Uluru

Picture yourself settling down for the night beneath the shimmer of a million stars. Instead of shutting out the world with curtains or a tent, you allow yourself to become a part of the natural landscape. To be at one with the incredible surroundings. To soak up timeless scenery that is like nowhere else in the world.

This is exactly how it feels to sleep in a swag beneath the stars at Uluru. It’s one of the best ways to really feel like a part of the landscape. Sleeping under the stars you’ll immerse yourself in its picturesque backdrop.

After a day spent exploring the landmarks that pepper the area, unwind with an open-air barbecue. Reminisce on your visit to the rugged peaks of Kings Canyon and the awe-inspiring Uluru. Marvel as the land surrounds you changes colours as the sun sets on the horizon.

Then, when the sun has disappeared completely and the swathe of darkness and silence envelopes the surroundings, you can tuck yourself into a comfortable swag. Stare up at the mesmerising stars until you fall asleep.

What is a swag?

A swag is like a large sleeping bag, but it’s made from strong canvas and features a comfortable sponge-like mattress. Swags have been used by Australians for years, providing single person accommodation that can easily be carried through the bush.

Within your swag you place your own sleeping bag and pillow. This provides a much warmer experience than sleeping in a tent and the inbuilt mattress provides comfort. Swags are the most popular form of sleeping equipment in the outback because they are like mini-beds beneath the stars.

When you think of the outback you might think of wild animals and insects, but you needn’t worry. The outback is actually the best place to indulge in a bit of outdoor sleeping because the dry air means there are no mosquitos. Plus, very few animals trundle through the barren landscape after dark. In fact, sleeping in a swag beneath the stars can be an amazing first-time camping experience. It offers the chance to soak up the eternally clear sky, surrounded by ancient rock formations and new-found friends.

How to set up a swag

Setting your swag up for the night is super easy and only takes a few seconds! Guides will be on hand to help you, but check out the video below for some pre-tour research.

As the campfire begins to simmer down for the night, the stars shine brighter. And so, set to the soundtrack of rustling nature and the gentle breathing of fellow travellers, you can marvel at the incredible display of nature that characterises this hugely popular and historic part of Australia.

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