If the word resort conjures up a luxury hotel flanked by sea and sailboats, try browsing through the Summer Resort 2000 brochure from Ayers Rock Resort Management. The only swimming and diving done at Kings Canyon Resort, Alice Springs Resort and Ayers Rock Resort is in the hotels' swimming pools though the resort at Alice Springs is not so parched, sitting on the banks of the Todd River.

Nestled in the red sands of central Australia's Outback, the resorts' accommodation ranges from deluxe and superior hotel style to self-contained apartments and budget lodges. Contact: travel agent and ask for the Summer Resort 2000 brochure, or visit the Website, www.ayersrockresort.com.au