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Desert Awakenings Tour

Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 2 8296 8010
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This is one of the best tours to do.

We loved this tour, it was so special to head out before light, although it was cold, you totally... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Helen S
Ocean Grove, Australia
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Gavin P
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Experience the tranquility of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Then watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdropTravel away from the crowds to a secluded sand dune to watch the spectacular sight of sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. In the company of your expert guide and with no more than 11 other passengers, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region.Sunrise and bushman's breakfast: arrive at your private dune top viewing area well before the sun breaches the horizon. As your traditional bushman's breakfast is being prepared over the fire, your guide will explain the retreating star scape above. Enjoy a cup of Billy Tea and Damper as you watch the sunrise over Uluru and the vast landscape stretching as far as the eye can see. After breakfast your guide will explain the natural history of the region, and as the daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night.Cultural Centre and Uluru: next depart for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the first stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu (Aboriginal people) is explained in detail. Next stop is Uluru (Ayers Rock) where you can take a short walk into Mutitjulu waterhole. A visit here will help appreciate its cathedral like proportions and why it is such a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu alike. A guide will explain some of the rock paintings and some of the stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people.Desert Awakenings is a much sought after experience that delivers insight into the ancient landscape, ecology, culture, heritage, and history of what is now regarded as Australia's spiritual heartland.
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Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 2 8296 8010

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this tour, it was so special to head out before light, although it was cold, you totally forget about it when we were taken to a private dune area to watch the sunrise, the breakfast was really good, very tasty and the place...More

Thank Helen S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our travel agency pre booked this tour on our Alice Springs / Kings Canyon / Uluru drive holiday. We had Todd as our guide and he was fantastic. He is well qualified knowledgeable and friendly. Todd explained the history of the rock and was attentive...More

Thank Gavin P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an incredible experience we shared as a family on this personal, informative and completely thoughtful and sensitive tour of Uluru. Our driver and guide Toby was truly excellent and gave an wonderful insight with information and stories for this land. Highly recommend

1  Thank jp2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was chilly before sunrise-- heaters were a big help. Breakfast was good and the sunrise was as beautiful as expected. Things really got rolling (pun intended) on the tour to Uluru. Our tour guide, Toby, was fantastic. It is not as simple as giving...More

4  Thank keithkelly13
Reviewed 17 June 2017

My husband and I booked this sunrise excursion not knowing exactly what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed this trip, despite the early wake up after enjoying the sunset dinner and Field of Light the night before. They picked us...More

3  Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Early start to see the sunrise on top the private viewing platform at Tali Wiru. Amazing view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the distance. Freshly cooked breakfast of bacon and egg and pastries, as well as hot coffee and tea. Our guide Amy was...More

1  Thank yul-ian_seetheworld
Reviewed 10 June 2017

We enjoyed a very early morning tour to Uluru with our guides Toby and Sarina. Their knowledge of the culture was very comprehensive.

1  Thank Jameslr47
Reviewed 5 June 2017

After a very early collection from our hotel in a comfortable 4x4 bus we were taken into the Park ($25 if you haven't already bought a pass) and then cross-country to a high dune with viewing deck, breakfast table and a distant view of Uluru....More

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Reviewed 2 June 2017

This was a fantastic tour. Great food and views. Serena was a very knowledgeable guide. The dune where we had breakfast had great views over area then we had a great informed tour around Uluru

Thank Tracey R
Reviewed 30 May 2017

It was a wonderful tour beautiful breakfast , but most importantly our guide was Sarina was FANTASTIC .She was friendly /upbeat/ smiling continually /very patient with the children in our group / she showed a great respect for the land owners and was an had...More

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Suzanne K
21 March 2016|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
No the Desert Awakenings doesn't include a hike around Uluru, the tour bus drives around the Rock and stops a few times including the cultural centre where you can hire a bike. Other tours that include the 13km walk are... More
16 December 2015|
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Response from G A | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm! February is probably not the best time to be anywhere in the NT. Temperatures go very high ( 40c + ). If you have been able to arrange a tour take the advice of the tour guides. I should imagine that the very early... More
19 October 2015|
Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
They really have it down to a fine art-explain your situation when you book, they could give you a shorter tour!