This trip was Amazing. We had a particularly excellent tour leader, driver, cook, info guide extraordinaire! I have both led and assisted in leading groups in other continents and traveled in many settings ways so know what it takes.
We slept under the stars, if preferred, I did, stayed in a bush camp, just our group. I think we lucked-out with a good group and perhaps, as another in the group said - it pays not to take the cheapest tour! In booking, I was looking for a way to get from Uluru [where I stayed 3 nights beforehand at Sails including xmas day, hired a car and did stacks of walking [and swimming] and this subsequent 4WD trip lived up to my expectations and more. I didn't want to do hotel stays and couldn't have done the back roads, which I love to do, in regular hire vehicle. I also wanted to get local info, a bit of other company yet smaller group, so this was a perfect way to feel 'outback' and maximise walk experiences - returning to walks I had done at Uluru and Kata Tjuta at other times of the day before joining this trip. The Red Centre is truly magical and so old and we given lots of wide-ranging information lots Brilliant, thank you, XJ
Great tour guide (knowledgeable, friendly). The itinerary was well planned and we saw a lot of the Outback highlights. Enjoyed the campsites (though they could use some sort of camping chairs for sitting at the fireside). On our second night we had another tour group "take over" our campsite due to a booking error. Wasn't ideal for either group especially given the tour isn't a cheap one and you always hope that things are better organized to avoid these types of problems. Despite the issues, we did enjoy our time and the scenery is stunning!
This was a great tour to see maximum in just 3 days. Alice Springs came as a surprise. Visit to Anzac hill in repeated on two days which was unnecessary. Tour driver / guides were very good. Uluru sunset and sunrise were memorable. We also got a free upgrade in our hotel at Ayers Rock resort. This tour is great because the time in well utilized from landing in Alice to departure from Ayers rock.
The parts we attended were great, but unfortunately unexpected outback rains cancelled the MacDonnells Range portion of the tour. If I had to do it over again, I would stay at the top of line hotel, because the Crowne Plaza was nice, but a little ways from downtown. We had to wade across that flooded road to get back! And since the bus ride is so long from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort, I was glad it was a one way trip instead of returning to Alice.
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