Day 1: Ayers Rock above and below
To truly appreciate the color and scale of Uluru, take to the skies with a helicopter flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta (a.k.a. the Olgas). These natural wonders are truly breathtaking. You'll see Uluru and the magnificent red desert all the way to the striking rock formations of Kata Tjuta. You won't be able to resist taking some spectacular aerial photographs!
You've seen that natural wonder from above, now see it from…camel? That's right, spend your first afternoon and evening on a sunset camel ride, accompanied by an expert guide who will show you the desert wildlife and plant life, and regale you with stories of the region.
Day 2: Aboriginal culture and wonder
One of the most amazing things about Uluru is the way it magically changes color throughout the day. To admire its kaleidoscopic nature, take an Aboriginal Uluru Sunrise Lira Walk. You'll get to experience a magical sunrise overlooking Uluru and the Liru Walk, you'll retrace the path of the Liru Ancestors and hear the tragic fate of Lungkata (Blue Tongue Lizard Man). You'll also see demonstrations of ancient bush skills – and learn a few yourself! This can take a few hours so spend the evening relaxing at the Ayers Rock resort and ruminating on the legends around you.
Day 3: Art – and the art of silence
Art and folklore abounds in this area. Why not spend the morning taking an Aboriginal dot painting workshop? Head to the Uluru Cultural Centre for a fascinating introduction to Aboriginal art with Aboriginal artists. You'll complete your own painting to keep as a memento.
Okay, we've saved the very best 'til last. Spend your last evening with a heavenly restaurant experience when you dine under a million stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence Dinner. You'll travel to a secluded formal dining setting in the middle of the desert, to sip champagne and dine on Australian delicacies as the sound of the didgeridoo fills the air and the sun sets slowly over Kata Tjuta and Uluru. Afterward, a star-talker will take you on a tour of the southern night skies. Dreamy…
Anyone who spends the time and money to travel to Uluru and does not go to this dinner will have missed a truly wonderful experience. The service, the food, the social experience and most of all the emotional aspect of this dinner all combine to make it a delightful evening. Do not miss it!
Reply by Viator, April 2013
Doing what: Uluru and Kata Tjuta Tour by Helicopter from Ayers Rock
This was probably the highlight of our trip to Australia !!!! - and the only and best way to experience the awesom grandure of this area and the size of Ayers Rock. Our pilot was GREAT -and very knowledgeable about the history of the area -which added immensely to the enjoyment of the Tour.
This is where I checked off "seeing the Southern Cross" from my bucket list! We had such an enjoyable evening and recommend that if you make it as far as Ayers Rock, then you absolutely must book the Sounds of Silence dinner. I am a bit picky with what I will eat so Kangaroo and Crocodile were avoided but there was plenty to drink and eat of all sorts; however, you do not attend this dinner for the food. Make plans to attend if you have a desire to see stars and a part of the universe you can not normally see if you live in the northern hemisphere or in any city where there is simply too much light. The astronomers were informative and we learned how to find land (sky)marks in the southern sky. There is a good telescope to see things up close once the lecture is over. On our remaining nights in Australia and New Zealand, we were able to find the stars, galaxies, and planets that we learned about at the dinner. This is a MUST DO on your visit to Ayers Rock.