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Alan N

Alan N

USA

Jul292007

Tour/Activity

West MacDonnell Ranges Half-Day Tour with Optional Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
The West McDonnell tour was well worth the trip. We drove with good commentary from the bus driver and walked between the Standley Chasm. We saw several black-footed wallabies at Simpsons Gap. We talked to everyone in the tour group and met someone from England who accompanied us on the Desert Park tour in the afternoon. We had a great time observing the native habitat of flowers, trees, and bushes, as well as birds, emus and kangaroos.

Jul272007

Tour/Activity

Uluru (Ayers Rock) and The Olgas Tour Including Sunset Dinner from Alice Springs

Alice Springs, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
We had a good time, but the trip was a little too long for my wife and me. We were picked up about 5:30 a.m. and dropped off close to midnight.

Dinky, the singing dingo at Jim's Place, was a hit during the morning stop. We enjoyed company of all those on the trip from many different countries. Uluru was massive and imposing and became an instant hit with the tour group. I wanted to walk around Uluru, but the tour guide only gave us 45 minutes at each trail. The climbing portion was closed this day. The dinner was so-so; we had cold cuts and wine. The crowd was a little overwhelming since they expected to have over 400 people to view the sun setting over Uluru. Generally, people were nice, but a few crowded in front of our tour group to take pictures.

The morning tour guide gave us better cultural information along the way and seemed more friendly. The afternoon guide brought us to the Olgas immediately, so we didn't stop for lunch until 2 p.m. after we had seen the Olgas. We had 30 minutes at the Cultural Centre and Cafe and maybe could have used a couple of more minutes there to see more of the cultural part.

The long trip back was tiresome, and we mostly slept except for one pit stop. At the beginning of the return, we did see red kangaroos and several other kangaroos on the road.

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