A highlight of any visit to Australia’s Red Centre, the Sounds of Silence is an unforgettable way to discover Uluru (Ayers Rock). From watching a romantic sunset over this nature's made landmark to dining beneath the desert's bright stars—it’s an outback experience like no other.
The Sounds of Silence experience begins with a sunset viewing of Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), accompanied by sparkling wine and canapes. Next, tuck into a delicious barbecue buffet dinner, while enjoying live didgeridoo and Aboriginal dance performances. The evening is capped off with a desert stargazing session.
To make the most of your time in Ayers Rock, opt to combine a Sounds of Silence dinner with a day tour of Uluru or Kata Tjuta and admire the landmarks up close. Alternatively, visit as part of a multi-day tour, including popular activities such as a sunrise Uluru viewing, a hike around Kata Tjuta and the Walpa Gorge, and a visit to Kings Canyon.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Dinner options include traditional bush tucker (native Australian foods) and meats such as crocodile, barramundi, and kangaroo. Vegetarian options are also available.
- It can get chilly in the desert at night so bring warm clothing.
- Sound of Silence tours are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to make this clear at the time of booking.
- The Sounds of Silence experience lasts around four hours.
How to Get There
The Sounds of Silence dinner takes place at a viewing area in Yulara, 11 miles (18 kilometers) north of Ayers Rock (Uluru). Tours typically include pickup and drop-off from Ayers Rock hotels.
When to Get There
The Sounds of Silence dinner is available year-round, but advance bookings are always recommended. The best time to visit Uluru is from May to September, when the cooler weather is more suited for hiking and sightseeing tours, but evening tours can get cold at this time of year, so be sure to wrap up warm.
Exploring Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluru is the star attraction and there are numerous ways to explore. Enjoy a sunrise viewing from the purpose-built observation deck, follow the scenic Uluru Base Walk, ride a camel through the desert, or take a Segway tour to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. You can even soar overhead on a helicopter tour. Another highlight of the park is the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and visitors can admire the scenery from the Kata Tjuta Dunes viewing platform, follow the Walpa Gorge walk between the two main domes, or tackle the more challenging Valley of the Winds trail (a 3-hour circuit).