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All the hotels close to Uluru were fully booked by the time we made up out minds about visiting the Red Center. Fortunately, this one-day tour was a truly viable alternative. Ayers Rock is far from Alice Springs, but the tour company was well prepared for a long, stressful day for the staff. With three driver-tour guides, one was always resting, while the other two were either driving or keeping us tourists entertained with information and friendly banter. Once we arrived at Ayers Rock, we were able to see the beautiful gorge at Kata Tjuta in the late morning. The guide books recommend a late afternoon visit, but considering the time constraints, some compromise had to be made. We saw just enough of the area around Ayers Rock to get a balanced impression of the culturally important aspects of the site. We saw rock overhangs with paintings and bas-relief carvings and a pool which has ritual significance, and we were able to get up close to the rock itself. I was not impressed by the sunset meal, but the other members of our tour group seemed to enjoy it. All told, this is truly a wonderful option to the very high prices for hotel rooms close to Uluru, and we had the added advantage of being able to do some shopping in Alice Springs and to visit the wonderful museums there.
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Bit tiresome, but totally worth it.
I would do it again.
Had an amazing time on this trip it was very well organized, but also a very long day. It was definitely worth doing with a tour especially if you don't plan on renting a car because of the distance. I really enjoyed the sunset dinner and champagne while watching the different colour/hue changes of the Rock.
Long day, but great time. Our guides were awesome. Really enjoyed the short walks around Uluru.
A truly fantastic adventure. An early pick up at 6.10am followed by a 2 hour drive and then breakfast. This was typical roadside fare, Aussie style, and pretty filling. Arrived at Kata Tjuta and walked up the rock trail to have a closer look. But this is a massive rock formation and is better viewed from a distance. At Uluru there is a short walk through the cultural centre to learn a bit of local history. We then walked round the base of Uluru, saw rock paintings and heard more about the dreamtime. The BBQ was very good, so was the bubbly!
At sunset the colours of Uluru change from orange to brown and back. But truthfully, the sunset itself was much better.
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It is a long day. The drivers were delightful. The breakfast was great. The rock is very interesting. The seats were comfortable. I would recommend this tour.
We were well fed and watered the whole trip! All you need to bring is a 500 ml. bottle as they provided the water. Fly nets ,sun cream and good walking shoes are necessary. We saw all the sites as listed although I would have preferred a little more time at the cultural centre at Uluru.
The guides were informative and helpful, this was a English speaking tour and a lot of people could not understand the commentary as English was not their first language this resulted in these people talking to each other in their own language at one point I had to ask them to stop as I couldnt hear the guide.
This is the ultimate Red Centre day trip..
We drove for 4 hours through the red desert to Kata Tjuta and Uluru.
Even saw wild Emus and Camels!
The two lads who took the tour were brilliant and made sure we stayed hydrated the whole day. The bbq as the sun set over Uluru was the highlight.
Not enough words to say how awesome this trip is. It is a trip not to be missed!!
Fantastic tour. The whole experience was enjoyable, the trip, the tour guides, the food and the one and only spectacular Uluru.
A great tour to Uluru - started early in the morning and stopped smack bang in the middle of Oz for a hearty breakfast - After breakfast we continued on our journey - long straight roads and finally we saw a red rock in the distance - not Uluru so some fun had by all. The tour guides were light hearted, safe drivers and v informative. The tour around the Olgas Kata Tjuta was fantastic - some great photo opportunities. Uluru next and again commentary was v informative. Great to walk around and view this huge monolith. Then off to our site for dinner and watch the sunset over Uluru. The boys prepared a delicious meal with wine to accompany - beautiful images of Uluru during the sunset and then back to Alice Springs. Certainly recommend this trip for anyone with limited time to spend at Uluru and Olgas. Emu Experience tour guides were great.
A really great tour. I especially liked the guides/drivers. They knew their stuff and did an excellent job keeping the atmosphere light and fun. It's an early rise and a late after midnight return for the 1 day tour, but well worth it. Thanks again Mike, Pete and Eric! And of course the awesome views of Uluru and a peek into the Anangu culture was great. I'm definitely coming back to spend more time there.
An amazing day, though it's also been quite exhausting and a really long day. We had lots of fun with our tour guides, who could answer all the questions of us silly tourists. All the offered food was really good, Sunset BBQ was amazing - best view ever!!
Enjoyed the whole day with fun guides and a comfortable ride! Great experience!
Very well organized. Well-informed staff and an overall great experience. Thanks, guys!!!
Great knowledge and tour of sites. More than just the Rock but the history, of the area, plants, animals, and cultural experience was excellent. Our kids even learned something. Experience will be a great memory for our family, and happy we decided to take part in the tour.
A very long day however the tour was perfect. We were able to see all the highlights of the area. Lighting was perfect for great Ayers Rock photos. Food was also very good.
It is such a wonderful experience. I will recommend it to my friends.
What an amazing trip, and really well looked after throughout the day!
Very nice trip! The guider and drivers are very professional with lots of humors.
A bit long hours but really worth for people don't have enough time in Alex Springs
Day trip very well organised. Comments about animals, plants and minerals very reach and interesting. However we should have the posibility to have a translation in french as we noted upon reservation.
Drivers were very nice. BBQ with food and wine excellent.
Great experience, was well worth the long distance travelled.
Viewed Uluru from every angle, drivers were very pleasant, lots of toilet breaks.
WOW, what can I say from the moment I was picked up from Quest Alice Springs where I was staying to the moment I was dropped off I had a fantastic day. Emu Run Tours made the long trip to Uluru very enjoyable.Tony and Gavin the tour drivers and guides were very professional,attentive and had a very friendly manner. They looked after everyone on board. Never short of refreshments and lots of foods to eat during the tour. The best was left at the end when we all had a yummy bbq, relaxing with a glass of bubbly and watching the sunset zoom down onto the rock displaying the changing of colours, it left us all speechless. Highly recommend the Day trip with Emu Run Tours.
What a wonderful 18 hour day!!! Tony and James were the perfect guides - blending humour and information in just the right mix! It was the trip of a lifetime and we would highly recommend it to anyone lucky enough to visit the Red Center! Great food, and great company from around the world. You will not regret this trip - we are still playing it over in our minds and always with a smile on our faces!!! Thank you so much for a memorable experience! Happy Days!!!! Jan and Don from Canada
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