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Desert Awakenings Tour

Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 2 8296 8010
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Desert delight

Really enjoyed this 6 hour tour. Whilst extremely cold watching sunrise, it eventually warmed up... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia

Absolute highlight of the trip - if you only do one experience then this is the one to do. If you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Waikanae, New Zealand
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Experience the tranquility of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Then watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdropTravel away from the crowds to a secluded sand dune to watch the spectacular sight of sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. In the company of your expert guide and with no more than 11 other passengers, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region.Sunrise and bushman's breakfast: arrive at your private dune top viewing area well before the sun breaches the horizon. As your traditional bushman's breakfast is being prepared over the fire, your guide will explain the retreating star scape above. Enjoy a cup of Billy Tea and Damper as you watch the sunrise over Uluru and the vast landscape stretching as far as the eye can see. After breakfast your guide will explain the natural history of the region, and as the daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night.Cultural Centre and Uluru: next depart for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the first stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu (Aboriginal people) is explained in detail. Next stop is Uluru (Ayers Rock) where you can take a short walk into Mutitjulu waterhole. A visit here will help appreciate its cathedral like proportions and why it is such a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu alike. A guide will explain some of the rock paintings and some of the stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people.Desert Awakenings is a much sought after experience that delivers insight into the ancient landscape, ecology, culture, heritage, and history of what is now regarded as Australia's spiritual heartland.
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Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 2 8296 8010

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed this 6 hour tour. Whilst extremely cold watching sunrise, it eventually warmed up. There was plenty to eat at the 'light breakfast'. We really enjoyed our visit to Uluru and learning more about this incredible rock. Our guide Serena was excellent. Very friendly...More

Thank MegDaz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolute highlight of the trip - if you only do one experience then this is the one to do. If you are really lucky you will get Toby as your guide. He is the icing on the cake.

Thank Huias218
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was the highlight of our trip. Thr tour guide, Toby, was knowledgable and friendly. He ensured that he spoke slowly and enunciated well so that the non-native speakers could also understand him. He also did small things like offering to take pictures which...More

Thank TavishiKHANNA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite the early morning departure (6am) this was the highlight of our trip. Our small group of 7 people enjoyed a freshly prepared breakfast (fruit, pastries, bacon & egg roll, tea & coffee) whilst watching the sun rise over Uluru. We were then driven to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely the highlight of our stay in Uluru. My 2 daughters and I had the most amazing time on this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Uluru. From the incredible sunrise, the delicious breakfast, the morning visiting the Rock and various viewing...More

Thank Virginia1960
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour is a must do. After a 5.30am pick up you are driven to a remote sand dune with 360 degree views, for breakfast and sunrise. You aren't standing out in the sand, this is a purpose built platform complete with tables, chairs and...More

Thank Jacqui H
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Big Thanks to Serena who was a great guide for the morning. It is the most perfect way to start a morning in the Red Center. A delightful breakfast full of pastries, fruit, bacon and egg rolls and topped off with a delicious damper. Definitely...More

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We spent our entire morning with Serena Soon discovering Uluru and it's history, it was absolutely amazing! Serena is an incredible guide, she know everything and take here time to explain all the stories, we really enjoy our time with her! We only had a...More

Thank Marie R
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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

We recently visited Uluru for one night and were lucky enough to have booked the desert awakenings tour to watch the sunrise over Uluru. Our host was Toby, whom we can't recommend highly enough. He was welcoming , accommodating and full of wonderful knowledge and...More

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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

I did this tour to get a better appreciation of Uluru. Viewing the sunrise on a crisp, foggy morning and watching Uluru come into view as the fog lifted was breathtaking, but better than that was our guide Toby, who was nothing short of excellent....More

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21 March 2016|
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Response from Jameslr47 | Reviewed this property |
We were there in late June/August and found it quite cool but enjoyable. The Desert Awakening was probably the most enjoyable. Getting to the site area for breakfast and viewing was an easy walk with plenty of time for a... More
16 December 2015|
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Response from G A | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm! February is probably not the best time to be anywhere in the NT. Temperatures go very high ( 40c + ). If you have been able to arrange a tour take the advice of the tour guides. I should imagine that the very early... More
19 October 2015|
Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
They really have it down to a fine art-explain your situation when you book, they could give you a shorter tour!