Uluru Tours

May 26th, 2004, 04:09 PM
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Uluru Tours

can anyone recommend which sunrise and sunset tours to sign up for (going on honeymoon in 2 weeks and will be at the rock for 2 nights. We are planning to the Sounds of Silence Dinner one night and would like to see Uluru up close and wander around it at sunrise and then I guess do the Olgas the following sunset.

I saw someone recommended the camel tour - (a) did it hurt and (b) did it including wandering around the base and if not how would one go about that ....

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May 27th, 2004, 08:27 AM
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No one calls it Uluru except the tourists. It's Ayers Rock. Even the local aboriginies call it that. Oh, and for the record, aboriginies affectionately refer to themselves as 'abo's and not 'koori's. Only tourists again and white aboriginies in suits who deal in native title claims are pedantic like that.
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May 27th, 2004, 12:59 PM
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dovebear,
Pay no attention to the race-baiter, who is clearly not interested in trying to help you with your travel plans.

We went on the Kuniya Sunset Tour of Uluru, with Anangu Tours (http://www.anangutours.com.au/). The Anangu aborigines (that's how you spell it) that served as our tour guides were quite knowledgeable and informative.

AAT Kings runs a nice Kata Tjuta (I guess that this is what only tourists call it. Of course, it has always been known as The Olgas) afternoon sunset tour and dinner.

Can't help you with the camels!
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May 27th, 2004, 01:44 PM
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Dovebear, I have no idea about the camel tours that may be available at Uluru. However, I can share my experience of a camel ride in the countryside outside of Melbourne, which I enjoyed a lot.

A large family group of us went out on camels for several hours. The ride through the bush was interesting. We saw a variety of birds and some kangaroos.

We stopped in a forest half way through the ride, and the camel driver made a Billy Tea for us. That is, he made a fire from sticks and branches, boiled water in a billy can, and then threw some tea leaves into the billy can. He served the tea with his wife's homemade scones (kind of like North American biscuits) and her homemade jam.

The story about the jam was interesting in itself. The camel driver gave camel dung to a nearby farmer who gave the camel driver and his wife fruit in exchange. The camel driver's wife used the fruit to make jam, which was served to camel riding guests and which also was available for purchase. It was delicious, and we bought a couple of bottles of it when we left.

The camel driver was very knowledgeable about the bush. He told us a lot of things about the natural surroundings, about the habits of camels, and what it was like when he and his family would go off on a week-long camel ride and camping trip during his kids' school vacations.

I can't easily separate out what it was about the experience that I enjoyed so much, the fact that the camel driver was such a friendly and interesting person and he made the bush come alive for us so much, or the camel ride itself.

The bottom half of my body did feel stiff afterwards, as it does when I've gone out for my first hike of the summer here. But I enjoyed the experience so much that I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Of course I cannot guarantee that you would find the camel ride at Uluru equally engaging.
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May 30th, 2004, 05:34 PM
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Dovebear I don't think you necessarily need a tour guide to experience Uluru. The Cultural Centre is well worth a visit and very informative. In my humble opinion, visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta becomes quite a spiritual experience (from within). The various sacred sites etc around Uluru are well signed. It's not hard to get a feel for what life was like.
I would also recommend you put aside a couple of hours to do the Whispering Wind walk (at least I think that's what it's called) at Kata Tjuta. It's well worth the effort.
The Park Rangers also offer free tours around Uluru and these are very interesting. As we traveled with children, we did not do the Sounds of Silence dinner but I certainly would if it was just the two of us.
Sunrise and sunset at Uluru is very spectacular but we visited over a couple of days too in order to experience all its colours etc.
As you seem young I doubt very much whether you would experience any discomfort after a camel ride.
One last tip - it is very bad luck to take a piece of 'the rock' with you - at the Cultural Centre you will find hundreds of testimonials and pieces of rock that have been posted back that attest to the bad luck people have experienced. I'm not normally a superstitious person but reading those testimonials - so many of them - left me wondering.
Good luck on your wedding day and all the best for the future.
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 06:15 PM
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Dove,

Alf is spot on with his recommendation of Anangau tours...very very good company that I've put many clients on and all come back with positive comments.

On the camel tour - unless I'm mistaken, I believe this is a tour offered in Alice Springs and not Ayers (or whatever the politically correct term is this week). They have tour names like "Take a Camel to Breakfast" at the Outback Camel Farm - does that sound like it?

Personally, my limited experience (as in...once was enough) of camels is that they are large, smelly creatures who can spit a great distance. That said, I have had clients who have done this tour and enjoyed it.

Hope this is helpful!

Melodie
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