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“wonderful, but no stars!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sounds of Silence Experience

Sounds of Silence Experience
via Yulara Drive | Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 2 8296 8010
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Ranked #29 of 51 Activities in Red Centre
Type: Dinner Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch as the sun sets over Uluru and feel the immense quiet carried on the breeze over this ancient inland sea. As darkness falls, listen to the haunting sound of a didgeridoo and wander down to join your table for an unforgettable introduction to Aboriginal culture through traditional dance followed by a bush tucker inspired buffet dining experience under the desert night sky, with only the distant domes of Kata Tjuta and red sand for walls. Sit back and relax while you enjoy your first course. Our attentive staff will keep your glass topped up with quality Australian wine and beer so you will want for nothing while you absorb your unique surroundings and meet your fellow table guests. As the night sky twinkles to life, help yourself to an outback buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and quandong. There are salads, barbecued meats and vegetables, as well as a luscious dessert course served with Australian tawny port. After dinner, settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere. Enjoy a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee before you head back to the resort.
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“wonderful, but no stars!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We attended the Sounds of Silence Dinner and were amazed, The whole experience was wonderful, the wine flowed freely, the service was excellent and the food out of this world. It had rained just before sunset and so we were treated to the sight of a double rainbow - spectacular - but we didn't see any stars as it was cloudy.

Visited January 2014
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“Could have been corny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the camel ride to dinner and then the whole experience of the views, dance, didgeridoo,stargazing,food and drink.

The food was good, the wine plentiful and the service excellent.

A great night out.

Visited February 2014
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“Star gazing heaven! ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Deffinately reccomend this as a must do! me and my partner agreed this was the best part of our trip to Uluru. The food is nice, staff couldnt have been more friendly. We enjoyed the aboriginal dance but the highlight to our evening was the star gazing! they turn all the lights off and a lady walked round with a lazer pointing out things in the sky! We even got to see jupiter! The reason why I havent given this trip a 5 is just because of the bugs, flies and puppy dingos being pests. I would probably go back to Uluru just to do this experience again.

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“Close, but not cigar”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

My wife and I decided to add this activity as part of our fabulous vacation throughout Australia, because we thought it would be interesting to admire the rock at sunset, and see its color changing. Plus we were exited by the idea of having dinner in the middle of the desert and being able to admire the starry sky without the usual light pollution of most places.

All sounds really great in theory, but the execution was not au par with the expectations.

First, we were hoping that the site was mud closer to the rock. We were mislead in the judgment by some promotional pictures we saw about this tour, before we booked it. In reality, the Urulu is quite far and unless you have a powerful telephoto, you look at it from really far away.

Secondly, the pre-dinner reception is quite nice and the atmosphere and colors of the desert at dusk are amazing. However, I wish I knew that the place was infested by flies that keep hitting you in the face. As a result, you cannot really enjoy the experience.

Last but not least, we were a little disappointed that, the day of our tour, it was a full moon. This made the potentially interesting sky tour a much less interesting.
Obviously, I don’t expect the organizers have control over the phases of the moon, but I think that it would only be fair to their customers if they had a reduced price during full moon nights.

Overall, it was an interesting tour. The organization was flawless and the food was fairly good, however, not excellent. I only think there are some details that need to be fixed, to justify the (steep) price of this tour.

Visited December 2013
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GMSAILS, General Manager at Sounds of Silence Experience, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Simone C,
Thank you for your review.
It is disappointing to see that we were not able to meet your expectations for Sounds of Silence and I apologize that you felt mislead.
Sounds of Silence is an evening experience designed for guests to enjoy the magic of Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park through sunset and into the night. It is unfortunate that you were given information that lead you to think it was a different experience and I will be sure to address this with our team to ensure we give a correct description of the evening.
During summer we do get many hot days and flies are certainly one of the added features of this. I understand that they can become a nuisance and we endeavour to do what we can to keep them at bay. We encourage guests to purchase Desert Dwellers (fly repellent or similar deterrents.)
While we understand that a full moon does inhibit star gazing our star talkers use these nights to discuss the moon and other constellations that can be seen.
Again thankyou for your valuable feedback and the opportunity it provides us to improve the experiences we offer.
Kind regards
Leon Pink
General Manager
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“Fabulous evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

It was raining quite bad an hour before so we we're pectins cancellation, but fortunately it stopped as the bus arrived. The organisers arranged for buses to be on standby at the location just in case.
We were given canapés and bubbly as we arrived at the viewing station and watched the sun set with didgeridoo playing. Also visited by a young dog.
After the sun went down we were guided to our table. We joined up with another two couples and met four more Brits at the ten seater table.
Soup first course and buffet main and dessert was pretty good. Plenty of good wine flowed along with some port to finish.
Unfortunately the stars didn't come cone for the star gazing expert but he still passed in some interesting information.

Visited January 2014
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