Sounds of Silence. Uuru
Just did it beginning of Nov 2010. We got picked up by a coach, two other coaches full of other guests were right behind us. That with the type of people who greet you in the language of their home country, wear safari gear and cling on to their handbags since the world is so dangerous and you never know...
We were sitting right behind the driver, someone over radio told him how bored she is of waiting for tourists. Nice. Have to say the driver was very friendly though.
Take your binoculars so that you are able to have a good look at Uluru and Kata Tutja while sipping sparkling wine.
Guests had to sit at big round tables in groups of ten. Scenery is nice, but you can't really enjoy it since there are so many people around you. The evening is maybe more suited to the tourist who tends to get a bit anxious when let of a leash and left without a tour guide.
Dinner was ok, nothing out of the ordinary but some food. Table by table was asked to the buffet at a certain time. Very off putting. But then again, if you are into group travelling, you don't know it any other way and won't experience it as awkward. Not very cool if you are in the last group, since everyone else had already had their hands on the buffet.
During 'feeding time' some guy played the Didgeridoo for a couple of minutes.
The commentary about the night skies was rather disappointing, not really that informative but brief. I expected to hear and learn something from it.
Then we were taken back to the pick up point.
I am clueless about how they made it into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame. Reckon it is fairly easy to get it awarded.
In case you are are a fan of big group travels and don't feel comfortable enough doing things on your own on vacation, go for it. This is your tour.
If you love nature, open spaces and silence and if you are interested in the night skies do not even think about attending 'Sounds of Silence'.
This is mass tourism at its best! The cost p.P. with 115 EUR/GBP 99 appeared rather inexpensive, considering how overpriced Australia is in general (has got nothing to do with the current exchange rate).
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