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“Sounds of Silence. Mass tourism at its best” 2 of 5 stars
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Sounds of Silence Experience
via Yulara Drive | Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 2 8296 8010
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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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“Sounds of Silence. Mass tourism at its best”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

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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“dont miss out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010

A fantastic memory ... A must .... great atmosphere with lots of happy interesting people enjoying a spectacular dining experience ... the staff were great ...the food great (remember where you are) ...and the drinks flowing

The guided tour through the stars was delivered beautifully and the trail blazing shooting stars (x3) were included with no extra cost ;-)... there were also telescopes setup so that you could take a closer look ...

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“Its slightly expensive but once in a...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2010

Its slightly expensive but once in a lifetime type of experience so go ahead if you have the money to spare.

The food is obv not the high point here.. Its quite average..

But the experience is somewhat above average. You go and see the sunset and have champagne and starters.. Then you head for the dinner where you sit at tables of 8. Since we were a couple we had 2 other families with us and that was fun.. People from 2 other parts of the world and the conversation was good and you wouldn't encounter this except maybe at a business class airline lounge..

The astronomy tour could be interesting - but we had a clouded day and the guides laser pointer wasn't working.. So can't comment on that.

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“A Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2010

After walking around Uluru and flying over Kata Tjuta at sunset, this was the next best thing on our Uluru adventure. We had a crystal clear moonless night to enjoy the sunset view over Uluru to the sound of the Yandaki and the taste of sparkling wine and crocodile canapes. The company at our mixed table was great and the conversation flowed like the bottomless glasses of wine. The food was a good quality buffet not fine dining but tasty and plentiful. The staff were excellent and attentive. The star talker was a fine experience on such a beautiful night. My only gripe was that it ended too soon. Highly recommended.

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“One of the highlights of our holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

We booked this before going on holiday and it was expensive but worth every penny. The food was good quality (not brilliant but good) but the experience was amazing. Watching the sun go down on Uluru with champagne, eating under the stars, and a wonderful guided trip through the stars and planets with a real expert. I could see the milky way with my own nakes eyes.

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