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“Out of this World” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of AAT Kings

AAT Kings
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$92.36*
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Uluru Base and Sunset Half Day Trip with Optional Outback Barbecue Dinner
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Yulara
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Owner description: Want to escape, indulge, relax or explore while all the driving is done for you? On an AAT Kings Day Tour of Melbourne our friendly and engaging Driver Guides will bring each destination to life. AAT Kings Uluru Day Tours offers a range of half and full day tours that cover Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon plus a variety of Red Centre Connections.
Chester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Out of this World”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

We crammed in as much as we could in our five days at Yulara: the Sounds of Silence, Kata Tjuta and Uluru sunset, Uluru sunrise and cultural walk and Kings Canyon. Nothing in this part of the world disappointed. It is an absolutely amazing place and we wished we could have stayed for another couple of weeks, to really immerse ourselves in the Red Centre.

All the excursions were fascinating and well worth the money in our opinion. The food was good (not brilliant but always very adequate) and there was plenty of drink and nibbles with the sunsets.

We were so impressed by the AAT Kings guides and drivers who were so knowledgeable with fantastic and comprehensive information on the area, the history - both Aboriginal and settlers, the geology, the plant and animal life, Aboriginal folklore; it was a privilege to speak with them and to hear all their anecdotes. They were all, without exception enthusiastic, friendly, interesting and welcoming, particularly taking into consideration that they have to give the same stories over and over - they made it feel as if we were the first people they had told it to. If the area didn't speak for itself, the guides and drivers would do it for it. However, the area does speak for itself - it is an incredible place.

One last thing, it was a very nice touch that water bottles could always be filled up from the chilled storage on the coach. Nice to see something which isn't commercial.

Visited December 2013
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Raymond A, AAT Kings Marketing at AAT Kings, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
Hi KathrynCBCB,

Thanks for your review!

It sounds like the Red Centre made quite an impression on you, as did our team. It's such a spectacular and unique part of Australia, it's hard not to be moved by it.

We're lucky to have such a dedicated team who have such a passion & respect for the area. There's so much to explore and learn, so to have a team that are knowledgeable, friendly and professional makes for a great trip!

Thank you again for your review & we hope to welcome you on board again soon.

Safe travels,
Raymond
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Toronto, Canada
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“Quite good activity”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

Enjoyed the hike in the Olgas very much. The staff were fine. The sunset viewing spot was quite busy but well laid out and the nibbles and beverages were quite adequate. I took the dinner option and enjoyed meeting other travellers. Barbecue was varied and quite tasty.

Visited November 2013
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Raymond A, AAT Kings Marketing at AAT Kings, responded to this review, September 30, 2014
Hello Metherin,

Thank you for sharing your Red Centre experience and for sharing some impressive photos! It looks like you had perfect weather for your tour.

We're glad to hear that your tour went smoothly & that your sunset barbeque was tasty. It's always great that you were able to meet some fellow travellers and share your experiences.

Thanks again for your review & we wish you safe travels.

Regards,
Raymond
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“My favourite part of Australia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2014

Although I loved all of the parts of Australia that we visited, the Ayers Rock area was my favorite. We did the Kata Tjuta & Ulura Sunset Tour and the Ulura Sunrise, Base/Climb Tour. The sunset tour was amazingly beautiful. With the wide open landscape the skyscapes and sunset were incredible. The 36 domes of Kata Tjuta rise up out the dessert. We did the trail through the Walpa Gorge along the creek bed between two of the tallest domes. The colors and rock formations were amazing with the sun low in the sky. Fairly easy walk. Ryan and Terry were excellent guides. Afterward we went to the Sunset Viewing Area and the sky was amazing. We had the opportunity to meet some of the local (real) Anagnu Aboriginal people selling some of their original paintings. Nice spread of champagne, veggies, cheese and crackers.
Up at 3:45 am for the Sunrise Tour but it was worth it. The weather was better this morning so we had a great and colorful sunrise. Then a tour of the base of Uluru. Jamie was our guide and his knowledge was superb. He grew up in the area with the Aboriginal people so knows them, their culture and the area very well, including the medicinal benefits of all the flora. The cave drawings teach a story to future generations and were very well preserved. The Anagnu people actually own Uluru, considered Sacred Mother Earth and a holy place to them. Australia leases the land from them to welcome tours. It is a National Park and a World Heritage site and so a must-see in Australia. Again, my favorite part of the country.

Visited November 2013
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Raymond A, AAT Kings Marketing at AAT Kings, responded to this review, September 30, 2014
Dear rosie60763,

Thank you for sharing your review of the Red Centre.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta are definitely some of our favourite places in Australia as well! It's such a stunning contrast to the other regions of Australia, and indeed the world. There's also a lot of cultural signifigance to the area as well.

It's fantastic to hear that our team made the trip such a special one, and that you were able to meet with the local Anagnu people to get a true sense of the land.

Thank you for sharing your experience and some of your great photos.

Safe travels & we hope to welcome you back on board again!

Kind regards,
Raymond
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“The Big Walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

We walked around Uluru, about 12 miles due to areas that were sacred to the locals. The guide was excellent and informative. We did not like at all the flies and I do mean lots of them. Suggest strongly you buy a cheap face net at the center, you will be glad you did

Visited November 2013
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Raymond A, AAT Kings Marketing at AAT Kings, responded to this review, September 30, 2014
Hello acropolis1,

Thank you for sharing your Uluru experience with us.

We're happy to hear that your guide's knowledge made it such an interesting experience.

The flies, particularly in summer are horrendous, so your tip is definitely a good one. We hope that aside from the flies, the rest of your holiday in the Red Centre was an unforgettable one!

Regards,
Raymond
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Pokolbin, Australia
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“What a great tour group!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Amazing team! We did the sunrise & cultural walk with Ryan. He was great, so informative and personable. Very happy to answer any questions and just generally a really nice guy! The tour was absolutely wonderful, I would highly recommend anyone coming to see Uluru to do this tour! (And seriously, don't climb the rock!! I doubt you would like people climbing your church, so don't climb theirs!) I was impressed that Ryan spoke up to the ridiculous number of people that we constantly encountered who were off the path, taking photos where they shouldn't etc. It is really nice to see the guides do what they can to protect the site and be respectful. Too bad the issuance of passports don't come with a lesson in common courtesy/common sense and respect for other cultures.
We also did the Kings Canyon rim walk with Joanna. Again, what a great guide! Super knowledgeable about the area, the flora and fauna. Very approachable and happy to take a few pics of the guests :) we kept a nice pace and got 'bonus levels' for making good time. The bonus spots are worth it, so if you head out to kings canyon hopefully you have a group that's ready to move & stick together! The first 500 steps are not for the faint of heart, we did it in sections and it is tough but after that it's an easy walk and the views are worth every step!
The drivers were all great. They must take some sort of speaking classes, they're so clear; really annunciate well! Lou has the perfect voice for the morning departures, sooooothing! I think we had Andrew for kings canyon and Sid on our last sunrise run :) fantastic crew all around! Everyone had a great demeanour about them and a good sense of humour!
Thank you to the AAT team, we'll be looking you guys up as we travel a bit more in Australia!

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Raymond A, AAT Kings Marketing at AAT Kings, responded to this review, September 30, 2014
Hi Aylin25,

Thank you for such a lovely review! We're over the moon to hear that our team continues to provide such an unforgettable experience at the Red Centre.

Our team are very passionate about the region & are known for their knowledge and friendliness, as well as their respect for local traditions and culture. It's great to hear they're continuing to encourage our guests and other visitors to be respectful as well.

The Kings Canyon walk does require some effort, but is well worth it. There is also the Base Walk for those who want an easier walk with gorgeous views of the plantation and view of the rim above.

We're glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon!

Best wishes,
Raymond
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