We did the Uluru sunrise and cultural experience tour which we booked directly with ATT who do most of the tours for the Ayers Rock Resort hotels, 05:45 pick up from the hotel. You need to pay an extra $25 (= £14, at today's exchange rate of 1.8) each on the day for your National Park entry tickets but you can buy them as you board the coach.
The hotel offered a breakfast box for morning departures which I personally felt were massively over priced ($26 = £14 at today's exchange rate of 1.8) for a tiny croissant, a muffin, a small juice box, a bottle of water, a breakfast bar, chopped fruit, and they said fresh fruit, but we just got a box of raisins).
Our driver (John) was fantastic. Really informative, helpful and fun. As it was early, he didn't blast us with information, just a brief intro to the trip and some light local music to ease us in to the day. The viewing platform was about 20 mins drive from the resort, but as you approach you get the most incredible silhouetted view of Uluru.
On arrival at the viewing platform you get a free tea and coffee. Then there is a short walk in the dark up to the platform. It was winter, but it was cold! Some people had blankets with them, which was a great idea. It's quite a big area, so lots of places to stand and watch the actual sun rise and how the colours change on beautiful Uluru.
You get about 20 mins after official sunrise before you get back on your coach and there is then a short drive round to the climb point. They do allow you to climb if the weather conditions are safe, but you are encouraged not to. One of our party did want to try, but it was closed. Upon arrival I think he was quite relieved as it is seriously steep! You get a 10 min or so stop here.
Then another short drive round to a different side of the rock, with some stories about the Aboriginal people and their traditions. Then a short walking tour around part of the base of the rock - this lasts just over an hour. You see a watering hole, cave paintings, hear more stories about the history and geology of the rock and can obviously get some stunning photos.
Next stop was the cultural centre, where unfortunately you are unable to take any photos, due to the agreement between the Government and the Aboriginal people. But there was lots of information, a nice little cafe and gift shop. We even saw some young Aboriginal women painting some traditional pieces on to canvas.
There are a couple of outdoor toilets stops on the trip and the coach has a toilet too. The coach is fully air conditioned/heated and comes with free wifi.
We returned to the hotel around 11am, so all in all were out for around 5 hours.
We loved this trip and would doit again in a heartbeat. It was really good value too @£65 each.
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