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“What a way to start the day - not to be missed”

Desert Awakenings Tour
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Yulara
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Owner description: Experience the tranquility of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Then watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdropTravel away from the crowds to a secluded sand dune to watch the spectacular sight of sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. In the company of your expert guide and with no more than 11 other passengers, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region.Sunrise and bushman's breakfast: arrive at your private dune top viewing area well before the sun breaches the horizon. As your traditional bushman's breakfast is being prepared over the fire, your guide will explain the retreating star scape above. Enjoy a cup of Billy Tea and Damper as you watch the sunrise over Uluru and the vast landscape stretching as far as the eye can see. After breakfast your guide will explain the natural history of the region, and as the daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night.Cultural Centre and Uluru: next depart for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the first stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu (Aboriginal people) is explained in detail. Next stop is Uluru (Ayers Rock) where you can take a short walk into Mutitjulu waterhole. A visit here will help appreciate its cathedral like proportions and why it is such a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu alike. A guide will explain some of the rock paintings and some of the stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people.Desert Awakenings is a much sought after experience that delivers insight into the ancient landscape, ecology, culture, heritage, and history of what is now regarded as Australia's spiritual heartland.
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“What a way to start the day - not to be missed”
Reviewed September 3, 2011

Desert awakenings tour was with a small group of about 8 the morning we went. Pick up was at 5.30 then off into the desert for about 45 minutes where we left our 4WD vehicle and climbed up a sandhill( a very easy climb) to where we spotted some sparks in the dark, which turned out to be a fabulous fire pit with a roaring fire to warm our frozen hands and feet as it was VERY cold. We were served piping hot coffee before climbing further up the sandhill to a clearing where we had a fantastic 360 degree view of the desert in all its glory, Uluru on one side and Kata Tjuta on the other, where we stood and waited for the glorious sunrise. After taking many photos we descended to the fire pit for more coffee and were surprised to be offered BBQ egg and bacon rolls on freshly cooked damper rolls, just what we needed and they were delicous. After we had filled out tummies we piled back into the 4wd all full of the wonderful sites we had just experienced of the desert awakening around us, the birds and other wildlife, the sun waking the wild flowers, etc. - what an experience. Then it was off to 'THE ROCK', about a 45 min drive where we were given a wonderful lot of information from our fantastic guide Brenton, who had amazing knowledge of the area and its history and local aboriginal lore. We stopped at the base of the rock where there were some people climbing, not recommended by the aboriginal people, before moving on to the Kuniya carpark where we walked the short track to the Mutitjulu waterhole, home of a wanampi, an ancestral watersnake. Brenton told us the wonderful story of this area and how it got its name etc. We were thoroughly impressed with Brentons knowledge, he told us some great stories and helped us understand a lot about the aboriginal people from this area, we certainly left there with a much greater understanding. This trip was one of the best we experienced, and it should not be missed. There are aparently lots of other trips into the desert early in the morning, we met lots of people who had been on them, but not seemed to compare with this one. We booked through Ayers Rock Resort and the tour was called Desert Awakenings, if you book see if you can book with Brenton as your guide he was sensational. Cheers H

Visited September 2011
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“Organised and informative”
Reviewed August 24, 2011

The campfire breakfast set us up for a good day. The weather was kind and you can't better the view. Our guide was informative on local custom and law, and explained the flora and fauna on the way. He was able to explain on the level of the younger members of the small tour party, which impressed our grandson.

Visited August 2011
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“Escape the Crowds at Uluru”
Reviewed August 11, 2011

Desert Awakenings is a small guided tour which starts with a viewing of dawn at the rock and then goes on an interpreative tour all the way around it before ending at the cultural centre and a photo session from a platform near the highway.

There are many dawn tours, but this one is relatively small and private. There was one other family with us as we waited for dawn on a lonely sandhill well away from the hustle and bustle of the tour busses and cars.

You get to have breakfast of egg&bacon roll with damper (bread) cooked over an open fire in a camp oven. The local birdlife share breakfast with you.

The guided tour around Uluru, learning about the aboriginal Creation mythology is probably the best part of the tour. Mutitjulu waterhole in particular - and its story - is inspiring.

It's a great way to see the dawn and experience the rock without the hassle of crowds.

Visited July 2011
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