The sunrise and sunset are always the highlight of any red center trip and below were our favorite tours to experience this incredible experience
Night at Field of Light by Camel
The tour starts with a transfer to the Camel Farm. Here you are given a little background on the history of the camels and shown how the facility operates – ie how they make their own saddles, how they catch the camels. You are assigned a Camel and assisted on getting on to it. The guide then leads you on a meander along a track from the farm to the location of Night at Field of Light dinner. I must say I really enjoyed the Camel ride. The pace was slow and it was very relaxing to just walk through the desert, listen to the sounds and enjoy the scenery with Uluru in the background – highly recommend adding the Camel experience either to the FOL dinner or elsewhere in the itinerary. The guide was also very informative on the history of the Camels in the desert and their importance in the existence in the building the Red Center.
We were the first to arrive at the FOL Dinner location and were met as we dismounted by a server with glasses of Champagne – nice touch.
We walked to the viewing platform of the facility and chatted with the other guests from the Camel ride and slowly the coaches started to arrive and the platform filled up. The sun set and canapes and drinks were offered by tray service and at a bar which was set up.
Once the sun has set, you are ushered down a path and seated at the dining area. Seating is communal style at large round tables, everyone was chatting and it was a nice experience to learn about other guests and their travels. The food is buffet style and plenty of choice and delicious. Once all the food was finished, they turn off all the lights and you are sat in complete darkness and you then realize how amazing the stars are out here. A resident star talker goes over all the constellations with a laser and give you some mind dizzying facts about the night sky. This was done in a very entertaining and comedic manner. Finally you are ushered to the FOL exhibition where you can walk through at your own pace. At the end of the walk coaches are waiting and you are transferred back to your hotel. A very enjoyable night and highly recommended. It was very cold and I’d recommend you bring some sort of sweater regardless of the time of year.
Picked up in a comfortable 4WD space shuttle looking van – large glass windows for good viewing. Vehicle sat approx. 18, but only 6 passengers the day I toured. First stop was the location for Tali Wiru. A private setting on a sand dune (drop toilet facilities onsite – v.clean). Was a little walk up a dirt track hill from the vehicle to the platform. Here we watched the sunrise and had a nice breakfast of Egg and Bacon rolls (freshly made by onsite chef), tea, coffee, juice, pastries and fruit. We were here for approx. 1 hour. Views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta were nice.
The rest of the tour was spent circumnavigating the rock in the vehicle with a few stops and short walks. The guide was very informative and knew a lot about the cultural side of Uluru, wildlife and botany.
There was also a stop at the end of the tour at the Cultural Center which is a very interesting a informative facility. Overall a good tour which I would recommend. The tour took 6+ hours, very thorough and enjoyable.