Ayers Rock Resort

Desert Awakenings Tour


Experience the tranquillity of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. In the company of your expert guide and with no more than 15 other guests, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region.

Watch the distant domes of Kata Tjuta come into view and enjoy a traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee and homemade damper with Golden Syrup in the open air. 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.

This is the perfect photo opportunity to capture the desert in its purest state so make sure you have your camera handy.

Once the sun is up, enjoy a guided tour at the base of Uluru. First stop is Kuniya where you'll take a short walk to the 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 (local Aboriginal people) alike. Your guide will explain some of the rock paintings and stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people. Next stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu is explained in detail.

You can purchase dot paintings, carvings and souvenirs as a reminder of your morning, or simply grab a final coffee before you head back to the resort.

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.

Please note that children ages 5-15 years are welcome and child rates apply, however this tour is not suitable for children under 5.


  • Personal group guide (maximum 16 guests)
  • Travel by bus along isolated desert tracks to our private sunrise site
  • Light breakfast
  • Billy tea and bush damper
  • Return transfers from all hotels

Tour Departure

  • Pick-up: approximately 1 hour 20 mins prior to sunrise each day (times are seasonal)
  • Duration: approximately 5 hours
  • Operates: daily

Please confirm your pick-up time with the tour desk or your hotel reception 24 hours prior to your date of departure.


 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015
Adult$168 per person
Child (5 to 15 years inclusive)$130 per person

Note: The Desert Awakenings tour price does not include the $25.00pp National Park Entry Fee ticket. National Park tickets can only be purchased from the National Park Entry Station, and are valid for 3 consecutive days. Entry to the National Park is free for children under 16 years of age.

Guest cancellation within 24 hours of touring, incurs a 100% cancellation fee.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend Travel insurance. Guests should be satisfied that their chosen insurance cover fully meets their personal requirements especially in respect to inclement weather, personal injury or illness. The Voyages Travel Centre can assist you with travel insurance options, please contact us today to find out more.

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