Wake up with the desert

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, 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.

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.

Suitable for children 5 years and over.

Tour departure approx. 30min to 1 hour prior to sunrise, depending on the time of year.

Tour duration approx. 6 hours

Note: The sunrise viewing area is set on top of a dune with a 250m gradual incline on soft sand to the top. This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs.

From $193/ adult$148/ child

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Tour includes:

  • Private remote sunrise viewing site
  • Interpretive tour at the base of Uluru
  • Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls
  • Homemade damper with syrup
  • Brewed coffee and selection of teas
  • Professional tour guide
  • Visit to the Cultural Centre
  • Return transfers from all hotels
  • Tour departs Approx. 30min to 1 hour prior to sunrise, depending on the time of year.


Open indefinitely

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