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Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

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Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

We will be visiting Ayres Rock from Sydney next March & we need advice. Is Qantas the best option? Rates are now posted (& are not inexpensive) but if this is the best option we will book.

Who would you book hotels with? We think we will stay at Sails in the Desert (but if others have other opinions we are more than willing to listen!!).

Which excursions would you do while there? Soundsof Silence dinner appears to be a given but do we do the helicopter ride, etc.?

Many thanks for your advice - our first time to Australia and we would be very appreciative of any and all advice.

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1. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

Flying into Ayers Rock Qantas is the ONLY option. All accomodation at Ayers Rock is owned and operated by the same company - so really it is a matter of choosing your budget option and going with that.

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2. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

AyersRockResort has a monopoly on all the accommodation there, but you can often get a cheaper price through wotif.com

Sails is good.

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3. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

Only thing is with Wotif you can only book a few weeks ahead and you have to pay up front and many of the bookings are non refundable.

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4. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

Hi,

We took the helicopter ride around Uluru and Kata-Juta and wouldn't have missed it for the world! We were lucky enough to see a small storm cell come through and "rain on the rock" :-) hope you are as lucky.

We stayed at the Outback Pioneer and it was quite ok, not luxurious but comfortable and the meals were good in their restaurant. Like the other have said the one company owns all.

Enjoy your visit,

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5. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

Virgin also flies between Sydney and Ayers Rock, so there is a choice of Qantas or Virgin.

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6. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

Unless you have time to explore websites it is best to book an airfare & accommodation package with either Qantas or Virgin. They will list the options by price which in this case reflects the standards of accommodation. When I made my visit I stayed at the Outback Pioneer. At the cheap end of the range but still 3/4 star standard and most satisfactory.

Everything at Yulara is expensive. Firstly because it all has to be flown in daily from very long distances: Sydney, Cairns & Perth mainly. Secondly because it is a monopoly.

Sounds of Silence dinner is always recommended. The afternoon tour with barbecue dinner at the Olgas is also good value along with the usual sunset and sunrise events.

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7. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

Thanks so much to all who took the time to reply. We are really looking forward to this part of our holiday and do not want to miss anything ! Please make other suggestions re: what to do once we are there.

I will look at packages by Qantas & Virgin - did not realize they were availale.

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8. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

We hired a car at Ayres Rock and while we did do the Sounds of Silence, we used the car to do sunrise and sunset at both the Olgas and Ayres Rock. For us it worked out much cheaper than taking the various tours. We also drove to the walk near the waterhole in the Rock early morning and it was peaceful and beautiful. We visited the cultural centre and some of the other sights. We loved the sand dune lookout on the Olgas in particular and were often the only ones there for periods of time.

We stayed at the Desert Gardens and that was spacious and pleasant and ate the last night in the upmarket restaurant at Sails which was (unexpectedly) very good.

www.nickbooth.id.au/Outback11/uluru.htm

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9. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

Ayers Rock Resort matched the wotif price for us (staying in a couple of months time) without the need to pay upfront & we are able to cancel up to 48 hours before.

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10. Re: Questions on visiting Ayres Rock

Yes I think if you deal directly with the hotels you can often get them to match the prices advertised by the booking engine sites.

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