My savior has arrived, he only took until day 3 to get there, but he was cooking up eggs and bacon for breakfast. After five straight meals of toast, cold sandwiches and student food, only one thing can make this right, and that is a proper breakfast the morning before a 10km walk, and what a smell to wake up to at 4:45am, but bacon and eggs. And then the disappointment to realize that this is the guide for the other group that is at the site next to us.
Another meal of toast would await us at the sunrise viewing area that morning.
On the plus side we were the only other tour group at the parking lot and that is where I took the best photo of Uluru I ever could have imagined. Find it at the Uluru page.
I think waking up at 4:45am for the sunrise was worth it in the long run, especially since it was an empty parking lot all to ourselves. Up next, the Uluru Base Walk.
As for the tour, we were dropped off at the section of walking path that we ended on from the previous day. In total the rest of the walk took about 2 hours. Also find the whole set of Uluru Base Walk Photos.
Making way to the final stop on the tour we had an emergency on the road. It was a Thorny Devil that the tour guide picked up from imminent death to show us. Then like a group of rabid paparazzi we took photos of the scaly celebrity and sent it on its way.
With one last stop on The Rocks tour we went to a camel farm. The place had all sorts of caged Outback animals from Camels to Dingoes, Emu's and everyone's favorite, the Kangaroo. Camel rides were $6, for those that are feeling like splashing out.
The three kangaroos brought the official Kangaroo sighting total up to 10. We weren't able to hold then though like we did in Coober Pedy. But alas, after a quick 30 minutes and 4 camel rides we made haste back to Alice Springs. And that was The Rocks Tour.
There you finally have it, the same Uluru tourist photo that 400 tourists take every single night of the year.
So in the end, was The Rock Tour worth it? Yes. I would say the tour was worth $295 + $25 + $10. There are not many other affordable ways to do all three sights and then to have a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide on top of it. It was hard at times, but I do look back with fond memories, great photos and a hankering for bacon.
That said, I say if you enjoy your creature comforts you should consider saving up for a couple more days to buy the tour with extras such as eggs and bacon for breakfast and Champagne at night. Or maybe a bed instead of field mice. But if you are hard up for cash, you can sleep easily skipping King's Canyon. The Olgars and Uluru However, are not to be missed. After all, Oprah has been there.
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