Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock as some may know it, runs like a well-oiled tourist machine. The only lodging options are owned by the same company and are all adjacent to each other. Tours and activities run with the precision of a small Aussie army and it’s easy to feel like a cog in the tourist machine. But sometimes corny tourist experiences are worth the price, including one of my favorites, the Sound of Silence dinner experience.
The desert surrounding Uluru has a certain stark beauty to it that is easy to understand. The red dirt extends for thousands of miles in every direction, interrupted only by the odd bit of gorse or wandering camel. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we were shuttled to the dinner, but whatever expectations I had were quickly surpassed. Set up in the middle of the desert with striking views of both the Olgas and Uluru, guests enjoy one of the most unique happy hour and dining experiences in the world. It’s hard not to be humbled standing there watching as the sun sets over the ancient land, one of the most striking views you will ever see. Is the experience a little cheesy? You bet, but I’d do it all over again just for another chance at that stunning view.