I was actually more worried about the food and showers since as I have mentioned before, the itinerary is pretty much the same. I read quite a few blogs and reviews about the different tours before settling with Emu. I am happy with my choice. With the recent opening of the Ayers Rock Airport, travelers have now more options to begin/end the tour either at Alice Springs or Ayers Rock. I choose to start mine at Ayers Rock and end in Alice Springs. That way, I save myself 6 hours in the bus from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock on the first day.
To me, the best trips are always the ones with lots of stories to tell when you return and this one is exactly that. My trip started with a little hiccup. As mentioned, I choose to join the tour in Ayers Rock so after I landed straight from Hong Kong (hardcore, right?) with my big 28" suitcase, my tour guide can't find my name on the roster. Fantastic... luckily, there was an empty seat on the tour and after a few phone calls I was able to tag along.
Our tour was quite big (18 pax) and surprisingly, half of the group are Asian girls!!! Most of them were here for their working holiday and it was great to hear their stories. One message has been consistent, Melbourne is the place to be (and Tasmania too) so I am adding this to my agenda next time I go to Australia :)
I guaranteed a lost a few pounds on this trip. Sunrise 2 mornings in a row + hiking 6 kilometers everyday. It was super tiring but a lot of fun at the same time! I ended up meeting one of the guys at the hostel in Alice Springs from the tour I was supposed to me on. He said there were only 6 of them on that tour and most of them were older. I think he will have more fun with our group but oh well.
I am very happy to check Uluru off my never-ending bucket list.