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proposed trip Melbourne-Alice Springs-Melbourne

We propose flying from Melbourne to Alice Springs in November staying a couple of days, hiring a car for a couple of days driving to Uluru and then taking the train from Alice Springs back to Melbourne. Has anybody any tips for me? Is it feasible to drive to Uluru or better to take a tour? We don't like walking. How many times a week does the train run from AS to MEL? How long is the trip and what are the standard cabins like as its an overnight trip.

Many thanks for any help

1. Re: proposed trip Melbourne-Alice Springs-Melbourne

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2. Re: proposed trip Melbourne-Alice Springs-Melbourne

surely if you have a question and you want an answer you have to tell people exactly what help you want. I fail to see what was wrong with my question. Maybe you could give me an example of what I should have said. I am quite disappointed with Tripadvisor. I always thought you were such a useful sight to have. Even though you have had your own troubles I sitll consulted you

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3. Re: proposed trip Melbourne-Alice Springs-Melbourne

I am sure others will reply but i can give an opinion about Uluru. I personally did a 3 day trip with kings canyon, but you can get tours that leave very early from AS and get back very late but personally if I was going for a look I would try to spend the night close to the rock to give you more time and more relaxation, just too far a drive for one day for me. It will allow you to do what you want rather than being with a group which likely does the base walk which you would not do.Will also want to see Kata Tjuta. Besides sunrise and sunset are both good, There is a variety of accommodation but all will be more expensive than elsewhere.

As for the train I have no experience with it, my impression is that unless you love trains I would rather spend more time doing something else and fly, it just seems quite long and maybe not interesting BUT hopefully someone with experience will post. Besides some people love train travel.

One thing about Oz, things are far apart.

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4. Re: proposed trip Melbourne-Alice Springs-Melbourne

I didn't see anything offensive either, but there are some " trigger" words that apparently trip the highly US- centric " delete" response. Try crafting your question in another another way.

I've been to Alice Springs & Uluru 3 times and whilst Uluru is expensive, it is not at all a " tourist trap". This is an isolated part of Australia where everything has to be transported several hundred Kmart and, in common with other locations in that situation where demand exceeds supply, it is a fact that prices will always be higher than in areas where that is reversed.

There are, however, less expensive motel options that suit many people.

Whether or not you would enjoy the experience of seeing one of the world's heritage sites and a unique feature of Australia, I have no idea.

There is plenty to interest the interested and curious in and around Alice Springs, Desert Park being just one. There is also a very good hop on/ hop off mini bus that provides good transport between the various places of interest. I'd I recall correctly, there are also buggies at Desert Park if mobility is a challenge.

Personally, I would not have gone to Alice Speings without going the extra miles to see Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. However, a lot of my enjoyment of those places was in being out in the fresh environment and walking around, through & up & down those ancient places. To me, they are magical, redolent with atmosphere and untamed beauty.

To others they are just rocks.

But then, this is my country and although I'm not an Aboriginal, I have a visceral connection to and the deepest respect & love for its lands.

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5. Re: proposed trip Melbourne-Alice Springs-Melbourne

Another vote for Uluru... its very unique & its not really a tourist trap at all. Its only expensive because its isolated & also because only one company runs the whole show. There are ways to do Uluru on the cheap - read the link below.

Missing Uluru would be a huge mistake IMO as its not often you get the chance to travel such a long way & be so close to one of Australia's famous icons.

Alice Springs, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon are all the main attractions in the Red Centre & if you have the time it would be a shame to miss them.

For additional info on Uluru read the link below.

tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i17672-Uluru_Ng…

Happy planning !!

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Got to love the iphone auto correct! My "kms" distance was transported to Kmart!

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7. Re: proposed trip Melbourne-Alice Springs-Melbourne

For goodness sake. NO ONE here has actually answered the question!!

The OP DID NOT ask is it worth it to go to Uluru!! Why have you all blathered on about that???

He/she is asking about driving from AS vs taking a tour and about catching the train back to Melbourne!!

My answer would be yes drive yourself to Uluru but do take some tours while you are there.

The train DOES NOT go from AS direct to Melbourne. You need to go via Adelaide and it will take at least 3days. And it only runs once a week AS to ADL. I wouldnt do it - but then i am not a great fan of train travel in Australia

Check it out here www.greatsouthernrail.com.au

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Actually, Nozzie, I was blathering on about Uluru because of the OP's comment on his other thread about giving it a miss because he felt it may be a tourist trap.

Posting from my iphone, I inadvertantly put my response on the wrong Van035 thread, or you would have no doubt gleaned my intent, incompetent and irrelevant though it may be.

Edited: 17 July 2012, 04:49
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9. Re: proposed trip Melbourne-Alice Springs-Melbourne

OK - but there were 2 other respondents who did the same thing.

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10. Re: proposed trip Melbourne-Alice Springs-Melbourne

So why is that such a big problem? Settle, petal - no doubt they were trying to be helpful, too!

Apology accepted.

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