The Sounds of Silence dinner is all about eating under the stars while watching the sun set on Uluru.
For one thing it’s a chance to dress up in more fancy clothes than your normal travelling clothes. On arrival we were served canapes and sparkling wine while we listened to a didgeridoo player. He was excellent. We were given time to mingle and watch the sun setting over Uluru before sitting down to eat. Although it was starting to get very dark (being several kilometres from any artificial light) we went up to the buffet to choose what we would like to eat. On offer were kangaroo, crocodile and emu. I’m not sure if there were any other meats but they were what I chose to eat. There was also pumpkin soup with lemon myrtle. Lemon Myrtle is a very strong-tasting native plant associated with native bush tucker. It has a very strong flavour so is used sparingly. The reason I’m telling you this is that I really hate pumpkin. However I do like lemon myrtle so I decided to try the soup. There is no way I would have known it was pumpkin because of the other flavours. It was really nice. I even texted one of my friends back in Melbourne and said “Guess what I’m eating”. It has now become an inside joke between us.
It was the first time I’d eaten kangaroo, crocodile and emu meat and I enjoyed them all. They were served with a variety of salads. We also ate dessert but I don’t remember what that was. The best part was being able to eat native foods. I hadn’t had much exposure to them at that stage.
After the sun sets we were treated to a talk by a star tracker. He pointed out different constellations. It was really interesting. You can see so much in the desert with no artificial light.
Below are a few photos showing how the colours change as the sun sets on Uluru.
This photo gives you an idea of what it was like eating dinner under the stars.
If you would like more information here is the website for the dinner. I’d recommend it for anyone visiting Uluru. http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/sounds-of-silence/