Ayers Rock, or Uluru as it is now called by most, is one of the more remote attractions in Australia. Located in the middle of the country, in the Outback, the whole act of getting there and back, and finding amenities – like food and accommodation — can be labeled a chore.
Even so, more than 500,000 people visit the glowing red monolith each year, making the long and exciting drive from bigger cities, or flying into the tiny local airport in Yulara.
Yulara constitutes the sole resort area for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and it is actually the only area nearby the attraction to find accommodation. As there is no camping inside the park, Yulara, just 5 miles (8km) from the park entrance, provides almost a necessary stopover for tourists at Ayers Rock.
Where to Stay in Yulara
The Yulara township was created to act as an accommodation location for tourists, and it consists of 7 different accommodation options of all shapes, sizes and classes. However, one thing generally applies to each of them: They seem to be overpriced for what they are. That said, with such a remote destination, of course running costs are going to be more than in conveniently located coastal cities.
Choose from the following:
- Voyages Longitude 131 (5 star)
- Sails in the Desert Hotel (5 star)
- Desert Gardens Hotel (4 star)
- Emu Walk Apartments (4 star)
- The Lost Camel Hotel (3 star)
- Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge (3 and 2 star respectively)
- Ayers Rock Campground
Where Else to Stay
Besides Yulara, the closest major city to Ayers Rock would be Alice Springs, and with that destination being 287 miles (462 km) away, the drive to there in a single day is often not recommended unless you have spare time to kill. We definitely wouldn’t suggest trying to do Ayers Rock in a day trip; that would most likely result in you missing out on what makes the rock so glorious: a sunrise or sunset.