Best Areas to Stay Near Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia

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Where to stay in Ayers Rock (Uluru) – A guide to Australia’s desert landscape

Uluru, also known by its English name Ayers Rock, is the largest monolith in the world.

Located in central Australia, it is a symbol of the desert landscape, prized among the biggest attractions within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Uluru is a park that can be enjoyed to the southwest of Alice Springs, in a tour through the aboriginal heart of the island-continent.

In short words, it is a large rock formation, with almost 350 meters high, and installed in the middle of the desert.

Urulu is remarkable when the surface of the monolith changes colors according to the sun’s rays, creating shades that go from bright red to silver.

It is better to visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park during the autumn or winter when the temperatures are not as high.

Several options can be considered when visiting Urulu: Travelling by train from Adelaide to Darwin with a stop in Alice Springs, or by bus, although the most convenient and fastest way is by plane.

Once at the Ayers Rock airport or the Alice Springs airport, you can rent an off-road car to explore the desert.

The best area to stay in the Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) is Yulara, the tourist town, which contains a hotel complex, hostels, camping, restaurants, bars, and shops for all tastes. See accommodation Yulara.

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia.

The best areas to stay in Ayers Rock (Uluru)

1. Our favourite area: Yulara

Yulara is a city located in the southern region of northern Australia, and about 18 kilometers from Ayers Rock.

Yulara was turned into a hotel area to protect the buildings near the park, so it was equipped with a basic structure to be the main settlement of tourism.

In Yulara, you’ll find unique styles and impressive aboriginal art, as well as unique spaces for total relaxation.

All Yulara is equipped with shops, restaurants, and high-quality services, in order to offer tourists the best opportunities for fun.

Yulara is a little, isolated tourist town, but with the advantage of having good leisure opportunities in bars and hotels of all styles.

In Yulara, the facilities of its hotels guarantee a good stay, which is why we chose it as the best area to stay in the Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock).

Where to stay to visit Ayers Rock - Yulara

Where to stay to visit Ayers Rock – Yulara

Accommodation in Yulara - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Yulara – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Ayers Rock (Uluru):

  • Close to Uluru
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Shops, restaurants and hotels

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Outback Pioneer Lodge

    The Outback Pioneer Lodge offers accommodation in dormitories with access to an outdoor pool and a shared kitchen. It provides a free shuttle service to the Ayers Rock Airport (also known as the Connellan Airport in Uluru). The transfer service is only available for this airport.

    from AU$199
 

 

 

2. Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is located at the western end of George Gill Range, halfway between Alice Springs and Uluru, about 3 hours from Ayers Rock.

The towering sandstone walls of the canyon formed when small cracks eroded for millions of years and, nowadays, they are seen as one of the wonders of Australian soil.

In Kings Canyon, you can admire the landscape riding on a camel’s back, on a safari or riding a 4×4 ATV from Kings Creek Station, an authentic working cattle station in the interior of Australia.

Here, the visitor can observe more than 600 species of native plants and animals, of which many are unique to this area.

Kings Canyon is among the best areas to stay in the Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) since it offers different accommodation options for all budgets, from deluxe spa rooms to economical ones, as well as caravan installations and camps.

Best areas to stay to visit Uluru - Kings Canyon

Best areas to stay to visit Uluru – Kings Canyon

Acoommodation in Kings Canyon - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Acoommodation in Kings Canyon – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Ayers Rock (Uluru):

  • Peaceful area
  • Cheaper than Yulara
  • Resort-type hotels

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Kings Canyon Resort

    The Kings Canyon Resort, located between Ayers Rock and Alice Springs, has 2 restaurants, 2 swimming pools and a gas station. It offers rooms located in a camp and an outdoor dining room.

    from AU$129
 

 

 

3. Alice Springs

Alice Springs the largest city in the Australian outback, called simply Alice by the locals and is located between the capital cities of Darwin and Adelaide.

In Alice, art and events are the biggest attraction, thanks to Australian aboriginal art galleries, considered the oldest artistic tradition in the world.

From the Anzac hill, you can admire the best views, you can also go to the Larapinta Trail or get to Kings Canyon.

Among the places to go shopping, there is the Todd shopping centre, the exclusive shopping area for pedestrians in the centre of the city, the only one to go to the movies or to settle in at the food fair.

You can also get on the bus that leads to the Historical Reserves of the Telegraph Station, visit the historic sites, as well as enjoying an evening in the lively restaurants and cafes of the city.

Alice Springs is among the best areas to stay in the Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) because it offers a variety of styles in accommodation that promise an excellent stay and interesting adventures.

Best areas to stay to visit Ayers Rock - Alice Springs

Best areas to stay to visit Ayers Rock – Alice Springs

Accommodation in Alice Springs - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Alice Springs – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Ayers Rock (Uluru):

  • All kinds of hotels
  • Cheap accommodation
  • Tours to Uluru

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Elkira Court Motel

Elkira Court Motel is located in the center of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and offers air-conditioned rooms with a refrigerator. It has an outdoor pool and barbecue facilities. Elkira Motel is a 15-minute drive from Ayers Rock Airport (Uluru).

from AU$109
Budget

Alice Lodge Backpackers

Alice Lodge Backpackers has a fully equipped shared kitchen, barbecue facilities, a lounge with a TV and access to a shared laundry. It also includes a safe and free luggage storage.

from AU$59
Luxury

Quest Serviced Apartments Ayers Rock (Uluru)

This 4-star hotel offers free Wi-Fi, parking and modern accommodation close to the CBD, Ayers Rock Convention Center (Uluru) and Lasseters Casino.

from AU$144

 

 

 

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