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Travel and accommodation in Uluru


Posted: November 29, 2018 14:03

What’s the best way to travel to Uluru?

Uluru is around 450 kilometres from Alice Springs, and there are plenty of ways to get here – you can fly, drive or join a tour.

▪    Flights – you can catch a flight to Alice Springs from Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Cairns and Sydney. 

Or you can fly directly to Yulara (Uluru), a purpose built tourist settlement 8 kilometres from the entrance to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Flights to Ayers Rock (Uluru) depart from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns. Search for budget airlines like Jetstar and book in advance of your trip

▪    Drive - hiring out a car to drive to Uluru can help you to save money. Hertz Australia is a good cheap option, but make sure to shop around first! This way you can explore Australia’s outback and drive along the famous Red Centre Way, seeing Uluru, Kings Canyon, the West MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs.

What’s the best place to stay on a trip to Uluru?

You cannot stay within the National Park itself, and the nearest free camp is at Curtis Springs Station – 85 kilometres away from the park.

▪    Yulara – Ayres Rock Campground is a cheap place to stay here. There are cabins and places to pitch tents and park campervans, both powered and unpowered. There are plenty of facilities like a camp kitchen, laundry facilities, a shower block, swimming pool and Wi-Fi service.

▪    Alice Springs – Alice’s has no shortage of hostels and budget friendly accommodation in the quaint and quirky town (we recommend the YHA, Alice Secret or Jump Inn Hostel), with many offering free parking and reasonably priced dorms and doubles, swimming pools, garden, kitchen, BBQ area and Wi-Fi. Take a look at the wide range of budget accommodation in Alice Springs on TripAdvisor.

▪    Ayers Rock Resort – this is a twenty - minute drive from the national park and provides you with all your accommodation needs, with a supermarket, choice of restaurants, not to mention a hairdresser and spa. There are a variety of accommodation options available to suit every taste and budget – from the premium Sails in the Desert and Desert Gardens Hotel, to the self-contained Emu Walk Apartments, Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge, and the aforementioned Ayers Rock Campground.

▪    Ultimate luxury – for those not on a budget or willing to splash out there’s Longitude 131 – the ultimate in luxury accommodation, with private, tranquil and luxurious spaces located on a desert basecamp.

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