Where do you stay when you go to Uluru?

Where do you stay when you go to Uluru?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 09/02/2022

Reading time: 4 mins

Uluru, also referred to as Ayers Rock, is one of the most incredible, recognisable natural wonders of the world. The giant red sandstone formation sits in the centre of Australia, and is the beating, spiritual heart of Australia’s Aboriginal culture.

It’s hard to say which is the most impressive part about it. Is it the fact its 550 million years old? Or that is sits 348m above ground? Or is it the rich indigenous history with ancient wisdom and countless stories passed down through generations? Magnificently, it’s all of it.

Whilst climbing the rock is banned, there are countless activities around the region that allow you to fully experience the ‘Red Centre’.

Cultural tours and guides, walking tours, camel or motorbike rides, sunrise and sunset walks, outdoor dining experiences, skydiving… there is something for everyone here. The dome rocks of Kata Tjuta (also known at ‘The Olgas’) are 40km from Uluru and are stunning to see glowing as the sun rises or sets.

Make sure you have time to visit Kings Canyon too. Located in Watarrka National Park, it is a 3-hour drive from Uluru and has unbelievable walking trails – the most famous being the Rim Walk that can take up to 4 hours but is 100% worth it – and tracks for 4WD adventures and accommodation options.

But the question remains, where do you stay in Uluru?

And honestly, it’s a loaded question, and the answer depends on your budget, the length of your stay, and of course the desired accommodation style.

If you’re a camper, or are open to being one, you are well and truly in luck. It is important to note you cannot camp within the National Park directly, however Ayers Rock Camping Ground is only 20km from Uluru itself. The camping ground near Uluru is hands down one of the most outstanding places to set up a swag and sleep under the millions of stars above. The remote landscape changes colour throughout the day and being simply in the moment, in the elements surrounded by this unparalleled beauty is bucket list type stuff.

You can also bring your caravan or motor home, or stay in one of the air-conditioned cabins. Be sure to book in advance to avoid missing your spot.

The camping ground has swimming pools, bbq and laundry facilities, and a complimentary shuttle to take you to the town centre for restaurants and supplies.

Camping just not your vibe? You’ve got options.

While there is a clear reason camping is the preferred accommodation style when visiting Uluru, it of course is not suitable for everyone. Luckily, there are a range of accommodation styles available that level up your stay from a swag or tent.

You could stay in an Inn, a local pub, an apartment, a 5 star hotel or an eco-lodge. Whilst some of these options won’t have you quite as close to the magic, the uninterrupted landscape means you’ll still have special views from wherever you choose to stay.

Like the camping grounds, hotels and pubs that aren’t within walking distance usually will offer shuttle services to bring you closer to Uluru, so be sure to ask about this.

Uluru is one of those very rare, special places that will change you when you visit. However you choose to spend your time there, it would be impossible to not have many moments of peaceful silence and serenity, gratitude, reflection, and feel genuine awe about how beautiful the earth can be. A truly unique and loved part of Australia, a visit to Uluru will be a visit you’ll want to talk about and remember forever.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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