Value Score Great Value!
Good For Solo
Brilliant Budget Accomodation
This is actually a combination Hotel/Hostel in the Uluru resort complex.
I stayed in the 4 bed hostel area which was great. There are also dorms. The hotel side comprises normal hotel accomodation.
The Bar/grill in the complex is great, and the restaurant is good as well.
Unique Quality: Great atmosphere
A good Campground.
A good cheap hotel located near the park in the hotel compound (all hotels are connected by bus service). The Outback offers four bed mixed sex dormitories with air-conditioning and access to communal showers and toilets. There´s a do-it-yourself BBQ, a restaurant (the Bough House ) a coffee with snacks and sandwichs (the Gecko Cafe) and a bar with live music all nights.
BUYER BEWARE - "BAIT&SWITCH" GAME!
Went online in 2009 to book 2 nights @ Ayers Rock. Outback Pioneer Lodge came up @ $176/nt. for a 4 SHARED DORM room WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM!!! Before hitting enter to make payment for the booking and accommodation described/shown in the photos, I printed off the sceens/offer made by a major in-country booking agency. I was traveling with my wife and an 86 yo lady- we don't travel rough!!! Upon check-in, was given a tiny, dirty monastic cell with toilets a 100' walk away. Had to pay an additional $30AUD a night to get the room pictured in the web listing. Unfortunately, I had failed to take the hardcopy printed from the web with me. I must say the front desk staff were very efficient in handling the upgrade.
When I returned home, I contacted booking agency and they first denied that I had booked a room with Private Bathroom, then when I emailed them a copy of the web listing indicating "PRIVATE BATHROOM" and showing a photo of the second room finally obtained, they blamed the property for not keeping their photos/info up to date. Also, most of the emails that went back and forth with them had different first names on the replies when it was obvious through the responses that it was the same person writing them. What gives?
When Discovery Resorts was then contacted AND supplied the same hardcopy proof, they denied that I made a booking for en suite and stated that the room finally supplied was called "Budget 4 Share" and not "Dorm 4 Share" and was twice the nightly rate that I had booked. They refused to acknowledge or explain why the photos were of the Budget room on the Dorm room booking page or why the hard copy/web page supplied to them also clearly stated "PRIVATE BATHROOM" as one of the five included amenities in the room booked!!! Also, if this were the actual case, why did the front desk give me the better room for only $30 more?
In America, these tactics are called "Bait & Switch", are against the law, and are considered the same a stealing! Does Discovery Resorts have to stoop to this low behavior to make their profit margin???
There's an apparent game going on with the property name as well. Is it a "HOTEL" or a "LODGE". Depending on where you go on the Web, the names are interchangeable. Huts in the middle of scrub are by any stretch of the imagination NOT a hotel, but it does tend to divert and cloud accurate info when people research the property online. Discovery has a monopoly on the whole operation at Ayers Rock. If you book on your own, be prepared for possible games upon arrival! BUYER BEWARE!
Unique Quality: Aside from the booking "game", the facility is basic bare bones with a rather dirty common area/bar/outdoor restaurant and a very overpriced breakfast/dinner buffet indoors. Had to pay $3.80 for a tiny bag of crisps/chips at the bar to go with a $10 sandwich. Resort is a monopoly. You can take a shuttle bus to Town Centre for a few more dining options and a grocery store. We were there during the summer and came prepared with head nets for the flies. IF TRAVELING IN SUMMER, DON'T GO WITHOUT THEM OR THE FLIES WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY. If you really want to see Uluru and The Olgas, book one night and do the Olgas afternoon/Uluru sunset tour after arrival, and the Uluru Sunrise tour the next morning. You'll still have time to make a mid-afternoon flight out. It's a shame that the majesty of the absolutely amazing natural wonder must be spoiled by the "money grubbers", but other than camping or driving for hundreds of miles, you really have no other choice! In spite of all the negatives, I'd still recommend the experience!
The only hostel in Yulara
My friend and I only stayed here one night but our hostel room was clean and generally comfortable, but truthfully, I don't think we even stayed 8 hours in there, since we got up early to catch the sunrise over Uluru. We were joking that the beds were like a prison cell, since the four beds in each room are actually attached to the walls, but they were comfy enough and I was able to sleep well. Our room was a short walk from the communal bathrooms, and it was freezing in the morning, but the bathrooms were also clean. The bathrooms reminded me of the kind they have at the beach, but bigger, brighter, and cleaner, and definitely not smelly like beach bathrooms tend to get.
We were also able to book our Outback Express shuttle tickets to Uluru/Kata Tjuta park at the Outback Pioneer, which was convenient.
There was also a gift shop at the front of the hotel (but in a separate building), and I thought that everything was kind of pricey, but I ended up getting a few souveniers there.
They also have an outdoor eating area where I believe they have BBQ at night but we ended up going to the only grocery store in Yulara in the town square and getting food there to save some money. Truthfully, everything in Yulara is expensive, but I can understand why since it's in the middle of nowhere and I'm sure it costs a lot to bring everything to the resort.
Unique Quality: The Outback Pioneer is the home to the only hostel in the town of Yulara, which is the "gateway" to Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park.
Moderate hotel near Ayers Rock
We actually camped on our stay near Ayers Rock. However, as a public service, let me share a bit of hotel information for those interested in a more permanent roof over their head.
There is a tourist-entrance "gathering" near the entrance to Uluru/Kata Tjuta park. It includes shopping, eateries, internet kiosks, and hotels. The moderately priced option is the Outback Pioneer Hotel. We actually spent a little time here one afternoon waiting for our Emu Tourbus ride back to Alice Springs. Other than being pissed off at them in general because, as we were not guests, we could not purchase a cold beer in the bar, they seemed to be pretty nice folks. In fact, we'd been camping all day and the night before, and we took the opportunity to use their camping shower facilities to get nice, clean and cool...it IS a desert, right?
Unique Quality: A moderately priced hotel with various types of room, shower and laundry facilities, and a couple of eateries including a Pioneer BBQ. The food smelled pretty good, as they were getting ready for an evening BBQ as we were waiting for our bus.
Directions: Near the entrance to Uluru/Kata Tjuta park, at a place they call "Yulara"
Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge
The Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge is quite expensive, but located only 10 minutes drive from the Uluru - and of course you pay for that location.
The Lodge is part of the Ayers Rock Resort with many facilities: BBQ, restaurants, tour operators, shops and bars. There is live music in the bar every evening. The bar is the only place you can go in the evening, and you would meet a lot of different nationalities there.
We stayed in a budget room with four beds. Restrooms and showers are in a separate building - and shared with the other rooms. Remember to bring a flashlight; it gets very dark at night.
There is a free shuttle-bus from the airport to the Ayers Rock Resort.
Be careful of time to eat!
We stayed at the Outback Pioneer Hotel, a little bit far away from the Resort Centre. The hotel is ok, but the Hotel Team is awful, they rarely ask you if you need anything and they seem to be angry with you because they have to work! ONE MAJOR PROBLEM:if you arrive in the hotel after 9.30pm (common if you stay out to check the sunset) you cannot find anything to eat, anywhere in the resort!
Unique Quality: Terrible staff and lack of eating facilities at night.
Totally relaxed !
THE traditional,real outback place!
A very Aussie-, pioneer- kind of a hotel, as one expects it in the Red Center.
The hotel offers either hotel- or lodge-rooms, as well as dormitories. One feels exactly right in the real outback, as most of the food- and drink-outlets are self-serviced. The center of the lodge is dominated by a huge barbecue-area, where one gets his beer and grills his kangaroo- ostrich- or beef on a well serviced giant grill, after having visited the self-service salad- and trimmings-buffet.
There is also the "Bough House Restaurant", serving the original Aussie "tucker" .
This hotel is also perfect for the demands of families, looking for quality service in relaxed surrounds.
Unique Quality: The REAL outback-experience, either in comfortable hotel-style or in the lodge and dormitories.
A free shuttle bus circulates the Resort daily (10.30am-6.00pm & 6.30pm-12.30am) and departs approximately every 20 minutes.So all the other hotels and central places of Ayers Rock Resort can be reached easily.
Best deal at the Resort
In the outback you are very limited on lodging options. We wanted to stay at The Lost Camel but there was no space. We booked a private room at The Outback Pioneer Lodge. The room actually sleeps 4. ( we paid for all of the beds to have a private room). There were some bugs crawling on the floor which was expected.
The pool area at the Outback Pioneer was very nice. There are also decent choices for eating. There is an area to get sandwiches, a bar and also barbecues where you cook your own food etc.
For breakfast there isn't much choice asides from a buffet which is not very good and also pretty expensive.
Unique Quality: Very nice pool. Cooking your own food is always fun. At dinner one night there was a guy playing the didgeridoo which was cool.
Play Monopoly - Outback Pioneer
If you are headed to Uluru, you have two major choices, camping or staying in the Voyages resort. The Voyages' resort is the only hotel chain in Yulara, the town outside of the national park. Luckily for you the people at Voyages realize that not everyone travels the same way, so they have actually developed 5 or 6 distinct properties there in Yulara to meet your needs.
The one that Sarah and I chose was the Outback Pioneer, which is the least expensive personal living space option. What I mean by this is that there is a camping and hostel option, but the Outback Pioneer is the least expensive that has a private bathroom.
The option that is available actually states bunkbeds as the accommodation, but if you go away from peak time, you have a good chance of getting a double bed and a single bed in your room.
The facilities were perfectly fine for three days, and the entire community becomes a small resort after the first day.
There is also a pool for swimming, a bar and outdoor community area to get a beer, as well as an outback style grill for your culinary delights.
You can also cross across the resort to the town centre and enjoy dinner at Gecko's, which you can bill back to your room. There is also a supermarket and souvenir shops located here.
Directions: Located in the heart of Yulara (its the only thing there!)
ONE BIG MONOPOLY
The entire town of Yulara was borned out to support the great tourist attractions that are Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Yulara is Ayers Rock Resort and vice versa. The entire resort-plex is made up of various types of accommodation, ranging from campling grounds, hostels to the most posh hotel you can find in a desert. It's a monopoly so prices would be more exhorbitant that you would imagined. There are free shuttle buses connecting the various types of lodging, all ending up in the middle of "town" when restaurants, souvenir shops and grocery shops all reside. I stayed at the Outback Pioneer Lodge within the resort which is catered for hostelites. You can share dorms (beds from A$40 a night onwards) or get your own private rooms (with and without ensuite) from A$154 onwards. Quite a "steal"!
Unique Quality: The view, the view, the view! Enough to wipe out your grievances on that obscene amount of money spent on lodging.
Directions: Outback Pioneer Lodge
Nice base camp
Quite a nice place to stay. Rooms were quite basic but adequate considering it's in the middle of the desert. Nice bar and communal restaurant. Our room had bunk beds and nice shower and toilet.
Unique Quality: On the complex there are a few restaurants, cafes, bars and a supermarket. Our room had a large fridge and tea making facilities. Every night there's an Outback BBQ where you can sit down and swap stories with other guests.
I think Voyages owns most of Ayers Rock - that would explain the hotel prices. I think the only bed under $100 is at the hostel (which I heard wasn't so great).
Outback Pioneer was really nice - not worth the $240 price tag in other cities, but there's not much choice in all of Ayers Rock.
Unique Quality: It's the cheapest of the hotels at Ayers Rock and is the furthest away from the main part of town. There is the free shuttle which runs about every 15 minutes.
Service was really good here. And there's a cute bar with live entertainment at night - wish I'd stayed longer to take advantage of it.
More about Outback Pioneer Hotel
Outback Pioneer Lodge at Yulara
The BBQ area at the Outback Pioneer
Campground at Ayers Rock
Is there a place to rent tents, ground rolls, etc for the campground at Ayers Rock?
RE: Campground at Ayers Rock
You may camp in the campground within Ayers Rock Resort:
I think unless you're traveling with a tour group, it may not be possible to camp within the grounds near Ayers Rock since the area is sacred....but I may be wrong.
RE: RE: Campground at Ayers Rock
The camp ground is at the Uluru village , it's not at the rock itself. This area is closed after 6pm.
This question has been asked before and I am sure you can't hire stuff for camping.
We stayed at the Outback Pioneer Hotel/backpackers place. They have dorm type rooms, linen blanketd If you need them) are supplied.
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