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Voyages are the operator who run all of the accommodation at Uluru (Ayers Rock). There are two main accommodation areas. Ayers Rock Resort and Longitude 131.
Ayers Rock Resort
Ayers Rock Resort is not one property. Rather it is a series of accommodation options in a large compound for visitors to the rock. Prices vary from $400-$500 a night for the most luxurious property down to about $50 a night for camping areas. The following accommodation options exists at Ayers Rock Resort.
- Sails in the desert (approx $550 a night)
- Desert Gardens Hotel (approx $500 a night)
- Emu Walk Apartments (approx $500 a night)
- The Lost Camel Hotel (approx $400 a night)
- Outback Pioneer Hotel (approx $250 a night)
- The Outback Pioneer Lodge (approx $50 a night)
Longitude 131° is an opulent desert camp located very close to Uluru. In fact it is the only accommodation around Uluru that allows you to see the rock from your bed.
When we say “desert camp” we use the term very loosely. It is more a permanent camp comprising 15 luxury safari style tents that radiate out from a central lounge area names “Dunes House”. The rooms are well appointed, and this is one of Australia’s most expensive resorts. And tent is not the right word to describe the accommodation. The only thing that these rooms share in common with a tent is perhaps a canvas roof. Beyond that the rooms are air conditioned, with timber floorboards, stunning balconies and every conceivable facility you would look for in a 5 star hotel. This property is a perennial favourite here at the Australian Traveller offices and prices are around $2,100 per couple per night.
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AT Reader Sue Rea from Galston in Sydney tuned in to Australian Traveller on the radio, then found herself having the birthday treat of her life at Uluru. Five-star camping in the blazing Red Centre My husband and I just returned from the most wonderful weekend. I was looking for something special to do for my 50th birthday and didn’t really want to do the party thing, but was at a loss as to a memorable alternative. It was a Tuesday afternoon when I was in the car and I heard your regular segment on 2GB with Chris Smith and...
AT reader, Edith Butler recommends the luxury resort Longitude 131 near Uluru in the Northern Territory Why brave 39-degree-plus heat and pay vast sums of money to stay in a tent in the middle of the desert? After travelling Europe many times and not having bothered to see my own country, the time was ripe to see Uluru. And while staying there in almost unbearable heat, why not try and treat ourselves to a little luxury? This explains why we stayed at the very fancy – and very expensive – Longitude 131. After being met at Uluru airport by a...
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