Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Yulara Drive, Yulara, Red Centre, Northern Territory, 0872, Australia | 2 star hotel
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A big red rock

A travel blog entry by jenjens456


Lazy morning in the Hilton, down for a very expensive continental breakfast in the foyer before picking up the 4x4 for the Uluru leg of the journey. We took a diversion to some meteorite craters (as you do) on a gravel road 12km off the highway, an amble around the craters edge later we were back on the very long and very straight road to Uluru. …


A travel blog entry by davidandmarlene


This morning an obviously non-discerning fellow traveller remarked to the new manager at Kulgera: 'Nice set-up you have here' to which he replied ‘I know – that’s why I call this Paradise!’ I have scarcely felt further from heaven: both of us agreed that here we have probably reached the lowest ebb in our accommodation. We …

King's Canyon

A travel blog entry by aarondownunder


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Kata Tjuta

A travel blog entry by danielriegel


If you wish, you can rise early this morning to revisit Uluru in the light of dawn, which is also dramatic at sunset but seen by far fewer travelers. As we walk near the base of the massive sandstone monolith, we can see the effects of millions of years of erosion by rain and wind. Uluru is the centerpiece of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which …


A travel blog entry by danielriegel


This morning we rise to enjoy breakfast before departing for our journey to Uluru. Early European settlers named it Ayers Rock, but it is called Uluru by the Anangu Aboriginal people who serve as its spiritual caretakers. We stop for lunch and visit Curtin Springs Station for a talk about the life on an authentic Outback cattle station before we …

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    TravelPod Member ReviewsOutback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort Yulara

    Reviewed by aarondownunder

    Short good stay.

    Reviewed May 31, 2014
    by (1 review) , United States Flag of United States

    Fun times. Like a dormatory. In a good way.
    Good bar and awesome live music.
    Bunk beds comfy.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by nosbon

    Good In Passing

    Reviewed Nov 16, 2012
    by (7 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    I'm reviewing this as someone who only really spent 11pm to 5am in the room for one night. Staff on reception very helpful. Internet a bit misleading...only working in one area of the bar, very expensive for what you get but if you've got activities planned, probably the best base available

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by gemmaanddan


    Reviewed Aug 14, 2012
    by (8 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    But I can't get over the breeze blocks walls, reminds me of halls in woolwich!!

    Romantic dinner for 2
    Petermann, Australia

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    Reviewed by mchao

    YHA in Uluru

    Reviewed Oct 23, 2011
    by (14 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    Aside from camping, it seemed like Uluru (Ayer's Rock) would be too expensive for my tastes. With hotels running ~$400/night, this is not lone backpacker country.

    Except that it is. The Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge offers YHA accommodation (bookable on the Australia YHA website). So for ~$35/night, you get a bed in an air conditioned room, access to a self service kitchen, and a swimming pool. There's internet, vending machines, and the main shopping area is across the complex (~15 min walk through the sand, or by loop shuttle bus).

    At night, you can either dine in the buffet section (pricey), order a la carte from the cafe (maybe just a bit more pricey than their counterpart elsewhere) or prepare your own food in the kitchens. Afterwards, catch at a drink at the bar, listen to some live music and head off to bed. Like all the resorts, you can book tickets/transport and tours to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) from reception.

    From the airport, a free shuttle bus meets all flights and takes you into Yulara. Tell the driver you want the Outback Pioneer and you'll be notified when you arrive and dropped on the doorstep. The same bus will take you back out to the airport at certain times when you leave.

    All in all, it's basic, but clean, comfortable and super reasonable in price, especially in Yulara, which is basically all owned by a single company and can charge whatever they want. Unless you're keen to camp or have a large group of people to rent a cabin at the campgrounds, this is the best cheap options for accommodation at Uluru. I definitely recommend it.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort Yulara

    Very unpleasant stay


    We stayed at the budget option of the Ayers Rock Resort - the Outback Lodge! and it was simply terrible. The Ayers Rock resort holds a monopoly in the area, so you are obliged to pick one of their 5 accomodation options. Therefore they can hike up prices as much as they want (we paid $82 for a 'budget room' which we shared with 2 other people, and that has no ensuite facilities!) and also as there is no other competition, they can afford to keep their standards low!

    Great Place to Stay


    The outback pioneer has all you'd ever need for a visit to Uluru.

    The rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean. you have access to all the local facilities, (both in your hotel and the neighbouring hotels), and the tour desk handles all your needs with flawless efficiency.

    Best of all it's such great value for money.

    The Outback Pioneer is a good choice at Ayer's Rock


    I concur with others who found the Outback Pioneer (OP) to be better than expected. There are no cheap places to stay at The Rock and the OP is the base level hotel at the Ayers Rock Resort. But the OP offered more-than-adequate (3 star) accomodations and we were pleased with our two-night stay in June 2004.

    More than expectation


    There is only one resort in Ayers Rock area, that's the Ayers Rock resort with several hotels in one big complex. The Outback Pioneer hotel is the cheapest option, still cost AUD186/night for a room with bunk beds and facility. We booked a bunk room with facility for AUD186 in April 2005. We were upgraded to a hotel room and it was very nice. Room 318 in one of the rustic buildings. You can't tell it has nice rooms in these motel like buildings. The room was large with 1 double bed and 1 twin bed. The bathroom was also large with a tub and shower. The toiltries were excellent, natural ingredients and smell very good. The room was so nice that we didn't want to leave. It's all about comparision. This is the outback, means there is nothing here except red rocks, dust and some bushes. We stayed at a town called Stuarts Well in the outback the night before. It was like a trailer park at Stuarts Well. So Ayers Rock rock resort was a completely upgrade. The Pioneer hotel was a pleasant surprise in the middle of the desert. The pool was very nice near our room, the buffett restaurant was expensive for dinner. The food was average. We did try the Kangaroo, very chewery. Staffs were very friendly and helpful. We had a car so going to Ayers Rock and Olgas were very conveinent from the hotel. Ayers Rock is only a 10 minutes drive and Olgas is 50 minutes drive. The Ayers Rock airport is only 15 minutes from the hotel. I highly recommend this hotel.

    Best budget hotel in uluru


    we stayed here in feb 2004 with our 2 children...the room was small but fine...it had 2 bunk beds and an adequate bathroom...still at $180 a night it seemed a lot but still cheaper than the other 3 hotels.the main thing was the AC was fantastic,the food choices were great,it had a nice pool and a car rental office.Plus there is a courtesy bus that will take you over to the stores and supermarket.

    Pleasantly surprised


    We were pleasantly surprised by our standard room at the Outback. It was very spacious, clean and COOL. We had expected a small very basic room from other reviews we had read. It's not luxurious, and the outside of the buildings looks pretty rustic, but the room we had was nice. Staff were very friendly and helpful, and the buffet dinner gave us a chance to try kangaroo, crocodile, baramundi, etc. Don't worry that you're not staying at the higher priced places here. This is nicer than it needs to be.

    Nice hotel in an overpriced group.


    We just returned from Australia, and spent two nights at the Outback Pioneer. The room was nice and clean, and the hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Recognizing that all of the hotels in Yulare are expensive (could be for any number of reasons), I would recommend the Outback Pioneer as good value. We had a room with bath, so I'm not sure whether my recommendation also would apply to other rooms.

    The cheapest option for the budget-conscious!


    I stayed here on my own on my year-long tour of Australia.

    Its the best in a terribley over-priced bunch


    Out of all the places to stay in the Yulara resort I'd have to say that this one had the best staff(friendly and not stuffy) and almost reasonably priced when it came to food and drink. The accommodation is still quite pricey if you would like a standard room but for hostel accommodation its quite alright.

    In all the whole resort is a big rip off!!!

    Nice, if overpriced, room in the outback


    I booked a budget room with bath at this property and was upgraded to a standard room. The standard room was quite nice: clean, comfortable, spacious, and modern. There was a queen bed, a single bed, refrigerator, and cable TV. The air conditioning/heating unit worked well. Many services such as luggage storage and delivery are offered. There are a couple of dining options. Personally I found that a kangaroo wrap from the fast food place and a beer from the bar make a great meal. All of the Yulara properties are extremely overpriced and I would not pay a lot of money to stay anywhere since you will be out of your room most of the time. I have heard that the budget rooms at this property are fine also.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort Yulara

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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