We stayed in a standard en suite room for three nights will visiting Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June 2009. We paid $220/night and were horrified when we first starting looking at prices for Yulara. As usual, people told us to camp, but I'm not a camper nor do we have any camping equipment so that would have been a big investment anyway. Flight Centre and Northern Territory Travel both had 'deals' for Outback Pioneer but they each worked out to about $220/night but I can't imagine that someone doesn't have a deal somewhere. We paid ahead of time and I'd almost forgotten my annoyance when we arrived. It was a standard room with queen and twin beds and a decent bathroom. It was clean, climate-controlled and no creepy crawlies were running around so I was happy. We were warned by other travelers that the Outback Pioneer with the hotel with the bar so we'd be seeing plenty of drunken backpackers, but I found the crowd to be a mixture of older tour groups, families and backpackers and no one seemed particularly obnoxious. There are a few different food options. We ate dinner one night at a restaurant in the Yulara shopping center which was good and not crazy expensive. I forget the name, but it seemed to be the only thing open after 6pm in the shopping center, so probably not hard to find. Outback Pioneer had various dining options as well. The best is probably the do it yourself BBQ where you buy your meat at one counter and cook it yourself on the provided grills. My b/f got the 'Outback Combo' (emu, kangaroo, beef, crocodile, etc.) and was thrilled with it. Yulara is very close to Uluru and seemed to be the only place to stay unless you trek in from Alice Springs. So we found it nice enough, once you realize it's hard to stay in Yulara on the cheap at least at this time of year.
- Also Known As:
- Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Hotel Yulara
- Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Hotel
- Hotel Outback Pioneer
- Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge Australia/Yulara
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for traditional Aussie hospitality? You'll find it at the Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge - with your choice of 3 ½ star hotel or 2 star lodge accommodation, from comfortable, affordable hotel rooms and budget cabins to dormitories. This hotel is perfect for the demands of travellers looking for quality service in relaxed surrounds. This is a place where friendships are made and good times are had by all. Taste Australia's pioneering past, as you enjoy a beer and some outback delights at the do-it-yourself Outback BBQ, and swap stories of your day's adventures. Alternatively, opt for the peace and quiet of the Bough House Restaurant with a buffet dinner. The Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge is ideal for those who want to enjoy all that Ayers Rock (Uluru) has to offer. ... more less
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