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Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
Reviewed March 23, 2013

You can't expect to get much more in the middle of nowhere. Everything has to be trucked in from a distance so getting a clean place to stay at a relatively reasonable price was worth it. Beware that the outback pioneer is on the opposite side of the ring road to the resort centers hub of shops and services so if you'll need to either wait for the shuttle bus (15-20 mins) or walk 10 mins in the hot sun. The rooms where clean, there was a fridge, t.v., everything worked. Beware of ants on the pathways. The outback pioneer has the benefit of having the best dining option, for value, in yulara. I'm sure the resorts are better, but for the price ($10-20 per person), it can't be beat.
In the center of the ring road are walking paths in the red sand, and an elevated area from where you can see ayers rock (uluru) from. Nice viewing at sunrise and sunset. The front desk can assist with times. It's also a great stargazing place, amazing stars. That is a must for any city dwellers as it doesn't get much more isolated, yet close to your room, than this. If you plan to do this, however, bring a couple good flashlights and maybe your cell phones' light to light the path. Don't want to come across anything creepy along the path at night.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Daniel L, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Dear thepagemaster99

Thank you for your informative review.

It is so very pleasing to read of the pleasure you had towards your room and the facilities we have available to our guests.

I found it wonderful to read your praises especially in regards to our Outback Kitchen which is very popular with our guests. I will be sure to pass these comments onto our staff whom I am sure will be as delighted as I am.

Once again thank you for your feedback and all the best in your future travels.

Kind Regards

Daniel Lukritz
General Manager
Outback Pioneer Hotel

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

it's hard to enjoy this place (or Australia in general) based on value alone. but there is really so much more. the idea i believe is to not to stay in your room where there is nothing but a/c and bunk beds. outside there is common dining area, live music at night, pool & lounge chairs, a nice kitchen all for free. prepared meals are expensive but go to the supermarket and you can make yourself a decent meal at a very good price, enjoy it underneath the beautiful stars in the desert. Also go to the Uluru lookout area at night (the walkable one on site not the park)...the lights along the trail are sound activated and when it lights up in the pitch dark night, it looks like a little road leading to a full sky of stars, truly breathtaking and something i won't forget for a very long time. This is my favorite part of the Australian trip. I do not miss the numerous flies in the area but what a fun and different place to explore otherwise.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

My big criticism of staying at Ayers Rock is you either pay $40 per person staying in shared backpacker style of accommodation or pay over $200 a night where pricing is pitched towards you staying for 3 nights. There is nothing that provides affordable motel room style of accommodation costing under $150 per night with your own bathroom, tv and fridge in your room. On my visit here, I stayed in one of the backpacker rooms that slept 4 (2 bunks) and had to watch TV in a communal room. I don't really find it a pleasant experience using a communal toilet block, particularly given how cold it gets overnight in winter. Having a car, you at least had somewhere relatively secure to store your gear. I doubt you would get anyone rate the backpackers as excellent. The pub / diner area is not a bad place to kill time at night. If you want to enjoy your accommodation experience, be prepared to pay 5 star rates for 3.5 - 4 star motel rooms. In a world full of cheap flights and accommodation deals, combined with a high A$ and expensive price of petrol, you need to weigh up how special Ayers Rock is for your tourist calendar. While I rate climbing the rock as a special cultural experience, I can't really see myself heading back any time soon given the value offered by other holiday locations. If driving, my tip is to stay 1 night in the backpackers and cram as much as you can in your time here. Depart about 3.30pm and get a nice hotel in Alice Springs to relax.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Daniel L, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2013

Dear BalwynCalling

Thank you for review.

Ayers Rock Resort boasts a variety of accommodation options ranging from campsites and cabins through to luxury suites all of which vary in price to cater to all range of budgets. The Outback Pioneer and Lodge is readily praised for its outback inspired ambiance and its affordability and I sadden to hear of your disappointment.

It is concerning to read of your dissatisfaction with your room type. We offer an array of room configurations some of our most popular being communal style rooms as they provide the opportunity to meet fellow travellers, share stories and all at an affordable price.

Once again thank you for your feedback and all the best in your future travels.

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Daniel Lukritz
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed for two nights, Comfortable room with Queen & Single bed. Check in was quick & easy.
Free shuttle bus to get into town center but just as easy to walk. Good meals from the take away bar. Clean room, only down side is TV's are old, But You aren't here to watch TV I suppose.
Will stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Great place to stay, very friendly people, lovely pool, a great feeling resort to come back to after a long day out and about. Live music in bar/eating area and a few pool tables attract some fun :)
Rooms were basic but very comfy, not the cleanest but well presented. Girls at reception could be a bit more friendly. Got the impression we became annoying as we wanted to know more about tours!!
Food extremely expensive, way overpriced...
Would happily return to an amazing part of Australia.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. I thought at first it would be very basic but he room was perfectly comfortable for the area and price. Breakfast was very expensive - try to get it included in the deal or get the free shuttle bus down to the tiny town centre shopping area and have breakfast there. Alternatively. visit the supermarket.
We had a barbecue at the hotel in the evening because there was little else available. It was OK. I think we had kangaroo steak which you had to cook yourself. It all added to the experience and it was fun meeting different people.
WIFI was available for a small charge from a lounge area outside. Staying here was a a bit different. It was a pity the sun didn't shine at all during our stay but that's life!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Daniel L, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Dear Ibesol

Thank you for your feedback and it is wonderful to read of the fun you had meeting different people and even cooking your own kangaroo whilst staying at the Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge.

I appreciate your kind comments regarding our hotel and highlighting some of the other facilities on offer to all guests around Ayers Rock Resort .

Once again thank you for your feedback and all the best in your future travels.

Kind Regards

Daniel Lukritz
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

The hostel offers the cheapest stay next to the Ayers Rock. It's really basic and offers a free shuttle bus that meets every flight out of Ayers Rock airport. That's all for that you get for free - all other perks are payable. I didn't like that I had to wait for a bed two hours at the lobby. I understand that the check in time is at 3 PM, but it's not hard to adjust the times to the inbound flights if there are only 2 or 3 every day and two from Sydney arrive at the airport almost at the same time. I can recommend an Aussie DIY Barbacue at the restaurant. There are several types of meat to choose from. It's a nice feeling to eat a kangaroo that you cooked by yourself.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Daniel L, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Dear tygrysm

Thank you for your review.

It is wonderful to hear of the enjoyment you felt whilst participating in the cook your own barbeque experience at the Outback Pioneer BBQ Bar.

I hope that you were also able to enjoy some of the free guest activities that the resort offers as well as the free shuttle service. Our hotel check in and out times are based on both the arriving and departing flights to Ayers Rock Resort. The specified times have been allocated in order for our housekeeping and front office teams to be able to prepare the rooms for all our guests. I do apologies for your wait and please know that we do endeavour to provide an early check in service when possible however this is subject to availability.

Once again thank you for your feedback and all the best in your future travels.

Kind Regards

Daniel Lukritz
General Manager
Outback Pioneer Hotel

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Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia (Formerly Voyages)
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre > Yulara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
Price Range: $150 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 168
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 1/2 star hotel or 2 star lodge accommodation, from comfortable, affordable hotel rooms and budget rooms 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. 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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