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“A comfortable rest-stop”
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Erldunda Roadhouse
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A comfortable rest-stop”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

A sprawling complex some 200 kms south of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, at the turn-off to Uluru, offers a range of good clean basic motel rooms - no frills, utilitarian materials throughout, but adequate in all respects. Has an associated tavern [don't expect Michelin rated dishes, its pretty cafe basic], fast food diner, service station and a small provision shop.
I have stayed here several times over past 5 years; I have only used the rooms to sleep in and not sampled the resort facilities, but the room offering has been consistent. Tip: diesel [my 4x4 fuel] seems usually about twenty cents a litre more expensive here than Alice Springs to the north or Coober Pedy to the south - filling up elsewhere will be easier on the pocket.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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darwin
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Lost a tire on the highway towing a 20ft cabin cruiser, then got a puncture in the spare. This happened on a bend and we just had to pull over and stay there. Went back to the roadhouse and was told by the Asian woman, "Yes we have tire, you come back tomorrow and we sell to you"! No we need a tire now and we can't leave a boat on the highway where it is. " No you stay, we have cheap room $160. night .Men finish at 3.00pm so no tire now, you come back tomorrow". Are these people crazy!!! No-one can leave anything on the higway over night or it would be destroyed then burnt. If you are going to buy Rd Houses in the outback, learn the Aussie way. People die out there and when they need help they can't just come back tomorrow! 1 of us drove to Alice, where aussies helped us no end.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 days in August to visit the Rock and the Olgas. Not flash but clean and comfortable. The food from the roadhouse take away was very good. There were not very many people staying when we were there, however I could imagine that if the place was full it may be a little uncomfortable. The squeaky floor takes some getting used to. Overall I would recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We were afraid the trip from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs through sealed roads was too long to be done in ne day, so we decided to sleep in Erldunda Desert oaks resort. It is located in the crossroads of Stuart & Lasseter highways.

The rooms were clean and strangely similar to the ones we had stayed in at Uluru and Kings Canyon (only here we paid half the price). Their restaurant is ok, good breakfast and snacks. We enjoyed their swimming pool, it is the best way to cool down after a long drive in the outback.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Ok, your are in the middle of nothing, and the very good review is not about the room of the motel, neither the bar/resto or the amenities, but to the fact this place fit perfectly in the trip.
We decide (my partner and me) to visit Uluru, so to enjoy it the best we plan to fly to Alice springs and then drive to Uluru with one night stop in Erldunda end one after in yulara before to leave from Yulara airport.
What to say about the place: had everything you need after a long drive, before another long drive, and if you see as it is will be probably the most funny part of your journey, even more then the 5* we stay the next night.
Ok the place is a little creepy, wall and floor made strange noise, but is clean enough, the staff is really "Friendly" or at least they try to be... and you will keep forever the picture of this place.
Oh.. The food was Ok and the beer cold.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Xi'an, China
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

The motel room had everything one would need, though the walls were thin enough that I could hear the bloke in the room next door scratching his posterior in bed. I didn't mind so much because we had our screaming infant in tow. The swimming pool would have been a welcome relief in the summer, but in July it was just a large plastic bucket full of icy water.

The bar was something else - a very competent and customer-focused manager called Jewel looked after us really well, and had an obvious banter with the regulars. (Though I have no idea who the regulars were, since there didn't seem to be anything at all for hundreds of kilometres in any direction.) The roast was tasty enough and reasonably priced. The sign on the door warns that persons without shoes, shirts or those of an unacceptable level of personal hygiene will not be admitted; I worried that I would be thrown out because I sometimes forget to wash my hands after going to the bathroom, but apparently that's not what they meant.

If you're heading to Uluru from far away - say, Coober Pedy - it's worth stopping here, then making the drive in the morning, staying there one night so you can get two full days in the park and only pay for one night of overpriced accommodation in Ayer's Rock Resort.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Sf Bay Area
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I spent one night here in a powered campground site after returning from Kings Canyon. The facilities are decent. Bathrooms are clean (and free), there's some grass & trees near all the camp sites, and the (not free) wifi worked relatively well. Definitely not the worst place to stay if you're driving through the area.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Erldunda Roadhouse
Address: Corner Stuart & Lasseter Highways | (P.M.B. 25), Erldunda, Northern Territory 0872, Australia
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Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre > Erldunda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Erldunda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Erldunda Roadhouse 3*
Number of rooms: 59
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