Uluru, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 983

Yulara is a resort town that was built specifically to cater for visitors coming to see Ulu ¯ru and Kata Tju ¯ta. It offers excellent visitor facilities and food and accommodation for all budgets. Advance bookings for accommodation are essential.

Visitor Information

Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre, Gregory Tce, (08) 8952 5800; or Ayers Rock Resort, (08) 8957 7888.

Nearby national parks

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

    Located in the red heart of the central deserts, the ancient forms of Uluru and Kata Tjuta lie geographically, spiritually and symbolically...more

  • Watarrka National Park

    Located at the western end of the George Gill Range, Watarrka National Park is a landscape of rugged ranges, isolated rock holes and gorges,...more

  • Finke Gorge National Park

    Finke Gorge National Park straddles the often-dry Finke River, the oldest watercourse in the world, which meanders 400 kilometres before it...more

Nearby towns

  • Kings Canyon Resort

    Kings Canyon Resort, in Watarrka National Park, is an excellent base from which to explore the region. It has various standards of...more

  • Hermannsburg

    This Aboriginal community lives on the site of a former mission station established by German Lutherans in 1877. During the first 14 years,...more

  • Glen Helen Resort

    This small homestead-style resort is an excellent base for exploring the superb scenery of Glen Helen Gorge and other attractions in West...more

In Town

Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre: displays of geology, history, flora and fauna with a spectacular photographic collection.


Uluru Australia’s most recognisable natural landmark, Uluru features stunning Aboriginal rock-art sites that can be viewed on guided walks and tours around the base. These sites highlight the rock’s significance for Aboriginal people. The traditional owners prefer visitors not to climb Uluru and there are countless tales of a curse befalling those who take a piece of the rock home as a souvenir. The spectacular changing colours of Uluru at sunrise and sunset are not to be missed. 20 km SE. Read More.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre: designed in the shape of two snakes, with displays of Aboriginal culture and sales of artwork; on approach road to Uluru; (08) 8956 2214; 17 km S

Kata Tjuta: remarkable rock formations, with spectacular Valley of the Winds walk, fantastic views and a variety of flora and fauna; 50 km W. Read More.

Tours: helicopter, coach and safari tours; call information centre for bookings.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Sounds of Silence

The tourism cliché about million-star dining comes to life with Sounds of Silence, and is more an event than a meal. A ‘star talk’ by an astronomer is followed by a three-course buffet, then port and... Find out more

Pioneer BBQ and Bar

There are two dining areas at the Outback Pioneer – the Bough House restaurant, which is open for breakfast and dinner, and the Pioneer BBQ and Bar, open only for dinner. The Pioneer BBQ is very popular with... Find out more

Kuniya Restaurant

Located in the Sails in the Desert Hotel, Kuniya is fine dining at its best. The restaurant is lavishly decorated with chandeliers, flowers and artworks, fresh ingredients are flown in from Adelaide, and the menu changes... Find out more

Tali Wiru

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Campsites around town

Ayers Rock Resort Campground

The Ayers Rock campground has a very large shady camping area, with powered and unpowered sites. Cabins are also available, and there are bicycles to hire. The campsite includes a pool, 2 tennis courts and a wireless... Find out more

Curtin Springs Roadhouse 79 km

There are plenty of free unpowered campsites at this roadhouse, conveniently located on the Lasseter Hwy, 85 km east of the entrance to the Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. There are also 8 powered sites, a pub and... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ayers Rock Campground 1 km

This is a large campground with a beautiful lawn area for campers and a separate caravan and motorhome section. The park has clean amenities, a great camp kitchen and a pool, and is within walking distance of... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Desert Gardens Hotel

Desert Gardens offers a selection of rooms, some with private panoramic views of Uluru and others set in beautiful desert gardens. There are several areas to look out over Uluru and the surrounding desert, as well as a... Find out more

Emu Walk Apartments

A short walk from Yulara shopping centre, these apartments are an ideal option for groups or large families who want the comforts of home rather than the opulence of a hotel. The one- and two-bedroom apartments can... Find out more

Longitude 131˚

This award-winning destination is described by its owner, Voyages, as luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic. Certainly, camping out in the desert was never so comfortable. Luxury tents sit atop a sand dune with private... Find out more

Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge

If you are not camping, the Outback Pioneer is the family end of accommodation at Uluru. Hotel rooms and budget cabins provide two- or three-star accommodation. Facilities include a large swimming pool, tennis court,... Find out more

Sails in the Desert Hotel

Voyages’ five-star accommodation at Yulara is named after the distinctive white sails that soar over the roof. Luxury in the outback is the theme at Sails in the Desert: relax by a magnificent pool, enjoy fine... Find out more

The Lost Camel Hotel

Not only has this hotel got a great name, it’s also a reasonable place to stay. Colourful, contemporary and well designed, it provides modern, studio-style accommodation. Facilities include an outdoor pool for... Find out more

Curtin Springs Cattle Station & Wayside Inn

Part of Curtin Springs cattle station, 84 kilometres east of Yulara at the edge of Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park, the roadhouse is a good base for a daytrip to Uluru. It’s also well located to explore other... Find out more

Erldunda Station B&B

Located 200 kilometres south of Alice Springs, halfway to Uluru, this working cattle station offers accommodation in a three-bedroom cottage, near the homestead. Owned by the Kilgariff family, the station is one of the... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Uluru and Kata Tjuta 1 km

In terms of accommodation providers, options are very limited at Uluru and camping is not permitted in the park, but thankfully Ayers Rock Resort has been developed with a wide variety of options, from five-star luxury... Find out more

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