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Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
Vancouver, Canada
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“Overpriced of course, but a good family option”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Sure it's overpriced, but you really need to stay at the Resort to see Uluru and the Olgas properly, so get over the price and consider staying here.

Our family of 4 rented a full 4-bunk room with its own bathroom and shower, and it was fine and comfortable. Food options for dinner were a bit limited (partly because of time of year), but again were fine if you adjust your expectations, and you can go to another hotel at the resort if you want something fancier.

I recommend booking and paying far in advance, so when you arrive, you will have forgotten how much you paid to sleep in a bunkbed and can just enjoy your time at Uluru, which was definitely worth the trip.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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mauri_vandenbosch, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Hello Finny442

Thanks for the advice left in your review for traveller to this area. I truly believe this is one of the best sightseeing location in Australia and our guest should take in as much of this area as possible. For many this is a once in a life time trip especially for those travelling from overseas.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

The resort is all owned by the same company and offers different levels of accommodation from luxury to camping. The outback pioneer is the budget hotel option but has everything you need. Clean room, helpful staff, good advice re trips. There is a shuttle bus between the various hotels and camping ground and you can eat/ use the facilities at any of them. We stayed in June--low season so the restaurant at the hotel was not open for dinner although breakfast was served here. We went to the most expensive restaurant for dinner one night--well worth it--fabulous food and loads of choice. The other night was spent at the pre-booked sounds of silence dinner--eating in the desert under the stars. Quite cold at this time of year so take fleeces for this although they do have heaters around the tables. A great experience particularly being visited by a dingo---feeding definitely not encouraged!! Plenty of trips on offer with good guides who talk about the aborigine's culture. Some visit the main centre to display their crafts and perform so you are not short of things to do. A good way to visit Uluru.. The rock can be viewed from the resort by climbing the lookouts.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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mauri_vandenbosch, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Hello sunnymeWirral

Thanks so much for your very thorough review of Ayers Rock resort and the Outback Pioneer Hotel.
The Dingo at Sounds of Silence I'm sure it would have added to the genuine experience of dining in the desert.
It is good to know however that the staff are discouraging Sounds of Silence diners from feeding them. Dingo are a wild dog and as such are unpredictable.

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Plano, Texas, USA
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Lodging in Ayers Rock area is extremely limited with owner of Ayers Rock Resort having absolute monopoly. It's only place to stay outside Alice Springs, which is almost a 5-hour drive away. Resort offers luxury accommodations all way down to basic shared cabin/lav facilities, ranging in price from unaffordable to reasonably affordable. Outback Pioneer was, I believe, best deal for money at almost $300.00 per night. Accommodations were spare but adequate. Staff was all young but professional and attentive.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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mauri_vandenbosch, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Hello mrandmrshill

Thanks for mentioning the different levels of accommodation in your review. The Outback Pioneer is the most economical of the Hotels at the Ayers Rock group. Pricing at this remote location are sometimes perceived as high, but this is due to the extra expenses involved in managing this complex in this location. As you have travelled quite some distance to visit the area I trust you enjoyed seeing Uluru and Kuta Tjuta. Once in a life time experience for most.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

The entire Ayers Rock Resort complex is owned by the same entity and offers travelers three levels of comfort for their stay (Outback Pioneer Lodge is targeted for the budget friendly crowd). The rooms here are 4 person mixed dorms in a small room. There are no lockers for each person and the bathroom is communal open-air building that is separated by a laundry room. I came here in June 2014 (Australian winter) and the most painful part of my stay was walking to the bathroom in the evening/morning and showering in the 40 degree F (~5 degree C) air.

The lodge also houses a self-cook bbq restaurant with a bar and bench style seating. At nights (since there isn't anything else to do in this area), guests can get quite rowdy and loud, which you will likely be able to hear from your room as the rooms are not insulated from sound or heat/cold.

As a solo/budget traveler, you will likely stay here because there really is no other option. The other two lodge options were 6-10x the price of Outback Pioneer, and for that price you have to decide if the shortcomings are worth paying more or not.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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mauri_vandenbosch, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Hello gnowad

As you have mentioned the Outback Pioneer Hotel and lodge is one of the best value option in the Ayers Rock complex. Comfort levels are an individual’s decision when travelling to the area based on budgets and personal needs. There certainly is a wide selection of accommodation available between the 3 hotels and camp ground.
This time of year can be cold at night for travels that are accustomed to warmer climates and I would personally suggest travelling with some warm clothing to anyone visiting the area. Thank you for your time reviewing the Hotel and I trust you had a safe journey home.
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Launceston, Australia
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Our Tour allocated one night at Outback Pioneer. Reception staff were most friendly and helpful in explaining the necessary information about the place. The room was spacious and clean, always a good thing. We purchased our dinner and lunch the next day, from the Outback Pioneer Kitchen. Reasonable prices for the location and the quality of the food was good. Very friendly lady at the. counter. A good bar nearby, also with friendly staff. Easy walking distance to the IGA supermarket at the Town Square. Our visit to Pioneer, Uluru, etc. although too short, was a most pleasant experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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mauri_vandenbosch, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Hello Skryppy7

Thanks for your kind review of the Hotel and staff. It is encouraging to read the staff were friendly and helpfully in your encounters.
My advice for visiting this area is definitely have a minimum of 2 nights, as there is just too much to fit into one.
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Blue Mountains, Australia
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We hired a car in Alice Springs and were aware that we could not book in at the Outback Pioneer until 3pm so we took our time and stopped at various places on the way and we were so glad that we did. Just to mention two places: the Mt Connor Lookout, do stop and take some photo's then walk across the road and up the red sand dune and take in the salt lake. About 10 klms up the road do stop at Curtin Springs. It is eclectic and fascinating, really, just take it all in.
Now on to the Outback Pioneer. We were about 60 klms out when my wife looked at our printed itinerary and said "what day is it?" I said it was Friday the 13th. The reply, Wow!!, we aren't booked in until tomorrow. Well there you go, Friday the 13th bites you in the bum. It was our error and we just hoped for the best. The staff at reception were fantastic, they found us a room that was an upgrade and was $50 more, this was to a Standard Room, but we would have to relocate the next day.
That evening we received a call in the room and were told that we could stay where we were and they would not add the extra onto the next day. Very nice indeed.
The room was spacious, clean and everything worked except the TV (Australia was playing in the World Cup the next morning) A call to reception had a maintenance guy at the door in 5 minutes and he changed the batteries in the remote control and that was sorted. Overall, we can only give the Outback a big thumbs up. Excellent staff, the room was good and we could park about 60 ft from the room. The price of food is high but we had anticipated that and did a bit of shopping in Alice and cut our costs down. Please remember that whatever you eat and drink has had to be trucked or flown into the middle of Australia so just get over the "being ripped off" thing, you have come to the middle of the oldest continent on earth, it's not Vegas.

Room Tip: We stayed in 209, it was quiet yet close to the pub and eateries.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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mauri_vandenbosch, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Hello TimberBlueMountains

23rd June marks 4 months now that I have been living in the Northern territory, and I must admit there is just some much natural beauty in this state. Plenty of time needed to explore it all. As you mention in your review it is definitely worth the time to stop and look at the sites such as Mt Connor.
It is good to see in your review that the staff here assisted in adjusting your booking to suit the alternative dates, and the room was clean and comfortable. More importantly that your TV was working for the World Cup match. The Aussies played some really great football!
Thanks so much for sharing your experience
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Sale, Australia
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

If you are travelling to Uluru and want somewhere not too expensive, we found the Outback nice, clean, quiet, no noise, helpful staff, great value for money. We did not get any noise from the Outback bar at night. I would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 410 so there was no noise
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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mauri_vandenbosch, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Hello 7Sue55
Thank you for your online recommendation of the Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge.
I'm glad to see you enjoyed your stay that the hotel.
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Property: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort
Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia (Formerly Voyages)
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre > Yulara
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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