Camping at Ayers Rock
Tourists should first of all be aware that they cannot camp anywhere within Uluru National Park, or indeed on Ayers Rock. Camping at Ayers Rock means staying at the campsite within the nearby service town of Yulara (Voyages Ayers Rock Resort), at Curtin Springs Station, or in the bush.
It is quite pricey to camp at the Ayers Rock Resort Campground as they charge per person, but facilities are good and tourists should remember that they are in the middle of nowhere. There are several options here, including basic tents (powered or unpowered), shared facility campgrounds, two bedroom cabins and a coach campground.
Powered and unpowered sites are the most popular forms of Ayers Rock camping, with room for around 200 tents at either. Powered sites have a shaded area and electrical outlets, meaning they are more suitable for those who don’t plan to rough it. The cabins can sleep six people and feature air conditioning and cooking facilities, including microwaves and fridges.
The shared facility site has toilets, hot showers and a swimming pool, as well as a supermarket nearby. Guests can also head next door to the Outback Pioneer Hotel for a civilized meal and a beer. Unfortunately, tourists cannot reserve camping at Ayers Rock, so it’s best to get there early to grab a spot.
The coach camping bays are for large groups and include complimentary sites for those on tours with a particular company. The site is separate to the Ayers Rock Resort, but still located within Yulara.
Another option for camping at Ayers Rock is the Curtin Springs Station, which is around an hour back towards Alice Springs. Accommodation here comes complete with free unpowered and charged powered sites.
The high-end option for camping at Uluru is “glamping” (or Galmorous Camping) at Longitude 131.