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Last updated: 23 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

After a few hours in the desert, travellers find themselves craving for something lush and green. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Desert Gardens Hotel: an oasis in this harsh yet beautiful arid landscape.

This mid-size hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens, and is the only  hotel within the Ayers Rock Resort that has guest rooms with views of Uluru. Rooms are a touch corporate, but all have their own patios (some with that extraordinary view).

The location is also excellent, with shops, cafes and other facilities on the doorstep.

Surrounding area

Desert Gardens Hotel is one of several properties clustered around the Ayers Rock Resort town square in Yulara. Around the square, there’s a modest collection of cafes and shops – there’s also a cashpoint, supermarket, post office and tourism office. A free shuttle bus operates in the resort, with departures every 20 minutes.

Yulara is a settlement consisting of a few low-slung, modern buildings, a few gum trees and plenty of red dirt. While busy, Yulara is rarely crowded – it’s a different story at Uluru where the carpark is packed with campervans, coaches and hire cars.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Free on request
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Northern Territory, Australia

The large red flat mountain at sunset.

The place to come for the Australian outback experience – jaw-dropping geological formations (including world-famous Uluru), sleeping out in swag bags, sampling bush tucker, and connecting with authentic Aborginal culture.