Locating the old Inland Motel Ayers Rock

Hi All,

Does anyone know if it is possible to locate where the old Inland Motel at Ayers Rock was? A family friend of my wife passed away there in 1983 (along with 4 others). As we are heading there next month she wishes to pay her respects.

Thanks
Ian
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Reply By: pmk03 - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 15:05

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 15:05
Hi
Sorry to hear of your loss.
it's not much, but this was discussed in thread no; 72640 - there were pics but they don't seem to come up now

Also I found this
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQxj92UPFP4ru3hh7lmY_oNzs6VxHNkenWoO0hOwJDUzyodN2Tntw

It's a little small but it is a map of the old Ayres Rock campground - Before Yulara
Maybe someone else will have a better copy for you

Cheers
Paul
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Follow Up By: milkieboy - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 18:52

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 18:52
Thanks Paul. Would have been great if those photos were still in the thread.
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Follow Up By: pmk03 - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 20:52

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 20:52
You could try contacting the original poster of the photos on my thread.
If he's still around he might repost them
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 21:54

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 21:54
That would be Phil G, that posted those photos.

Phil may well pick up on this thread at some stage?

David did a major upgrade on this site sometime back, and think most/some photos went bush. This may be the case with the missing images?

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 10:39

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 10:39
Gday Bob,
You are right - somewhere in the past all my Exploroz member photos got deleted. I'm away at the moment in Brisbane, but have a backupdrive at my daughter's place - will be back there tomorrow night and if I can find the photos, will reload.

Anyway, there is a map on another forum I just found:
http://www.aulro.com/afvb/general-chat/133431-ayers-rock.html
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 10:40

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 10:40
Whoops - didn't realise that map had already been posted
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 11:27

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 11:27
No worrries, Phil.

Thought that when you hadn't picked up on this thread straight away, that you must have been working/busy/camping.

Ha ha, feel like the nosey, over-the-fence neighbour: "No, sorry they're away. Can I take a message?" All spoken in a whining, nasally tone. :-)) (And no disrespect to your current neighbours, of course)

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 15:35

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 15:35
Ian,

That was a tragedy alright.

Just been looking at Google Earth and have "borrowed" an image of the Rock. After reading Paul's reply, and checking out his map, I find my initial suggestion that "everything" was to the west, and North-west of the Rock was wrong.(well, was very drunk when we arrived one August night in '74). Can remember that the campground was very close, so much so that the top of Uluru seemed to be at 30-40 degree angle from where we'd camped.

You can see the old airstrip on northern side of the Rock, which helps to correlate it with mud map supplied by Paul.



There's a faint road towards the bottom right hand corner, that may have been the old access road to the Motel? There may be some old timers up there, or perhaps one of the Rangers that could put you on the right track, when you arrive, especially considering your association with the site.

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Follow Up By: milkieboy - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 19:08

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 19:08
Thanks Bob. Yes can see the airstrip and see where the motels were located. I found a better mudmap but the hotel is not named. I wonder if it had another name as well

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 22:03

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 22:03
Thanks for the better image, Ian.

Just wonder if this map might have been drawn after the incident, and Inland Motel was in that area between Uluru Motel and the bus campground. From reading that old thread, one poster said there 3 motels, Red Sands, Inland & Uluru.

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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 15:45

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 15:45
Here is a report on the incident which says the motel was on the eastern side.

" 18th August, 1983 : Five people are dead and another 40 injured after a truck driver deliberately smashed a road train truck into the bar of an Ayers Rock motel early today. Unsuspecting drinkers had no warning as the driver rammed the truck, with lights out, into the tiny bar at 60 to 80 kmh, just before 2 a.m. Four people died instantly, and a woman died tonight in the Alice Springs hospital. The truck was driven into the Inland Motel, on the eastern side of Ayers Rock, and it is believed the driver was earlier involved in a disturbance at the motel. Police have charged the 36-year-old driver with murder."
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Reply By: SDG - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 16:12

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 16:12
Just out of curiosity, is that anywhere near the resort/camping area? Also in the same time frame was the death of Azaria Chamberlain.
Looking at old photos, these places seem much closer to the Rock than what I could see at the resort a few years back.
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Follow Up By: pmk03 - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 17:41

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 17:41
This is before the resort of Yulara if that is what you mean. It was the old campground.
Yes it was very close to the base of the rock also. Maybe only a couple of hundred meters from where I camped in jan 1983
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Reply By: Carroll - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 17:00

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 17:00
Stayed in the motel in 1980. From memory it was close to the rock. If you look on Google Earth, locate the old airstrip and go ENE from the eastern end of the strip there is a track going to an area where there is some disturbance - I think that is where the Inland Motel was located - can remember looking out of our window on a wet morning and were looking at the "Brain"
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Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 17:12

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 17:12
A mate of mine was drinking with his boss and wife at that table seconds before it happened, he didn't get hurt as it was his shout, he was at the bar.
I remember him telling me what happened, saddly he has passed on now himself.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 11:56

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 11:56
Daughters best friend Lydia was in a coma and spent 3 months in hospital. She came out all right and went on to do ok in life.
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Reply By: craigandej - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 20:05

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 20:05
Hi,

Im sure the site is now part of Mutitjulu community. Access is restricted.

Regards
Craig
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Follow Up By: noggins - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 21:00

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 21:00
Not really stopped from going there , 'cos some people died there.
If you approach the Elders Respectfully you will certainly get permission to go there , and even get shown the exact sites.
Be respectful and don't show pictures of the event if you have any.

ZZ
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Reply By: milkieboy - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 08:58

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 08:58
Thank you to everyone for the replies. From further investigation and from the information here I am starting to think it is within the Mutitjulu community. We will be there in 3 weeks so will see about access when we get there. Once I get back I will update the thread just in case other people are interested.

Ian
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Reply By: Chris B38 - Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 07:28

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 07:28
I think you'll find the site of the "Boomerang?" Hotel now lies within the off-limits" Mutitjulu and/or the Park Ranger residential area.

Sounds like your friends might have been involved in the terrible event where the truckie decided to take revenge on the decision to refuse him a beer - leading to him smashing the truck through the front bar.

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