Ayers Rock Resort

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 16:35
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We are at Ayers Rock Resort and if you are coming for a visit do not run out of grog while you are here. Takeaway beer is charged at stubby bar prices. Works out at over $40 a six-pack.

Also the amenities have been filthy while we are here. There are lots of school bus tours in the campgrounds and the toilets and showers reflect this. At $41 for a powered site a night the management has a duty of care to clean the facilities more frequently during the busy times. Going by the write ups on Badger's caravan park reports this has been an ongoing problem for some time.

A bit more competition is needed here so maybe we can start to get fair value for money.
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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 16:59

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 16:59

We were up there for a 2 weeks a couple of years ago.

Fortunately we had accommodation in a small flat in the 'residents' accommodation area, it's not on the tourist maps but it's easily found if you just drive around the resort.

Have to agree the prices are a bit of a shock. We were not classed as residents on our first night and paid tourist prices for a meal. After we got our residents cards we used the residents club and paid fairly normal prices for food and beer.

I know that a dirty caravan park can put a damper on a holiday, but get out there and have look at the sights.

Its quite interesting to take a walk around the outskirts of the resort/town and look at the minature wild life and the tracks they leave.

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Follow Up By: Member - Blaze - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 02:11

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 02:11
I agree with what your saying Boo Boo about taking a walk around and seeing what the minature wildlife tracks are left etc, but you can do that for a few dollars at Rainbow Valley.

I have to admit I'm not a Caravan Park person, prefering the real outback camping, but we will be staying the minimal time over Christmas as we have 3 exchange students with us, cost per night will be $92.00 as they are 17 and it makes them classed as adults. For $92.00 a night and us maybe having to stay 2 nights, you can be sure they are going to get sick of me complaining if the ammenities are dirty.. Don't think anyone can say they are doing it tough for a dollar in tourism lately..
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Follow Up By: Member - John G- Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:10

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:10
G'day Blaze

The issue of the cost of tourism in Australia could perhaps win the exploroz longest-Thread-of-the-decade prize. A mix of lack of competition, high demand, and restricted access, does not appear to work well for consumers. While on the other side of the coin, the risk and costs of development and maintenance in remote areas is high.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 16:59

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 16:59
Hi Peter

Competition will never happen Peter. It is something to 'grin and bear it' to see Uluru-Kata Tjuta. False ecomony to commute some distance just to avoid the CP, so no realistic options.


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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 17:15

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 17:15
Yeh, last year, we stayed there and decided to celebrate with a bottle of bubbly. No bottle shop, so could only buy it at the bar at bar prices. Cost us about $40 for Killawarra; one you can get in the bottle shop for about $10.
And there's a surcharge everywhere for using your credit card. Not happy...


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Reply By: kidsandall - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 17:42

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 17:42
If you go to these places you pay their prices. If you don't like it don't pay it. The only reason they can charge it is cause you pay it. I don't with agree with caravan parks being messy. They should be kept at a good standard all the time, but this is not restricted to remote areas, it seems to be getting more common. That is why we free camp as much as possible. We don't like paying for messy sites.

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Reply By: the redbacks - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 18:12

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 18:12
And they wonder why they can't get tourists, & people are going O/S ???

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Reply By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 18:59

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 18:59
big lesson in all this Peter: do your homework and search this site for starters. We went for the first time at easter and on searching info here took our own grog etc and actually found the facilities perfectly clean. Can't say the same for Kings Crk Station yet others think it fine. Hugely enjoyed our first trip to the Red Centre and can't wait to go again. Of course we'll spend less time at the "must see" places that do rip us off a bit (no competition) and go bush.

Use the search facility on this forum and there's not much you won't find there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter B2 (QLD) - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 06:43

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 06:43
I did refuse to pay those high prices. I'm not stingy and would have been prepared to pay a reasonable amount over the normal price, but baulk at outright ripoffs.

It was a great experience to see the Red Centre and do all the walks. We especially loved the Olgas, and felt we had the place to ourselves on the full Valley of the Winds walk.

The park itself isn't too bad if you can ignore the issues I mentioned earlier, but it hasn't made us want to stay any longer than is necessary. Going bush is our preferred option, but sometimes this isn't possible.
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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 09:36

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 09:36
The cleaning at the park is carried out by contrators engaged by the resort management company. Unfortunately the caravan park manger has absolutely no say on where, when and what the contract-tors do or don't do.
The park managers job is to run the reception and allocate sites.
The cleaning or lack thereof is appalling, but at least the BBQ's are clean each morning before you get out of bed.
They've been licked clean overnight by the Dingo's. I kid you not.
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Reply By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:11

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:11
we spent 2 years living in Yulara.. what an absolutely spectacular part of the country, magificent place to experience.
What a shame you caught it on a bad day with busloads of kids and your lack of foresight to take grog, making your stay so miserable.
I hope you can relax and enjoy the rest of your travels. :-)

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Reply By: Member - jlAU (SA) - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 13:50

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 13:50
Hi Peter
We were at Yulara 12 months ago these holidays (3 girls 1 Wife and I). We like bush camping but obviously not possible at Yulara. Our experience was great. C/van park sites were large and clean, shade for vehicle, couple of buses (no where near us), toilets/showers clean. Price for our whole family powered site $40 something ( cheapest place over 10 day trip from Adelaide). Supermarket prices comparable to home, fuel same as home. If you don't stock up on your drinks before you go then that's your fault. We were advised that Curtain Springs was a god place to stay. Glad we didn't, Too far from Yulara. Facilities were much better at Yulara C/van park and cheaper. Maybe we were there at a good time, but that was our experience, you must have been unlucky by the sounds of it. Hate people to be put off by your experience so that's why I told you mine.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 17:43

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 17:43
We also had very good stays at Ayers Rock resort, as you said good sites & amenities.
We were very surprised at how reasonable the prices were at the shops.
If you are going to compare Outback prices with city prices & whinge about it, then stay home.
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Reply By: myaussieadventure - Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 14:48

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 14:48

We are traveling around Australia at the moment and spent 4 days at ayers rock resort.
We paid $36 per night for an unpowered site. We thought it was expensive but it's also about average for caravan parks around Australia these days.
I thought it was an ok campground- nothing too flash but we found it to be clean.
However, there were also a lot of buses while we were there and noisy kids. Got to the showers aftter them one night- bad move!
They really need a separate resort for buses.

We did get to climb ayers rock and had the best time anyway :)

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