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Tips on Avoiding Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Tourist Traps

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Tourist Traps

Uluru is the name of a large red rock in the Australian desert and it’s considered to be one of the world’s natural wonders. However, because of it’s remote location, choices are few and prices are high.

Limited Accommodations and Amenities

There’s pretty much only one choice if you want to stay anywhere close to Uluru. All the accommodations in the area are owned by one company which also owns the shops and restaurants. They have varying levels of accommodation ranging from resort to camping. The price to stay in the rooms of any of their properties can be very prohibitive for some people. The restaurant’s food is said to be heavily overpriced, though the food is very tasty. The resort is actually very nice, but if you insist on staying there, book as early as possible to get the best deal. Other alternatives to lodging include booking a hotel in the nearest town about 85 to 100 kilometers away, Curtin Springs, and driving in yourself. To save on food, try packing some of your own foods and drinks before you get there.

Drive Yourself Instead of Taking a Tour

Though it is tempting to forgo a rental car and rely on tour companies to drive you to and from the most popular areas, it might be better for you to rent your own car instead. You are pretty much at the mercy of the tour companies once you get there and don’t have your own car. Some companies charge a lot of money and are not reliable. Reports of breakdowns and missed opportunities, such as missing a sunset or sunset trip, are not unheard of. There have been some reports of drivers asking passengers for more money for park entrance fees or fuel taxes. If you’re fairly easy going, have a lot of time, and things like this don’t bother you, then the convenience might be worth it. However, a rental car may end up being the same price overall and you get to come and go as you please. When you finally get to Uluru, stay in designated areas, but step away from the crowds for your own private time.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about tourist traps in Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock).

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