The first thing you need to know is that you cannot camp within the Uluru National Park, or even on Ayers Rock. To go camping at Ayers Rock involves staying at a campsite in the nearby service town called Yulara, in the bush, or at Curtin Springs Station.
The Yulara Campground
The Yulara campground is the only camping site close to Uluru and makes up part of the Ayers Rock Resort where you’ll find five hotels, the campground, and pretty much Uluru accommodation cabins to suit all budgets.
You will find Uluru and Tjuta within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. So, if you wish to stay overnight, this is the resort for you. It’s very close to Uluru, making it an excellent stopover. Alternatively, you could camp out at Curtin Springs, which lies just 85km east of the Park. However, if you have travelled some distance to see Uluru, it’s better to start at Yulara, which is much closer.
It must be noted that there is no camping allowed within the National Park, in the Park, or in the areas around the resort.
More About Yulara Campground
The Yulara campground really does cater for all kinds of camping styles. Both the options and facilities available to campers are of the highest standards and very reasonably priced. Best of all, it’s right in the middle of Australia, well and truly off the beaten track.
The tent sites as well as the non-powered area are plentiful, but you can pretty much pick whichever tent site you like. Typically, you will be directed to a grassed numbered area, and you are then able to camp wherever you want to within the area.
If you prefer to camp in a caravan, there are separate areas, as well as separate areas for motorhomes and camper trailers.
The facilities here are exceptional. The large shower and toilet blocks have ample hot water and in the unpowered area, you’ll find tow massive blocks. There are also camp kitchens for campers. Some have a number of fridges and BBQs as well as microwave, washing up area and plenty of places to sit. It’s also the perfect place to charge your devices.
There are also laundry facilities with plenty of washing machines and dryers, with some having chairs, tables and TVs.
Near the reception area, you will find a swimming pool.
Activities at the Camp
Of course, the main reason to stay in the campground cabins is to visit Uluru. There campground offers ample lookouts.
To get up close is a quick 18km car trip from the campgrounds. There are entrance fees for the National Park for adults.
Because the resort is part of Ayers Rock Resort, there is a free shuttle bus to transport you where you need to go day or night. There are also loads of daily activities such as Aboriginal dancing, craft markets, and even boomerang throwing.
Overall, the campground cabins are of an exceptionally high standard and it is the perfect spot from which to explore Uluru.