An Oasis in the Middle of the Desert
It was a scenic 30 minutes ride through the hot and barren terrain of the Australian outback
to get to our hostel. Its unique landscape was simply out of this world! Red dirt and earth
stretched as far as the eyes can see, while strange trees and shrubs with needle-like leaves
covered the land to create little shelters for the animals to escape the heat from the scorching hot sun. I hoped to see some camels, emus and dingos along the way.
At Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
, Daphne and I were welcomed with the sight of the eye-catching Uluru Camel
which is not a camel, but a quaint old retro car. A few steps away from it was a unique-looking classic motorcycle. Both the car and the motorcycle were promoting the various types of interesting tours available to the public.
We chose to stay at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
for its budget friendly dormitories that come with excellent amenities/facilities and strategic location within the Ayers Rock Resort
. We are
only 20 kilometres away from Uluru (Ayers Rock)
. A night in a dorm costs USD38 per person
. Wasting no time, we proceeded to check-in to our female dormitory and took the time to explore its surroundings.
Among the amenities/facilities available at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
- Free in-room WiFi
- Free guest activities program
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Kitchen & open-air/indoor dining area
- Laundry room
- Lounge & activity room
- Bought House Restaurant & Outback Pioneer Bar
- Free parking
- Check-in: 3pm / check-out: 10am
- Free return airport transfers
- Free shuttle bus service around Ayers Rock Resort
Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
Free shuttle bus service provided by AATKings to get around Ayers Rock Resort
A quaint old retro car at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
Fancy going for a stylish motorcycle tour around Uluru (Ayers Rock)?
Anangu aboriginal artwork beautifully decorated the walls
The reception at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
Lounge / activity room
Indoor dining area
Paid internet service available
My favourite part of the hostel - the kitchen!
The kitchen had sufficient equipment for preparing our own food, perfect for budget travellers! Fresh and dry ingredients can be bought at the supermarket located at the Resort Town Square <3
The Pioneer Bar
The Pioneer BBQ offers a wide variety of steaks and exotic meat for consumption. It is here that I had my first taste of kangaroo, crocodile, emu and barramundi meat!
Love the Dormitory, But Hate the Insensitive Dorm Mates!
The one thing that I dislike about spending the night in a dormitory is the insensitive dorm mates I get especially when a group of tourists/tour group is in the house. Thankfully, I do not encounter such annoying situations often, but when I do, it sure is an unpleasant experience indeed.
Fyi, it is basic common sense and courtesy to lower your voice and minimise any noise especially after 10pm when some poor, tired souls are trying to get some sleep. Daphne and I were unlucky to have shared the room/dorm with a group of rowdy Asian tourists who talk loudly to each other, slam the door behind them whenever they enter or leave the room, and drag their suitcases instead of carrying them around especially when it is stored under the bed. WTF!! I guess their manners and common sense flew out the window the moment they left home.
If that is not bad enough, in the middle of the night, we were forced to listen to obnoxious ringing tones and music, digest mindless bed talks, and even tortured through the symphony of zippers and plastic bags being inconsiderately opened and closed at odd hours. To those insensitive tourists who by any chance happen to come across my travel blog and read this blog post of mine, I say f*** y**, b******!! Please pardon my words. Thankfully, I have the ability to fall asleep at any given place and situation, therefore I had no trouble sleeping that night although I find it a huge nuisance. Good news is, we were upgraded to a 4-bed dormitory later for free and had the entire room to ourselves! Thank you for the kind gesture, Mr. Jason! (if I remember your name correctly).
The 12-bed female dormitory at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
The dormitory has both heating and air-conditioning with usage depending on the season
My bed on the upper deck of the double decker bed
Later, we were upgraded to stay in the 4-bed dormitory for free and had the entire room to ourselves! Thank you for the kind gesture, Mr. Jason! (if I remember your name correctly)
Every room/dorm at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge has its own window
Swimming pool at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
Ayers Rock Resort, Via Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872, Australia
Phone:+61 2 8296 8010
Up next: A visit to the Imalung Lookout, sand dunes, Uluru (Ayers Rock) in view and the Resort Town Square