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Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Desert Gardens Hotel

Desert Gardens Hotel is stylish and contemporary, offering a comfortable base with views over one of Australia's most iconic sites. The hotel is set in native, landscaped gardens surrounded by 'Ghost Gum' evergreen trees, with facilities including two restaurants and a swimming pool Rooms are decorated in neutral tones and are comfortable and well laid out. Set close to the resort's visitor centre and shops, the property is a great base from which to explore the Red Centre.

Our rating: Medium

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There are three room types available, ranging from Standard rooms set in the gardens and Deluxe rooms looking out across the desert landscape, to Deluxe Rock View rooms with wonderful views of Uluru and the surrounding red desert. All have a balcony or patio area, reverse-cycle air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, a minibar and free Wi-Fi. The Standard rooms come with two double beds or a queen sized bed, while the other two categories offer two double beds or a king sized bed. 


The property is situated in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, in Australia's Northern Territory - the heart of the Red Centre. The facilities and conveniences of Ayers Rock Resort, including several lookout points, Red Ochre Spa and Town Square, are within walking distance or can be accessed via the complimentary shuttle bus.

Food and drink

There are three dining options available at the hotel itself, plus around 15 to choose from throughout the resort. At the hotel, the White Gums Restaurant will set you up for the day with its buffet breakfast selection, while Argnuli is the hotel's premier restaurant, featuring quality Australian cuisine enriched using local herbs, spices and grains. There's also Bunya bar — a relaxed café environment for a coffee stop or light lunch.


Some of the rooms here can be interconnected to accommodate families, and roll-away beds or cribs can be added for those staying with children, subject to availability. 

Facilities and activities

Take a guided or self-guided tour of the hotel's substantial native gardens, or drop in at the Mingkiri gallery, which offers an opportunity to learn about or purchase some unique local artwork. Meet the artist in residence and ask the gallery staff if you’d like to take part in an art class or workshop. It’s a ten minute walk to the resort hub at Town Square to access other facilities such as shops, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants, or take the free shuttle bus from the Desert Gardens Hotel. You should also make time for a little pampering at the Red Ochre Spa, which is the perfect end to a busy day of exploring the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park.


Wheelchair accessible rooms are available on request.

Our opinion

A peaceful and comfortable option within the Ayers Rock Resort, offering wonderful views of the vast desert and Uluru itself.

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