In this post, I share the exact costs of our trip to Uluru, with a breakdown by category.
We visited Uluru for three days/four nights in the off-season (July), flying in from Melbourne and taking a mix of tours. We are a family of three (two adults and a toddler).
So, how much does Uluru cost?
Uluru cost us $2,017 for three nights, excluding flights as a family of three (two adults and a child). This was $953 for accommodation, $386 for food and $678 for tours. The cost was $2,681 if you include the cost of flights from Melbourne.
In this post, I share all the details about how much our four-day break to Uluru cost
Uluru Costs Breakdown
Just to start, I haven’t included flights in this breakdown, as there is a wide variety of places you can fly in from, plus many people visit Uluru on a road trip, so this cost wouldn’t be applicable for everyone.
For reference though, we flew with Jetstar from Melbourne, at a cost of $664.71 so $221.57 per person.
Cost of Uluru Accommodation ($953)
There are numerous ways you can stay at Uluru, in the small tourist town of Yulara, which is managed by Voyages. There are options ranging from camping to 5-star hotels such as Sails in the Desert.
We stayed in the mid-range Emu Walk Apartments and paid $953 for our three nights.
We decided to do this as it meant we could cook at home rather than having to eat out at a restaurant every night, which kept the costs down.
I also noted down the prices of the other accommodation as we were booking to give you an idea of how much the costs vary.
- Ayers Rock Campground (Tent) $62 a night
- Ayers Rock Campground (Cabin) $185 a night
- Outback Hotel & Lodge (3.5*) $184 a night
- The Lost Camel Hotel (3.5*) $259 a night
- Emu Walk Apartments (4*) $317 a night
- Desert Garden Hotel (4.5*) $330 a night
- Sails in the Desert (5*) $424 a night
Cost of Food at Uluru ($386)
Food was expensive at Uluru, with only one supermarket (a small IGA in Yulara) available, alongside numerous cafés and hotels.
We spent $386 over four days, eating out on one night, going to a café for breakfast once, having lunch at the Cultural Centre, with the rest of the money spent on grocery shopping at the supermarket.
You can see from the receipt above an idea of how much it costs at a supermarket (for context, Coca-Cola 2l is currently $3.50 in my local supermarket in Melbourne, but was $7.51 in Yulara).
Cost of Tours & Parks Pass for Uluru ($678)
Another thing to bear in mind when it comes to Uluru costs, is that nearly all the experiences you’ll want to have while you’re there form part of a tour, which needs to be paid for.
You can hire a car, however we found that these were astronomically expensive, especially given we would still have had to pay for individual tours, so we opted for the Hop On, Hop Off Bus instead.
We spent $678 on tours and park passes while we were at Uluru, you can see the breakdown below:
- $331.30 Uluru Hop On Hop Off bus
- $126.13 Field of Lights after-dark tour (for 3)
- $145 Sunrise camel tour (for 1)
- $76 National Park passes ($38 per adult for 3 days)
This post is more about the costs than the tours, but I just want to make a quick recommendation for the Hop On Hop Off bus. It’s a great way to get in and out of the National Park, and over to Kata-Tjuta, without having to pay extra for specific tours.
We paid our money for three days, and from there could use it as much as we want, which was really convenient.
Total Uluru Cost ($2,017 exc. flights)
Our total cost for four days/three nights at Uluru was $2,017 or $2,681 if you include flights.
This is $670 a day or $893 a person.
For such an incredible experience, I didn’t think that was too bad at all.
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