Where to Stay in Alice Springs
Alice’s hotel stock is not grand. Many properties have dated rooms and modest facilities; they’re no match for the gleaming Ayers Rock Resort (described later in this chapter). You may pay lower rates than those listed in the summer off-season (Dec–Mar) and even as late as June. Peak season typically runs from July through October or November.
Several backpacker resorts offer dorm rooms and doubles. One of the best is Annie’s Place, 4 Traegar Ave., Alice Springs, NT 0870 ( tel. 1800/359 089 in Australia, or 08/8952 1545; www.mulgas.com.au/annies). Doubles cost between A$60 for a room with shared bathroom and A$75 for one with your own bathroom. Dorm rooms (single sex or mixed) sleep 4 to 6 and cost A$23 per person. Annie’s Place runs Mulga’s Adventures (www.mulgas.com.au), which operates a 3-day backpackers’tour of the area, including Uluru, for A$355.
If you’ve rented a camper van, the Stuart Tourist and Caravan Park, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs ( tel. 1300/823 404 in Australia or 08/8952 2547; www.stuartcaravanpark.com.au), has powered sites costing A$35 a night. Cabins here cost between A$85 and A$175 per night, depending on the cabin and the season.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.