Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 15€ up to 19€ per night. A private room starts from 40€ even up to 80€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Alice Springs to Uluru: Many, if not most, people head to Alice Springs to join a tour to Uluru. This means you need to be prepared for early risers in shared dorms. The major tour companies leave between 05:30am and 06:00am.
Tip: pack earplugs if you’re sleeping in. Those of you going on tour: pack your bag the night before and respect your roommates by keeping quiet in the morning.
Haven Resort is a much larger hostel that boasts 198 beds, two kitchens and free car parking for all their guests.
Enjoy the beer garden and swimming pool or relax in one of the many social spaces.
They host theme nights every few weeks including ‘Aussie BBQ nights’, trivia nights, bingo and super cool reptile nights, where the Alice Springs Reptile centre visit with a few of their beauties and offer free talks and cuddles.
Note: Alice Haven Resort is located the furthest from town, yet still only a 10-minute stroll.
Alice Springs YHA
Built within the grounds of a historic outdoor movie theatre, Alice Springs YHA is the best located backpackers in town.
So how about staying in a former cinema in Alice Springs? Doesn’t sound too bad, right?!
There is a free indigenous movie screening every night and an outdoor area with swimming pool to relax in. A pool is always a really good idea!
Great for groups: YHA Alice Springs Backpackers can accommodate for groups of 10-50 people.
Firstly, you need to be aware that Alice Springs and Uluru are not exactly neighbours.
It’s actually a 6 hour drive each way from Alice to The Red Rock!
Now you know you can avoid looking a fool by turning up and expecting to visit the very next day. Trust me, this happens a lot and 9 times out of 10 ends in huge disappointment.
So then what is the best way to get from Alice Springs to Uluru? By joining a 3 day/2 night tour.
Whatever you do, do not leave booking ‘til the last minute!
It should go without saying that these tours are incredibly popular and sell out quickly.
Did you know: The local Anangu indigenous people do not want you to climb Uluru. It is incredibly sacred and by climbing you are disrespecting them. The climb will be officially closed in October 2019.
The major tour companies offering backpacker friendly tours are:
As long as you’re heading back to a major city in Australia, you won’t have much trouble selling your car to another backpacker.
Tip: split the fuel and camp on route to keep costs down. Download the WikiCamps app for free camping locations across the country.
Q: Is it worth it to drive from Brisbane to Alice Springs and Uluru?
A: Well we won’t lie, that’s one heck of a drive! Yet, if you want to visit one of the world’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and experience the deep outback of Australia, then yes, you won’t be disappointed.
Alternatively be that person who fills a seat in someone else’s car. Coseats.com is a wonderful tool for finding your ideal ride.
Remember: always offer to pay for fuel and split the driving to make the journey safer.
Camper van Relocation
This is a great way to save money if you can find a good deal.
Many companies need your help to relocate camper vans from one place to another. More often than not, vans get stuck in Alice Springs.
This means excellent rental offers of $1 per day (usually with a 5 day limit) plus fuel is possible.
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