Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort
Red Centre Australia 0872
Just nine miles from Uluru, Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge is among the more affordable of the various Ayers Rock Resort properties. All rooms have an attached bath and much-needed air conditioning. The hotel's bar becomes quite lively -- and loud -- in the evenings, so avoid rooms near it if you're planning a sunrise visit to Uluru. Free activities include garden walks, dance and cultural performances, and sessions with an indigenous storyteller.