Ayers Rock, which is also referred to as Uluru, is a huge sandstone rock located in the Northern Territory’s known as Red Centre, in Australia. The only larger town is Alice Springs, while the rest of the population is scattered in rather smaller communities. The closest smaller town is Yulara, with a population of barely 1000.
Ayers Rock Airport
Also knows as Connellan Airport, Ayers Rock Airport is located several miles away from Yulara and about 18 miles away from Uluru / Ayers Rock itself. The only bigger town in the area, Alice Springs, is about 5 hours drive away. The airport code is AYQ.
AYQ serves just under 300,000 passengers on average each year, which means that it isn’t a busy airport, and you should be able to easily find whatever you need. It has a lounge area with a gift shop, cafe, and a bar. You can also get an access to a public phone and internet facilities.
Things to do
This part of Australia offers many interesting and enchanting experiences, especially if you’re a first-time visitor - you will be amazed. There are several tours that you have to take in order to visit the Field of Light, Kings Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta. If you’re interested in art, you should visit Wintjiri Art Gallery where you can also buy some locally-made souvenirs.
There is an Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara, where you can find many accommodation choices, restaurants and bars, galleries, spa, and many other facilities. Throughout the year, there is a number of special experiences events in Ayers Rock Resort that include culture, music, sports, art, and astronomy.
How to get from Ayers Rock Airport to Ayers Rock Resort?
There aren’t many ground transportation options for passengers flying into Connellan Airport. Taxi service is not available at AYQ, and you can choose between shuttle buses and rental cars. However, there is no need to worry, we will help you find a reliable Ayers Rock Airport transfer.
See below for additional information about each option.
Ayers Rock Airport Shuttle
If you need an airport shuttle to take you to your hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, that won’t be a problem. The hotel can provide you with free, paid, or luxury hotel shuttle service to/from the airport - the type of service depends on a hotel. Therefore, check with your hotel which service is available before you depart.
Many accommodations near AYQ Airport offer unforgettable experiences, and some of them are:
Desert Gardens Hotel is one of the best choices offering many dining options and spacious rooms equipped with AC.
Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge is a 3-star hotel with an outdoor pool, bar, and free parking and WiFi.
Kakadu Safari Lodge offers an amazing outdoor experience - you can camp, sleep in chalets, and experience the wild.
Those who need a ride from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs should book a ride via ATT Kings Coach, a reliable bus service. You can relax and enjoy your ride in a modern coach while listening to an informative and entertaining commentary on the history of the area.
The one-way rate for adults is $180.
The one-way rate for children is $90.
In order to use their services, you need to make a bus reservation in advance.
If you want to avoid sharing your ride and need more privacy, you have another choice - renting a car. This is the most convenient transportation option that gives you the freedom to discover all the beautiful places in the area by yourself. It might be pricey, but you will have an opportunity to explore the desert at your own pace.
To locate rental desks, go to the baggage claim area. You will find three car rental companies:
Note that advanced booking is required since there is a high demand for vehicles.
A Different Ride for Each Budget
Shared Ride Shuttle service is the most economical way to and from the airport yet very convenient and efficient.
Book a private car, van or limo when you need direct, exclusive service to and from the airport.