After an evening of watching the glorious sunset over Ayers Rock and admiring its ever-changing hues in the light,  retreat to the Outback Pioneer Hotel, set at the heart of the Ayers Rock Resort.

A top-quality service is guaranteed the moment you step into the resort, with a complementary porter service and a free resort shuttle meaning you can get to your room and around the resort with ease. All of the rooms offer amenities such as private bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning/heating.

While staying here during your Discover Australia tour, you could also take a dip in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool, enjoy a bite to eat in its three restaurants and bars, pick up a gift at the souvenir shop, have a go at a number of indigenous activities or make the most of the other amenities throughout the resort. Exploring the rest of the Ayers Rock Resort, you’ll find a Town Square filled with shops, a visitor centre and tennis courts.

Indigenous activities

During your stay at the Outback Pioneer Hotel, you are welcome to take part in a variety of free activities offered by the Ayers Rock Resort. Sample traditional bush food, or perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the native gardens found in the neighbouring Desert Gardens Hotel. Those looking to learn more about Aboriginal arts and crafts can hear bush yarns at the Circle of Sand, visit the Wintjiri Arts + Museum to see local Anangu artists at work, or catch a show at the Mani Mani Indigenous Cultural Theatre.

Dining options 

Start your morning right by filling up for the day at the Bough House Restaurant with a delicious and traditional Australian buffet breakfast. This stylish restaurant is also open for evening meals, serving a roast of the day along with a buffet-style spread of international and vegetarian dishes, as well as a selection of tasty desserts.

For the quintessential Down Under experience, the Pioneer BBQ and Bar is the place to go. Its Aussie charm is in its do-it-yourself BBQ, where you can choose from a variety of meat and fish and cook it to your liking. The menu includes not only favourites such as steak, but also more unusual meats and Australian staples such as emu, kangaroo and barramundi. The grill is also accompanied by a help-yourself salad bar and jacket potatoes. It’s also a great place to enjoy a relaxing, ice-cold drink, with the bar frequently hosting live entertainment too.

 Those after something quick but substantial should try the Outback Pioneer Kitchen. Offering picnic table-style dining, this casual and budget-friendly eatery serves favourites such as sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers and pizzas.

Of course you are also welcome to use the complimentary shuttle service to dine at any of the hotel restaurants within the resort.

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