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4.2 out of 5

"Excellent place to stay in Uluru Will definitely come back to Uluru and stay at Desert Gardens Hotel. Close to all activities and great swimming pool ... " More

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Yulara awaits you at Desert Gardens. You'll be steps from Katiti Petermann Indigenous Protected Area and 2 km (1.2 mi) from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Highlights at this family-friendly hotel include 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and a restaurant.

You can enjoy free WiFi, furnished balconies, and TVs, featured in all 218 rooms. Refrigerators and room service make in-room dining easy, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches to enhance your stay include soaking tubs and free toiletries. Separate bathtubs and showers, coffee/tea makers, and hair dryers are also available.

A day of pampering can include massages and body wraps along with aromatherapy and mani/pedis. The restaurant, WHITE GUMS RESTAURANT, is open for breakfast. At the hotel's own bar/lounge, you can stop for a drink. Business amenities include a conference center and a business center. Plus you'll find an outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a coffee shop/café. There's also self parking, along with the convenience of a free airport shuttle.

With a stay at this 4.5-star Yulara hotel, you'll be 21 km (13 mi) from Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Desert Gardens ratings based on 227 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.2 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Desert Gardens

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3 out of 5

Posted by on 8 Jan. 2019

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5 out of 5
Excellent place to stay in Uluru Will definitely come back to Uluru and stay at Desert Gardens Hotel. Close to all activities and great swimming pool.

Posted by on 20 Dec. 2018

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4 out of 5
Good mid standard hotel that was clean and good facilities. Transportation and assistance with the tours etc. were excellent.

Posted by , from Geelong Vioctoria on 1 Nov. 2018

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4 out of 5


Cons: Rooms not made up until very late in afternoon. No please make up room sign to expedite service. This prevented afternoon rest after early activities
Location: Wonderful
Large room with partial view to Uluru.Negative was distance from main hotel area to room with baggage.

Posted by , from Brisbane on 26 Aug. 2018

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5 out of 5
Comfortable hotel, lovely staff, very helpful & friendly.

Posted by on 27 Jul. 2018

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3 out of 5
The hotel is worn and the staff are disappointing. The grout and silicon in our shower was moldy and coming loose. The pattern on the carpet was basically worm off in high use areas. Rooms were clean though. It seemed like most of the staff are in transit and none of them know how to do their jobs fully. We had to walk over the garden to to get passed a group of housecleaning staff and their trolley, who where just chatting. The reception staff gave us the wrong time for our sounds of silence dinner.

Posted by on 3 Jul. 2018

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5 out of 5
Two night stay at Desert Gardens was amazing! Loved every minute there. Staff are very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. Shuttle services from airport and around the resort was all super efficient and drivers very professional. Big thank you to the lovely lady in the gift shop who came looking for us after we accidently left a purchase behind! Well done to a great team at Desert Gardens.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 22 Jun. 2018

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3 out of 5

Way too expensive for the quality.

The room was a long way from the car park. It was nice and spacious, but not that much different to other places. They have you as a captive audience on their overpriced resort.

Posted by on 30 May 2018

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4 out of 5

Dessert Hotel

Excellent room, clean, modern and spacious. Inexperienced stuff at the bar. Expensive, but good dinner. The breakfast isn’t worth 30 AUD. Terrible muesli, poor choice.

Posted by , from Norway on 6 Nov. 2017

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4 out of 5

Excellent location with a view of Uluru

Pros: Location, facilities.
Cons: Provide facecloths and handtowels in bathroom, wine glasses and corkscrew/bottle opener in the room.
Location: 10 minutes from Uluru - endless no. Of tours to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon leaving from the resort daily.
Clean, comfortable and well located hotel, with access to all resort facilities. Excellent buffet breakfast included in our room rate - great selection of hot and cold food to cater to all tastes. Resort facilities were above expectations - a supermarket, newsagent, and cafes in the town centre. 10 minute drive out to Uluru and 20 minutes to Kata Tjuta. We ate at Mangata restaurant for most of our meals - excellent food and well priced.

Posted by , from Adelaide on 15 Oct. 2017

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Property Features

Desert Gardens offers its guests a full-service spa and an outdoor pool. There are 2 restaurants on site, as well as a coffee shop/café and a grocery/convenience store. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. There's an onsite business center. Tour/ticket assistance, gift shops/newsstands, and a garden are also featured at the luxury Desert Gardens. A roundtrip airport shuttle is free (available 24 hours). Parking is available for a fee. This 4.5-star Yulara hotel is smoke free.

  • 218 guestrooms or units
  • 2 dining venues
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Convenience store
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Desert Gardens offers 218 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to furnished balconies. This Yulara hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers with deep soaking bathtubs, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones.

  • Private balcony (furnished)
  • Deep soaking tub
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Television
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

WHITE GUMS RESTAURANT - This restaurant serves breakfast only.

ARNGULI GRILL - This restaurant serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Spa Services

  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Massages

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 50.0 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Staffed front desk


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 50.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Desert Gardens Member Novotel
  • Desert Gardens Member Novotel Hotels
  • Desert Gardens Member Novotel Hotels Yulara
  • Desert Gardens Member Novotel Yulara
  • Desert Gardens Hotel Yulara
  • Desert Gardens Hotel
  • Desert Gardens Yulara
  • Desert Gardens a Member Of Novotel Hotels
  • Desert Gardens Hotel
  • Desert Gardens Yulara
  • Desert Gardens Hotel Yulara

You should know

  • Desert Gardens offers transfers from the airport. Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

National Rating

This property has been awarded a star rating from the Australian Star Ratings Agency, Star Ratings Australia.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.