A one bedroom unit at Emu Walk Apartments at Ayers Rock Resort provided a comfortable, but occasionally noisy, few nights’ accommodation.
While the apartment was spacious and stylishly decorated, I could sometimes overhear my neighbours at night.
It came as no surprise to discover the apartments were originally built to provide accommodation for staff working at the resort.
While this may have resulted in the less-than-glamorous look and construction of the apartments, it also ensured they were ideally located to access all parts of the resort.
One of my reasons for choosing Emu Walk was the ability to prepare my own meals. The apartment’s kitchen was fine for this. It seems many young families had the same idea given a stay at the resort is expensive, especially during peak period. According to the families I spoke to, self-catering allowed them to save money and spend more of their travel budget exploring the wonders of Ulurua-Kata Tjuta National Park. The resort’s two bedroom apartments also seemed very popular with couples travelling together.
What: Emu Walk Apartments
When: August 20-23 2017
Who: Jenny Burns
Why: To visit Bruce Munro’s Field of Light
How Did It Rate
The apartment was clean, spacious and stylishly decorated. It included artwork by regional Indigenous artist Raymond Walters.
A well equipped kitchen featured all the facilities needed to self-cater.
The furniture in the spacious lounge/dining room, which included a large dining table, couch, chairs and sizeable television, proved to be practical and comfortable. This living area led to a good sized balcony.
The bedroom included a large, very comfortable bed, a small wardrobe, a storage area and a wall mounted television.
The shower water in the bathroom was continuous and hot (although there’s no bath). The Indigenous skin care range, Wibu, was a welcome addition.
The apartments are ideally located between The Desert Gardens Hotel and Sails in the Desert, and next to the resort’s Town Square. It’s only a short walk to a lookout offering impressive views over Uluru. Walk a little further and another lookout provides views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. It’s just a short stroll to the town’s Outback Pioneer Hotel, also accessible via the resort’s free shuttle bus.
The Wi-fi in the room was free and generally worked well.
The rooms are serviced daily, however the Go Green program allows you to opt out of having your room serviced every day and instead receive a credit towards food purchased at the resort.
While I didn’t take advantage of it, I could have joined a range of free guest activities, as is the case with all accommodation within the resort. I did, however take advantage of the free airport transfers.
My room was located on the first floor of the two storey property and there are no stairs. While I only had a small suitcase it might be a struggle for those with heavy luggage.
The air-conditioning was noisy and not particularly efficient. Maintenance arrived quickly to fix a non-cooling problem and while it had some effect, the room didn’t cool down as quickly as expected. Maintenance also explained the noise was systematic of the particular air conditioning unit.
While I loved sitting on my balcony, the view of an apparent telecommunication tower was less than inspiring!
The walls are very thin, ensuring I could hear my neighbours at night, although this didn’t stop me sleeping.
The apartments have no leisure facilities, however as an Emu Walk guest I could have used the pool at the Desert Garden Hotel.
For more information on Emu Walk Apartments visit the Ayers Rock Resort website.