Car Hire at Ayers Rock Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Whether you want to invoke the spirit of Crocodile Dundee in Alice Springs, see an unforgettable sunset at Ayers Rock itself or grab a camel and hike through the Northern Territory’s most breath-taking landscapes, you can find the best car hire at Ayers Rock Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Ayers Rock Airport
There are three car hire companies with desks at Ayers Rock Airport: Avis, Hertz, and Thrifty. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Ayers Rock Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Shell garage located just 10 minutes drive from Ayers Rock Airport. Head southwest then turn left out of the airport. Take a right onto Lasseter Highway then left onto Yulara Drive. Take the third roundabout exit and the petrol station will be on the left hand side.
Driving around Ayers Rock Airport
Ayers Rock Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. Ayers Rock Resort is 450km down the Stuart Highway, approximately 4.5 hours drive on good roads. Alternatively you can drive via Kings Canyon on the iconic Mereenie Loop Road taking in many incredible sites on the way. From Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock Resort it is 306km.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Ayers Rock Airport.
In the heart of the Northern Territory is Kings Canyon. This amazing place is in Watarraka National Park with sandstone cliffs that cascade down to deep plunging tree filled ravines, stretching out into wild desert. Serious walkers and hikers can make the invigorating climb to the top for breath-taking and unforgettable views. Those less keen on hiking on two legs can hop on a camel or horse for easier ways to experience this incredible landscape.
Kings Canyon is under four hours drive from Ayers Rock Airport. Simply get on to State Route 3 from the airport and stay on this all the way to Kings Canyon.
This mystical Aboriginal heartland is ruggedly beautiful. Hikers and walkers can take advantage of the spectacular and mesmerising MacDonnell Ranges and the tough Larapinta Trail while culture hunters can explore the museum of Aboriginal Art. Here in Alice Springs, outback history is visible in the Historic Telegraph Station that nestles among the ghostly white gum trees and heat haze. If you are travelling with children, they will love a day out at the Reptile Centre or Desert Park with its weird and wonderful Geckos.
The drive to Alice Springs is approximately 6 hours from Ayers Rock Airport. From the airport, get on to State Route 4 – Lasseter Highway, and take a left on to National Highway 87 for Alice Springs.
This is one place that on arrival you need to pinch yourself to be sure that it’s real. This 550 million year old colossal red rock, the heart of Aboriginal spirituality, rises out of a landscape of vast desert and is one of the natural wonders of the world. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park that surrounds it also holds much cultural significance to the Aboriginal people. Whether it’s by camel, on foot or by 4x4, seeing the rock ‘catch fire’ at sunrise or sunset is the closest thing to magic in the natural world. Dine under a canopy of stars for an unforgettable experience.
Ayers Rock is just a 25 minutes drive from the airport. From the airport, get on to State Route 4 and following signs for Ayers Rock.
Parking at Ayers Rock is free and plentiful but do be aware that summers and sunrise and sunsets are the busiest times.