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Ayers Rock Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Ayers Rock Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

they close the shop and cafe when the last plane of the day has gone – Mary

AYQ Airport Overview

ayers rock airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Ayers Rock Airport.

What to Expect

Ayers Rock Airport (code: AYQ) has one small terminal that serves a few commercial routes as well as some charter flights. Amenities are limited to a few cafes and shops that operate around the day’s flight schedule. WiFi is available to help pass the time.

Sleeping in Ayers Rock Airport

The airport closes nightly, after the last flight arrives, so staying overnight is not possible.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.  For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. To help us keep this guide up-to-date as the airport reopens, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Ayers Rock Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Ayers Rock Airport sounds like a nightmare, there are not a lot of hotel options to choose from.  Yulara is a small town, so you might as well stay at your hotel. The closest hotels are:

  • Outback Pioneer Hotel – Free airport and resort shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Desert Gardens Hotel – Free airport and resort shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Sails in the Desert – Free airport and resort shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotel deals near Ayers Rock on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges in the airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Ayers Rock Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – There are no ATMs at this airport.

Baby Care Facilities – Yes, baby changing facilities are available.

Information Desk – Unavailable.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Unavailable.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 8:00AM until the last flight arrival.


Ayers Rock airport is served by the following airlines: Qantas • Jetstar • Virgin Australia.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies have counters in the Baggage Claim: Hertz • Thrifty • Avis.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service to their guests either for a fee or as a courtesy. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort   •   Longitude 131   •   Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort   •   Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort.


Taxis are not available.

Last updated: 2021-11-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.