For those who are unaware, a roadhouse is a business typically constructed right off a major road or highway that services traveling passengers. Countless roadhouses litter the Stuart Highway offering drivers an oasis in the desert. Each roadhouse differs on the amenities offered, but most have a gas station to fill up, a small menu of hot or cold food, a coffee machine and perhaps even a campsite or motel room for the weary. Not only does the Desert Oaks Motel have all of these and more, but its location is unbeatable for those interested in visiting Uluru, Kata Tjuta or King’s Canyon.
Here are some of the things that stand out about the Desert Oaks Motel:
1. Location, Location, Location
Lasseter Highway is the gateway to the amazing Uluru, Kata Tjuta and King’s Canyon. To get to these sites, you will have to turn off the Stuart Highway at Lasseter Highway and continue until your destination is reached. Guess what is located on the corner of Lasseter and Stuart? That’s right, the Desert Oaks Motel. Most people choose to make the day trip from Alice Springs, but if you stay in Erldunda you’ll already be 200kms closer to these landmarks, giving you more face-to-face time with Uluru. Protip: Since Erldunda is in such an isolated location, it makes the Milky Way that much brighter and more phenomenal at night.
2. Real Food & Coffee
If you haven’t properly planned for your road trip across Stuart Highway and run low on food, you’ll come to realize that your options at roadhouses are limited to unsatisfyingly greasy deep fried chicken, dim sims, or a bag of chips. There aren’t many vegetables. Additionally, the coffee always comes from an espresso machine, not a barista and it tastes like dirt. At Desert Oaks Motel, they have an extensive bar menu filled with fresh favorites, actually cooked by a chef and not a deep fryer. The staff are trained in the art of coffee making, giving you a proper boost to send you off in the morning. It is a welcomed change from the rest of the options you’ll pass.
3. A Welcoming, Friendly and Safe Atmosphere
Sometimes being in such an isolated place can make you feel small, but whether you decide to take advantage of the powered or unpowered caravan sites or upgrade to a motel room, there is a sense of community at the Desert Oaks Motel. All the guests are spirited and interested to hear about your travels, while the staff genuinely enjoys working there. Being able to have a meaningful chat with your fellow traveler or a local can really add value to your trip.