Alice Springs

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Hi everyone
We are going to the Alice for a family gathering in May and we will spend some time in the surrounding areas
We are traveling with our AOR Quantum and will be looking for a spot in Alice to park for a few days (caravan park/showgrounds perhaps), for the social part of the visit, over a weekend. We will be wanting to go out at night.
I see on WikiCamps that the showgrounds gates are locked at 8:30 in the evening (with keys available) presumably for security reasons
If security is an issue when away from our Quantum, are there any recommendations for the most suitable locations to base ourselves.
Does locking the gates at the showgrounds make it secure..?
Are some areas of town better than others..?

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Reply By: birdnerd - Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 18:40

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 18:40
Hi Patrick,
We usually stay at the Big4 Macdonnel Range caravan park. We will stay there again in May this year. Have had no problems there and felt safe. Always lock up though wherever you are.
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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W4 - Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 22:11

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 22:11
Agree. Stayed there last year. Good facilities and not far to drive into town.
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Reply By: wendys - Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 19:50

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 19:50
We also stay at McDonnell Ranges CP. It is on the southern outskirts and thus in a somewhat better area than some other places.
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Reply By: mountainman - Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 20:39

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 20:39
Its just the "locals" you have to worry about.
seeing the local bottle shops have permanent cops manned out the front was a eye opener
highly recommend the outback steakhouse house for a bit of tucker
the damper was the best ive ever had,
think thats the right name of the restaurant.
Shop at woolworths if needed the coles looked a bit run down and the locals dont hang around the woolies... but they do around the coles
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Follow Up By: Dion - Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 22:23

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 22:23
Overlander Steakhouse, Hartley Street. Good food, but a bit on the exxy side.

I've been living in Alice Springs now for nearly 12 months and have not bought any meat from Coles or Woolies. Milner Meats is a top quality butcher.

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Follow Up By: mountainman - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 11:54

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 11:54
Never said about meat.
is that milner the butcher with the blue apron front, that in that small shopping complex where the IGA and really close to a school.
the beef stroganoff from that shop is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!! YUMMMMMM YUMMMM
Great meat
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Follow Up By: Dion - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 12:01

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 12:01
Yes that's the one. And yes it is amazing.
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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 21:10

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 21:10
Another vote for the MacDonnell Ranges CV Park. We have stayed there twice in recent years and have found the facilities and atmosphere very good. Thoroughly recommended.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 21:30

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 21:30
Yep to the above - in my view, the Big4 McDonnell Ranges CP is the premium caravan park in the Alice, based on facilities (and price too - but that should be expected I guess). The nearby G'day Mate and Heritage are ok - also the Stuart on the western side of town....and there are others. As for security.....in any town, caravan parks offer 'some' protection, but locking everything away before leaving (especially at night) is just good sense. The showgrounds are spacious, but I couldn't see me leaving my van there at night.......and.....fees for camping there have been raised in recent years....you might find no advantage in that option at all.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 00:35

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 00:35
We preferred out of town (very safe) nine kilometres along Ilparpa Road, at Temple Bar CP. They charged low prices for not the best facilities, but after the first night when I wanted to leave after seeing the bathrooms, we grew to love the place. This was in 2008, and their prices have changed since then, so maybe the facilities have too. With the price we were charged, it was good value. Driving the few extra kilometres each day was no big deal. Lovely spot, and with a number of permanents and seasonal workers, it was a community village atmosphere.
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 08:42

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 08:42
We stayed at the McDonnell range cvp a few years back, and it cost $43 per night, which to us is too dear, so have to agree with Mother Hen, we stayed at the Temple Bar last year at $22 per night.
You only pay for the power you use, you put a credit in for the power and get reimbursed for what's not used.
The Facilities are still basic, but clean.
We enquired about price at show ground, from memory was $35 per night.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 17:02

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 at 17:02
Loved the pay for power you use system. We were there for over two weeks all up and some of it doing R&R using power tools. Power overall only about $5.

Nice grassy sites, and roomy, compared to the sardine cans of the main parks in town.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 13:45

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 13:45
There are two parks out there. See what Badgers reports have to say about them:

Temple Bar Caravan Park, Alice Springs

Wanngardi Caravan Park, Alice Springs

For all Alice Springs parks, Look at this map. Just click on the pins for more info.
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Follow Up By: Stephen F2 - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 22:50

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 22:50
Temple Bar wow I stayed there in 2000 interesting place ..If you are fit can walk along the McDonnell ranges nice views ...
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Reply By: Member - Patrick C1 - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 00:38

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 00:38
Thank you all for the comments
It is much clearer now

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - DjohnW - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 19:44

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 19:44
Hi Patrick,
We stayed at Temple Bar in May 2015 for 4 nights, great place, everything was very safe and relaxed. The owners, the location ,the very clean facilities and the bonus of having grass under your feet were very welcome . When I return to Alice I won't be staying anywhere else !!!!!
Regards
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