Best CP in Alice Springs

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 11:26
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Hi, Would like some opinions on the best cp/ camping spot (perferablly powered) in Alice Springs for Family of 4 and our trak shak.

Also where would be a camping spot between Camooweeal and Tenant Creek ??

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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 11:51

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 11:51
On separate occasions, SWMBO and I have stayed at G'day Mate Tourist Park, Alice Springs Heritage Caravan & Tourist Park, and MacDonnell Range Tourist Park (all within a stones throw of each other, & the latter with ensuite van sites), and we have no complaints about any of 'em...

Of the 3 mentioned, our preference would go to the MacDonnell Range park, on the basis that we prefer the ensuite sites, and IMO, much nicer atmosphere overall.. (YMMV;-))







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Reply By: Vivid Adventures - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 12:14

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 12:14
I like G'day mate.
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Follow Up By: Member - John D (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 12:22

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 12:22
Yes, ditto with the G'day Mate C/P
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Reply By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 12:20

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 12:20
I stayed at both G'Day Mate and the McDonnell Ranges (Big4) parks last year.

Both were good. I preferred G'Day Mate though. I found it to be a smaller, friendlier park and a bit cheaper than McDonnell Ranges.

Between Camooweeal and Tennant Creek, Barkly Homestead has camping. It's about 180km before Tennant. There would be some free camps along there as well, but I haven't used any of them.

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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 13:17

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 13:17
If you stay at any of the above check out the pub (across the road, around the corner or next door depending which one you stay at). They have a good snake and lizard handling evening show two nights each week (free).

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Reply By: Steve63 - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 14:09

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 14:09
If you go to the McDonnald Range park, check to see if it is school holidays anywhere. It is a good park at other times. We ended up in between 3 different schools and it was a pain. Wife coldn't get into the facility area as there were always 20 to 30 kids in there. Other womens facilities were packed also because of overflow. Every one of these groups seems to have 5 girls for every boy. Meal times were like riot control more than anything else. There was the occassional fist fight to add a bit of variety. Then there were the patrols trying to prevent tent swapping that seemed to go on all night. We ended up moving to a smaller park on Larapinta Drive Stuart Caravan Park I think it was. Much more relaxed.

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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 14:29

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 14:29
If your kids are of the age that they like jumping castles the MacdonaldRanges Big4 is the go , has also some activities for the grown ups ,,,didgereedoo lessons,campfire bush balladeer ,4x4 classes,star gazing ect ,,,, beware though that some sites are fairly "small"
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 14:33

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 14:33
Yep - the MacDonnel Ranges CP is close enough to the town centre (5 minute drive) and sets a high standard in service and facilities. Been there about 3 times now - we have a camper trailer and usually opt for a spot right up in the far back corner.
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Reply By: DesF - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 18:31

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 18:31
Hi Have been stopping at the Stuart C/Park for years, good amenities and fairly quiet.
Have stayed at mcdonald ranges also, a bit hectic ,
Cheers Des.
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Reply By: Member - Bob S (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 20:27

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 20:27
We stayed at MacDonnell Range Holiday Park (Big 4) and enjoyed the five days stay. Plenty of activities and close to town. Most parks in Alice will be busy this time of year. Probably a good idea to book ahead.

Barkley Homestead is a nice spot to stay between Mt Isa and Tennant Creek. Look for a shady site away from the generator, which runs all night. They have powered sites.

Enjoy the trip

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Reply By: Member - Paul S (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 22:10

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 22:10
G'day Jodie,
We are currently on site 172 (unpowered) in the McDonnell Range Big4 park, right at the rear.
The only thing between us and the spectacular range is about 200 metres of light scrub. We wake each morning to the sun rising over it.
But please keep this to yourself.
Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 22:16

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 22:16
Keep your eye out, you may see some Rock Wallabies-or some other kind; I don't pretend to be a wildlife expert!!
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Reply By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 19:48

Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 19:48
G'day Mate - small, friendly, comfortable - not as noisy generally as some others.
Make sure you go to the date farm next door for some date ice cream or date scones for afternoon tea -yum -yum!!
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