NT Caravan Parks

Submitted: Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 19:50
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Hi Guys,

It is only 34 days till we hit the road on "Our Big Trip"! Just after some advice. Most of the time we hope to be bush camping, free camping or camping in National Parks.

However, we need some direction where to stay in the big centres i.e Alice Springs, Darwin and Mt Isa (in QLD I know)? We would prefer somewhere not packed out, with nice facilities to recharge, also don't mind staying out of town a bit.

What does everyone suggest? Any reviews or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Also if you have advice on what or where to stay away from?

Thanks in advance.

Shaun & Sarah
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Reply By: snoopyone - Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 20:02

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 20:02
Wherever you go up north in the season it will be busy.

If you are going to Darwin in the next few months you may be there for a while if the wet season sets in any time soon.

McDonnell Ranges in Alice is a great park especially if you have kids.
Free Spirit in Darwin likewise

Badgers website has innumerable Van park reviews
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Follow Up By: Member - Shaun & Sarah N1 - Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 20:14

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 20:14
thanks for feedback.

We will be in Darwin in October/Early Novemeber. Have been there before in December/January no problem with wet season and humidity.

Will check out Badgers.

Thanks again
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Follow Up By: Meggs - Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 21:49

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 21:49
We stayed at the Boomerang caravan park in July and it was just OK but crowded and no grass. I was told that Berry springs in nice but is a way out of Darwin. You have to be a bit careful around Darwin as the sandflies are friendly and give you a good welcome in some parks.
Nowhere will be packed in October as the Grey Nomads are long gone same applies to Mt Isa
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Follow Up By: jothefw - Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 16:08

Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 16:08
We stayed at Tumbling Waters, near Berry Springs last July and loved it. Quite a lot of space, even then! Lots of grass, ok amenities but best bit was it's closeness to the hot springs, we went every day!
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 23:04

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 23:04
Hi Shaun and Sandra

Check out Badger's Caravan Park Reviews for user reviews. Not all parks are represented as it is up to us, the users, to send in the reports.

At Alice Springs we stayed a short distance out of town at a lovely location but antiquated donga style amenities. Price was very cheap and location was lovely and quiet. See my report on Badger's for Temple Bar. Next time we came we were devastated to find they were fully booked out with show weekend coming up so stayed at an in town park and hated it.

I can't help with Darwin as the small centrally located park we stayed at has since closed.

At Mt Isa we stayed at Moondarra Accommodation Village on the western end of town. We chose it because it looked the best option for a quiet night. The park is also reviewed on my website as it gained a good score against my criteria.

Flip through the pages and I'm sure you will find something if interest even though i haven't got my travelogues for the trip to Darwin and through Queensland up on the site as yet. We much prefer remote bush camping and National Parks campgrounds to caravan parks in towns.



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Reply By: Marksom - Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 09:12

Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 09:12
Hi Shaun & Sarah, Mark from Ballina here, done recent central oz trip, few suggestions where we camped...Avon Down rest area on the Barkley, free camp....Devils Marbles National Park near Wauchope...McDonnell Ranges Park in Alice was excellent...Glen Helen Resort very pretty...Kings Canyon Resort ok but try Kings Crk Station...any of these interest you & I'll give further info..just yell back...enjoy, just amazing country.
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Reply By: aka - Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 09:25

Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 09:25
In Alice Springs we stayed at Wanngardi park on Ilparpa road about 8 k,s out a good quiet park Daly Waters pub park is a must and Boomerang park is o.k it is 20 k,s out of Darwin the sand flies are no problem there
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Reply By: terry j2 - Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 19:08

Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 19:08
Hi Shaun & Sarah
We recently spent 5 months in Alice at Stuart Caravan Park. Not flash but acceptable. No jumping castle, only small pool, no free Sunday pancakes. Amenities OK .Close to town and cheaper than some of the others. There is also a couple out of town in Ilparpa Road which I only saw from roadside. I believe they are very basic and probably cheaper than the rest but depends on what you want.
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Reply By: Crammo - Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 23:04

Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at 23:04
We liked G'Day Mate in Alice when we were there, friendly and helpful staff, nice park with grass (where we were) and good facilities.

Also agree with the comment above about Free Spirit in Darwin, might be a bit exy at the moment though.

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