camping at Alice Springs

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I was looking for some information about where the safe places are to camp at Alice Springs after hearing some stories about how rough it is out there so safety is my families first priority.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 12:21

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 12:21
Well you don't camp in the Alice as such. You stay in formal accommodation facilities, such as caravan parks. As for safety.... Only an issue after dark.... If you are back in your digs by night, you'll probably be unaware of any 'local troubles'. Never been a worry the many times we've been there. A great place and region to visit.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 13:07

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 13:07
As Darian says, stay in a decent caravan park and use commensense if you go out at night and you wont have any trouble. We usually stay at the MacDonnell Range CP (Big 4 I think) but there are others as well. Alice Springs, Darwin and Broome are about the only places where we would stay in a CP as a matter of course - the rest of the time we bush camp and have never had any problems.

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Follow Up By: Member - Justin O (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 22:21

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 22:21
John and Val
Broome not safe anymore? Pity. I was there for 6 months on and off in 1982. I know that was a while ago but it was still a bit of a frontier town then. We used to camp at Crab Ck and Dune 21 just south of where the Cable Beach Resort is now and never had one bit of trouble.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 22:51

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 22:51
Hi Justin,
I was not intending to suggest that Broome was not safe. Rather that we would use a CP there because there dont seem to be many bush camping spots close to town, and the place is crowded with people all looking for somewhere to stay, bush camp or not, so getting into a CP works for us. Even further north beyond Willie Creek it could be hard to get a spot.
Unfortunately we havent been there for 3 or 4 years, so given the rate that Broome was growing things may be different now..

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Follow Up By: Member - Justin O (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 22:59

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 22:59
Hi Val
I think I would be probably disappointed to see the size of Broome and number of people there now. After all it was 30years ago. Just like a lot of places nowadays, as the towns grow, the number of close-by bush camps disappear. I don't remember the name Willie Ck but then we didn't venture too far north much at all. Didn't need too!
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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 13:59

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 13:59
Interesting to hear this. I will be there next Easter camping. Me and maybe another five hundred more with our nationals occuring there. Might need to start looking at accomodation now.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 14:54

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 14:54
Hi Katz

We loved the environment our of town a little way at the rather basic but priced to match Temple Bar CP. VERY safe and secure a few kilometres out of town. The following year we arrived at show weekend were devastated to find our chosen park fully booked, and had to get into a crowded in town park and hated it, but no security problems at all. There is now another small CP nearby - Wanngardi. Check out Badger's NT reviews for reveiws of Aliice Springs CPs. We also spent a few weeks camping in the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, Palm, Valley, Kings Canyon, Uluru and Chambers Pillar. All good and safe.

Obviously, don't let the children roam free along the Todd River bed in town on a Friday night.

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Follow Up By: katz78 - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 15:19

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 15:19
Thank you everyone who has replied and have found it all to be very usefull information
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 17:09

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 17:09
Katz : Its not just at night that you need to careful of your safety .... wrong place at the wrong time in Alice springs.... I'm an ex Alice springs resident & i'm not trying to put you off , Its a great place to live or visit but just remember the stories ....
I would be on my guard in the CBD any time of the day .

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-03/alice-springs-rape-arrest-and-follow/3987182
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Follow Up By: Member - Josh- Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 19:46

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 19:46
As I read it, the girls were sleeping in thier car ??? not a good idea.
The guy was walking home at Midnight after leaving the casino!! He was probably watched and followed.
Why don't people post I'm heading to Melbourne, what should I be careful of, where is it safe to stay. This sort of thing happens every day in Melbourne but no one seems to worry about it. Use common sense and it shouldn't be an issue. I worked in Alice for a week and never felt unsafe, neither did my wife or kids.
I would not reccomend what either of the people in the article did even in melbourne.

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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:03

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:03
What Nick says is right! Be on you guard ALL the time. Yes. Melbourne has its trouble too but if you wanted to work out the odds of being assaulted Id bet my last dollar on it happening in Alice Springs!
Stay well away from groups of young Indigenous during the day if possible and dont walk anywhere at night!
Lock everything and leave nothing in eye sight.

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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:33

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:33
Josh I agree , But compare apples with apples 30, 000 people in Alice = Melbourne 3000000 ?. Alice is NO quite little country town ....

people pull up on the side of the road often all over the place & this is what the girl did apparently .....
In Melbourne or in your own town i guess you would know where no to be .

I live in Alice for over 20 years and in most cases felt safe to , i would camp out a lot but I do know what it like at time .

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Follow Up By: Member - Josh- Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:47

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:47
Hi Nick, If people use common sense there is very little risk. As I said I worked there for a week. I was fininshed in reasonable time of a night so I was home before it got dark. We never went out late at night. If we saw a group of people standing around we went the other way. Not hard to do really. Some people ask for trouble. There are streets in Melbourne I wouldn't walk down late at night. People do it then complain when they get mugged.
My point was if there use common sense they should be right, no need to be scared. If they don't use common sense.. well what ever happens, happens.

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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:58

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:58
Gday Nick,
Are you still in Alice?
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 21:13

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 21:13
Gday Hairy . No living in victor Harbor SA past 16 years . went back for last year finke & few day in May this year ......Its just the same but bigger ....
How about you ?

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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 22:00

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 22:00
Na mate I got out of there nearly two years ago. Its nothing like it was 16 years ago.......( 16 years ago I wouldn't have considered leaving!)Its a great place to visit but leaving was the best thing we ever did! The place has gone down hill fast! People have been leaving in droves over the last few years.
You start to accept the violence and abuse and think its normal until you leave......havent been in blue since we left. LOL
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Follow Up By: Members Pa & Ma. - Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 12:13

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 12:13
Hi,
Hairy is correct, The Alice used to be our main shopping place. It has really changed! for the worse.
If you have kids, go to McDonnell Range Big four.
If you're a quiet couple go to The Winter sun, or The Heritage.
I wouldn't recommend. Heavy Tee C.P.
Don't go out after dark.

Katherine is the same, mainly after Dark. I wouldn't camp at Barrow Creek either.
Tenant Creek & Wycliffe well are really good if you pick the good C.P. in Tenant
Creek out of town, The Out back I think.
Take care, safe travels.
Bye for now Ma.
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Reply By: Frances - Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 13:17

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 13:17
I would just stay in one of the main caravan parks in town if I were you then all will be good.
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Reply By: Litlbalt - Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 14:58

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 14:58
We have just returned from our trip to the Outback including Alice and we stayed at the G'day mate park excellent park very clean and super friendly and a hell of alot cheaper then the big 4 over the road for a powered site we paid $30 at g'day mate and over the road was $48.

We also found that the "locals" didn't really take notice of you, not once did I feel unsafe and we also walked to and from the pub down the road for dinner no problems at all.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 21:49

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 21:49
Mate its not the " locals " that you need to be worried about , its the gangs of youths !!!!
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Reply By: Travis22 - Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 16:12

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 16:12
On our way up to the Kimberley in 2010, i stopped over in Alice for one night.

Stayed at the Swagmans Rest Apartments with internal 'secure' carparking.

I went to bed very late, and woke a few times through the night to look out at our vehicle parked less then 2m from my beside window.

Upon waking at first light i went outside to see the ratchet tie down straps over our gear in the ute tray had been set on fire and all of our stuff had been opened, and rummaged through. (Instead of undoing the straps, they just set them on fire so the straps burnt through and fell to the ground).

Nothing was taken, even through they seemed to have opened every single container / bag zip in our load. Obviously, IMO they were just looking for alcohol.

As i looked around the carpark, i noticed every single ute or vehicle with stuff on its roof, had the lids open, stuff on the ground etc.

I dropped into the police station on my way out just to let them know... Bloke was apologetic but said basically if all i lost was some tie downs (mind you over a hundred dollars worth) then i was very lucky.

Travis.
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 20:53

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 20:53
Ah yes. Our proud countrymen doing some after hours shopping..
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