As the sun traces amber peaks, an outback night sky awaits in full view from the rise at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park.
The beautiful, grassy communal area, peppered with red soil, is perfect for cheese and biscuits, a short wander from your villa or camp.
In fact, that’s exactly what caravan park owner and host Brendan Heenan offers guests on a Friday night. He really believes in bringing guests together, which has underpinned the overall design of this fabulous, friendly caravan park.
Set back on sealed Palm Place, away from the highway noise, you’ll find grassy powered and non-powered sites a five minute drive from Alice Springs. They’re large enough for the annexe or fold-out canvas camper trailers with slab options available to those travelling in a caravan.
Ensuite sites add a touch of luxury for campers with young families or just opt for air-conditioned comfort for up to six people in five styles of cabin.
Motorhome travellers and early risers keen to stay hitched will easily negotiate the drive-through sites. There are new laundries and toilet amenities throughout, with campers and caravanners free to mingle at six newly renovated camp kitchens.
After a long drive and set up, kick back poolside as the kids gain speed down the slippery slide.
Three pools onsite, including a toddler pool, provide a reprieve from outback heat. A size restriction on on one of two jumping pillows provides a safe bounce for little ones to play. You’ll also find two playgrounds, a BMX pump track and a half basketball court.
Animal attractions headline the MacDonnell Range Holiday Park kids’ holiday program at peak periods, and there’s a games night and movies on Thursday nights year-round.
No need to burden the bumper for a peddle frenzy with peddle-carts and bikes available for hire.
Keen to pass down camping traditions? You’ll find free firewood for communal campfires and marshmallows from the well-stocked kiosk.
The pools, campfires, and mound aren’t the only communal areas available to patrons at the BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park. The main camp kitchen is an absolute beauty for large groups plus there’s the 13×12.5m Kanga shed, built in 2012 for park events.
Throughout the high season, food and coffee vendors drop-in in support Royal Flying Doctor Service. In fact, last year, the BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park raised more than $10,000 for the well-loved service.
Of course, if you’re after some peace, take five in the reading room or sweat it out at the gym.
You’ll find ample opportunity to hit the grape vine with the BIG4 MacDonnell Range legendary pancake and Billy tea breakfasts hosted every Sunday, free to all patrons.
Pushing into the outback region? Monday nights, Joel Fleming of Four W.D. Awareness shares valuable insight during the 4WD Preparation and Planning talk.
Inspect the night sky Tuesday evenings with resident astronomer Andrew. Then join iconic Aussie, Barry Skipsey for a photographic spectacular and true blue sing-along.
Saturday night, enjoy a haunting performance with internationally-acclaimed Indigenous performer Andrew Langford on the didgeridoo.
At the site of the former market gardens, MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is within the leafy part of town. You’ll spot birds at the Ilparpa Ponds nearby.
For a pleasant lunch and an introduction flora and fauna of central Australia visit the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens.
And finally, the glorious East and West MacDonnell Ranges, with easy walks to Indigenously significant Emily and Jessica gorges 10km away.
Close to Blatherskite Park, the tourist park is a comfortable base for the Alice Springs Show, Red CentreNATs and Crusty Demon patrons. And, there’s an awesome BMX nearby.
A short drive away, historians will lose a day at National Road Transport Hall of Fame, the National Pioneer Woman’s Hall of Fame and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Rex, a school-kid favourite at MacDonnell Ranges Holiday Park, offers reptilian adventures at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, but you’ll also find animal attractions at the Alice Springs Desert Park or the Kangaroo Sanctuary.
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25 Palm Pl, Ross NT, Australia
1800 808 373
State: Northern Territory
CIAA Accredited: N/A
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Wheelchair Accessible Cabins