Alice Springs Tourist Park, NT

We arrived at Alice Springs Tourist Park in the Northern Territory and instantly felt at ease in this peaceful and quiet caravan park.

This caravan park is close to Alice Springs City Centre (including KMART!!!) and has a fully equipped kiosk, laundry, swimming pool, kids playground and amenities blocks which made our stay a very enjoyable one.

One of the most attractive things about this park for families is that it’s across the road from Frank McEllister Park. This park hosts multiple playgrounds, swings, giant webs and all things that keep kids entertained for hours!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Alice Springs and highly recommend a stop off for a rest and recharge. It has all the facilities, shops and attractions you need for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

We’re off again, heading towards Devils Marbles!

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Big 4 West MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs NT

Now we’re talking!! Big 4 West MacDonnell Ranges has everything that leaves families wanting to stay longer!

As we have visited so many parks of late we had forgotten how great a Big 4 park truly is and all the great things they have to offer for kids!

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As soon as we arrived the kids headed off. They were torn between the huge waterslide that goes into one of their 4 x pools (one of those being heated to a beautiful 26 degrees), 2 x large jumping pillows, a play park, a games room, karts for hire, a TV room, a BMX track and the basketball court. 

Once the kids had dashed off for a play, Chris headed off to the gym. He was super keen seeing this is something we havent seen in a park since we left!!

The Big 4 hosts large grassy sites that were so nice to walk on in this dry country of ours. We’ve tracked so much red dirt into our van over the last 2 weeks, the grass was very welcomed and allowed the kids to play ball sports on them for days!!

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In addition to to the fun activities for the kids, the park has numerours large camp kitchens with herb gardens besides them for extra flavour whilst were cooking PLUS fresh drinking water. Water has been hard to come by at a few parks so we quite quickly felt relaxed being able to hydrate from our own van.

On site this Big 4 also has its own fuel station, multiple fire pits, a dinner truck and a coffee and strawberry pancake van that also has a gas heater to enjoy your dinner under some heat.

We had an amazing time at Big 4, MacDonnell Range. It really made us feel recharged like we had hit the reset button after some big days of driving and exploring in the outback. It really made our trip super enjoyable with the kids being able to get out to play at the park, on the trampolines and jumping pillows right in the middle of the Outback!!

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We travel further north now to see more of our beautiful country!

 

Kings Canyon, NT

Part of the NT and outback Australia experience is visiting the amazing Kings Canyon.

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We stayed at the Kings Canyon resort which is approx 10kms from the Canyon. The canyon offers a few different walks ranging from a 1km kid friendly version along the creek bed, a 6km Canyon rim walk for the adventure enthusiasts and a huge 22km walk for the ultra fit.

We would suggest the creek walk for those travelling with younger kids given the fact that there are no safety rails etc at the top of the Canyon walls and the rim walk for the adults, making sure you take cameras to capture your every moment.

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Again, like Uluru this was another experience that you have to see to believe as pictures just don’t do these beautiful places justice.

Uluru and The Olga’s, NT

It’s official, I love the Northern Territory  and all it has to offer! We are planning our return as soon as possible.

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From Erldunda, we drove to two natural wonders of the world, Uluru & then the Kata Tjuta ( previously known as the Olgas). They are approx 55klms apart and both can seen/walked the same day. Whenever people have mentioned how beautiful they both are, I never really understood. My eyes were completely opened. The sheer size and beauty of Uluru had me saying OMG multiple times driving into the National Park.

To access the National Park you will need to purchase a National Park pass for approximately $25 a head (kids under 4 are free) prior to driving in. The pass can be purchased online before you arrive as we found the line up at the gate was enormous and delayed a visit, especially if wanting to see a sunrise or sunset.

We were lucky enough to be able to climb the rock and then ride tandem bikes around the rock which is breathtaking & so enjoyable.

Bikes are $50 each plus $25 for a tag along or $20 for a baby seat and they allow up to 3 hrs for the bike ride. It’s approx 10kms around (but about 15km total when you do the bike pick up and drop off) and is all flat. You can also walk free of charge if you would prefer however allow for a lot longer.

We completely understand and respect the significance and history of this beauty to the Yankunytjatjara people and seeing it in person is something we will all remember for the rest of our lives. 

A short drive from Uluru are the Olga’s or Ogres from Shrek as my kids put it & again, this is a beautiful natural wonder which you should experience if you have the opportunity. We walked to the gorge which was kid friendly and we all enjoyed every second of our visit.

This visit has been priceless to all of us but especially Chloe and Cooper. We could never put into words what we experienced this week and are so grateful that we had the opportunity to come and see it in the flesh.   

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Erldunda Roadhouse, Northern Territory

We drove into the Northern Territory today and stopped off for the obligatory ‘border’ photo! Chris and I were super excited for this one as we could explain first hand what we mean by ‘crossing borders’ to the kids!

We stayed at the Erldunda Roadhouse and isn’t it a little oasis in the desert!!

With green grass (which is very hard to come by in the NT) and huge drive through sites, Chris was in heaven. The play areas, tennis courts and pool had the  kids not wanting to leave either!

Here at Erldunda Roadhouse, there are opportunities to feed Emus, Camels, Kangaroos and the famous Rooster that thinks it’s a kangaroo. You can also watch the gorgeous sun sets from a purpose built viewing station within the caravan park.

We enjoyed a bonfire by night, wifi by day and soaked up the gorgeous rays thinking of the cold winter we have left behind in Newcastle.

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As we hit the road again this morning heading for Uluru, Erldunda Roadhouse is the one we are most looking forward to returning too in a couple of days!!

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Oasis Caravan Park Coober Pedy, SA

We drove into the Opal capital of world, Coober Pedy and instantly fell in love with the small town.

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We stayed at the Oasis Caravan Park on an en-suite site and once set up, quickly set off on a guided tour of the town hosted by the friendly Oasis staff.

The park hosts both day and night tours & takes guests to where they shot the movies; Priscilla, Pitch Black and Mad Max. The day tour shows an incredibly dry golf course that I’m sure my dad would love to still hit off on, underground churches and homes, an underground cinema and opal mines with shafts as deep as 30 metres into the sandstone ground.

The caravan park has an indoor pool, games room which the kids loved and a noodling pit where the kids can fossick for their own opals.

Coober Pedy is an incredibly dry and warm town and was amazing for the kids to see how privileged their life is! We have ample water which is something so scarce out here!

Onto our next adventure, Erldunda!

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Shoreline Caravan Park, Port Augusta

When Chris & I first sat down to plan out our outback adventure, Port Augusta was a spot that was a must see for us as neither of us have visited yet. South Australia is a beautiful part of our country and one that we are excited to see much more of!

Renowned for where the ocean meets the desert, Port Augusta hosts a number of caravan parks. We were lucky enough to get a spot at the Shoreline Caravan Park. This parks spots are snapped up daily as it is close to both the CBD & the water. We were greeted by extremely friendly and great staff!! We were lucky enough to have a large, drive through en-suite site which made for an enjoyable stay. Chloe and Coop were even gifted a map of Australia plus a cute wombat each which they haven’t let go of yet!

Again we were only able to stay the one night but we leave Port Augusta, loving what we have seen. Our journey now takes us further North to Glendambo.

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Bring on Australia.