Alice Springs Caravan Parks

Looking for Alice Springs Caravan Parks?

If there’s one thing that Alice Springs does well in terms of accommodation, it’s caravan parks. There’s 8 different caravan parks in Alice Springs to choose from.

Whether you’re looking for a 4 Star caravan park with free activities for kids, one that’s dog friendly, or one that’s in a quiet, natural bushland setting, you’ll find it somewhere in around Alice Springs.

On this page, we’ve reviewed every one of Alice Springs caravan parks, by category and individually.

Use this complete guide to Alice Springs caravan parks to save you time, frustration and money by finding the park that’s right for you and your van.


Caravan Parks Closest to Town

Stuart Caravan Park and Tourist Lodge | Wintersun Caravan Park


Pet Friendly Caravan Parks

Alice Springs Heritage Caravan Park | Temple Bar Caravan Park | Wanngardi Caravan Park


Recommended for Families

MacDonnell Range Holiday Park | Heavitree Gap | G’Day Mate | Stuart Caravan Park and Tourist Lodge | Wintersun Caravan Park


Best Value for Money

G’Day Mate | Heavitree Gap|Stuart Caravan Park and Tourist Lodge | Temple Bar Caravan Park| Wanngardi Caravan Park


Quiet Bushland Setting

Heritage Caravan Park | Temple Bar Caravan Park| Wanngardi Caravan Park


Alice Springs Heritage Caravan Park

Lot 8483 Ragonesi Rd (approximately 5km south of town centre) Ph: 08 8952 3135 or 08 8953 1418

Alice Springs Heritage Caravan Park

Alice Springs Heritage Caravan Park is located along Palm Circuit/Ross Highway which is Alice Springs caravan parks central!


This is a fairly ordinary, somewhat daggy looking caravan park, which is good for parking motor homes (RVs), buses and even setting up teepees (!), because of its big, open layout. There’s lots of room, plenty of shade and at night it’s nice and dark.

New management have taken over the Alice Spring Heritage Caravan Park in early 2011 and are slowly upgrading the park. There is now a shop that’s open 7 days per week, wifi and a small library. Expect to see reviews of this park improve, as the new owners are working hard to improve. There are a few permanents here, and their vans are a bit daggy, but they’re a quiet, friendly lot.

Facilities: On-site vans with a/c, cabins, shady powered sites, grassed camping sites, shady BBQ area, swimming pool and picnic area, laundry, hot showers, gas bottle refills, disabled access, caravan repairs.

Cost: $36 per night for a powered site, peak season.

What’s bad: It’s tired and in need of some upgrades. Some people don’t like the lack of night time lighting here (to me, that’s a bonus!), other people’s dogs, or that there’s only one set of toilet/shower facilities.

Suitable For: Dog owners. If you don’t like dogs, DO NOT STAY HERE.  The biggest complaint we’ve heard from friends about this park is the noise from dogs. Repeat: don’t stay here if barking dogs bother you. The Heritage Caravan Park specialises in catering to people who holiday with their pets (please note that there’s a $50 bond per dog if you do so).


G’Day Mate Tourist Park

Palm Circuit, Alice Springs 08 8952 9589

G'Day Mate Tourist Park

If you’re looking for a caravan park with very friendly, helpful management and don’t give two hoots about whether there’s karaoke or jumping castles, then G’Day Mate Tourist Park is the place for you.

Located in Palm Circuit (that’s Alice Springs caravan parks central!), G’Day Mate has a cringeworthy name, but really great hospitality. They will even park your van for you.

Besides great service, the park has two amenities blocks that are sensibly located at either side of the park. The facilities here are all very well maintained, and the presentation of the park is always neat and clean ­ no matter what time of the year we’ve passed by.

There are a few permanents here, tidy and quiet by most accounts.

Facilities: Concrete slab sites and 33 ensuite sites for caravans, a few cabins, 62 powered sites, lots of grassy unpowered sites, a commercial grade laundry, swimming pool, BBQ areas, internet available, waste pump out.

Costs: ensuite sites start at $40; powered sites from $30

What’s bad:If you’re looking for a kiosk or karaoke, you’ll have to go down the road! It can get a little crowded during peak seasons.

Suitable for: Anyone really ­ unless you’re looking for holiday activities to entertain the kids. It’s one of the best value, highest rated of all Alice Springs caravan parks.


Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge & Caravan Park

Palm Circuit (first on your left heading south through the Gap). The caravan park entrance is through the lodge/resort entrance. Ph: 08 8950 4444.

Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge & Caravan Park

Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge wins the prize for the most spectacularly located of the Alice Springs caravan parks. It’s right at the base of the MacDonnell Ranges, just south of Heavitree Gap. It’s also right on the Todd River (usually dry), which means there’s lots of shady River Red Gums.

Feeding the wild Black-Footed Rock Wallabies in the afternoons -they live on the rocky ranges behind the park- is very popular with visitors who stay here.

If you’re looking for LOTS of facilities, like a tavern supermarket and entertainment, then the Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge is a good choice. However, don’t expect anything flash. It’s basic and serviceable.

To book in is easy: you drive in, find a vacant site, park on it and then tell the office where you are. The sites are a little more spacious than at MacDonnell Range & G’Dday Mate, and a little cheaper as well.

Facilities: 90 powered caravan sites and 3 acres of tent sites. Two amenity blocks, laundromat, supermarket, gas BBQs, Petrol Station, swimming pool, playground, tour desk, bicycle hire, free entertainment, tavern.

Costs: Powered sites from $20 per night.

What’s bad: Amenities are a little tired. Some visitors complain about Aboriginal people using the tavern and going to the toilet (I’m not making this up! I cannot believe that people find this offensive.).

Suitable for: Families, budget-conscious folks, people who like a cold beer at a pub.


MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

Palm Circuit, Alice Springs. Ph. 1800 808 373

MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

Looking for big, clean, luxury caravan parks with more entertainment than you can handle? The 4 Star MacDonnell Range Caravan Park is the top rated of all Alice Springs caravan parks.

Personally, I find resort-style entertainment like karaoke and didgeridoo playing way too cheesy for my tastes, but other folks love it. If you’re after these kinds of activities, plush ultra-clean, modern amenities, then the MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is for you.

The park is renowned for friendly staff, who’ll help you to your site and give you lots of local tourist info. This is a peaceful, spacious park which has no permanents. There’s a good dump point, a little too much night time lighting for my tastes and lots of different van spots to pick from.

Facilities: Ensuite, powered and unpowered sites, several amenities blocks, recreation room. TV room, jumping pillows, adventure playgrounds, BMX track, half court basketball, go karts, bike hire, 2 swimming pools and children’s wading pool, gas BBQs, mini mart, LP Gas refills, central dump point and sullage point, laundry, fuel, camp kitchens, wireless and internet.

Costs: Ensuite site $62 per night; powered site $40 per night.

What’s bad: It’s expensive.The lights at night ($%%*#!!). Karaoke (should be outlawed).

Suitable for: Families and people who like a touch of luxury.

Get the best rates for the MacDonnell Range Holiday Park and read more reviews.


Stuart Caravan Park

Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs ph. 1300 823 404

Stuart Caravan Park

Located within walking distance of the town’s centre, the Stuart Caravan Park is a great choice if you want to be close to Alice Springs shops and tourist attractions. In fact, you’re only a stone’s throw away from the Araluen Cultural Centre, the Museum of Central Australia and the Connellan Aviaton Museum

The Stuart Caravan Park is closest to the centre of town of all the Alice Springs caravan parks.

The Stuart is a good choice for families wanting to stay in a safe, clean and convenient caravan park. Again, this is a park with very friendly, helpful staff who’ve got very good local knowledge about attractions and road conditions. The park has a great pool area, a playground, a shop, and a lot of shady grassed areas. Family members who’ve stayed here have liked it so much, they’ve come back for more.

Facilities: powered and unpowered sites with grassed or concrete slab available, 2 amenity blocks. All powered sites have individual power, water and sullage, BBQ facilities, pool, playground, mini-mart, camp kitchen, laundry, TV room, bike hire, wireless internet, LP gas refills.

Cost: powered sites are $31 per night; unpowered $26

What’s bad: If you’re looking for peaceful bushland, this park isn’t for you ­ it’s located within Alice Springs suburbs. The shop hours are short.

Suitable for: families, anyone who wants to walk or cycle around Alice Springs, or would just like to be close to the town’s main attractions.

Get the best rates and read more about the Stuart Highway Caravan Park.


Temple Bar Caravan Park

Temple Bar Caravan Park

875 Ilparpa Rd, Alice Springs (08) 8952 2533

From the south: turn off the Stuart Hwy left into Ilparpa Road just after the Transport Hall of Fame

From the north: turn right into Ilparpa Road about 2 km after Heavitree Gap.

Now, we’re going to tell you about two Alice Springs caravan parks that are next door to each other, set in secluded bushland locations. I love these two ­ because they’re quiet and DARK at night time. You actually get to see the incredible outback sky at night as it should be seen rather than seeing it discoloured by floodlights.

Temple Bar Caravan Park is dog-friendly, basic and clean. You won’t find playgrounds, huge camp kitchens or TV rooms and activities here. What you get instead is blissful peace, bushland and amazing views of the MacDonnell Ranges and the Temple Bar Range.

And no bloody lights at night.

There are a few permanents here, so if that bothers you, don’t stay here.

Facilities: large shady sites, dated amenities block, wildlife, great scenery, bushwalks, pet-friendly, laundry.

Cost: $18 per night for a powered site (a bargain!)

What’s bad: no pool, BBQs, playgrounds. Dated facilities. 11 km south of Alice Springs.

Suitable for: pet owners, people who want peace and quiet, budget-conscious travellers


Wanngardi Caravan Park

Lot 1840 Ilparpa Rd, Alice Springs (08) 8953 3738

email: acaciamick@yahoo.com.au

Wanngardi Caravan Park

From the south: turn off the Stuart Hwy left into Ilparpa Road just after the Transport Hall of Fame

From the north: turn right into Ilparpa Road about 2 km after Heavitree Gap

Located right after Temple Bar Caravan Park is the tiny Wanngardi Caravan Park. It’s the least-known of all the Alice Springs caravan parks.

It’s quiet, shady and has a great community feel. It’s also pet friendly.

Don’t be put off by first impressions! Wanngardi is a real outback secret: a well-kept, bushland caravan park with a few permanents (separate from tourists sites).

All sites are defined with little stone walls and raked regularly. The owners are friendly and knowledgable; they’ll gladly show you round the park, talk about tourist attractions, and love to just have a chat.

Amenities are basic, although some people don’t seem to cope with them well. There are unisex amenities scattered around the park with separate toilets and showers. The laundry is very basic and small.

Facilities: powered and unpowered sites, lots of amenities, BBQs, basic camp kitchen, small playground, bushland setting, pet friendly.

Costs: $25 powered site; $15 for unpowered

What’s bad: basic, dated facilities. No pool. A long way out of the town centre. If you have problems with steps, the amenities could be challenging.

Suitable for: pet owners, people who want peace and quiet, budget-conscious travellers


Wintersun Caravan Park

2km N of town centre on Stuart Hwy. Ph: 08 8952 4080.

Wintersun Caravan Park

Located in the congenial Northside area of Alice Springs (where we live!), the Wintersun Caravan Park is an upmarket, very clean and very popular destination for many grey nomads and travellers.

The park is one of only two Alice Springs caravan parks located north of Heavitree Gap, in the actual town. Wintersun is about 2km (20min) walk from the town centre, but only 400m from a complete supermarket, bottleshop, newsagent, and the town’s best butcher (Shorty’s Meats).

Wintersun has a reputation for being very friendly and good value for money. You definitely need to book here in the peak (winter) tourist season. The park has a wide range of accommodation, ranging from 4 star cabins to powered and unpowered sites.

It’s shady and grassed, has 2 amenities blocks, great BBQ areas, a pool area and playground. It’s very close to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station and the School of the Air ­ both are within easy walking distance.

Facilities: cabins, powered and unpowered sites, pool, BBQ area, playground, LP Gas refills, camp kitchen, laundry. Close to town and main tourist attractions.

Costs: $32 per night for a powered site

What’s bad: It’s on the Stuart Highway (although this isn’t really a problem).

Suitable for: families, anyone who wants to walk or cycle around Alice Springs, or would just like to be close to the town’s main attractions.


We’d love to know your thoughts on the Alice Springs caravan parks we’ve written about on this page

Your experiences will help other people, so please leave an honest review about any of the Alice Springs caravan parks in the comments section below. Whether it’s good or bad news, we’d love to know.

4 Comments

  • Rod Cramer says:

    G’day, your prices confirm your information is a bit dated, so I would like to give you some update about Temple Bar Caravan Park. We have spent quite a bit on upgrading the ladies showers, and have plans for the rest of the amenity block. But the big news is we have converted all our travellers sites to drive thru – they are still about 150 square metres. While we have never had any problems, we have upgraded the power supply to these sites, to THREE 15amp fully protected outlets for each site, plus two water taps, plus sullage point.
    Our long term (there is no such thing as “permenant”) residents would also very much resent your comments about them. We have worked very hard to maintain the highest possible quality of client, and are very happy with our current lot.

    thanks & cheers
    Rod Cramer, 0418524335

  • V says:

    Avoid Heavitree gap AT ALL COST! The description here doesn’t really compell with reality.
    Probably one of the worst park I’ve stayed at: unfriendly and unwelcoming staff, dated amenities, very crowded parks and very small campgrounds, no proper camp kitchen,bloody lights at night, very noisy both the visitors and the tavern, security codes to enter showers and if that wasn’t enough, a guard that doesn’t hesistate to get you out at 9pm to see if you’ve got the tag to stay the night (not blaming the person, he’s doing what he’s told).
    It was more like a military training ground than a campground. Never seen such a bad cost/quality ratio. Nightmarish

  • Angela Heinrich says:

    We stayed at the Wanngardi Caravan Park and found it well set out, peaceful and out in the bush. What a gem of a park. The kids enjoyed the camp fires and the amenities were clean and tidy. Thanks for the great hospitality.

  • Rod Cramer says:

    Your prices indicate your description is even more outdated than 12 months ago. Allow me to further update your info about Temple Bar Caravan Park.

    These past summer months we have completely renovated the inside of the ladies toilets, with new floor, floor joists, floor covering, Laminex lining and cubicles, and cubicle fit out. Some further minor improvements to the ladies showers. Ditto for the mens toilets, plus we have increased the internal size of the mens ablutions, and made substantial improvements to the mens showers. Although there hasn’t been a problem requiring this, we have completely rewired all the electrical wiring in the amenities block, including the laundry. The Laundry roof and toilet walls have all been insulated.

    All our sites are individually metered for power, with power costs just under the Australian domestic average (set by the Power Authority).

    No checkout time. We look forward to seeing you!

    Thanks & Cheers

    Rod Cramer
    0418524336

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