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Summer Specials

Enjoy the fun of BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park this summer with one of these great packages:

4-NIGHT PACKAGE

4-day summer speecial

Enjoy a short getaway…relax by the pool, enjoy a free pancake breakfast Sunday morning and let the children enjoy the fun activities including the jumping pillows, go-karts, BMX track and waterslide.

Includes:
* Late check-out to 2pm
* FREE entry for 2 adults to the Alice Springs Desert Park
* FREE entry for 2 adults to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Upgrades available:
* Superior ensuite cabin $628
* Villa $700
* Deluxe villa $800

All upgrades include 2 adults and 2 children for 4 nights

BIG4 discount applies – when booked directly with the park – no other discounts apply

Valid from 16 October 2017 to 31 March 2018

Subject to Availability. Prices include GST

Late check-out subject to availability

3-NIGHT PACKAGE

3-day summer special

Enjoy a short getaway…relax by the pool, enjoy a free pancake breakfast Sunday morning and let the children enjoy the fun activities including the jumping pillows, go-karts, BMX track and waterslide.

Includes:
* Late check-out to 2pm
* FREE bottle of wine
* FREE 1-hour go-kart hire

Upgrades available:
* Superior ensuite cabin $441
* Villa $492
* Deluxe villa $570

All upgrades include 2 adults and 2 children for 3 nights

BIG4 discount applies – when booked directly with the park – no other discounts apply

Valid from 16 October 2017 to 31 March 2017

Subject to Availability. Prices include GST

Late check-out subject to availability

 

TERRITORIAN PACKAGE

2-day summer special

Enjoy a short getaway…relax by the pool, enjoy a free pancake breakfast Sunday morning and let the children enjoy the fun activities including the jumping pillows, go-karts, BMX track and waterslide.

Includes:
* Late check-out to 2pm
* FREE 1 hour go-kart hire

Upgrades available:
* Superior ensuite cabin $286
* Villa $322
* Deluxe villa $372

All upgrades include 2 adults and 2 children for 2 nights

BIG4 discount applies

When booked directly with the park – no other discounts apply

NT Drivers License required

Valid from 16 October 2017 to 31 March 2018

Subject to Availability. Prices include GST

Late check-out subject to availability

 

Call 1800 808 373 or go online to secure your booking NOW!

New Fully Equipped Gym and Reading Room

Big4 Macdonnell Range Holiday Park gym

2017 has been an extremely busy year at the park as we upgrade our facilities and add some new additions.

Many of our visitors have commented that we cater well for children but what about some extra facilities for adults? We listened and have now added a full equipped gymnasium for adult use only and a reading room. We are so proud of these new facilities and have already received very positive feedback about the quality and functionality of both.

Next time you are in the park let us know what you think about these great new facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience Incredible Mountain Biking in Alice Springs

Alice Springs Mountain Bikers

Did you know that Alice Springs has some of the best mountain bike tracks and scenery you will ever experience? Well the secret is definitely out. If you are a mountain bike enthusiast or just enjoy a ride, there are trails to
suit all fitness and adventure levels.

It is very special just to wake up at daybreak in Alice Springs and experience the the amazing sunrises but imagine being out on your bike as the skies begin to lighten from a pre-dawn grey to explode into magnificent oranges and reds as the first rays of sunlight hit the ground and surrounds. This is truly a special time to be on your bike.

When first arriving in Alice Springs you may be deceived into thinking that the trails are all the same, flat, desert trails but this is furthest from the truth. Once you start, you will be amazed by the mixed terrain of rock, quartz, sand and shale plus the miles of visibility you have all around. And did we mention the wildlife? Kangaroos, lizards, wedged-tail eagles and bearded dragons are just the start. This is truly a unique experience.

Every year Alice Springs plays host to the Mountain Bike Muster. This is the world’s only three-day mountain bike stage race and every year continues to attract more and more riders from around Australia and the world to experience the magnificence of Alice Springs and the mountain bike trails.
At Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park we welcome mountain bike riders every year for this event and all year round just to enjoy the trail riding. We have had so many mountain bike visitors we chose to build our own service area where riders can service their bikes. This has been a great addition to the park’s offering and one which has been greatly appreciated by visitors.

If you would like to know more about the mountain bike trails around Alice Springs please check out the following information.

Or to see for yourself some of the amazing scenery you will experience, watch the following video created by Flow Mountain Bike.

We look forward to hearing your stories as you ride some of the best trails in the world.

History of of Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

 

Park Entrance in 1987January 1984 saw the opening of MacDonnell Range Tourist Park by Brendan and Bev Heenan, who along with their now extended family still own and operate the park today.

 

The land currently occupied by the park was originally a market garden, initially purchased by Mick Heenan to extend his market garden business and later taken over by his son Brendan Heenan.  In the 1960s Brendan sank a bore to supply water for his thriving market garden business but in the 1970s the water from the bore became too salty and burnt the plants. Brendan and his wife Bev decided to take a different direction and started a landscaping and nursery business, leaving this land unused.

 

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Brendan however was a visionary and saw an opportunity to build a caravan park on the site to cater for a new wave of travellers coming through Alice Springs on the newly sealed Stuart Highway. Providing a park which would offer excellent facilities, great service and experiences only found in Central Australia was his vision.

Thirty-two years later and Brendan’s vision is definitely a reality with 47,000 visitors coming through the park this year equating to just over 150,000 visitor nights.

 

When the MacDonnell Range Tourist Park opened in 1984 it consisted of 150 sites, 12 cabins, and three amenities blocks. Now thirty-two years on it consists of 330 sites, 47 cabins and 5 amenities blocks.

 

Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park Alice Spinqs

Each year there have been changes to the park to help improve the visitor experience and meet the needs of travellers. New cabins, modernised amenities blocks, more caravan and camping sites, camp kitchens, jumping pillows, entertainment centre and a state-of-the-art pool complex to name just a few. Brendan Heenan and his team continually look at ways to improve the experiences in the park.

 

In 1989 the park joined the BIG4 Holiday Parks of Australia franchise and changed its name to BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park. The BIG4 brand is recognised for excellence in customer service so was a perfect partnership. The business has remained family owned and operated for thirty-two years with Brendan and Bev Heenan’s children all filling roles in the business as managers, administrators and contractors. Even the grandchildren are playing their role to help out as they grow older. Brendan, whose heart and soul are in The Alice, presides over this ever-changing family business, enriching the experience of each and every visitor.

 

Brendan Heenan’s vision in 1984 was to provide visitors with an unforgettable tourism experience, where excellence in accommodation and facilities meets good old fashioned bush hospitality, which has not changed in 32 years. This vision is what makes the BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park the most awarded park in the Northern Territory and one which many holiday stories are told and why many visitors return every year.

We look forward to welcoming you to the park soon.

Summer Specials

Enjoy the fun of BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park this summer with one of these great packages:

4-NIGHT PACKAGE

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Enjoy a short getaway…relax by the pool, enjoy a free pancake breakfast Sunday morning and let the children enjoy the fun activities including the jumping pillows, go-karts, BMX track and waterslide.

Includes:
* Late check-out to 2pm
* FREE entry for 2 adults to the Alice Springs Desert Park
* FREE entry for 2 adults to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Upgrades available:
* Superior ensuite cabin $608
* Villa $676
* Deluxe villa $773

All upgrades include 2 adults and 2 children for 4 nights

BIG4 discount applies – when booked directly with the park – no other discounts apply

Valid from 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017

Subject to Availability. Prices include GST

Late check-out subject to availability

3-NIGHT PACKAGE

Enjsummer-specials6oy a short getaway…relax by the pool, enjoy a free pancake breakfast Sunday morning and let the children enjoy the fun activities including the jumping pillows, go-karts, BMX track and waterslide.

Includes:
* Late check-out to 2pm
* FREE bottle of wine
* FREE 1-hour go-kart hire

Upgrades available:
* Superior ensuite cabin $414
* Villa $468
* Deluxe villa $540

All upgrades include 2 adults and 2 children for 3 nights

BIG4 discount applies – when booked directly with the park – no other discounts apply

Valid from 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017

Subject to Availability. Prices include GST

Late check-out subject to availability

 

TERRITORIAN PACKAGE

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Enjoy a short getaway…relax by the pool, enjoy a free pancake breakfast Sunday morning and let the children enjoy the fun activities including the jumping pillows, go-karts, BMX track and waterslide.

Includes:
* Late check-out to 2pm
* FREE 1 hour go-kart hire

Upgrades available:
* Superior ensuite cabin $276
* Villa $312
* Deluxe villa $360

All upgrades include 2 adults and 2 children for 2 nights

BIG4 discount applies

When booked directly with the park – no other discounts apply

NT Drivers License required

Valid from 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017

Subject to Availability. Prices include GST

Late check-out subject to availability

 

Call 1800 808 373 to secure your booking NOW!

Welcome to the Red Centre Show

Local Australian Geographic Photographer and Singer-Songwriter, Barry Skipsey presents his unique audio visual, The Red Centre Show every Wednesday night. Great Australian songs accompany the projection of over 400 images of Central Australia on the BIG Screen. Barry is a must for all visitors to the park. Every picture is a song in itself.

Barry has been a resident of Central Australia for more than three decades. The lyrics in many of his songs portray the colour and character of this diverse nation. Barry is a powerful singer and very engaging performer and is probably described as being a contemporary folk singer.

So what do visitors to the park say about Barry:

This year, while caravanning with friends we stayed at the Big 4 Park in Alice Springs. On the Thursday night the park entertainment was Barry Skipsey. From the moment we entered the “Shed” we were captivated. Barry has an uncanny ability to be able to entertain and involve an audience with his singing (mainly his own songs), and his story telling, not to mention the magnificent visual presentation of his photographs of this great country. Walking back to our caravans after the show and talking to others who had attended, it was clear that he had made a lot of people very happy that night, maybe it had something to do with final part of his show and the audience involvement in a great rendition of “Give me a home among the Gun Trees”. It truly was a great night. Keep up the good work Barry.

Ray and Kerry Whittingslow Diamond Creek, Vic.

We were fortunate to be part of your ‘family’ at the Big 4 in Alice Springs. We bought two of your albums and since then they have been playing constantly in the car. We are all completely hooked on Barry Skipsey and the five of us are singing along to your songs. As we climbed Kings Canyon the boys were singing “If you never, never go…”, each time we get into the car we start with, “All aboard…”, as I walked around Uluru “I need these red rocks..”. We love your music and your photography and the stories that accompany them. Thank you for your inspiration and for adding to our Northern Territory experience. You have become part of the story of our journey. So many of your songs resonate with us.

Sonia Vine Brisbane QLD

Join us on Wednesday evenings for The Red Centre Show with Barry Skipsey. You definitely will not be disappointed.

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Pancake Breakfast at Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

Pancake breakfast

Have you had the opportunity to try the delicious hot pancakes offered every Sunday at Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park? A favourite of travelers, Brendan Heenan cooks over 600 pancakes every Sunday morning to the delight of young and old. Starting this tradition over 18 years ago in 1997, Brendan soon realised his secret pancake recipe was a bit of a hit with guests. To cater for this growing demand he fashioned a special pancake trailer so he was able to cook 20 plate-size pancakes at one time. Together with lemon juice, sugar, maple syrup and toppings plus billy tea and coffee, this is the perfect Sunday morning breakfast.

To encourage people to have a chat everyone is presented with a tag with their name and place of origin. Great way to break the ice as new friendships are formed and travelling stories shared.

So what is the record number of pancakes Brendan has cooked in one sitting?………………an amazing 920! Great effort Brendan.

What is the record for the most pancakes eaten by a single person in one sitting?……..13 for a male and 9 for a female.

To cater for the volume of mixture needed Brendan prepares the batter in large buckets which he beats up using a special attachment on a drill. Now that is clever thinking.

So next time you make your booking at Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park make sure you include a Saturday night so you can enjoy the delicious Sunday morning breakfast.

We look forward to welcoming you into the park soon.

Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2016

Park staff wearing their beanies
Park staff wearing their beanies

At Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park we celebrated the Alice Springs Beanie Festival by wearing our beanies. This event began in 1997 with e ‘beanie party’ organised by Adi Dunlop and has gained international recognition since.

It has grown into a fun event where Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal artists share their culture and exhibit together. The festival is unique because of the incredible amount of community participation and unique ties with local Aboriginal organisations. The festival aims to develop Aboriginal women’s textiles, promote womens’ culture and the beanie as a regional art form, as well as promote handmade textile arts which it definitely achieves.

The festival was from June 24-27 but a display can still be viewed at Araluen Art Centre for all to see. Enjoy.

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