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The Alice Springs Show may have been postponed until next year, but we can all still celebrate the long week-end – Friday July 3 to Sunday July 5 July. Here at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday, we are offering you the opportunity to come and spend time with your family and friends in the surrounds of our beautiful park.
Check out our suggested itinerary for a 10 day stay at the park.
In the Todd Street Mall check out the many world class Aboriginal Art Galleries and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the numerous local artisan cafes. Also, in the mall is Megafauna Central, which showcases the unique megafauna that roamed Central Australia 8 million years ago. Meet the world’s largest bird and a fearsome crocodile from the Miocene epoch. Discover fascinating fossils and catch a glimpse of palaeontologists at work in the lab. Free entry, closed Tuesdays.
In the afternoon visit the School of the Air in Head St – experience ‘The World’s Largest Classroom’ – more than 1.3 million square kilometres. Open 8.30 – 4.30 Monday-Saturday,1.30 – 4.30 Sunday and public holidays, last entry 4pm.
Then end the day with a sunset camel ride – Pyndan Camel Tracks offer daily 1-hour rides – Free transfers included to and from the park.
Ask one of our reception staff about touring the West MacDonnell Ranges, either with one of our local touring companies or take a self-drive tour to discover the many and varied gorges and swimming holes. These include Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (entrance fees apply), theOchre Pits and Ormiston Gorge. Or take a tour to historic Hermannsburg, the birthplace of Albert Namatjira, and Palm Valley which is the only area in Central Australia where red cabbage palms survive.
The Alice Springs Desert Park is a must do and you could easily spend the whole day here – the desert comes alive through close-up encounters with local wildlife, native plants and aboriginal culture. The nocturnal house is particularly impressive, and don’t miss the birds of prey show. There is also a cafe onsite for a bite to eat. Open daily 7.30am-6pm.
Our Park is the perfect place to take a break, unwind and catch up on the laundry!
have 3 pools and a toddler pool that are all heated, as well as the 31-metre-long
you have kids, we have playgrounds, jumping pillows, games room and go-karts
for hire – they won’t want to leave. If you don’t have kids, enjoy a cuppa in
our adults only lounge and catch up on the latest magazines or browse the book swap.
The adults only gym is next door and fully equipped and air conditioned for
your comfort. Browse through our extensive range of souvenirs in our shop and
pick up some brochures on the many attractions around Alice.
just sit back and relax for the day, catch up with friends or make some new
Fancy a balloon ride? Experience the breathtaking feeling of floating silently above the outback. Take a 30 or 60-minute flight – return transfers, light refreshments including sparkling wine and fruit juice. See Reception to make a booking.
The Telegraph Station is an historic museum precinct with both indoor and outdoor displays, presenting the story of the connection of Australia to the rest of the world through Telegraph Communication in 1871. The Trail Station Café is a great spot to stop for a coffee or lunch. There is also an elaborate network of mountain bike trails starting from the precinct, catering to both beginners through to advanced riders. Open 7 days 8.30am-5pm.
Finally visit Anzac Hill in the centre of town for magnificent views and amazing sunsets over Alice Springs. Park your car at Anzac oval and take the ANZAC walk along the river behind the Senior Citizens rooms in Wills Tce to the RSL club in Schwarz Cres – you will find commemorative plaques from many of the wars along the way. Walk up the hill, if you’re feeling energetic, and down the steps back to your car. Otherwise drive up the hill, see the plaques along the way, and admire the ANZAC memorial which was unveiled on ANZAC day 1934.
Visit Stuart Terrace in town where you will find the Reptile Centre, Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Women’s Museum of Australia. Head to the Reptile Centre if you want a hands-on wildlife experience as they have an extensive range of reptiles, many of which you can get up close and personal with. Discover the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in this historic building and share the triumphs and tragedies of this remarkable program. They also have a cafe where you can grab some lunch. At the Women’s Museum of Australia you can learn about the work, hardships, lifestyles and triumphs of the region’s pioneering women.
The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Alice Springs. Open daily from 8am-6pm you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, morning or afternoon tea at the Bean Tree Cafe. Then wander freely along the many paths exploring some of the 600 Central Australian plant species, watch the birds, and follow the lovely themed walks around the garden.
Finke River Adventuresis a fun way to explore The Finke, Palm Valley and beyond. “Travel along our own tracks where few others have ever been, we are uniquely licensed to show you places of extraordinary beauty and cultural importance. We use ATV vehicles and work with local Aboriginal guides (when available).” Full and half day tours available.
Then visit the Kangaroo Sanctuary for a guided sunset tour. The sanctuary is the home of Brolga, star of Kangaroo Dundee. Bookings are essential and includes free transfer. (Closed between December 1 and February 1 each year).
Take a wander around theNational Road Transport Hall of Fame – Australia’s tribute to the men, women and machines of the road transport industry. This is a volunteer-based project dedicated to the preservation of our unique road transport heritage. Located just next door is the Old Ghan Train Railway Museum which has the Alice Springs Miniature Railway that is a delight for both children and adults. You can get a bite to eat here as well in their cafe. Open daily 9am-5pm.
Our friendly reception staff can book any tours for you and you will be
picked up and dropped off at the front entrance.
We also have bikes for hire if you would like to cycle into town along the
path that follows the Todd River.
And don’t forget to check out our nightly entertainment and children’s activities! Enjoy your stay with us at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park in the Red Centre!
BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park has achieved many amazing accolades in 2019 which we are so proud to have received. We love our park and work tirelessly to provide the best possible customer experience for our guests. These awards voted by guests and our peers are a confirmation we are achieving our customer experience goals. Thank you.
The Des and Margaret Watts BIG4 Supreme Award for Excellence is the ultimate recognition of our very best BIG4 parks. Winners of this award are in the respected company of parks that have set the benchmark for holiday parks in Australia.
The Des and Margaret Watts BIG4 Supreme Award for Excellence recognises BIG4 Parks that were: foremost in personal service; foremost in facilities; foremost in tourist promotion and foremost in accommodation.
The winning park is chosen after consideration of public ratings and feedback, BIG4 branding, participation in BIG4 marketing programs, quality of facilities, online sales, BIG4 membership sales and contribution to the BIG4 community.
BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is the only park to have won this award twice (the other in 2005), with 172 parks in the BIG4 network.
The Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards (Brolga Awards) are the official tourism awards program for the Northern Territory. The Brolga Awards recognise and encourage tourism businesses that strive for excellence in every area of their operation.
The 2019 Brolga Awards gala event was held on Saturday 16 November in Alice Springs.
Winners of the 2019 Brolga Awards business categories (categories 1-25) will represent the Northern Territory at the Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Canberra in February 2020.
Readers Choice Top 10 Awards are voted by visitors to parks. The families that have nominated and voted for winners have shared their memories and their experiences, and the ways these holiday parks make their guest experiences extraordinary, including BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park.
This award not only recognises excellence within the industry, but is also a resource and inspiration for all holidaying families as they plan their next adventure. To be voted number 1 in the Northern Territory is an honour. Thanks to all of those families who have visited our park with their children.
Australia’s most reputable accommodation operators don’t just hold themselves to independent quality standards; they almost always exceed their guest expectations.
The Star Ratings Gold List showcases the best hotels, motels, serviced apartments, caravan parks, hosted accommodation and self catering properties in each State.
Powered by millions of past guest ratings across hundreds of websites around the world, the Star Ratings Gold List is the ultimate form guide for your next holiday – because the accommodation you expect should be the accommodation you get.
BIG4 Macdonnell Range Holiday Park have been on the Gold List every year since it started in 2015. We are also the only holiday park in the NT to be on the list. To achieve this accolade you are required to achieve over 9 in guest ratings.
After achieving our success at the Northern Territory Brolga Awards, we are now a finalist in the Australian Tourism Awards next year.
We are offering 2 free nights in our new safari tent for some lucky, happy campers.
To enter…..’like‘ our post on Facebook and in the ‘comments‘ tell us in 25 words or less, why you would like to come and try our new safari tent.
Entries will close 5pm Friday 13 December, 2019 and the winners will be notified on our BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park Facebook page.
Terms and conditions: There is no entry fee and the competition is open to anyone. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are supplying your entry to BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to completely release of Facebook from any claims. The winner will be chosen on the merit of the 25 words on why they should win this prize. Redemption of the prize must occur within 12 months of winning and will be subject to availability.
Our park is the great base to set up camp or stay in one of our many self-contained cabins, to then explore the Red Centre. Here are some day-trip ideas within two hours of Alice Springs.
Simpsons Gap is in the West MacDonnell Ranges and only 18 kilometres from Alice Springs. Here, you will experience the towering wall of the Simpsons Range split by a narrow band of water. There are a number of walks you can attempt ranging from 15 minutes to a few hours. The Cassia Hill Trail is a one-hour round walk which also offers the spectacular views of the wider Simpsons Range. If you want to be a little more adventurous there is a cycle trail from Alice Springs all the way into Simpsons Gap.
Standley Chasm Angkerle Atwatye is as a must see spectacular geological icon of Central Australia, only 50kms from Alice Springs. Surrounded by the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, it is located in a private flora and fauna reserve owned by the Iwupataka Land Trust. Walking access to a dramatic 80m sheer rock-face of the chasm is along a well maintained trail (1.2km each way) which follows a natural creek bed. Angkerle Atwatye “the Gap of Water” is a striking geological formation that has significant botanical, bird-watching and wildlife photography appeal.
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ellery Creek is situated an hours drive from Alice Springs and is a stunning sandy-beached oasis tucked between two ridges. This gorgeous swimming spot has been carved out of the rock after thousands of years of flooding, and the overlapping concentric circles etched into the surrounding cliffs are a reminder of just how ancient this place is. There are a number of walking trails available, excellent swimming, and a quaint picnic area. The lead-up road into the creek is a dirt road but definitely worth the bumpy drive.
Another stunning landmark, Ormiston Gorge is a breathtaking swimming spot thanks with high red walls and white-limbed eucalypts. There are sandy beaches to sit and relax while dipping your toes in the cool, clear waters. Due to the relative isolation and geographical protection provided by the gorge you may see some or our native animals including the long-tailed dunnart and central rock rat. There are also marked walking tracks including the Ormiston Pound Walk which is a 3-4 hour hiking circuit that provides views overlooking the gorge. Another stunning spot well worth the drive.
Brendan, the owner and founder of BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, has been cooking up pancakes every Sunday morning for park guests for 22 years. In 1997 he had the idea to cook pancakes for his guests as a way of building interaction between guests. Everyone is given a name tag with their first name and where they are from. It is amazing how every week, people find themselves next to someone from the same suburb or town.
Overseas guests love it too as it encourages interaction with Australians and international guests alike. Brendan custom built a trailer with a giant BBQ, enough to take 20 dinner plate size pancakes in one go. He supplies maple syrup, chocolate and caramel toppings, lemon, butter and sugar to go with the pancakes. Brendan has a secret recipe for his pancakes, which he makes up in buckets and mixes with a modified paint stirrer.
The record for the most pancakes cooked in one day is 920. On average in the June/July school holidays, they will cook 500 – 600 pancakes every Sunday. During the quiet season it is still 100 – 150 pancakes a day.
Never letting a chance go by to help local charities, Brendan collects gold coin donations at pancake breakfast for the Royal Flying Doctor – and to date has raised thousands of dollars for RFDS.
Brendan is also in big demand around town with his pancake trailer and regularly supports local community events with free pancakes; such as the Running and Walking Club Australia Day breakfast on the local council lawns (7 years running), YMCA King of the Mountain Fun Run on the top of Mt Gillen (10 years), Mental Health Awareness Day ( 3 years), Alice Springs Town Council Pets on Parade (2 years), Easter in the Alice Mountain Bike Competition (1 year).
So if you’re in the park, you’re bound to see Brendan behind his pancake trailer, in his special pancake apron, with his trademark cheery grin dishing out his pancakes. He says he never gets sick of it and loves the opportunity to have a chat with guests and see them enjoying his pancakes.
There have been many who have tried to imitate us, but none as good as the original Pancake Man – Brendan Heenan.