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“Great bush campsite - less exposure to fire risk” 4 of 5 stars
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Kings Creek Station
2.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Pmb 164, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0872, Australia   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great bush campsite - less exposure to fire risk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

I recently parked our 4wd for a night after bushfire had shut the Kings Canyon resort. Easy drive in sites with power and water. Nice shaded pool and clean amenities. Friendly on site owners with strong social conscience. Blacktop highway from south and graded road to north. 15 mins to Kings Canyon walk.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Highly recommended as an alternative to over-populated King's Canyon campgrounds. Lovely service with an escort to a variety of sites so we could choose which suited us! They even have free wifi at the shop.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed in the permanent Safari tents. For our family of 4 we needed to book 2 tents, as each have room for only 2 bed. They were very comfortable, each tent has a fan and a heater, as well as a light. The bathrooms are close by and are clean. There are faciities to BBQ your own dinner, but we ate in the cafe, which serves burgers and steaks. A cooked breakfast is provided - bacon and eggs. It was a delicious and filling start to the day.
There is a simple children's playground as well as camels and horses to ride or just to say hello to. There is a pool, but we didn't use it.
It is 30kms from Kings Canyon and makes a good stopping point for the night.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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France
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

The tent sleeps two, three with a swag for a child in between the beds. There was place for a zip bag at the end of each beds. We use the radiator which was in the tent on a very low heat so we didn’t wake up cold. The showers and toilets were clean as were the kitchen facilities. The shop sold good barbecue packs and salads. Wood was provided for the camp fire and we had a very enjoyable evening cooking marshmallows and chatting to the other campers. Funny to wake up and find a camel eating a tree a few metres away from the tent. The site does advertise a pool which the children did want to use after a long walk in 28°+, they put their bathing costumes on but found the pool had not been cleaned, cold it may be for the locals but it still is advertised, we were not warned.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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49 hotel reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

It's simple. Before you book here, have a look at the website. Then you won't whinge about the accommodation once you see it. Safari Cabins are in fact permanent tents. And they're terrific. Small, yes, but terrific. They contain two surprisingly comfy single beds, a small table, a lamp, a heater (which works a treat on cold desert nights), a fan and not much room for anything else! Whilst they keep the light and bugs out surprisingly well, don't expect them to block out the snoring/snorting/farting noises coming from the other tents around you.

The communal area is an absolute highlight. Buy a BBQ pack and a bottle of red from the bar, and join in the conversations aroud the fire pit. The nights we were there, we chatted with a couple from France, a family from Germany, a couple of Kiwis, and people from all over Australia, including Adelaide, Townsville, Mt Isa and Melbourne. Great stuff.

The bathrooms are grotty but functional. If you're looking for marble benchtops, you won't find them here!! But there's plentiful hot water.

And we highly recommend the quad biking! This is a working cattle station - and the quad bike tours around the property are great. It's magnificent countryside.

Kings Canyon is extraordinary. If you can, make sure you do the Rim Walk. It takes 3 or 4 hours, and the first 500 meters is a killer - but it's so worth it once you're up there!

Kings creek Station turned out to be the highlight of our trip around central Australia. It was so nice to NOT feel like you are getting ripped off by an accommodation provider! The breakfasts are great, but get in before the tourist buses arrive!!

If you do your homework, and know what to expect, Kings Creek station is brilliant.

Room Tip: Ask for a tent away from the bathrooms - people trooping past late at night or early in the morning...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bathurst, Australia
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Great friendly service being led to our site. Nice spacious sites and very quiet. Campfire on site was an added bonus. Amenities clean and Cafe made the best milkshakes and coffees. Great place to stargaze. It's a pity it's 3,000 Kms from home

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We ended up staying at King's Creek Station one night because the other campground at King's Canyon had sold out of powered sites. Although they were our second choice for no other reason than proximity to King's Canyon, we were pleasantly surprised. Their campsites were spacious and clean and the restrooms were spotless. They have several shelters with sinks for picnics and areas for campfires. There is a pool, and palyground that looked like they would be nice in the summer. They also offer helicopter and camel rides. The best kept secret about the place is their free wireless internet. There are probably fancier campgrounds elsewhere in Australia, but in the King's Canyon area, this is the one we would return to. It had everything we needed for an Outback campground.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Pmb 164, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0872, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre > Alice Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Alice Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Kings Creek Station 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ian and Lyn Conway established Kings Creek Station in 1981. The station lies 36 kilometres from the magnificent Kings Canyon (Watarrka) and is set amongst majestic desert oaks.Kings Creek Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping, accommodation and an opportunity to experience the outback either by quad (4 wheel motorbike), helicopter or camel. Basic supplies, meals and drinks can be bought at the station shop. You could even try one of our famous Kings Creek camel burgers!!!!The station is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia and sells camels for live export, live domestic sales and meat.37 documentaries have been filmed at Kings Creek and the station hosted Australian Geographics' fourth expedition. In 2001 the world famous Australian Safari travelled through and stayed at the station. Kings Creek Station has also been featured on 7 Sunrise Weather hosted by Grant Denyer in 2012. ... more   less 
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