The campground is very large but unfortunately due to unavoidable timing we were there over the Easter weekend which meant it was very busy. Im sure it wouldnt be as packed during the school term. Still, they did a good job trying to grow some grass for tent sites on the red sand and there is a lot of space to choose from. Dont expect great views from where you pitch your tent and do expect lots of noisy kids and the usual trauma of a caravan park, however there is a great little board walk that takes you a little way up a sand dune ridge to provide some great views of the mountain range with a nice sitting area/lookout. As always in the Red Centre, bring a fly net. There is a pool (very small for the number of guests but again, it was Easter) and BBQ's and the amenity blocks were numerous and clean.
The site has a petrol station which has a small supermarket inside with a good range but be prepared to pay Central Australia rates. Surprisingly the fuel itself was not as expensive as a lot of the other roadhouses in area. The bar is well set up and has a decent range including NT Draught on Tap (you know the stuff that usually comes in "The World's Biggest Stubbie" 2L bottle) which I didnt mind. At about $6.50 a beer its comparable to what you pay in a central Sydney pub these days so was not outragous for the location. Bar staff were friendly enough but didnt go out of the way or anything.
For dinner we tried the "Bushman's Pizza" from the bar, complete with Crocodile, Smoked Roo, and Camel... yep Camel. It was really good! (dont think I'd go camel again but the smoked roo bits were awesome.) With a side of chips it was enough to feed 2 people, throw in 2 beers and there was no change from $40 but considering the price of everything else or dining in the restaurant you wont get a cheaper meal.
To do the canyon properly you need to spend a night here as driving in from elsewhere would be awefully difficult/long. The reception staff were really nice and check in was quick and easy. Not really any point spending more then 1 night that I can see unless you just want to chill out in the desert. There was Live entertainment on, a tennis court and few other activities which we didnt investigate but may be worth a look. Now here is the thing... to rent a piece of grass will cost you $16 per night per head. I know there are pools and tennis court and other bits and pieces but we didnt use/want any of that. We were backpacking and all we needed was a patch of dirt to sleep on, but that option doesnt exist. It is illegal to camp anywhere within the National Park or on the side of the road so the Resort ground is the only option. We only utilised the bar as we had had to pay to stay we might as well get a drink. Central Australia is never cheap but when the Powered sites are $18 per head, use electricity, more water, required infrastructure to put in place, and take up a lot more space for a caravan... the patch of grass option seems a bit steep.
All said and done though if you want to do the Canyon... and trust me you DO, its not that bad a place for a quick stopover the night before. Families will probably take better value and have more use for the space provided (as kids are cheaper or free and will use the facilities more) but backpackers on a budget should BYO food/drink and stay just the one night. Expensive yes, but tens times better then Ayers Rock Resort Campground.
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