Wycliffe Well Holiday Park, NT

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:21 December 2016 

Wycliffe Well, a small settlement located between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, calls itself the ‘UFO capital of Australia’, and hosts countless travellers at the Wycliffe Well Holiday Park every year.

Average Winter Temp: 25°C

Average Summer Temp: 32°C

Traditionally inhabited by: Warumungu people

Holidays and rules don’t agree with one another. When wanderlust strikes, it can plant dreams in your head about towering trees, majestic desert landscapes, pristine beaches and blue seas. Or, it can put you in the mood for a more eccentric variety of adventure. The kind that is nestled amid mountains and springs but has stories to tell about war and UFO sightings.

Commanding a prominent location on the Stuart highway, Wycliffe Well Holiday Park has welcomed tired travellers for a century and a half, first as a watering point long the Overland Telegraph Line stock route, then as a market garden centre for passing soldiers during World War II, and then as a refuelling station for holidaying tourists.

Camp at this quirky alien-themed holiday park the next time you’re in or around Alice Springs. Binge on delectable dishes at the property’s in-house restaurant, and sample Australia’s largest selection of beers at the bar. Stay the night in the hope of a UFO sighting or two, and spend your days exploring the Devils Marbles conservation reserve, located just a few minutes away.

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Caravan Parks / Accommodation:

Wycliffe Well Holiday Park

Tenant Creek, NT

Wycliffe Well is by itself more than capable of handling large numbers of tourists at a time. Besides cabins and motel rooms with an old-world charm, the property has an extensive grass-covered stretch with as many as 200 unpowered sites, 60 powered sites, and 25 on-site caravans. Guests can find modern toilets and showers with wheelchair access, dump points, laundry facilities, a camp kitchen and barbecues, TV and Wi-Fi, and of course the extremely popular restaurant and bar. Other perks include a fuel station, convenience store and souvenir shop, and tons of alien paraphernalia all around!

Unpowered sites:

$25/night, $35/night, $43/night and $50/night for 1, 2, 3 and 4 adults respectively

$40/night for 2 adults and 1 child; 46/night for 2 adults and 2 children; $53/night for 2 adults and 3 children

Powered sites:

$26/night, $36/night, $44/night and $51/night for 1, 2, 3 and 4 adults respectively

$41/night for 2 adults and 1 child; 47/night for 2 adults and 2 children; $54/night for 2 adults and 3 children

 

Tenant Creek Caravan Park

Tennant Creek, NT

Wycliffe Well Holiday Park is the only caravan park in the Wycliffe Well settlement. Though it’s more than capable of accommodating the huge numbers of tourists who head out there all year, caravan parks up north near Tennant Creek make for good stop-over options on your way to Wycliffe Well. Tennant Creek Caravan Park is a well-equipped property about a 4-hour drive away, located on Stuart Highway itself and offering ensuite cabins, caravan sites and tent sites, along with toilets, a kitchen, barbecues, a swimming pool, and tour booking facilities.

$20/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $10 for every additional person

$25/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 for every additional person

(Budget, standard and ensuite cabins are also available; tariffs start at $80/night)

 

Threeways Roadhouse & Tourist Park

Tennant Creek, NT

A popular caravan park located at the junction of Barkly and Stuart Highway, Threeways Roadhouse is a family-run accommodation facility that started out as a refuelling station. The property offers tourists a large number of shaded caravan sites, along with laundry facilities, a camp kitchen with free barbecues, a swimming pool, and a rest-o-bar that serves some of the most delicious meals on offer in the region.

(Management to be contacted for tariffs)

 

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:

Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

Tennant Creek, NT

One of the main attractions around Wycliffe Well Holiday Park, Devils Marbles Conservation Centre also doubles up as a pocket-friendly stay option for caravanning tourists on a tight budget. A stretch of plain with the Devils Marbles rock formations as its backdrop, can house all varieties of caravans and motorhomes. Facilities include pit toilets and picnic shelters. Camping fees are collected in an honesty box on site.

$3.30/night for one person, unpowered sites (honesty box collection)