An overnight getaway at Hale River homestead

An hours drive east of Alice Springs is a little oasis, just perfect for an overnight or weekend getaway. Hale River Homestead on Old Ambulindum Station is a station stay nestled within the East MacDonnell Ranges along the Binns Track in Central Australia.

Overnight or weekend getaways are few and far between out of Alice. Aside from a 5 hour drive to Uluru, there are only a handful of places you can go that aren’t camping only. Hale River Homestead not only offers a campground but it also has the old homestead, a cottage, the gen shed or a bunkhouse to rent for overnight or long stay if camping isn’t your thing. ‘The Workshop’ even caters for meals and drinks, if you don’t feel like cooking or packing all the food you need to cook something!

Girl in the Pjs Hale River Homestead
Girl in the Pjs Hale River Homestead
Girl in the Pjs Campfire
Girl in the Pjs Hale River Homestead
Girl in the Pjs Hale River Homestead

Our Getaway

We rented the bunkhouse for our Picnic Day overnight getaway at Hale River Homestead. There was a brief moment when we considered getting away for the entire weekend but with the small kids, one night is optimal, leaving the long weekend Monday to do other chores. Jemima reminded us of this while I walked her in the Bjorn at 12:30am!

The Bunkhouse has a fully equipped kitchen and a BBQ, perfect for a sausage dinner for the kids, to reheat brisket for the adults and for bacon and eggs in the morning! None of which I can take credit for.

Marshmallows by the fire and a wine or two was just a dream due to the Jemima troubles but next time. She won’t be little forever. We’ll definitely be taking another getaway weekend at Hale River Homestead.

Innovations in hand cream

Every now and then you discover something that is genius. This month I discovered Enbacci brightening hand and nail cream with SPF 15. I know, adding sunscreen into a hand cream is mind-blowing in itself, but Enbacci hasn’t just added sunscreen to hand cream, they have also made it non-greasy. You heard me, non-greasy. It dries almost immediately! I tend to avoid or forget to put sunscreen on my hands due to the grease factor. No more with Enbacci’s Brightening hand and nail cream.

Along with the eyes and neck, hands are one of the first areas to start displaying signs of ageing. In addition to age spots and wrinkles, collagen levels naturally deplete over time which can leave hands looking sallow and dehydrated. To combat this, dermatologists often recommend an integrated approach to hand care in the form of a nourishing hand cleanser, day time SPF protection, and hydrating night time moisture routine. By protecting and restoring the hands, a UV-induced enzyme referred to as Matrix Metalloproteinase (MMP) is inhibited, which in turn extends the life of collagen and moisture levels in the skin. Decreasing the risk of your skin cracking from the harsh cold of the dry Alice Springs winters.

“While freckles are not always a cause for concern, they can be a precursor to certain skin conditions and cancers. “Taking the right skincare precautions and having regular check-up’s with your GP or dermatologist will ensure your hands stay youthful and healthy for as long as possible,” said Enbacci founder Yong-Li Zhou.  

The hand care range, which follows years of laboratory research and biotechnology formulations, is designed for all skin types, ethnicities, genders and ages; and is available nationwide at 

Enbacci is an Australian company based in Melbourne. If you happen to be in Melbourne you can pop into their store in Pahran. They don’t test on animals and all materials are fully recyclable. So you feel smug while protecting your skin!

*I was gifted the hand cream but all opinions are my own. This will be a handbag staple from now on!

On Moving

Our little house was busing at the seams. The surprise addition of little miss Jemima added a whole new person to our 3 small bedroom, one bathroom house. We needed more storage for the girls clothes, toys etc. The big girls were sharing a room but there would not have been room to add Jemima into that room. She’d then need to be in the playroom/office. Nick’s working from home so all that paperwork was spread around the house. We needed something slightly bigger.

So we moved.

On Moving