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!
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.