Gemtree, a quiet bush caravan park, 140 kilometres from Alice Springs on the Plenty Highway, is located at the Gateway to the Central Australian gemfields. The billabong, at the entry to the park, attracts a wide variety of birdlife and the 100 hectare property has a popular 3.5 kilometre nature trail along which many plant species have been identified. A coloured guide booklet to describe the plants and birds seen along the way can be borrowed at reception.
The gemroom displays a selection of exquisite jewellery and local gems and minerals. During the season (1st March to 31st October) a resident gemcutter turns fossickers’ finds into sparkling gems. Fossicking tours leave at 8.30am daily to the gemfields but for those with time restraints, buckets of garnet bearing gravel can be purchased to fossick through at the park.
Mud maps are provided for scenic four-wheel drive tracks in the beautiful Harts Ranges and East MacDonnells and guided tagalong tours are available, when numbers permit, covering the history of local pastoralists, miners and Aborigines.
Tasty weekend dinners cooked in ‘Kate’s Campoven Kitchen’ and served to lantern-lit tables are followed by light entertainment, proving a popular addition along with Devonshire afternoon teas.
Australian Tourism Accreditation Birdwatching Camping Carpark Cycling Disabled access available Four Wheel Driving Hiking Picnic Area Public Toilet Walk