There is something for everyone at Gemtree. Scroll down for a list of entertainment on offer!
At Gemtree guests are able to escape from the hustle and bustle of tourism to relax in the spacious site of their own van, however, when the moment comes that you are seeking a memorable and unique experience, Gemtree has 'Plenty' on offer!
Evenings at Gemtree
A set menu is on offer each evening in the Campoven Kitchen from Easter weekend until October, numbers permitting.
On Sunday nights you can 'warble a tune' at our Campfire Karaoke. More experienced guests can opt for the microphone, or just sing along under the stars as a whole group to the words on the big screen. (Sweet Caroline tends to be a favourite!) Singing ends by 9pm.
Paddy Melon Bowls
Paddymelons grow wild in our country, but as they are not consumable they have no use... so we invented one! We play Paddymelon Bowls (numbers permitting) each Friday evening, and the winning prize is an extra night on a powered site.
The Chalmers family has a long history of harmony as a pioneering family on the Plenty Highway. We show a free commercially produced movie on Wednesday and Saturday nights after our Campoven Kitchen roast dinners, with a running commentary and Q & A session. This is a genuine taste of what it is like to live in Central Australia.
The Creek at Gemtree
Endless hours of family fun can be spent down in the sandy creek bed! When numbers permit we host sandcastle-building competitions... you would be amazied at how determined some of the Dads get!
Gemtree has 250 acres of natural bushland for you to enjoy. Borrow a full colour booklet from Reception, featuring a popular self-guided nature trail meandering for three and a half kilometers through the property. A brilliant opportunity to enjoy and learn about the native flora and fauna of the area. This trail is particularly popular in the late afternoons when the birds are playing along the sandy creek bed or around the billabong. The perfect location for avid photographers, bushwalkers and birdwatchers.
Gemtree 's small billabong contains local fresh water fish, ‘Spangled Grunter’. These fish are too small to catch to eat, but it is fun to feed and watch them come to the surface and follow you as you walk around the edge of the water. Toss some old pieces of bread into the water and watch the fish rush to the surface and compete with the ducks - all of which will love the feast! Unfortunately there is no swimming allowed in the billabong which has a plastic liner. Children MUST be attended by an adult when in the vicinity of the billabong - the water is very deep. Small bags of duck food can be purchased from the shop if families would like to feed the ducks. They will love you forever!
Self Drive Tours
There are a few interesting self-drive options on tracks around the area, at no cost. Some will require 4WD but some are suitable for conventional vehicles. These destinations will take you through local pastoral properties and the nearby scenic Harts Ranges. We ask guests to please show consideration when entering private properties taking care to avoid cattle watering points and not disturb the cattle. Mt Swan Aboriginal Art Gallery and the Mac and Rose Chalmers Conservation Park at Tower Rock are popular day trips from Gemtree. Box Hole Meteorite Crater is also an interesting trip. We will provide mud maps with directions and there is a security check-in book at Reception for guests to fill out with their vehicle particulars as they leave.
Arltunga and Old Ambalindum
or another 4WD experience try travelling into the beautiful eastern MacDonnells from Gemtree via the nearby Binns Track to the Arltunga goldmining ghost town and Old Ambalindum, where you can camp overnight on a cattle station and experience other 4WD options, providing an interesting alternative scenic route back to Alice Spring via the Ross River Resort and Trephina Gorge. Spend some time strolling through the wonderful old historic stone buildings from the gold rush days at the turn of the 20th Century. A loop back to Gemtree through the rugged Cattlewater Pass is no longer available since the police closed it indefinitely and 4x4 travellers returning to Gemtree must now follow the Binns Track.
Bring your bike!
There are so many tracks around Gemtree - a great healthy way to spend some time. Motor bikes are not permitted to be used in the immediate vacinity of the caravan park, however, we have a large space on the air strip suitable for quad bikes or 2 wheelers.
Our event coodrinator will arrange for activities to entertain children when numbers permit.
This is just a sample of what is on offer at Gemtree. Please don't hesitate to call in to Reception for assistance in planning your days spent with us. We will do everything we can to make sure your Red Centre Adventure is the very best it can be.