Off the beaten track, but not too far from Alice Springs, Hale River Homestead dates back to the early 1900s. This rugged station stay infuses country-style accommodation with modern comforts but you don’t come here just for a bed for the night. You come for the chance to meet other wanderers, to sit and appreciate the vastness of the red earth under your feet, and to connect to the quiet. There’s a magnesium pool to cool off in during summer and a Sidney Williams shed brimming with antiques and farm memorabilia where you can grab a cold drink and the Leigh family cook a mean burger. Our pick of the accommodation options? The Cottage with its cute retro kitchen, once the head stockman’s quarters.
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“This is not accessible to everyone, people sometimes complain about the road, but that is the beauty of the East Macs [East MacDonnell Ranges], you are right in the ranges and you are in the bush”
~ Lynne Leigh, Hale River Homestead