Jules Lund went to Kings Creek Station in the Northern Territory
. The 1800 square kilometre property is "next door" in Territory talk, 35km is next door to the magnificent Kings Canyon. It's a three-hour drive from Uluru and you are guaranteed to see some of Australia's most spectacular scenery.
Set amongst majestic desert oaks, Kings Creek Station is a working cattle and camel property. Owners Ian and Lyn Conway established it in 1981 when it was dry, barren land. The vacant crown land had no water, electricity, roads, buildings or communications. It has been transformed into a mirage in the desert that is Central Australia. It is as much a tourism attraction as it is a working station.
Kings Creek offers the most comprehensive outback holiday you are ever likely to enjoy. Visitors can camp or stay in safari cabins.
Campsites have grassed and ungrassed sites, with or without power and views of the George Gill Range. Toilet, shower and laundry facilities are provided. There's plenty of room for all sizes of tents, caravans, campervans and swags. Native trees provide shade and privacy.
Permanent canvas safari cabins have steel frames, solid floors and lockable doors. They have light and power, linen is provided and kitchen, toilet and shower facilities are shared.
Guests can self-cater or order from Kings Creek's extensive menu. Barbecue packs, wine and beer are available at the property's shop.
To experience the surrounds, there's a choice of quad bike, helicopter or camel. Ian has been mustering camels since starting Kings Creek Station and he is Australia's largest exporter.
There are 2 million of them in Australia and in parts are regarded as pests. Some end up in zoos, some to the Moroccan army and some on diners' plates. In fact, at Kings Creek you can try a camel burger if you fancy.
The Conways have found city slickers just love to go on a ride or overnight safari on tamed camels. Some choose the bike option. Sunsets, the sounds of the desert and sitting around a campfire under black skies glittering with stars, defies description.
Jules' new friend was Coco the camel who had arrived just three months ago. They bonded and both were perfectly behaved. Guide Abdul gave plenty of tips for a comfortable ride as well as great stories of the property, wildlife and landscapes. Saddles are comfortable and helmets are provided.
Kings Creek Station, 35km east of Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory.
Kings Creek Station camping starts at $18 per person a night. Safari Cabins start at $77.50 per person twin share, including bushman's breakfast. Quad biking is $87.50 per person, including a one-hour guided tour of the station. Camel safaris are $8 per person. There is a pool, gas barbecue and sunset viewing area.
Prices correct at June 18, 2011.
For further information
Kings Creek Station
Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0872
Ph: (08) 8956 7474
Fax: (08) 8956 7468