The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges known as the MacDonnells Ranges have major tourist icon places of interest within approximatley 100 kilometres  of Alice Springs on sealed roads then narrowing down to recognised 4WD offroad dirt unsealed tracks from then on. Western MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap, Orche Pits, Glen Hellen Gorge, Orminston Gorge,Ellery Creek Big Hole, Mt Sonder, Mereenie Loop and on the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Trephina Gap, Corroboree, N'Dhalla Aboriginal Rock Art, Ross River Resort in Northern Territory Australia
The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges are known as the MacDonnells Ranges with the centre point commonly known as Heritage Gap at the commencement of Alice Springs in Northern Territory Australia
Home to the MacDonnells Ranges tourist information guide sites One day sightseeing, extended tours, premium coach touring, overnight to extend camping safaris to Uluru Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta - The Olgas, Kings Canyon, Mereenie Loop, West MacDonnells Ranges and East MacDonnells Ranges in Australia's Red Centre Way in Northern Territory Australia. Hire and rental such as a 2-3-4 berth camper van, 4WD Camper, luxury RV motorhome and selfdrive from Alice Springs to Uluru Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta - The Olgas, Kings Canyon, Mereenie Loop, West MacDonnells Ranges and East MacDonnells Ranges in Australia's Red Centre Way in Northern Territory Australia.  
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Gemtree Caravan Park and Budget Cabins
On the Plenty Highway in Northern Territory, Central Australia
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Gemtree is the gateway to the ancient gem fields of Central Australia. Experience the thrill of fossicking for your own gems - hidden by mother nature for millions of years!

Gemtree Caravan Park is located 140kms North-East of Alice Springs, with bitumen road to the front gate!


sign to Gemtree taken only 42 klm before Gemtree at Plenty turnoffTravel northbound 70 kilometres from Alice Springs and turn right onto the Plenty Highway and travel for another 70 kilometres.

Property facilities:
Car Park:
Child Activity Program often during school holidays:
Laundry: Gemtree has a laundry in the amenities block with coin operated machines.
Mini Store: Takeaway, Grocery supplies and other relevant items are available for sale
Pay Phone: (We are out of moblie range) A 24hr payphone is situated near Reception - takes cards only (Cards are for sale at Gemtree)
Campfire sites available:
Limited Property facilities:
Gas & Ice: Fuel: ULP and Diesel and Ice. - Due to remoteness we often have to limit available fuel to min amounts. Sometimes we can we be out of Fuel or Ice whilst waiting new supplies.

Hours of Business: 8am-6pm daily - 363 days a year (Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
Contact: Phone: 08 8956 9855 Fax: 08 8956 9860

Activities - Fossicking for gemstones

Zircon Tag-Along Garnet Tour
Join fellow fossickers on our tag-along tour in the search for rich red garnets. You WILL find gems! Departure time from April to September is 9am sharp. In summer when the staff have all gone home, occasional tours may be arranged, departing at 6am to beat the heat, but it is usually far too hot and a guide is not always available. You must take your own vehicle and ring first. Forward booking essential.


looking for gemstonesTour Includes....
Hire of equipment; experienced guide to show you how and where to fossick successfully; and the appraisal of the stones you have collected on your return. Tours cost $70 for one or two adults and $5 for each school child. An extra adult sharing a set of equipment is $35.

Please note that our tours can be booked out for up to three days ahead during peak season (April - September), so it is important to phone and book to avoid disappointment. Remember, there is not much mobile range in our remote areas, so ring before you drop out of range.

Gem Room and Gallery
Visit the Gem Room and Gallery and view Utopian Aboriginal Art by artists well known to the Chalmers family for generations, as well as an extensive range of jewellery, gems, crystals and mineral specimens. Purchase pieces that catch your eye as a souvenir or take one of our guided fossicking tours and find your own gems!

Visitor Facilities

A true oasis in the mulga country of the East MacDonnell Ranges, incorporating 100 hectares, Gemtree is the gateway to the Central Australian gemfields and offers a spacious bush setting with modern clean amenities.

Other facilities such as laundry and store are also available. Gemtree has a choice of accommodation options to suit your needs. Bookings are essential so give them a call.

After a day of fossicking on tour, relax under the stars around your campfire.

Limited wood is available for a small charge and there are fire pits generously located throughout the park.

Secluded bush camping sites provide the feeling of being the only people around. Alternatively, Gemtree's cabins offer extra comfort to ensure your experience will be memorable.

Gemtree park
Gemtree park

Macdonnell rangesAugust – Harts Range Races and Rodeo
Harts Range is just 75 kms further along the Plenty Highway from Gemtree.

Every August long weekend the Harts Range Racecourse comes alive with a family sports gathering, race meeting, rodeo and ball. Harts Range Races which have long been a popular family event in Central Australia.

Gemtree is currently the official sponsor of one of the horse races, ‘The Gemtree Stockman's Bracelet’.

Drop into Gemtree for a quick snack as you return to Alice Springs on the Monday after the event. Accommodation bookings at Gemtree are essential at this time of year.


Gemtree Caravan Park and CampingUnpowered Sites
AUD $11.00 to $22.00 - Secluded unpowered sites are located close to shared facilities and provide great camping sites.

24 Hour Generator Powered Sites
AUD $30.00 - The powered sites are scattered among the mulga and located close to the shared facilities, providing power for the on-site caravans and tents. Please note portable generators are not permitted.

Room Facilities - Shared bathroom

Pets are welcome at Gemtree
Please mention your pet when you book so we can place you accordingly. Please pick up after your pet and keep them on a leash in the park, but we do have 250 acres, so there is plenty of space to take them for a run!

Gemtree is the ideal destination for family fun. There are a number of ‘kid-friendly’ activities on offer at Gemtree during school holidays, and our spacious park ensures your children can play freely without disturbing other guests.

Gemtree park
Gemtree park
Gemtree park

Accommodation Gemtree Caravan Park Cabins

From AUD $80.00 (last know update 2010)

These comfortable cabins are designed to ensure that your experience will be memorable and enjoyable.

Room Facilities
Air Conditioning
Cooking Facilities - FULL
Insect screens
Non Smoking Room
Shared bathroom

Gemtree park
Gemtree park

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West MacDonnell National Park and surrounding areas
• Larapinta Trail • Glen Helen Gorge • Glen Helen Lodge accommodation • Ellery Creek Big Hole • Ochre Pits • Ormiston Gorge • Redbank Gorge Waterhole • Roma Gorge • Serpentine Chalet • Serpentine Gorge • Simpsons Gap • Standley Chasm • Honeymoon Gap • Palm Valley

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