Hipcamp host Rodney A.,
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Welcome to Happy Farm - Bush Camp, a unique and real outback experience just 10 minutes from Alice Springs and within easy reach of a number of great attractions. If you enjoy a casual, rustic, homely stay without all the frills and you value a family farm style vibe with a camp fire, a composting toilet, and a beautiful view then this is the place for you.

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Welcome to Happy Farm - Bush Camp, a unique and real outback experience just 10 minutes from Alice Springs and within easy reach of a number of great attractions. If you enjoy a casual, rustic, homely stay without all the frills and you value a family farm style vibe with a camp fire, a composting toilet, and a beautiful view then this is the place for you.

NOTE- It is a basic / primitive set up. Bring your own shade! Only shade is in the camp kitchen. 

This is our own dream that we are building, and opening up for you to experience. The desert takes time to appreciate, the challenges and rewards are slow to arrive and hard won.

We live on the property as a family of 4, and also have 3 others that live on the property and help us work and maintain the farm enterprises, and share this crazy life we live. They are all lovely characters.

We have lived in Alice Springs since 2004, but we moved onto and started establishing the property in 2014, but the bush camp only started being established in July 2021. We have 2 sites, with all proceeds from campers going into keeping the market garden operating, planting the rear 2 acres native vegetation and improving campers facilities. Camp 1 - does not have power. Camp 2 - is closer to the bush camp kitchen and has access to power. The camp kitchen is close to the outside shower and compost toilet.

Let’s be straight, this is not the place for people looking for manicured grounds and 5 star facilities, but it is for those that love a rustic camp with character.

SO, while we are being candid ... it is a working market farm producing organic vegetables for Alice Springs, and we work during the day, so please don't be offended if we cut a conversation short and head off back to work. If you are interested in the farm project please consider supporting us by booking a tour.

ALSO, Animals: we keep chickens for their eggs and meat, and pigs and goats for their meat. The animals are also kept in enclosures for a combination of easier management and their safety from predators. They also make animal noises! Bees are kept near the main house for their pollinating talents and honey.

Some of the pretty stuff and activities ...

We are located within easy reach of the West Macdonnell ranges there is endless walking trails to explore and beautiful gorges to visit and swim in.

Hiking: Alice Springs is the bounce off point to the Larapinta trail. We can help with car and equipment storage and transport.

Climbing: a local climbing site is within view of the property (Beware: Central Australian rock is not the most stable)

Mountain biking and trail running: Alice Springs has over 100km of single track. The best of the trails start 5-10km from the property.

Campfires are allowed in the fire pit provided and we have a composting toilet available for campers. Sorry, no pets.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
3 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
4WD Recommended
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Caravans, Camper trailers, Motorhomes, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 7 meters allowed
Back-in site
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
No Fifth wheels
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Bins available
Laundry present
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Rodney a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Activities

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Biking

Many bike paths connect our property to town and many of the attractions. Over 100km of single track Mountain bike trails exist...Read more

Hiking

The take off point for the Larapinta trail.

Off-roading (OHV)

Not on our property but Alice Springs is close to the many areas for off-road fun including the famous Finke Desert Race track.

Climbing

Quarry wall is our closest crag within view and short walk of our property

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Happy Farm - Bush Camp with a view in Northern Territory.

Desert

Our property is amongst other 5 acre blocks backing onto vacant land. We are in an arid area and all areas are fragile, please ...Read more

Farm

We are a working farm. Permaculture designed systems feed into the market garden, predominantly growing greens and salad vegeta...Read more

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Hipcamper Ant
Ant L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3 (power available))
September 21st, 2022

We camped in number 3 site next to the camp kitchen... perfect.
The goats are let loose in the afternoon and are so funny. The shower and loo are very rustic. Takes you back to the thunder box days.
The view is majestic! We stayed 5 nights.

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 (no power))
September 15th, 2022

Well kept and laid out space. Good feel at the foot of the ranges. Spectacular watching the moon rise each night there.

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Hipcamper Evan

Great stay

Evan W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3 (power available))
September 9th, 2022

Great location, sites have plenty of room and the views of the local ranges are fantastic. Each site has its own fire pit and there is a supply of firewood close to the sites. As previously mentioned this is a working farm focused on sustainability and it was great to see the setup.
Overall we had a great stay, especially the kids who loved walking around with the goats!

Hipcamper Jan

Farm camping

Jan Y.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3 (power available))
September 3rd, 2022

Happy Farmer was a peaceful place to stay. The sites were spacious, with individual fire pits. The kitchen was functional with the added bonus of a combustion fireplace for warmth. Shower was lovely and hot with a wonderful view out to the ranges. Composting toilet was fine. Kids loved playing with the goats. There were occasional wafts of foul smells from the compost and animals, but only briefly.

Hipcamper Caroline
Caroline B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3 (power available))
August 30th, 2022

Beautiful place, absolutely awesome set up. Loved watching the sun setting as I showered. A few of the facilities were a bit run down but I'd be quick to call it rustic chic. I'd love to stay again. Rodney and fellow farm occupants aren't as social as mentioned, but friendly and inviting in the brief instances I saw them. Thanks for having me! See you next time x

Hipcamper Melinda
Melinda H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2 (no power))
August 21st, 2022

We had the most amazing time at Rodney's farm. If you want a completely environmentally-aware and friendly place to stay, this is the perfect place to rest. We felt enveloped in nature against a backdrop of mountains, with roosters, chooks and goats wandering around. My biggest highlight was the shower - with a delightful view and really hot water. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Hipcamper Daisy
Daisy M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 (no power))
August 16th, 2022

So close to town but you feel like you’re in the middle of the dessert. Beautiful wooden shower (warm too), compost drop toilet, lots of fire wood, baby goats too. Very spacious camp sites and a lovely vibe. Sunset near the fire was lovely. The chooks are a nice alarm clock to make sure you hit the road early! Thanks Rodney.

Hipcamper David
David C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3 (power available))
August 10th, 2022

Brilliant. If you're wanting a place to stay, away from the crowds, with a stunning view, a communal camp kitchen, and only 3 distantly spaced sites - this is it. We only had one night here and loved it. It's a working farm and the kitchen, toilet and shower are rustic but functional. The view from the shower is exceptional! And a camp kitchen that has a soft plastics recycling bin - they're doing it right. The friendly goats were a massive hit with our 12 year old.

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Hipcamper Sophie
Sophie M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2 (no power))
August 8th, 2022

Happy camp was totally awesome - kids loved the goats and the camp kitchen and hot shower were amazing. Beautiful view of the ranges while having a hot shower - bliss

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Property
Happy Farm Camp
State
Northern Territory
Country
Australia
AU$35/night
3 Sites

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