Curtin Springs Cattle Station And Wayside Inn

Private Campground - Northern Territory


Curtin Springs has been home to the Severin family since 1956, when Peter Severin arrived with his young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle. At Curtin Springs we balance beef production with being a million acre wildlife corridor, and offer many ways for visitors to connect with the spectacular landscape. Our hearts are deeply connected to this remote part of Australia and we invite you to take a ‘peek behind the curtain’ to explore the wonders of our home.

Located just 100km east of Ayers Rock or 360km south west of Alice Springs, Curtin Springs offers a perfect base from which to visit the Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon areas. Or stay a while longer and ‘peel back the layers’ by including our experiences, tours and hospitality in your travel plans.

Enjoy our authentic homestyle meals, our lovely gardens and take an opportunity to unwind in what visitors refer to as an oasis. The historic Bough Shed offers the perfect place for a cold beer, hot cuppa or a meal. Our 27 accommodation rooms provide options for singles, families and groups in our Ensuite, Family or Budget rooms.

We have 4 powered sites and unlimited unpowered sites available.

It is wise to book powered sites if you need them, however we do not take bookings or reservations for unpowered sites.

  • Powered sites are $40 per night.

  • There is no charge for unpowered sites.

In recognition of the very high costs in providing water and power as a service to visitors, there is a small charge per person per shower for everyone using the campground, this includes both powered and unpowered sites.

You may have campfires in the campground, however you must bring your own firewood with you, there is no wood available at the homestead area.

You may have pets in the campground, they must be under your control at all times.  We cannot take any responsibility for your pet.

There is limited shade available and we have no grassed sites.

We have no ensuited sites or direct link up to water on any sites.

The nearest black water dump site is at Ayers Rock Resort.

Curtin Springs stands as a testimony to the commitment of Peter and Ashley Severin to both the pastoral and tourism industries. Peter Severin opened his homestead as a key stop for passing travelers on their way to Ayers Rock. He and his wife Dawn installed petrol pumps and a small store to help Len Tuit start tourism in the Ayers Rock area. Looking at the area now it’s hard to believe that the Severins only saw 6 people in their first year here! They have watched the tourism industry grow ever since.

The Severin family offer you a real taste of the outback, with modern facilities and an atmosphere that people come back for.

Enjoyed our free camp thoroughly! Although on dirt, plenty of room and shade. Around 40 other campers, but not crowded. Amenities true blue outback style - basic but clean. $3 for a hot shower. Owners have got their heads screwed on right - it may be free camping, but we spent plenty on fuel, in their bar, on a beautiful dinner with all meat from their own cattle, and even went on their paper tour which was great. Real outback hospitality, with the owners happy to sit and chat over a drink for a few hours!

Our first surprise was there was no roadside sign to say we had arrived. We took the free unpowered site option, the downside of this is you may find your neighbour has set up a generator! The store is useful and open long hours, staff friendly and professional.
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