Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary

Private Campground - Northern Territory

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Covering 262,000 hectares, and located near the intersection of three central Australian bioregions, Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Australia’s largest non-government protected areas.  

The scenery at Newhaven is spectacular: dramatic quartzite mountains overlook extensive parallel sand dunes and shimmering salt lakes and clay pans. Decorated by mulga woodlands, rich spinifex sandplains and large areas of bloodwood and desert oak, Newhaven is also a hotspot for the wildlife of central Australia. Threatened species include the Black-footed Rock-wallaby, the Brush-tailed Mulgara and an important population of the Great Desert Skink. 

Newhaven Sanctuary has a campground which is open to visitors during the cooler winter season (April – September). A series of self-guided tours have been established allowing visitors to independently explore this diverse arid landscape at their own pace. Comprehensive interpretive notes accompany these tours providing an informative background to each journey.

Some established routes have been changed due to the completion of Stage 1 of the Newhaven Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project. Encompassing 9,390 hectares, the sanctuary will become the largest feral predator-free area on mainland Australia and home to 11 threatened mammal species, and is off-limits to visitors. Outside of this area, there is nearly 300 kilometres of tour routes to explore.

A number of short walks provide an opportunity for bird watching within Mulga woodlands or a brief climb up one of the nearby hills gives a spectacular view of the vastness of the desert.

Unpowered camping sites are available with shower and toilet facilities and drinking water.  Sorry, no pets allowed.

Please note: The campground at Newhaven Sanctuary is open from 1st April to 28th April, and 13th May to 30th September.  It is closed all other dates.  Please check directly as these dates can change slightly each year.

Bookings are essential, as there are limited camping facilities. Camping fees are $10/person/night (cash payments only—collected on site). Self-guided tours are available at Newhaven. To make a booking or enquiry, please phone +61 8 8964 6000 or email newhaven@australianwildlife.org.

Directions from Alice Springs to Newhaven by road

  •  Follow the Stuart Hwy north (in the direction of Tennant Creek).
  • After approx. 20km turn left at the Tanami Road turnoff (in the direction of Yuendumu).
  • Note it is important to slow considerably and move to the left when passing oncoming traffic on the Tanami Road. When passing any trucks move completely off the road and stop to allow them to pass safely.
  • Tilmouth Well Roadhouse is 176km along the Tanami Rd, both fuel and food is available here.
  • From Tilmouth Well Roadhouse continue along the Tanami Road for a further 24km to the Newhaven Access Road. Turn left here onto the track that is signed ‘Newhaven Reserve’.
  • Follow the Newhaven Access Road heading west (from here you have approx. 138km’s left to drive).
  • You will pass through a cross road after approx. 68km along the Newhaven Access Road, continue straight ahead here.
  • You will pass through a gap in the Siddeley Ranges approx. 25km further along from the crossroad.
  • Continue on from this gap for approx. 10km where you will reach Newhaven’s eastern boundary. A ‘Welcome to Newhaven’ sign will be seen at the entrance to the property.
  • From the Newhaven boundary continue for a further 35km until you reach the homestead and campground turnoff on the right. This is again sign posted with a Newhaven sign and you will reach the homestead and campground within a few hundred meters.


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