Arltunga - Bush Pub & Eco Retreat

Welcome to Arltunga Bush Pub and Eco Retreat

The heart of Australia!

Visit Ruby Gap Nature Park

open from
1st June 2022

Just $20 per person per night


Visit Arltunga Historical Reserve

Your new hosts – Brad and Belinda Seymour

Under New Management!

“ We’re delighted to be reopening Arltunga, featuring a sparkling new ablution block and common area with BBQ and kitchen facilities. We look forward to welcoming you.”

– Brad & Belinda –

Arltunga is located 110 km east of Alice Springs. The drive from bustling Alice Springs, along 76 kms of bitumen and 30 kms of dirt, offers beautiful, scenic views of the East MacDonnell Ranges.

Surrounded by stunning scenery, Arltunga Eco Retreat is located in some of Australia’s most secluded bushland. Choose to explore and enjoy a range of local experiences, including:

  • Pioneering history & heritage architecture
  • Natural scenic wonders, including Ruby Gorge
  • Aboriginal Culture education
  • Amazing self-drive journeys – 4×4 recommended
  • Unique flora and fauna – excellent bird watching
  • Hiking and walking trails
  • Adventure bike riding

Gold fossickers are welcome in designated areas, for more information and useful resources go to

Please Note: The campgrounds are open from 1st June 2022, however our much-loved Bush Pub is currently closed. We will be renovating and upgrading the Pub for 2023.

Campground Rates:

Just $20 per person per night Territory rates apply.

For bookings and more information:

Phone: 0408 081 239



From Arltunga campgrounds, it’s a short drive to visit some of Central Australia’s must-see attractions, including:

Arltunga Historical Reserve

Established by fortune hunters in 1887, Arltunga was Central Australia’s first town and home to 300 people at the height of the goldrush. Explore the reserve to see the Government Battery, Cyanide Works, Old Police Station, historical mine-sites and heritage homes. Hear stories about the wild and hardy characters who walked there to find gold and be amazed at their old-school mining techniques.

Ruby Gap Nature Park

Ruby Gap is a remote, natural wilderness. Exploring along the river-bed to Glen Annie Gorge and Fox’s Grave is one of NT’s most rewarding experiences. Beautiful and rugged, the awesome terrain is not to be underestimated. In fact, the unmarked trails are only suitable for experienced walkers. Allow at least a full day to visit the park (including Arltunga Historical Reserve) and two days if you plan to do any walks.

FAQ’s – Arltunga Bush Pub & Eco Retreat

Can I bring my pet?

Yes you can bring your pet; we ask that you abide by our pet policy which will be made available on arrival.

Is there internet access?

Not at this stage, but we are working on it.

Are campfires permitted?

Fires only at dedicated campsite locations are permitted and are subject to instructions by NT Rural Fire Service. At this stage you must supply your own wood – collection of wood within the campground is not permitted. We are looking into wood supply options.

Can I buy food and beverages?

Stay tuned on this one. We are undertaking a planning process to redevelop the Old Bush Pub (currently known as the pub with no beer). At this stage BYO and food and beverages and we will provide updates via social media and website on how this project is progressing.

Can I drink the water?

We have running water for the ablution block, sinks etc, however, need to upgrade the header tank to confirm suitability for drinking, so just for now please bring your own drinking water.

What is the refund policy?

We will fully refund with 48 hrs’ notice before the day of booking.

Do you have laundry facilities?

Not yet, but it is in our master plan for stage 2 of the development.

Is there a dump point?

We would be keen to hear your thoughts on this, as it is something we could include in stage 2 of development.

Where can I buy fuel?

You need to plan your fuel, particularly if travelling south from the Plenty Highway. The nearest service station is 110 km to Alice Springs. Be sure to carry ample fuel as you will need fuel in the tank to visit Ruby Gorge and the Historical mining sites.

Campground Speed limit

Please respect the safety of others and keep your speed below 10km through the campground.

Are there powered campsites?

No, this is old-school camping in the great outdoors!

To learn more about local attractions, visit:

Ruby Gap Nature Park:

Arltunga Historical Reserve:

We acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the land on which we deliver our services.
We pay our respects to Elders and Leaders, past, present and emerging.