Hamilton  Downs Youth Camp

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This page last updated Sunday, 30 October 2016


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The Hamilton Downs Youth Camp was part of the original Hamilton Downs Station and was developed by the Apex Club of Central Australia. The camp is now managed by an elected Management Committee.


Officially opened in March 1978 the camp offers a good clean and tidy camping facilities primarily for school and youth groups, however all visitors are welcome to use the facilities.

An independent management committee is responsible for the day to day operations and for maintaining the heritage values of the buildings and site.


Located one and a half hours drive from Alice Springs the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp allows teachers to take students from the class room to the outdoors for a day or an extended period with outdoor and environmental programs that aim to expand their knowledge, understanding and interaction with the Central Australian



The homestead is comprised of five heritage-listed buildings which were constructed between 1910 and 1923.


 It is set on the (dry) Jay creek, with the spectacular Chewing Range as a backdrop.


Our Vision

Hamilton Downs Youth Camp seeks to position itself as the main outdoor educational facility in Central Australia working in co-operation with the Department of Education, schools and other learning bodies.


The real Australian outback makes this bush setting a natural classroom of the environment highlighting the importance of the special conservation considerations in this semi arid area.


That the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp experience will be the catalyst for further outdoor and environmental education activities with group interaction for students.


The Hamilton Downs Management Committee would like to thank  the following organisations for the invaluable assistance they have provided the camp; we would ask you to support their community patronage.












To see available dates for your school, group or private booking use this handy planning tool by clicking on the 'Calendar' button.




For further information please phone 08 89568613




Good bye to Pat & Lefty...

Welcome back Ian and Cheryl.

The day to day operations of the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp are under the guidance of a rotation of caretakers who spend approximately three months at the camp Today we say goodbye to Pat and Lefty who have done a great job in maintenance of the reverse osmosis water treatment plant, brought our aging tractor and truck up to specs with lots of hard work, ingenuity and skinned knuckles. At the same time we welcome back Cheryl and Ian who will have the camp looking as smart as ever during their stay. Ian was responsible foe most of the great wheel chair access concrete footpaths around the camp during their last engagement.












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Last updated: October 30, 2016.