Curtin Springs
Curtin Springs
3.5
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
They say home is where the heart is, even if it is spread over a million acres of remote Central Australia! 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. Curtin Springs stands as a testimony to the commitment of Peter and Ashley Severin to both the pastoral and tourism industries. 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. We invite you to take a ‘peek behind the curtain’ to explore the wonders of our home. Located just 100km east of Ayers Rock, Curtin Springs (the first Wayside Inn in Central Australia) 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.
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles183 reviews
Excellent
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Average
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Jo
Adelaide, Australia9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great overnight free camp with toilets. Lots of space and shade if needed. Muffins were excellent and tea, mince with mash for $25. Excellent view of Mt Conner.
Written 17 April 2024
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Peter
Perth, Australia6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Stopped here overnight as I had a recommendation whilst at Streaky Bay that this place was the bomb. How wrong was this guy.
When we pulled up we were impressed. And even more impressed when we found out that it was free camping. When we went to have a look around we met this lady who abruptly layed down the law as if we were inmates. Other staff were nice and friendly.
After dinner we decided we would go to the bar only to find that it was closed. The same lady told us that she can't afford the staff to keep it open. However, she kindly let me purchase 4 drinks.
Walking around the place you can see it is run down and in need of a lot of TLC.

Then you go to use the toilets provided. OMG! Is an under statement. Even after the cleaners had been though them the next morning they were still disgusting. The males toilets don't look like the haven't had a real clean for decades.

Really disappointed that this place was recommended to me. As i had bigger expectations. Bypass this place if you can. FUEL $3.16 per litre for diesel.

Pros
Free camping
Nice Bar area

Cons
The lady's law
Fuel price
Rooster at 4.30am
Public restrooms. (Disgusting)
Generator noise
Written 11 April 2024
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H8538FLjenniferm
Wagga Wagga, Australia2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A convenient location to use as a base camp for a day trip to Uluru and Yulara. I can understand that it would be fairly costly to provide facilities in this remote region. We stayed for 2 nights on a powered site, at a cost of $55pn. There was an additional charge for water which we were happy to pay as it is, after all, a desert area. The toilet block provided for campers is little short of atrocious. I can best describe the building as a rusted out pig shed. The toilets themselves were largely functional although blockages were rather frequent. The cleaners did their best but this place needs a new toilet block asap.
Written 25 September 2023
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Susan H
sydney63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We visited the informative Paper Talk given by Lindy. Very worthwhile to learn about our amazing outback entrepreneurs who persevere under trying circumstances.
Written 11 June 2023
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LookForward
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The diesel generator runs all night and we couldn't sleep because our room was next to it. The accommodation was VERY expensive ($270 AUD pn) when you consider we couldn't sleep. Drive the extra distance to Erldunda roadhouse instead - quiet, cheaper, cleaner and more amenities.

Curtin Springs staff were pleasant. Food was good & there's free camping for those with a camper or caravan.

You are in a remote area so manage your expectations.
Written 13 October 2022
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Thank you 848tuip for taking the time to put up a review for us. Thank you for your kind words about our great team and your acknowledgement that there are multiple options available to suit the different traveller needs and budgets. In remote areas power generation and fridge motors and other noises are simply part of life. I hope you enjoyed the many different aspects of Central Australia, our wonderful vistas and the intricacies of our landscapes.
Written 30 December 2022
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Maria C
Wodonga, Australia183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
My hubby and I enjoyed our one night stay at Curtin Springs.
We we’re originally camping at the Uluṟu. But when I looked at the comment on Trip Advisor it was not too nice.
Curtin Springs is an hour and twenty minutes to the Ayer’s Rock.
We did not mind doing the driving.
The room we had was very good. Small but comfortable.
The receptionist was very pleasant and accommodating and helpful.
We payed a bit more for our room.
Dinner was yummy and the breakfast.
Beer price was not too much considering the location.
The history of the Curtin Springs Station was very interesting.
I will stay again if we happen to come back in the area.
The atmosphere was very relaxing, my hubby said very good.
All the staff were very helpful and happy to chat and explained stuff.
Written 4 August 2022
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Thank you maria f for your thoughtful and lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed our magic part of the world.
Written 30 December 2022
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Diana M
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Toilets stunk, found the maintenance bloke in the female toilets as I came out, I brushed past him to go to the sink and boy oh boy did I get a mouth full, went on to say “ can’t you see that I’m working here” he actually yelled at me. The think was, I was in there first !!!!
Older lady, I think was the owner yelled at her staff. You have to pay $4 for a shower, for free camping no problem but we paid $50 for a powered site, that’s all you get, power and nothing else. Dump point you have to travel an hour to Yulara and an hour back.
Would not stay there for more than a night
To fill you water tanks up you have to pay $10
You don’t get hooked up to water for a powered site either
Written 3 June 2022
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Hi H6819QRdianam, it sounds like nothing we did made you happy at all! I'm sorry you couldn't find any positives during your stay with us. I hope you let someone know that you did not have a positive experience with one of our staff members, to allow us the opportunity to address it. Hopefully you found some amazing experiences during your adventure to Central Australia.
Written 30 December 2022
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Shreya
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Well insulated cabin and a convenient pit stop in the middle of nowhere. The sheets weren't super clean, bathrooms are very old but clean. Alcohol is expensive. There were a lot of passive aggressive signs, and not many affordable or interesting activities on offer (e.g. visit to Mt Connor is super expensive). Overall, there is potential to make tourists feel more welcome.
The information booklet in the room with information on the family history and place was defensive, abrasive and rant-y with definite racist, sexist and anti-aboriginal tones, which felt outdated, one-sided and highly uncomfortable to read. Surprisingly, or not so much, there was also no reference to or recognition of the traditional owners of the land and their cultural ties to the place. Ultimately, for this reason, we decided to leave early and not support the business anymore.
Written 31 May 2022
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Thank you shreya212 for taking the time to put up a review for us. I'd really appreciate your advice on how we can inform visitors of various pieces of information that we need to pass on to them, that actually gets through. We have run the entire gammit of very gentle soft messages, to currently being quite stern. Visitor safety and experience, our safety and privacy are all inter-related in these messages and getting the balance right is quite a challenge! Most of our visitors provide very positive and supportive feedback about the information booklet we have in the accommodation rooms. It provides a small snapshot of our lives and what it takes to live remotely, raise families and run a business in these areas.
Written 30 December 2022
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BrisbaneGretski
Brisbane, Australia92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Good food and drink options - toilets are old but OK, and given it's in the middle of nowhere it's well stocked.
Written 9 May 2022
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Hello BrisbaneGretski, thank you for taking the time to put up your review and appreciating the challenges of remoteness. I hope you had a wonderful time in the Red Heart of Australia!
Written 31 May 2022
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Luke P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
this place stunk like poo fr it was gross. the bloke working at the bar was creepy, all man wanted was a lift and it got dragged on for 10 mins with weird conversation
Written 28 April 2022
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Hello lukepZ5955LB One of the really interesting things about living remotely is that not many visitors actually understand what happens when they flush the toilet (or turn on a tap, or switch on a light or want a cold drink). Septic systems are a finely balanced ecosystem and they can be upset easily by the chemicals that go down the drain. Sometimes it takes a while to get the balance correct again. I appreciate that you overheard someone else's conversation, however there are many sides to any snapshot of a single discussion. I hope you took the opportunity to be the good samaritin and gave the gentleman his ride.
Written 31 May 2022
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