The Hay River Track

Journey into some of the most remote and stunningly beautiful parts of Australia. Access to the Hay River has been denied for years, now its possible.

The Batton Hill Camp

Batton Hill Camp is a serviced camp site on the Hay River 350 km east of Alice Springs. Set among a beautiful stand of gum trees it has water, hot showers, toilets, 2 bough sheds and a bush kitchen.  Located on the Hay River Track Batton Hill is becoming a popular stop for people driving to or from the Simpson Desert.  The track south of Batton Hill along the Hay River to Poeppel Corner track which was pioneered by Jol Fleming in 2000.  This ‘flash’ bush camp is operated by Traditional Owners, the family of Lindsay Bookie.  You need a permit from Central Land Council to access this untouched wilderness in western NT.

My Country Tour

We strongly recommend the My Country Tour, run by the Bookie family, to all that travel the Hay River Track.  It combines a drive around the sights near Batton Hill with an opportunity to find bush tucker (depending on the season). Sunset on Goyer’s Pillar is a must – clouds permitting – followed by a chat around the camp fire.

Booking Information

A permit is required to enter any of this area as it Aboriginal Land. This takes about 3 weeks to process, so get your application in early (see below).

There are two stipulations for those who traverse this Aboriginal Land:

  • pay a Transit Fee and 
  • camp at least one night at the Batton Hill Camp.

Fill in the form below to receive Permit Application Forms and payment information via email.  Click the SUBMIT button.  

Forward your application to the Central Land Council by email for processing.

Let us know if you need a map and additional information about the Hay River Track from the QAA / KI line intersection. 


Fees for 2018

TRANSIT FEE:   $220.00 per Vehicle. This is to cross through Atnetye Land down the Hay River till past Madigan Camp 16

CAMPING FEE: $20.00 per Person /Night at the Batton Hill campground

MY COUNTRY - BUSH TUCKER TOUR: $50.00 per person. Children under 15 free. Visits Mt Tietkins, Land Rover Valley, Goyders Pillar Sunset.


Booking and Enquiry form

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Permit application
 Batton Hill campground

Batton Hill campground

 BBQ, bush oven and sink.

BBQ, bush oven and sink.

 Newly built toilets

Newly built toilets