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Oodnadatta Track
Camping

5 NEW free pet-friendly camps and 21 Packing Hacks

After being stuck 5 days in Innamincka – we’ve done the Strzelecki and are now on the Oodnadatta Track! Innamincka is a beautiful place to be, right on Cooper Creek at Town Common – just $10 a night. Look out for our latest on our socials. We’re enjoying SA’s stations and outback pubs, ochre pits, counter teas and the flies! They are flipping everywhere, haha! Yes, we’ve bought fly nets and a natural repellant. I hope you like this week’s selection of pet friendly free camps – and some packing tips! Budget Camping Recipe Make this family favourite – we

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Coober Pedy Opal Festival
Bucket List

Must-See Outback Events in Australia 2024

Outback and country Australia has some very quirky events – world class festivals, rodeos, concerts, regattas and more … We’ve asked people travelling with the CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App and books to share some of their favourite regional events across this vast land. Here’s a guide to the best festivals and gatherings – a smorgasbord of music, culture, sport and Aussie icons! Enjoy six months of fun, just waiting to be experienced. Coober Pedy Opal Festival MAY May 2 – 5 AUSTRALIAN CELTIC FESTIVAL Glen Innes, NSW https://www.australiancelticfestival.com/ May 3 – 5 FESTIVAL OF OUTBACK SKIES Hughenden, QLD https://festivalofoutbackskies.com.au/ May

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We’re on the road again - with the mother-in-law!
Camping

We’re on the road again – with the mother-in-law!

We’re on the road again! Best of all, we’re travelling with my darling mum! (And sis and bro-in-law). Thankfully, mum adores her son-in-laws and vice versa. But there will be banter, and cards – crib, most likely. We’re travelling WEST! Last weekend we visited Dalby, St George and the new Cunnamulla Hot Springs. Today’s agenda is a mud bath (tell us if you’ve done one), more artesian baths, bush pubs and bush camps! Please say hello if you see us on the road. Remember to get 20% off CAMPS 12 and CAMPSPendium – just use SAVEMUM20 at our checkout. Love

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Camping

Traveller’s Story: Why I free camp

Enjoy this traveller’s story from one of our campers Terry Lawrie. I just read your newsletter on the myth: “Free camps are only worth staying at if you want to save money” and thought this might be of interest. We travelled extensively from 2004 till 2011 and in that time spent about 25 nights in caravan parks. We used your book a lot. I recently gave my wife Camps 12 as a birthday present. as we have bought another van and are heading off in May.  A little something I wrote a few years ago…. Leg Godt, [means ‘Play Well’

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Tom's Opal mine Coober Pedy SA - Gilmore Lap 2013
Bucket List

Bucket List: Coober Pedy, South Australia

A lap of Australia generally includes The Red Centre, and an outback pilgrimage to “the opal capital of the world”, where living underground is the norm. Coober Pedy attractions in South Australia are a must see – here is where to camp! 

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Birdwatching

Camp and dance at Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Queensland

Book Neurum Creek Bush Retreat in advance for upcoming concerts in 2024! If you love music, and you love camping (like I do) then it is a no-brainer. Camp onsite and a short walk to the bands and action under the Big Fig. All this is at Mount Archer in the Somerset Region, near Woodford, Queensland. They say it is 75 minutes from Brisbane and 75 minutes from the Sunshine Coast. We relaxed, fireside, and danced down by the stage to tribute bands for Icehouse and INXS. Each guest has a chance to win lucky door prizes – they were

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Yorke Peninsula Bush Camping
Beaches & Coasts

Fee rise for Yorke Peninsula Bush Camping, South Australia

The gorgeous 19 bush camping sites along the Yorke Peninsula had a steep price rise from $10 to $20 per site per night.   Council explained that their bush camping has never had a price increase since camping commenced and had been running at a loss for quite some time. With the significant increase in the arrival of campers along this stretch of coastline, there has been some environmental damage that council is addressing.  They have installed new and improved toilets in all but 2 of the smaller campgrounds, and have employed an extra ranger to help monitor the environmental impact. 

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Camping

You set the price at Kulin Caravan Park

Wildflowers are on show now spring is here. In the Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia, the town of Kulin is going above and beyond to attract us RV travellers. Located in the town’s centre, the Kulin Caravan Park guests contribute an amount which they feel their stay and experience is worth. They say this is a unique financial model that is centred on the values of trust, generosity and respect. With drive through bays, new ensuite style ablutions, laundry, powered sites, BBQ and pet friendly, this offer is available to bona fide visitors and tourists for up to 5 consecutive

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