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New owners and new name: Dumbara Burru Caravan Park, Western Australia

As the new managers of the Dumbara Burru Caravan Park (formerly West Kimberley Lodge & Caravan Park), the Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation invites you to enjoy this little slice of paradise set amongst tropical gardens. Kick back and relax in its child free, tranquil surroundings or get involved in the community art space. Dumbara features 20 shady powered sites, 16 unpowered sites and is pet friendly for smaller dogs. It is open seasonally from May – November. The site has a full suite of facilities including toilets and showers with disabled access, drinking water, dump point, laundry as well as

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Wilpena Pound - Image by A Year of Beach and Bush
Camping

Multi-million-dollar boost for Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Wilpena Pound – Image by A Year of Beach and Bush One of South Australia’s most iconic tourism destinations at Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges will undergo a $3 million transformation and take on new management to improve the visitor experience, increase patronage and in turn create local jobs for the region. NRMA Parks and Resorts, which is one of Australia’s largest transport and tourism operators, has been appointed resort manager for South Australia’s iconic Indigenous-owned Wilpena Pound Resort in the Flinders Ranges. The $3 million joint investment by the Marshall Liberal Government and Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) will

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Thallon Silo
Camping

Queensland Routes: St George – Nindigully – Thallon – Dirranbandi – Bollon

Thallon Silo As we headed outback this winter, instead of forging due west from St George, we took a detour – full of gems! Murray the Cod St George We followed the Balonne River into town, stopping at the Beardmore Dam picnic area for lunch. There are four caravan parks in town – we chose the Pelican’s Rest Caravan Park just east of town on the Cararnvon Highway. St George Caravan Park is opposite the bridge and Major Mitchell Monument. You’ll also find Murray the Cod here. The Riverway really makes the most of the Balonne with walkways and picnic

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Mt Kosciuszko lookout - Vic 180
Destinations

Free camp at Mt Kosciuszko Lookout, Victoria

I was so excited the last time we visited Mt Kosciuszko Lookout (Victorian site 180 in Camps 11) – we spotted the peak itself! Initially I thought the white was part of the clouds – until I realised I was looking at Australia’s highest mountain. When you consider you walk up the mountain from Thredbo in NSW, it is pretty amazing you can spot it all the way from Victoria. The last time we drove through, it was hiding behind the clouds. We were also thrilled to have made it to Victoria at all – thankfully before the lockdowns. This parking area

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Eulo, home of Diprotodon
Bucket List

Bucket List: Queensland’s Natural Sciences Loop

Eulo, home of Diprotodon Just back from our winter travels, our plan was to spend most of our time in NSW. Covid has shelved that for a while, instead we drove further west and took on Queenland’s Natural Sciences Loop! I like my hot baths – what a delight to stop into Charlotte Plains Station (906) 46 km east of Cunnamulla, and have a soak in their soothing artesian waters. I enjoyed a nag with plenty of travellers, including the owner’s family. School holidays meant camping was very popular, but you have a huge area to spread out. The waters

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Eyre Highway Sign
Camping

Free historical stopover at Koonalda Homestead, South Australia

Barbel wrote into us about one unique site that has been listed with us since Camps 5!  This was our first crossing of the Nullarbor in 2008. A lot of people told us the Nullarbor is boring – quite the opposite, we found it most interesting and have crossed it 3 times since. It was also the second year we used Camps. Somebody told us about Koonalda – an old sheep station on the old Eyre Highway and we went to find it. Absolutely beautiful. It was not only a station but also a repair place and petrol station, the

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