Sally has just begun planning adventures with our CAMPS App:
“Thank you so much. This is a brilliant site and I’m looking forward to starting my first campervan trip. I’m hoping to get advice of where to go and highly recommended adventures, driving from Cairns to Darwin….”
Every town in the outback is worth exploring! It’s a big list! Here’s a few of the places we had a ball in. Tell us, what are your favourite recommendations for this route?
1. Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Queensland
What beautiful memories we have travelling here with Heatley’s parents and the kids. This is Milla Milla Falls, but we also visited plenty of others. There is a massive fig tree, dairies and cheese tasting and we LOVED the Mareeba Heritage Museum and yummy Coffee Works – with chocolate and liqueur tasting.
2. Paronella Park, Queensland
How amazing is this place of castles – carved out of the rainforest and powered by hydro-electricity. Paronella Park is a man made wonder with a caravan park next door. Schedule time to visit at night, also.
3. Porcupine Gorge National Park, near Hughenden, Queensland
Porcupine Gorge is known as known as Australia’s “Little Grand Canyon” and the Pyramid Campground is perched just above it. Wow! Find this gem north of Hughenden. Take a picnic and your togs, so you can explore all day long. A camera, too – the birdlife is also amazing. It is a daunting climb back up the steps! However, it is worth it.
4. Julia Creek, Queensland
This remote town between Cloncurry and Richmond, has an interesting tale – and you can read all about it and see the little dunnart, at the Tourism Information Centre This is where you can watch feeding time for the tiny marsupial, the centre has won awards – take the time to wander the displays and learn about life for locals.
5. Cloncurry, Queensland
Visit the lookout west of town and Chinaman Creek Dam. There is a lovely homewares shop in town, and the supermarket is worth a look with their bulk buys!
We did have some fun here – on a night out with locals, a family member and a mate working here, so they showed us their recommendations. We started at the bowling club and not far was The Wagon Wheel for dinner: yummy steaks, pizzas and curries.
We stopped at the caravan park closer to town, there is another park on the outskirts and a campground.
6. Katherine, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory
Cruising down Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park was on my bucket list. It is seriously impressive. As was a waterfall swim at the end. I would love to explore via kayak next time.
7. Edith Falls/Leliyn, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory
Camping in the National Park and seeing the waterfall and waterhole in the evening and first thing of the morning was so special.
Our family explored the upper falls, just 1 km walk to the top the kids said it was an “awesome swim”. As was our dip in Edith Falls after breakfast. Add to your list!
9. Berry Springs, Northern Territory
So this little oasis is man made. But even that is interesting, since it was created in World War II as recreation for the soldiers and nurses stationed in The Top End. Our kids swam every inch! Bring a picnic for the beautiful grounds as well and read the history. There is a great wildlife park nearby they also loved.
10. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
One amazing park! I loved Ubirr looking out over Arnhemland and our cruise on the Yellow Water Cruise. Mum is just back from cruising the East Alligator River – she loved learning about the culture from the Indigenous guides. I hope to return to Kakadu National Park with a 4WD and explore some of those more remote locations.
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