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The Maryanne Campsite Yuleba Queensland
Camp On A Budget

Free camp and relive history at The Maryanne, Yuleba, Queensland

The last Cobb & Co coach service in Australia travelled 76 km from Surat to Yuleba in 1924.  In Yuleba, check out the The Cobb & Co Wall before you set out. You can learn about the horse drawn carriages, the changing stations and the coach run if you drive the Cobb & Co Way, as you travel along this route.

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Mount Britton, Queensland - Image Bert Scott
Camping

History and views at freedom camp, Mount Britton, Queensland

Mount Britton, Queensland – Image Bert Scott Mount Britton is an abandoned gold mining town, founded in 1880 and noted to be a ‘spooky’ yet very interesting site. Mount Britton is 42 km north west of Nebo, or 122 km south west of Mackay, in north Queensland. When visiting, it is hard to believe that in the goldmining era in 1883, Mount Britton was a thriving township with a population of 1500 and services that included; a post and telegraph office, lands office, school of the arts, numerous hotels, stores, butcher and baker. By 1884, the town was declining with

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World War II Tank Traps at Thunderbolt's Gully
New South Wales

Living history: World War II Tank Traps at Thunderbolt’s Gully, New South Wales

We found this fascinating! Just north of Tenterfield, you’ll see the signs and a concrete wall (built to prevent tanks bypassing the road) on one side and huge boulders on the other. The then gravel road was full of holes from exploding mines. Wooden posts were there to force tanks to rise up and expose their underbelly – and it was part of the alleged ‘Brisbane Line’. 10,000 troops were stationed at 3 km south! The rock fall further down from the posts was from rocks blasted up higher to make the passage more difficult for the enemy. Drill holes

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Ludwig Leichhardt's Dig Tree in Comet, Queensland
Destinations

Definition: What is a Dig Tree?

Ludwig Leichhardt’s Dig Tree in Comet, Queensland As early explorers travelled Australia, they would sometimes bury items – and mark the tree above the stash. For instance, we visited Ludwig Leichhardt’s Dig Tree in Comet, east of Emerald in the Central Highlands of Queensland. It was from his second expedition in 1847, where he buried a powder canister with despatches of his plans. A replica of Ludwig Leichhardt’s Dig Tree in Comet Queensland The tree was originally from the junction of the Comet and Nagoa Rivers, before it was removed for safe keeping to Brisbane. View the tree at the Railway Station

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The Dig Tree - image Keith Skinner
Destinations

A pilgrimage to “The Dig Tree”, Coopers Creek, Queensland

The Dig Tree – image Keith Skinner Very recently I achieved my long time ambition to visit Burke and Wills Camp number 65 on Coopers Creek, the very famous “Dig Tree”.  At this point, if you are asking yourself; ‘What is a Dig Tree, forget it.  Stop reading right now.  However, if I have just touched your travel adventurous inner-self, you’re now moving closer to the text, looking for what comes next. On arrival at the Dig Tree, my first thought was; I’m here.  But where am I, I asked myself?   I’m on the bank of a cream coloured river

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Albany Whale Station, Western Australia
Destinations

MUST SEE: Australia’s last whaling station at Albany, Western Australia

We are very grateful to the lovely volunteer at Albany Visitor Centre who urged us to “stay another day” and visit Whaleworld and the rugged Torndirrup National Park.  We drove out to east of Albany to Frenchmans Bay to Australia’s last operating whaling station:  Cheynes Beach Whaling Company. It is so close to the number 1, Tourism Australia’s Best Aussie Beach for 2022 – Misery Beach. The beach may well have been named for the butchered whales – as their remains of offal and teeth stained its shores. Make sure you see its turquoise waters and granite cliff when you’re there! They literally down tools

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Lorella Springs by Jan Tucker
Beaches & Coasts

NT Station Stay Lorella Springs has it all! 

Image by Jan Tucker Huge saltwater crocodiles, barramundi, historical sites, birdlife, Aboriginal culture, caves, chasms, gorges and thermal springs! All on a one-million acre, untouched Northern Territory coastal wilderness sanctuary and cattle station, Lorella Springs.  Image by Jan Tucker The family-owned station stay is surrounded by Limmen National Park, Aboriginal land and Gulf of Carpentaria coast. CAMPS Ambassadors Dale and Tracey said, “Our week at this one million acre wilderness sanctuary was full of adventure. We swam in some amazing water holes and spent many hours 4wding around this amazing place. NT Station Stay Lorella Springs- Image Adams Family Travels We

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Old Police Station Waterhole Camp - NT
Budget Campsite

Have you been to the Old Police Station Waterhole, Northern Territory?

The Old Police Station Waterhole Camp – NT site 17 in Camps 11 at Iytwelepenty / Davenport Range National Park south of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory or find it in the Camps Australia Wide App. A budget campsite, no pets, recommended as 4WD only for tents and camper trailers has toilets, fireplace, picnic table, shade and suitable for dry conditions. This park is open all year round, but the roads may be closed after rain. The best time to visit is during the cooler months from April to September. There are only basic camping facilities so you need to be self

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Oatlands Heritage Highway Information & Historical Society3
Tasmania

Add Oatlands Historical Society Museum, Tasmania – to your list!

by Leisa Cooper, CAMPS Researcher Whilst out checking some sites and taking photographs of the Southern Midlands of Tasmania, I came across the Oatlands Historical Society Museum at the entrance to the town.  The museum doubles as the town’s Information Centre and is a treasure trove of the area’s history. Expect to spend lots of  time here fossicking amongst the amazing displays of photographs, newspaper items, books, and items of historical significance as well as a large collection of military memorabilia. The museum also offers you the “Oatlands Key” which allows access to historical buildings in Oatlands including the 1829

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