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Mardugal Camp - image by Overland Exposure
Camping

Camp at Mardugal, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Only a short distance from Cooinda, Mardugal Camp One and Two (Mardukal) are a good base to embark on day trips to Jim Jim Falls and the Mary River regions. Enjoy watching Kakadu’s wallabies and large colonies of bats. Or utilise the boat ramp at Mardukal Billabong for some barramundi or saratoga fishing. This managed campground has flushing toilets plus hot and cold showers. Divided into generator and non generator zones. Alcohol is permitted, drinking water is available, they are open inthe dry season. Everyone needs a park pass to visit Kakadu. Your pass includes excellent free ranger guided walks,

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Jacksons Crossing Camp, New South Wales by John Neiddu Photography
Camping

How to book National Park Campgrounds in Australia – state by state

Jacksons Crossing Camp, New South Wales by John Neiddu Photography Did you know NT has online bookings only for their parks? Other states have ballots for some sites, or no bookings at all! Our expert team give you the run down on what you need to know about National Parks in Australia, before you go! Traveller Chris Rowlandson sent in a tip for everyone:  “I have the new CAMPS Pendium, however as of March 1 this year, all NT national parks have gone to online booking. As there is often no reception at national parks, people need to book before

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Bitter Springs, Northern Territory - image Adams Family Travels
Caravan Parks

Caravan parks and a natural hot tub at Bitter Springs, Northern Territory

Camps Ambassadors Dale and Tracey enjoyed a hot soak in the Northern Territory recently! Bitter Springs is definitely one of our favourite hot springs. Set amongst the palm trees in the Elsey National Park, you hop in the thermal spring creek and float down with the current for about 15 minutes til you get to another set of steps, where you hop out and walk back to the start and do it all again. You can see from their video how glorious the water is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3rL7xBvaZI The crystal clear, 32 degree temperature of the water lets you see freshwater turtles if

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Bungle Bungles, Western Australia - image Adams Family Travels
Camping

What you need to know: Purnululu National Park – Bungle Bungles, Western Australia

Isn’t this photo by CAMPS Ambassadors Dale and Tracey amazing? It just makes you want to be transported, right there – walking under those those striking banded sandstone domes. Dale said, “If you are unsure on whether to camp or not in the Purnululu National Park, we would highly recommend it. We camped at the Walardi campground at the southern part of the National Park. “There are 37 campsites here and you need to book online to secure a spot. There are toilets and bore water but no fires are allowed and you must take all your rubbish out with you.” Warlardi

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Dave & Nikki from Serenity Camp, Four Mile Creek Tasmania
Camping

Visit these NEW camps – farmstays, beachfront, national park and a cidery!

This week, here’s ALL NEW listings around the country – to a bush camp and two new National Park camps in Queensland, then onto farmstays in Victoria and New South Wales. We wow you with a WA cidery and a gorgeous free camp beside an NT beach! Meanwhile our CAMPS Detective in frosty Tassie, Leisa, caught up for a chat with Dave and Nikki, owners of Serenity Camp (pictured). She was grateful for the diesel heater in their rig and the welcoming hot coffee. Serenity Camp is Site 56 in our Camps Pendium Tasmania book and on our Camps App.

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Girraween National Park, Queensland
Camping

NEW sites at Girraween National Park, Queensland

Recently there have been some big changes to the camping arrangements at Girraween National Park, south of Stanthorpe near the QLD/NSW border. For many years the main campgrounds were Bald and Castle Rock Camps, to the north and south of Pyramid road. Bald Rock was a very popular site for many years and was until recently the only site available as Castle Rock was undergoing extensive upgrades. Recently these upgrades have been completed but this has also meant the unfortunate shutting of Bald Rock as a campground, now day use only. NOTE: this is different to Bald Rock Campground in

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Kim Murphy sent us this photo of Lake Menindee
Bucket List

Bucket List Oasis in New South Wales – Menindee Lakes

Kim Murphy sent us this photo of Lake Menindee Just like everyone wants to see the miraculous occasion when South Australia’s Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park has water in it, Menindee Lakes is another outback oasis – but timing must be right! Described as naturally ephemeral, the inter-connected lakes are normally dry, unless there has been adequate rain. They were modified during the 1950s and 1960s for water storage to nearby Broken Hill, as well as towns and farms in the Murray–Darling system. So when there is water in them – travellers flock to the great camping spots you’ll find

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Litchfield National Park Central Valley Map
Camping

NEW Litchfield National Park camps to open for winter in Northern Territory

Three secluded 4WD campgrounds, next to East Reynolds River are due to open May 28, 2022.  To camp at Central Valley campground 1, 2 or 3, you must have a booking and key to enter. Access is via a locked gate. These campgrounds mark the completion of the $17.5 million Turbo Charging Tourism project.More than 300,000 people visit Litchfield National Park every year and the addition of Central Valley has created 32 new campsites across 3 campgrounds in Litchfield. Territorians have also embraced Central Valley, with 99 per cent of camp bookings for Campground 1 coming from local residents. Each of

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Finch Hatton Gorge, Queensland - Image by Naomi Cole
National Parks

Bushwalk and camp near Finch Hatton Gorge, Eungella National Park, Mackay Region, Queensland

Image by Naomi Cole In the heat of a Mackay summer, you can cool down at Finch Hatton Gorge. Follow the Gorge Road to the day use area and track to the gorge. You can take a shorter walk – it is only 2.8 km return to the Araluen Cascades.  https://youtu.be/prl-jtaqg-Q Jumping and diving are prohibited – there have been five deaths here since 1976. Many more have been seriously injured, some of these include spinal injuries. These incidents are specifically due to slipping on the wet slippery rocks and steep wet slopes—Parks say one slip could be fatal. Fast stream rises

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