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Along the coast from Sydney down towards the NSW/Victorian border there’s a lot of amazing places to go Camping on the NSW South Coast.

There are heaps of camping options to choose from on the NSW South Coast including free camping, camping at showgrounds, bush camping and lots of other fabulous campsites by lakes or by the beach.

We have enjoyed travelling this spectacular stretch of Australia’s Coastline with so many stunning beaches, rugged cliff edges, good fishing and fantastic places to go camping.

Much of the Camping in NSW along the Coastline is National Park which are wonderful places to enjoy the amazing wildlife in the area.

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Great Camping Sites on the NSW South Coast:

Sea Cliff Bridge

Free Camping NSW South Coast

The NSW South Coast has a number of free camping areas between Sydney and the NSW/Victorian border that are accessible by 2WD.

There are many others that are walk-in only, accessible only to 4WD or further inland away from the coastline.

Here are a number of campgrounds that are great free camping options along the NSW South Coast:

Yerriyong State Forest Bush Camp

Location:
Yerriyong State Forest, Shoalhaven, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Yerriyong State Forest Bush Campground -197.3kms
Melbourne to Yerriyong State Forest Bush Campground – 811.3kms

What facilities are available:
There are no facilities at the Yerriyong State Forest Bush Campground therefore campers will need to be self-sufficient.

You will need to bring your own water supply and drinking water, take your rubbish with you and leave no trace.

Care should be taken as the clay base can be slippery when wet.

Type of Sites:
Limited space. Room for 4 vans in the large semi-flat bush camp area. All sites are unpowered

How much does it cost?
No cost – it is a Free

How to book?
Bookings are not required as it is Free to camp in all State Forests except Cumberland and Strickland State Forests

Maximum Stay:
Camping in NSW State Forests is generally a maximum of 4 weeks unless otherwise signed for a shorter period.

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Huskisson Beach

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Yes – please use established fireplaces wherever possible and check first to ensure there are no fire bans in place at the time. BYO Firewood

Are Generators permitted?
Yes

Accessibility?
Accessible for small Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans in dry conditions. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address: 
Blackbutt Range Road, Yerriyong State Forest, NSW
Website:
N/A

Things to do in the Nowra region:

Shoalhaven Zoo
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Huskisson Beach

Bodalla Dairy
Bodalla Dairy

Bodalla Park Forest Rest Area

Location:
Bodalla, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Bodalla Park Forest Rest Area – 337.8kms
Melbourne to Bodalla Park Forest Rest Area – 692.1kms

What facilities are available:
The Bodalla Park Forest Rest Area is located just off the Princes Highway. Facilities include  drop toilets, picnic tables, bins and drinking water.

There is also a book exchange cabinet and information board.

Type of Sites:
Unpowered sites are marked out with logs

How much does it cost?
No cost – it is a free rest area facility

How to book?
Bookings are not required as it is Free to camp in all State Forests except Cumberland and Strickland State Forests

Maximum Stay:
Camping in NSW State Forests is generally a maximum of 4 weeks unless otherwise signed for a shorter period

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Montague Island
Seals at Montague Island

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Yes – in the firepits provided as long as there are no fire bans at the time.

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception available

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 9872 0111 or 1300 655 687
Address:
Bodalla Park Road, Bodalla, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Narooma region:

Bodalla Dairy
Australia Rock
Montague Island
Glasshouse Rocks

Australia Rock Narooma
Australia Rock Narooma

Brou Lake Campground

Location:
Bodalla, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Brou Lake Campground – 341.6kms
Melbourne to Brou Lake Campground – 697.4kms

What facilities are available:
The Brou Lake Campground is fairly remote but located perfectly near both the lake and the beach. Facilities are basic but include non-flush toilets and picnic tables.

Water and bins are not available so you will need to bring along a supply of water and drinking water and take your rubbish away with you.

Type of Sites:
Unpowered sites and unmarked

How much does it cost?
No cost – it is a free campground but a $6 Booking Fee per site applies

How to book?
Bookings are required and can be made on-line or by calling 1300 072 757

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Eurobodalla National Park

Jemisons Beach
Jemisons Beach on the other side of the headland to Brou Beach

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes – only between 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm

Accessibility?
Accessible for small Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4476 0800 or 1300 072 757
Address:
Brou Lake Road, Bodalla, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Bodalla region:

Bodalla Dairy
Jemisons Beach
Potato Point

Potato Point
Potato Point

Scrubby Creek Forest Picnic Area

Location:
Narrabarba, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Scrubby Creek Forest Picnic Area -573.7kms
Melbourne to Scrubby Creek Forest Picnic Area – 532.1kms

What facilities are available:
The Scrubby Creek Forest Picnic Area is located in the East Boyd State Forest and just 15 minutes from Eden.

Facilities include long drop toilets however there are no showers, water or rubbish bins available.

You will need to bring your own water supply and drinking water and take your rubbish with you.

Picnic Tables and fire pits with a BBQ plate are available throughout the campground.

Type of Sites:
Unpowered sites. Sloping area

How much does it cost?
No cost – it is free!

How to book?
Bookings are not required as it is Free to camp in all State Forests except Cumberland and Strickland State Forests

Maximum Stay:
Camping in NSW State Forests is generally a maximum of 4 weeks unless otherwise signed for a shorter period

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Ben Boyd National Park offers NSW South Coast Camping at Saltwater Creek
The Pinnacles – Ben Boyd National Park

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Yes – in the fire pits provided as long as there are no fire bans at the time.

Are Generators permitted?
Unknown

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
1300 655 687
Address: 
Princes Highway, Narrabarba, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Eden region:

Killer Whale Museum
Green Cape Lighthouse
Ben Boyd Tower, Ben Boyd National Park

Killer Whale Museum

NSW South Coast Camping in Showgrounds

Along the NSW South Coast there are a number of showgrounds and sporting clubs that offer low cost camping.

Personally, we have stayed at many showgrounds and sporting grounds around Australia and found them to be a great place to stay while exploring the region.

Albion Park Showground

Location:
Albion Park, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Albion Park Showground – 103.9kms
Melbourne to Albion Park Showground – 799.5kms

What facilities are available:
The only facilities at the Albion Park Showground are toilets and rubbish bins therefore you will need to bring your own water supply and drinking water.

Currently used as a CoVid testing site.

The showground is just a short walk to the shopping centre, town and local pub.

Type of Sites:
Two large ovals with heaps of open space. Area is all unpowered.

How much does it cost?
No cost – it is free!

How to book?
Bookings are not required as it is Free to camp for travellers passing through

Maximum Stay:
Recommended as an Overnighter and for people not to abuse by overstaying

Is it Pet Friendly?
Not stated

Cathedral Rocks
Cathedral Rocks

Dump Point:
Yes

Are fires allowed?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Unknown

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4221 6111
Address:
Tongarra Road, Albion Park, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Shellharbour region:

Illawarra Light Railway Museum
Lake Illawarra
HARS Aviation Museum
Cathedral Rocks

Lake Illawarra Windang
Lake Illawarra Windang

Berry Showgrounds

Location:
Berry, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Berry Showground – 144.3kms
Melbourne to Berry Showground – 807.1kms

What facilities are available:
Camping facilities at the Berry Showground include toilets and showers, water as well as rubbish bins.

There is also a basic camp kitchen and it is just a short stroll to the main street of Berry.

Farmers Markets are held at the Showgrounds on Thursday afternoons.

Type of Sites:
Powered and Unpowered sites are available

How much does it cost?
Powered Site – $32 pn for 2 people
Unpowered Site – $26 pn for 2 people

How to book?
Bookings are made by calling 0427 605 200 or email berryshowgroundcamping@gmail.com

Maximum Stay:
14 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes but must be restrained at all times in all areas

Kiama Blowhole
Kiama Blowhole

Dump Point:
Yes

Are fires allowed?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers, Campervans and Big Rigs. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
0427 605 200
Address:
35 Alexandra Street, Berry, NSW
Email:
berryshowgroundcamping@gmail.com
Website:

Things to do in the Berry region:

Drawing Room Rocks
Berry Museum
Kiama Blowhole
Gerrigong

Nowra Camping NSW South Coast near Wilsons Beach
Wilsons Beach

Nowra Showground

Location:
Nowra, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Nowra Showground – 161.8kms
Melbourne to Nowra Showground – 809.1kms

What facilities are available:
Located high on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, the Nowra Showground facilities include two toilet blocks but there are no showers or cooking facilities.

There is drinking water and rubbish bins and the showground is just a 5 minute stroll to town, shopping, the local swimming pool, library and Arts Centre.

Vehicle gates are locked at night while pedestrian access remains open at all times. Gate keys are available upon request. Security and Council Rangers also patrol the showgrounds regularly at night.

Type of Sites:
Powered and Unpowered sites are available

How much does it cost?
Powered Site – $32 pn for 2 people
Unpowered Site – $25 pn for 2 people

How to book?
Bookings can be made by visiting the Shoalhaven Visitors Centre, on-line or by calling  02 4421 0778

Maximum Stay:
14 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes but must be kept under control at all times

Gosangs Tunnel
Gosangs Tunnel

Dump Point:
Yes

Are fires allowed?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers, Campervans and Big Rigs. Tent camping and sleeping in vehicles is not permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4421 0778
Address:
Cnr West Street & Worrigee Street, Nowra, NSW
Email: council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
Website:

Things to do in the Nowra region:

Bens Walk
Wilsons Beach
Gosangs Tunnel
Hyams Beach

Hyams Beach
Hyams Beach

Milton Showground

Location:
Milton, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Milton Showground – 220.3kms
Melbourne to Milton Showground – 851.9kms

What facilities are available:
Located on the banks above the Shoalhaven River, the Milton Showground facilities include toilets and showers.

There is drinking water and rubbish bins and the showground offers farmland views and is close to shops, restaurants and galleries

Type of Sites:
Powered and Unpowered sites are available in 4 designated camping areas

How much does it cost?
Powered Site – $28 pn for 2 people
Unpowered Site – $21 pn for 2 people

How to book?
Bookings can be made by visiting the Shoalhaven Visitors Centre, on-line or by calling  02 4421 0778

Maximum Stay:
50 nights in any 12 month period, with a limit of 28 consecutive nights and a break of at least 14 days before returning

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes but must be kept under control at all times

Visit Heritage Bakery Milton when staying at Milton Showground and Camping NSW South Coast
Milton Heritage Bakery

Dump Point:
Yes – located below the Croquet Lawn

Are fires allowed?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers, Campervans and Big Rigs. Tent camping and sleeping in vehicles is not permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4421 0778
Address:
107 Croobyar Road, Milton, NSW
Email: tourism@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
Website:

Things to do in the Milton region:

Milton Heritage Bakery
Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk
Bogey Hole

Bogey Hole Mollymook
Bogey Hole Mollymook

Other Great Camping Sites on NSW South Coast

We have stayed at many great camping sites along the NSW South Coast as we travelled between Sydney and the NSW/Victorian border.

Many of the great camping sites on the NSW South Coast are located alongside the beach or river offering great views and opportunities for swimming and fishing.

Coledale

Location:
Coledale, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Coledale Camping Reserve – 66.6kms
Melbourne to Coledale Camping Reserve – 839.6kms

What facilities are available:
The Coledale Camping Reserve is located right on the beachfront at Coledale and is operated by the Coledale Surf Club. Facilities include toilets and showers that are currently planned for an upgrade.

A camp kitchen, laundry, drinking water and bins are also available.

Picnic Tables and free gas/electric barbecues are located on the grassed area in front of the camping sites.

Coledale Camping Reserve is one of our favourite camping sites on the NSW South Coast.

Type of Sites:
Limited number of Powered & Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
Off-season Powered Week Nights $30 pn for 2 people
Off-season Powered Weekends $36 pn for 2 people (2 night minimum Fri/Sat)
Peak Season Powered $45 pn for 2 people and $315 per week
Off-season Unpowered Week Nights $25 pn for 2 people
Off-season Unpowered Weekends $30 pn for 2 people (2 night minimum Fri/Sat)
Peak Season Unpowered $38 pn for 2 people and $266 per week
Seniors Card discounts apply

How to book?
Book well in advance as often there are no vacancies. Book by calling 02 4267 4302 or email camping@coledalebeach.com.au

Maximum Stay:
N/A – Minimum Nights apply

Is it Pet Friendly?
No

Coledale Camping Reserve - Camping NSW South Coast
Coledale Camping Ground NSW

Dump Point:
Yes

Are fires allowed?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
We had excellent Telstra and Vodafone coverage during our stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4267 4302
Address: 
677 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Coledale region:

Sea Cliff Bridge
Figure 8 Pools
Coledale Ocean Pool

Read more: Coledale Camping Reserve

Visit Figure 8 Pools when camping at Coledale Camping Reserve, one of the great Camping sites - NSW South Coast
Figure 8 Pools

Windang Beach Tourist Park

Location:
Windang, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Windang Beach Tourist Park – 98.6kms
Melbourne to Windang Beach Tourist Park- 811.9kms

What facilities are available:
The Windang Beach Tourist Park is ideally located with the beach on one side and Lake Illawarra on the other.

Facilities include toilets and showers, camp kitchen and laundry. There are also sheltered BBQ areas, children’s playground and bicycle hire.

Type of Sites:
Powered Standard, Drive-Through and Ensuite sites as well as cabins

How much does it cost?
Powered Site $39 pn for 2 people
Powered Drive Through Site $44 pn for 2 people (2 night minimum Fri/Sat)
Ensuite Powered Site $65 pn for 2 people and $315 per week
Seniors Card discounts apply

How to book?
Book on-line or by calling 02 4297 3166

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No

Windang Tourist Park - Camping NSW South Coast
Windang Beach Tourist Park

Dump Point:
Yes

Are fires allowed?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans.

Mobile Phone Service:
We had excellent Telstra and Vodafone coverage during our stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4297 3166
Address: 
11 Fern Street, Windang, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Windang region:

Lake Illawarra
Illawarra Light Railway Museum
The Australian Motorlife Museum
Kiama Ocean Pool

Read more: Windang Beach Tourist Park

Kiama Ocean Pool
Kiama Ocean Pool

Hidden Creek Campsite

Location:
Huskisson, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Hidden Creek Campsite – 181.1kms
Melbourne to Hidden Creek Campsite – 828.9kms

What facilities are available:
Hidden Valley Campsite is nestled in tranquil bushland alongside Currambene Creek just 5 minutes from Huskisson.

It has flushing toilets, coin operated showers ($1 for 4 minute hot shower) as well as drinking water and rubbish bins.

There is a camp kitchen, laundry facilities, a shop with general supplies and kayak hire.

Type of Sites:
Secluded Powered & Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
Water Sites & Remote Sites – $47 pn Off Peak/$80 pn Peak (2 Adults)
Powered Sites – $52 pn Off Peak/$85 pn Peak (2 Adults)
Unpowered Sites – $40 pn Off Peak /$65 pn Peak (2 Adults)
Walk in/Walk Out Sites – $75 pn Off Peak/$150 pn Peak (2 Adults)
Glamping Safari Tents – $150 pn Off Peak/$250 pn Peak (2 Adults)
Additional Adult $15 pn Off Peak/$20 pn Peak
Additional Child $10 pn Off Peak/$15 pn Peak (Children Under 5 – Free)

How to book?
Enquire on-line, call 02 4441 5809 or email jbcabins.hiddenck@bigpond.com

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Due to the abundance of wildlife

Huskisson
Huskisson

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Yes – in the fire pit provided and in accordance with strict fire policy

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents and swags is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available in most areas

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4441 5809
Address: 
55 Goodland Road, Huskisson, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Huskisson region:

Huskisson Sea Pool
Hyams Beach
Huskisson Pictures

Honeymoon Bay - One of the most stunning Camping sites NSW South Coast
Stunning Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon Bay

Location:
Beecroft Weapons Range, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Honeymoon Bay Campground – 199.0kms
Melbourne to Honeymoon Bay Campground – 853.9kms

What facilities are available:
The Beecroft Weapons Range offers basic bush camping on NSW South Coast on most weekends, public holidays and NSW School Holidays.

NSW Summer School Holidays is by ballot only.

The Honeymoon Bay Campground has portable toilets but you need to bring your own toilet paper.

There are no showers, no water supply and creek water is not recommended for drinking.

You will need to bring your own water supply, drinking water and gas-operated cooking equipment. Potable water is available to refill water containers at the Visitors Centre.

Picnic Tables are available throughout the campground.

Type of Sites:
Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
$15 pn per site for 2 people 16 years and over
$5 pn for each additional person

How to book?
No Bookings – it is one a first come first served basis. Camping fees are payable in CASH only at the Visitors Centre

Maximum Stay:
Weekends – Friday & Saturday nights only, Public Holidays and NSW School Holidays

Is it Pet Friendly?
No

Honeymoon Bay Campsite - Camping NSW South Coast
Sharing one of the huge campsites at Honeymoon Bay Campground with West Aussie Nomads

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes – but must be turned off between 10pm and 7am and kept within your site

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4448 3411
Address:  
Lighthouse Road, Currarong, NSW
Facebook:

Things to do in the Currarong region:

Perpendicular Lighthouse
Outer Tubes
Silica Cove
Gosangs Tunnel

Read more: Honeymoon Bay Campground

Point Perpendicular Lighthouse
Point Perpendicular Lighthouse

Green Patch Campground

Location:
Jervis Bay Territory, NSW/ACT

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Green Patch Campground – 197.4kms
Melbourne to Green Patch Campground – 834.9kms

What facilities are available:
The Green Patch Campground is set among a natural bush setting and within close proximity to the beach.

Facilities include toilets, hot showers and fresh water, but no rubbish bins so you will need to take your rubbish with you.

Sheltered picnic tables, seating and barbecues are available throughout the campground.

Type of Sites:
Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
Standard Site – From $36 pn for 2 people
Large Site – From $54 pn for 2 people
Camping Fees include National Park Entry Fees

How to book?
Book on-line or call 02 4443 0977. Print and display booking confirmation on the dash of your vehicle

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Booderee National Park

Greenpatch Campground Campsite - Camping NSW South Coast
Greenpatch Campground Campsite

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Open fires are not permitted in campsites

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4443 0977
Address: 
Jervis Bay Road, Jervis Bay Territory, NSW/ACT
Website:

Things to do in the Booderee National Park region:

Murrays Beach
Cape St George Lighthouse
Hyams Beach
Huskisson Beach

Murrays Beach
Murrays Beach

Cave Beach Camping Ground

Location:
Jervis Bay Territory, NSW/ACT

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Cave Beach Camping Ground – 198.0kms
Melbourne to Cave Beach Camping Ground – 835.4kms

What facilities are available:
The Cave Beach Camping ground is for lightweight camping as the car park is 300m from the camping area requiring all equipment to be carried in.

Camping facilities include toilets, cold showers and fresh water. There is a sheltered gas barbecue area and wood barbecues.

There is also a day use area and outdoor shower for beach visitors.

Update Jan 2022 – Cave Beach is currently closed for camping

Type of Sites:
Walk-in Unpowered grassy tent sites – tents can be no larger than 3m x 4.5m

How much does it cost?
$28 pn for 2 people

How to book?
Book on-line or call 02 4443 0977. Ensure Tent Tag is attached to your tent

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Booderee National Park

Cave Beach Campground - Camping NSW South Coast

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Walk-in camping in tents only

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4443 0977
Address:
Cave Beach Road, Jervis Bay Territory, NSW/ACT
Website:

Things to do in the Booderee National Park region:

Cave Beach
Bherwherre Beach
Ryans Swamp

Cave Beach
Looking out from inside the Cave at the aptly named Cave Beach

Pretty Beach Campground

Location:
Pretty Beach, Murramarang National Park, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Pretty Beach Campground – 259.5kms
Melbourne to Pretty Beach Campground – 831.1kms

What facilities are available:
Pretty Beach Campground has flushing toilets and hot showers – $1 for 4 minutes. Water is available but should be boiled before drinking.

There are rubbish bins, picnic tables, free gas/electric and wood barbecues throughout the campground. You will need to bring your own wood for the wood barbecues.

A coin-operated washing machine is also available.

Type of Sites:
Powered and Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
Powered – $44.08 pn for 2 people
Unpowered – $35.85 pn for 2 people

In addition, Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day also applies. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass.

How to book?
Book on-line or call 02 4457 2019

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Murramarang National Park

Pretty Beach - Camping NSW South Coast
Pretty Beach, Murramarang National Park

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Yes – in the fire containers provided as long as there are no fire bans at the time. BYO firewood as it cannot be collected from within the park or you can buy firewood from the Campground Office.

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
We had Telstra mobile phone service during our stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4457 2019
Address: 
1 Pretty Beach Road, Pretty Beach, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Pretty Beach region:

Depot Beach Rainforest Walk
Durras Lake Discovery Trail
Snapper Point Walking Trail
Batemans Bay

Read more: Pretty Beach Campground

Congo Campground - Camping NSW South Coast
Congo Campground

Congo Campground

Location:
Congo, Eurobodalla National Park, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Congo Campground – 315.0kms
Melbourne to Congo Campground – 723.1kms

What facilities are available:
The Congo Campground is located alongside the river and is just a short stroll to the beach. Facilities include flushing toilets, cold showers and a basic camp kitchen.

There is no water or bins so you will need to bring your own water supply and drinking water and take your rubbish with you.

Type of Sites:
Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
$24.60 pn for 2 people

In addition, Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day also applies. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass.

How to book?
Book on-line or call 1300 072 757 or 02 4476 0800

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Eurobodalla National Park

Congo Camgroud facilities - Camping NSW South Coast
Congo Campground facilities include toilets, cold showers and a basic Camp Kitchen

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Wood fires are not permitted

Are Generators permitted?
Yes but only during the hours of 10 – 12pm and 2 – 4pm

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
We had Telstra phone reception during our stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4476 0800 or 1300 072 757
Address: 
Congo Road, Congo, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Congo region:

Moruya Heads Lookout
Big Hole Walking Track
Batemans Bay

Read more: Congo Campground

Dalmeny Campground - Camping NSW South Coast
Dalmeny Campground overhead

Dalmeny Campground

Location:
Dalmeny, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Dalmeny Campground – 342.1kms
Melbourne to Dalmeny Campground – 691.6kms

What facilities are available:
The Dalmeny Campground is ideally located on the grassy hillside overlooking the beach. Camping facilities include modern clean amenities blocks with toilets, showers, disabled access, baby change table and bath.

A coin-operated laundry is available and there are dishwashing sinks at the amenities.

IGA Supermarket, fuel and gas refills are directly opposite as well as a Kids playground. Ice and drinks are available for purchase from the Campground office.

Type of Sites:
Powered and Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
Peak Powered $55 pn for 2 people
Off Peak Powered $30 pn for 2 people
Shoulder Powered $36 pn for 2 people
Peak Unpowered $44 pn for 2 people
Off Peak Unpowered $25 pn for 2 people
Shoulder Unpowered $33 pn for 2 people
Pensioner Peak Unpowered $25 pn for 2 people
Pensioner Off Peak Unpowered $20 pn for 2 people

How to book?
Book on-line or call 0428 635 641

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – pets are allowed provided they are kept on a leash and are well behaved

Dalmeny Camping NSW South Coast

Dump Point:
Yes

Are fires allowed?
Yes – must be contained in a fire pit and extinguished with water prior to vacating site. BYO firewood or can be purchased from the office

Are Generators permitted?
Unknown

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers, Big Rigs and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
We had good Telstra coverage and 1 bar of Vodafone network during our stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
0428 635 641
Address: 
McMillan Crescent, Dalmeny, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Dalmeny region:

Kianga
Potato Head
Mill Bay Boardwalk

Read more: Dalmeny Campground

Mystery Bay - Camping NSW South Coast
Mystery Bay

Mystery Bay Campground

Location:
Mystery Bay, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Mystery Bay Campground – 358.1kms
Melbourne to Mystery Bay Campground – 674.9kms

What facilities are available:
The Mystery Bay Campground is one of the few remaining natural camping spots on the NSW South Coast.

Camping facilities include pit toilets, cold showers, taps connected to drinkable down water and bins.

Gas and ice are available from a nearby farm.

Type of Sites:
Unpowered sites. No defined sites

How much does it cost?
Peak $17.50 per Adult pn and $5 Extra person 5- 16 years Children Under 5 – free
Off Peak $12 per Adult pn and $4 Extra person 5 – 16 years Children Under 5 – free
Off Peak Weekly Rate – $78 pw
Pensioner Off Peak – $9.50 per person pn
Pensioner Off Peak Weekly Rate – $64 pw

How to book?
Bookings can now be made on-line. Pay camping fees to Caretaker

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – but must be controlled and on a leash at all times

Mystery Bay
Mystery Bay

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Yes – must be contained within a fire pit and completely extinguished prior to vacating site. BYO firewood or firewood can be purchased on site

Are Generators permitted?
Unknown

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Limited Telstra phone reception and sporadic Vodafone reception

Contact Details:
Phone:
0428 622 357
Address:
190 Mystery Bay Road, Mystery Bay, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Mystery Bay region:

Central Tilba
Tilba Valley Winery & Ale House
Australia Rock

Central Tilba
Central Tilba

River Gums Campground

Location:
Bermagui, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to River Gums Campground – Approx. 384.5kms
Melbourne to River Gums Campground – Approx. 672.3kms

What facilities are available:
River Gums Campground right on the banks of the Bermagui River and just a short walk to Bermagui caters for camping specifically for Grey Nomads (Adults only – No Back Packers).

There are no camping facilities therefore you must be fully self contained with toilet and shower on board your motorhome or caravan to be permitted entry.

You will need to bring your own water supply and drinking water and take your rubbish with you.

A number of farm animals are on site including sheep, miniature goats, a cow, dogs and a resident rooster.

Type of Sites:
5 Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
$30 pn for 2 people

How to book?
Bookings must be made through Hipcamp

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yespets must be controlled at all times and cleaned up after

Blue Pool Bermagui
Blue Pool Bermagui

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Yes

Are Generators permitted?
Yes

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes and Caravans as long as vehicle is self-contained. Camping in tents is not permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available

Contact Details:
Address:
Details given once you book through Hipcamp
Email:
rae.66@live.com

Things to do in the Bermagui region:

Blue Pool
Camel Rock
Bruce Steer Ocean Pool

Read more: 7 Best Things to do in Bermagui

Bruce Steer Pool, Bermagui

Merimbula Bush Camping

Location:
Merimbula, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Merimbula Bush Camping Ground – 450.0kms
Melbourne to Merimbula Bush Camping Ground – 588.2kms

What facilities are available:
Merimbula Bush Camping ground is set on a 200 acre property which adjoins the Bournda National Park.

It is just 5 minutes drive to beaches, Tura Beach supermarket and a 10 minute drive to Merimbula.

Camping facilities include composting toilets, bins and non-drinking water. Potable water is available on the track in after the map stand.

Type of Sites:
50 Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
$16 pn per person

How to book?
Bookings must be made through Hipcamp

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – dogs  may be off leash through the day if supervised

Merimbula
Merimbula

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Yes – There is plenty of kindling and small branches available to be collected from within the property

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers, Big Rigs and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Good Telstra and other mobile phone reception

Contact Details:
Address: 
Address and access details will be provided once you book through Hipcamp

Things to do in the Merimbula region:

Merimbula Wharf
Bar Beach
Magic Mountain
Merimbula Boardwalk

Merimbula Wharf
Merimbula Wharf built in 1902

Saltwater Creek Campground

Location:
Ben Boyd National Park, Green Cape, NSW

Distance from Sydney & Melbourne:
Sydney to Saltwater Creek Campground – 510.0kms
Melbourne to Saltwater Creek Campground – 552.4kms

What facilities are available:
The Saltwater Creek Campground is a remote and secluded camping ground in NSW South Coast located in the Ben Boyd National Park.

Camping facilities include non-flush toilets and a centrally located big shelter.

You will need to bring your own water supply and drinking water and take your rubbish with you.

Picnic Tables and free gas/electric and wood barbecues are available at the campground.

Type of Sites:
14 marked Unpowered sites.

How much does it cost?
$24.60 pn for 2 people

In addition, Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day also applies. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass.

How to book?
Book on-line or call 1300 072 757

Maximum Stay:
14 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Ben Boyd National Park

Snug Cove
Snug Cove

Dump Point:
No

Are fires allowed?
Yes – if there are no fire bans at the time. BYO firewood as it cannot be collected from within the park

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Camper Trailers and camping in tents only.

Mobile Phone Service:
No mobile phone reception at the Campground and only intermittent service along the access road to the campground

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6495 5000
Address: 
Saltwater Creek Road, Green Cape, Ben Boyd National Park, NSW
Website:

Things to do in the Eden region:

Eden Killer Whale Museum
Snug Cove
Disaster Bay Lookout
Ben Boyd National Park

Ben Boyd National Park
Ben Boyd National Park

Best time to go camping between Sydney and Melbourne

We found the best time to do a camping trip of the NSW South Coast between Sydney and Melbourne was in the warmer months of the year.

Wanting to escape the heat of Brisbane, we headed straight to Sydney and began camping down along the NSW South Coast from February through to April as we were searching for cooler temperatures.

In the year prior, we completed our camping trip of the NSW North Coast in November/December.

Things to take with you when exploring the NSW Coastline from Sydney

Check out these other great blogs on camping:

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Have you stayed at any of these great camping sites on the NSW South Coast? Tell us if you have stayed at any other awesome NSW South Coast camping grounds.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Mataranka, What to do and where to stay

Mataranka Feaature

Mataranka is a small town in Northern Territory and the Capital of the Never Never, just 431 kms south-east of Darwin.

Coming from the south on your road trip, you’ve probably just enjoyed a fantastic Barra Burger and a beer at Daly Waters Pub less than 2 hours drive away.

The Stuart Highway has now brought you here to Mataranka and if you’ve seen the photos from other travellers you’ll know why this is a must stop destination.

This is a great place to pull up stumps for a few nights after some long days driving and just relax and enjoy the Australian outback.

Mataranka Capital of the Never Never

About Mataranka

Mataranka to Darwin is still a 4 and a half hour drive away yet, with many great sight still to see along the way.

Katherine is just up the road and only 115 kms, just over an hour’s drive between the two towns.

The population of Mataranka is approximately 350 people but thousands of tourists arrive in town during the winter dry season.

The region has a strong Indigenous history and you can witness Aboriginal Art at the Stockyard Gallery’s exhibit and visit the Never Never Museum to learn more about their local stories.

Mataranka

Mataranka Weather

The weather in Mataranka is consistently warm during the day and the best months to visit are April to September during the dry season.

Our first stay was in July and our other two stays have both been in the month of May.

Apart from the winter months, the average temperatures for the most part of the year range between 19.7°C to 37.9°C with the hottest month on average being October.

July is the coldest month with an average maximum of 30.5°C and the minimum temperature down around 13.6°C.

The area is generally very dry in the winter months but during the wet season roads may be cut off for long periods.

Bitter Springs is one of the main attractions in Mataranka
Spectacular Bitter Springs

Things to do in Mataranka

Bitter Springs

One of the most popular attractions in Mataranka is Bitter Springs.

An amazing 30.5 million litres of water rises from underground and it is heaps of fun to float down with the gentle flow of water.

You will find the water temperature sits at around 34°C all year round but the springs are generally closed from November to May due to flooding in the wet season.

This amazing crystal clear naturally fed spring is lined with paperbarks and cabbage palms.

There is now a paved pathway from the car park to this ever popular swimming hole.

The entry and exit points from the springs is via a small set of stairs with a handrail.

Bitter Springs is located in the Elsey National Park and is just 2 kms from the township of Mataranka.

Simply turn off the Stuart Highway into Martin Road.

Just 500 metres past Bitter Springs Cabins and Camping you will arrive at the Bitter Springs car park.

Kev enjoying Bitter Springs

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Mataranka Thermal Pools

Mataranka Thermal Pools

The Mataranka Thermal Pools are just one of the two natural thermal pools in the Elsey National Park.

These paperbark, palm fringed Mataranka Hot Springs offer a safe place for swimming in crystal clear waters that are consistently warm all year round.

Easily accessible from within the Mataranka Homestead and just a short walk from the car park.

Anyone can visit the Hot Springs by walking through the Mataranka Homestead, easy free parking is available at the front.

Mataranka Giant Termite Mound

Giant Termite Mound

Right in the heart of Mataranka is a giant termite mound. It is the world’s largest man-made termite mound.

There are over 2000 species of termites and nearly 90 can be found within the Northern Territory.

Termite mounds are a very common sight in The Top End as their homes dominate the landscape.

Barra Feeding at the Territory Manor Mataranka
Our son Matt feeding the barramundi at the Territory Manor

Territory Manor Barramundi Feeding

Territory Manor is a local Motel and Caravan Park which is both family and pet friendly.

You can stop and stay or drop in for lunch any day.

Twice a day, the Territory Manor feed the Barramundi in the dam beside their licensed restaurant.

If you want to brave it, you can even take part in the barra feeding. The Barra have a very explosive action when being fed which is amazing to witness close up.

Admission to the barra feeding at the Territory Manor is free but a gold coin donation is appreciated.

Meeting Nathan Whippy Griggs

Nathan ‘Whippy’ Griggs

A visit to Mataranka is not complete without catching Nathan ‘Whippy’ Griggs in action at the Mataranka Homestead.

Nathan is an extremely talented whip cracker and holds five Guiness World records.

One of his World records being for the most times a whip can be cracked in a minute.

Unbelievably Nathan can crack a whip 697 times in just one minute.

Nathan has been cracking whips since he 14 and performs regularly in Mataranka from May to August and in other towns around the country throughout other months of the year.

Admission is free to the Mataranka Homestead to see Nathan perform live and he simply relies on people making a donation or purchasing a whip and other merchandise after the show.

Mataranka Falls

The hike to the Mataranka Falls is an 8 km return walk from 12 Mile Yards.

The track is well marked with blue arrows and is mostly flat with a hard surface but some patches are sandy.

There are some scenic view points as it follows the Roper River along the way to the falls.

If you are expecting a high plunging waterfall you will be disappointed.

The Mataranka Falls consist of small cascade of less than a metre in height.

Note there is definitely no swimming at Mataranka Falls or in the river as salt water crocs inhabit these waters.

Read more about Darwin & the Top End: Things to do in Darwin, NT

5 Essentials – Ryobi Tools for Traveling

  1. A chainsaw certainly is an essential tool while traveling especially when camping and 4WDing. Perfect for cutting up wood for the campfire and ideal for clearing tracks of fallen branches when 4WDing. I really like the Ryobi Chainsaw and will be looking to buy one very soon to match all of my other Ryobi tools.
  2. The Ryobi Cordless Hand Vacuum has been super handy for the motorhome while traveling and now it is also great to use in our 4WD.
  3. Even prior to traveling, I have always used a Ryobi Cordless Drill. They are an essential tool for use at home and while on the road.
  4. We have had heaps of use from our Ryobi 18v Area Light. It’s great for fishing, camping and outdoor entertaining and even when we want to save power at night while free camping. Just charge it up the next day when you have solar.
  5. There are so many uses for our Ryobi Blower while traveling. Blowing the leaves off the top of the slideout before bringing it in, accelerating the campfire, clearing away any dirt, grass or sand from around your campsite.
Our preferred place to stay in Mataranka - Little Roper Stockcamp

Mataranka Accommodation

Mataranka caters for all travellers with a wide variety of accommodation to choose from.

There’s bush camping, motel rooms, cabins as well as powered and unpowered caravan park sites.

Between the Homestead, Caravan Parks and Motels the area has you covered for whatever accommodation you require during your stay.

Little Roper Stockcamp

Enjoy an incredible and unique outback experience at the Little Roper Stockcamp.

Every morning at 8am except Sundays, owner Des boils the billy and cooks up little johnny cakes.

It is great gathering around with fellow travellers for a chat over a free cup of tea while enjoying a couple of johnny cakes for just $2 each.

After morning smoko, stick around as at 9am Des brings out the resident snakes and lizards for kids big and small to get up close and personal with.

Campfire Cooking Little Roper Stockcamp

The Communal Fire is lit every afternoon at 5pm and offers another great gathering point at the Little Roper Stockcamp.

Cook dinner over the fire in your camp oven or you are welcome to use one of the camp ovens provided.

There are rustic showers and toilets, washing machines and water but it is bore water.

A number of friendly farm animals on-site are also a great way to keep the kids entertained.

Contact Details for the Little Roper Stockcamp:

Phone: 0427 880 819
Address: 547 Homestead Road Mataranka NT
Website:

Read everything to know here: Little Roper Stockcamp

Des cooking up johnny cakes at Little Roper Stockcamp

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Bitter Springs Cabins & Camping in Mataranka

Bitter Springs Cabins & Camping

Located just 3kms from the Mataranka township the Bitter Springs Cabins & Camping is also just a short walk to the magnificent Bitter Springs.

Right on the banks of the Little Roper River, it not only provides an informal camping area in a relaxed natural bush setting, it is also an awesome spot to go barra fishing.

The spacious Campground has powered sites with bore water on tap where you can choose your own site and you can stay unhitched if you wish.

Pet Friendly Bitter Springs Camping

Facilities include toilets, showers, a camp kitchen and laundry.

An on-site kiosk stocks bread, milk and ice and be sure to try their frozen fresh locally grown mango!

Unpowered sites are available alongside the bank of the river.

Campfires are allowed in the unpowered campground but not in the main powered camping area.

Pets are welcome and we were able to stay with our beautiful Golden Retriever MACKS.

Generators are not permitted.

Contact Details for Bitter Springs Cabins & Camping:

Phone:  08 8975 4838
Address:  255 Martin Road, Bitter Springs, Mataranka, Northern Territory
Website: 

Read more: Bitter Springs Cabins & Camping

Bitter Springs Caravan Park - our first stay in Mataranka
Bitter Springs Cabins & Camping

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Mataranka Homestead at night

Mataranka Homestead

The Mataranka Homestead is home to the We of the Never Never Homestead and the Mataranka Thermal Pools.

A large camping area is available with both powered and unpowered sites as well as cabins and motel style accommodation.

Facilities at the Mataranka Homestead include a pool, bar and restaurant plus a store which stocks bread, milk, souvenirs and basic clothing and fishing supplies.

There are three amenities blocks and two laundries throughout the grounds.

Nathan Whippy Griggs regularly performs at the Mataranka Homestead
Nathan ‘Whippy’ Griggs

Pets are permitted but restricted to Campground One only due to the fact that the homestead is located in National Park.

Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times in the campground. Pets are not permitted in the Elsey National Park.

There are no on-line bookings available, it is simply a first in best dressed basis or you can call them on (08) 8975 4544.

Be sure to witness Nathan ‘Whippy’ Griggs in action at the Mataranka Homestead.

He performs every night except Monday nights from May through to August.

Contact Details for the Mataranka Homestead:

Phone: 08 8975 4544
Address: 642 Homestead Road, Mataranka, Northern Territory
Website:

Mataranka Homestead

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Territory Manor Motel & Caravan Park - one of the places to stay in Mataranka

Territory Manor Motel & Caravan Park

Just 500 metres from the heart of Mataranka township is the Territory Manor Motel & Caravan Park.

Powered Sites, Family Rooms and Double Share Motel Rooms are the accommodation options on offer.

Facilities include a swimming pool, spa, a huge camp kitchen, barbecue and laundry.

Territory Manor Buggy from We of the Never Never movie

There is also an outdoor undercover licensed restaurant which is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The old buggy from the ‘We of the Never Never’ movie features in the restaurant as a buffet bench.

One of the other features of the Territory Manor is the Barra Feeding and the camping area is pet friendly.

Contact Details for Territory Manor Motel & Caravan Park:

Phone: 08 8975 4516 or 08 8975 4612
Address: 51 Martin Road, Mataranka, Northern Territory
Website:

Territory Manor Barra Feeding Mataranka

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Elsey National Park on the outskirts of Mataranka

Jalmurark Campground

Located in the Elsey National Park, the Jalmurark Campground offers a large camping area with unpowered sites providing 2WD access for caravans, motorhomes and tent camping.

Facilities at the Jalmurark Camping Ground include toilets, showers and barbecues.

There are no bins so you need to take your rubbish with you.

The use of generators not permitted. Pets not allowed in the National Park.

Fires allowed in the designated fire pits only. Collection of firewood from the sides of the main roads is permissable.

You must be at least 50 metres away from the water when washing with soaps or detergents.

Bookings are to be made prior to your arrival. Book on-line through the Northern Territory Parks Booking System.

Contact Details for the Jalmurark Campground:

Phone: 08 8975 4560
Address: John Hauser Drive, Elsey, Northern Territory
Website:

United Mataranka

Mataranka Fuel Stations

There are actually 3 fuel stations in the small town of Mataranka.

Ampol Fuel is at the Mataranka Store & Service Station plus there’s the Mataranka United Service Station and the BP Mataranka Roadhouse.

All three are located within metres of each other in the main street of Mataranka.

On the three occasions that we have visited Mataranka over the last few years we have found diesel prices at the United and BP are slightly cheaper than at the Ampol.

There is however a 5c Fuel Discount Offer for Mataranka Central when you stay at the Mataranka Homestead.

We always use Petrol Spy app to find the cheapest fuel prices for any location throughout Australia.

Read more:  How to Save Money on Fuel

Mataranka Main Street

Take your time and experience everything to see and do in Mataranka.

It is a genuinely interesting and fascinating Australian outback town with many features and intriguing things to experience.

Other places to stay in the region:

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Have you visited or spent some time exploring Mataranka?

Tell us about your experience in Mataranka.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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The Story of John, The Highway Man

John the Highway Man Feature Image

At just 23 years of age, John The Highway Man as he is now known, took leave from his bank job of 5 years and went for a walk.

His intention was to go for 3 months, just to wander and feel free.

John never went back.

He was missing for 25 years.

This is the story of John The Highway Man

John the Highway Man walking down the highway in NSW

While travelling Australia and traversing the long highways all around our vast country you really do see and meet some amazing, interesting and quirky people.

Way out in the middle of absolutely nowhere you see people riding bicycles, unicycles, postie bikes, riding tractors, in cars so old they out date some of us and making their way from A to B by extraordinary means.

But this is a story of a man who has chosen a completely different mode of transport, his legs.

He’s been using them to walk the country’s roads now for over 40 years.

It really is a fascinating story of a man who found peace and solitude walking the highways of Australia.

In his words ” I’m just a wanderer”

We met John in NSW and chatted and this is his story.

Who is John the Highway Man?

His real name is Grant John Cadoret.

As Adele and I approached the town of Forbes in regional NSW in our Winnebago Esperance Motorhome we both noticed a fellow on the side of the highway walking north.

We were around 30 kms south from the town when Adele recognised him and said, “that’s John the Highway Man”.

I looked in my mirrors and checked the side of the highway and made sure it was safe for us to pull over.

Fortunately we had no vehicles behind us and space off the side of the road.

So we stopped and had a chat.

John the Highway Man

About John

John grew up in the Victorian country town of Minyip, just over 300 kms north west of Melbourne.

It was 1977 and at the young age of 23, John decided to take some leave from his good banking job, just to go for a walk.

It was only meant to be for a short time, certainly not for the decades how it has ended up.

Out here as he trod the earth, looked out over farmland, and searching within himself, he found solitude and peace as time went by.

3 months turned into 3 years, then 5, then 10 and before he knew it, he’d been gone a long, long time.

John said to me as we chatted, “when I first started out no-one would give me a ride when I wanted one. Now everyone offers me a ride but I prefer to walk”

Communication in the 1970, 80’s and even early 90’s of dial up was nothing like it is today.

There were no mobile phones, no internet, no Facebook, no Social Media at all.

The way we communicated was very different and much slower.

We did have pay phones and postcards though so his family struggled over the many years not hearing from him and believed he must have died.

John understood he’d been gone a long time and the longer he left it the harder it became to reach out and contact his loved ones.

Ultimately, he chose to let sleeping dogs lay.

His parents, he thought, would likely be dead by now so he continued on his marathon walk along the Australian Highways.

Where did he get money from?

He didn’t have any money, he didn’t need any.

At no time has John stopped to work along the way nor has he received any benefits or Government money.

Without property, without a vehicle and having no material needs he didn’t need money.

How did he survive?

John ate and drank what he would find on the roadsides of the highways.

He would come across food that had been thrown out car windows plus bottles and cans of drink tossed to the sides of the roads.

Along the way the kindness of other people would sometimes provide him food to eat.

Pools of water would otherwise be a source for somewhere to drink.

He became a modern day Swagman and learnt the survival tactics he needed.

Kev talking to John The Highway Man

During our chat I said to him, you should write a book. His response was “I prefer to read them”.

John stops at libraries and always has a book or two with him.

He does now have a small Kindle pad with him that he charges with a little solar panel you see on top of his backpack as he walks.

I found John to be very humble. He was happy to chat but I needed to lead the way with questions.

People stop and talk to him, some say they’d love to be doing it. John says, it’s always a fine day when they say it.

Finding John the Highway Man

Decades had gone by when a journalist heard about him having gone missing and decided to try to find him.

Amazingly, he did.

He stopped his car and chatted with him on the side of the road, talking about where he had been and listening to his stories.

The journalist went back and told his family, who had long decided he must have died, why else would he have never contacted them after so many years.

His sister broke down in tears and desperately wanted to see him.

John’s mother was at first unsure, not believing it was actually him.

In time her emotions went to anger, mad that he would still be alive and not contacted her.

Understandably there were a huge range of emotions for everyone involved.

The Journalist returned back to find John, once again travelling the Highways, looking for that needle in the haystack of the contented Swagman on his unique journey.

Eventually he found him once again, this time providing John his sisters phone number and told him his family wanted him to contact them.

Grant John Cadoret

Reuniting with his Family

It took a little time, some months, before John made the call.

His sister Michelle, a school teacher, was interrupted during class. There’s a phone call they told her, you need to take it.

It was John!!

The family reunited and now John returns regularly to visit. 

He discovered that his mother and father had split up over time and his father now lives in Queensland.

Where can you see John?

He doesn’t walk as far any more.

When I asked him if he was heading up to Queensland he said no. “Everything up there wants to kill you” he told me.

Ohhh, you mean snakes, spiders and dingoes I asked.

No he said, “Ants”.

“Any time I sit down they swarm all over me up there.”

He said he doesn’t go past Warwick now.

John told me he walked to Western Australia once in his earlier years but he doesn’t go back now.

Mostly you find him along the Highways of NSW and Victoria or maybe just a little over the border into Queensland.

In his early days, John says the police would pull him up for hitchhiking but now they all know him.

“They would ask me for ID, the problem is I’ve never had a credit card or any form of identification”, John said.

I asked John where he was aiming to get to today.

“I don’t know” he said. “I’ll just keep going until I’ve had enough and then I’ll stop”.

We asked him does he have an idea of where he wants to get to each day, “No” he said.

He has no plan each day, he just meanders along at his own pace in his own space.

Although introverted and quiet, John is friendly and kind also.

Pulled over when we spotted John The Highway Man
We pulled over when we spotted John the Highway Man

John the Highway Man on Social Media

John himself is not on Social Media, he has no idea what it is, just that it’s a thing and how people now know about him.

Today there are several Facebook pages dedicated to the adventures of John the Highway Man.

People watch out for him and post online where is he and how he is doing. 

They share their stories of him and what was said when they met.

One page is called The Highway Man: A: Grant Johns journey. The original page.

Another is The Highway Man, Grant Johns Helping Hands.

Please keep in mind John’s safety when sharing information on social media.

Don’t make him a target for thieves or leave him in a vulnerable position to anyone who may take advantage of his lifestyle.

What to do if you see John

Ensure before you apply the brakes on your vehicle that there is no-one close behind you and where you pull over you do it safely, for the sake of you, your family, John and other travellers.

Find somewhere that’s safe to stop to talk and it won’t hinder or be a distraction to others.

John is actually usually quite social, he likes to chat and is often happy talking for as long as you want to.

Remember, he chose this life and has been doing it a long time.

It’s his life and he’s happy so don’t talk with him as if he’s poor or suffering. He is doing exactly what he has chosen to do.

He doesn’t accept lifts so if you offer he’s very unlikely to do so.

John can only carry so much gear so while he appreciates gifts, he may not always be able to take it with him.

He likes coke and people bring him food and water, batteries and new boots or clothing.

I’ve learnt since we met that he likes a Rum too. Wish I knew that at the time and I’d have poured one for us both.

Apic with John The Highway Man

This is an incredible story of a true Aussie character.

A guy who chose to be different. In fact, he has said he knew he was different and just wasn’t fitting in.

Society can be a real challenge for some of us and John found his own space and his own place.

Hopefully we will get to meet him again.

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Things to do in Ilfracombe Qld

Things to do in Ilfracombe Feature

For a small outback Queensland town, there are quite a number of fun, interesting things to do in Ilfracombe.

Named after the small Devonshire town in England, Ilfracombe was founded in 1891 and was once the transport hub for the Wellshot Station, the largest sheep station in Australia.

Back in the early days, Ilfracombe had three hotels each with accommodation and their own dance hall. 

It also had two general stores, a couple of butchers, a baker, a saddler, dressmaker as well as a billiard saloon, a coach builder and a soft drink maker.

Now, the once thriving population has dwindled to between 200 and 300.

Ilfracombe has some great things to do

Located between Barcaldine and Longreach, Ilfracombe is known as the Hub of the West as their welcome sign suggests!

It’s just a 20 minute drive or just 27.2 kms from Ilfracombe to Longreach.

By road it is 80.9 kms from Barcaldine to Ilfracombe and around 52 minutes to drive between these two towns.

Naturally it is hard to compete with major attractions of Longreach but Ilfracombe provides a great outback atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle.

A quiet little town where you can enjoy peace and tranquility and a great base from which you can explore the entire region.

The main street of Ilfracombe

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Machinery Mile in the main street of Ilfracombe

Top Things to do in Ilfracombe

Here are 8 great things to do in Ilfracombe most of which are located right in the heart of town:

1. Take a walk down Machinery Mile

An easy way to get some exercise in Ilfracombe is to take a walk down Machinery Mile and back and you will clock up over 3 kms.

You will be amazed at some of the old machinery that makes up Machinery Mile, most of which has been collected from within a 100 metre radius to Ilfracombe.

This incredible timeline of tractors, dozers, trucks, carts, tanks and much more stretches out for a mile of the main street in Ilfracombe.

A couple of them are very rare and are one or two of the their kind left in the world.

Machinery Mile is free of charge however donations are gratefully accepted via the donation box to help maintain the machinery.

Wellshot Hotel -one of the top 8 things to do in Ilfracombe

2. Drop into the Wellshot Hotel

Be sure to drop into the Wellshot Hotel for a drink or two and sit your bum down on their quirky bar stools.

You simply can’t miss having a photo on these iconic stools at this iconic pub!

Stay for lunch or dinner and take the time to learn about the history of the hats, enjoy the rustic charm and quirky features that this outback pub has to offer.

Try your luck and see if you can successfully pin a $5 note to the roof of the bar.

Read more: Wellshot Hotel

Ilfracombe Artesian Pools
Ilfracombe Artesian Spa

3. Bathe in the Ilfracombe Artesian Spa and Swimming Pool

Take a therapeutic dip in the Ilfracombe Artesian Spa and Swimming Pool.

Feel the benefits of the warm therapeutic mineral waters. It is great to soak your weary muscles when you stop after a long day driving.

The waters of the Ilfracombe Artesian Spa are from the Great Artesian Basin which is one of the world’s largest artesian groundwater basins.

The Great Artesian Basin underlies one-fifth of Australia and extends beneath regions of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Northern Territory.

It stretches from the Great Dividing Range all of the way to the Lake Eyre depression.

Standard Daily Opening Hours for the Ilfracombe Artesian Spa and Pool are 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

Display depicting the General Store in the early days

4. Visit Langenbaker House

The Langenbaker House is one of the first houses in Ilfracombe.

Since the 1890’s it belonged to Harry & Mary-Anne Langenbaker and remained in their family for just over 100 years.

It was acquired by the Ilfracombe Shire Council in 1991 after the last Langenbaker family member passed away.

This humble home has been preserved and is open to the public for guided tours.

It stands as a memorial to the Australia Outback Town’s people illustrating their way of life.

Inside the house it still largely resembles what it was like while the Langenbakers were raising their 11 children.

One of their sons became blind in an accident in 1921 therefore the furniture was left in exactly the same place so he could find his way around.

Ilfracombe Post Office

5. Pop into the Ilfracombe Post Office

The beautiful old tongue and groove building is home to not only Australia Post but also the Ilfracombe Library, a Gift Shop and a Second Hand Clothing store.

In 2010, the Ilfracombe Post Office celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the first motor mail delivery in the Commonwealth of Australia which went from Ilfracombe to Isisford.

6. Look through the Wellshot Centre

Learn about the early beginnings of the Wellshot Station.

The Wellshot Centre is an interesting place to visit as it outlines the history of the one of Australia’s greatest sheep stations.

The Wellshot Centre is also the Ilfracombe Visitor Information Centre.

Wellshot Station holds the world record for shearing the largest number of sheep off the same property in one season back in 1892.

Another record in the shire was the record for moving 43,000 sheep, the largest mob of sheep as a single flock in 1886.

7. Check out the Romani Hall Memorial – Gun Museum

The Romani Hall Memorial contains glass cabinets full of machine guns and weapons.

There are bombs, pistols, rifles, grenades and lots more.

All of the items in the museum relate to the war with the museum dedicated to Australia’s Light Horsemen.

It is a tribute to the young men in the Ilfracombe district who enlisted in the armed forces.

8. The Twelve Mile

Just 20 kms out from Ilfracombe towards Isisford is The Twelve Mile.

To find The Twelve Mile, go past Stockyard Creek and it will be on your left. 

Then turn at the Twelve Mile sign before driving another 100 metres to behind the dam.

Before heading out, pick up a map from the Wellshot Information Centre.

The self-guided map will assist you to explore this incredible formation.

Tree of Knowledge
Tree of Knowledge illuminated at night

Great Things to do in the Ilfracombe nearby region

There are more great things to do in the Infracombe surrounding region in towns like Barcaldine, Patrick, Aramac and Longreach.

Be sure to check out these other great attractions while you are close by.

Barcaldine

Tree of Knowledge

Barcaldine is just under 81kms from Ilfracombe and is most famous for the Tree of Knowledge.

The ghost gum is located in front of the Barcaldine Railway Station and it was under this tree that the 1891 Shearer’s Strike workers met.

The Tree of Knowledge was the site of the reading of the manifesto in 1892 leading to the formation of the Labour Party in Queensland.

Sadly this very notable tree which had been added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992 was poisoned in 2006.

Visit the Tree of Knowledge especially at night to see it beautifully illuminated with evolving coloured lights.

Barcaldine Great Shearers Strike

Great Shearers Strike

A tremendous and temultuous event in Queensland’s history was the Great Shearers Strike back in 1891.

At the time, Australia was going into its worst ever depression and unemployment was rife.

The price of wool had fallen and shearing was one of the most demanding but lowest paid jobs.

1,000 shearers put down their shears and marched through the streets of Barcaldine until their demands were met.

The demands were for the continuation of existing rates of pay; protection of worker’s rights and privileges; just and equitable agreements and the exclusion of low-cost Chinese labour.

The strike marked as the beginning of the working man’s voice lasted 4 months and 13 strike leaders were arrested and actually sentenced to 3 years hard labour.

Lara Wetlands
Lara Wetlands

Patrick

Lara Wetlands

When visiting nearby Barcaldine, be sure to head out to Lara Wetlands and camp up beside the lake for a few days.

It is a birdlover’s and photographer’s paradise.

Soak up the warmth in the natural hot spring pool, cook up a feast on a campfire, witness sensational sunsets and sunrises, paddle the lake in one of the complimentary kayaks.

Another option is you can use some old fashioned pedal power to explore the lake perimetre on the complimentary bicycles.

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Aramac Sculpture Trail
One of over 40 unique sculptures dotted around the Aramac Lake Dunn Sculputre Trail

Aramac

The Aramac Sculpture Trail

Aramac is around 45 minutes from Barcaldine and is the where you can start the Aramac/Lake Dunn Sculpure Trail.

Miluynda Rogers, a local sculptor has created over 40 sculptures.

This unique art installation has Miluynda’s creations dotted around a 200km loop circuit.

It is one of the biggest permanent outdoor sculpture exhibiitons in the world and took us the best part of 6.5 hrs to complete the entire triangular circuit between Aramac, Lake Dunn and Jericho.

Longreach Sign

Longreach

Just 27.2kms and a 20 minute drive from Ilfracombe is Longreach.

Just add the things to do in Ilfracombe and Longreach and you can easily spend quite a few days in this awesome Queensland outback region.

Two of Adele’s 5 favourite tours in all of Oz are tours from Longreach.

Read more about: Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame

One of the most popular attractions and things to do in Longreach is the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

Following a $15m makeover, the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is even bigger and better since our visit in first visit in 2017.

You can choose to do the Stockman’s Experience Tour which includes the Live Show, Entry to the Museum and Galleries plus the new Cinematic Experience or you can just opt for the Museum & Gallery Entry only.

Definitely include this iconic attraction to your list of things to do in Ilfracombe and nearby region.

Qantas Founders Museum

Qantas Founders Museum

We enjoyed three of the Qantas Founders Museum tours and experiences when first visiting Longreach in 2017.

Firstly we wandered through the main exhibition hall of the amazing Qantas Founders Museum as well as the Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar.

Our second experience was going behind the scenes of the Boeing 707 and 747 as part of the 1.5 hr Airpark tour.

Since we visited they have constructed a roof  over the iconic aircraft to protect them from the harsh outback sun.

Last but not least and the true highlight of the Qantas Founders Museum was the 747 Wing Walk, a once in a lifetime experience.

Since our first visit in 2017 they have added the Luminescent Longreach – Light and Sound Show which would be great to do as well.

Outback Pioneers

Longreach

Outback Pioneers

The Kinnon Family are true outback pioneers.

They have really reinvented tourism in Longreach and they have a number of awesome tours and experiences.

Take an exhilarating Cobb & Co Stagecoach ride.

It is Australia’s only stagecoach gallop!

This amazing 4 hr tour includes riding the restored Cobb & Co Stagecoach through the main street of Longreach, galloping along a stretch of the original Longreach – Windorah mail run.

Also included is a traditional Aussie Morning Tea, a classic Australian movie in the retro cinema with canvas seats and the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show – a tribute to the old time travelling shows.

Check out our: Top 10 Things to do in Longreach

Places to Stay in Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe Caravan Park

You can’t miss the Ilfracombe Caravan Park, just look for the red truck perched up on top of the entry way to this outback van park.

Accommodation options on offer include 55 Caravan Sites all with Power & Water and a range of fully self-contained cabins.

The cabins include Deluxe Queen Ensuite Cabins, a Family Cabin, a Pet Friendly Cabin and Queen Ensuite Villas.

Wellshot Hotel

Wellshot Hotel Campground

Located behind the Wellshot Hotel is the Wellshot Hotel Campground.

This is a paid campground where you can pull up stumps in your Caravan or Motorhome after a long drive or following a big afternoon session at the Wellshot Hotel lol.

Camping facilities at the Wellshot Hotel Campground include toilets, showers, drinking water, bins, laundry facilities and hook up to power.

It is accessible to caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, campervans and tent camping.

Pets are permitted.

Other great places to stay in the region:

Where to Eat and Drink in Ilfracombe

Wellshot Hotel

We had it on good authority that the Wellshot Hotel has awesome Steak Sandwiches.

Naturally, we had to stop into the Wellshot Hotel and experience one of the Steak Sangers for ourselves and we weren’t disappointed.

The Wellshot Hotel offers a wide range of meal options for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner including delicious home made pies.

Choose to dine inside in the Dining Room, outside in the Beer Garden or be like us and eat your lunch up at the bar!

The Coffee Hatch

At the front of the Wellshot Hotel is The Coffee Hatch.

Not only does the Wellshot Hotel have the coldest beer in the west, it also serves up the best coffee.

Choose from the usual coffees, Cappucino, Hot Chocolate, Chai Latte, Espresso or a good old Flat White.

You can also enjoy a refreshingly cold Iced Chocolate on a hot summer’s morning. Grab a delicious piece of cake or crossiant to go with your drink.

Open Monday to Saturday 6am – 12 noon and Sundays from 8am – 12 noon.

Ilfracombe Caravan Park

During tourist season, the Ilfracombe Caravan Park offer a set menu for a delicious hearty meal when staying at the park.

Choose from 5 different reasonably priced meals and there’s one dessert.

Spoil yourself with a home cooked meal simply by booking and paying at Reception before 3pm on the day and be seated at a table in the ‘Shed’ for your dinner.

Kath's Kountry Kitchen

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We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

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Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

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Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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