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Corella Dam and Clem Walton Park, Queensland

Corella Dam

One of the most enjoyable Free overnight camping stays right around Australia is without doubt right here at Corella Dam.

Corella Dam is located approximately half way between Cloncurry and Mount Isa in North-West Queensland and offers excellent free camping opportunity directly beside the water.

This is a beautiful location to relax, enjoy the amazing scenery and the peace on offer.

We arrived the first time for a 1-2 day stay and were there for 5 nights.

The sky at night lights up and in the dark the stars would shine. The Sunsets are truly magnificent.

Corella Dam

About Corella Dam

Corella Dam is about 50 kms west from Cloncurry and 70 kms East from Mount Isa along the Barkly Highway.

When you turn off into the entrance you will come across what you will perceive to be a locked gate.

It is not locked, simply unravel the chain, open the gate and once you have entered close the gate and place the chain back.

This is a cattle station and it’s important none of the cattle are able to escape.

You will likely meet some of the cows during your visit.

The track in is gravel but easily navigated with 2wd vehicle as we do it in our Winnebago Motorhome.

Corella Dam was created in the 1950’s to supply water to the nearby thriving Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine.

Camping here becomes very popular during with winter northern escape season for Caravanners and Motorhomes.

Campfire at Corella Dam
Magnificent sunset at Corella Dam

Corella Dam Facilities

There are no facilities at Corella Dam.

Some skip bins are available at the camping grounds however there are no toilets, no showers and no drinking water.

We enjoyed some fires that kept us warm and allowed us the opportunity to cook some amazing meals in the open over the coals.

Phone coverage at Corella Dam is very poor.

We had no Vodafone coverage and the Telstra network dropped in and out but is too low to really utilise at any time.

Camping at Clem Walton Park

Clem Walton Park

Clem Walton Park is nearby and does have toilet facilities.

Access is via a much rougher gravel track where you can park along the creek.

It tends to be quieter and more peaceful at Clem Walton Park but it has no direct access from here to Corella Dam.

Some people prefer it for it’s more serene location and it has a stunning natural beauty along the creek too.

To find the creek at Clem Walton Park, continue on the track past Corella Dam and follow it until you eventually come to a Y section.

Follow it to the left down alongside the banks of the creek.

Waterside camping at Corella Dam
Camping with friends at Corella Dam
Camping at Corella Dam

Are dogs allowed at Corella Dam?

Corella Dam is pet friendly and therefore dogs are allowed.

It’s highly advisable to keep your dogs within sight and on their leash at all times as the cattle roam the area and other wildlife remain in the vicinity.

Boating is popular at Corella Dam

Corella Dam Crocodiles

Corella Dam does have plenty of Fresh water crocodiles although we didn’t see any.

They tend to spend their time away from the camping areas however those that kayak and have boats usually report sightings of Freshies on the banks.

It’s not a known area for Salt Water Crocodiles and you will often see people swimming in the water.

Don’t be frightened by the many cows and big bulls that come by at night, some nights they do come through in large numbers.

Fishing for Red Claw
Red Claw at Corella Dam

Corella Dam Red Claw

We caught some Red Claw from the shore but had to get over the back areas away from most of the campers.

Lots of campers here have boats and kayaks and go fishing each day and drop their pots out further away and often have good success.

Opera House style Yabbie pots are most commonly used here.

These style of pots are not permitted in some other states so check before you use them elsewhere when travelling.

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.
Plenty of space around the dam for free camping
Cattle freely roam around
Cattle roam freely

Free Camping at Corella Dam

We highly recommend Corella Dam as a fantastic Free camp and it is one of our favourite experiences in Australia.

Enjoy the video and a look around this awesome location, it’s one of the best free camps in Oz.

It features high in our Best Free Camps in Australia.

Cost to stay at Corella Dam is Free.

Our first stay was July 22-25th 2017 and our second stay on our trip from Brisbane to Darwin was 13-14 May 2021.

Read more about: Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping

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How to get to Corella Dam:

Follow the Barkly Highway west of Cloncurry or east of Mt Isa until you see the sign to Corella Dam on the south side of the Highway.

There is a gate to open and then close at the entrance to the camping areas.

Access in to the campground is via a short and easy to drive 2km dirt track off the highway.

We did it easily in our 2WD Motorhome.

Corella Dam is approximately 9kms east of Mary Kathleen.

Kev cutting up some firewood

What is there to do at Corella Dam?

Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine

Visit the old deserted Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine which is now a ghost town.

Discover the locations of the school, shops and houses that used to exist in the township now evacuated since 1984.

Ask for a map of the original town at the Mount Isa Information Centre and it outlines where all the buildings once stood and the layout of the Mary Kathleen township.

There’s a big signboard now at the old Mine with a full map on show.

You can also camp for free in the abandoned township.

Read more: Mary Kathleen Camping for free in a Ghost Town

Corella Fishing and Red Claw

Go fishing and catch Red Claw which is good fun and make for a great meal.

Get out some pots and use some fruit or veges within the pot to attract the Red Claw.

Boating and Kayaking

Plenty of people take their boats to Corella Dam.

There is a boat ramp available or you can take care to launch your boat fairly easily from the bank.

Kayaking at Corella Dam is also very popular.

Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine which is now abandoned
Abandoned Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine
The old tennis court in Mary Kathleen which is now a  ‘ghost town’

Other great places to stay in the region:

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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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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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. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

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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Dalmeny Campground, Dalmeny NSW

Dalmeny

The Dalmeny Campground is perfectly located overlooking spectacular Dalmeny Beach.

This is a very popular camping spot for Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans and Tents.

With it’s spectacular ocean views, fantastic surfing opportunities and excellent fishing along the beach it’s a perfect place to relax and unwind.

If you’re looking for the ideal Narooma camping location, the Dalmeny Campground is your escape from chaos.

About Dalmeny

Dalmeny is just 5 mins drive from the beautiful nearby town of Narooma on the south NSW coast and is 340 kms south of Sydney.

It is known for it’s many stunning beaches which provide excellent swimming, fishing and surfing opportunities.

With a population of around 2000 people Dalmeny is a peaceful laid back community which thrives during the summer tourism season when travellers and holiday makers visit Dalmeny, Narooma and nearby winery regions such as Tilba Tilba.

Brou Beach, which is commonly called Dalmeny Beach, is located in the Eurobodalla National Park where there are lots of fantastic walks and you can visit Brou Lake which is the perfect spot to swim, kayak and throw in a line.

This is one of our favourite regions within the NSW south coast.

Dalmeny Campground Location

The Dalmeny Camping area is some amazing real estate given the panoramic outlook from the position of each Caravan and Motorhome.

The campground is located on a hilltop of sloping grounds so most sites are not level but they do provide spectacular views.

Remember to bring your levelling chocks and enjoy some of the most exquisite views you’ll ever have whilst camping here at Dalmeny Campground.

Don’t forget your camera and binoculars to witness the amazing Humpback Whale season as they make their way north and back again, playing and breaching along the Eastern coastline.

Dalmeny Campground
Dalmeny Campground

Dalmeny Campground Amenities

There is a large amenities block located here which includes toilets, hot showers and a laundry which are all modern and clean.

A dump point is also available onsite just near the amenities block. Bins are also located at the campground.

A children’s playground is located in the park next to the Campground.

An IGA for all your groceries and a fuel station are located directly across the road.

There’s also a great Fish and Chips shop which is popular with other campers.

An aerial view of Dalmeny
Dalmeny Beach
Dalmeny Beach

Fire pits are available for hire along with firewood, just see the caretakers who will look after you.

The beach is excellent for swimming although not all beaches have lifesavers and can be subject to rips and dangerous surf conditions.

Surfing the beaches surrounding Dalmeny is very popular with plenty of great wave action.

There’s lots of good fishing along the beach in the gutters and we saw a few fish being caught during our stay.

You may even spot the resident Emu’s that often wander along the beach.

We had good Telstra coverage and I also had 1 bar of Vodafone network during our stay at Dalmeny Campground.

Are pets allowed at Dalmeny Campground?

The Dalmeny Campground is pet friendly and therefore dogs are allowed.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Dalmeny Campground
Drone view of Dalmeny
Dalmeny Campground

Cost to stay at Dalmeny Campground

Cost to stay is $33 per night for 2 adults for powered site. Children 5-16yo are $6 each per night.
* Updated 27/12/2022 Prices vary throughout the year depending on season. Off peak is $31, Shoulder season is $37 and Peak season is $56 a night for a powered site.

Unpowered sites are available and are $26 a night for off peak, $34 a night during the Shoulder season and $45 a night in peak times.

Check the Dalmeny Campground website for more details.

Also look for Stay 7 nights and pay for only 6 deal or any other offers they may have throughout the year.

Our stay was 22nd February and 28th February to 6th March 2019.

For video reviews on hundreds of other Caravan Parks, Campgrounds and Free Camps around oz, simply click on the Where to Stay Button above or here to search by category. Alternatively you can click on the Destinations Button above or here to search by State.

Check out these other great places to stay near Dalmeny NSW:

Pretty Beach Campground

Congo Campground

Ulladulla Headland Holiday Park

Nearby Narooma
Narooma NSW

Contact Details for Dalmeny Campground and Caravan Park:

Phone: 0428 635 641
Address: 1 Noble Parade, Dalmeny NSW
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Emus on Dalmeny Beach
Emus on Dalmeny Beach

How to get to Dalmeny Campground:

From the Princes Highway turn in to Mort Avenue at Dalmeny to Dalmeny Beach until you come to the Dalmeny Campground on your left.

The entrance is on the ocean side, it is a one way road in and out of the campground.

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it

Things to see and do in and around Dalmeny Campground

1. Dalmeny and Narooma Beaches

Dalmeny and Narooma are a stunning beachside location and there is so much to see and do.

You will also be able to see the resident Dalmeny Emus regularly wandering along the beach!

Josh’s Beach is nearby and is another popular place for swimming and fishing.

Yabbara Beach is a bigger beach and more preferred for beach walks and is similar to Duesburys Beach next to it.

Kianga Beach is popular for surfing and fishing and there are BBQ’s and picnic area overlooking the beach making it a favourite Sunday lunch position for locals and visitors.

2. Kianga Point

Take a drive out to Kianga Point off Dalmeny Road and enjoy a picnic lunch with spectacular views.

The circular drive around Kianga Point provides stunning sweeping views along the beaches and across to the islands offshore.

Kianga Point
Kianga Point

3. Australia Rock

See Australia Rock, a rock formation in the shape of the map of Australia. It is located at Wagonga Head and you can drive there along Bar Rock Rd.

Be sure to check out Australia Rock, it’s one of the most popular attractions close to Dalmeny Campground.

4. See the Seals

While at Australia Rock, take the walk along the Bar rock wall and see the Seals as they laze about and swim in the waters of the entrance to Wagonga Inlet.

Here you can witness the Australian and NZ fur seals in their own habitat, sunbaking and playing in the waters and catching some lunch throughout the day.

Australia Rock is one of the popular attractions close to Dalmeny
Australia Rock Narooma

5. Feeding Stingrays

Watch the stingrays being fed at the Apex Park Boat Ramp.

When the charter boats come in from their day out fishing the Stingrays school around the boat ramp in hope of a free feed.

Sometimes if you are lucky the fishermen help you to feed the Stingrays.

We were fortunate and one of the guys brought over a fish frame and showed Adele how to attract a Big Stingray to take the fish from her hand.

He also helped key the pelicans at bay who were also keen on an easy feed.

Feeding Stingrays at nearby Narooma
Feeding Stingrays Narooma

6. Montague Island Tour

We highly recommend the Tour to Montague Island called Montague Island Tours with Wazza.

The tour leaves from Narooma and takes you for some amazing snorkelling with the Seals before a tour around the lighthouse and keepers cottage.

It was a great day out, swimming with seals and enjoying tour of Montague island.

Seals at Montague Island is one of the other more popular attractions close to Dalmeny Campground
Seals at Montague Island

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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 of 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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Is Bundaberg worth visiting?

There are so many great things to see and do in and around Bundaberg but, is Bundaberg worth visiting?

Bundaberg doesn’t just evolve around Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Ginger Beer, it is also the landmark of the southern most part of the Great Barrier Reef and is notable for its sugar industry.

It is also famous for its close locality to Mon Repos.

Mon Repos has the largest concentration of marine nesting turtles on the eastern mainland of Australia,

Plus, it’s fast becoming the ‘Drinks Capital of Australia’ with the introduction of a microbrewery, cider house and gin distillery in recent years.

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About Bundaberg

Bundaberg is a fast growing city in Queensland located just 365 kms north of the capital city of Brisbane.

From Brisbane to Bundaberg it is approximately a 4 hour drive.

The region is diverse in Sugar Cane with cane farms a very popular local industry.

The population of Bundaberg is 98,820 residents which continues to grow each year.

This thriving city is a near coastal town, just a short 15 minute drive to the local beaches.

The weather in Bundaberg is typically hot and humid during summer and temperate in winter.

Bundaberg is worth visiting for its Drink Places

Bundaberg Rum Factory

The Bundaberg Rum Factory is one of the main reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for a lot of people.

If you are a keen Bundaberg Rum Drinker, or even if you are not a non-rum drinker, you will enjoy doing a tour of the Bundaberg Rum Factory.

Tours of Australia’s most famous rum distillery, which was established in 1888, run Monday to Friday from 10am – 3pm and from 10am – 2pm on Weekends and Public Holidays.

The tour goes for approx 1 hour.

Bundaberg Rum Tour

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Bundaberg Rum Distillery Museum

It is recommended you arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the commencement of your tour. This enables you have time to check out the museum beforehand.

Both the museum and the tour are really interesting.

Kev thought he would score Adele’s 2 free tastings at the end of each of our tours and both times he dipped out!

Adele is definitely not a rum drinker but she discovered she likes the Bundy Tropics especially the Mango & Passionfruit which she sampled on our first visit in 2016 and now the Banana & Toffee Royal Liqueur on our most recent visit.

You can always just drop into the Retail Store and purchase a drink from the bar and make any purchases from the extensive range of Bundaberg Rum, Liqueurs and merchandise.

Bundy Rum Factoery is one of the reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Kev feeling very much at home at the #homeofbundy
The Bundaberg Barrel
The Bundaberg Barrell is another reason why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg Barrel

Take a tour of The Bundaberg Barrel. It is one of Bundaberg’s drink places not to be missed.

It’s perfect for all ages and is interesting and educational. It is a self-guided hands-on tour with lots of interactive displays.

Learn all about the history of the classic Bundaberg Brewed Drinks which date back for generations to 1960.

At the end of the tour, you are offered tastings of their entire range. 19 delicious flavoured soft drinks, including the famous Bundaberg Ginger Beer!

They have a huge selection of the Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and selected merchandise available for purchase and you also have the option to create customised labels.

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks
Taste testing 19 delicious flavours of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks
Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Kev chatting to owners Zoe & Josh of Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery while enjoying a tasting paddle

Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery

We love popping into Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery!

Josh & Zoe, the founders and owners of Ohana Cider House & Winery are very welcoming and we always enjoy a chat over the bar.

Be sure to get a tasting paddle along with one of their cheese and bikkies platters.

We can highly recommend their tropical wine, fortified wines and ciders.

Adele loves the Mango Moscato and Kev liked the fortified wines so much, he bought two of each to take with us after polishing off a tasting paddle all on his own!

The Ohana Cheeky Tiki Ciders are widely available at different outlets throughout Queensland and at every Queensland Dan Murphy’s store.

Plus, they will soon be launching into New South Wales.

Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery
We couldn’t walk away from Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery without buying a bottle of Mango Moscato for Adele and 2 bottles of each of the Fortified for Kev
Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing

Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing

Founded in 2017, the Kalki Moon is one of the most recent additions to Bundaberg which is fast becoming the ‘Drinks Capital of Australia’.

This family owned and operated distillery is the first ever gin distillery in Bundaberg.

Not only do they offer gin which comes from the cane fields of Bundaberg, they also produce vodka, liqueurs and soon they will be launching their own rum creation.

Kalki Moon’s Gift Shop and Cellar Door are open 7 days a week.

Check with their experienced staff regarding distillery tours and tastings.

Chatting with the staff at the Kalki Moon
At the bar with the staff of the Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company

Bargara Brewing Company & The Brewhouse

Although the Bargara Brewing Company was founded in Bargara it is actually located at The Brewhouse in central Bundaberg.

The Brewhouse is where all of the brewing of the Bargara Brewing Company’s beer takes place.

Inside this micro-brewery is a busy restaurant, bottle shop and a retail outlet.

There’s 8 different taps of freshly brewed beers. They also have an on-line shop.

Update 2021: The Ballistic Beer Co has purchased Bargara Brewing therefore the Bargara brewery in Bundaberg is now one of the 5 Ballistic Beer Co breweries.

The range of beers is even bigger than before.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre is one of the main reason s why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for its awesome Attractions

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is definitely worth visiting. 

As well as being one of Bundaberg’s most awesome attractions, it is the best place to learn about turtles.

The Turtle Centre is open from 9am – 12pm – 7 days per week with the exception of Christmas Day (25 December) and Anzac Day (25 April).

During turtle season, it is also open 7 days per week from 7pm until 12am.

Turtle Season

Turtle season at Mon Repos is from November through to March. The best viewing times for the nesting turtles are from November through to January.

For the turtle hatchlings the months from January to March are best.

You can experience either the turtles laying or witness the hatchlings digging their way free and scampering down the beach to the water.

Witnessing the hatchlings at Mon Repos
Turtle hatchlings following the light of the human runway as they clamber to the water

Entry is free into the Hatchling Hall and Gift Shop.

Tickets must be purchased online for any one of the three daytime sessions of Turtle Tales.

Sessions are at 9am, 10am and 11am and go for 45 minutes.

Nightly Turtle Encounter ticketholders are entitled to free access into Hatchling Hall, Gift Shop and Turtles Tales on the night while they are waiting for the turtle event.

The Turtle Discovery Centre is very interesting and educational.

Learn all about the different types of turtles, their migration paths, what they eat and so much more.

Turtle Facts

Here are just a few ‘turtley awesome’ facts:

  • Turtles come ashore several times to lay hundreds of eggs in a nesting season.
  • They come back to the same location to lay their eggs but not necessarily each year.
  • After epic migrations at sea, turtles return to the exact spot where they were born to mate and lay their own eggs.
  • Only around 1 in every 1,000 hatchlings survives to adulthood
  • The sex of the turtle is determined by the temperature of the nest
Adele and Turtle at Mon Repos - Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Turtle Encounter Tours

A Turtle Encounter Tour is one of the reasons why it is definitely worth visiting Bundaberg.

It’s one of the most awesome attractions that the Bundaberg region has to offer.

It is absolutely an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience and one we can personally highly recommend!

Touching a Turtle Hatchling on the Turtle Encounter Tour
Adele Getting up close and personal with a turtle hatchling

The most fabulous experience for us was witnessing the baby hatchlings up close.

We were also very fortunate to be all chosen to be part of a human runway as the hatchlings scampered over the sand following the light between our our legs and at times over our feet to reach the water.

Although, we are yet to see a turtle laying her eggs, we have seen turtle tracks on the beach at Mon Repos made the previous night by laying turtles.

Nesting turtle tracks on the beach at Mon Repos
The tracks made by a nesting turtle on the beach at Mon Repos

Note – Bookings for the Turtle Encounter Tours are essential! Tours are hugely popular and often very booked out.

So be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Bookings can be made through the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre

Beautiful farmyard surrounds at Tinaberries

Tinaberries

Tinaberries is a strawberry farm located in Woongarra and is just under 15kms from the heart of Bundaberg.

They warmly welcome guests to their farm to enjoy icecream and strawberries.

OMG, the ice cream at Tinaberries is devine! It was only on our 4th visit to Bundaberg that we discovered Tinaberrries.

We are so pleased we have found this delicious ice cream!

It has just skyrocketed to the top of the charts as one of our favourite ice creams that we have had in nearly 5 years travelling around Australia.

Meeting the owners of Tinaberries
We met Bruce and Tina the owners of Tinaberries

Flavours vary on the day depending on the fruits in season.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit were the flavours of the day of our visit. We bought one of each so we could sample both.

Others flavours include – Dragon Fruit and Lime, Mango and Passion Fruit, Strawberry and Mint, Passion Fruit and Ginger and Blueberries just to name a few.

Tinaberries is another reason why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
OMG – the ice creams at Tinaberries are awesome!!

Lady Musgrave Island

Although we did our day trip to Lady Musgrave Island from 1770, you can also make your way out to the Southern Great Barrier Reef from Bundaberg.

Lady Musgrave Island is the second most southern island in the Great Barrier Reef and is great spot for snorkelling around acres of coral.

Have a walk onto the island and learn it’s history or go for a look on their glass bottom boat over the coral and see the underwater sights from the boat.

Lady Musgrave Island is one of the reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Our day trip to Lady Musgrave Island
Hinkler Hall of Aviation is one of Bundaberg's attractions definitely worth visiting

Hinkler Hall of Aviation Museum

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is definitely worth visiting even if you are not an aviation enthusiast. It is a must visit for all ages.

Located in the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens, this amazing museum celebrates Australias’s pioneer Aviator Bert Hinkler.

Everyone will enjoy the interactive displays and unique exhibits while learning the history of flight in Australia and the incredible life of Bert Hinkler.

One of the attractions why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Bert Hinkler’sAvro Baby’s first flight was in April 1919

The flight simulator is great fun and you can recreate Bert’s first flight hovering over Mon Repos.

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is open 7 days Monday to Sunday from 9am – 3pm. 

Don’t miss seeing the Bert Hinkler House, a recreated from his home in England by the Museum here in Bundaberg.

Hinkler's House
Bert Hinkler House

Bundaberg Botanical Gardens

The Bundaberg Botanical Gardens in North Bundaberg has over 10,000 trees and shrubs within its 27 hectares as well as a wedding chapel.

There are magnificent lakes that attract up to 114 different species of birds, shaded picnic areas and a nature themed playground.

The Bundaberg Botanical Gardens - why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

The best way to explore these fabulous botanical gardens is to take a ride on the steam train.

Australian Sugar Cane Railway conducts train rides every Sunday.

They also operate Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays during school holidays and on most public holidays.

Contact the Australian Sugar Cane Railway for ticket prices and further information.

Bundaberg Botanical Gardens is also home to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, The Fairymead House Sugar Museum, Cafe 1928, the Australian Sugar Cane Railway Museum  and the Bundaberg and District Historical Museum.

Bundaberg and District Historical Museum
Bundaberg & District Historical Museum

Fairymead House Sugar Museum

The Fairymead House, built in 1890, was originally the Manager’s residence at the nearby Fairymead Sugar Plantation.

In 1988, Bundaberg Sugar Ltd who were the owners of the Fairymead Sugar Plantation, gave it to the city of Bundaberg as a Bi-Centenial gift.

It was carefully transported in six pieces and relocated to its new site in the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens.

This grand old plantation house which is heritage-listed, has been restored and repurposed as a museum dedicated to the history of the sugar industry of Bundaberg and its pioneering families.

Opening hours are from 10.30am to 12pm Mondays to Fridays.

The Fairymead House - One of the attractions why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
The Fairymead House
The Hummock

The Hummock Lookout

The remnants of a low-lying volanco is what is commonly known by Bundaberg locals as ‘The Hummock”.

Although it is only 96 metres above sea-level, the Hummock is a great spot to take in the views over the whole of Bundaberg.

To the east, the ocean is visible. Sugar cane fields can be viewed to the west.

View of the Hummock from the cane fields
View of The Hummock from the cane fields

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it

Nearby Beaches are another reason Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

It is definitely worth visiting Bundaberg for the number of great beaches nearby.

Being in close proximity from the city centre to the beach is awesome as you only have to drive 15 minutes from Bundaberg and you are at the beach!

Bargara Beach is one of the beaches and why Bundaberg is worth visiting
Bargara Beach

Bargara Beach

The Bargara Beach is the closest of the beaches to Bundaberg. Bargara offers an ideal beachside lifestyle with oceanfront dining.

The kids will love playing on the beachfront playground which is in the shape of a turtle.

Bargara Esplanade
Bargara Esplanade
Can you swim at Bargara Beach?

During normal conditions, both Bargara Beach and Kellys Beach are considered to be relatively safe for swimming but it is safest and best to swim within the flags in the two patrolled areas.

Bargara & Kellys Beach are popular spots for local surfers as well.

How far is it from Bundaberg to Bargara?

By road it is just over 13kms from Bundaberg to Bargara.

Why Bundaberg is worth visiting for the nearby beaches
The Beach at Elliott Heads

Elliott Heads

Elliott Heads is one of the best beaches near Bundaberg.

It’s actually our favourite beach in Bundaberg.

It offers both a surf beach and calmer waters at the mouth of the Elliott River where the river meets the sea.

With Elliott Heads right on the door step of Bundaberg, it is a great place to visit for the day for a swim or a picnic or to stay for a number of days while you explore all the best things to do in and around Bundaberg.

A drone view of Elliott Heads
Can you swim at Elliott Heads?

Both the beach and the river are great for swimming.

The surf beach at Elliott Heads is patrolled from September to May but is considered relatively safe other times of the year.

You just need to be cautious of the current in the river.

It is also a very popular spot for kite surfers and jet skiers.

Elliott Heads where the river meets the ocean
How far is Elliott Heads from Bundaberg?

As it’s only 20mins out of Bundaberg, Elliott Heads has the best of both worlds.

Not only is it a great spot to stay right on the beach, you are so close to town as well.

Dr Mays Island

Just across the mouth of Elliott Head River is Dr Mays Island. From 1 September to 30 April each year, it is closed to the public.

Very rare birds visit this area for breeding and other birds rest and feed there after flying thousands of kilometres from places as far away as Siberia and the Arctic Circle.

Dr Mays Island

Burnett Heads

Burnett Heads is where river meets the sea and it is home to the Port of Bundaberg.

It is also easily identified by two historic lighthouses.

The original lighthouse was built back in 1873 and now stands next to the Burnett Head Lighthouse Holiday Park.

In 1971, the old wooden lighthouse was replaced with the new octagonal concrete structure.

Burnett Heads original Lighthouse
The original wooden Burnett Heads Lighthouse
New octagonal lighthouse at Burnett Heads
Burnett Heads new octagonal concrete lighthouse

Burnett Heads is also very close to the Mon Repos Conservation Park.

Can you swim at Burnett Heads?

Oaks Beach, a 200metre long beach and South Head just 100metres of sand and rocks are the two beach areas just south of Burnett Heads with only 500metres between the two.

These two beaches are not patrolled by Life Savers.

Conditions in these areas are often choppy and prone to rips especially when the surf is up.

Therefore people are advised to swim at patrolled beaches.

Burnett Heads
How far is Burnett Heads from Bundaberg?

The distance by road from Burnett Heads to Bundaberg is 16.2kms.

One of the reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting - Woodgate Beach is nearby
Loads of shells washed up on Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach is a long white sandy beach approximately 45 mins out from Bundy.

The southern 6 to 7 kilometres of the beach which is part of the Burrum Coast National Park provides 4WD access for beach driving.

Locals warn the sand is muddy and much softer near the Isis river mouth and is a common area for vehicles to become bogged.

Burnett Heads north of the boat ramp
Woodgate Beach north from the boat ramp
Do you need a permit to drive on Woodgate Beach?

You do not require a permit to drive on Woodgate Beach.

There are two access points onto Woodgate Beach.

One south of the Woodgate township and the northern entry off Walkers Point Road takes you down a broken, wooden board track where you need to take care if towing a trailer.

How far is Woodgate Beach from Bundaberg?

Woodgate Beach is just over 57kms from Bundaberg.

We drove out from Bundaberg and enjoyed lunch overlooking the beach and the boat ramp and continued south through Childers stopping at Mammino Gourmet Ice cream, for one of our favourite ice creams in all of OZ.

Memminos Gourmet Ice cream is at nerby Childers and why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for RV Travellers

RV Travellers will definitely find Bundaberg worth visiting as it offers a Free Camping area.

Bundaberg has also repurposed the old Showgrounds into a low cost RV Park managed by CMCA.

Hinkler Lions Park

The Hinkler Lions Park in Bundaberg, aptly named after the aviation icon Bert Hinkler, is a great place to stay for free as it is only a few minutes from the main city centre.

Hinkler Lions Park is one reason why Bundaberg is worth visiting for travellers
Hinkler Lions Park Free Camp

There’s plenty of space and easy parking for self-contained vehicles.

For caravans the suggestion is to go anti clockwise to make it easier to reverse park. It even took us a few turns in our Motorhome.

There are toilets, a drinking water tap, a dump point, bins and even a kids playground.

We did find it a little bit noisy with the airport across the road and with it being on one of the main roads into Bundaberg.

How long can you stay at the Hinkler Lions Park in Bundaberg?

It is a 24 hour stay at the Hinkler Lions Park. 

Are Pets allowed at the Hinkler Lions Park?

Hinkler Lions Park is pet friendly.

Read all about our stay at: Hinkler Lions Park

Hinkler Lions Park
Hinkler Lions Park Free Camp

Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

The Bundaberg CMCA RV Park is a great spot to stay.

Its central location is why it is definitely worth staying here enabling easy access for exploring Bundaberg.

For CMCA Members it’s just $3 per person per night and $15 per vehicle per night for non-members.

It is located at the old Showgrounds behind the Bundaberg Multiplex Sports & Convention Centre.

CMCA RV Park at Bundaberg
How long can you stay at the Bundaberg CMCA RV Park?

Maximum Stay is 5 nights in any 21day period.

All vehicles must be self-contained as there are no toilets and no showers. You must also contain your grey water.

Sites are all unpowered but drinking water and a dump point is available.

Are Pets Allowed at the Bundaberg CMCA RV Park?

Yes, it is pet friendly.

There’s heaps of space and it is quiet.

Best of all, it is very central and is handy to most places in Bundaberg.

Read about our stay at the: Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

Bundaberg CMCA RV Park campsite
Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for the beachside Caravan Parks

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara

On our first visit to Bundaberg we stayed at the Bargara Beach Caravan Park now known as the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara.

Bargara Beach is just a 15minute drive into town which is why its definitely worth visiting Bundaberg.

We enjoyed the best of both worlds being close to town and we were also able to enjoy camping by the beach.

It was an easy drive into Bundaberg to hit up all of the popular tourist attractions including the famous Bundaberg Rum Factory and The Barrel.

Beach directly opposite Bargara Caravan Park
The Beach directly opposite the BIG$ Breeze – Bargara Caravan Park

This Bargara Caravan Park is ideally located right across from the beach and the Bundaberg Surf Life Savers Club making it perfect for a swim after a hot day exploring Bundaberg.

The Park is suitable for all sized caravans and RVs, allows tent camping and 1 and 2 bedroom cabins are also available.

Powered and non-powered sites are available. You can choose from grassed or concrete slab sites as well as sun or shaded sites.

Are Pets Allowed at the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks -Bargara Caravan Park?

Yes, the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara Caravan Park is dog friendly however it is seasonal so best to check regarding dog access prior to arrival.

Read more on this: Bargara Caravan Park

Beach at Bargara Esplanade
Bargara Beach near the Esplanade
Drone view of Elliott Hds Holiday Park
A drone view of the Elliott Heads Holiday Park

Elliott Heads Holiday Park

The Elliott Heads Holiday Park was the perfect location to stay when we were visiting Bundaberg the second time around.

Located right on the doorstep of Bundaberg’s most beautiful local beach and just 20 minutes from town, makes it an ideal base to explore Bundaberg as well as a great spot to just relax and unwind by the beach.

The Amenities are in great condition and the park has all the expected features -Water, Power and a Dump Point.

The sites are all powered and are a good size with a choice of slab or grassed sites.

Just across the road from the Elliott Heads Holiday Park is a great café and a sheltered picnic area.

Elliott Heads Holiday Park - Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visitng
Our site at the Elliott Heads Holiday Park
Are Pets Allowed at the Elliott Heads Tourist Park?

The Elliott Heads Tourist Park do not allow dogs.

It was not possible for us to stay at the Elliott Heads Tourist Park on our first visit to Bundaberg as we were travelling with our dog MACKS.

Read about our stay at: Elliott Heads Holiday Park

Elliott Heads is one reason why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Beautiful Elliott Heads

Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park

On another of our visits to Bundaberg, we stayed at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park in Bundaberg.

The park is very handy to Mon Repos to see the turtle hatching and is only 15 minutes from the centre of town.

Sites are a good size, it’s close to the ocean and like all of the other Caravan Parks around Bundaberg, there is no pool.

Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting - Burnett Heads
Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park located right on the water’s edge

Although the amenities and facilities at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park at the time of our stay were tired, they are clean.

The camp kitchen is good with BBQ’s, Microwave, frying pan and other features ideal for cooking.

A tennis court is available onsite also.

Are Pets Allowed at the Burnett Heads Holiday Park?

Yes, dogs are allowed as it is pet friendly.

Read about our stay at: Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park

Our site at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park
Our site at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park

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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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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. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

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/2yQwPed  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/2XlOZ0I – 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.to/38wMc7V  –  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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Mount Gambier Camping, South Australia

Mount Gambier Showwground

In Mount Gambier we chose to go camping at the Mount Gambier Showgrounds.

The Mount Gambier camping area at the Showgrounds is close to town and within easy driving of the local landmarks.

The Umpherston Sinkhole is a short walk away and Blue Lake is only a short driving distance from this Mount Gambier camping ground.

There is no Free camping in Mount Gambier so the Showgrounds are an excellent alternative.

Umpherston Sinkhole is just 1.7kms from Mount Gambier Showgrounds Camping Area
Umpherston Sinkhole is just 1.7kms from Mount Gambier Showgrounds Camping Area

About Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier is in the very south east of the State of South Australia.

It is approximately 435 km drive from Adelaide to Mount Gambier which is just 17 kms to the Victorian border.

The population of Mount Gambier is 29,940 making it the city with the second highest amount of residents in South Australia.

The beaches of Port Macdonnell are an easy 28 km drive south from Mount Gambier which are great for surfing, swimming and snorkelling.

There is lots to see and do in Mount Gambier which is why so many travellers base themselves here to explore the region.

Sunset while camping at Mount Gambier Showgrounds

Mount Gambier Camping Facilities

Camping facilities at the Mount Gambier Showgrounds include clean toilets and showers.

Drinking water is available and a basic camp kitchen is provided.

There is a Dump Point on site and laundry facilities include a washing machine but no dryer.

The Camping area at the Mount Gambier Showgrounds can accommodate Motorhomes, Caravans & Big Rigs of 10m+ but camping in tents is not permitted.

I had excellent Telstra and Vodafone coverage.

Mount Gambier Camping at the showgrounds
Mount Gambier Camping facilities at the showground include Dump Point

Cost for Camping at Mount Gambier Showgrounds

It is great value at just $22 per night plus $3 for Matt for a powered site with water. Unpowered sites are $15.

Cost Update November 2022:

Powered Site: $25 per night for 2 people

Pet Friendly Mount Gambier Camping at the showgrounds

Mount Gambier Showground Court Case

In 2020 a Caravan Park took action against the Mount Gambier Showgrounds in their efforts to expand its camping facilities.

In recent years only 8 or 9 fully self contained Caravans or Motorhomes were allowed to stay at the Mount Gambier Showgrounds.

The Magistrate however over ruled the Caravan Park and the Showgrounds have applied for space to increase the numbers to 22.

The Magistrate though ruled in favour of 30 sites, pending dump point being installed and fire hoses.

This work is currently being completed and it is expected the Mount Gambier Showgrounds will be operating with 30 sites in March 2023.

The website Border Watch says the Mount Gambier Agricultural and Horticultural Society president Brian Kerr commented “I hope having that facility there will enable more people to stay locally in the South East and in Mount Gambier and have a look at our region”

This is fantastic news and great that common sense prevailed.

Are Pets allowed at the Mount Gambier Showgrounds Camping Ground?

The campground is pet friendly which was great as we were travelling with our beautiful Golden Retriever MACKS at the time.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

While we were in Mount Gambier, we visited the spectacular Umpherston Sinkhole and the amazing Blue Lake. Be sure to check them both out when you visit this fabulous region.

Check out the video for all the details on camping at the Mount Gambier Showgrounds.

Our stay was 12-14th March 2017

Mount Gambier Showgrounds is one of our favourites.

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Contact Details for Mount Gambier Showgrounds

Phone: 0408 492 182
Address:
1 Pick Avenue, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Website

How to get to the Camping ground at Mount Gambier Showgrounds

Upon entering from South Australia from Victoria, head along the Princes Highway/A1 for 48 kms.

Turn left onto Pick Avenue/C192 and follow Pick Avenue for 500 metres.

Enter the Mount Gambier Showgrounds Camping Ground via Gate 4 off Pick Avenue.

Umpherston Sinkhole

What to do in Mount Gambier

Umpherston Sinkhole

The Umpherston Sinkhole is one of the most spectacular places in the Mount Gambier region.

This amazing sunken garden is a very tranquil setting full of beautiful plants, flowers, ferns and a fountain. At night, the garden comes alive with hundreds of possums as they enter the garden to feed.

Umpherston Sinkhole was once a typical limestone cave and was naturally formed when the roof collapsed.

Named after James Umpherston who transformed the sinkhole into the magnificent garden in 1886.

Phone: 08 8724 9750
Address:
Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Opening Hours:
Open every day from dawn to dusk and until late in the evening

Blue Lake
South Australia’s Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Another one of Mount Gambier’s stunning attractions is Blue Lake. The lake sits on one of the extinct volcanic craters in Mount Gambier.

It’s very distinct cobalt blue coloured water is most prominent from December through to March year whereas from April to November the lake is a more steel grey colour.

There is a 3.6 km walking trail which leads to the various viewing platforms around Blue Lake and to the underpass between Leg of Mutton Lake Crater and Blue Lake.

Address: Lot 391 John Watson Drive, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Opening Hours: 24 hours

Little Blue Lake

Just 11 kms south of Mount Gambier is the Little Blue Lake. Little Blue Lake is a popular place for swimming and diving.

There is a stepped walkway leading to a floating pontoon on the lake for easy access.

The temperature of the water in Little Blue Lake is a constant 12 degrees.

Address: Lot 747 Mount Salt Road, Mount Shank, South Australia
Opening Hours: 24 hours

Kilsby Sinkhole

The last place you would expect to find an amazing and extremely popular diving spot is in the middle of a sheep farm.

Kilsby Sinkhole is located just 10 kms from Mount Gambier.

This unique geological feature was once just a watering hole for travelling stockman but now is an incredible crystal clear 60 metre chamber of water and a divers delight.

It is one of the first sinkholes to be dived in the Mount Gambier region and this world famous dive site is also used as a training site by the SA Police Divers.

Phone: 0408 825 355
Address:
Sisters Road, The District Council of Grant, South Australia
Website
Opening Hours:
Not open to the General Public – a tour booking is required to access the sinkhole

Engelbrecht Cave

Engelbrecht Cave is an amazing cave system right in the centre of Mount Gambier. It winds its way under streets and homes in town and is definitely a cave with a difference.

Take the 45 minute guided tour where you will be able to view the sinkhole before entering the two caverns and also see the clear blue water of the underground lake.

The Engelbrecht Cave is the only cave which is actually a tourist site as well as a cave dive site.

Phone: 08 8723 5552
Address:
26 Chute Street, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Website
Opening Hours:
Open 6 days a week – closed Wednesdays

Mount Gambier weather
Fine weather in Mount Gambier during our visit in March 2017

Mount Gambier Weather

Mount Gambier experiences mild, generally dry Summers, cool Winters and mild temperatures in Autumn and Spring.

There is usually a moderate amount of rainfall in autumn, spring and winter.

August is generally the wettest month with February normally receiving the least amount of rainfall.

Mount Gambier recorded it’s highest ever temperature of 44.9 °C on 2 February 2014. The lowest temperature on record has been −3.9 °C on 20 June 1950 and 2 July 1960.

Other great places for camping in the Mount Gambier region:

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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. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

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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