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Gap View Hotel, Alice Springs Northern Territory

Gap View Hotel

The Gap View Hotel is where we have based ourselves in Alice Springs. It is fairly centrally located to town and has toilets, showers, power and water.

When we stayed here the first time before going to West MacDonnell Ranges it was quite unorganised, we called it Rafferty’s Rules.

Once we returned back it was much more organised. The Free Camp area and the powered area were better identified and there was some structure as where to park.

There are 2 pools at the Gap View Hotel which are available to campers.

There’s also several BBQ kitchens and seating areas.

The campground is pet friendly. I have good Telstra and Vodafone coverage and Matt also has Optus.

For full details and a look around the Camping area watch the video.

We had no problems however others that stayed while we were there were broken into and had stuff stolen. I continue to read constant reports of others having issues here.

Ensure you lock everything up, don’t have any valuables in view, close your curtains at night. Exercise caution wherever you stay in Alice Springs.

Cost is $11 per night unpowered or $22 per night powered.

Our stay was 12-17th May

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Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
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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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Carnarvon Gorge Camping Qld

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Feature

Carnarvon Gorge in the central highlands of Queensland with its towering white sandstone cliffs is a magnificent place to visit and offers a number of different Carnarvon Gorge Camping experiences.

There are 4 Carnarvon Gorge Camping Accomodation options if you are looking to stay when visiting the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

All offering slightly different experiences ranging from magnificent views to luxury glamping and a resort style setting as well as budget style bush camping.

  • Sandstone Park for magnificent 360 degree views
  • Wallaroo Outback Retreat if luxury is what you are looking for
  • Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness for resort style accommodation
  • Takarakka Bush Resort & Caravan Park for budget style bush camping
Carnarvon Gorge

About Carnarvon Gorge

The Carnarvon Gorge is located in the Carnarvon National Park in Central Western Qld.

Access is from the Carnarvon Highway between Roma and Emerald.

The stunning Gorge involves amazing White Sandstone cliffs, beautiful flowing water streams, incredible rock formations packed with so much wildlife and natural beauty.

It’s history with native Aborigine’s is obvious with so much artwork to see along several walking trails on offer.

Over 70,000 visitors make the trek to Carnarvon Gorge each year to experience the wonders of the stunning location.

Situated 722 kms driving distance from the States capital city of Brisbane it is a drive of over 8 hours.

Carnarvon Gorge is one of Central Qld’s most incredible attractions with spectacular walks past many natural formations.

Carnarvon Gorge

Camping in Carnarvon Gorge

There are several excellent camping options for whenever visiting Carnarvon Gorge.

From campgrounds high up with outstanding views to sites with power or those that are pet friendly.

You can also go camping near the entrance to the Gorge walks.

Some camping areas suits only tents whereas others suits Caravans, Motorhomes and Big Rigs.

There’s an option to suit everyone when Camping in Carnarvon Gorge and we’ve outlined the details for you below.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area

Open: Seasonal

Seasonal Carnarvon Gorge Camping is permitted between the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre and the Car Park only during the Easter, June-July and September Queensland School Holidays.

No camping is available during the December- January school holiday period or at any other time throughout the year.

Camping in this area is suitable for tents, off road campervans and camper trailers only.

With only 10 sites available they book out very quickly and some sites are small as they are suited to tents only.

Carnarvon Gorge Discovery Centre
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 5 Nights
  • Toilets: Yes – Drop Toilets and Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Potable Water: Water should be treated before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Power: No. No generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited and not reliable

Contact Details:
Phone: 13 7468
Address: Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge Hike

Big Bend Camping Area

Open: All year round

To access the Big Bend Camping Area it is by foot only so you will need a suitable hiking back pack as you will be carrying all of your camping gear, clothing, food and water in with you on the 19.4km return walk.

Take the Carnarvon Gorge Main Walking Track from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitors Centre.

It is 9.7kms walk to the Big Bend Camping Area where you can camp right beside Carnarvon Creek with the stunning white sandstone cliffs as a beautiful backdrop.

Carnaron Gorge Walk
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max  Nights Stay: 2 nights
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: No. Treat any water collected from the creek
  • Bins: No. Be sure to take animal proof containers to store your rubbish while camping and take all rubbish out with you
  • Power: No. Generators are not permitted.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:  13 7468
Address: 19.4km return walk from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre by foot
Website:

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Views
Magnificent 360 degree views from Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Grounds in and near the Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Open: Easter School Holidays to September/October School Holidays

For breathtaking 360 degree views of the magnificent white sandstone cliffs of the surrounding ranges from every site, there is no better place to go camping in or near Carnarvon Gorge.

It truly is a spectacular location and is only a short 5 minute drive to the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

All sites are unpowered.

The exceptionally large sites are pull-through and suitable for tent camping,  swags, caravans, motorhomes, big rigs, campervans and camper trailers.

  • Cost: $28 per night
  • Max Nights Stay: No limit
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: No, unpowered sites only.  Generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes – Sandstone Park is the only place to offer Carnarvon Gorge Pet Friendly accommodation. They also have Pet Sitting Service with Pet Kennels.
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Free Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: Yes. Each site has a fire pit
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes as well as other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4679
Address:  3858 Carnarvon Gorge Road, Carnarvon Park, Queensland
Website:

Read more about: Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Camping
Huge sites and wide open space at Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge along with breathtaking views

Takarakka Bush Resort & Caravan Park

Open: All year round

The Takarakka Bush Resort provides a variety of accommodation including Cabins, Studio and Cottage Style accommodation, Safari Tents as well as Caravan and Camping sites.

It has a well presented camp kitchen and bathroom amenities.

The Takarakka Bush Resort does not allow dogs, cats and domestic animals.

  • Cost: Powered $45 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $55 per night for 2 people Peak
    Unpowered $35 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $45 per night for 2 people in Peak
    Extra Adults $15pn Extra Children $5 per night and $6 per night in Peak season
  • Max  Nights Stay: N/A
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes and other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4535
Address: O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Open: Seasonal

Located in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge has undergone a major refurbishment and has re-opened in March 2021.

Set on 100 acres and looped by Carnarvon Creek, it offers an ultimate resort experience with 28 luxury Safari Cabins, information sessions, tours, entertainment and they have a superb fully licensed Wilderness Restaurant.

Serviced accommodation only. No camping options are available.

Pets are strictly prohibited.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4984 4503 or 1800 644 150
Address:  4043 O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Creek

Wallaroo Outback Retreat

If you are looking for luxury Carnarvon Gorge camping, Wallaroo Outback Retreat provides glamping at its best.

There are 10 fabulous glamping tents with attached or detached ensuites plus the Timber Lodge which has a fully equipped kitchen, two fireplaces and  6 individual bathrooms!

The retreat is nestled in the sandstone cliffs of the Carnarvon Ranges.

It is part of a 72,000 acre cattle property which is just over 70 minutes from Carnarvon Gorge.

Camping in your own tent, Caravan or Motorhome is not allowed.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4626 3746
Address: 252 The Basin Road, Injune, Queensland
Website:

Read about: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Carnarvon Gorge National Park

What can you do at Carnarvon Gorge?

Discover many spectacular things as you explore the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

From the Caranarvon Gorge Visitors Centre it is a 9.7km along the Main Gorge Walking Track crossing over the Carnarvon Creek a number of times before reaching Big Bend where you can actually go camping right beside Carnarvon Creek.

From the Main Gorge Walking Track there are tracks to 4 ‘must see’ spectacular sites in the lower section of Carnarvon Gorge.

We took the Main Gorge Walking Track only as far as the Art Gallery and then made our way back stopping off at Wards Canyon, the Amphitheatre and Moss Garden as well as taking the Nature Trail on our first day.

Early in the morning the next day, Kev hiked up Boolimba Bluff with Olivia, the owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge.

We also checked out Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool which are both reasonably short walks from the Car Park.

Pick up or download and print out a copy of the Carnarvon Gorge Map.

Plan out what walks you would like to take depending on which walking tracks are suitable to you and carry your map with you so you know exactly which way you are heading at all times.

Remember to carry plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent with you.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Guidelines

Please ensure you adhere to the Queensland National Parks regulations when visiting and camping at the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Here are a number of the park guidelines:

  • Open Fires are not permitted
  • Collection of firewood is strictly prohibited
  • Use a fuel stove or gas barbecues at the Carnarvon Gorge Day Use Area
  • Do not feed animals or leave food for them
  • Do not disturb plants and animals
  • Domestic Animals are prohibited in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Rubbish Bins are not provided – take all rubbish with you including disposable nappies, sanitary products and cigarette butts
  • Cycling is not permitted on any of the walking tracks
  • Climbing and Abseiling is not permitted anywhere in the park
  • No Firearms or weapons are to be brought into the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Keep waterways free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens as well as food scraps
  • Wash any cooking equipment at least 100m away from streams and lakes
  • Use toilets if available or ensure faecal matter and toilet paper are buried at least 15cm deep and well away from tracks, campsites and waterways

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

The Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks are all graded either a Grade 3 or Grade 4 Track with the exception of the Carnarvon Great Walk which is a Grade 5 Track.

Grade 3 Tracks require a reasonable level of fitness. You will be walking on a well defined track encountering gentle slopes, slight inclines and some steep sections.

There are creek crossings, ladders and steps where you will need to exercise caution. Good supportive footwear is required.

Grade 4 Tracks require a moderate level of fitness. Tracks may be overgrown in some areas and may encounter rocks and fallen trees.

You will need to exercise caution on creek crossings, around cliff edges and natural lookout areas. Ankle supportive footwear is strongly recommended.

Carnarvon Gorge Long Walks

Boolimba Bluff Views

Boolimba Bluff

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 6.4km – 3hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4 Track

Although there is a very steep climb for 300m which you need to be physically fit to encounter, the awesome views from the lookout at Boolimba Bluff are definitely worth the effort!

The views stretch to the distant ranges which are simply magnificent.

The Boolimba Bluff is the only lookout track in Carnarvon Gorge.

Carnarvon Gorge

View the below video of Kev and Olivia, owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge climbing Boolimba Bluff in Carnarvon Gorge: 


Carnarvon Gorge Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 10.8km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Art Gallery in Carnarvon Gorge is a signifcant Aboriginal Site full of amazing Aboriginal Art. It contains the best examples of stencil art in Australia.

Adorning the 62 metres of sandstone walls, there are over 2,000 freehand paintings, engraving and ochre stencils.

Art Gallery

Awesome Tree Ferns at Wards Canyon
Wards Canyon is home to the World’s Largest Fern – The King Fern

Wards Canyon

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 9.2km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Make your way into the shaded Wards Canyon for a great spot to cool down on your walk.

Wards Canyon is also home to the World’s Largest Fern, the King Fern. It is believed the King Fern has strong links to the ancient Gondwanan era.

As you walk up the short but steep track to the awesome Wards Canyon, you will first come to the lower falls before continuing up to the canyon itself where there is a little creek running beside the rock pathway.

Wards Canyon Carnarvon Gorge

Entrance to the Ampitheatre

Amphitheatre

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 8.6km – 3.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Amphitheatre is one of the most spectacular sites in Carnarvon Gorge.

As you make your way through a narrow opening in the gorge you step into a hidden little oasis.

Towering all around you are these extremely tall sandstone walls with a natural skylight opening at the top.

This magnificent 60m chamber was gouged out of the rock by running water.

Carnarvon Gorge Ampitheatre

Moss Garden Carnarvon Gorge

Moss Garden

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 7km – 2.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Water seaps from the sandstone constantly forming an evergreen carpet of moss on the rocks hence giving this area the apt name of the Moss Garden.

There is also a small waterfall that cascades over the rocky ledge into the pool below but the water was only trickling when we were there.

Moss Garden

Cathedral Cave

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.2kms – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

For thousands of years, the massive overhand at Cathedral Cave in Carnarvon Gorge provided shelter for the Aboriginals.

The rock art at Cathedral Cave is reflective of the rich Aboriginal culture and depicts the lives of those who once lived there.


Boowinda Gorge

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.4km – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Just 100m upstream from Cathedral Cave is Boowinda Gorge. It does involve rock hopping to get into this sculpted side gorge.

The most spectacular part of the gorge strewn with boulders is the first one kilometre.

We didn’t venture further than the Art Gallery to Cathedral Cave, Boowinda Gorge or Big Bend.


Big Bend

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 19.4kms – 7 to 8hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Beneath the sheer sandstone cliffs at the elbow of the gorge is a natural pool which is part of Carnarvon Creek.

Turtles and catfish inhabit the tranquil waters in these upper reaches of the Carnarvon Creek.

You can rest at Big Bend, have a picnic under the shade of spotted gums before commencing your return walk or you can camp here.

There is a picnic table and composting toilet.

Big Bend Carnarvon Gorge Camping is for a maximum of 2 nights.


Mickey Creek

Carnarvon Gorge Short Walks

Mickey Creek Gorge

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 3kms – 1.5hrs return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Wander along Mickey Creek into the narrow sided Mickey Creek Gorge.

The track is formed only for the first 1.5kms from the Mickey Creek Car Park. After that you will find yourself rock hopping.

The rocky sections of the track are slippery.

Also you will need to exercise caution on the creek crossings. Often you will see Swamp Wallabies resting in this area.


Carnarvon Gorge Rock Pool

The Rock Pool

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 600m – 30mins return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Rock Pool is the perfect place to cool off after your long walk exploring the gorge or it is a beautiful spot to just visit for a swim and a picnic.

The Rock Pool is the only designated swimming area in Carnarvon Gorge.

Swimming is not allowed in any other parts of Carnarvon Creek as suncreen, deodorant and insect repellent can affect the habitat of turtles, frogs and platypus.


Carnarvon Gorge Nature Walk

Nature Trail

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 1.5kms – 1hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Be sure to take a walk along the Nature Trail along the shaded banks of Carnarvon Creek.

You’ll see the amazing flora as well as turtles basking in the sun on the rocks.

Also you might be lucky enough to spot the elusive platypus unfortunately they eluded us on our visit.

It is believed that the best time to catch a glimpse of platpyus is at dawn and dusk.

Although the only time we have seen platypus in the wild was through the middle of day and afternoon at Eungella National Park.


Carnarvon Creek and white sandstone cliffs

Things to know about Carnarvon Gorge

When is the best time to visit and go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The Best time to visit Carnarvon Gorge and go camping at Carnarvon Gorge is in the months of April through to October.

During these months the rainfall is much lower plus it is much more pleasant to go camping and do the spectacular walks when it is cooler.

Access is severely restricted due to the high rain falls during the summer months from November to February.

Can you swim at Carnarvon Gorge?

The Rock Pool is the only are in Carnarvon Gorge that you are permitted to swim. It is a 10min walk from the Rock Pool Car park.

It’s the perfect place to cool off in the crisp waters of Carnarvon Creek.

Apart from The Rock Pool, Takarakka Bush Resort have their own little beach area.

Carnarvon Gorge

Do you need a 4WD to go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The road into Carnarvon Gorge except for the last 500m is now sealed.

There is bitumen road to the turnoff to all Carnarvon Gorge camping and accommodation sites as well as to Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

We had no problem accessing Sandstone Park and the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre Carpark in our 8m Winnebago Esperance Motorhome even during our 3 days of Carnarvon Gorge Camping back in June 2017.

Carnarvon Gorge Echidnas
Kev was literally just two feet away from this curious little fella

What animals can you find in Carnarvon Gorge?

We saw a number of kangaroos and wallabies grazing by the water’s edge as soon as we set out on our walk through Carnarvon Gorge.

You might be lucky enough to spot two other animals within the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, platypus and echidnas.

Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any platypus despite every endeavour but we were lucky enough to spy one or two echidnas foraging in the bushes as well as a koala along our walk.

There are also 180 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles and 22 different species of frogs known to inhabit the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Kangaroo at Carnarvon Creek

How old is Carnarvon Gorge?

The power of water and time has been monumental in the making of the magnificent landscape in Carnarvon Gorge.

It has been over 200,000,000 years in the making!

Carnarvon Gorge

How far is Carnarvon Gorge from Brisbane?

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area is approx 720kms from Brisbane.

The closest town to Carnarvon Gorge is Injune which is around 95km away.

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

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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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Mission Beach Camping Area, Mission Beach Qld

Mission Beach Camping Area

Campgrounds and camping don’t come better located than the Mission Beach Camping Area and Caravan Park with this prime beach position.

The beach at Mission Beach makes it into our list as one of our Best Beaches in Australia!

A beautiful long and wide beach overlooking the incredible nearby offshore islands makes this a very popular location.

Mission Beach Camping Area is right on the beachfront
Mission Beach

Mission Beach is 235km drive north of Townsville and 140km drive south of Cairns in North Queensland.

The majestic islands of Dunk Island and Bedarra Islands sit just 4kms off the coastline making a stunning backdrop to the all round beauty of Mission Beach.

Our campsite at the Mission Beach Camping Area
Mission Beach Camping Area

The Mission Beach Camping Area adjoins the main beach and is close to the centre of town.

Mission Beach Camping & Caravan Park Facilities

There are 50 sites available but it does get very busy.

Contact the caretakers of the Mission Beach Camping & Caravan Park on 07 4210 6078.

The amenities have now been upgraded.

New toilets and showers were installed mid 2021 and the camp kitchen had been renovated previous to that.

This is great news at it really needed as they were old and decrepit.

Unpowered sites are located fronting the beach while there are a few powered sites also.

Mission Beach Camping & Caravan Park beachfront campsite
Our absolute beachfront site during our stay at Mission Beach Camping & Caravan Park

There is a camp kitchen and a laundry area at the Mission Beach Camping & Caravan Park.

No generators and no campfires are allowed.

There is a dump point here at the Mission Beach Camping Ground.

We had good coverage with our Telstra network.

This is one place you want to wake early to see the sunrise, it is spectacular.

Sunrise from the beach in front of the Mission Beach Camping Area
Sunrise at Mission Beach

Contact Details:

Phone: 07 4210 6078
Address: Porter Promenade, Mission Beach, Queensland
Website

How to Book a site for the Mission Beach Camping & Caravan Park?

As this is arguably one of the best locations for camping in Mission Beach due to absolute beachfront location, it is a very popular place to stay.

There are only 50 sites available therefore it is advisable to call to book in ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

We were very fortunate to be able to secure an absolute beachfront unpowered site during our stay.

Is Mission Beach Camping Area & Caravan Park located near the city centre?

Mission Beach township is only 500 metres from this amazing beachfront Mission Beach Campground so it’s an easy short walk to the city centre where there’s lots of shops, cafes and pubs to enjoy.

You can stroll along the beach to see the Skydiving as they land on the sand.

Keep an eye too for Cassowary’s as they wander the parks and roadways. Don’t get too close to them however as they can be get cranky.

Mission Beach Cassowary

Are pets allowed at the Mission Beach Camping Area & Caravan Park?

The Mission Beach Camping & Caravan Park is pet friendly which was perfect for us with our Golden Retriever.

We had good Telstra coverage while we stayed at Mission Beach Camping & Caravan Park. Free Wifi is also available.

Cost was $21 per night for 2 adults plus just $3 for our adult son in an unpowered site.
#Update March 2021.
Cost is $36 per night for powered site including 2 Adults and 2 Children, $31 for unpowered Beachfront sites or $27 per night for unpowered.

Our stay at the Mission Beach Camping & Caravan Park was 5-7th June 2016.

Things to See and Do in Mission Beach

There are a number of popular attractions close to the Mission Beach Camping and Caravan Park.

We highly recommend the Fozzy’s 3 Hour 3 Island Tour and a visit to Charley’s Chocolate.

3 Hour Island Cruise

For a very reasonable price, you can do the Fozzy’s 3 Hour 3 Island Tour. On the tour you cruise past Dunk Island and around Timana, Kumboola and Bedarra Islands.

The highlight for us was actually stopping on Bedarra Island. We really wanted to go to Bedarra Island for our Honeymoon but chose Airlie Beach in the end.

Also you can take a Water Taxi from Mission Beach to Dunk Island and spend the day lazing on the secluded beaches or enjoy some snorkeling.

Stunning Bedarra Island
Bedarra Island

Charley’s Chocolate Factory

We just love chocolate and as soon as we saw the brochure for Charley’s Chocolate and discovered it was at Mission Beach it was inevitable we would do the tour.

The tour is very interesting and includes the owners telling us their story and how Charley’s Chocolate came about.

Also included is a walk through the cocoa vines where we learnt the art of growing cocoa and how they eventually produce high quality premium chocolate right here at Mission Beach.

Naturally the highlight is sampling the delicious dark chocolate!

Charley's Chocolate Factory is not far from the Mission Beach Camping Area & Caravan Park
Charley’s Chocolate – Yummmm

Mission Beach Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise

As Mission Beach is one of the closest points to the Great Barrier Reef from the mainland, it is a great place to explore underwater by snorkelling or diving the reef.

Spend the whole day snorkelling the reef or relaxing on the deck.

All snorkel equipment, morning and afternoon tea as well as a delicious barbecue lunch with fresh prawns.

The kids will even be entertained in the kids club on the way back!

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Mission Beach Fishing Charters

Mission Beach Fishing Charters

A day out on a charter saw Kev and Matt get on to a few good fish and enjoy a great day out.

Skipper Alistair, took them around the back of Dunk and Bedarra Islands to a few of his favourite spots.

Two young English girls on their first day ever fishing out-fished Kev and Matt but they still caught a few.

The water was incredibly calm, the sun shone and Kev even ended up skippering the boat back to shore.

Mission Beach Skydiving

Whenever you are in Mission Beach, you will be sure to see loads of skydivers descend from 15,000 ft onto the beach.

This exhilarating and adrenaline sport is very popular in Mission Beach so keep your eye on the sky!

Cassowary at Licuala Day Use Area

On our most recent visit to Mission Beach, we found the Licuala Day Use Area to be a good place to spot a cassowary in the wild.

Simply take the dirt road off the Tully-Mission Beach road to the Licuala Day Use Area carpark. Wait quietly and you too could be like us and spot a cassowary in the bush or wandering around.

Care should always be taken when you encounter a cassowary. Be sure to keep your distance as they can be very aggressive!

Cassowary at the Licuala Day Use Area on the outskirts of Mission Beach

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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/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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Murchison House Station, Kalbarri WA

Murchison House Station

We stopped over at the Murchison House Station near Kalbarri for the evening as it was school holidays and there was no place in Kalbarri that would take a dog.

The road in is about 4kms of dirt road but we did it easily in our motorhome as did our friends in their 5th Wheeler.

Murchison House Station is a great place to stay to visit Nature’s Window and the National Parks of Kalbarri.

It’s just over a 30 minute drive and 31.9 kms to Nature’s Window and a 10 minute drive into Kalbarri from Murchison House Station.

Kalbarri is 650 kms north of Perth in Western Australia.

Entry Gate to Murchsion House Station
Entry to Murchison House Station

About Murchison House Station

Situated on the Murchison River, the Murchison House Station offers a great bush camping experience.

It is one of the oldest pastoral stations in Western Australia. The 150 year old working station steeped in history is open for camping from April to October.

The Homestead Camping area extends approx 200 metres alongside the river and is accessible by 2WD.

Booking into Murchison House Station
Booking into Murchison House Station with our good friends Scott & Kerry

It is suitable for tent camping, caravans, motorhomes as well as big rigs.

For more remote Bush Camping on the Station, those who are self sufficient with a 4WD can access the north side of Murchison River.

There is 350,000 acres bordering the ocean, Murchison River and Kalbarri National Park of rugged terrain to choose a spot.

You can take a walk along the river, go fishing, swimming or kayaking.

There are a number of animals at Murchison House Station which children of all ages will enjoy interacting with.

Kev feeding the goats

Murchison House Station Campground Facilities

Facilities are fairly basic and all sites are unpowered so it is a real camping experience at the Murchison House Station.

Not far from the campground area, there is access to basic ablutions including hot showers.

A Camp Kitchen at the Shearer’s Quarters is available if needed.

There is plenty of drinking water available. A Communal Firepit and a free gas barbecue is also available.

Mindful use of generators is permitted. Generators are not to be used between the hours of 8pm and 7am.

Drones, motorbikes, quadbikes and ATV’s are not permitted at the Station.

MACKS with the animals at the Station looking on

Is Murchison House Station Pet Friendly?

Murchison House Station is pet friendly and therefore we were able to stay with our beautiful Golden Retriever MACKS.

You need to clean up after your pets and keep them controlled and with you at all times.

Ensure your pet/s do not chase the livestock and walking of pets near the Office and Homestead is not permitted.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Cost for Camping here:

Cost to stay was $33 for the night.
Update June 2022:
Adults – $15 per person per night (minimum 2 people)
Single – $20 per person per night
Child 6 – 26 years – $5 per night
School Holidays – Minimum $30 per site per night

Our stay was 5th October 2016.

Check out the video for full details.

Murchison House Station Contact Details:

Phone: 08 9937 1998
Address:
5618 Kalbarri – Ajana Rd, Kalbarri, Western Australia
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How to get to Murchison House Station

From Kalbarri, head north east along Ajana-Kalbarri Road which is the old road into Kalbarri.

When you see the sign, turn into the driveway and it is a short drive along a well maintained dirt/gravel road into the Murchison House Station.

Dirt road into Murchison House Station
Dirt road into Murchison House Station

Things to do in and around Murchison House Station

Nature’s Window

Nature’s Window is certainly one of the most iconic and must see attractions in Western Australia.

This amazing natural rock formation has been formed from layers and layers of Tumblagooda Sandstone.

Perfectly framing the Murchison River below, Nature’s Window is also one of the most photographed attractions in WA.

It is an easy 500 metre walk from the Loop Carpark down some stairs along a formed pathway to Nature’s Window.

Natures Window
Spectacular Nature’s Window

The Murchison Experience

Experience the Murchison River in the Kalbarri National Park by canoe coupled with a unique dining experience.

After paddling and exploring the river you come back to a feast of food including fresh fish, cockles and kangaroo ragout cooked on the campfire. Simply eat and relax with a drink by the river’s edge.

This unique experience also includes visiting Murchison House Station where you will walk around the historical station where you will encounter the farm and wild animals.

You will also learn some basic bush skills as well as enjoy making your own damper and cake in the camp oven.

Murchison River
Murchison River

Kalbarri Quadbike Safaris

The popular 2 hour Adventure Safari Tour starts at Murchison House Station and is suitable for beginners as well as experienced quad riders.

These quad bike tours take you through the bushland of the Murchison River Station and the Murchison River Reserve.

There is an abundance of bird life and animal wild life in this region and you are likely to see eagles, emus, pelicans, kangaroos and black cockatoos on your quad ride.

Bushland on Murchison House Station
Murchison House Station Bushland

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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.

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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