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Trial Bay Gaol Campground, South West Rocks NSW

Trial Bay Gaol Campground

If you’re looking for South West Rocks Camping or Caravan Park head to the Trial Bay Gaol Campground.

Trial Bay Gaol in the Arakoon National Park at South West Rocks is our new favourite Campground in Australia.

South West Rocks is a fantastic beachside town approximately halfway between Brisbane and Sydney on the NSW coast.

Overhead view of Trial Bay Gaol Campground
Trial Bay Gaol Campground

We really enjoyed our time at the Trial Bay Gaol Campground in the Arakoon National Park and were lucky as we were able to stay in the overflow area.

We were directly overlooking the ocean therefore we watched Whales and Dolphins swim by and turtles as the popped up right in front of us. Kangaroos also came right up to our Motorhome.

The overflow is only available if the campground is full.

The Trial Bay Gaol Campground has skyrocketed its way to the top of the list as our favourite Campground in Oz!

Read more: Our 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Sunset from Trial Bay Gaol Campground
Sunset at South West Rocks

Trial Bay Gaol Campground Facilities

There are 3 toilet blocks, showers, BBQ’s and drinking water available. A great camp kitchen is there for campers to use.

There is also a Dump Point and bins on site.

A choice of powered or unpowered sites are both available at the Trial Bay Gaol Campground.

Camping at the Trial Bay Gaol Campground
Camping Trial Bay Gaol

If it’s the beach you like then this is the place for you.

Surf beaches, Rocks, several beautiful Bays, Rivers and a Creek, there’s everything for swimming, snorkeling and fishing and offshore is some of the best diving in the country.

During Humpback Whale season you can watch them pass on by very close to shore as they migrate north around May and June and return around November.

We had great phone coverage with both Telstra and Vodafone networks at the Trial Bay Gaol Campground.

I saw all sorts of fish caught including Kingfish and more. It is also very popular for Spear fishing.

Are Pets allowed?

It is National Park so no pets are allowed and therefore dogs are not permitted. You can see why with so much wildlife wandering around the campground.

Dining at Seasons at the South Wests Rocks Country Club
South West Rocks Country Club

We highly recommend a night out and dinner at the South West Rocks Country Club, a fabulous place for drinks, meals and entertainment.

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre.

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

Trial Bay Gaol

Trial Bay Gaol

You can also take a walk through the old Gaol, cost is $11 for Adults.

It is definitely worth stepping back in time and exploring the historic ruins of the gaol and learning about its history.

With the gaol situated on top of the hill overlooking Trial Bay, the views from the Sentry tower are breathtaking.

It gets very busy here at the Trial Bay Gaol Campground during peak season, we would recommend booking early.

Review a map of the Campground to choose the best location for your stay as there are varied spots throughout the park.

There are spectacular sunrises and sunsets to enjoy from here also. It’s worth an early morning to witness the magic of a new day dawn.

Sunrise

Cost to stay at Trial Bay Gaol Campground is $31 for unpowered or $36 for a powered site. Prices vary depending on where you camp and the time of the year when you stay.

Our stay here was 4-13th November 2018

We loved South West Rocks and it is one of 7 towns in Australia we could live!

Other Nearby Camping Areas

Other great places to stay in the region:

Contacts details for Trial Bay Gaol Campground:

Address: 63 Trial Bay Goal Road, Arakoon, NSW
Phone: 1300 072 757
Website

Smoky Cape Lighthouse

How to get to the Trial Bay Gaol Campground:

Turn off the Pacific Highway on to the Macleay Valley Highway. Then turn East in to Plummers Lane and follow it beside the Macleay River and over the bridge until you reach the T Junction.

Turn left into S W Rocks Road and follow it to Arakoon Road.

Follow Arakoon Rd to Phillip Drive before turning left in to Cardwell Street and follow Cardwell St until you reach the Trial Bay Gaol Campground.

North Smoky Beach

What is there to see and do at South West Rocks

Smoky Cape Lighthouse

The walk up to the Lighthouse is steep but really worth it. The outlook is amazing and there’s lots of history to learn from the top.

On your walk up to the Lighthouse check the views from the Captain Cook Lookout over North Smoky Beach.

Hat Head National Park

Hat Head

Just south of South West Rocks is Hat Head located in the Hat Head National Park.

This is a stunning small town with gorgeous beaches and great short walks.

Take the walk to Connors Beach, on the way stopping at the lookout to admire the coastline. Walk past The Gap, an opening in the cliff face with a long steep drop either side.

Hat Head is fantastic and a must stop destination when visiting South West Rocks.

South West Rocks Country Club

Enjoy a great meal at the South West Rocks Country Club or have a round of Golf with some mates.

There’s plenty to do at the Country Club including barefoot bowls and ten pin bowling or you can catch a band play or watch a great show.

There’s always something happening at the South West Rocks Country Club so be sure to visit during your stay.

Little Bay

Little Bay

Take a drive to Little Bay where you can have a picnic.

There’s plenty of parking and it’s an easy walk on to the beautiful beach in this tiny bay.

It’s also a perfect spot to go beach fishing.

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Trial Bay Gaol Campground

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Have you experienced a great stay at the Trial Bay Gaol Campground? We sure can highly recommend staying there!

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 – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – 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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
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.to/3eCueUo 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 lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/34thTP1  –  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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Great Low Cost Campgrounds in Tasmania

Great Low Cost Campgrounds Tasmania

Tasmania has quite a number of great low cost campgrounds alongside rivers, in National Parks and many in and around golf and sporting clubs at very reasonable prices.

Low Cost Campgrounds in Tasmania range from as little as $5 per night through to $25 per night based on 2 Adults. Generally the nightly fee for low cost campgrounds depends on the range of facilities. Campgrounds charging around $25 per night include power and possibly water.

You will find the campgrounds charging around $10 per night have fairly basic facilities. Naturally there are no powered sites available in the lower price category, and they are for an unpowered campsite only.

Mt Wellington

We have compiled a list of Great Low Cost Campgrounds in Tasmania breaking them down into the different price categories. These are just the campgrounds that we have discovered on our travels and naturally there are many more around Tassie.

There are also a lot of Free Camps right throughout Tasmania which makes it a very affordable place to visit for an extended period of time. We spent 6 weeks exploring Tassie and could have easily enjoyed another 2 weeks.

Read all about:  Great Free Camping in Tasmania

Here is our list of Great Low Cost Campgrounds in Tasmania

We have broken our great low cost campgrounds in Tasmania into 3 categories:

  1.  $25 and Under per night Low Cost Campgrounds
  2.  $10 and Under per night Low Cost Campgrounds
  3.  $5 and Under per night Low Cost Campgrounds
Ulverstone Blue Wren Tea Rooms Low Cost Campground in Tasmania

Campgrounds $25 and Under per night

Ulverstone Blue Wren Tearooms

Location: West Ulverstone, Tasmania

About: A campground area is provided for self contained RV’s and Caravans within the grounds of the beautiful gardens and tearooms with views of the Bass Straight.

Pop along to Burnie to the Burnie Little Penguins Observation Centre and see the gorgeous little creatures come up out of the water after dark.

Full review:    https://indefiniteleave.com.au/blue-wren-tea-gardens-ulverstone-tasmania/

  • Cost:      $12 for 2 Adults Unpowered /No Water and $22 for 2 Adults Power & Water
  • Max Nights Stay:    No limit
  • Toilets:      No
  • Showers:     No
  • Potable Water:    Available by donation
  • Bins:   Yes
  • Power:   Yes – at an additional cost outlined above
  • Pet Friendly:   Yes
  • Dump Point:   No
  • Free Wifi:     No
  • Telstra Coverage:   Yes as well as Vodafone

Contact Phone:    0455 533 979

Facebook:

Read all about: The Very Best of Things to See and Do in Tasmania

Burnie Little penguins
Little Penguins on our Burnie Little Penguin Observation Centre visit

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Mt Field National Park and Low Cost Campground in Tasmania

Mount Field Campground

Location:    Mount Field National Park adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre, Tasmania

About:    The Mount Field Campground is the perfect place to explore Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls which are right at the doorstep. It has excellent facilities. Apart from an amenities block, it also has coin-operated washing machines and driers plus a camp cooking shelter including free electric barbecues as well as a sink with hot water.

Just a reminder, a valid Tasmanian Parks pass is also required.

  • Cost:       $16 per night Unpowered and $20 powered for 2 Adults
  • Max Nights Stay:    N/A
  • Toilets:        Yes
  • Showers:       Yes, hot free showers
  • Potable Water:    Yes
  • Bins:    Yes
  • Power:    Yes – 14 sites
  • Pet Friendly:    No as it is National Park
  • Dump Point:    No
  • Free Wifi:     No
  • Telstra Coverage:    Yes

Contact Phone:  (03) 6288 1149

Website:

Email:   

Book a Russell Falls & Mount Field National Park Tour from Hobart here>

Russell Falls

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Rosedale Homestead previously Taranna Cottages :Low Cost Campground in Tasmania
Rosedale Homestead when we visited as Taranna Cottages

Rosedale Homestead previously Taranna Cottages

Location:    Taranna, 10 kms from Port Arthur in Tasmania

About:    Rosedale Homestead previously Taranna Cottages offers self contained RV parking as well as 3 self-contained cottages in a beautiful farm and bush setting. There’s also a Restaurant, Animal Farm and Heritage Museum.

This location is perfect for exploring Port Arthur Historical Site as it is just 10kms from Taranna. A visit to Port Arthur during the day is a definite must but you can also do a Port Arthur Ghost Tour and explore at night.

We can highly recommend the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Tasman Island Cruise from Port Arthur as well.

Full Review:     https://indefiniteleave.com.au/taranna-cottages-taranna-tasmania/

  • Cost:     $25 per night Unpowered (Additional $2.50 if paying by card)
  • Max Nights Stay:    No limit
  • Toilets:     Available at the Museum during opening hours only
  • Showers:     $2 for 3 minutes
  • Potable Water:    No
  • Bins:    Yes
  • Power:    $33 per night
  • Pet Friendly:    Yes
  • Dump Point:    No
  • Free Wifi:    No
  • Telstra Coverage:    Yes however no Vodafone

Contact Phone:     0418 126 151

Website:     

Email 

Book your Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Tasman Island Cruise here>

Port Arthur Tasmania

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

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Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve Camping

Low Cost Campgrounds $10 and Under per night

Neck Game Reserve Camping

Location:    Narrowneck South Bruny Island

About:    The campground is tucked in behind the dunes at the south of the Isthmus and has easy access to the beach.

Note as the Camping area is just outside the South Bruny National Park boundaries, no National Park Fees apply, just the camping fees.

Bruny Island is a great place to get your taste buds flowing. Be sure to check out the Bruny Island Chocolate, Bruny Island Premium Wines, Bruny Island Cheese Co, Bruny Island Berry Farm.

Also we highly recommend the Bruny Island Wilderness Tour.

  • Cost:       $10 per night ($15 for family of 2 Adults & 2 Children)
  • Max Nights Stay:   No limit
  • Toilets:        Yes, Drop Toilets
  • Showers:       No
  • Potable Water:    No, water available but recommended you boil water for drinking
  • Bins:    No – Must take all rubbish with you
  • Power:    No
  • Pet Friendly:    No
  • Dump Point:    No
  • Free Wifi:     No
  • Telstra Coverage:    Yes but not a strong signal

Contact Phone:      (03) 6121 7026

Website

Email

Book your Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise from Adventure Bay here>

Bruny Island Wilderness Tour

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Strahan Golf Club Low Cost Campground in Tasmania

Strahan Golf Club

Location:    Strahan, Tasmania

About:    The Strahan Golf Club offers a camping area for self contained RV’s and Caravans. You must have your own self-contained toilet to camp at the golf club. Tent camping is not permitted.

The Golf Club Bar opens from 4pm for drink.

While in Strahan, don’t miss the famous Gordon River Cruise which takes you into ancient rainforest of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area which is stunning and cruising the Gordon River is so serene.

Full Review:     https://indefiniteleave.com.au/strahan-golf-club-camping-area-strahan-tasmania/

  • Cost:       $10 per night
  • Max Nights Stay:    7 nights
  • Toilets:        Yes
  • Showers:       No
  • Potable Water:    Yes
  • Bins:    N/A – Must take all rubbish with you
  • Power:    No
  • Pet Friendly:    Yes, however pets must be restrained and kept quiet at all times
  • Dump Point:    No
  • Free Wifi:     No
  • Telstra Coverage:    Yes but no Vodafone

Contact Phone:     (03) 6471 7242

Facebook:

Email

Book your Gordon River Cruise here>

Gordon River Cruise

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Horsehead Creek Low Cost Campground in Tasmania
Horsehead Creek

Horsehead Creek Campground

Location:    Devonport, Tasmania

About:    The Horsehead Creek right alongside the Mersey River is a great low cost campgrounds for when you arrive in Tasmania or are about to re-board the Spirit of Tasmania.

This camping facility for self-contained vehicles and caravans only.

A Camping Permit is required and can be obtained from the Devonport Visitor Information Centre during office hours or via the EasyPark app

Full Review:     https://indefiniteleave.com.au/horsehead-creek-devonport-tasmania/

  • Cost:       $10 per night
  • Max Nights Stay:    72 hour limit
  • Toilets:        No
  • Showers:       No
  • Potable Water:    No
  • Bins:    Yes
  • Power:    No
  • Pet Friendly:    Yes
  • Dump Point:    Yes
  • Free Wifi:     No
  • Telstra Coverage:    Yes but no Vodafone

Contact Phone:     (03) 6420 2900

Website:

Email

Book a Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Devonport here>

Dove Lake

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Franklin Campground in Tasmania
Camped up at Franklin Campground

Franklin Campground

Location:    Franklin, 50kms south of Hobart in Tasmania

About:    Grassy campground ideally located right beside the Huon River for RV’s. Camping in tents is not permitted. Stay 4 nights and the 4th night is free.

Check out Willy Smith’s Cider House and Apple Shed Museum in Grove which is just under 20 minutes away,

Full Review:     https://indefiniteleave.com.au/franklin-campground-franklin-tasmania/

  • Cost:      $10 per night per vehicle
  • Max Nights Stay:    4 nights
  • Toilets:     Yes
  • Showers:    No.
  • Potable Water:    Yes
  • Bins:    Yes
  • Power:    No
  • Pet Friendly:    Yes, dogs are allowed but must be on a leash
  • Dump Point:    Yes
  • Free Wifi:    No
  • Telstra Coverage:    Telstra and Vodafone

Contact Phone:   (03) 6264 8400 or 0428 875 619

Website:

Email

Book a Huon Valley Tour from Hobart with Tahune Forest Air Walk here>

Apple Shed Museum
Willy Smiths Cider House and Apple Shed Museum

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Freycinet Golf Club Low Cost Campground in Tasmania
Our campsite at the Freycinet Golf Club

Freycinet Golf Club

Location:    Swanwick Tasmania

About:    The Freycinet Golf Club provides a great level campground which is only 6kms from Coles Bay so a great base for exploring the Freycinet National Park and fabulous Wineglass Bay.

Be sure to visit the world famous Wineglass Bay. We did the Wineglass Bay Lookout walk and you can also take a Wineglass Bay Cruise which includes lunch.

Full Review:     https://indefiniteleave.com.au/freycinet-golf-club-swanwick-tasmania/

  • Cost:    $10 per night per site
  • Max Nights Stay:    5 nights
  • Toilets:    Available at the Golf Club 24/7
  • Showers:      No
  • Potable Water:    No
  • Bins:    Yes
  • Power:    No
  • Pet Friendly:   Yes
  • Dump Point:     No
  • Free Wifi:     No
  • Telstra Coverage:    Yes

Contact Phone:     (03) 6257 0053

Website:    

Email

Book a Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Day Tour from Hobart here>

Wineglass Bay

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Stanley RV and Caravan Campground in Tasmania
Afternoon glow on The Nut in Stanley taken from the RV and Caravan Campground

Stanley RV and Caravan Campground

Location:    Stanley, North West Tasmania

About:    The Camping area kindly allocated by the Circular Head Council, is right alongside Tatlows Beach near the entrance to the Stanley Golf Club.

Fees are collected by the Site Manager evenings and mornings.

Full Review:     https://indefiniteleave.com.au/stanley-rv-and-caravan-campground-stanley-tas/

  • Cost:   $10 per night
  • Max Nights Stay:    7 day stopover
  • Toilets:   No
  • Showers:     No
  • Potable Water:   Yes
  • Bins:   Yes
  • Power:    No
  • Pet Friendly:    Yes
  • Dump Point:   Just around the corner
  • Free Wifi:  No
  • Telstra Coverage:    Telstra and Vodafone

Contact Phone:     (03) 6452 4800

Website:

Email

Book a Stanley Day Tour from Burnie or Devonport here>

Stanley
Take the Zigzag track to the summit of The Nut in Stanley or ride the chairlift

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Sorell Sports Complex - Low Cost Campground in Tasmania

Sorell Sports Complex

Location:    Sorell, 25kms from Hobart in Tasmania

About:    The Council run RV Park is a great rest area for self-contained Caravans and Motorhomes.

A permit fee is payable and permits may be obtained from the Sorell Council Chambers between 8am and 4.45pm Mon – Fri or onsite from the deposit box near the Dump Point.

Full Review:     https://indefiniteleave.com.au/sorell-sports-complex-sorell-tasmania/

  • Cost:      $7.50 per night per vehicle (or $26 for 5 nights)
  • Max Nights Stay:    10 nights
  • Toilets:     No
  • Showers:   No
  • Potable Water:   Yes
  • Bins:    No
  • Power:    No
  • Pet Friendly:    Yes, dogs must be on a lead and there is a dog park next door
  • Free Wifi:     No
  • Telstra Coverage:    Yes

Contact Phone:     (03) 6269 0000

Website:

Email

Book a Hobart City Mt Wellington and Richmond Day Tour here>

Richmond Bridge
The historic Richmond Bridge

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Gordon Recreation Reserve Campground in Tasmania

Campgrounds – $5 and Under per night

Gordon Recreation Reserve, Three Hut Point

Location:    Three Hut Point, Gordon south of Hobart

About:    Although we didn’t stay here, it looked the perfect place to stay for a few nights with lots of level grassy sites right on the water overlooking Bruny Island. It is one of the cheapest low cost campgrounds in Tasmania and even has water views. You couldn’t ask for more!

Plus, it is an ideal spot for fishing and swimming.

Full Review:      https://indefiniteleave.com.au/gordon-recreation-reserve-three-hut-point-tasmania/

  • Cost:     $5 per night
  • Max Nights Stay:    No limit
  • Toilets:      Yes
  • Showers:     No
  • Potable Water:    No
  • Pet Friendly:    Yes
  • Dump Point:    Yes
  • Free Wifi:     No
  • Telstra Coverage:   Yes

Contact Phone:     (03) 6211 8200

Website:

Email

Book a Hobart City Tour with MONA Ferry and Entry here>

Hobart
View of Hobart City from MONA

Pin – Great Low Cost Campgrounds in Tasmania!

Great Low Cost Campgrounds in Tasmania

Hope our list of great low cost campgrounds is useful and helps you plan your road trip around Tasmania. Let us know of any other great places you find or have stayed at.

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 – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – 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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

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.to/3eCueUo 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 lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 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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Little Roper Stockcamp, Mataranka Northern Territory

Little Roper Stockcamp

Are you heading north to Katherine or Darwin? Don’t miss this great place to stay at Mataranka called Little Roper Stockcamp.

Only open 5 weeks when we were there, this is one of the most enjoyable outback stays you will have. It’s one of our Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia.

Des and Telka, the owners of Little Roper Stockcamp are fabulous..

Checking out a snake at Little Roper Stockcamp
Owner Des gave us a snake to check out

Des is a former stockman and school Principal while Telka is still teaching at the local school. They are fabulous.

Every morning is free brekky and there’s friendly python snakes you can hold or pat, Cows, Buffalo, Pigs, Chickens and their pet dogs. All very friendly and good for kids.

Little Roper Stockcamp Facilities

There’s rustic toilets and showers that are semi-open air which adds to the country atmosphere. Washing facilities are available for a small donation.

The Dump Point is in Mataranka.

Little Roper Stockcamp campsite
Camp Oven Dinners at Little Roper Stockcamp

I had 1-2 bars with Telstra, enough to use ok. No Vodafone or Optus coverage.

Powered sites at Little Roper Stockcamp are currently $30 per night or unpowered is $15pn.

There’s a fire pit each night to cook dinner on an open fire in the cooking pots provided.

Read more about: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Are pets allowed at Little Roper Stockcamp?

Little Roper Stockcamp campground is pet friendly.

The grounds aren’t great for being level so the hosts provide levelling chocks to use if required.

Kev making hay while the sun shines at Little Roper Stockcamp

Best to bring as much water with you as possible, it is bore water in the town of Mataranka.

Just 2kms down the road is the Mataranka Thermal Pools or it is a short 5 minute drive to Bitter Springs. This place is special.

Come meet Des and Telka, enjoy a fabulous outback experience with some very special features.

Mataranka is an hours drive south of Katherine in the NT, around 4.5 hours south of Darwin.

Cost to stay is $15 per night unpowered or $30 per night powered.
Update 30/7/2018: Unpowered cost is now $20 per night. Powered remains $30 per night
Update 11/1/2021: Unpowered cost is $30 per night and powered site is $35 per night for 2 adults. Extra adults are $10 a night. Children are free.

Our stay was 25th-27th May 2017

 

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

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Contact Details for Little Roper Stockcamp:

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

Open hours are during every dry season starting in April

Beautiful Bitter Springs
Bitter Springs

How to get to Little Roper Stockcamp

Mataranka is approximately 100kms and a 1 hour drive south of Katherine in the Northern Territory.

From the Stuart Highway just south of Mataranka turn East in to Homestead Road.

Follow Homestead Road and go over Roper Creek and Little Roper Stockcamp is on your left soon after.

Refreshing Bitter Springs

What is there to do in and around Mataranka?

Bitter Springs

Once you have found your Bitter Springs accommodation at Little Roper Stockcamp it’s time to head to Elsey National Park and find these amazing spring fed thermal pools within Roper Creek.

Take some noodles with you and float down Bitter Springs where the water temperature is 33-34c.

Whilst Crocodiles have been spotted at Bitter Springs they are rare and it’s not often you visit without there being a crowd already enjoying the fun.

Bitter Springs is located by following Martin Rd all the way to Roper Creek. There is a carpark there and signs directing you to the short walk to Bitter Springs Thermal Pools.

Mataranka Thermal Pools
Floating in the Mataranka Thermal Pools

Mataranka Thermal Pool

The Mataranka Thermal Pools are a series of crystal clear natural pools which you can float down to Mataranka Falls. This is a small water flow over rocks that has incredible force given it’s small size.

Mataranka Thermal Pools are located just behind the Mataranka Homestead at the end of Homestead Road past Little Roper Stockcamp.

Territory Manor Barra Feeding
Matt feeding Barra

Territory Manor Barramundi Feeding

Territory Manor is located on Martin Road on the left as you head out to Bitter Springs. We stopped in for an ice cream and to watch the Barramundi feeding.

Our son Matt was invited to feed a Barra. If you’ve never seen a Barramundi bite you should try. But you better be watching closely, they are super fast and it all happens very quickly.

Katherine Gorge
Cruising Katherine Gorge

Katherine Gorge

Just an hour north of Mataranka is Katherine Gorge located in Nitmiluk National Park which is simply amazing.

It is made up of Sandstone and has formed in to 13 Gorges and features waterfalls and rapids.

Kayaking the Katherine Gorge is very popular way to experience it.

Katherine Gorge Swim
Swimming in Katherine Gorge

During the wet season the Gorges fill with water and Salt Water Crocodiles are able to make their way in to the waters of Katherine Gorge. There is therefore no swimming in the wet season.

At the start of the dry season the Salt Water Crocodiles are captured and removed back to the lower reaches of the Gorge.

Fresh Water Crocodiles live in Katherine Gorge and there all year round. They do not attack humans and it is safe to swim there during the wet season as we did.

To see the full beauty of Katherine Gorge, you do really need to do a tour which is our experience.

Book your Tour of Katherine Gorge here

We of the Never Never

Jeannie Gunn left Melbourne in January 1902 after her husband bought in to the Elsey Cattle Station at Mataranka.

In those times white woman were not considered appropriate on a cattle station is such remote locations but Jeannie had other ideas.

In 1908 Jeannie wrote an Autobiography called We Of The Never Never of her life moving from Melbourne to Mataranka and her time there which was short lived when her husband Aeneas died of malarial dysentery just over 12 months of arriving.

The park in Mataranka has memorials of people featured in her book.

We of the Never Never Book had sold over 1 million copies over 30 years ago in 1990 and in 1982 a movie by the same name was made and filmed in Mataranka based on Jeannie’s novel.

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Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
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Photography and Socials

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

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – 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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Lens – 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.to/3eCueUo 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 lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/34thTP1  –  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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Camp Grounds

Florence Falls Campground, Litchfield National Park NT

Florence Falls Campground

Litchfield National Park is a fantastic location south of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Within a short walking distance to Florence Falls is the Florence Falls Campground.

The campground is excellent with big sites making it easy to park your Caravan, 4WD or Motorhome. 

Florence Falls Campground Facilities

Each site comes with your own fire pit although you will need to bring your own fire wood.

There are modern toilets and showers at the Florence Falls Campground which are currently quite new and very clean. Facilities also include barbecues.

There are no bins and you will need to take your rubbish away with you to dispose of. Generators are not permitted.

Our Campsite at the Florence Falls Campground
Florence Falls Campground

Are Pets allowed at the Florence Falls Campground?

This is National Park and therefore it is not pet friendly.

The Florence Falls Campground has no phone coverage although in the early morning we did receive limited coverage until around 9am.

Cost to stay is $6.60 per person per night, children are $3.30 per night or there is a family rate of $15.

Our stay was 25th-27th June 2017

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How to get there:

From Darwin it is approximately 115kms drive to Litchfield National Park and takes about 90 mins to drive there.

Take the Stuart Highway south from Darwin to the Batchelor Rd exit on the right. Follow the signs along Batchelor Rd through the township of Batchelor and also Rum Jungle until you arrive at Litchfield National Park.

Follow Litchfield Park Rd until you see the sign to turn right to the Florence Falls Campground.

The roads to Litchfield National Park and the campground are fully sealed.

Florence Falls is within easy walking distance from the Florence Falls Campground
Florence Falls

Florence Falls

The Florence Falls Campground is the perfect place to stay to get out and enjoy Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls and so much more.

Florence Falls is 135 steps down from the Lookout to a short track at the base of the falls. Here you can swim and enjoy the scenery of this amazing waterfall.

Please don’t climb to the top and jump in, we witnessed people ejected and fined by National Parks staff for doing so. It’s also extremely dangerous for both those who jump and others below.

Buley Rockhole
Buley Rockhole – Rock Pools

Things to See and Do in Litchfield National Park

There are a number of other falls and rock pools to explore in Litchfield National Park.

Buley Rockhole

Nearby Buley Rockhole rock pools are a lot of fun. Lay in the fast running stream and swim and jump in the deep holes of water.

There are different sections you can enjoy, just be careful of the very slippery rocks whenever walking across the waterways.

Wangi Falls

Wangi Falls is a short drive further on from the Florence Falls Campground.

This is a big rock pool with lots of fun to be enjoyed. Climb into the rocks to find small pools of water with views back over the main area.

Wangi Falls
Wangi Falls

You can also have a picnic in the grounds overlooking the Falls or take the walking track

There is also the Wangi Falls Cafe to enjoy lunch and a drink after your swim.

Read more: Things to See and do in Top End Darwin, NT and Kakadu and Litchfield National Park by Motorhome

The video provides information on how to pay for your stay at the Florence Falls Campground and lots more about Litchfield National Park.

Check out these great places to stay in Kakadu National Park:

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 – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – 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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

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.to/3eCueUo 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 lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/34thTP1  –  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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