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Wilks Park, Wagga Wagga New South Wales

Wilks Park Wagga

Our first night in Wagga Wagga, or just Wagga as the locals call it, was spent camping at Wilks Park  which is a 72 hour Free Campground for self contained vehicles.

Wilks Park Free Camp Facilities

It’s a big space with lots of level grassy spots to set up.

Good clean Potable drinking water is available to fill your tanks if required.

Wilks Park Free Camping area

There are excellent facilities provided with toilets available and a dump point is also there.

BBQ’s are in place in a covered area and are clean and in modern condition. Bins are also provided.

The Wilks Park Free campground is on the east side of the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga.

Wilks Park Sheltered Picnic area

Are pets allowed at the Wilks Park Free Camp?

It is pet friendly and therefore dogs are welcome.

We had excellent coverage with Telstra, Vodafone and Optus networks.

Make sure you don’t miss the 5 o’clock wave each afternoon, Wagga is famous for it!

Camping overnight at the Wilks Park Free Camp

Take a visit out to Lake Albert, and keep an eye out for the many festivals and concerts on in Wagga.

The Campground is Big Rig friendly with ample space to maneuver and park.

Wilks Park Free Camp is a 72 hour stay.

The cost to stay at Wilks Park is Free.

Our stay was 24th October 2017

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How to get to Wilks Park Free Camp in Wagga Wagga:

From the Olympic Highway at Wagga, turn in to Travers Street at the roundabout outside the Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

Follow Travers Street and it will become Hampden Avenue. Continue straight and go over the Murrumbidgee River.

Continue on Hampden Avenue around the first bend and Wilks Park free camping will be on your left.

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.
Wagga Beach

What else is there to do in and around Wagga?

Wagga Beach

The Murrumbidgee River is home to Wagga’s very own sandy beach. Even though Wagga is almost 400kms from the nearest coastline, Wagga Beach has been voted #9 in a list of Australia’s Top 20 Beaches in 2019.

Naturally Wagga is ecstatic for the inclusion of their inland beach.

Have you heard about the 5 o’clock wave? 

Just ask any of the locals in Wagga and they will be sure to tell you all about the wave that comes through Wagga Beach at 5am and 5pm.

Victory Memorial Gardens

Victory Memorial Gardens

The Victory Memorial Gardens is a dedicated area to pay tribute to those who fought and died in the war.

It includes a Cenotaph, a Memorial Archway, World War II Memorial, Korea and Vietnam Memorial, Jolly Swagman Statue, Sir Thomas Blamey Plaque, Anzac Avenue, RAAF Monument, Kapooka Monument, HMAS Anchor, Wagga Monument, Garden of Peace Roses, Sandakan Memorial, Sunken Garden, Flagpole and Fountain.

Prior to the establishment of the memorial gardens, it was formerly the site of the Old Police Barracks and paddocks used to stable police horses and house horse drawn vehicles.

Rock at the Races at the Murrimbidgee Turf Club close to Wilks Park
Rock at the Races in Wagga

Rock at the Races

On our visit to Wagga in 2017, we timed it perfectly for the annual Rock at the Races.

The lineup for the outdoor concert held at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club was awesome.

We enjoyed rocking along to Glen Shorrock, Dragon, John Paul Young, GANGajang, Moving Pictures, Chocolate Starfish, 1927, Wa Wa Nee, Eurogliders, Real Life and Mark Gable of Choirboys and the Radiators!

Cork & Fork Festival in Wagga

Cork & Fork Fest

The Cork & Fork Fest was another timely event for us during our visit to Wagga.

The free community event held at the Wagga Civic Precinct hosted by Borambola Wines was a great way to spend a Friday night.

We enjoyed an awesome night with our good travel friends and Wagga locals Scott and Kerry sampling food from the various food stalls, sampling local wines and chilling out to local musicians.

Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory

Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory

Just over a 30minute drive from Wagga is Junee. The Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory is definitely worth a visit especially if you are a lover of chocolate and licorice.

Beautifully restored, the Junee Flour Mill now hosts the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory.

We enjoyed wandering through the factory and getting a close up glimpse of the chocolate making in progress, checking out the awesome gift shop upstairs and looking at what chocolate we could purchase.

The Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory

There’s also a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch or coffee, drinks and snacks.

Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum

Another great place to visit 30 or so kms out of Wagga is the Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum. It is one of the few working Railway Roundhouses in the Southern Hemisphere.

When is was built back in 1942, it boasted the largest turntable at 100 foot.

Stay at Wilks Park Free Camp and explore the Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum

Whilst half of the Junee Roundhouse serves as an interesting museum full of rail heritage, the other half is used for reconditioning locomotives and rolling stock.

The Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am – 3pm.

Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum - Nearby attraction to Wilks Park
Train whistle blowing….. Kev at the controls

The Dog on The Tuckerbox

The famous Dog on the Tuckerbox just out of Gundagai is only an hour’s drive from Wagga.

Originally the pioneer monument was erected 9 miles out of Gundagai in 1926.

It was inspired by a bullock driver who wrote a poem celebrating the life of a mythical drivder’s dog that loyally guarded the man’s tuckerbox until death.

The current monument 5 miles from Gundagai was unveiled on 28 November 1932 as a tribute to pioneers and bullockies. Monies raised from the wishing well at the base of the monement goes to the Gundagai District Hospital.

Gundagai also known for the famous Slim Dusty’s song – Along the road to Gundagai.

The Dog in the Tuckerbox is just an hour's drive from Wilks Park

Pin – Wilks Park Free Camp

Pin Wilks Park Free Camp

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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.

Photography and Socials

Have you stayed at the Wilks Park Free Camp in Wagga? Tell us about your stay and experience in Wagga.

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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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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Destinations

Uluru by Sunrise Free Camp, Uluru/ Ayers Rock NT

Uluru Camping

Free camping at Uluru was the ultimate experience during our stay at Uluru/ Ayers Rock.

The opportunity to go camping at Ayers Rock at the Uluru by Sunrise Free camp where we enjoyed a magical Uluru sunrise each morning and spectacular afternoon sunsets was amazing.

Uluru by Sunrise Free Camp

Uluru by Sunrise Free camp was located just 10kms from the main township of Yulara.

Uluru at sunrise
Free Camping

There’s no signs or markings, use WikiCamps and your Maps to guide you to the turnoff.

There are no facilities here but it’s only 10 mins to town where you can get water from the Fuel station, gas from the Ayers Rock Caravan Park/ Campground.

A Dump Point is also available on your right as you head in to Yulara.

Uluru by Sunrise Free Camp
Free Camping

The Uluru by Sunrise campground is outside the National Park and therefore our dog MACKS is with us.

I had both Telstra and Vodafone networks. I found Vodafone had the best coverage during our stay here in Uluru/ Ayers Rock.

We have views of Uluru plus you can set up a Camp fire. Please be very careful and responsible with your fire.

Full Moon Sunset at Uluru
Full Moon Sunset at Uluru

There are no facilities here so please take all your rubbish with you.

The cost for camping here is Free.

Our stay was 5 nights from 5th to 10th of May 2017

#Update 30th July 2018: This camping area is now closed and has been since 2017.

Free Camping at Uluru
Free Camp

Our trip to Uluru was made all the more special by this fantastic location to stay each night with a fire and Uluru in the background.

But I guess if they’re not making money from it then it has to be closed!!
It’s so sad our kids won’t get to enjoy Uluru/Ayers Rock in the same ways we all have over history.

Read about the 9 photographs we will never take again: Uluru Lost

5 Essentials – Camera Equipment

The Mavic Pro Platinum Drone Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need and it is what I use this for all my aerial footage

The GoPro 7 Hero Black is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use.

We both love our Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone. Most of our photos are simply from our Samsung Phones. The cameras in the Samsung phone are pretty insane.

The distances you can shoot with the Camera – Nikon P1000 are simply amazing. It has an incredible optical and digital zoom!

We use our HP Sphere 360 Laptop with 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for our everyday use and for editing our photos

Why do we call it Uluru/ Ayres Rock?

Uluru/ Ayers Rock is it’s official gazetted name.

In 1873 it was sighted and named Ayres Rock after Sir Henry Ayers the Chief Secretary of South Australia.

In 1993 it was given the dual name of Ayers Rock/ Uluru before being renamed in December 2002 as Uluru/ Ayers Rock.

This is now it’s official name and what we call it, feel free to call it whatever name you think works for you.

Uluru Climb
Climbing Ulur/Ayres Rock

Can I climb Uluru/ Ayers Rock?

No.

As of October 2019 climbing Uluru/ Ayers Rock is now prohibited.

Uluru at sunrise
Uluru Sunrising

How long do you need to visit Uluru/ Ayers Rock?

We planned for a couple of nights, then 3 and ended up staying 5 nights. It’s a long way to go and you may never get the opportunity to go again so don’t be in any hurry to leave.

We recommend no less then 3 days and 5 nights would be ideal.

There is a lot to see and enjoy at Uluru/ Ayers Rock and the surrounding area.

Cheers to the Rock

What is the best time of year to go to Uluru/ Ayers Rock?

It gets very hot at Uluru/ Ayers Rock during the middle of summer and therefore we would suggest visiting during temperatures more suited to walking and enjoying the outdoors.

From May to October would be the ideal months to visit Uluru/ Ayers Rock.

Sunset Views
Uluru Sunset viewing

What is there to do at Uluru?

Sunset Viewing Carpark

Past the entrance to the National Park is a carpark on the left which is a very popular viewing area for Uluru/ Ayers Rock at Sunset.

Watch as the Rock changes over the course of the sun going down. It truly is a special and amazing experience.

Uluru/ Ayers Rock Tours

There are Camel Rides, Helicopter Scenic flight and Segway Tours available for lots of different ways to see Uluru/ Ayers Rock.

The Field of Lights are also an amazing experience.

Book all of these tours and more here through Experience Oz

Base Walk
Walk the base of the Rock

Take a walk around the base of the Rock

Discover the many caves and rock formations along the way. The walk is 10.6km and takes around 3-3.5 hours to complete.

You don’t have to walk the entire path around the Rock, you can just walk specific sections that you may prefer.

Best Tips:

Book an Uluru Guided Morning Base Walk with Breakfast>

The Olgas
The Olgas

What else is there to do in the region?

The Olgas

Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas is 25kms west of Uluru/ Ayers Rock.

These rock formations are made up of 36 domes.

There are 2 walks, one called Valley of the Winds which is 7.4km all up. The other walk is Walpa Gorge walk which is 2.6km long and takes an hour or 2 to complete.

Book a Kata Tjuta Sunrise & Valley of the Winds Tour>

Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Adele taking a breather on the Kings Canyon Rim walk

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is 306kms and a 3 hours drive from Uluru/ Ayers Rock.

It has a challenging yet truly spectacular walk to the top of the gorge and around it’s rim.

When visiting this region a trip to Kings Canyon is a must.

Book a Full Day Tour of Kings Canyon from Uluru in air conditioned Coach here

Watch our YouTube video of Kings Canyon and see this amazing gorge in all it’s beauty and the challenges.

Uluru/Ayers Rock Camping

The Ayers Rock Campground is part of the Ayers Rock Resort and is now the only option for campers. Base yourself at the Ayers Rock Campground so you can explore the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The Campground has a swimming pool, playground, BBQ and outdoor camp kitchen as well as coin-operated washing machines and dryers.

Check out the: Ayers Rock Resort Campground

Pin – Uluru

Uluru

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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 – 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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