We have a little tradition that we like to leave after Chris finishes work and get a few hours under our belt. Makes us feel like we are really off on our next adventure. This time was no different with us stopping at our usual place when heading west Swinging Bridge at Cooyar.
In the past we have listed what interest us, what needs we have, etc. As stated before we started this for our benefit but now we are finding many other travelers are also finding this information useful, which is great 🙂 We have had a number of people ask us to list whether a place allows dogs, is suitable for big rigs etc. So we have added a few more keys to our campsites to cover a few more options that are available. Over time we will update past campsites listed on this site with the new keys and we might add a few more keys as time goes on.
A lot of the campsites where we have stayed can be found in the book known as the Travellers Bible, “Camps Australia Wide” which covers most of the free or low cost camps around Australia, but as we have found not all of them. There are now camping apps like Wikicamps, which is a user generated camping app for iPhone, iPad and Android. To help find that perfect place to pull up for the night. Sites found on this web site can be used in conjunction with this book or App, which lists lot more key’s than we use.
We would also like to point out we have rated and written our thoughts of camp sites based on our personal preference and they are our views based on our needs, likes and dislikes, keep in mind you might like something different to us. We have also found different times of the year or season can make a big difference to the place.
Key Used: T – Toilet, S – Shower, B – Bin, N – Noisy, F – Free, W – Wildlife, M – Mobile is for “Next G, DW – Drinking Water, $ – Fees apply, OR – Off Road, D – Dogs, BR – Suitable for Big Rigs, ND – Non Drinking Water, DP – Dump Point.
3 O’clock Creek – OR, $, DW, W. 13kms up the Mt Dare road from Dalhousie. From a camping point of view better than Dalhousie but of course it doesn’t have the springs or toilets. But lots of tress and rocky ground so not as dusty but would be quieter and you can camp down by the river. Drinking water available. Rating – 3
Dalhousie Springs Campground – T, B, OR, $, S – cold. The campsite at Dalhousie Springs is a large very dusty area. There are different size bays suitable for single, a couple of campers or groups. Many of the sites have fire pits but you must bring your own wood in. There is a toilet block with toilets and cold showers. There is also parking for day visitors, short walk to the hot springs. You need a Desert Park permit for this area. Rating – 4
Halligan Bay – T, OR, $. Reasonably large camping area, also has an overflow area. Permit and fees apply, inquire at William Creek. It is also covered by a Desert Parks Pass. Can be very windy and exposed, but wow it’s awesome. Worth the rough drive out, 70km off the Oodnadatta Track. Rating – 4
Strangways Siding – OR, F, D. Camp area at Strangways Siding, you can pretty well camp where ever you can find a spot.On the Oodnadatta Track. Very quiet and a nice area to explore. Rating – 2
Clayton’s Campground – T, S, OR, $. 54 km N of Maree on the Birdsville Track. Clayton’s is a beaut spot to stop, loos, showers, hot tub all for $10 a car per night. There are even some instructions on how to fill the hot tub and use it. 53kms north of Maree. Rating – 3
Cooper Creek, – T, F, OR, DW, D. 146 km NE of Maree, on the Birdsville Track. Can camp within 1km of the toilets. Drinking water tap, more open area under the trees near the toilets. Tracks lead further into the scrub where you can find an open area to camp here and there. Rating – 3
Kings Site – OR, F, W, D. Kings Site is one of the many campsites around Innamincka along the Cooper Creek. You need a Desert Parks Pass to visit and camp in the Innamincka Regional Reserve. This site was overlooking the Cooper Creek. There is a long access road with several tracks leading off that we assume lead to other campsites. The site we were on was very secluded and private. There were lots of bugs and flies, but assume that was due to the time of year. Rating – 3
Spalding Junction Rest Area – F, B, N, M, D. A basic pull off the road 9km N of Burra. Trucks use this, and pull in late at night. Noisy place. Rating – 1