camping at kingoonya

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Hi Has anyone camped at kingoonya. What's it like? Looks desolate but that's ok. Need somewhere to camp between woomera and coober pedy. Been to Glendambo and had bad experience with bus loads of dirty tourists. Any ideas greatly appreciated
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:26

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:26
Yes, I reckon you should stop at Kingoonya. We have never seen "dirty tourists" there, thank goodness.

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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:51

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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 12:07

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 12:07
A bit more info than in my follow-up ...

Level campground, big sites good for tent, CT, caravan, motorhome. Toilets. Can't remember about water - we carried our own. Pub - but check hours and availability of meals. (They were limited when we were there. Is it still open????)

We also have bush-camped on the road north from Kingoonya going toward the Stuart Hwy. Past North Well, about 15k north of Kingoonya, I think, just south of a cross-track, on the LHS. A bit of old rubbish lying around (almost historic stuff) but it was easy to find a clear area for a Leave No Trace overnight.

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Reply By: greybeard - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 12:45

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 12:45
Contact them direct at Kingoonya
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Reply By: Member - Blaze - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 13:26

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 13:26
Hey Theresa, Most people would only go to Kingoonya if they were heading somewhere like Gawler Rangers or following the train line across to Googs Track. I agree with what everyone else has said about the camping area, we found it great to escape a very windy night and had a great meal at the hotel. Fuel is available also but its via credit card pump, no way of buying fuel with cash.

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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 14:00

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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 17:36

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 19:12

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Pub's been shut for over 12 months. Unlikely to open again from what I remember hearing somewhere.
"Camping" is in the flat area next to the public toilets. Its within 100 metres of the railway line and lots of trains go through. Fuel (card only self-serve) is still available - run by the M-T community.

Can I suggest you camp at Lake Hart just off the highway. There's plenty of places you can pull up or pitch a tent (not just the car park). Just follow the tracks. You will hear trains as well but you're usually a couple of hundred metres away.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 19:16

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 19:16
I should have mentioned that Lake Hart is south of Glendambo. But towards Coober pedy many of the posted rest areas are reasonable for an overnight stop. Hard to find anything good within about 50k of Coober Pedy. There is a nice sanddune about 83km south of Coober Pedy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 20:58

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 20:58
We went through there a couple of weeks ago and the pub IS open again. I think the re-opening celebrations are on at the end of Apr.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 21:56

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 21:56
Rod,
Thanks for the update. That's great news!
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Follow Up By: jo b1 - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 22:04

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 22:04
Yep sure is open and hopefully enough people drop in for a couple.
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Reply By: Cheeky1 - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 20:17

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 20:17
Gotta agree with Phil G I'm afraid Theresa. We were there about a year ago heading through to Eyre Highway via Lake Everard. It didn't look like anything was open. There were signs that people were still living there, but the pub and fuel station looked like they no longer functioning. Not sure that it would be worth going all the way in there just for a quiet over-nighter. Not sure how often the trains go by. We were there long enough to stop and take a couple of pics, then we were on our way. Ray
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Reply By: greybeard - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 22:40

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 22:40
Hello, Earth to anyone?
Check out their web site Kingoonya web site
The pub has been open since 22 November 2012.
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Reply By: Dion - Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 13:04

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 13:04
Yes I noticed last night as I went through pub was open.

Is the consensus here that I need to blow the whistle more when passing through?
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