Comment: Free Camp, Boulia QLD

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I am wondering what the camping options are like around Boulia? Do we need to book into the caravan park or motel, or are there suitable places just to pull up and camp?
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Reply By: Slow one - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 13:04

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 13:04
If you do book into the caravan park it is $28.

Very good grassed sites by the Burke River and hot showers. The owner even comes over early in the morning to put the booster on for the hot water.

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Follow Up By: P_Young - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 13:14

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 13:14
Thanks for that. For some reason I thought the caravan park was just a rectangular patch of land. I must have looked at it on google and not realised it went to the river.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 13:56

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 13:56
Youngie,

As well as 'van park, there are 2 motels, one at the pub, and the Desert Sands motel in main street. I've seen camper vans parked up between town & cemetery, and to south of town near golf course. This latter is probably a bit rude as it's almost in view of the 'van park.

Think some also travel up the river and park/camp on bank of the Burke. Take the road out past the sports complex and take one of many tracks to the right, to take you down to the river. The racecourse/rodeo grounds are out this way too, but not sure if you can camp at these facilities?

On the Bedourie road, there would be some camps, say 5km out of town, and past the local tip. Further out, there's a good camp at Hamilton Hotel ruins, on Winton road. Showers(cold) and plenty of room. At the Georgina River crossing, just south of Marion Downs, there's a popular spot too. At Peak Ck, north of Boulia, there's a good camp, with toilets, and plenty of room to get in amongst the mulga trees. Oh, about 8 kms from Boulia, on start of Donohue H'way, there's a roomy camp on Bengeacca Ck. This is less than a click from the tee-junction with the Mt Isa road.

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Follow Up By: P_Young - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 14:05

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 14:05
That's great - thanks Bob. Much appreciated. We are sleeping in a quick erect roof top tent, so these options sound good.
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Follow Up By: P_Young - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 14:07

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 14:07
How safe do you reckon this area is for free camping?
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 14:52

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 14:52
I don't think you would have any worries free camping in the area. We've camped at Bengeacca Ck for a night, in 2011, and at the Hamilton some time before that, and never felt "threatened" by anything.

Camped at Georgina Crossing in 2011 also, and it was a bit crowded for us, so crossed the river and camped on a clay pan about half a km from the others.

Ha ha, don't think there's many Wolfe Creeks in western Qld. The Long-haired Plague Rats can be a problem, and do a lot of damage in a night or two, but they're not about at present. You'll be right in a RTT.

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Follow Up By: P_Young - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 15:11

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 15:11
Thanks. Sounds good.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:36

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:36
When SWMBO & I camped at Bengeacca Ck (about 6 yrs ago),
we had the place to ourselves, and thought that this was a very nice place to camp...

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Follow Up By: wozzie (WA) - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:53

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:53
Just gotta watch out for them Min Min lights that come out at night to get ya......



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Follow Up By: wozzie (WA) - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:56

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:56
Just in reference to the Min Min, if you can go and have a look at the display in town (Boulia).. We thought it was worth the entry fee... when we went through there in 2012.



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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 14:24

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 14:24
Unless you are there for a festival or the camel races there is no need to book the caravan park. Perhaps you may ring ahead a day or two before your arrival. I generally overnight somewhere an hour or two from town so I'm in before lunch time.

I have sited CAW 7 Q389, Burke River - They thread themselves down amongst the trees. The site is supposed to be good for large vehicles but it would take a bit of threading them along the tracks. Another 20 km further out of town is the Old Police Barracks Waterhole - CAW 7 Q390. Don't know what it is like.
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Reply By: Nomad Navara - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:38

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:38
We have free camped at Peak Creek 3 times, toilets, plenty of room, no problems :)
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Reply By: Polaris - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:53

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 16:53
You ask "How safe it is to camp ...."
Boulia is the home and land of the Min Min lights ! Probably be plagued with Hoofin Goofin all night !
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