Anyone who can supply to first time campers going to the Simpson deser

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 17:44
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Want to know of places to free camp we are self sufficient .leaving Middlemount to Longreach then Stonehenge on to Birdsville.Want to enjoy nature and peace and quiet on the way.We intend to go down to Pandi Pandi after the races and before heading north.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated
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Reply By: mikehzz - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 18:36

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 18:36
I can't answer your question, but I can tell you the Camps Australia book is worth its weight in gold. Very comprehensive and I use it everytime I go on a trip. Wikicamps on the ipad is pretty good too as it has live reviews of the arious sites.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 18:37

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 18:37
arious actually means various in my special code....
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Follow Up By: Maurveen T - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 07:40

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 07:40
Thank you for the info above much appreciated.
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 22:15

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 22:15
The wikicamps app is popular at the moment.

Steve
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Reply By: Les PK Ranger - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 08:40

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 08:40
Are you planning a crossing ?
Or just venturing to the east side and poking your vehicle west a little ?

You won't need a SA Desert Parks Pass if just venturing up to Poeppels and back.

We camped QAA line between Poeppels and east boundary of the Simpson Desert NP (QLD), but no signs re camping fees, so assume that is all free camping in there.
You cold probably camp quietly between the park and in and around Big Red ok.

A visit to Peoppels and Haddon Corners might be worth a look while you're going to be near.

Plenty to do around Birdsville for a full day, and free camping down on the Diamantina R.
Fishing too.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 00:25

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 00:25
You are supposed to pay for a camping permit on the QLD side. Something like $7 a night. The only area still free is when you pop into NT for a while.... I think?
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 00:29

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 00:29
Info here http://nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/munga-thirri/camping.html
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Follow Up By: Les PK Ranger - Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 08:33

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 08:33
Thanks for the link Mike.
Stand corrected re QLD park fees, I think you're right re NT, no fee.

The actual camping fees are listed here . . .
QLD camping fees looks like it's universal fees to camp in all of QLD, any 'park, forest or reserve'.
Looks like $5.75 pp per night, family $23.

Feeling guilty now.
Never saw a sign, but we are used to fee boxes down here, not the 'Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone' as it says to use to book / pay.
It's totally understandable that fee boxes are not practical in such places.

Looked at the map, it looks like we might have camped close to the park boundary (not sure without checking notes which side of the boundary), which is about half way from Poeppels to BV.
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Follow Up By: Maurveen T - Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 08:59

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 08:59
Thanks for the info.Very much appreciated.We are very excited and doing our homework.
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