Wilcannia stopover

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Hello, I am looking for advise and recommendations on suitable caravan camping at Wilcannia or nearby sites.

thanks Bob.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 00:05

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 00:05
We got a powered site at the caravan park at Wilcannia last year - just on the east side of the river. It was a bit old and dated but everything worked and it was really cheap. Will stay there again if needed.
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Reply By: Loddo48 - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 08:41

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 08:41
have stayed in Wilcannia a couple of times at a park called Warrawong on the Darling which is about 5 k out of town .great park great amenities . coordinates are S 31 34' 4" E 143 23' 50" hope this helps
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Follow Up By: Member - Chooky and Wobble - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 08:47

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 08:47
Agree with Loddo48 that Warrawong is a great place to stay. Their amenities are great and you can choose to stay in the caravan park area or camp out in the bush.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 08:55

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 08:55
Don't know where you get the 5 km from. the turn off is only 1.5 km from the bridge and the far end of the powered sites are only 2.6 km from the bridge.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 10:20

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 10:20
Gee Peter!

I think the word "about" may account for the 900 metre discrepancy!

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 12:34

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 12:34
Anthony, I think your maths is ad bad as the OPs estimation. 5 - 1.5 = a 3.5 km difference.
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 13:16

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 13:16
My most humble appologies Peter.

I mis-read your measurements as two parts which I added together.

The point still being - it was only an estimation on his part.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 09:05

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 09:05
Forget the bad stories you have heard of Wilcannia. They are ancient history.
The local community now runs the town. The only places that you can drink alcohol outside your home is in the club or the pub. I won't make a comment about walking around town at night but we walked around town during the day and the locals are friendly. We followed a self guided map of the town (that we got at the CP) and talked with the locals as we went. There are a few historical buildings worth viewing.
Both caravan parks are safe to stay in. We stayed a few days at Warrawong as the one near the bridge was out of action after a flood.

For fuel in Wilcannia, return into town, take the first turn left and there is a fuel depot about the second street on the left. Prices are comparable with Broken Hill. If you are coming from Broken hill there is a sign on the RHS as you enter town telling how to find it. If you are a bit fuel limited with your tank size then fill there before continuing to Cobar.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 10:31

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 10:31
Why won't you make a comment about walking around at night ?

Because you didn't do it, or you felt it wasn't a good idea ??

I hope the old stories about the place are now old, because it probably had the worst name in Australia.

I remember driving through and having the "locals" yelling white trash profanities, so to see the indigenous people behave sensibly would be a good thing !!
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 12:36

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 12:36
Gonk, I did not go in there at all during night time, There are a lot of those outback towns I would not go walking through at night.
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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 07:18

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I for one wouldn't go walking around many places at night in cities either! Cheers Toni
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 09:08

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 09:08
Hooks.

You have an older park just over the bridge which is a bit cheaper , and the other park is about 1.5km out of Wilcannia heading toward Cobar .
We stayed in the one out of town when it first opened , we were very impressed .
We just had a week of bush camping so we really appreciated the new clean amenities , plus as mentioned you can camp away from people down near the river .
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Reply By: allein m - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 12:25

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 12:25
If you need fuel head for Broken hill we now have a cheap fuel at a old fuel station that has been re opened
Silver street and beryl just next to the North football club
This is a godsend to the town cheap fuel


There is regular reports in the local paper of thefts from caravans in the local Broken Hill caravan park , so just be careful with your valuables,
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Reply By: wendys - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 12:52

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 12:52
Another vote for Warrawong on the Darling. The front row of powered sites have a lovely outlook over the Darling billabong. These are big sites too. Excellent amenities, pleasant camp kitchen.
Last time we were there (2015) was a nightly campfire outside the camp kitchen and happy hour - camp managers provided nibblies some nights.
Can walk to main Darling channel (in grounds) and also around the billabong.
We can make Cobar in a day's drive, from visiting relative at Broken Hill, but always stay a few nights at Warrawong because we like the place so much. Our dog loves it too!
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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 14:30

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 14:30
Yet another vote for Warrawong on the Darling. This park has had a dramatic effect on the public perception of Wilcannia. The facilities are more than first rate and being a "traveller style" caravan park and combined with the happy hour the place exudes a real sense of community.
We have stayed there twice. When we were there we had a visit from one of the local people who was very keen to hear about our impressions of the place. The town has some wonderful colonial architecture and is now well worth a look around.
Wilcannia still has its issues, however as more tourists spend more time there than the time it takes to fill the tank then the better the place will become.
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Reply By: hooks - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 16:35

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 16:35
Thanks Everyone, As you may have guessed, we have had some unfavourable advise about the town, but it appears this is based on older history. We are looking forward to visiting this part of Australia for the first time.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 17:21

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 17:21
Agree with all the above about Wilcannia's change for the better. The locals are really making an effort. Try the newish (couple of years) Courthouse cafe/art gallery in Reid St near the cop shop - great food and coffee and a real willingness to serve and please. I think there is another one that we didn't get to as well.

They are making an effort and deserve our patronage.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 14:33

Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 14:33
"Agree with all the above about Wilcannia's change for the better. The locals are really making an effort."

I should have added this to my previous reply regarding the changed situation of the town. There are similar improvements in Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett. I have visited all 4 places in the last few years. If you do the town tour of Bourke the guide proudly points out the houses the blacks and whites live in. The feral looking places all belong to the whites. In Brewarrina the aboriginal corporation runs the local caravan park. We had a pleasant stay there, the manager was asking us how the park could be improved to suit travellers. They have also built a museum intl the old wartime ammunition bunkers.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie - Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 17:48

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 17:48
Well, well....I'm so pleased to read that Wilcannia is now considered a safe town.

My only experiences were over 10 years ago and based on those, I would not have recommended even STOPPING in town to get fuel.

Great news indeed and congratulations to all concerned for fixing the place up again.

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Reply By: Genny - Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 at 05:07

Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 at 05:07
We stayed there earlier this year, in a motel. Gotta say, we both got an unsettling vibe out of the place. We'd never heard of the place beforehand, so no preconceptions colouring our view.

That being said, nothing untoward happened.

Cobar, a couple of hours down the track, completely different feel.
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