Brisbane to The Rock camp options

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Doing a trip to Ayres Rock later this year and yesterday i started looking at the route I'll take, aswell as possible campsite locations to stay at along the way. I'm looking at staying at Augathella and Winton the first and second nights of our trip, can anyone tell me if the Fisherman's Hut (Augathella) and Long Waterhole (Winton) free camps are still available to stay at and how you rate them? Interested firstly in knowing if they still exist to stay at for a start, aswell as how busy they are / how likely are we to get a spot to stay at them around July or August. Are there any other options you'd suggest staying at instead?....we don't need power and are fully self sufficient, just looking for a half scenic overnight stop over before pushing on again the next morning,

Cheers for any replies in advance.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Apr 15, 2018 at 22:05

Sunday, Apr 15, 2018 at 22:05
Long Waterhole is still open, and the Waterhole was recently cleaned out, so should be plenty of water later in the year now. Does get crowded at times, but depends how far you're prepared to camp away from the water.

Another popular spot is where the Winton-Jundah road crosses Mistake Creek, about a click past the Long Waterhole turnoff. It gets busy too, but is a smaller area.

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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 18:54

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 18:54
Cheers for that info Bob
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 19:14

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 19:14
You didn't say how long you wanted to stay at these 2 camps, Rumpig?

With regards to Winton area, there is also Crawford Ck parking bay, about 45kms East of Winton. Shelter sheds, toilets & all bitumen, but gets a bit crowded during the season. Being close to highway, you have the chance to drink extra red, or port, to help you sleep through the noise of occasional road trains.

West of Winton, on road to Boulia, is Poddy Ck parking bay, about 85kms from town. Toilets, shelter sheds & plenty of room to camp, on both sides of the bitumen. Likely to be enough wood for a fire on northern side of bitumen. Am assuming you are going to The Alice via Boulia?

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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 19:44

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 19:44
They are purely overnight camps Bob, before hitting the road again the next morning. Yes we are heading to Boulia and across The Plenty, towing a Kimberley Kamper not a caravan by the way in case you are curious. Doing a 2 week return trip Brisbane to Ayres Rock and home again, which is a lazy 6000klms all up. I have been to Ayres Rock twice before, this is purely a last chance to climb The Rock trip for my kids, as the previous visit it was closed to climbing whilst we were there.
Thanks for those additional camps info.
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Reply By: Gerard S - Sunday, Apr 15, 2018 at 22:06

Sunday, Apr 15, 2018 at 22:06
I recommend Wikicamps. Download and look at the comments.. you'll soon get the info.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 18:57

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 18:57
Didn't know that it had a comments section, handy to know...cheers
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Reply By: Member - Penski - Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 07:56

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 07:56
Consider Bladensburg NP south of Winton. It’s a worthwhile destination for a night or two with camping along the creek.
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Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:44

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:44
Same - we stayed at Bough Shed Hole. Nice spot a bit out of town and much less burr than the common.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 19:00

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 19:00
Have been to Bladensburg previously, the place was a dust bowl when we were there...i had it as a back up option though when I was planning the other day...thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Brian H16 - Friday, Apr 20, 2018 at 10:51

Friday, Apr 20, 2018 at 10:51
I love to hear the use of the true Australian words Ayers Rock. Not stirring so will leave it at that. Roll on !
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Saturday, Apr 21, 2018 at 11:27

Saturday, Apr 21, 2018 at 11:27
First world problem for anyone it upsets I reckon Brian....was Ayres Rock to me as a kid 40 years ago, so I will always call it that I reckon, I actually had to stop and think a minute to recall it’s new name...lol.
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