Centre / West coast trip.

Submitted: Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 22:16
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Hello to all,
We are taking 3 mths off next year and are tripping up the centre and then down the west coast,we will be leaving about the 14th June.
My question is about caravan parks and camping areas,we intend to stay at Katherine for a week then leave the van there and travel to Kakadu and Darwin in the 4x4 only,then pick up the van and travel to Kunanarra/Broome ect staying about 3 -7 days before slowly working our way down the coast,across the Nullabor and back home.
Do we need to book into caravan parks now to insure we secure a site or are sites easy to get so we can leave to the last minute.
Also any suggestions of good parks/camping spots along the way.
Any advice welcomed and appreciated.
Thanks
Peter.
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Reply By: maverick - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 09:34

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 09:34
depending on the time of the year and your time is right in the middle broome will require booking for caravan parks. other places are ok. check the festivals - although crowded is generally good times to be had. a couple of books called free camping in the south and free camping in the north - they might still be in print - list heaps of camping areas in w.a. - also main roads wa has a brochure giving o'night rest stops along the main hwys - use the web sites including this one for details on road conditions - generally everything is ok once june commences - enjoy the holiday and don't forget there is also fun in the planning - and talking of plans - once you get underway throw your timetable into the first roadside bin you find and just let the holiday flow. rgds
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Follow Up By: peter - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 20:18

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 20:18
Thanks for the advice,counting the days.
Regards
Peter.
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Reply By: gonebush - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 10:44

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 10:44
Main Roads NT also has a map showing Rest Areas and the facilities at each. Plenty of travellers use them for overnight stays and there are also plenty of places to bush camp that are shown on maps e.g WW11 airstrips (and plenty not shown on maps) and at camping areas in the NPs where fees apply.

The books refererred above are produced by Jan Holland are titled "A Guide to Priceless Campsites & Rest Areas in the South of Western Australia" that goes to the WA/SA Border and "A Guide to Priceless Campsites & Rest Areas in the North of Western Australia" that goes to the WA/NT Border. Excellent and invaluable books that give all manners of information about the place including GPS coordinates, access, directions, facilities and fees (if any). They are about $20 each and will save you 100s of $$

You will be rewarded by doing your research.

Can I ask why you are not taking the van to Darwin/Kakadu?

Using caravan parks adds considerably to the cost of the trip and would be over $2000 if used every night on a 3 month trip. If you are set up for it, where possible bush camp and there will be plenty of others doing the same. You will probably enjoy the trip a LOT more by not staying in caravan parks whenever possible and will save $$.

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Follow Up By: peter - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 20:28

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 20:28
Hi Larry
Thanks for the info,regarding not taking the caravan to Kakadu & Darwin,thinking of spoiling ourselves by staying at resorts and cabins on this leg ( see how the dollars go ).
Regards
Peter.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 16:32

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 16:32
If you decide to take the van to kakadu there is a number of choices tou can make throughout the park from bush camping for free (dunney only) to caravan parks. My pick of the spots was the gunlum falls campground which is 5-6$ but you get a well maintained campgrounds flushing dunneys and hot showers all onn the banks of a spectacular plunge pool with a waterfall flowing into it I wish it was as cheap to enter and camp at w.a parks
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