Potable Water Availability

Submitted: Friday, Jul 26, 2019 at 22:38
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During our recent travels, it seems that the greatest impediment to long-term free camping is the readily availability of potable water.

I have come across a couple of spots (Springsure and Rolleston in Qld) but I was wondering if any had a more complete list or a web site that details the outlets?

Thanks,
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Reply By: Athol W1 - Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 08:52

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 08:52
Potable water is generally not a major problem.

Most Tourist/visitor information centres will allow you to refill, although some have meters and some may ask for a small donation.

Generally where you find a Dump point in town you will find water near by, refrain from using any tap that is immediately adjacent to the dump point.

Often a service station in town will allow you to fill the water tanks if you have also filled the fuel tank.

Water is even available at Cocklebiddy Roadhouse, in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain, at a price of course.

Regards
Athol
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 10:06

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 10:06
'Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink' [from the ancient mariner] ....thing is water [ potable ] is a very precious commodity ... Qld even after the rains earlier this year is still in drought , 85% , NSW the same , the best is always ASK before you turn on the tap at the servo Etc for your onboard shower and for drinking / cooking buy bottled - 5 / 10lt casks - 24 packs bottles ....remember even though you 'think' your free camping ...others are paying for it .....
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 14:02

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 14:02
We Just spent 10 days in northern NSW and we stopped at parks and rest areas for lunch generally close to towns, most had taps connected to mains water. We always take two 20 litre Plastic jerry cans with us and top them up wherever possible, even if only 5 litres Michael.
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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 14:31

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 14:31
Hema is good for listing water supplies outside of towns a wikicamps is good for town supplies
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Reply By: qldcamper - Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 14:48

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 14:48
We have been touring since the beginning of this month and it is suprising how little drinkable water we need in this colder weather. So far just two 10 litre containers and 24 600 ml bottles. Seem to be getting through a similar amount of beer though. For showering we carry 40 litres of what ever water we can find ie bore water, town water or river water cleaned up with epsom salts, found a 20 litre jerry good for 3 guy showers or 2 lady showers.
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 15:52

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 15:52
We also find that with plenty of bob (Beer on board) we never have a problem and our fresh water tanks rarely go below 50%.
In addition to the suggestions below, we always find that a town’s information centre has water, or at least can advise where to get some.
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Reply By: Batt's - Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 at 17:12

Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 at 17:12
You can also set up a hose and pump to draw water from creeks when needed.
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 at 17:35

Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 at 17:35
We have a setup to do this. We run a flowjet pump through a large cartridge filter then through a high quality silver/platinum/activated charcoal filter to get rid of any nasty's. We've pulled out of wells, dams, rivers/creeks and tanks but we have only ever needed to use it for washing and cooking so far as we take bottled drinking water.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Aug 01, 2019 at 08:31

Thursday, Aug 01, 2019 at 08:31
Having a filter set up would help and be a good idea I've never had any problems drinking straight clear creek water myself but a mate I travelled with yrs ago up north would get the runs from it occasionally.
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Thursday, Aug 01, 2019 at 17:23

Thursday, Aug 01, 2019 at 17:23
silver/platinum/activated charcoal filter is suppose to kill or filter the bugs but I still boil it if I'm drinking it.
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Reply By: braincell - Monday, Jul 29, 2019 at 13:07

Monday, Jul 29, 2019 at 13:07
The other alternative would be to just go to a town caravan park and pay for a night and top up there
, seems a lot of people are too tight to even do that . At least it gives back something to the country towns that are struggling .
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, Jul 29, 2019 at 18:46

Monday, Jul 29, 2019 at 18:46
Water in Coober Pedy is $2 for 30L. Whats a caravan park in Coober Pedy worth a night?
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Jul 29, 2019 at 19:55

Monday, Jul 29, 2019 at 19:55
Many years ago we stayed at Riba's in Coober Pedy, the owner was telling us how the locals pay way more for thier water there then the tourists do at that pay for tap in town. Only posted that as i found it interesting.
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Reply By: pmk03 - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019 at 09:49

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019 at 09:49
I was surprised to see there is a drinking water station at Oodnadatta now,
it was $4 for 3 minutes (about 20 ltrs) -
I think that's great value considering where it is.

Cheers
Paul
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