Camping at Warburton

Submitted: Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 08:54
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Morning all..I've had mixed messages about the 'safety' issue with camping at Warburton. Any folks out there that may have camped there recently, I would be grateful for a situation report.
Only 5 sleeps to go and we're off on the Beadell Highways (and we will be having a campfire & a beer)
Have a good day
signman
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 10:00

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 10:00
I have camped there.

The caravan park is in a locked compound with a high fence & gates.

I am confident things will be okay. Lotsa noise, that's all.

The people running the general store live on site.

Cheers

Wolfie
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Reply By: bundyman - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 10:03

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 10:03
Signman,

If your talking Warburton - on the GCR then I'd camp out of sight, off the road, 20 odd kms out of town. There are plenty of tracks that lead off the road along the way. Just don't pick a main one.

Some people say this place and that are bad and some say they had no trouble. I'm of the opinion that if you aint anywhere near them then your gauranteed not to have any trouble. Hope you have a great trip.

Cheers,
Hughesy
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Reply By: garrycol - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 10:18

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 10:18
Having never been to Warburton - what is the 'safety' issue that requires a fenced off security compound - I can guess why - but would anyone care to elaborate.

Thanks

Garry
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Follow Up By: gramps - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 12:10

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 12:10
Never been there either but reading between the lines you've probably guessed it. Similar reason why you have to be careful of what you say on the CB.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 12:51

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 12:51
I'm guessing it's the same reason that service from the bamaga pub/bottl-o is through a 2 foot sqare hole in the brick wall!

Avagoodn
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 12:25

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 12:25
Why would you want to camp at Warburton beats me? Do like most people on that road,just go a bit further and get off the track and find a secluded spot and you will enjoy the camp much more.
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Follow Up By: signman - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 13:45

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 13:45
G'day mate
Can you recommend anywhere on the Central road...a bit east of Warburton?? Obviously a bit of local knowledge helps.
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Reply By: Peter Guy - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 14:10

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 14:10
Yes stay out of town, just get get your fuel and rations. The area is so vast and there are so many tracks you can easily find a secluded spot.
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Reply By: Member - Errol (York WA) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 17:13

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 17:13
Have to agree , don,t stay in town , but if you have to , remember this , thay shut the shop and lock the campground at 5PM sharp . Cheers
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 17:40

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 17:40
Signman,
I camped West of Warburton but if you want to camp between Docker River and Warburton I am sure you will find a spot to your liking as there are no recognised camp spots as such that I know of.Iusually get right off the main drag as that way you are not inviting "visitors".If you haven't been through there before you will find the country a lot less barren than what you probably imagine being desert country.Remember not to be too paranoid about camping the out back ,as long as your vehicle is well prepared and you use common sense then it should be enjoyable--good luck and safe travel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 19:04

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 19:04
Not that it might bother you but camping in Aboriginal land outside of designated areas is prohibited as per your permit
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 21:08

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 21:08
Davoe,
Please don't get me started about camping on "aboriginal land" and permits.Ihave been through the whole exercise around Aus.and I have my own opinions on the very many shortcomings of existing system.END OF STORY.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 01:00

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 01:00
Wasnt having a go at you, i found the idea frustrating. I mean there is a part on your permit that says you wont be helped for free. Does that mean I am owed for the couple I helped out coz their jack had no handle??. You shouldnt be made to feel like a criminal for pulling off the road and throwing the swag out
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Reply By: lindsay - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 21:53

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 21:53
fair bit east of warburton but try nth side of road near Gill Pinnacle / Gordon springs at 24'54'56.9" 128'46'46.8" wsg 84. nice spot go for a look up to the springs , can't drive all the way.
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 12:36

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 12:36
Thanks for your reply Davoe ,Isuppose we all get frustrated with the many increasing rules and regulations we have to go through to enjoy a little of the outback.Cheers!
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Reply By: Ando80 - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 22:45

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 22:45
Signman,

Just in case you do still camp in Warburton, I haven't been there, but I know that they have recently placed about 5 Police officers there on a permanent basis (eg: no longer just a couple of week visits, it is now policed full time).

This should have improved the situation there.

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Ando80
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Reply By: Ferret - Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 20:05

Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 20:05
I was there 8 weeks ago and most of the stories you hear are just that. Treat the locals with respect and be sensible with regards ULP and grog and no probs. We heard no noise and had no trouble, if we'd listened to all the horror stories and crap were told about this place and that place we'd never have gone anywhere on our 9 week trip. Go have a look and make your own mind up.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rene - Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 15:58

Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 15:58
Hi Ferret

Just read your comments on Worburton and it sounds good to me as My Wife, three kids and I will probably take that run next year around this time, from Brisbane through Bourke and broken hill, Pot Auguster, aloung south WA to Perth, onto Kalgoolie, east to the cetral road to Ayers rock, up to Alice, on to Boulia and back to Bris. 9,764 klm's. Planning 6 weeks, running a hundred series and 6 m off raod Windsor camper van, just checking out different locations and points of interest through the forum
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Reply By: Pathfinder 97 - Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 08:44

Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 08:44
I stayed there when doing some survey work, it was a pleasent place and if you are corcerned about the stories them maybe it is best not to go there at all
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