Menindee Caravan Parks

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 15:26
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Hi Folks,
Any recommendations for any of the parks. Are there any precautions necessary as in Wilcannia? Tried a search but could not find any specifics.
Thanks,
Jon W
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Reply By: George_M - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 16:00

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 16:00
Can't speak for the caravan parks, however if you are travelling with your CT then I'd recommend the "River Campsites" on the Darling River. There are about a dozen campsites, most with drop toilets and, wait for it, rubbish bins! They are in the Kinchega National Park just downstream of Menindie, and there is a small fee involved

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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 16:26

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 16:26
Thanks George. Will discuss with fellow travellers.
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Reply By: Member - res.q.guy (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 16:54

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 16:54
Hi Jon
There are plenty of great campsites on the southern edge of Pamamaroo Lake, and at the Bourke and Wills campsite between Pamamaroo Lake and Tandure Lake.
A great map of the area is the "Broken Hill Menindee Lakes and District" map by Central Mapping Authority of NSW.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 17:25

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 17:25
Thanks Neil.
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Follow Up By: ddr - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:15

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:15
Im with Neil, Beautiful Camp Sites right on the lake

I was camped there 2 weeks ago, just magic.
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Reply By: Dave B (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 17:37

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 17:37
If you want a Caravan Park particularly Jon, I would suggest Copi Hollow. There is water there in Copi, whereas there hasn't been any water in Menindee Lake for 5 years.

Apart from that, I would probably go down to the river drive in Kinchega as George has suggested.

There are over 30 different campsites along there, however, when picking a campsite, you are generally quite close to the road, and as it is a dirt track, the dust comes into the campsite after each vehicle passes.
The way to avoid most of the dust is bear in mind that most of the breeze comes from the south west, and there are quite a few of the campsites that are on the southern side of the road so you don't get the dust.
But there are plenty of sites to choose from.
Many with a nice big table as well as a toilet close by.

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Follow Up By: madfisher - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 17:57

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 17:57
Yes their is water in the two main lakes now. Check out waterinfo
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Follow Up By: madfisher - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 18:02

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 18:02
Yes their is water in the two main lakes now. Check out waterinfo
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Follow Up By: Dave B (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 18:30

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 18:30
There is water in Lake Weatherall and Lake Pamarmaroo, two of the four main Lakes, as well as Copi Hollow.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (QLD) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:10

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:10
Thanks folks. Sounds good.
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Reply By: Member - John G- Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 18:11

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 18:11
If you are after a caravan park, then Copi Hollow, but note that it's about 15km out of town. Otherwise, agree with the Kinchega NP recommendations

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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (QLD) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:11

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:11
Thanks John.
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Reply By: Member - Roscoe ET (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:03

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:03
Jon,

I think I know what you are eluding to in relation to Wilcannia

I arrived in Wilcannia late one afternoon last year after driving from Hungerford and visiting White Cliffs on the way. My wife and I were a little concerned about staying at the caravan park on the banks of the river there and decided we would head towards Broken Hill and camp on the road somewhere. Anyway we were fueling up at the service station and after talking to the owner we were assured we would not have any problems as it was off limits which was respected and totally complied with.

So we took a chance and stayed with 3 other parties who indicated were a little nervous as well.

We had no problems and stayed there again on the return journey. The amenities were very clean and obviously are well maintained.

$10 for a powered site was pretty good value!

I believe that there is now a caretaker in the house situated in the park.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (QLD) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:13

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:13
Thanks Roscoe. We are only passing through Wilcannia. We just wondered if Menindee had the same issues.
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Reply By: Bushtrek - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:12

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:12
Copi Hollow on Lake Pamamaroo is the pick of the places to stay if you need green grass/facilities/a water outlook. Was there last week and it is very pleasant.
The places to stay on the Darling are all very dusty and the roads and track are very, very, very corrugated at the moment, some with deep sand over them around Lake Cawndilla.
You will get a dust bath after every car passing by if you stay on any of the camps along the river drive. The better spots are around site numbers 28 to 34 near the weir.
The Darling is just flowing ATM, here is a photo from the PS Providence site

Lakes Menindee and Cawndilla are desert ATM, some water is flowing (leaking) from the lock gate that holds back Lake Pamamaroo, but that only goes into the spill race and 200 metres out before it soaks into the ground (see photo)
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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (QLD) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:15

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:15
Thanks mate. Sounds like Copi Hollow is the go.
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