Mungo National Park - Belah Campground

Submitted: Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 16:43
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Hi all, I am about to do a reccie out there end March after attending and exhibiting EO at the Outback NSW Tourism Symposium and wondering if there is sufficient room to setup a camper trailer at the Belah site. We haven't been there for over 10 years and back then it was undeveloped and after some web searching not found a lot of detail (we'll soon fix that!). I did find a site that didn't tick the ok for campers/caravans icon and wondered why? Anyone who knows current facilities please advise? Thanks
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Reply By: Gramps - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 16:53

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 16:53
Not sure about campers/caravans but there is a permanent ban on wood fires at Belah camp.

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Reply By: drover101 - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 17:48

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 17:48
Hi Michelle

I expect to be there at about that time as well with a Kimberley Karavan so will watch this thread with interest.

Who knows with a bit of luck might be there at the same time.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:59

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:59
hi graham - i'll be in an ultimate camper with my retired folks. I'll look out for you too - you are welcome to come and say hi if you spot us of course.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 22:44

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 22:44
G'day Graham, there may be a couple of Kimberley Karavans up there a few weeks later after a KKOG Gathering in SW Victoria mid April. Not sure if you are aware of the group but there is a URL on my profile page. A contact number too.
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Reply By: ruafrood - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 18:33

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 18:33
We went to Mungo NP near 2 years ago. We tow a 15.5’ poptop caravan (7.5’ wide) and camped at the main campground. The plan for the group I was with was to shift camp to the Belah site the next day.

For whatever reason the plan changed and we just drove the one way loop. Arriving at the Belah campground I recall there were a mixture of sites, some big some small.

However leaving the campground to continue the circuit we passed through a small forest of trees that no way would my poptop caravan would have fitted through both because of height and width. I have some reservation as to whether my old Goldstream wind-up Campertrailer would have managed due to its width. A tent on a trailer type Campertrailer probably would not have any problems.

I stress this was 2 years ago, others may have a more recent experience, however I would certainly check with the rangers before venturing out there with your camper.

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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 18:41

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 18:41
We were there in September 2008. We camped at the main camp ground.

From what I remember about Belah, whilst driving the route it looked fairly wooded but you would probably find a spot for a camper.

The main campground is pretty good.
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Reply By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:03

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:03
was there at xmas last year...... can not see a problem..... plenty of room unless there are a lot of people.... but there are no fires there.
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Reply By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:10

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:10
David & Michelle
Shouldn't be a problem. We had a group of about a dozen vehicles. Pulled in there for lunch and there was plenty of room for all of us. This pic might give you some idea:Image Could Not Be Found

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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:34

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:34
David & Michelle
Belah site as Extfilm said should present no problems. While the parking areas are wood post designated bays I found them to be big enough for a camper trailer such as mine, 21' x 8' fully erected.

There are long drop loos as well as picnic tables and benches.

NO FIRES permitted.

A wonderful place, do it.
Cheers Colin.

PS the pic shows us in the Subi with tent but shows how large the bays are.

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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 20:01

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 20:01
thanks - the photos speak a thousand words and the wooded bit is what I recall from years ago hence I felt it was the nicer campground. we can make our choice on the day I guess - thanks for the responses.
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Follow Up By: Blaze (Berri) - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 00:30

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 00:30
David,

Belah is listed as a tent camp ground, and site sizes only really suit these, we have done Mungo quite a few times, even a couple last year. I have plots and wpts if wanted. Only place for a Camper is main campsite just outside park.

We stay on local land owners land, as it gets us away from everyone else, and we have the advantage of some local aboriginal stockies paying us a visit, learnt more from them about Mungo than the parks could ever offer.

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Follow Up By: Gramps - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 16:21

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 16:21
"we have the advantage of some local aboriginal stockies paying us a visit, learnt more from them about Mungo than the parks could ever offer"

Hmmm ... was there in April and all four Rangers on duty were local aboriginals. All more than happy to answer questions and assist wherever they could.

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Follow Up By: Blaze (Berri) - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 16:50

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 16:50
Hi Gramps,

No mate these were just stockmen from the local properties, one of the funnest nights I have spent out camping, Des Lexic atually sold his SWMBO for $20 to one of them that had a few drinkies under his belt. LOL Great company though.
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Follow Up By: eerfree - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 00:18

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 00:18
Bumping this one in advance of a Darling River run I am planning.
I have a Prado pulling a Phoenix Van and I have looked at Maps that indicate that there is a round trip road from Pooncarie, East toward Pan Ban Station and then South through Garnpung Station to Mungo National Park where we would stay for a couple of days and then travel West back to Pooncarie Rd on the Top Hut Rd.
I will not be in a hurry and as this will be my only chance to do this Run I would appreciate any advice offered.

Bob.
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Follow Up By: Blaze (Berri) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 10:45

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 10:45
Bob,

Would present no problems unless we have that stuff, I think I remember it called rain. You wouldn't want to tow the van through Mungo Loop but main campsite would be excelent and roads you have mentioned we have done with no problems.
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Follow Up By: eerfree - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 14:14

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 14:14
Blaze
Thanks for that - another section pencilled in !!

Bob
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