First time in the NT

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First time in the NT and was wondering if anybody can give us advice on free camps in Kakudu or Lichfield np. Also looking at Mt Bundy Station for a couple of days. Any Help would be appreciated as after travelling for 6 months the funds are getting a bit low.
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Humie and family.
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Reply By: ozwasp - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 00:27

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 00:27
Avoid Yellow River in Kakadu, as there will be thousands of people and millions of mosquitos..... Jim Jim and Gunlom camps are good, but not much in the way of facilities at them and is a pretty good dirt track out to both.

Wangi falls in Litchfield will probably have hoards there, while Florence falls is smaller and has a really nice view from the top!!

I don't think there are too many free camps in NT, well not in Kakadu and Litchfield anyway, but the smaller ones are generally cheaper as they offer less.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 08:19

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 08:19
ozwasp, are you sure it 's called "Yellow River" in Kakadu ??

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Follow Up By: Member - Rodney B- Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 08:42

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 08:42
Try "Yellow Waters" and the campground is called Cooinda. Yellow Waters is part of the Jim Jim Creek and joins into the South Alligator River.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:49

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:49
We were at Wangi about 5 weeks ago and the camping area was closed for "renovation"
There wasnt anything being done so dont know if its open yet or not.

A call to the rangers will tell you no doubt.




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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:58

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:58
it was a few years ago but Kakadu did have at least 2 free camps. they had a basic bush dunney.

contrary to what you indicated Gunlum had facilitys with a well appointed flushdunney block and showers. it was about $6.00 pn but that was in 03

Litchfield i didnt see free campspots. the quitest one (I had it too myself) was the tjaynera falls down the 4wd track that heads to Daly riverthe other place i camped was Buley Rockholes


before you get to Kakadu there was a good quite campsite along the Wildman river
either the 2 mile or 4 mile hole i cant remmeber which
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 19:15

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 19:15
Camped at Wangi about 3 weeks ago... open.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 07:52

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 07:52
humie
I'll give you a reply re Mt Bundy, you will be made very welcome here , it's quiet, plenty of space and shade, powered and unpowered sites, stay 3 nights and get the 4th free, there's plenty to do and see in this area, look forward to meeting you.

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Follow Up By: humie - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:03

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:03
Hi Doug & Dusty,
We should be there around 14th-16th this month.Look forward to meeting you
Thanks, Humie and Family
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Reply By: Member - Rick P (NT) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 07:56

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 07:56
Unfortunately if you want to go to Kakadu you are going to have to pay to stay and you didn't come all this way to miss out. Stay at Mardugal camp ground which is not that expensive, it's run by the Rangers and it's not that far from Yellow Waters because you have to do the cruise the late afternoon one is the best but book the day before. And yes there are lots of tourist from all over the world and mozzies but that's because it's so popular.

East Alligator is pretty speci as well especially the Ubirr sunset walk and you can stay at Merl camping ground also run by the Rangers.

Litchfield is also very popular this time of year but I'm sure you can find a free camp on the Litchield Park Rd back back towards the Cox Peninsula Rd.

Safe travels and enjoy the warm weather
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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 09:20

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 09:20
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that's so the local crocks can't get to sleep in your swag too
it was a "free" camping area when I was there last
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:44

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:44
its not the crocs you have to worry about there - but the mozzies
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Reply By: Ray - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 09:38

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 09:38
Don't look for free camping along side the Stuart Hwy. You are not allowed to park in truck bays and there is a fence the full length of the road. You will see signs that say rest area ?kls ahead but when you get there you find that is a service station park where you have to pay. Not the N.T. I knew 30yrs ago.
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Follow Up By: long haired nomad - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:13

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:13
Hey Ray,
I dont know when the last time you were up the Stuart Hwy, but i just got back a few days ago from a month and a half traveling and i free camped everywhere along the Hwy. There are Parking bays that you can stop at but you have to get in early as its full of caravans by about 5pm and they are there for the night. My camp is just a swag and a chair, just a one night stand.
I dont know where the fence your talking about is, but what i was doing was at about 4pm i start looking for seldom used tracks, drive in look around and i stopped there for the night.
In the 52 days i was away i stayed in 3 motels for a total of 5 nights, the rest was camping just off the road, both in NT and in the Kimberleys. Or in proper camp grounds for a shower and s***.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 19:18

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 19:18
Just back from a trip back down the Stuart. It certainly isn't the same as it was.
But if you take your time, and stop before dark, you can usually still find a spot.

I agree though that lots of it is now fenced where it was all once open and real outback.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 14:00

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 14:00
Jan Holland lists a few deviations of the old highway, and old WW2 airfields for free camping. Are these still available?

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Reply By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 10:16

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 10:16
Hi Humie

There are some great campsites north of Katherine that are close to water and off the beaten track. Of course like anything near water you need to take crocodile precautions - ie stay away from the water - well away.

Just inside the south entrance to Kakadu -but not past the ranger station -~3km in from the bridge and sign there is Moline rock hole. Technically inside Kakadu but not. Great place for a couple of nights - and tour buses are not supposed to stop there (some do when they can't find anywhere else). Great swimming hole.

There is a place on the old Jim Jim track (4x4 only) called the Black Jungle Springs. Nice place - not too hard to get to. You need a map. I loaded one on the members file swap - a very old map of Kakadu showing all of the forgotten (local knowledge only) places in and around Kakadu. Both these places are on the map.

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Reply By: Tenpounder (SA) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:36

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:36
Hi there, humie. I agree with what others have said about camping in Kakadu and Litchfield - not must 'frre' stuff, and very popular at this time of year. We didn't realise how close Litchfield is to Darwin, and so there's not much open country between them, in terms of camping spots (a bit like half way between Melbourne and Geelong!).
We found the "Camps Australia Wide" book great value for finding free camps. For example, we camped free at the King River Rest Area 46km South of Katherine, courtesy of that book. Now in its 5th Edition, we used to 4th edition to great effect in NT and WA this time last year. At around $50 it isn' too cheap, but it pays for itself pretty fast at Top End camp site rates.
But there aren't too many in the right place for sightseeing, and the rest of the world is already there, so it wont be a good time for free camps, if last year was anything to go by.
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Follow Up By: Tenpounder (SA) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:37

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:37
Sorry should have typed "Not much free stuff"
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Follow Up By: humie - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:06

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:06
Thanks to all who responded. will certainly check out some of the places and be able to help others with up to date info.
Humie and family
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:59

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:59
Hi Humie

I have just come on line to research much the same area.

Last year we toured south of Alice Springs, and this year we will go north. We use Camps 5 and the Jan Holland series "Priceless campsites and rest ares" if we can't find our own piece of bush. To see the parks it pays to stay in them.Kakadu is run differently, but parks run by NT Parks charge $3.30 per person per night honesty box regardless of basic facilities whish is an minimum a long drop toilet, sometimes water and often free gas barbecues (the ones around Alice). The ones that have showers are double the price. Still cheap.

I will follow this thread over the next couple of days.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 13:57

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 13:57
Hi Humie

I picked up a leaflet on Kakadu from the Alice tourist centre yesterday, and it says "Bush camping - there are a number of undeveloped bush camping areas - - - - free of charge. A permit is required to camp outside of designated camping areas."

The Jan Holland Priceless book for NT (which is a few years old and things do change) lists two free camps in Kakadu. The best thing about Jan's books is the amount of really useful tourism information included; far better than the brochures and websites.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 15:09

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 15:09
Here's a couple more good spots for a camp, check them on Google Earth

S13 04 57.9 E131 02 00.2 Gould Airstrip near Batchelor, set up in a revetment off the taxiways

S12 41 40.8 E131 05 34.6 Hughes Airstrip near Livingstone

S13 01 04.0 E131 07 21.9 Coomalie Creek Caravan Pk, around $7 a night

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