camping at innamincka the best place

In the July school holidays we (3 couples) are going out to Innamincka and the surrounds. Was wondering if you can me some ideas on the best places to camp. Like bush camping with a campfire etc. Dont need anything showers toilets etc. Is there anywhere you can bushcamp for free? Or what do you think is best. We will be travelling from Maclean in NSW. Usually I just go and do he research but have looked and am now more confused than when I started looking. Thanks in advance. Also will most of the roads be open by then?
Ta Heaps Barb
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 21:37

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 21:37
Cullimurra waterhole
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 22:11

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 22:11
Like above Cullimurra is a top spot


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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 22:06

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 22:06
We spent a week therelast year and spent half our time out at Cullyamara WH and half on the town common.
Both were great but surprisingly we liked the town common better.You pay a small fee to camp there and its a big area to camp in.
Out at Cullyamara the camp area is huge but its hard to get to the water as the weeds are bad along the waters edge.At the town common, you camp right on the waters edge.Camping out at Cullyamara is covered by your Desert Parks Pass.
There are heaps of camping areas around Innamincka so have a good look before you make a choice.Nothing beats a camp on the waters edge.
And dont leave anything laying around, ANYTHING.We had Dingo's steal jumpers, washing powder, cloth pegs and other stuff.We found it all, im guessing they didnt like the taste of nappy san as I followed a trail of it for 50 odd metres before finding the container full of teeth holes but still half full.
Great spot out there, loved it.If the track into Coongie Lakes is open, go out and spend a few nights(weeks) there, its a magic spot.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 22:20

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 22:20
Camped at Cullyamurra Waterhole a few years ago and it was great.
Called in for a look see the year before last during the National Gathering and was thoroughly disappointed. Water weed had infested the banks of the waterhole.

I would recommend heading out along the fifteen mile track past Burke's Grave turn off to Ski Beach or Policemans WH. Small number of camp sites in each area but very good camping.

With the area completely submerged at present, it is probably guesswork what conditions will be like when the area has dried out.

Love the area nonetheless and wherever you choose to camp you will enjoy the experience.

Excluding the Town Common, for which a small honesty fee is payable, all other areas are "free camping". That is after you have purchased a Desert Parks Pass which on last check was $110.00.


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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 16:10

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 16:10
Bill, We bought a few day pass from the general store at Innamincka when we were at the national gathering and it covered all those areas for only a few dollars a day.. Michael
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 06:35

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 06:35
Camped at the Town Common, Cullyamurra Waterhole and Coongie Lake a few times over the years and prefer Cullyamurra Waterhole. Usually not as busy.
Fishing was better at the waterhole however yabby's were better on the town common. Probably just seasonal though.
At Coongie Lake the fly's and mossies were attrocious and it has ofetn been closed when I have been past. Awesome spot though.
As said about fees.
Used to be $5 for the town common and $2 for a shower opposite the pub.
The Desert Parks permit covers the Waterhole and Coongie Lake or you can buy a limited permit just for the waterhole. Coongie Lake and the waterhole have long drops.
Can't recall any decent free spots close by although there might be some .
Pretty sure you can camp at the Dig Tree but you have to pay there as well.
The Walkers Crossing track might also have some free spots along it but I can't remember.
Still supposed to be plenty of water coming down the Cooper but I'm sure someone with better knowledge can update you on that.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 10:42

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 10:42
Agreed re the town common - with it's modest fee structure, it should satisfy your intentions - you can drive from there to all the interesting spots day to day. Take your firewood in - there is 'nairy a twig' to be found on the common (unless the flood brought some down :-o).
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Reply By: wheeler - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 17:02

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 17:02
If you head out along the walkers crossong track, there are several more secluded camp areas on the creek as well. Can't remeber what there called captains beach perhasp??? or if you have to pay sorry, but the store at Innamincka could confirm the details.
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Reply By: Member - GREENDOG - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 21:31

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 21:31
We have camped out at Cully WH and it is a great spot,in 2006 i camped at the common with Dad and found it to be ok aspaecially with the showers close by and every thing in walking distances and your still on the river and it's alot cheaper than buying a DPP as well,have fun.cheers GREENDOG
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Reply By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 21:42

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 21:42
Thanks for all the replys everyone it is greatly appreciated. I am the one organising for everyone else so I feel a lot more responsible if it was only us we would go with the flow and less stressful
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Reply By: Member - Peter B (SA) - Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 07:28

Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 07:28
Ski Beach
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Reply By: Stevo - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 13:28

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 13:28
Hi Barb, was in Innaminka on w/end and although floodwaters have receded (causeway only 300mm deep) you cannot get anywhere near the river other than at the causeway.

As it reached a depth of 11 metres at the causeway all the camping spots that were mentioned are now bottomless grey ooze.

I was advised that it is likely to be some months before DEH will allow vehicular traffic into the areas mentioned.

Best to speak to DEH yourself on this issue 8675 9909
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