Darwin - where to camp?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 10:01
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Hi All,

Well you've guessed it - finally the dart stayed put in one place (we couldn't decide where to head!).

Now I'm trying to narrow down the place to camp.

We would like to be fairly close to town but don't mind if up to 50 kms away.
Kids would like to be able to swim. Non fisherman husband has decided the fishing has got to be tried.

If we're near the river are we going to be driven mad by mozzies? (Or crocs?)

Wondering if Howard Springs, Litchfield, Annabuttoa would be good bases?

(Travelling in peak school holiday time, early July but still want peace and quiet - is that too much to ask??)
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Reply By: bruce - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11:29

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11:29
Have a fat wallet...we just tried booking in (we have) but found that it is rather expensive , some parks do not/will not take bookings...you just turn up early and wait till someone goes out...parks further out may be cheaper but we got in to one closer in to town for $34 night...others are $39-50 night....Lee Point is good and quiet but the mossies and midgies are bad out there....you really just have to ring around for the best price and availability....cheers and good luck
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11:43

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11:43
Hi Bruce,
I'm heading up that way Late July, but I thought that Lee Point had closed. Good news if it's still open.
I've stayed there a few times, and the mozzies have never really bothered us.
cheers,
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 19:51

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 19:51
joc45,
We stayed at Lee Point last season and found it OK except for the Midgees.
They require a $50 deposit on arrival and it is refunded when you leave ??? .
They also advertised as "Pet Friendly" however pet owners were placed away from other non pet owners on a large bitumen area with no shade.

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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 12:15

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 12:15
Thanks, Scrubby,
We've always used Lee Point in the past, coz it's well away from the noise and not too far from the city. All the rest were too close to noisy highways, airports, or too far out. Don't mind the $50 if I can get it back :-)
Interestingly, we've never had much of a problem with midgies there, but we always keep repellent handy anyway.
cheers,
Gerry
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 12:00

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 12:00
We stayed at Leprechaun in Winnellie as it was closest to where we needed to take the caravan for air conditioner repairs (which we needed in the Darwin climate); and is the closest to the city centre. We were about 5 kms from central Darwin, and there was a bus stop right outside the gate which would be very convenient for sightseeing in the city centre. Winnellie Post Office was a short walk so i posted CD back ups of my photos home. We drove around each day anyway as we took in a number of things each day, including visiting the nearby Aviation Museum, the WWII fuel tunnels in the city centre and re-stocking the larder at Casuarina.

Small park with old amenities but they found us a roomy site we could manoeuvre into with our F250. We did not have a booking. Friendly and helpful owners and staff. There are a number of small CPs in and around Darwin; not all take bookings, and not all listed in every directory. We found out about Leprechaun from someone we met at Mataranka who had been to Darwin a week or two before and found it hard to get a place as he went from park to park and was turned away because they were full. He had previously tried ringing and at some parks was told 'we don't take bookings - come in and see'. He saw Leprechaun by chance when re-fuelling, got a place and was happy with the park. Surprisingly quiet for a Darwin location.

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A recent thread on the caravaners forum brought up a lot of parks that people stayed at and were happy with, and yes, they aren't cheap, but neither are parks in other cities.

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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 13:37

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 13:37
Tumbling waters Holiday Park, Cox Peninsula Rd Berry Springs, 89886255
Lakes Resort & CP, Doris Rd Berry Springs, 89886277
Woolianna Tourist Park, Wooloianna Rd, Daly River 89782478
Mt Bundy Station, Adelaide River, www.mtbundy.com.au 89767009
Big4 holiday park, Howard Springs, 89831169
Hidden Valley Tourist park, 25 Hidden Valley Rd, Berrimah (Darwin) 89471422

Mt Bundy is 100k from Darwin, Tumbling Waters about 40k, Woolianna about 165k, Howard springs about 25k.

Best value for money? It's only my opinion....
Mt Bundy, Tumbling Waters, Lakes resort and Big4 Howard Springs.
Woolianna is right on the Daly River so you fish from the pontoon and don't need a boat; or you can take a fishing charter from there. Lakes resort is child friendly as is Tumbling waters.
plenty to choose from and lots to see no matter where you stay.
Territory Wildlife Park is a must see (all day) (Berry Springs).
Have fun. regards
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Follow Up By: jothefw - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 14:05

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 14:05
Great info = thanks Fred! Woolianna is where some friends stay each year and they rave about the fishing! Probably a bit too far out but will look into all the others you suggested.

Thank you everyone.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 14:24

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 14:24
jothefw
Plenty to do here at Mt Bundy, they have horse trail rides , fishing spots, WW2 sites all over the district, all kinds of Birdlife and Animals, Buffalo's Cattle, Horses, Station walks, and good shady caravan sites,

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:07

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:07
jothefw,
if you go to Mt. Bundy you'll have to up with old 'f _ _ t's like Doug though... lol... (:
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Follow Up By: jothefw - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 20:23

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 20:23
Shame we're not heading there then - I could've learnt a lot!
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Reply By: jothefw - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 20:20

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 20:20
Thanks for the advise guys ... booked Tumbling Waters. Ticks all the boxes!

Mt Bundy looked good but horses and I don't mix which sounds odd but if there's horses at the local "show" I have to dose up for allergies just for the dust in the air! Ridiculous I know but that's how it is!

Now looking at booking accommodation on the way up and back!
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