Accomodation near Longreach

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Hello Everyone,

We're off to the Gulf and Cape in a week via Longreach and Lawn Hill. We intend to spend at least a couple of days around Longreach, but reading EO threads indicates the caravan parks within the town leave something to be desired. We're equipped for bush camping, but were happy to listen to any advice or suggestions on other options around this area.

Any advice?

Paul

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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 07:55

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 07:55
The Ilfracombe caravan park is a good one. 30 km east of Longreach. You will probably need to book as it is popular this time of year.
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Reply By: murrayman - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 08:01

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 08:01
h paul, we stayed in the big park out on the main road near the stockmans hall of fame for 5 days a couple of years back and it was fine. To us it was a friendly place with good amenities so i could not say anything bad about the place. We had been camping out for a while all through the channel country and it was good put the van in there to charge batterys etc, have a yak with a few people and check out the sights of longreach. cheers mark
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Follow Up By: Wal Footrot - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 09:10

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 09:10
I agree. We have just camped there with 100 kids and the amenities were more than adequate for that number of 11 year olds. This is a good park though, like Ifracombe, it will be popular. it is part of the 'Discovery' chain of parks and was formerly known as Gunnadoo.
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Follow Up By: slave - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 10:16

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 10:16
We stayed there last year and found it very nice. It was school holidays and we were given an unpowered site that was normally reserved for school groups. It was a lovely grassed area in the corner but next to the amenities.

Lovely place, much better than the dry arid free camping area that was filled with grey nomads squeezed together like sardines. We enjoy bush camping but that was not to our taste.


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Follow Up By: Wal Footrot - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:08

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:08
This is the corner we stay in. It's next to the sullage dump but that's not really an issue. The undercover eating/seating area is a major plus.
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Reply By: carlsp - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 09:16

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 09:16
Hi Paul,

You did not say if you were caravan or camper trailer. If your OK for bush camping there is a free camp on the other (northern) side of town about 3 kilometres out. It has toilets but no showers and safe to leave your van there while seeing the sights of Longreach. (there might be 60 caravans there)

If you are heading for the Qantas museum, and almost everyone does, do not bother with the 707 tour. The 747 is great but the 707 is terrible. It is not set out as a passenger plane but some for Arab sheik and is done is 70's Yuk.

Longreach is a nice place and you will enjoy it.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 14:51

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 14:51
Arab Sheik ? 70s yuk ? , Was actually 1 of the firt 707s owned by Quantas , and yes set out as a private plane , gold fittings in the bathroom ect , John Travolta has one very similar.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 09:57

Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 09:57
Hi Carlsp,
We're heading that way in Oct and were planning to do the Museum, 747 secrets tour and the 707 restoration tour, but not the wing walk (have a littlun that's too young to go on it).

So what you're saying is don't bother with the 707 resto? Or is that a different 707?

Fab.
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 09:21

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 09:21
There are two C/P's in town...one is very large, and the other very small. We stayed at the small one which is quite, and down a back street on the north western side of town.

Would we stay there again? probably not, would go for Ilfracombe next time.

The free camp on the river at the fishing club, gets very busy with vans and mobile homes.

I should say, this was the closest I have ever been to an amenities block, anywhere.Image Could Not Be Found
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Reply By: Member - Paul F (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 10:08

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 10:08
Thanks everybody,

This is very helpful

Paul
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 12:44

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 12:44
We stayed at the free camp 4 kms from Longreach on the Thompson River. We found it acceptable, but a problem if it rains. It does get crowded in peak season, but we arrived just as the weather was turning hot, and the council workers who attend and clean said there was a mass exodus the week before.

I thoroughly recommend the CP at Ilfracombe; it it one of the best and not expensive - we paid $23 for two with power. Generally bush campers, we went there because of all the glowing reports on Badger's:

Ilfracombe CP reports on Badgers
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 14:29

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 14:29
Thanks for the Badgers link M/H...I've just bookmarked it.

Fred (from a very wet Hunter Valley)
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Reply By: Voxson - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 13:54

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 13:54
32kms North West of Longreach on the Landsborough Hwy you will find the DARR RIVER......
There are heaps of campsites along the river bank on both side of the road...
We always get there late in the afternoons and never have a hassle of slotting in there..
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul F (QLD) - Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 10:52

Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 10:52
Thanks Voxson,

The Darr could be a go as well

Paul
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Reply By: Member - Paul F (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 16:41

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 16:41
Thanks again to everybody who responded,

Hmmmm! Ilfracombe is looking good

Cheers

Paul
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Follow Up By: Me me - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 19:43

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 19:43
Hi Paul
Illfracombe is the pick of them now by far. The Discovery has gone to the pack and the manager is an idiot. Thinks he is cool, and has some drop kicks working there who look like he has got them from the local jail! Take my advice and go to Illfracombe. We have lived in Longreach for 20 years, so know both parks here well. The Longreach caravan Park is cramped and half the time you cant park your car near your van.
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Reply By: John and Lynne - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 08:14

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 08:14
The Ilfracombe CP is excellent. While there spend some time looking around. The local museums, historic homestead and settler's house are all well worth a visit and only ask for a small donation. These are all real rather than theme park style recreations! The pub is great and locals friendly. Of course the large display of machinery along the highway is free and guaranteed to entertain boys of all ages - some unique items there. We ended up spending much more time in Ilfracombe than Longreach! One of our favourite stops. Lynne
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