Where to stay in outback SA

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Hi people (new here)

I am a family man with 4 kids from 2 to 8 and with the looming school holidays I was looking to take my kids somewhere different. We live in a beachside location, so we prefer to head bush. Because we have 4 kids $$$ is very important on spending wisely.

We have NO 4WD, caravan or tent, so we all squeeze into out little Holden Rodeo duel cab ute and usually stay in caravan park cabins. Last time we headed out we went to a lovely place called Mambray Creek in the southern flinders ranges just north of Port Pirie. It's in a national park and they have this really small cabin with very basic facilities which can be rented out for $50 per night. We loved the place and found it very relaxing, and it suited our budget perfectly. We are thinking of returning again but I ended up on this forum thinking I would ask members of any other little spots in our great state that I could take my family to with accommodation like Mambray Creek ?

Looking to head preferably North of adelaide, any bush location where kids can have exploratory fun, cheap to FREE, not over run with hordes of Latte sipping yuppies. Things like old shearers quarters, mining huts, settlers cottages, even old barns will do. Can be in a National Park, or on private stations. Links to web sites would be great.

Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Here is my link to Mambray Creek for anyone else to exploroz

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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 07:04

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 07:04
Crabba, good for you mate, that's the spirit just get out there !

Stayed at the Mambray Ck cabin myself on the way further north a few months ago myself with the missus.
You did well to get 2 adults and 4 kids in there !! : )

Ok, so that cabin in ~ $70 a night from memory.
I feel you could find some of the self drive type working properties in the states mid north to northern Flinders fairly close to that budget.

I have a huge list of web links, some of the suitable ones below, and if you google a bit you may find more. (search property properties accommodation, bush, etc)
Most have basic accommodation, some old homesteads, outbuildings, etc, shearers qtrs and the like.


I have a few others, but they are more 'out there'.
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Follow Up By: Crabba Dabba Doo - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 07:42

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 07:42
Thanks Les

Just what I am after, I will look at them sites in closer tonight after work.

Cheers mate

P.s. Yes it was a squeeze in the cabin. I kept the family in there and I laid my swag out on the verandah and it all worked well.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 17:27

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 17:27
No problems, and another one I recalled after I left for work . . .

If the others are a bit pricey . . .

The YHA (Youth Hostels Assoc) has some pretty unique places to stay in SA.
Wirrabara Forest has the old school, it's fantastic to stay in and lots of things in the area to do.
At the moment, you could easily do Bridle Track, usually recommended 4x4 but its been graded and very ok for 2wd right now.
Just a short drive up and take the Port Germein road, you'll see signs to Bangor, or a shorter route before on the right.
Great views from the ranges, Baroota reservior is supposed to be nice to visit (missed that the other week), and you just drive back along the bitumen to the Wirrabara road.

I see the YHA has Rawnsley Park on its list of places now too.

YHA also has the old shepherds hut up near Mt Lofty summit . . .
But you might be aiming to get a bit further away ?

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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 16:53

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 16:53
Angorichina half way between Blinman and Parachilna is my personal favourite.

Great range of accomodation and heaps of places to explore. There's a great camp kitchen, a general store and is nice and close to places like Leigh Creek, Beltana, Wilpena Pound and Parachilna Gorge. You won't get bored (or broke) and neither will the kids.

You'd get in there with a Prius when it hasn't been belting down with rain, but there are a few more adventerous tracks if you're up to it too.

The Blinman and (more $$$) Parachilna Hotel both do good feeds.Leigh Creek does a free bus tour of the coal fields too with commentry and a few stops along the way to look at the big haul packs and the open cut mine.Beltana is loaded with old ruins.

My pick....and I'm sure other will agree.

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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 17:08

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 17:08
Argorichina Tourist Village
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Follow Up By: Crabba Dabba Doo - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 17:14

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 17:14
Thanks fab, that place looks great, I love the outback and looks of the place. Cheers....
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 17:29

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 17:29
Mate, you wont be disappointed.

The walks around the place are awesome. We've been going there for years with our 3 kiddies (now 16, 14 and 7). The Blinman Pools (rock water holes) are beautiful when flowing (small waterfalls). The creek through Parachilna Gorge usually has water in it this time of year and there are awesome climbs around the place from Mt Faulkland (allow 6-7 hours return) right through to some smaller ones I did when liitle miss 7 was only 1 and I had her in one of those back pack/kid carrier things.

The Heysen Trail runs through the gorge too.

Plan to do a sausage sizzle in the Gorge and spend a day there letting the kids have a splash around and maybe even collect some tadpoles. The sunrises are spectacular and the sunsets will have the missus melting in your arms.

Glass's Gorge which runs off the Parachilna Gorge main drag has a few old farm sites with some old relics along the way, and just a little further on is Nuccaleena (probably spelt wrong) which is an old copper smelting site..great for a fossick.

It's pretty laid back and doesn't have the fan fare that Wilpena Pound has, but then again, it doesn't have Wilpena's cost either. We've stayed in both the cabins and the cottages. I'd recommend either (depends on your budget). But if low cost/lots of free activities is on your priority list...you wont go wrong. Lots to see and do all around that area.

Where are you based? I've got a great book I bought on this site that lists heaps of places around there (Flinders Ranges An Adventurer's Guide by Ron and Viv Moon). I'm in Paradise 5075...if you're nearby, I'll lend it to you. Flick me an email fabandsonja@hotmail.com

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Follow Up By: Crabba Dabba Doo - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 17:56

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 17:56
Fab, you are very enthusiastic in your description, sounds like you love the place or work for the tourist company hehehehehehe....

I live up at Moonta Bay, thanks for the offer, but a bit far. Cheers mate..
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 18:12

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 18:12
Google Mount Ive Station in the Gawler Ranges.
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Follow Up By: Member - Minty (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 21:02

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 21:02
Pildappa Rocks ~ free camping just outside the Gawler Ranges
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