Poor Choice of Campsite...

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A news article reveals that a man & a youth were attacked & robbed, their hilux taken
& subsequently burnt ...the campers were in their swags ....in a street in Bourke...
when 5 local men confronted them with a knife & sticks. A sad affair but a little
better judgment may have had a happier result..........oldbaz.
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Reply By: The Greta Bunyip - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 09:37

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 09:37
We're heading up that way next month. Having done plenty of homework, I've already decided against staying in Bourke because it simply doesn't sound safe. So the plan is to obtain access to the top of Mount Oxley through the Bourke Visitors Centre & camp up there for a night.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 15:37

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 15:37
Perfectly safe out at the Kidman Camping ground .... stayed there a number of times
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Reply By: Winner W - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 12:35

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 12:35
Where can I find the news article.
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Follow Up By: Mikee5 - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 13:03

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 13:03
Here it is
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Reply By: River Swaggie - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 16:22

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 16:22
Should get Mick O to sneak a carton of Bear Bangers back from Canada...Watch them scatter then and never look back...
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Reply By: SDG - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 17:19

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 17:19
I was camping there a few years back at Mays Bend. (Is that the right name)
Being my pay day I went into town to use an ATM, get some money, do shopping, fuel up etc.
Arriving before 9am at the machine, I did not feel safe. Many locals were sitting under it. Already with a few drinks under their belts. All machines were the same.
Decided to just go shopping, use the eftpos to purchase, and get extra money for fuel there. Agian. Locals were just sitting around. Eftpos used again for fuel, this time I did feel safe with getting some extra cash out.

The idea is, if you don't feel safe, or even think that way, go somewhere else.
Use your own judgement. Don't put yourself in a situation that could turn nasty.
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Reply By: andrewg - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 19:26

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 19:26
hi yes been to bourke twice now.first time about 2007/6 all ok .but went back a couple years later locals were not happy after talking to a few locals apparently they agro after the goverment intervention with there welfare benefits.
we had rock thrown at 4wd broke back window .. not nice anymore. pity..
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 10:34

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 10:34
We did the Darling River Run at that time, but exited at Louth after being warned that "locals" were throwing rocks at vehicles in Bourke.
On that same trip we had to spend a few hours in Wilcannia & we felt very uneasy for the whole time that we were there.
Sorry if I sound racist, but it is high time that everybody in Australia abide by the same laws!

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Follow Up By: River Swaggie - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 14:32

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 14:32
Was there in 1990 for weeks swimming/fishing in the Darling River etc etc

The only thing that concerned me was a lady addicted to the Poker Machines...It was put your coins in then..Even when she went to have a drink at the bar she was looking at the machine,Halfway through her drink she went and put more coins through...When the drink was finished she was back again..

I said to myself i hope they don't bring these mongrel things down to Vic...
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Reply By: Bigfish - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 20:52

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 20:52
Yes..Know the feeling. Nhulunbuy is now going to have the banned drinkers register abandoned.. Back to the good old days of drunken blackfellas spewing, fighting, fornication, sleeping and defacating in the town streets.
We all know the answer but the law wont let us!
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 09:00

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 09:00
That's awful Bigfish. Surely you are not suggestion that it could be as bad as Fortitude Valley on a Friday or Saturday night.
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Reply By: SDG - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 21:35

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 21:35
Bourke seems to be a rough spot to camp.
Been told to only camp in caravan parks in Alice Springs and Darwin. Not to go to any reserves and free camp. Is this correct?
Are there any other towns where it is not advisable to free camp because of one problem or another?
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 22:02

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 22:02
Walget!! We were treated to a one-on-one in the RSL dining room between two female overweight "locals" while trying to eat dinner. Couldn't get out of there quick enough. We did motel it then luckily.

Such a sad situation.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 11:43

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 11:43
Yep,
Be bloody careful around Alice theese days...........and keep your van locked at night even if you are in it! Little blackfella gangs are running riot in Alice, day or night and wether there are people watching or not, if there is something you've got they want, they will take it....if they cant have it they will wreck it.....if you dont like it they will bash you.......elderly, disabled, female......makes do difference.
It happens everywhere I know, but your odds of it happening in Alice are a lot better than most!!!!!

Good luck
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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 11:48

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 11:48
Sorry.......forgot to say,
Camping out of Alice is as safe as anywhere.........the majority of trouble is in town.
You might get a bit of humbug for grog if they spot it but grog is nearly banned around Alice anywhere so you probably wont be drinking anyway.

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Follow Up By: SDG - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 17:19

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 17:19
I will be camping in Alice next Easter with another 500 or more archery members at the local Archery club. They are holding the national comp there. This club shares its grounds with the local gun club. The gun club apparently has its own liqour licence, so hopefully I will not need to go into town. I'm just hopeing I can stay a few days after the event to have a look around the area.
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 18:40

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 18:40
SDG...A perfect opportunity to practice your archery skills on the towns vermin!!!
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Follow Up By: PaulCranwell - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 23:16

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 23:16
I wouldnt be spending too much time around Tennant Creek either
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Reply By: Greg B5 - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 08:08

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 08:08
All sounds a bit sad really, but nothing worse than feeling unsafe in our country. We were thinking of a free camp 50km E of Cobar (found this site in Camps 6 NSW # 1051) on the way to Nyngan. Anyone have experience at this free camp, or would it be better to find a CP in Cobar or Nyngan? Mrs is a bit nervy. :-)
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 12:55

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 12:55
McCullough's is OK about 50kms east of Wilcannia. I've stayed there a few times without incident. It even has full 3G internet. :-)
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Follow Up By: Fiona & Paul - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 13:17

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 13:17
That would be the Florida Rest Area and that is fine, as is Meadow Glen 63k west of Cobar. Emmdale Roadhouse and the Baden Park Rest area is one we frequently use. Has mobile access also.

We travel out that way regularly and all of those roadside campspots are fine, we usually look for the ones with plenty of room back away from the road. If you get in earlier in the afternoon you can be sure someone will come and stay there nearby.

However if you don't feel safe or it makes you feel nervous I'd stay in Cobar at the CP and then everyone is happy.


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Follow Up By: Greg B5 - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 14:39

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 14:39
Thanks for your insights Mikehzz and Paul H, happy travels
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 19:11

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 19:11
I've stayed at the Florida one as well. Both McCulloughs and Florida have always had a number of other campers there at the same time so you do feel safer. McCulloughs is closer to the road while Florida is further off the highway but close to some train tracks from memory. Both have a toilet.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 10:14

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 10:14
If I free camp I prefer to do it well clear of any town or grog supply. I am quite happy to take my chances in the bush with the local yowie, min min, over grown feral cats, dogs, Mick Taylors (of Wolfe Creek fame) et al.
And I don't think all the problems are caused by the euphemisticaly called "locals". Try walking down the main drag in Northbridge (Perth) after the pubs and night clubs have turfed all their drunken and drugged patrons out into the street.
Now that's entertainment, just make sure you don't become part of the show.

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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 15:53

Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 15:53
Certainly a poor choice of campsite. I would think that camping in swags in virtually any street in any town or suburb in Australia is likely to make you a target to local idiots or keen Neighbourhood Watch members. Either way you would be likely to be robbed or terrorised or fined for illegal camping! Not likely to get a comfortable sleep.
We always look for a quiet spot out of town ( too far for local hoons to come and party!) and well off the road. We have never had any issues. The only time we have had anything stolen or damaged has been in an upmarket caravan park in a town! John and Lynne
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