Exploring Mount Kaputar National Park, NSW

20161005_151847Mount Kaputar is located on the edge of NSW north west slopes of the Nandewar Range. About one hours drive from Narrabri, Northern NSW. Mount Kaputar has many activity’s to offer, bush walking, bird watching, mountain bike riding, horse riding and camping. The road into park is very winding and narrow but also offers an amazing view as you drive further up the mountain. The stunning rock formations are truly amazing. The park offers 2 camp grounds. (more camping info) Mount Kaputar offers many walks to chose from, short relaxing strolls to admire the scenery, waterfalls and wildlife. Or the more challenging longer walks throughout the park. The summit walk is a short dsc_0376challenging walk approx 2km from Dawsons Springs camp ground, when arriving at the summit there is a platform with an awesome 360 deg view. This walk is a very popular at sunset and sunrise to experience a view that highlights the northern NSW mountain ranges. Driving up towards the summit there are many viewing platforms to stop and look out at the amazing neighboring countryside. Mount Kaputar has picnic and BBQ areas where you can spend the day exploring or pack the camping gear and spend weekend or a week on this amazing mountain.

dsc_0265Sawn Rock is also in the National Park, unfortunately it can’t be reach from Mt Kaputar, You need to turn off the Newell Highway and follow Killarney Gap Road to Sawn Rocks. (directions here) Sawn Rocks is a short 750 meter easy walk from the carpark, and a strong reminder of the areas volcanic past. The rock formation is amazing on the rock face and so are the rocks fallen from the cliffs, Sawn Rocks is a must visit if you are in the area.

 

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National Park Mt Kaputar – Here

Google Map – Here

Sawn Rocks Information – Here

Low Cost Camping at Killiarny Beach Camping Reserve VIC

20160506_073042Killiarny Beach Camping Reserve has 50 un-powered and 20 powered sites set around a sporting field and just behind the sand dunes making the beach a short walk. There is flushing toilets, hot showers that are a bit old and stained, there is a free laundry, BBQs, picnic tables, undercover child’s play ground and is pet friendly. Un-powered sites are $21 and powered $26. The caretaker come around in the evening collecting the fees. The camp ground is only minutes from Port Fairy and Tower Hill State Game Reserve, which makes it a great base to explore from.

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Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  -38.355406, 142.307734

Low Cost Camping at Junee NSW

20161112_082702Junee Golf Club offers low cost camping for $5 a night on the flat grass area in front of the club for caravans or camper-vans, they give you a code to use a toilet after the club shuts and there is also town water. The club likes it if you purchase a meal or a few drinks.

Location –  3 Golf Avenue, Junee

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  -34.871957, 147.591898

Free Camping at Clarke Park Picnic Reserve, Port MacDonnell SA

Clarke Park Picnic Reserve is located 1km along Springs Road from Sea Parade, Port MacDonnell. Its a very small park with not much room or flat land. You could fit 1 large caravan or 2 smaller vans or camper-vans, there is a wider choice for tents. There is 1 rubbish bin, picnic tables in the picnic area and phone reception, there is no amenities.

There is 5 walks from the park, refer to the sign board in the park for details. Near by is Cape Northumberland which is South Australia’s most southerly point, and home to a penguin colony.

Location – 56 Springs Road, Port MacDonnell

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  -38.052507, 140.679128

Low Cost Camping at Mount Gambier Showground, SA

Mount Gambier Showground offers low cost camping on a large flat grassed area $15 unpowered and $22 for powered. There is a $20 deposit for the toilet key. The showground has toilets, showers, rubbish bins, a dump point and is pet friendly. The camp is well maintained and amenities are very clean.

Location – 1 Pick Avenue, Mount Gambier

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  -37.839016, 140.800230

Sink Holes, Coastlines and Ghosts.

Day1

We left home 630pm Thursday night, driving 3 and half hours to Gundagi . We arrived at Morleys Creek rest area at 10pm

Day 2

630am we were up and on our way by 7am , heading for Mt Gambia South Australlia. The drive was long and fairly easy with some amazing scenery along the way, the only trouble we had was the navman took us on a detour, around in circles for a few kilometers. We arrived in Mt Gambier show ground at 7pm our camp for the night. Read More …

Free Camping at Gundagai NSW

Gundagai offers 2 free camping areas for self contained caravans or camper-vans only. Dump point is located at Railway Parade near the historic Railway Station.

Pump House Reserve on the out skirts of Gundagai, its a large flat grassy area on the banks of a tree lined river no amenities and its pet friendly, phone reception and fires in fire pits. The rest area is 72 hours only.

Location – LOT 331 Pope Street

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  -35.067291, 148.118261

Morleys Creek Rest Area is located a few minutes walk from the main street, its a large grassed area by the tree lined Morleys Creek, its pet friendly, phone reception and fires in fire pits. The rest area is 48 hours only.

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Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  -35.068011, 148.106325

 

 

Kiama NSW

img_2479Kiama is on the New South Wales south coast about 120km from Sydney, making it a perfect day out or weekend away. Kiama is derived from the Aboriginal word “kiarama“, which means “Place where the sea makes a noise”. Kiama’s township hugs the coastline and is surrounded by undulating farm land to the escarpment.

Kiama’s number 1 draw card is the Kiama Blow Hole (video), located at Blow Hole Point and next to the lighthouse. The point past the blow hole is an excellent fishing spot, but be careful of dangerous waves.There is also a small blow hole, located at (video) which also puts on a great show with the right weather conditions.

There is a wide selection of restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs to get a good feed. Wednesday afternoon farmers market is held at surf beach (until they repair storm damage at blacks beach). The Kiama sea side markets are on the 3rd Sunday each month, The makers and growers market is on the 4th Saturday each month and the night markets are held twice a year in June and December, all are well sign posted on the day.

Kiama boasts some great beaches, Jones Beach is located at North Kiama Drive, Kiama Downs, Bombo Beach which is right next to the Princess Highway, Blacks Beach is located near to the harbour, there isn’t much sand here just lots of rocks and its popular with people snorkeling. Surf Beach is on Manning Street and is the most popular beach.Kendalls Beach (Bonaira Stand) East Beach (Ocean Street) are located right next to a caravan parks, making them popular with holiday makers and families. Most of these beaches have picnic tables and BBQs. Jones Beach, and the north end of Bombo Beach, Surf Beach are all great for a surf. The beach isn’t the only place to cool down, Kiama has two rock pools, Blowhole Point Rock Pool is located between the lighthouse and the harbour, with a shower and toilet block. The Continental Pool is at the northern end Blacks Beach Reserve.

img_2088For those who are a little energetic, why not take on one of Kiama’s walks. The coastal walk is 22km long and is broken up into three sections, starting at Minnamurra River to Kiama Blowhole 8.4km, Blowhole Point to Loves Bay 5km and Loves Bay to Werri Beach in Gerringong 6km. For an easier walk why not walk south along Jones Beach to Cathedral Rocks, we suggest going at low tide to get a photo from the cave. Another easy walk is the old quarry atimg_20160518_125401 the north end of Bombo Beach. Or stroll around town shopping, Kiama’s historical buildings or the harbour. If you want to drive an extra 15km there is a great walk at Minamurra Falls in the Budderoo National Park, most of the walk is on raise boardwalks and concrete paths, it is very steep in spots. You maybe lucky enough to see a lyrebird or two. The park has toilets, picnic tables, BBQs, gift shop and a cafe.There is a park entry fee of $11 per car,

If your into bird watching try the Spring Creek Bird Hide & Wetlands, head towards Jamberoo and turn off at Dido Street and park at Glenbrook Drive and follow the signs. If bird watching isn’t your thing you can always look for whales from May to June then from October to November, with Blow Hole Point a great vantage spot, At times the whales can be very close here. Alternately you can get on a whale watching cruise.

img_2300Hindmarsh Park and Surf Beach are great places for lunch and time to relax, there is plenty of picnic tables and a great play grounds for the kids to play on.

No trip to Kiama is complete without a trip up to Saddleback Mountain for the stunning view over Kiama and its surrounding areas. Saddleback was once a volcano vent tube which played a big part in creating the rugged coastline.

Kiama offers an array of accommodation hotels, motels, bed & breakfast, farm stays, caravan parks and over the Christmas holidays the Kiama show ground is open to camping. The only free camp is at Jamberoo at Kevin Walsh Oval which is 10km drive from Kiama. The sports ground only has toilets, picnic tables and rubbish bins with a maximum stay of 72 hours. Some people traveling south stay at the Nungarry Rest Stop and north bound stay at Wirriwin Rest Stop across the road both are about 5km from Kiama. Both these rest areas have toilets, picnic tables, rubbish bins and are both pet friendly, but these are unofficial camps.

Google map of Kiama, which is a great reference for directions – Map Here

Kevin Walsh Oval, Jamberoo GPS coordinates  -34.647172, 150.774578

Nungarry Rest Stop (south bound) GPS coordinates   -34.630879, 150.836070

Wirriwin Rest Stop (north bound) GPS coordinates   -34.635570, 150.831836

 

Free Camping at Northwood Road Reserve, Seymour VIC

facebook_1465267021008Northwood Road Reserve is just off the Hume Highway 4 km from Seymour Victoria. It’s a long grassed camp area on the banks of the beautiful Goulburn River there is a long drop toilet. There is no water or rubbish bins provided. Fires are permitted, pet friendly and has mobile reception.

Location – Northwood Road, Seymour

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  37:1:11.0S 145:6:52.9 E

Low Cost Camping at Murrindindi Scenic Reserve VIC

20160511_083101Murrindindi Scenic Reserve is located to the northern end of Toolangi State Forest.There is a selection of 6 camp grounds to choose from, some are walk-in for tents and some for camper vans, RV’s, caravans and camper trailers. Suspension Bridge is the day picnic area, and where the honesty box is located the fee is $7 a car a night. From this point the dirt road heads up a hill for about 5km to Bull Camp, this road can get a little slippy and muddy in the wet weather. There are long drop toilets, picnic tables and wood BBQs, you will need to bring your own firewood and water. This area is great for bush walking, mountain biking, fishing and relaxing.

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More Information and Park Map – Here

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  -37.389160, 145.552787