We arrived at Tibooburra at around lunch time which is the gateway into Corner Country – Sturt National Park & Cameron Corner. There is a good shop to restock at Tibooburra and diesel isn’t as expensive either so I suggest you fill up your long range tank here rather than Cameron Corner where we paid $2.00 per ltr for Diesel.
At Sturt National Park we first stayed on the east side of the park called Mount Wood. This was a really good site where toilets and drinking water was available. There was free gas BBQ’s as well as a stove for cooking. The only drawback was that at night hoppers and moths come out by the millions. No flies to worry about though – yet!
Sunsets were just to die for at Mount Wood.
On our second night at Mount Wood there were strong winds to the point that Geanette, Kids and I abandoned the tent and sat in the car. The shower tent flew away which we found in the morning by the billabong. The following morning we packed up and went to the northern most camp site in Sturt National Park called Fort Grey. We took the Gorge Loop Road, The Jump Up loop Road and finally Middle Rd to the camp site. The scenery went from Gibber plains to miles of yellow grassed plains to red dunes all in a 2 hour drive – absolutely gorgeous drive to Fort Grey.
So far, Fort Grey has to be our least favourite of the camp sites not because of amenities or lack of them. There was clean toilet, cooking facilities and drinking water but we hated it because of the flies. Until now we hadn’t bothered to put up the annex but because of the flies we put the annex up. Only took us about 2 hours to put it all up after a lot of swearing and cursing. The flies here were so bad that we all wore fly net hats all the time even if we stepped out of the annex for 30 seconds.
Our second night at the camp site and it bucketed down. We knew from our gyrocopter friend that weather was expected to change but had no idea what that mean’t. Our tent & annex literally bowed due to the weight of water on canvas. Tent pole that was already questionable finally packed in and Nette & I were up all night pushing water off the canvas which made water leak into the tent – lol. Atleast we took our sense of humor with us and laughed all night. Wonder what our neighbors thought of all the noise in the middle of the night.
The weather cleared up by mid morning but it was too wet to leave and roads were closed so we stayed another night and did all our washing that day.
Following day we left for Cameron Corner. The roads were still pretty wet but atleast open upto Cameron Corner which is where the 3 states meet – SA, NSW & QLD. This is where we saw the dog fence up close which is the longest fence in the world and is designed to keep dingos and wild dogs out of grazing areas. We had to open the fence gate to let ourselves through to Cameron Corner.
The pub at Cameron Corner is pretty awesome including the people that work there who have a wealth of knowledge of the area and surrounding tracks. Diesel costed us $2.00/ltr and bread costed $5.50. It is in the middle of no where so I guess the prices are somewhat warranted.
This was our longest leg of the journey so far from Cobar to Broken Hill, NSW and hopefully will be the last. We don’t intend to drive more than 200 kms each day and stay atleast 2-3 nights everywhere to ensure we see most of the areas we visit.
There was lots to see in Broken Hill and we loved the town. People were nice and everything was within 7 minutes drive. We camped in Colin & Karen’s yard for a couple of days and it was absolutely great meeting up with them. Finney got to cut her cake with the family and they all had a great time with their uncle, auntie and cousins.
3 places I strongly recommend when you visit Broken Hill. Whites Mining Museum as the tour provided was by an ex miner who knew what he was talking about, the living sculptures & Pro Hart Gallery.
Florida Rest Stop
We stayed 1 night at a rest area 50 kms east of Cobar, NSW and very briefly visited the town. The camp site was at a place called Florida rest stop which was pretty good considering its all free. Most of the rest stops along the way to Broken Hill have toilets (Pit Toilet) and water available but obviously requires treatment for drinking purposes. Our chlorine tablets started to come in handy from this point on.
Kids were amazed at the open cut mine which we saw at Fort Bourke.
They were even more amazed at the trees we saw before Wilcannia that had undies, bras, hats, teddy bears and even TV’s hanging off them.
Our main aim was to reach Broken Hill to meet up with Colin, Geanette’s brother and so we left Cobar after refuelling and drove straight through.
Stayed 2 nights at a place called Toongi which is 26 kms south of Dubbo, NSW. The camping area is open and huge and there was only 1 other family camping there.
It rained on the first day but weather cleared up on day 2 and so did Nette’s mood. She is so not a rain and cold weather person 🙂
We visited Dubbo Gaol where the kids experienced solitary confinement and played around a bit. Aaqib took part in a play at the Gaol in which he assisted a convict escape the prison. He was so stoked.
We tried to get the projector to work at night but (I think) the fuel in the generator was dirty and so the projector kept cutting out. I also didn’t have any sound from the projector so have to work that one out later. It was so cold at night that I got out of bed around 6AM and went into the car with the heater on. It was a great idea leaving all the doona’s behind to save on storage. I am sure Nette won’t let me forget it.
Met a lovely family from Carlingford. People think we are crazy for camping with 4 kids but the Johnston’s were doing it with 6 kids including a 3 month old baby. Good on you Sean and Colleen for proving it can and should be done.
Finney got her birthday present and we drove around with Happy Birthday Finney on the car all day.
Finally, after the sunset at Dubbo we set off to Broken Hill.
This was our first stop on our 10 month long road trip around Australia. Our plan was to reach Dubbo on day 1 but by the time we left home, dropped our pet snake to a friends house (Thanks Kate – we owe you one) and then bid farewell to our Syrian friends it was already 1PM. So we improvised and decided to stay somewhere closer. We wanted to get to Mudgee but it started raining heavy as we headed towards the mountains, so instead of continuning to Mudgee we stopped at Glen Davis.
Taking the Capertee Valley Road we reached our new destination called Glen Davis which is approx 100 kms south of Mudgee and is supposed to be 2nd largest canyon in the world. This was a beautiful free camping spot on the fringe of Wollemi National Park. There is hot showers, flush toilets and drinking water.
In a typical Saad family holiday trend it wasn’t without incidents though. Aasim fell in the mud 5 mins after we arrived and then he got bitten by Bull Ants. Amir face planted over the tent lines and is now sporting a chunky scab on his chin and hand. Garlic leaked in the fridge so everything we are eating has a hint of Garlic which is quite nice actually….NOT. We had to put up the tent in rain, it was freezing cold at night and then had to pack up the next day in rain as well.
On a positive note, the area was beautiful and we met a couple named John & Roslie from Richmond NSW who suggested that we download this app called Wiki Camps which we have already used a couple of times. Thanks John.
Jervis Bay Cabins & Hidden Creek Caravan Park
I have to admit, during our Trial Camping Trip at Jervis Bay in December 2014, we didn’t find Hidden Creek as good as some of the other spots but I think that was mainly due to us going to this place straight from Grady’s which we obviously love. It was also Christmas holiday season which in Jervis Bay is a particularly busy time.
Don’t take me wrong, the place wasn’t too bad but it was cramped for our liking and the pond stunk to high heavens. The amenities however were always clean and staff were very helpful. It was also very safe environment with access to park restricted to guests only. All of this was not as big an issue for us given we were hardly on site. If you end up spending your time in a caravan park or hotel whilst in Jervis Bay, particularly if you are able to go out, the word “Nuts” comes to mind.
There are so many beaches to choose from but I have to say that our top 3 favorite sites are:
If no surf is your thing, may I also suggest you try Moona Moona Creek although you need to time it right so you are there at high tide. Its a great place if you have small children.
For non beach lovers or if you are all “beached out” then check out some of the local places. There are many walking trails, old light houses, nice restaurants and our personal favorite, The Huskisson Cinema.Huskisson Cineman