Narrabri Big Sky Caravan Park, Narrabri NSW

We might be bias when we say, we’re back in the best state in Australia, NSW! From Mitchell we had a quick stopover in St George before driving through Moree, a beautiful large town that both Chris and I have heard lots about.

From Moree we headed directly to Narrabri, a gorgeous town in the North West of New South Wales.

We pulled into Narrabri Big Sky and fell in love with the large drive through grassy sites which had just been remarked with white lines. We’ve talked about this in previous posts, these lines are rare yet great as they make lining everything up easier rather than guests sneaking an extra couple of cms here and there.

The parks hosts a large and exceptionally clean camp kitchen, large clean amenities and a laundry.

The park also has a large veggie garden, herb garden for guests to pick from and a cute little water feature that the kids ran straight to!! They also have a dog minding service for a half day, full day or dinner dates. Whilst we don’t have a pet, this is a great idea and one that seems very reasonably priced.

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We were also able to finally wash some of the red dust of the car and van before we hit the road again tomorrow!

We had a wonderful time at Narrabri. It’s a very clean, tidy and welcoming town!!

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Major Mitchell Caravan Park, Mitchell QLD

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The Major Mitchell Caravan Park is located on the eastern entrance to Mitchell and is well sign posted with beautiful flags and signs for ease of entry!

The park is situated on the banks of the Maranoa River with spacious drive- through sites and very friendly staff. Caroline and Craig, the park owners are down to earth, kind and generous, putting on a HUGE platter of cheese and entertainment for guests by their very flash fire pit.

There are a range of site options available including ensuite, powered and camping and something we haven’t seen before, each site is physically marked out with white lines which allows for easy parking of your caravan or trailer.

Park facilities include clean modern amenities and one I can personally say, very very hot clean water!! I was desperate for a hot shower and loved every second!! The park also has a laundry, barbecues, large camp kitchen and cute little fire places scattered around the park which the kids LOVED!!

What’s to do in Mitchell you ask?

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  • The Great Artesian Spa, Mitchell. Share the secret locals have known for years: a soak in their mineralised waters is relaxing for the body and therapeutic for the soul. It’s a beautiful 39 degrees and perfect for people with arthritis. They also have a second hot spring which sits at 21 degrees, if you can’t handle the heat. 
  • Mitchellon Maranoa Art Gallery, which has free entry. 

The Major Mitchell Caravan Park has a reputation as one of Australia’s friendliest parks and both Chris and I can vouch for that. They personally drive you down to your sites and ensure your stay is one of the best.

We highly recommend Major Mitchell Caravan Park and know that it will be a positive experience for your family.

Matilda Country Tourist Park, QLD

We had heard so much about Winton before leaving on our Outback Tour due to being the Dinosaur capital of Australia.

We stayed at the Matilda County Tourist Park and were lucky enough to get a drive through powered site. The park has a swimming pool & free live entertainment in the form of a Bush poet in the Bango Barn. More importantly it is the closest park to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. 

Winton is most renowned for their Dinosaurs and one of the main reasons we visited the town. Coop has a love of dinosaurs and what a way to get all up close and personal. We visited the Australia Age of Dinosaurs Museum which is home to the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. The Museum is split between three facilities, the Fossil Preparation Laboratory, Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon. Coop was so animated and excited at this museum wanting to see everything in 3 mins!!

This museum is open seven days a week in winter (1 April to 31 October) from 8.30-5pm.  Tours depart on the hour: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm* and run for 3 hours and both our kids enjoyed every second. Included in your entry price are activities for the kids to complete (& adults!) along the tours. The kids thoroughly enjoy their visit to the Age of Dinosaurs and seeing as there are more attractions being built in the coming years, we are sure to be back for another visit.

Discovery Park, Cloncurry QLD

Moving further east we set off to the Discovery Park in Cloncurry QLD.

Cloncurry is known as the Friendly Heart of the Great North West and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017. Cloncurry was recognised for its liveability, winning the Queensland’s Friendliest Town award twice by environmental movement Keep Queensland Beautiful, first in 2013 and again in 2018.

Cloncurry is 121km East of Mt Isa and as of the 2016 Census had a recorded population of over 2700 people.

Before we had even driven into the park itself we felt a sigh of comfort as if we had just arrived home. I don’t think we’ve unhitched quicker before as we could hardly wait to go and use everything this beautiful park has to offer! 

Our site was large and right across from a camp kitchen and very close to the laundry, pool and amenities block. Seeing we were only staying for one night, we didn’t unpack fully which allowed Coops and daddy plenty of time to kick a ball around the large site. They loved having the extra room.

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There are many activities for not only the kids but also the adults at this park. We were unfortunate to only have one night available to stay here due to our busy plan and would have LOVED to stay longer and experience all the great activities to a greater level however, the kids made the most of the day jumping straight into it and creating memories that will definitely leave them wanting more.

This park offered FREE washing machines (including laundry powder) and dryers & I’m not joking when I say, I want to move into the laundry permanently! I love love love washing and even more so on the road when washing becomes more difficult to do. I set straight off for the washing machines whilst the kids went to the recreation room for a game of friendly pool.

It also had Chris with hearts in his eyes when he saw the awesome Gym this park has to offer. Chris is a daily trainer, however this has been near impossible on this trip and this is only the second park we have stayed at in a month that has had a gym. To say Chris was exstatic was an understatement.

The kids were stoked with the pool, the whiteboards in the recreation room and the fire pit which they had at the ready for the evening.

The amenities and camp kitchens were large and super clean. The style of the amenities were amazing and funky with cute timber and corrogated iron features that really made these rooms memorable.

Lastly & probably my favourite feature of this park was the HUGE hall that hosts dinners of an evening. We took our tribe up for an ‘ALL YOU CAN EAT’ buffet in the hall and the food was incredible!! I mean, my cooking is getting better but with food on offer like this, I have a LONGGGG way to go!

This stop off was amazing and definitely one of our favourites for this trip. We loved every part of it and we highly recommend this park to anyone. It was certainly one that we won’t forget in a long time!!!

Next stop is Winton QLD, and all things Dinosaurs….I cant tell if Chris or Cooper is more excited for this one!!!

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Camooweal, QLD

We left early this morning and crossed the NT border into QLD heading for Camooweal, the droving capital of Australia. We welcomed the photo opportunity aka wee break for the kids, as Queensland has always been a family favourite for us of all the states.

For us, Camooweal was a great stop before we head for Mt Isa. We pulled into Puma Camooweal Roadhouse and were welcomed by very friendly staff. They have the system of first in best dressed so seeing we arrived early, we had the pick of the powered sites. They were long sites which again allowed us to stay hitched up which is ideal for those like us that like to getaway early in the morning to prepare for another long day of driving.

The roadhouse is only a short walk into the small town of Camooweal where we found a cute little undercover park for the kids to play at while we enjoyed the quietness of this small town.

Puma Roadhouse has free wifi, many amenities facilities & an attached service station with plenty of snacks and souvenirs for travellers passing through.

This was only another short stopover for us but again another one that we thoroughly enjoyed. Now we head towards Cloncurry with the mandatory stop in Mt Isa to stock up on food supplies and ofcouse to ensure I get my Kmart fix!

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Barkly Homestead, Tablelands NT

We pulled into Barkly Homestead in Tablelands which is one of the most isolated roadhouses in Australia! The caravan park at the back of the Roadhouse has large drive through sites, free wifi (in the roadhouse), green play areas for a picnic or play, bird cages and a pool!

Our drive through site was right next to a large amenities block with en-suite type bathrooms. These were perfect for our kids as it allowed us to put them in together and get it all done at once.

Barkly Homestead Roadhouse has its own fuel and a restaurant which also allows for fast hot food options along with cold drinks, snacks and incidentals that you may need. They also have lots of souvenirs of the NT and Barkly Homestead so you can remember your stay.

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More importantly for those thirsty campers after a long drive, the bar area of the Roadhouse hosts happy hour from 4-5pm everyday with cheap drinks and meals and live entertainment every night in the dry season.

This was only a quick stop off yet one that we totally enjoyed! We are off again in the morning heading for Camooweal.

 

Devils Marbles Hotel, NT

Leaving Alice Springs, we stopped off at the Tropic Of Capricorn for yet another great photo op for the kids. The Tropic of Capricorn (or the Southern Tropic) is the circle of latitude that contains the subsolar point on the December (or southern) solstice. It is thus the southernmost latitude where the Sun can be directly overhead. Its northern equivalent is the Tropic of Cancer.

We then moved further north to the UFO capital of Australia, Wycliffe Well, stopping at a famous UFO landing site to stretch the legs. Both Chloe and Coop thought this was amazing and asked us approximately 6547 questions about Aliens, as you could imagine 🤣🤣

Once we arrived at Devils Marbles Hotel we were welcomed by friendly staff, clean amenities, large sites which allow you stay hitched up and a great little pub with cheap meals and happy hour. Devils Marbles Hotel also has a pool for the kids and a camp kitchen which allowed us to easily have a big cook up for lunch.

Once we parked up we unhitched quickly as we were so keen to get out to the Devils Marbles Conservation area, that we had heard so much about.

The Devils Marbles is essentially a large area of massive boulders. You can see how big these are in our photos below. 

They were truly amazing & the kids were the most animated we’ve seen climbing through the large boulders during our walk. This is another sacred site to the Aboriginal People however they encourage you to explore the boulders with specially marked walking tracks.

Some of the ‘marbles’ had been split in two and they were all weathered and rounded, some were even complete orbs perched precariously on top of other bigger monoliths.

There was a short 350m walk that took you around the base of one section of the rocks and had a few information boards explaining how they were formed. They are made of granite and were laid down 600 million years ago. Over time, they have weathered and the feldspar dissolves into mud when exposed to the rain. This causes the splits that have shaped them. The wind and rain then round them off. It also causes them to flake like onions, so large chunks fall off and are soon ground to gritty sand which forms the soil there. So informative!!

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It was only a quick stop off at Devils Marbles Hotel and we’re off again, onto Barkly Homestead, Tablelands, NT. 

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