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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