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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Alice Springs Tourist Park, NT

We arrived at Alice Springs Tourist Park in the Northern Territory and instantly felt at ease in this peaceful and quiet caravan park.

This caravan park is close to Alice Springs City Centre (including KMART!!!) and has a fully equipped kiosk, laundry, swimming pool, kids playground and amenities blocks which made our stay a very enjoyable one.

One of the most attractive things about this park for families is that it’s across the road from Frank McEllister Park. This park hosts multiple playgrounds, swings, giant webs and all things that keep kids entertained for hours!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Alice Springs and highly recommend a stop off for a rest and recharge. It has all the facilities, shops and attractions you need for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

We’re off again, heading towards Devils Marbles!

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