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Off The Beaten Track Camping At Sundown National Park Goldstream RV

 

Located on the New South Wales–Queensland hinterland border, two hundred and fifty kilometres south west of Brisbane, the Sundown National Park offers rugged beautiful scenery that can be appreciated from several stunning camp sites. It is a great camping destination for self reliant campers.

 

The National Park is a nature lover’s and camper’s delight. The spectacular wilderness area features steep-sided gorges, jagged ridges and mountains of over 1,000 metres that tower above the Severn River. The park is a great place to view wildlife and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing and swimming.

 

The Park is best visited during the cooler winter months as summer months can see temperatures exceed forty degrees. The National Park is in an isolated part of Queensland and is the perfect place for self-reliant campers to get away from it all.

 

While camping is allowed through the park, there are some designated camp sites that offer some basic amenities, and of these, the Broadwater and Nundubbermere Falls camping areas are the easiest to access. Other sites are only accessible via four wheel drive and getting vans to them may prove difficult.

 

Some of the camp sites with the Sundown National Park include:

 

  • Broadwater Camping area - Located on the banks of the Severn River features fifteen numbered sites and a “large group area” suitable for parties of thirty, the site is suitable for tents and vans up to four metres in length. Small barbecues, pit toilets, and bush showers are available.

 

  • Red Rock Gorge - A small camping area only accessible by 4WD track, the camp site is in close proximity to the Red Rock Gorge lookout. It has a maximum capacity of ten people and groups no bigger than six are allowed. Facilities are minimal.

 

  • Nundubbermere Falls Camping Area - Accessible via conventional vehicles and located towards the northern end of the park off Nundubbermere Road, it offers no facilities, but is in close proximity to the falls and an open grassed area.

 

  • Burrows Waterhole Camping Area - Also on the Severn River, has space for about sixty campers and is an undeveloped area located in a pristine spot. It takes two hours driving along a four wheel drive track to access. Pit toilets are available.

 

So, if you’re looking to get off the beaten track with your Goldstream camper trailer, be sure to add Sundown National Park to your itinerary.

Camper Trailer Safety Check Goldstream RV

 

A great habit to get into before setting off on your camper trailer journey is to conduct safety check, just to be certain that you have taken all possible steps to ensure the safety of you and fellow road users.

 

A good place to commence the inspection of your camper trailer is the coupling, primarily because it makes a good start and end point.

  • Start by ensuring that the pins and clips of the off road coupling are in place properly and the ball coupling is seated correctly, with the locking mechanism clipped in.
  • Next, check your safety chains – if you have double chains, ensure that they are crossed over and properly secured to your vehicle with big enough shackles – and don’t take shortcuts – padlocks and carabiners are not strong enough.
  • Lights are important!
  • After ensuring that everything is properly secured you should check that your lights are working properly. The trailer plug and socket connector can inevitably be a problem if the camper trailer has not been used for a while. Continuous wiggling of the connection will usually get your lights working but a little preventative care will help too. Giving the male connection a scrub with a kitchen scouring pad will make the connections work well, while a spray with WD40 or similar should make the female connection on your tow vehicle work like new.
  • Next, there’s some basics checks to be done – if you have an Anderson plug to recharge the camper’s batteries while travelling, make sure that it is securely snapped into place properly. Then check to make sure the jockey wheel is secured properly or stowed away.
  • Give the gas bottles and jerry cans a tug to make sure that they are safely secured in their proper places. While you’re at it, check to see that all gas bottles are turned off and that a plastic cap is fitted over the nozzle to prevent dust from clogging the outlet.
  • Next, it’s time to check your tyre pressure and then make sure that the stabilising legs on the camper are safely wound up.
  • Finally, you need to ensure that the camper itself is safely packed down. For soft floor campers you should ensure that the travel cover is fastened by either bungie straps or with velcro and zips. If your camper is a hardtop, flip-over or wind-up, the over-center latches should be closed. It’s a good idea to check the tailgate at the same time and ensure that it is closed properly.

Once you’ve ensured everything is fully secured, you’re in a good position to start your trip with confidence.

 

Beginners Tips for Outback Camping and Travel Goldstream RV min

 

Travelling to the outback for the first time presents a host of exciting challenges to campers. You might be well prepared with your new Goldstream RV pop top and your towing vehicle but you will feel much better prepared if you are aware of the following tips that might just make your camping trip that much more comfortable.

 

1. Mobile phone coverage is taken for granted in most urban areas, but when you head into the outback, mobile coverage can be iffy. To be sure and safe, it could be worthwhile to invest in a satellite phone or a UHF radio. Satellite phones can be rented and may be the best answer to ensuring that you can communicate with the outside world.

 

2. Shade is hard to find even at the best camp sites, you’ll find that there is often little shade to be had. The best remedy is to pack your own shade shelters.

 

3. Flies could drive you crazy unless of course you bring some fly nets. Don’t worry about ‘the look’ – face fly nets work, and that’s all that matters.

 

4. Travelling off-peak makes a better holiday. Peak holiday times will see many attractions and camp sites packed with travellers, if you can swing your travel times to avoid peak periods, you’ll get to appreciate the outback without the crowds.

 

5. It’s a long way between petrol stations and towns. You won’t really appreciate how long ‘a long way’ is until you get into the outback. Plan for the distances and make reasonable allowances for travel and rest time. Avoid travelling at night whenever possible to avoid colliding with wildlife on the road.

 

6. Beat the afternoon heat by getting up early and seeing what you want to in the early part of the day. Afternoon temperatures rise quickly, and you don’t want to be exposed to the baking sun for too long.

 

7. Food costs more than you’re used to paying. The remoter the area, the higher the cost. Stock up on food at major centres and try to keep your purchases at remote areas to the bare minimum.

 

8. Petrol is going to cost plenty. Particularly when you get close to known tourist destinations. Try and fill your tanks at major centres and have several jerry cans filled as well. It’s a long way between fuel stops, and topping up is always a good idea.

 

9. It’s called a holiday – so why rush? It isn’t a race, so plan your day to make sure that you have plenty of time to see and experience everything that you want to. Sit back and enjoy the view and be sure to take plenty of photos. Camping in the outback is a great way to enjoy the peace and quiet of this great continent – don’t waste the opportunity.

 

10. Most roads are sealed making most places accessible to most vehicles, but some roads aren’t and some are 4WD only. Before setting off on any trip, check to see what the road conditions are like and how long the journey will take.

 

Always tell somebody where you are headed. The outback is a vast area, so if something does go wrong, you are more likely to be found if people know where to look.

 

Enjoy your journey!

 

Wilderness Camping at Wilsons Promontory Goldstream RV

 

The “Prom” as it is affectionately known, is one of the great coastal wildernesses in Australia. Just several hours drive from Melbourne, the Prom remains largely untouched and spans over 50,000 hectares of walking tracks, forests and coastline. It is also home to the Wilsons Promontory Marine Park.

 

Wilsons Promontory is home to a wide variety of wildlife including kangaroos, echidnas, emus, and wombats, as well as an array of native birds.

 

The Promontory is Australia’s most southerly mainland point and is regarded by many as one of the most magical wilderness areas that you will ever see. While half the park is still getting over a 2009 bushfire, it remains a favourite destination for visitors to experience the beauty and serenity of its Tidal River, rainforests, heathlands, and dunes, all framed by the park’s granite heights and the wild blue ocean.

 

Wilsons Promontory offers a great camping experience with many camp sites located across the Park.

 

Most camp sites are walk-in only but a favourite site for drive in campers is the Tidal River Caravan Park. The park has four hundred and eighty four sites, and to make the most of the site it is recommended that you try and visit it in off peak periods.

 

Tidal River is a sizeable, comfortable camping ground ideally placed at the rear of the sand dunes of the beautiful Norman Bay. There are plenty of short walks that you can take in the immediate area. All have their own special appeal. Be sure to take the Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk and the walk beside the Tidal River with its remarkable tannin stained colours. A walk to the Norman lookout to view the sunset is also a must do.

 

With all facilities available, Tidal River makes a great base from which to explore the greater prom area. From here you can hike to a lot of the best bays and beaches and some of the walk in only camp sites. Easy to follow coastal tracks will get you to Whisky Bay in the North and Little Oberon Bay to the south.

 

Some of the walk-in camp sites include Oberon Bay, Five Mile Beach, Halfway Hut, Waterloo Bay, and Sealer’s Cove camping area.

 

All walk-in camping areas have two nights maximum stay periods – so having a place like the Tidal River Camping Ground as a base to park your van and visit all of these magical places makes good sense.

Remote Communications while Caravanning Goldstream RV min

 

Emergency communication and information on the latest weather and road conditions are important for campers and road trippers in Australia. A common challenge while moving around in remote locations is the unreliable mobile connection that can be vital in crucial situations.

 

Specific conditions such as the changing weather, road closures, and campsite shutdowns can be managed with timely updates and advanced preparation. Here are some tips for staying connected and handling camping contingencies.

Problematic weather

 

Unpredictable weather such as cyclones, flooding, and bushfires can be frustrating and the only way to deal with it is to be adequately prepared for any situation along the road. Prompt information on road closures and campsite shutdowns can save you valuable time and resources that you can use for traveling to an alternative location. Before heading off on your camping or hiking trip in remote areas, be sure to pack reliable communications equipment for receiving and transmitting emergency information.

Staying informed on the road

 

  • UHF CB Radio: The Ultra High Frequency Citizen Band radio is an affordable communication tool for local incoming and outgoing messages. Channels 5 and 35 are reserved for emergency communication that is frequently monitored for people in distress. Use them only when necessary.

 

  • Radio communications depend on the terrain and environment surrounding its use and must be supplemented by other reliable gadgets for communication such as a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. With the UHF radio, remember that height is might. The higher the terrain, the stronger the radio signals, while the reverse can occur in lower locations.

 

  • Emergency numbers: Prepare a list of contact numbers and websites for emergency assistance. Before travelling to a camping location, gather enough local helpline numbers and websites and write them down. Post a printed copy where everyone can see them and enter them into your mobile phone as well.

In Australia, the websites to access for campers include:

 

http://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au for Western Australia

 

http://www.roadreport.nt.gov.au for Northern Territory

 

http://www.transport.sa.gov.au for South Australia

 

www.131940.qld.gov.au for Queensland

 

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au for New South Wales

 

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au for Victoria


http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/ for Tasmania

 

Apps for Smartphones and Tablets: Install and access smart apps such as the Pocket Weather Australia which provides real-time weather information and forecasts and emergency alerts in any locality. This app obtains its data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

 

Other smart apps to use include Fires Near Me and Disaster Watch which contain useful information about weather conditions and road closures. For more information on camping destinations and their contact numbers, try the Australian Road Trip application for most smart devices.


Do you have any tips for keeping your finger on the pulse when in remote areas of Australia? We’d love to hear about them.

 

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