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Camping area for kids

By ozmackem - 14 December 2009 23

Been ‘camping’ a few times with my 6 year old boy in the back garden to get him used to the ‘camping’ experience. He realy wants to do some ‘proper’ camping now, so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for somewhere the two of us could go.
I really want to avoid serviced campsites with plug sockets and showers and on-site shops and the like, and am looking for somewhere safe where we can wake up in the morning without being surrounded by other tents, or can sleep at night without being serenaded by drunken youths. I’m presuming there are plenty of places in Namadgi that are not too far off the beaten track and are reasonably easy to get to.

Anyone got any suggestions as to where we could find such a place? Or information about such places?

Cheers in advance.

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Camping area for kids
howaka 8:52 pm 11 Feb 10

Definitely try Wee Jasper – pet friendly, kid friendly. The main camping area has showers, toilets, playground and bbq, all right on the river. Other camping reserves not so many facilities but still fantastic and all have proper toilets. Micalong Creek has terrific swimming hole! It’s only 1 hour from Canb.

housebound 5:38 pm 21 Jan 10

Oops – bad spelling on Orroral.

housebound 5:37 pm 21 Jan 10

Saltwater Beach is booked out during school summer holidays. Don’t even bother making the drive without ringing the National Parks office first. If you avoid Victorian school holidays and Victorian long weekends, you should be fine.

Mt Clear is pretty good. Aurural Valley is good too. Avoid both in high fire danger weather.

Clown Killer 2:59 pm 21 Jan 10

For a trip a little further afield you could try Saltwater Creek in Ben Boyd National Park. Great fishing, a nice beach, the occasional seal and really nice camping spots amongst the trees. It gets really busy in peak times – Summer school holidays, easter etc. but I’ve been there in February and March and there might be one of two other campers there. The road it can be a bit rough, but very do-able in a 2WD if you take it easy.

TheObserver 2:23 pm 21 Jan 10

Brou Beach south of Bodalla – has a dry dunny – no shower. Beach not optimum for swimming – steep shelving, but the camping is nice, the other users, it being off the track a bit tend not to be of the bogan fringe and in season the fruit bats are a joy to watch – and there is a lake to paddle a canoe around in.

Punter 10:43 pm 16 Dec 09

Lilli, The road to Mt Clear campsite is a combination of sealed and unsealed roads, which is able to be driven by two wheel drive vehicles. Your VW should be fine if you don’t mind a few bumps and a bit of road dust. You must turn left of the dirt road to access the campsite, if you just veer left you’ll not miss it. The Namadji visitor centre is along the sealed part of that road a couple of clicks past Tharwa on the left, you shouldn’t miss that too. I can’t help you with the price.

walking by quietly 8:47 pm 16 Dec 09

Try Micalong Creek at Wee Jasper. 100km easy drive from Canberra. It’s quiet 99% of the year and you can swap the shower for a swim in the waterhole complete with waterfall (ok it’s only a small one but it’s great on a hot day).

Lilli 2:33 pm 16 Dec 09

For anyone who has recently been to Mt Clear: what is the road like on the way out there? I had a look via the map provided and can not really tell whether the last approx 10-15k are sealed or unsealed? We only have a small VW hatchback and I’m wondering whether this would make the drive or not?

Also, are the campsites clearly indicated when you are approaching or are they easy to miss? Last silly question: where on earth is Namadgi Visitor’s Centre and how much is a camping permit?

Sorry for all the questions – I haven’t been camping by myself (used to go with Scouts) so I’ve never really had to worry about these things previously!

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