We are about to leave Kununurra and head west, staying at free campsites on the Ord River beside Mary Pool, then on private land, with the permission of the landowner, beside a bird filled, billabong. These free camp sites in the Kimberley will be one of the most enjoyable stretches of our trip.
My Kimberley: Outback Western Australia. Caravan Tour with a Dog by Gray Nomad lists the free campsites we stayed in during that tour. I'm adding more eBooks to the Gray Nomad list as quickly as I can research then thoroughly.
One of the best bonuses of having been an exhibitor at the Kununurra Show, has been staying here on the Kununurra Showgrounds for a week, free of any campsite fee, use of large automatic washing machines provided for free and 10% discount in the town for many services including our Toyota Troop Carrier 30 thousand service, because we are staying in what they called the 'overflow' area of the caravan parks.
If I were not staying at the show grounds, I would not be staying in any of the caravan parks as nice as they may be, because we just don't 'go country,' to have another caravan as our view. At 'home', our summer cottage retreat, we have rural scenery all the way to the horizon, seen from our cottage garden and we don't leave that behind to go to places where we would feel more hemmed in.
Before we left for this latest trip we purchased the latest Camps Australia Wide Book, which is the no five book, we upgrade with every new publication. Now that is a book I do recommend, and I would not leave home without it.
We are self-sufficient with solar power and en suit, so we do not need caravan park facilities, and we prefer to be closer to nature than we usually can be in a caravan park. We use Camps Australia Wide, as our guide to places where you can stay in bush camps, and we look for locations marked as, dogs allowed, suitable for larger rigs and that have scenic locations.
The book is great as each person can look at what their needs are. If you are not self-sufficient, you might find the sites that have toilets, or even the low fee sites with showers. The book tells me if a camp site will have mobile telephone cover. Even if you are not self-sufficient, you can comfortably bush camp as many road houses offer showers for the traveler, for a modest fee. I love the shower in our van and can usually quickly refill the water tanks while Reg fills the car with diesel fuel, at the service stations.
I have been asked to recommend caravan parks, but I can't help with such advice because we are not your average, grey nomad, rarely using any caravan park. We do occasionally stay at a caravan park, but there needs to be a very particular reason, usually because we are using the natural hot springs within or beside the park, swimming there a couple of times a day. Nanga Bay Resort, the Riverview Caravan Park at Katherine, Mataranka Homestead, and some of the caravan parks at Moree with hot thermal pools come to mind as parks with the bonus of the warm waters where we will come into civilization to set up camp within a caravan park.
We are about to resume our traveling through the Kimberly, then south to and through the Pilbara, then South West, the wildflower way in Western Australia and back over the Nullarbor over the next few months and don't plan to use a caravan park again for the rest of this year.