Camping not far from home

I’ve been feeling unsure about venturing too far in recent weeks, with snap lockdowns called in some regional areas. So my last 3 camping trips have been relatively close to home.

Wakiti Creek Resort

I waited till the Sunday after the AFL grand final – and the end of school holidays – to head out to Wakiti Creek, near Kotupna. I’ve been out here for a quick look before, but with the creek dry, it didn’t seem very appealing.

As luck would have it, the creek was flowing beautifully and Mala was very happy to be able to hop in for a dip. Tracks through the bush offered a pleasant space for short walks.

When I arrived, I was surprised to be greeted by my mate Matt who was at the end of a school holiday camp with Ali and Ewan. They left the followiong morning and I was joined by Kate C for the evening. It was nice to catch up with friends at a time when we still can’t have visitors at home.

Wakiti Creek

River Bend, Kanyapella

This caravan park sits on the Goulburn River, about 45 minutes from home. There’s a 12 km stretch of dirt road to get there, but apart from the first few hundred metres of corrugations, it was fine.

I asked for a site ‘on the edge of the park, away from others’ and got just that – with a great river view. While being near the Lower Goulburn National Park, there were still plenty of tracks to allow a 5-6 km walk each day. And of course Mala enjoyed splashing in and barking at the river.

The amenities here are looking a bit tired – though the block closest to my campsite may well have been the oldest. Unlike most caravan parks, they didn’t provide a site map, and although I had a good look around, I didn’t find the camp kitchen until the day I was leaving. I’d consider it again for a short break during winter or early spring, but it would be very hot and dry here in summer.

Morning mist on the Goulburn River

Murray River Hideaway, Strathmerton

Sitting just a short stroll away from the Murray River, this has to be one of the best maintained caravan parks I’ve seen. Lovely lush green lawns to camp on. Well maintained facilities. And a very tidy area for the annual sites. There were only two other people here – so it was a very peaceful stay.

Beautiful lawn to camp on

The Murray was in flood, so we couldn’t get to the riverbank. We walked a few kilometres along the Ulupna Track, which was also under water in places. I enjoyed the abundance of beautiful River Red Gums, as well as kookaburras and a host of other birds. And on the first day, I spotted a koala in a nearby tree.

There’s quite a contingent of permanent sites here, so I’d avoid the place on holidays and long weekends. But the manager says they’re very quiet outside these peak times. Definitely worth revisiting.

Floodwaters breaking over the banks of the Murray River

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