The Good, The Bad and the God Damn Ugly (Part 1)

This post is our personal opinions only. As we found while travelling around ask for people’s advice, take it with a grain of salt, do it anyway and find out for yourself.

If you listen to what everyone else says you would just stay at home. One person’s idea of a crappy caravan is your idea of a perfect one. One person’s idea of a rough road is your idea of a smooth ride. You have to discover things for yourself.

If you never ever go you will never ever know.

Best Caravan Parks

One: Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu, Northern Territory

Two: Adelaide Shores, near Glenelg, South Australia

Three: Tobermorey, Plenty Highway, Northern Territory

Special Mention: Channel County Caravan Park, Quilpie, Queensland. Bedourie Council Caravan Park, Bedourie, Queensland. Heavitree Gap, Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Daly Waters Pub, Daly Waters, Northern Territory.

Caravan Parks We Wouldn’t Stay At Again

Wycliffe Well, Stuart Highway, Northern Territory – (creepy)

Port Augusta Shoreline, Port Augusta, South Australia – (Rude management & staff, run down, dirty)

Ti Tree Roadhouse, Stuart Highway, Northern Territory (creepy)

Best Free Camps/National Park Camps

One: Welford National Park, Welford, Queensland

Two: Cordillo Downs, South of the shed 30kms, South Australia

Three: Coopers Creek, Windorah, Queensland

Special Mention: Fisherman’s Rest, Mitchell, Queensland. Simpson Desert (anywhere). Chamber’s Pillar, Northern Territory. Curtain Springs, Northern Territory. Ormiston Gorge, West Macs, Northern Territory. Trephina Gorge, East Macs, Northern Territory.

There is no such thing as a bad free camp I guess because it’s free. Well they might be but we didn’t come across any bad free camps anyway.

Best Motel/Hotel

One: Darwin Medina Vibe (ignore people’s comments on Trip Advisor – we loved it here. Everything was excellent we came for 3 nights stayed for 6. Go figure)

Two: Aurora Alice Springs

Three: Coober Pedy Comfort Inn (lovely family run business, excellent customer service)

Hotel/Motel We Wouldn’t Stay At Again

Katherine Pine Motel, Katherine – Untidy, run down rooms, unorganised reception.

Port Augusta Shoreline – Rude, ignorant, unhelpful staff, run down rooms, false advertising.

Best Local Business/Customer Service

One: Discount Auto Parts, Darwin, NT

Two: Darwin ARB, NT

Three: Coober Pedy Comfort Inn & Old Timers Mine.

Special Mention: Billy Hyde, Darwin, NT. Cooinda Lodge Reception.

Worst Local Business/Customer Service

Kerry’s Holden Service Department

Port Augusta Shoreline Caravan Park, Reception.

Uluru Caravan Park Reception

Best Tour Guides

One: Dallas, Twin Falls Shuttle, Kakadu, NT

Two: Katherine Gorge Cruise Guide, Nitmiluk, NT

Three: Uluru Mala Walk Guide, Yulara, NT

Special Mention: Alec at Old Telegraph Station, Alice Springs. Nocturnal Tour Guide at Alice Desert Park, Alice Springs.

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