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Granite Gorge Nature Park: Camp with rare wild wallabies.

This is very different to other camp sites as it offers a true natural bush environment so please don't expect a 5 star rating for facilities because they are very basic but spotlessly clean.
One must remember that this camping area is designed to give you the natural bush experience of a life time.

You can bring your own van and tent or sleep in a safari tent or in one of the 3 self contained cabins with verandahs. I have taken photos to show you these cabins and the camp grounds.

I was shown around by the owner Colleen Bryde who deserves to be proud of keeping this camping area as natural to the Australian bush land as possible,no green and lush lawns or man made swimming pools because the park has natural swimming areas that come from Granite Creek,the weir has a 5ft deep swimming area to cool off in.

I love how you can relax on the verandah after climbing over the boulders or sightseeing around this interesting area.

I really loved that you can have a camp fire (which is rare these days) to sit around in the evening and chat about your day or just looking into the fire and dreaming is a wonderful experience,you can also see the lights of Mareeba when it gets dark.

Watch out for wallaby's who love to rest under the few stairs to the front entranced and under the verandah.Possums,quolls,echidnas and heaps of birds abound here.You may even see or hear a dingo or two .

The cabins are compact but amazingly well appointed with fridge,micro wave and tv. BBQ's are on each verandah. The cabins can sleep up to a family of 5/6 or you can stay on your own if you choose.
Costs--camping fees per person = $12 Adults $8 High school children $4 Primary age .
(includes entry into the Park and free map.

Powered site=$2 extra

Fully self contained cabins= $95

Although compact the cabin accommodation was spotlessly clean and the camping area very rustic with the natural bush and surrounds at your doorstep,including natural swimming holes along the Granite Creek.

Having a campfire really appealed to me because outdoor fires are getting scarcer in most places.

The wildlife is the most outstanding feature of all they are abundant during the day and night.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Camping, Photography, Hiking and Walking
  • Written October 20, 2012
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Rustic cabin charm with verandah.

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