When we arrived at the caves, we visited the cave shop & booked ourselves a site for $14 for 2.
The camping area (about 500 mts from the caves) is via a little wooden gate, past 3 small cabins ($50 per dbl per night) and found our camping space, with a flat clearing for the tent and even green grass around (the region lives up to its name as the ‘Green Triangle’)
While we were getting our camping gear out of the 4x4, there were a lot of tiny blue wrens flitting around and over the car, collecting dead & dying insects caught by our car. Paul got out a piece of bread as they were only 30 cms from our feet a lot of the time, and to our surprise, one of the males hopped right up to us and took the bread from Paul’s hands.
Others were also tame and evidently used to humans – they even hopped around on the bumper bar of the car while the boot was up.
We fed the wrens for a while & took some good photos. Later, they also started bringing their babies along with them and fed them the bread. All the while they kept up their tittering chatter. Even yellow robins flew down and grabbed some of the bread - and came to within mt of us.
After sitting in our semi-uncomfortable metal canvas camping chairs and having our drinks, we set up the tent. The wrens were still flitting around everywhere, chasing and catching insects, and even without bread in my hands, weren’t at all shy, coming up to within 10 cms of my feet.
The next morning we fed them again, including the yellow robins – it was one of the very best times of the trip. Hand feeding such tiny birds is something we’ve never done before. They were very enchanting creatures.
In the evening after dinner, a chorus of about 20 kookaburras laughed together not far away, and the occasional small rabbit could be seen not far from our picnic table.
It was just a short walk via a small bush track to the toilets, which were much better than I was expecting for just $14 – they were proper flushing toilets, mens and ladies, and each also had a single tiled shower with hot water, in rather good condition – so that was a great deal. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
Each site near ours had its own wooden picnic table and seats, more comfortable than what we’d brought with us.
Fireplaces with concrete surround also.
You can also book your site here with the ranger in Nelson.
clean comfy, not too expensive, pleasant host, ample breakfast well worth the extra cost
There is lots to do nearby including activities on the river. There are caves nearby and the there are some nice beaches close by. There is also a wildlife area near the estuary, where you can see kangeroos and other animals and lots of wadibg birds. the sunsets are also lovely to see.
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