Around-Oz: Living the Dream!

Springsure - Outback - Queensland

This is a great smoko spot for those visiting Carnarvon National Park and travelling on to Emerald etc. The picnic area has bitumen parking and is ideal for caravans and motorhomes, but you can't get under any shade. Water and rubbish bins, but you need to walk towards town for toilets. It does have a really nice covered BBQ area with excellent tables and overall is an absolutely first class smoko spot. The council do a magnificent job of landscaping and mowing and it would have to be the best presented town for miles in any direction. It is a very house proud town and there just isn't a trace of graffiti anywhere a fairly rare thing in so many country towns. Nothing is perfect though as the town just isn't friendly towards those just wishing to rest overnight.

Virgin Rock is up there in the soup somewhere!
Excellent well thought out rest area for longer vehicles  in lovely surroundings

Within three minutes of us stopping at around 4pm for smoko, a scruffy unshaven council employee said "I hope you're not intending to spend the night here". Sad stuff Springsure! We got to talking to some others in town who had stayed in the only caravan park. They remarked on how unfriendly to the point of rudeness the managers were plus the park needs maintenance as they claimed level sites are few and far between. We didn't get to check this out personally as it was late in the afternoon, however if anyone has stayed there and found it terrific please email us.

Springsure is a great spot for a smoko break

Overnight stays are also not permitted at the delightful Lions Park under Virgin Rock either. We found this rather odd, as it is well out of town and travelers stopping over could only benefit the town. We refueled and bought our supplies elsewhere - a shame really as we would have liked to stay. The area is at the foot of some wonderful mountains, but we couldn't photograph this as it was doing a rare thing in this neck of the woods - raining! Could fellow motorhomers kindly contact us if things improve in Springsure and they open a rest area as we would love to return it is just such a beautiful clean little town.

Bob & Chrissy Eustace


UPDATE 15/11/04

Hi Bob & Chrissy,
We stayed at the Springsure Caravan Park for 2 nights in mid June and it wasn't too bad at $15 per night. The whole place is on the side of a hill but the sites are level with slabs but only small ones. Bit of shade and the amenities weren't too bad at that price. The guy who runs the place is quite pleasant but his wife is as friendly toward customers as Basil Fawlty. I worked on her for 2 days and at the end I think I managed to get the slightest glimmer of a smile, unless she was suffering from wind.
Also filled up with fuel here and the tank took 5 litres more than the vehicle specs and it wasn't empty to start with so I suspected the accuracy of their pumps.
Some nice spots to visit in the area if you pass through again. Staircase Range about 17 k's east, the national park behind Virgin Rock that has about 4 magic lookouts but a bit of rough track and the old Rainworth Fort where 16 people (most of the Wills family) were masacred by Aborigines.


Garry & Lorraine



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