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bckpckrau
Melbourne, Australia

Camping - a pretty spot, but busy

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 July 2018
Let's start with the road to King Ash Bay. In July 2018 the corrugations would blow your mind if not your tyres. We pressured down to 25psi and still ended up driving in the sandy makeshift tracks people had forged off the sides of the road. The first 10kms was horrendous the second 10 was good. That of course didn't stop the 'my 4WD can conquer anything' tearing along at speed making the situation worse. Once you arrive, you sign in at the fishing club and get a little pink ribbon to tie to your car to show you've paid your $20 then head down to the river bank.

Naturally, everyone wants the riverside spots for the view so take that option and you'll be in suburbia. Of course, those that want some space do so by spreading out their van, their boat, their car, their 40 man tent and really setting up for a few months as if they were at home. The height of selfishness. Of course being called Genny Flats, the same people can use generators at night. We were lucky and didn't get one of them near us but had a guy roll up and squeeze into the space we'd left between us and the next person (for privacy and distance) and then proceed to talk loudly to all and sundry. Great.

The facilities are well maintained, spacious and clean so no complaints there, but it can be a long walk if you take one of the more removed sites.

The river is lovely, the sunset is great and even the birding behind the campground is good, just be prepared that while you are in very remote Australia, this is not a quiet or remote experience. Come here if you're a keen fisherman and extrovert, otherwise avoid it.
Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Stayed at Borroloola last nite and someone mentioned King Ash Bay Camp Ground. Not far to drive. Marrion was so very friendly and full of information.
Great sites. Shady.
Amenities clean.
$22.50 unpowered
Close to water.
Really pretty. Sunset amazing colours.
Great spot for fishing.
Met a lovely couple and in 5 mins they offered us a fillet of fresh Queenie they had just caught.
Happy hour at bar, markets on Sunday, free pancakes on Sunday (not sure if its every Sunday).
Phone signal.
Def recommend.
Booked for 1 nite and stayed 2.

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

Keep your eyes peeled for crocs, this is a place to stay after the bone ratteling road. It is worth looking for a good spot that is close to services but away to get your peace and quiet after all thats why most come out here, so take your time. Its a stong community of regulars wih a shop and fuel and everyone has a boat and enjoys the remoteness.

Room tip: If you have time, drive around and get a good spot - dont rush in
Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Karmanow
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Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

My partner and I stopped into King Ash Bay after seeing it on a 4wd touring show. We don't mind fishing but on this trip didn't have a single rod with us. But we stayed 3 nights and absolutely loved it.

We camped in the unpowered section on 'Genny's Flat' which is very spacious. You can be as close or as secluded as you like. We had fantastic views over the water. It is safe from crocs due to the steep embankment.

There is a real community feel, even for a tourist we felt most welcome. Prices are very reasonable, at $22 a night for 2 people. The ammenities were top notch and there is a laundry too.

Groper's Bar and Grill is an awesome outdoor bar featuring great meals, atmosphere and the footy on weekends. It's a good place to compare the daily catch, or the ones that got away! We simply enjoyed the company of others that we met and the laid back lifestyle and feel of the club.

Good fuel available and a decent General store. Highly recommend.

Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank 194danp
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely loved the three days we spent here. Camping grounds were very good with heaps of options, Have a good look around before you choose your camp site to get the best spot for your needs. Mozzies were fierce but it's the top end, comes with the territory !
The important part FISHING! The fishing off the bank was amazing we spent one afternoon getting smoked by huge Jew fish that we could just not stop. I was even sight fishing them with soft plastics. Can't wait to get back here one day...

Date of stay: September 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank 705jamiet
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Caught fish from the bank of the river - had to keep watch for crocs though. The ladies at the Barra bar on pancake day can be a bit nasty if you are slightly left of centre. I copped a death stare when I went for a double dollop of cream aloft the strawberry jam - shan't be doing that again I guess. Another group were almost frog marched back out of the pancake serving area for turning up late - very poor form from a hospitality perspective indeed. So if attending the pancake Sunday you must be on your best behaviour at all times or feel the wrath of these women. Enough focusing on this negative aspect as the place is otherwise brilliant and is a must visit as an outback fishing destination. We will be back for sure.

Date of stay: June 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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