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Coward Springs Campground
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Cowards Springs campsite is an oasis.... The campsites are shady with each having its own fire pit. Wood can be purchased in the form of old railway sleepers or bring your own. The amenities are extremely clean. The hot showers, heated by a donkey system are a novelty, firewood is provided for this. The loos are drop but are again super clean and not smelly at all. There is a rainwater tank for drinking water and bore water for washing up. The natural spring is not warm which was great because it was 30c+ the days we stayed there and it was refreshing to have a dip. We had the whole family (4 adults and 3 kids) in the tub at one time. The museum on site is a must see, astounding what the owners have managed to restore on site. This is a perfect base to explore the mound springs and Strangways Overland Telegraph site. We loved our two nights there.

Stayed: April 2016
1  Thank Nerida C
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pruecowardsprings, Owner at Coward Springs Campground, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

So glad you enjoyed your two-night stay and got to spend some time in the Museum. I guess you also did some of the walks that we suggest for those staying more than a night? Just for your info, we will be phasing out firewood for sale over the next year. We will still be providing wood for the 'donkey' of course but if you want a campfire then please bring your own wood and kindling next time.

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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Can't really review the campsite, as we only stopped here for lunch on an Outback Spirit tour: however, please be aware that the flies here are many and persistent! In a short break from fly attacks, we visited the actual springs (now a very small thermal Spring area. There was also a small museum which we missed (too busy swatting flies)














Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Penny S
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pruecowardsprings, Owner at Coward Springs Campground, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Hi Penny, flies are found everywhere in the Outback in the hotter months of the year. Yes some years are worse than others but if there are flies in one place there are flies in the next! If you come again in the winter months then there are no flies! It always surprised me when people complain about the flies because they don't bite. I use a cedar rosemary cream around my eye area (Natures Botanicals) and suddenly they are no longer annoying. The cream is available in supermarkets and chemists, widely available. Good luck next time!

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Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

We showed up late evening and unfortunately they were already out of sites. Tip one - get in early. However the friendly manager popped down on his pushbike and helped us out - he directed us to stay in their 'overflow' area which is actually the main car park. This still suited us fine, although it would have have been lovely to a proper site (all spaced out, under nice trees to give privacy, with little fires). Hot showers (wait till you see how the water is made hot!) and clean showers and toilets. Even a tank of rain water to stock up your drinking supplies. Good little natural warm water spa to soak in in the morning as well. $10 per person to stay. If you have a choice between here and Williams Creek please stay here!

Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Katie O
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Reviewed 5 April 2016

Best bio-toilets ever! They even provide drinking water. No showers. The 'springs' is really an in-ground tub, being pumped through constantly with fresh well (boor) water. It measures about 2 x 3 meters, but this is the best bath you'll have anywhere in the Outback. The manager is a lovely fellow, very knowledgable about the outback fauna and flora. Make sure to wake up at sunrise, as this place will give you a beautiful vantage point over the plains.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

We stayed here in February, so it was a warm, fly-filled evening but after a day of driving it was good to stop. The springs are cool and refreshing, although the sleepers are pretty liberally covered in algae... Stay in the middle and you're fine!
Toilets and showers are basic but clean and the drinking water is also fresh. Well shaded spots, so even though there was one other camping group it felt very private. The stars at night were also pretty spectacular. We didn't see the owners and the maps at the registration desk were long gone, but it would have been nice to read a bit more about the place or walk around a bit, but the temperature really precluded that. Dirt ground for campers obviously (not much water for grass!) so dusty but the trees helped break the wind.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
Thank Caroline G
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pruecowardsprings, Owner at Coward Springs Campground, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Our 'season' is from Easter to late October. The Outback in summer has extreme weather conditions as you say - HOT and dry and lots of flies. But I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Come agin in the winter months and discover the difference, you'll be amazed at how much nicer it is!
A not to anyone who might be reading this, please don't rely on drinking water when you visit in summer. We did have summer rain this year so our rainwater tanks in the campground did have some water but if there has been no rain...no water! (Our average rainfall is 100 mm a year.)

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Additional Information about Coward Springs Campground

Address: Oodnadatta Track | Coward Springs, Marree, South Australia 5733, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Marree
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Marree
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coward Springs, located on the Oodnadatta Track in Outback South Australia is an oasis, a restored and heritage-listed railway site, a place to relax and 'really get a sense of the outback and its history'. Once a thriving railway siding on the old Ghan Line it is now a campground and day visitor area.Attractions include the bore-fed ‘natural spa’; the Engine Drivers Cabin, restored and open as a museum; shady historic trees and date palms and new facilities built from recycled railway and telegraph materials. ... more   less 
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Coward Springs Campground Marree, South Australia

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