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“Well worth the stop and dip.”

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Coward Springs Campground
Melbourne
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Well worth the stop and dip.”
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Every if it is hot out, stop and have a dip in the hot springs. It is still rejuvenating. The campground is pretty basic with some shady site, but the drop toilets ar clean and really well maintained.

Aside for the hot springs there isn't much else to see. While the old Ghan railway siding has been restored, the building is boarded up and was closed when we passed through. There isn't much to see from this perspective.

  • Stayed March 2016, travelled with family
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pruecowardsprings, Owner at Coward Springs Campground, responded to this review, 28 August 2016
Hi, You must have visited Coward Springs before Easter? Our 'season' is from Easter to late October. During that time the Museum is open to campers and visitors but is boarded up over the summer months when we have few visitors and we are not always on site. We do remain open all year round for the few experienced travellers who are comfortable driving in the outback during summer's often extreme weather conditions.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

After an arduous trek on the Anne Beadell Highway and onto Coober Pedy, Coward Springs was the ideal respite/oasis it is the best spot for camping, clean amenities, picturesque campground with your own swept out fire pit and of course the plunge in the spa was wonderful. The delightful museum was an added bonus.

Stayed May 2016
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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
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pruecowardsprings, Owner at Coward Springs Campground, responded to this review, 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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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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
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pruecowardsprings, Owner at Coward Springs Campground, responded to this review, 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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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
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Additional Information about Coward Springs Campground

Property: 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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