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Coward Springs Campground
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

15 years since I was here last and was good to see the charm of the area was still very much there. Being summer it was extremely hot and the warm springs were refreshing. Plenty of campsites of different sizes. We had a lovely campsite with plenty of shade. Being the quiet time of year has its advantages as only a handful of people visited the 'spa' whilst we were there. On the downside, despite being the 'off' season the price was still the same at a not expensive but not cheap either $12.50pp/night, which was $50 for our 2 nights. There was also no toilet paper or envelopes in the box to register. However you can see that a lot of effort goes into looking after the place. The sandflies/midges were horrific and we were still scratching 3 days later. Take coils and repellent.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Booked in here unsure what to expect. Obviously it's not the Hilton, but pleasantly surprised to find hot showers & lovely clean drop toilets in green leafy, well organised campground in mid-desert. Liked it so much we stayed a 2nd night (so pleased we did that instead of by bleak & windy L.Eyre). Helpful hosts, interesting mini museum. Public spa unusually small but a nice dip. Would definitely recommend.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

We didn't know what to expect and found a wonderful eco-camping oasis. It is extremely well run with clean, private sites, fire pits (remember to collect lots of wood along the track), a fascinating little museum and a convenient 'overflow' site outside the gate when full. The bore bathing tub is quite small and tepid and I'm glad we entered before the group of old codgers in their undies guzzling beers. Take towels and warm clothes for after you get out of the bore in winter as it's freezing. The birdlife and sunrise with the first pink rays hitting the steam rising off the artesian wetland were spectacular. The nearby sights of Lake Eyre, old Ghan track, Overland Telegraph and incredible mound springs 'Blanche Cup' and 'The Bubbler' are not to be missed.

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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Thank mandyosh
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Better than expected. No powered sites and you have to take your rubbish with you, but definitely worth a stopover. Really clean facilities, friendly staff and a natural spa, you couldn't ask for more considering the location. Highly recommended.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

We visited this place about 14 years ago and just stopped in again. We're pleased to say nothing much has changed, it's a lovely relaxed oasis along the Oodnadatta track. Awesome hot tub, nice hot showers with the added fun of having to light the boiler fire yourself and lovely private camp sites.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
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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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