Finally getting around to a brief report about out Easter jaunt to Oura Beach Reserve.
By way of background we found it on Derek's website and there are some pics that you might want to contrast with mine at http://www.aussiecampovencook.com/ourabeachreserve.htm
I emailed Derek and got a prompt reply from him about taking pets. So 2 4WD loads of adults, children and dogs set off.
We know there wouldn't be a lot of surf, being a beach on the Murrumbidgee River, but we weren't expecting it to be as dry as it was.
Our campsite. Very dry and brown!
But there was a beach.
The dogs loved it, they are having a rest in the shade of my 4WD.
And there are plans to keep updating the facilities and regenerate the bush.
Facilities? There is a composting toilet and thats about it really. No showers, or water for that matter. The river was flowing well and looked clean but it would be worthwhile taking your own water.
It was a relaxing couple of days, the kids loved it, and the dogs took days to recover from the running around and playing in the wide open spaces.
Best of all its a free to camp area, a short drive (less than 20km) into Wagga Wagga where there are all facilities. There are no marked sites and there is a couple of kilometers of river front where you can camp so it likely you will find a spot that suits.
Over the Easter weekend there was a total fire ban. We had a fair old downpour last night, and hopefully Wagga Wagga did too. With any luck it will green the campsite up, maybe lift the fire ban and more importantly help out the farmers, who we noticed were feeding stock down there - tough times.
Would we go there again? Yep!
Would we recommend it to others - certainly to those who want to try out bush camping with limited facilities, bearing in mind of you can't cope without a shower you can pack it in and stay somewhere in Wagga Wagga.