There are so many wonderful places to stay in Bedourie to help you explore everything outback Australia has to offer.
Bedourie is one of three major towns in the Diamantina shire, and has a population of less than 200 people. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in incredible camping experiences. Anyone wishing to explore the desert and sleep under the stars should scour this list of places to stay in Bedourie.
Established in 1886, the Bedourie Hotel is an institution of the region. It offers 11 fully serviced rooms, including family options for those travelling with their loved ones. Bedourie Hotel is the perfect place to meet fellow travelers and swap stories over a delicious meal in the rustic dining room, or hear incredible stories from locals. The current owner of the hotel is Jim Smith, who has ensured its continued success since 1971. For a welcoming, homely atmosphere, this is the ideal place to stay.
Simpson Desert Oasis
For those seeking a more rugged experience, Simpson Desert Oasis has you covered. It is located right on the edge of the Simpson Desert, conveniently placed for intrepid travelers desiring adventures in the outback. With a choice between air-conditioned cabins, motel rooms and caravan spots, you’re sure to find the right fit. Plus, all guests at Simpson Desert Oasis have access to a restaurant, fuel, tire repairs and a laundromat – everything you’ll need to restock before heading out on your journey. This is definitely one of the top places to stay in Bedourie.
Bedourie Caravan Park
Bedourie Caravan Park offers powered and unpowered sites for all caravan travelers. They are located near the local swimming facilities, perfect for cooling off after a day in the Australian heat. At night, guests can expect BBQs and controlled open fires, and are encouraged to gather round with other travelers to enjoy a delicious meal, or simply appreciate the stunning surrounds. And, as dogs are welcome, your furry friend can get in on the action as well.
Diamantina National Park
Diamantina National Park spans over 507,000 hectares, containing everything from wetlands to rivers, and even grassy plains. There are three main campsites in this massive park, but our favorite has to be Hunters Gorge. This camping area is situated right on the banks of the Diamantina River, and has become more and more popular thanks to the stunning sunsets and unique birdlife. Campfires are allowed and are a great way to unwind after a day taking in the incredible nature around you. For those willing to brave the elements, the views across the park are well worth the journey.
Munga-Thirri National Park
Only reachable by 4WD, Munga-Thirri National Park has no designated campsites. However, it does allow visitors to camp among the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert, making it one of the most unique experiences around. Campers should be prepared for very basic conditions, as you’ll be expected to bring all your own food, water and power. However, while this may seem like a challenging option, the views of the starry desert sky are some of the best in Australia. There’s nothing like gazing up into a brightly lit night, and Simpson Desert is the best place to try. Plus, it is home to over 180 bird species, as well as many mammals and reptiles, if you can spot them.
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