Living Desert dream comes true
New camp site is a star attraction
at Broken Hill
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A NEW campsite has opened at Broken Hill in NSW to entice
The Starview Primitive Camp offers 15 unpowered
caravan sites and eight for tents, with disability-friendly toilet and
shower facilities. There is also a sheltered barbecue area.
are limited to two nights and cost $10 per person per night.
idea for a basic campsite at the Living Desert was originally floated by
the park's ranger, Darrell Ford, in 2010 and has slowly taken shape over
the last seven years.
"There was always a demand for it, we'd have
lots of people from away wanting somewhere where they could camp out under
the stars and get a real feeling of the bush," he said.
always have people specifically asking if they could camp out in the
Living Desert itself as well.
"The Living Desert is a great place
to see the stars, enjoy peace and quiet, and it's also a great Sturt
Desert Pea area when they're in bloom."
Mr Ford said he and the
Friends of the Flora and Fauna of the Barrier Ranges Community Committee
had been gradually working on the campsite as an ongoing project.
He said the campsite had been built at a very small cost, and featured
items recycled from other council sites.
"We've used bus shelters,
pine log barriers from the (former) North Pool, and the toilets were built
with a grant," he said.
"The most expensive thing was probably just
getting the road bitumenised and putting in a concrete slab."
Darriea Turley congratulated Mr Ford and all volunteers who had
contributed to the project.
"It's been a huge team effort that
everyone has chipped away at and I think all involved should be extremely
proud of the way it's all come together.
"Starview provides yet
another avenue for tourists to come to Broken Hill and enjoy a genuine
outback experience, and I think it's crucial we continue to pursue any
opportunity that will increase visitor numbers and support our economy."
Bookings can be made through the Visitor Information Centre.
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