This 24 hour camp at Galena bridge was a nice surprise. I was expecting some dirt and a dry river bed. We were more than happy to see a flowing river.
Driving in to the huge area we passed a lot of vans. All parked up with river views. Consequently not many places were left looking over the river. After all it was around 10.30 am. As a rule we are all told to get to a camp early. I have a feeling some may have been staying a cheeky extra night.
View from river
Driving passed them we found our own spot facing the river 🙂
Gradually as the day passed, over 30 other vans of all descriptions pulled up. Backpackers through to big vans, all found they still had plenty of space around them. Someone with a generator even found a spot at the back, not bothering anyone.
In addition to this camp, another is on the opposite side of the river. This is still part of the Galena bridge river camp. The track in didn’t seem to be as smooth. It seemed much quieter with fewer people parked there.
Amenities and Fire-pits
Unlike a lot of free camps, which can be a patch of dirt and a bin Galena bridge has added extras.
In addition to the long drop toilets, which are clean and wheel chair accessible. A few dump point are available. Bins and seating areas are also scattered around the place.
Large fire-pits are scattered around the place with a plate for cooking. It was cool while we were here. Therefore lots of people brought their own travel fire-pits.
We had a lovely happy hour chatting to our neighbours around their fire. Subsequently I have now added fire-pit to our list of things we would like. Similarly, we have added a diesel heater. Whereas now we try to escape the cold. If we can stay warm we wont miss out on the beauty of our colder places.
Galena bridge river
For the most part the river is the place you want to be. Have a kayak or sit and read a book. A couple of people were fishing with the mandatory beer in hand. Depending on your tolerance to flies you may need a fly net 😉
There is something that draws people to water. In essence rivers are tranquil and relaxing, who doesn’t like to relax?
This is a camp we would recommend 😀
For this reason it would be lovely if it was a longer stay. Maybe 72 hours, maybe 2 weeks like Texas in Queensland 😀
There is no doubt though we are gratefull for any free camps. especially one’s this good!