We drove 260 km from our camp at Barkly Homestead roadhouse (read more here) in the Northern Territory, to the small town of Camooweal in Queensland. Just 13 km away from the NT/Qld border. Stopping for the night at the Post office hotel.
Camping at the Post Office Hotel
You have a couple of choices of camps in Camooweal. We chose to stay in the pub's camp ground. This is such a dry part of the country yet they did have some lovely green grass around the place.
The parking areas are big enough so you can stay hooked up and drive through. You have power and water if needed or choose an un-powerd site.
As well as a toilet and shower block they have a laundry. There is a rack here with clothes. You can swap, take or leave clothes which I think is a great idea. There is also a little book swap area.
Amenities and Kitchen/bbq
We were surprised that this pub stop had a pool, especially in the middle of nowhere. Heading to the pool to cool off before we went to the pub for lunch.
Post Office Hotel
The pub is a good place to have a cold one and cool down. Have a bit of lunch or have a game of pool. Pop back in for dinner to save cooking. They also sell coffee and do take away alcohol. If you're just passing through you can pop in and grab something to take with you.
Monday to Saturday
Lunch 12 – 2 pm
Dinner 6.30 – 8.30 pm
The Post office/General Store is opposite the pub. This has all your usual basics plus the odd bits and pieces you might need. Things like tyre repair kit, fishing gear, hoses, tarps and basic tools are available.
Places to visit
The Drovers Camp Museum – Local knowledge on the droving history of Camooweal. Tours daily between May and September
The Caves National Park, 4x4 only. The caves start at the bottom of a large sink hole but can only be viewed from above.
Lake Francis is a stones throw from Camooweal. It's part of the Georgina river and has an abundance of bird life and water lilies.
Camooweal has two Roadhouses to chose from for your fuel