Free Camping is never far from the thoughts of travellers camping or caravanning in Australia. Sprinkling free camps liberally amongst paid caravan park stays is a great way of keeping costs down. South of Rockhampton in Central Queensland, the Burnett Highway leaves the coast and the Bruce Highway behind and heads inland to a great little free camp.
Dululu Free Camp – a Dululu Progress Association rest area.
At 452 km south of our last camp north of Mackay at Cape Hillsborough, Dululu was perfectly placed for our next night’s stop. Shadows were lengthening as we arrived so we quickly used what light was left to chose a flat level site, to avoid unhitching the van. We were one of the last to arrive and although another ten vans were set up, the camp was as quiet as an old people’s home.
Dululu is 33km south of Mt. Morgan. We’ve been to Mount Morgan a couple of times before but never really explored it in any depth. I had it in my mind that we would this time, but because we had been dawdling along ever since we left Townsville, the decision was made to push on to Dululu free camp.
We hate back-tracking so the next morning it was full steam ahead to Biloela, Monto and Cania Gorge. Next time – and there will be a next time – we will stay longer in the old gold mining town of Mt. Morgan.
As we drove through the township looking for the camp ground we noticed the remains of the Dululu Hotel. I’d read about it burning down in September 2015, but was surprised to see the outside of the hotel looked quite intact.
It would be lovely if this historic hotel was rebuilt but I guess the profit is just not there in these small communities, or maybe they weren’t insured… Anyways, the building started life as a boarding house in Mount Morgan and was shifted into Dululu community in 1935. In a strange twist of fate the original Dululu Pub was also destroyed by fire in 1928.
I wonder if these tennis courts, attached to the free camp rest area, are still in use? The grass encroaching onto the court suggests not!
I can imagine eating scones and pouring billy tea courtside…
Before the pub burned down, the key for the free camp hot shower was collected from the bar, bringing a little interaction between campers and residents. For now, the showers are not locked and an honour box is in place.
Our trip north from the Sunshine Coast to Townsville was via the coastal Bruce Highway and Dululu was our first free camp inland. Overnight the temperature dropped to 5 degrees and because we didn’t have power we couldn’t use our A/C as a heater. The next morning I rugged up and took some early photos. The sun shining through dewy grass and the rural view was quite beautiful.
It was ages since we’d been Outback and I was in love. The Burnett Highway or A3 is also called Australia’s Country Way and is signposted as such. Traffic is minimal on Australia’s Country Way and the peace and solitude of the outback is seductive.
Sunrise, through the Tennis Court. Note the undercover BBQ and information boards in the shelter.
Imagine the wonderful country dances Dululu Hall has hosted.
Dululu 48 Hour Rest Area.
Free Camp Credentials. Dogs Allowed. Camping Free. Toilets Free. Hot Showers $5. Limited Power Points Available $5. No drinking water. Picnic Tables. BBQ. TV and Mobile Phone Reception. Suitable for Caravans. Nice views.
Although Dululu is near the meeting of the A3 and A4, the camp itself is 200m away from both roads and peaceful.
Modern flush toilets, supplied with toilet paper and cleaned regularly.
Dululu is a free camp to keep in mind when driving Australia’s Country Way in Central Queensland.
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