Murray River Source to Sea

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Start Canberra, Namatji National Park to Adaminiby. Gravel can be a bit rough. Good free camping around 3 Mile Dam, west of Kiandra. We had a site to ourselves and noticed a caravan pulled up on the other side of the lake. Binoculars revealed another Bushtracker. Didn't meet up as it was gone before we broke camp. Access tracks to the Pilot where the Murray starts are locked courtesy of NSW National Park Service (Service?). The nearest camping to the source is at Tom Groggin. We chose a road on the west side of the river near Khancoban - Biggara Valley and managed to find a magic free camp at Bunroy Junction. Wouldn't recommend the last 5km if your rig exceeds 13m. We hung a wheel over a pipe end on a left hand hairpin. (Thanks BTi for the load sharing suspension) Then a 600mm gum tree across road had to be moved. But well worth the effort as the site was perfect. Didn't see another human for 3 days. Downstream from Tintaldra there are roads on both sides of the river all the way to the Coorong in South Australia. Good maps (Natmap 1:250k, or larger) will help find hundreds of river bank camps. Just about any track leading towards the river ends at a great camp spot. We met up with 3 couples at Customs House (30k NE of Renmark) for a week on luxury houseboat "River Reflections". Free camping is more difficult to find below Renmark due to the more intense land-use. At the Coorong (Narrung side), Long Point is good but there are some better ones along the 4WD track to the west of Long Point. We were away 52 nights, only 10 in caravan parks and 7 on the houseboat. We returned via the Grampians - four days and we've gotta go back!! Cheers, .....Rob and Liz
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