Frequently Asked Questions
What facilities are available?
Amenities Block - Located next to
the sites, approx. twenty-five metres away. It contains three bathrooms
and a laundry with a coin-operated washing machine (2 x $1 coins
Campfire Area – Riverfront and
paved, at the upstream end of the sites. Wood can be self-gathered
locally. If you intend to stay more than a couple days, it will be
helpful to bring a chainsaw.
Water - There is bore water from
the tap at your power box, and rainwater (for drinking only) at a nearby
Should I book ahead if I want to stay?
It’s not totally necessary, but is a good
idea to phone ahead, especially in the days before you intend to visit
(School holidays are often the busiest.)... just in case we have a
temporary closure planned or are already fully booked. We have just 6
Riverfront sites in total.
Do I need a 4WD to get to Idalia?
No. BUT… The roads to us are unsealed.
They are generally okay, and it's just a matter of taking your time and
driving to the conditions of the road.
Can I tow my camper-trailer or caravan
Certainly, but please bear in mind that we
are only accessible by unsealed roads in all directions. Your trailer or
van doesn't need to be an off-road type ... just drive to the
Do you have unpowered sites?
Our 6 sites are all at the one grassed
area, absolutely Riverfront for all sites, atop the bank of the Darling,
and all have access to power. You can choose to not use power.
What happens if it rains prior to my
Road closures due to rain are a fact of
life with unsealed roads in the outback. Roads are closed until they
dry. Time taken to dry depends on the amount of rain received, the
weather prior and after the rainfall.
If you have pre-booked, leaving a mobile
phone contact while you are travelling is handy, so that I have a means
of contacting you if we’ve had significant rain prior to your arrival.
If you are here and it rains then you may
have to extend your stay until roads are dry and reopened. If a rain
event is predicted I do my best to warn visitors of the risk of having
to stay a little longer. The decision is then yours to make as to
whether you stay or continue through the area to sealed roads.
Can I go fishing, yabbying, boating,
Yes. BYO gear and bait.
‘Activities’ page for
Fishing Licence requirements.
Is there mobile phone coverage at
With a car kit and aerial, yes there are
‘spots’ you can get service, but it’s not guaranteed and should not be
relied upon! Also your mobile must be with Telstra, a Next-G or later
Is Idalia dog friendly?
We allow visiting dogs, WITH CONDITIONS.
We have several working dogs ourselves,
they are all female.
Well behaved and socialised female and
neutered male dogs.
STRICTLY NO ‘entire male’ dogs.
ALL waste to be removed by owner/s well
away from site area.
Dogs MUST BE RESTRAINED when not in the
IMMEDIATE PRESENCE and CONTROL of Owner/s.
Dogs to be restrained (eg tied, caged,
or in your van/tent) at night.
Can I buy fuel and basic food
Louth (43km) and Tilpa (47km) sell diesel
and unleaded fuel, though it's a good idea to fuel up at your last major
town before heading out to Idalia as occasionally the local pubs run out
of a particular fuel type. Fuel is also more costly at these small
Shindy's Inn at Louth can provide you with
very basic food provisions.
Both village Pubs do beaut Pub meals.
Do you allow recreational hunting?