The "Cocky's Nest"

The “Cocky’s Nest”

“Come as strangers, leave as friends ” the sign read as we drove through the gates of Black Cockatoo Bush camp. We had no idea at that point as to just how true that sign was. We continued down the driveway past the “cockys nest” which said to “choose a site and we will come past and visit you soon” but to our delight Ken and Liz the owners of this beautiful property were already driving down to greet us. After a quick chat and a run through of the campground we made our way towards the back of the property to choose our own little piece of spectacular bushland .

black cockatoo bush campblack cockatoo bush campDriving through we spotted the dam that is full of yabbies and fish and noticed little shelters that have been built throughout the grounds and hand painted. We definitely had to choose a spot next to one of these little shelters as they had running water and solar powered LED lights in them as well. Setting up camp amongst shady gums surrounded by beautiful bushland was just sensational.

Our campsite with no one else in sight !

Our campsite with no one else in sight !

The next few days were spent catching yabbies in our yabby net, taking the bush walk through unspoilt bushland and tackling the amazing four wheel drive track that was once the heart and soul of the property. Ken and Elizabeth had originally set the property up as a yabby farm, one of only a  handful of operational yabby farms in the state. Before turning to farming yabbies they had both spent many hard years working their cattle station, wishing now that they had started farming yabbies a whole lot sooner.

Lots of 4x4 fun !

Lots of 4×4 fun !

Now days the ponds that use to contain the yabbies have been turned into a four wheel drivers paradise. There are obstacles with many different degrees of difficulties, hill climbs and descents, obstacle crossings, water crossing and much, much more. Carlo only got a short turn at testing out the track before Lavinia stole the drivers wheel from him and had an awesome time testing out her driving ability. Many four wheel drive groups use the course for driver training but it is also an incredible day of fun for the experienced driver.

black cockatoo bush campBesides from a whole lot of fun Black Cockatoo Bush Camp is an awesome place just to sit and unwind and take in this breathtaking property. We were even lucky enough to spot the endangered Red Tailed Black Cockatoo which nest in the surrounding bushland during our stay.

There are powered sites throughout the grounds, plenty of room for large caravans through to small swags, bunkhouse style accommodation, shelter sheds with water and lights, toilet and shower facilities and above all amazingly warm hospitality.

We are definitely not the only ones who fell in love with this place, a quick read through the visitors book located in the “Cocky’s Nest” and it’s clear to see that everyone who visits takes home the same amazing memories from staying at Black Cockatoo Bush Camp.

The bush walk located on the property is a great morning or afternoon stroll

The bush walk located on the property is a great morning or afternoon stroll

When Ken and Liz learnt that we would be taking the old railway line across the Nullabour ( a trip that they say would have to be their favourite of all time) they didn’t hesitate to laminate some maps for us and give a list of detailed instructions and phone numbers of places and people to see along the way. This kind of information when travelling into remote areas is invaluable and we can’t thank them enough for the insight they have given us.

Black cockatoo bush campAnd that sign out the front on entry couldn’t be truer, we are proud to call Ken and Liz friends, as they are genuinely kind and welcoming warm hearted people and we are so so thankful that they have turned their property into this amazing bush camp for all to enjoy.

The rain water tanks and sheds are painted in colourful murals

The rain water tanks and sheds are painted in colourful murals

“Thank you Ken and Elizabeth, you are amazing people and we can’t wait to visit you again one day”

At a glance

Where: 14km from Naracoorte on Chapples Rd Wild Dog Valley SA
Cost : Camp $10 per person $5 school age children per night
Bunk house accommodation $15 per person
4wd course $20 half day $30 full day
Nearest fuel and food : Naracoorte 14km from camp
Accessibility: all vehicles ( 4×4 needed for 4×4 course !)

More Info : www.blackcockatoobushcamp.com.au

Choose your very own camp area with shelter shed, running water, solar powered lights, fire pit and solid wooden table

Choose your very own camp area with shelter shed, running water, solar powered lights, fire pit and solid wooden table

black cockatoo bush camp

Even the bathrooms are full of Aussie character. We absolutely loved it here.

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