Our intended stop for this night was to be at Kyancutta at the junction of two highways (Eyre and Tod Highways) however we arrived far too early to set up camp for the night. Our decision to continue on down the road to the next available free camping site was vindicated when we arrived at Minnipa.
At Minnipa there are two vastly different free camping locations, one close to the town centre and the other 4 kilometres down a dirt road.
Even though we did not stay at the Tcharkuldu Rock free camp site we did in fact have a drive around, checking out the “lay of the land” so to speak. On my return trip, at some stage in the future, I will definitely be staying here.
First free camping site
This is called Apex Park and is located just at the edge of the township, and not all that far from the centre of town.
It has limited parking spots, none of which are marked, so first in best dressed rules apply. In addition, it has what is locally referred to as the “Concrete Crappa” (ie toilets, male and female), there are no other facilities.
If you want to have a camp fire please bring your own fire wood, do not use any wood lying around, it is just a respect thing for the locals.
There are no special features of this park but it has an atmosphere which exudes relaxation, try it and find out.
Our first visit here, we arrived late and there was only one or two spots left. Everyone had left room for others, there were campers talking around a fire giving a relaxed look and feel to the place.
Our second visit, we arrived first, only an hour before the arrival on our first visit! At the end of the night the place was only half full yet we enjoyed this as much as any other camping site, enjoying a chat around a small camp fire.
Second free camping site
Heading west into Minnipa take the first turn into Minnipa at Moseley Terrace, follow this to the end of the bitumen and turn right onto Bockelberg Rd. This is a dirt road, and at the time of my drive down to Tcharkuldu Rock (May 2018) it was in good condition. Follow this road for approximately 4 kilometres. The free camp site is on the left.
This area is being developed yet you are still able to camp here. The only facilities is a standalone outhouse (one person at a time) which means that you need to be fully self-contained (this is not a requirement) to really enjoy your stay.
The rock is impressive, able to be climbed and the camping sites are unmarked and it is totally up to you as to where you camp. We did not stay as we are not that well-equipped yet, we still need proper toilet facilities!
There is one other feature of the Tcharkuldu Rock camp site, and that is the Tcharkuldu Hut.
Originally built in 1915 as a surveyors – workmen hut when building the dam, tank and drains for the town’s water supply.
Currently, it us not used for any specific purpose, rather it is left for the use of those camping, locals or others who visit for any reason.
We enjoyed our short stays in Minnipa, including our coffee and cake at the Minnipa General Store which was also the Post Office.
If you have stayed here and wish to share your views please feel free to do so in the comments section below.