We took a month to do this amazing trip. There was a party of eight people in four vehicles (Toyota Safari Landcruisers 4WD rented from Britz).
Itinerary: Cairns to Darwin, Darwin to Kakadu, Kadaku to Katherine, Katherine to Bungle Bungles, Bungle Bungles to Gibb River Road to Broome.
Fly Qantas from Sydney to Cairns and collect a Britz 4WD with rooftop tent – a very well equipped vehicle. We drive to Port Douglas via Palm Cove.
We treated ourselves, after nearly four weeks of camping, to three nights at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa – and loved it!
At Reception we were offered a glass of sparkling wine and booked into Room 367 on the first floor (there is just ground floor and first floor) of the Dragon Flower Wing.
The room was lovely – spacious, nicely furnished with a luxurious feel.
We arrive early evening at Whalesong Cafe and receive a warm welcome from Jacinta, who with her partner, own the Whalesong Cafe and campground.
There are just five camping spots here and we share the very large #5 campsite with our friends who arrived half an hour before us.
We light a campfire, enjoy a delicious dinner and go to bed to the sound of the waves. It isn’t until next morning we realise what a beautiful spot we have ended up in – our campsite is right above the beach with lovely views of Pender Bay and the sunrise is gorgeous.
Silent Grove Campground is in the King Leopold Range Conservation Park. It is the closest campground to Bell Gorge – a popular place to visit along the Gibb River Road.
This is a self-registration campsite and after completing our details and placing the correct money in the envelope, we choose a shady site. There are not too many campers here at the moment but it is quite a small campground so we ‘save’ our spot before driving 10kms down the road to do the Bell Gorge walk.
The campsite has two bathroom blocks (one for men and one for women) with solar hot water showers. There are three showers in each block, a long bench but no hand basins or mirrors, just a tap at the entrance. Flushing toilet cubicles are scattered throughout the campsite.
There are round fire-pits and taps throughout the campsite.
There are no facilities for rubbish here and we must take it out of the park with us.
Silent Grove Campground is a very pleasant spot and very convenient to beautiful Bell Gorge.
12 June 2016
This holiday park is very impressive. It is immaculately kept and very clean. The ‘streets’ of the park are lined with trees as are most of the campsites.
We have site #169 towards the back of the park – plenty of space.
There are two amenity blocks – the one closest to us is very modern inside, clean and spacious. There is a long mirror above the basins and soap dispensers.
The men are on one side of the block and the women on the other, with a laundry area in between the two. The other amenities block has the same set up.
The camp kitchen is located in the same building as Reception at the front of the Park. There are tables and chairs, BBQ, cooktop, toasters, microwave and washing up basin.
During our visit, Outback Paddy (songwriter, guitarist, singer) performs.
This is an excellent caravan park and highly recommended.
12 June 2016