We became the proud owners of a new VW T6 LWB 4 Motion Achtung Campervan with Nature Lover conversion in March 2020. We were lucky to drive it from Geelong back to Adelaide just days before the borders were closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. Travel restrictions then really set in and so our campervan sat in our apartment carpark until mid-May when travel to regional areas within South Australia was again encouraged.
We needed no encouragement! We booked 3 nights at the Mambray Creek campground in Mount Remarkable National Park, 40km north of Port Pirie and 240km north of Adelaide, about a three hour drive from home. In SA all national park campsites must be pre-booked online, so sites have to be chosen from a map and photo. We wondered what site 46 would turn out to be like in reality, but were certainly not disappointed once we arrived.
All campsites are unpowered, there are two toilet blocks and a small shower block with satisfyingly hot water! The campsites are all on a level surface, set within magnificent, remnant river red gums, some of the oldest trees in SA. Most of the camping sites are spaced out well, giving plenty of privacy to each site, while there are a few sites closer to the shower block better suited to caravans or quick overnight stays.
The campground was formerly part of a large sheep station, so walking to the Baroota ruins is an interesting experience, in addition to all the bushwalking tracks. One of the tracks climbs up onto a hillside with expansive views over Spencer Gulf, with the city of Whyalla in the distance. There are longer tracks that traverse the range and end up at spectacular Alligator Gorge or the picturesque town of Melrose at the foot of Mount Remarkable. We tackled several walks of less than 10km, which were well defined and easy to navigate, but with a couple of steep climbs included.
We used this first trip to test out our campervan’s features, to see how much water we use, how much power our 65 litre fridge draws and how comfortable the bed is. It passed with flying colours! When we first selected the various conversion components we decided not to have an attached awning, as we were very tight on the height of our vehicle for parking in the under-croft carpark of our building. So, on this trip we also tried out a free standing Oztrail day shade, as we like to spend as much time as possible cooking and eating outside. The shade structure worked well in combination with the campervan.
Apart from bushwalking, cooking, eating, and drinking red wine in the evenings, we relaxed and revisited our long neglected interests of sketching and photography. We are looking forward to more great experiences in our Achtung Campervan in future!