50km off the Gibb River Road, Drysdale Station offers a spot to stop over on the way to Mitchell Falls
From Mt Elizabeth Station – 160km
$25 per adult per night
Plus $10 per night for power (they have 6 powered sites located off one pole)
Drysdale has all the facilities but the camping area is pretty much a dust bowl. They have signs saying ‘please use previous fire pits otherwise there would be no grass left’, well there wasn’t much grass there to start with!
The toilet and shower facilities were very clean, ensuite style and the showers were hot. The opportunity to do some washing (that wasn’t by hand) was too good to pass up and the fact that our dirty clothes basket was overflowing meant I couldn’t not do it! The benefits of doing washing up here are, it takes thirty minutes for the wash cycle to finish and then within an hour all your clothes are dry!
While Tayla was having her bucket bath we also had a Little Egret come to visit. Tayla loves birds so loved seeing this Egret come up to her until it obviously got a little too close for comfort. Apparently it has been hanging around for a while and was not afraid of people at all.
We had dinner at the restaurant that night (what a luxury)! We booked a table and ordered our dinner in the afternoon and then headed over around 6ish (we were told our dinner would be ready at 6:45, there wasn’t any choosing of times), we had a drink before dinner which gave us an opportunity to catch up with fellow travellers we had met along the way and meet new ones. There was a lot of comparing of stories, different campsites and troubles each one had run into. We also met another family with kids very close in age to ours, so we had dinner with them. Once again the kids loved each other’s attention while the adults got some other adult conversation.
We were only staying at Drysdale one night so our setup was very basic! The trailer remained on the car and as we didn’t have to cook dinner the stove didn’t even come out! The next morning it was our quickest pack up and our earliest time ever for being on the road!!! Mitchell Falls here we come (looking just a bit dusty)!!!