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Enjoy a natural spa at outback destination Coward Springs

A literal desert oasis, Coward Springs Campground is a wetland on the Oodnadatta Track boasting a natural spa and camel tours.

Images: Coward Springs.

Calling camping enthusiasts, this remote campsite will take you off the beaten track and into campers’ paradise. 

A literal desert oasis, Coward Springs Campground is a wetland on the Oodnadatta Track. Only reachable by unsealed dirt road, your only guaranteed passage to this camp site is by a 4WD vehicle (although, weather dependent, usual cars, caravans, and camper-trailers can sometimes make the trip), but once you arrive, your natural surroundings will be worth the trip.

With camel safaris on offer, date palm surroundings attracting bush birds and butterflies, unique mound springs, and stunning wetland and sunset views, Coward Springs is a unique outback experience. 

Perhaps most notably, the campground also has a natural spa that’s built into a mini pool and fed by the bores. 

“Twenty-nine degrees centigrade and high in mineral salts, it is always refreshing; Try it under the starry night sky or in the early morning in the rising steam,” they say. 

The actual campground is equipped with showers, fireplaces, toilets, and a rich history. Once a train station on the Ghan railway line, the facilities were build with recycled railroad materials, and many restored heritage buildings (including a museum!) are a part of the campground. 

The camping fee is $15 per person per night, with children ages three to 15 half price.

Find out more about the Coward Springs Campground here

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