Before we hit Julia Creek we had a relaxing 4 nights camping at Nonda Billabong in Maxwelton, Outback Queensland (between Richmond and Julia Creek). We spent our time fishing, exploring, fighting hoards of bugs in the van at night (handy tip- close the van up before dusk), watching the sunsets and chilling around the campfire.
When you see the rest stop on the side of the highway, don’t be fooled by the boring gravel pit. Keep driving down behind it to find this little outback oasis and enjoy the serenity!
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Nonda Billabong – Maxwelton Camping
Hot spring water
No toilets, showers, bins, power or drinking water
Exploring Nonda Billabong
We went for a wander around the billabong and found two very interesting things. One was a hidden creek that flows into the billabong – see if you can find it too! That water was hot – straight from the artesian! We found a spot along the creek where someone had dammed it a bit and created a natural hot (muddy) spa.
The other interesting thing that we found was another travelling pair, the Great Aussie Adventure. They have the most wicked and well set-up rig we’ve seen so far. They even have a return osmosis filtration system for turning virtually any water they find into fresh, drinkable water, enabling them to remain off-grid for months at a time!
Nonda Billabong Camp is situated smack bang in between Richmond and Julia Creek in western Queensland.
To find the camp, you will pull off the highway at a Gravel Pit. Then you need to follow the dirt track, which will lead through the bush and down to a Billabong (nearby is an old train station). You can pull up camp where ever you like around the Billabong.
TIP – If you’re like us and miss the gravel pit, there is another road just over the bridge to the right saying ‘Road Closed’ – ignore that and head on in. It will take you back around to the billabong. Use google maps satellite image to see where the billabong is and where we camped.