Overlanders head to Nyroca

There has been an obvious upsurge over recent months of overlanders and tourists generally making the trek down to the Lower Eyre Peninsula, whereas in times gone by, the bulk of the traffic made its way east and west ‘across the top’. But unless I’m mistaken, this year is a real exception.

Two or three years’ ago, we had no idea what an app was, but now our mobile phones are filled with the jolly things.  And if you are a traveller looking for cheap or free campsites, the app known as Wiki Camps is an essential tool. Gone are the days when one paid $50 or thereabouts for the great Camping Book of Australia – it doesn’t feature any more: it’s obsolete.

With the current influx of travellers, Nyroca Camp has benefited considerably, mostly as a direct result of Wiki Camps. If Dick and Dora are making their way down from Streaky Bay, they log onto Wiki Camps and spot Nyroca, and then read all about it. The little icons tell them what’s on offer at the camp eg pets allowed, washing machine available, wifi, campfire etc etc. The reader then checks the comments page and finds out what other visitors experienced, and then they decide to stay at Nyroca or keep going. Everyone seems to be on Wiki Camps.

One of the benefits of being a campsite manager is that one learns a great deal about the lives of others and the ways of the world. And you only have to ask a few questions and people will tell you their life story – and five or ten minutes  later you are best friends. Most travellers seem to be very happy and confident people, and have worked hard and saved for their trip of a lifetime. They love Australia and can talk about their experiences for hours.

The other observation that I make is that it’s not happenstance that they stay where they do, but more often than not, it’s on the recommendation from other like-minded travellers they meet along the track. Sourcing information about the next stage of their trip is vital information, and it’s readily available from others. They want to know for example, where they can park the caravan in the CBD at Port Lincoln, where’s the best place to get tyres, and where’s the best fish and chip shop.

Most of this discussion of course occurs around the campfire at night, and what superb nights we’ve experienced during the magic month of May, when the nights are warm and still, and the night sky is ablaze with all its wonder.

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