Australia’s Gay Nomads – 2019 Camp Stool Safari to Broken Heel Festival

Camp Mother of Australia’s Gay Nomads, Lynne Hocking is here to tell us all about the inaugural Camp Stool Safari that travelled from Mathoura near Echuca up through the desert along the Long Paddock.

This drive was made famous as a  track that cattle were herded to feed them up on the way to the market. This drive links Euchuca Victoria to Wilcannia NSW.

The concept of the Camp Stool Safari was to help caravanners, camper trailer travelers and motor homers explore and travel a different way to get to Broken Heel Festival. This journey included 366km of dirt road. So we put the call out on our Facebook page and asked if any one wanted to join us.

We had GLBTQI and straight allies join us from Maryborough QLD, Wollongong NSW, Culburra Beach NSW. Cobargo NSW, Summers VIC, Kyneton VIC, Adelaide SA, Sydney NSW. By the time we got to Wilcannia we had 10 vehicles in tow. What a fantastic mix of people couples, singles, dogs and bloody great cooks.

To give you an idea of the sights we saw along the way:

  • Hike the Millewa Forest – Worlds Largest Red Gum Forest
  • Gulpa Creek Walk
  • Murray Valley National Park
  • The Long Paddock interpretive panels
  • Peppin Heritage Centre @ Deniliquin
  • Pretty Pine Pub
  • Peppin Memorial Ram Statue @ Wanganella

We met up with the organisers of the Hay Mardi Gras and Plains Rainbow Festival at a local pub and they are wonderful straight girls who have gay sons and want them to feel accepted. Very emotional dinner. The Shear Outback Museum which was awesome .

We then travelled onto Ivanhoe which is really remote and tiny. So off we went and did a self interpreted walking tour of town. We could have done our own mardi gras down the street without being seen or even hit by a vehicle…. But we checked out every sight of this small community.

This next day saw us at Wilcannia which was very very drought affected however the camp site managers put n a rip roaring campside meal.

The next day we mounted our convoy and travelled into Broken Hill to the Broken Hill Tourist Park which is so gay friendly. They out on cocktails every day, drag show by the pool by one of their staff members – Paulinie. Michael who runs the park is awesome and has always welcomed GLBTQI travellers from the very first Broken Heel Festival. He puts on free transport to town which is only 2 km away. The 5th annual festival was sensational and almost every event was sold out.

Our group got together most afternoons had cocktails and did our own thing of an evening. It was a fabulous trip and we want to keep organising Camp Stool Safaris. In fact the 2021 Camp Stool Safari is to Narooma in late April for the Oyster Festival. For more information, click here.

Come and join us on  a Camp Stool Safari in 2021. We have a great community of road travellers building and would love you to join us for a community of like minded travellers just OUT enjoying the great outdoors.

Happy travels and much love!

Camp Mother – Lynne Hocking