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BUBBLES FROM BELOW: Julia Creek's artesian baths. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

BUBBLES FROM BELOW: Julia Creek's artesian baths. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

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Powered or unpowered, grassy areas or fully self-contained, you'll be spoilt.

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WITH towering ancient gorges, world-renowned fossil deposits, untouched national parks and warm country hospitality, North West Queensland is one of those regions best seen by road.

It also has some marvellous caravan parks. Here are just some you should try when you are travelling through the area.

You'll feel right at home at one of Julia Creek Caravan Park's drive-through, unpowered and powered sites, grassed camping areas or fully self-contained cabins. Julia Creek is one of those friendly parks you'll find yourself recommending to others. Whether you're in the mood to socialise or not, you can unwind after a day on the road at one of the six artesian bathhouses, overlooking the breathtaking downs country (with a cheese platter and wine in hand) and soak up the therapeutic properties of the water from the Great Artesian Basin.

This hotel is a must-see for its eccentric, grandmother-approved collection of stockmen's hats and other memorabilia. Make the most of this free, pet-friendly campsite and outback experience in the charming town of Prairie, about 43 kilometres from Hughenden. Patrons can also dig into a pub meal to remember in the hotel's country-style dining room, surrounded by Prairie's old treasures and relics.

Be greeted with towering cliffs of coloured sandstone, pockets of vine forest and deep blue waterholes as you make your way through the gates at Porcupine Gorge National Park. The scenic Pyramid Campground situated at Porcupine Gorge has a limited number of sites (22, to be exact), basic facilities, picnic tables and fire rings - so planning ahead is crucial to secure your spot.

Shout "Ay, Karumba!" at this five-star, family- and pet-friendly caravan park. Located in the heart of Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria, travellers can commune where the outback meets the sea at one of the park's 163 powered sites, 22 unpowered sites, six ensuite villas or four cabins. With a swimming pool open all year round, it's a great place to cool off after a long day exploring North West Queensland.

Hidden amid the scenescape in the historic township of Mount Surprise, you'll find Bedrock Village Caravan Park and Tours. On nine acres of true-blue bushland, it offers adventurers perfect base to make the most of local attractions, such as the Savannahlander train and Undara Lava Tubes. Make yourself home at one of the 35 air-conditioned ensuite cabins, 75 powered sites or 30 lawned tent sites before you sit around the campfire for a frequent impromptu concert.

YOU'RE SOAKING IN IT: Julia Creek's artesian baths. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

YOU'RE SOAKING IN IT: Julia Creek's artesian baths. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

You can expect big things from the moment the Big Barramundi greets you at the Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park in Normanton. From wetlands and grasslands to arid savannah territory, you can take in the landscapes from above with their popular helicopter rides or heli-fishing tour across the Norman River. The park will tickle all travellers' tastes, with air-conditioned motel rooms and caravanning and camping sites. There's also a restaurant and pool on-site, so once you check in, you'll have everything you need for a comfortable stay!

The Savannah Way's newest tourist attraction, Talaroo Hot Springs, combines the culture and hospitality of Ewamian people with one of this part of Queensland's most remarkable wonders. Guests in one of the 16 powered and 15 unpowered sites are encouraged to make the most of "Talaroo Time" and join the exclusive guided tours, experience the healing waters of the hot springs or private soaking pools, enjoy a walk to the Einasleigh River or experience a yarning circle.

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