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Australia's Best Kept Secret Camping Destination

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Lake Keepit Sailing Club.

LOCATED near Tamworth in country New South Wales, Lake Keepit is the best kept secret in the land. 

But after staying there recently, there is no way I can keep quiet about this brilliant destination.

Many caravanners and campers hope to go where no one has been before, or they have a hidden treasure that they visit every year.

         The stunning layout around the lake is ideal for campers who want to find their “hidden treasure”.

       Kayaking on the lake.

Well, we found ours … except we are telling everyone.

Lake Keepit has been around for many years but has largely gone unknown – until now.

It’s a park and lake that is going ahead in leaps and bounds. Owned by the NSW State government and managed by the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust, it has recently had a lot of time and money spent on it.

It is not at all off the beaten track – it’s 40 minutes from Tamworth and 25 minutes from Gunnedah, six hours from Sydney and four hours from Newcastle. The lake is surrounded by kilometres of pastoral and timber country that creates a picturesque setting for the lake, and the Lake Keepit Holiday Park right on the shores of the main basin.

If it is watersports you love, then Lake Keepit is for you. Boating, fishing, waterskiing or wakeboarding, kayaking, swimming or just simple relaxation on the banks’ edge. Every watersport imaginable is right here, even a sailing club where you can hire equipment. There are bikes, canoes, kayaks and water-bikes for hire as well.

And for accommodation, the caravan park has powered and unpowered sites including a range of great cabins and onsite tents. You can also opt to do the great Aussie bush camping. Kangaroos are plentiful in the area and there are great bird watching opportunities also. Lake Keepit really does suit everyone, no matter what your requirements or demands are.

The park is also home to a gliding club and air strip, right on the lake’s edge, so if you are a bit of a thrill seeker, you can take in a wicked glider flight over the area. The guys here are very experienced and will ensure you get more than you bargain for in the scenery and thrill department, and once you are hooked on gliding, the guys here can even teach you to fly.

For the kids, there is plenty to do with a new waterpark and BMX and mountain bike track plus all the other land-based fun like tennis, volleyball, a skate bowl and more than enough room for bike riding. Great bush walks abound the area so there will not be a moment of boredom when at Lake Keepit.

We spent four days here and it was nowhere near enough. But its easy access makes it a great weekender too. With good water levels all year round, it allows for endless fun no matter what time of year you visit. It was chilly in July when we arrived, but it didn’t dampen the spirits as we hit the water for a kayak race before enjoying some great fishing.

Although I am terrified of heights, I decided to try gliding and getting a bird’s-eye view of the area gives it a whole new dimension. The countryside is spectacular and the great views took my mind off my acrophobia. And I was very impressed they could fit a 203cm guy like myself in there.

It is such a relaxing atmosphere here, with the management so friendly and eager to help. The facilities are paramount and nothing is left forgotten. Want to roast marshmallows? There is a fantastic fire pit for the whole family to sit around and a great spot to make new friends.

And if you just can’t do without your caffeine hit, then never fear, as the cafe has it all.

For an unforgettable country holiday, you can’t beat Lake Keepit for adventure and fun in a great bush setting.

TRAVEL TIPS

• Pack good shoes and suitable watersport clothing.

• Remember your camera as the wildlife is plentiful.

• Be prepared to extend your stay!

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