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Top 6 Mining Camps in Australia

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FIFO life can be different to each mining professional depending on their work structure and where they works. The shared experience of living in a mine camp can be varied based on number of site experiences, time of year and FIFO satisfaction. In this countdown we are taking into account the review scores received on Google.

Proximity to mine sites; food quality; liveability including cleanliness and comfort. As a bonus we have included two additional criteria to solidify the list: proximity to leisure and community which will act as an indicator of the quality of camp culture.

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Without further ado, we have our countdown of some of Australia’s best mining camps as voted by mine workers and passerbys.

No.6

Coming in mining camps in Australia at number 6, we have Searipple Village. Hugging the coast of Karratha in Western Australia, this campsite is centrally located to Karratha City; 10 to 15 mins to nearby mine work sites. Equipped with comfy beds, clean rooms and a bonus pet friendly reputation. The community encompasses mainly mining professional and minimal tourists.

From the mixed reviews from 225 reviewers, Searipple Village is the average representation of a functioning mine accomodation in Australia with a 3.3 rating.

Reviews include: “Same as it ever is, which is a great pub with fantastic pub grub and a good selection of craft beers. Used to be way better with the beer selection, seemed to be lacking decent variety.” – Shaun Kirby, July 2020

“Second time we’re staying in the camp this year. Pretty nice place to stay, friendly staff, good food and two modern gyms. Right next to the beach so easy to do a beautiful run/workout. The recently added Wifi works great and is way faster than Australian
averages!” – Marcel Witman, August 2019

“Food is better than most camps. Rooms are pretty standard. 50min drive to Cape Lambert.”-Mark Clune, January 2018.

No.5

Fifth on the list is selected from the Calliope small but tidy town offering country pubs, an 18 hole golf course and a small shopping centre. The Homeground village in Calliope, Queensland boasts 1392 spacious rooms, making booking workplace accommodation easy, convenient and affordable.

Your workforce can rest and recharge with four star recreational facilities including swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, gym, onsite personal trainers, recreation centre, theatre room, licensed tavern and games room.

Workers are offered the highest quality accommodation at Homeground Gladstone with an exceptional standard of facilities and services.

With access to a full range of amenities and services we’re raising the standard of living for transit workers at Homeground Gladstone in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure industries.

With personalised service, crisp white linen and queen-sized beds why would you stay anywhere else while staying and working in Gladstone, Queensland.

Reviews include: “Clean and well laid out camp. Rooms are a decent size to other camps” -Scott Young, August 2020

“Best place to stay when in the Gladstone area!! If you can’t be at home, be at the Homeground!!” – Susanne Vonpreislinger, August 2019

“Nice camp, food was good the first time but the next shutty when only 20 people were in camp the food suffered a bit but Calliope pizza is good and the pubs and bowls club come and pick you up and bring you back to homeground” – Gary Hasch, February 2019

No.4

Lavishly landscaped with native plants and winding pathways, the vibrant Stayover in Dysart 410 room village creates a modern yet welcoming ‘home-away-from-home’ for the Bowen Basin’s workforce.

Dedicated on-site management facilitates a stress free and engaging living environment. They are focused on the overall wellbeing of all guests and the efficient and safe operation of the village, and are excellent sources of local information. The vibrant village provides a modern yet welcoming ‘home away from home’ for the Bowen Basin’s workforce.

Reviews include: “Food is generally above average, rooms are clean and looked after, the grounds and gardens give the place a nice feel and staff are friendly overall it’s a good camp” – Michael Jocelyn, July 2020

“Bloody awesome rooms and food. Staff are more than friendly and helpful. You won’t find better outout and way” – Paul Olsen, August 2018

“Had a few meals at this camp. Not terrible, but certainly nothing spectacular. Under new management so may improve.” – Luke Burton, February 2017

No.3

Ideal for fun and relaxation, Leichhardt accommodation is located in the Mornington area of Mount Isa. Set 1.3 km from the excitement of the city, this 4-star hotel is a slice of home away from home. 10-15 mins to nearby mine sites, central location and the 90% mining worker community, Leichhardt ranks at a 4.5 from 99 google reviews.

Reviews include: “Really nice outdoor area with fully equipped kitchens and BBQs and a beautiful sunset view of the mine. Very pet friendly. Great area for my dog to run around.

“Supplied breakfast was amazing and I recommend taking advantage of their packed lunches. But, I would have liked to see an outdoor eating area so the dog could sit with us at breakfast. Would definitely stay again.” – Michelle Ayres, February 2020

“Best Owners Best pet friendly accommodation” – Linda Jane, July 2020

“This is a seriously good place to stay. The rooms are a decent size, clean and functional. Staff are pleasant. Food selection for breakfast was excellent. Decent coffee. Best camp accommodation that I have stayed in.” – Chris Williams, July 2019

No.2

Gunbarrel Laager Travellers Rest is situated within the Gunbarrel Grapes Vineyard property. 11.8km east of Wiluna on the western end of the Gunbarrel Highway, this hidden gem is an “oasis in the desert”. It is enjoyed by both workers and tourists. The closest mine is the Wiluna Gold Mine which is set to open again for mining in 2020 by Blackham resources.

180 km east of Meekatharra, 550 km north of Kalgoorlie and 1200 km from Perth. Gunbarrel Travellers Rest received 4.5 stars out of 29 reviews on google.

Reviews include: “Very well looked after at this oasis in the desert. Will definitely be back when in the region again.” – Scott W, August 2019

“Nice people, rooms as you would expect for the middle of nowhere. Facilities are good too.”-Kim Misson, July 2018

“Meals are great but the place was full to the brim with High Viz workers when we were there.” – Roy Cuzens, August 2019

No.1

The best campsite in Australia to date is the refurbished Mulla Mulla camp, located in Newman in the Pilbara mining region. This BHP funded camp comes with timber floors, private bathrooms and a virtual golf course. The 3 storey mess is also a winner amongst FIFO guests and has a large mining community as this is an exclusive mine accommodation.

Google reviews came in at 3.9 stars from 198 reviews.

Reviews include: “Out of camps it has to be the best one I have ever stayed in for food availability in done in or take away and the rooms are massive and clean and well presented ….” – George Beever, July 2020

“Fairly new camp, no expense spared, large rooms and bathrooms, timber floors. Virtual reality golf X 4 , 4 squash courts.The usual sports facilities. Oh, and there’s also 3 pubs and pretty good food” – Peter Fitzgerald, November 2019

“Best mine camp, gym is excellent” – Michael Meehan, March 2020

There you have it, the 6 best mining camp sites in Australia voted by you.

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  • Regarding the best Camps in Australia you should do a survey on the worst too. It is a shame how some camps think FIFO works don’t deserve a decent meal or service. Dysart has one of the best as displayed in your article but surly one of the worst in the Civio camp. It may be interesting to see where they sit in the worst top 10?