Lara Wetlands is situated 28km south of Barcaldine in Central Queensland. It is an oasis in the outback with lots of shady campsites, a large camp kitchen, and amenities blocks.
The road in is a good gravel road and our 8m motorhome had no trouble getting there, we just went slowly in some sections.
You arrive at the entrance near a Reception building that also houses a small shop and a book exchange. Check in is quick and efficient. You are told to find your own camp site however, if you are on the waters edge, you must park forwards or reversed and not sideways. This enables as more campers to get a waterfront site around the roughly circular wetlands.
Bikes and kayaks are available and a soak in the hot artesian pool is a must-do.
It costs $25 per night for two and you can purchase a trolley load of wood for $15 to use in the many fire pits scattered around the campground.
Lara Wetlands is one of those places you can keep coming back to. It is especially beautiful at sunset with reflections on the water.