Camping in the bush without facilities doesn’t suit everyone. Particularly when larger groups want to camp together, it’s easier if there are toilets, taps and kitchen areas to use.

We’ve been camping with friends at Rivers Edge Wilderness Camping and RV, a private property out of range of mobile phones but with flushing toilets, electricity and water at camping sites and a beautiful stretch of creek and bush to explore. The owners Malcolm and Trudi have been developing their block of land for several years, and we’ve been benefiting from all the improvements.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
The campground is less than an hour's drive northwest of Hobart.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
Dogs are allowed here, and there's a paddock to keep horses for trail-riding while camping.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
Each camping site is a generous size, with room for several tents, caravans or buses like ours.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
Our friends have brought their horses for trail-riding, and so we camp in the site next to the paddock.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
Firepots are placed in a safe location at each site, and firewood is available for purchase.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
A communal shelter contains kitchen facilities (including a microwave!), a fridge and a freezer.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
Metal bird sculptures adorn the side of the communal shed, giving clues as to which ones we may see here.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
The amenities block has only been recently constructed, and everything is nice and clean and working well. Hot showers are coin-operated, costing $2 for five minutes.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
Trudi maintains lush herb and vegie gardens on the property.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
A furnished shelter overlooks the deep, cold swimming hole.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
Here the water is icy-cold and deep enough to lose track of the bottom.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
It's lovely to swim in fresh water — even if it's just for a short time! It's possible that a platypus resides in the creek, too, but we didn't see it.

While we’ve been here, we’ve experienced our hottest day in a long time, but in such a location — especially with water on tap and flowing nearby, it wasn’t hard to cool off. The girls have also been busy collecting bugs, cutting flowers and grass with scissors and playing in and out of the bus. Although there were other families camping around us, the girls played together most of the time without including others in their games.

Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
Our favourite section of the creek is a shallower part that runs over flat rock beds.

Playing at the creek at Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
Here, the water is warmed by the sun, and the girls wade through it looking for little creatures and water weed.

Aisha with a sprinkler at Rivers-edge Wilderness Camping, January 2013
When walking to various sections of the camping ground, sometimes we have to run a gauntlet of sprinklers. The girls aren't convinced that it's more fun to stay dry, however.

Delaney with mahjong pieces, January 2013
Our friends are spending lazy afternoons playing mahjong in the shade and generously share a spare set with Delaney.

The Gifted Gypsy, with a rainbow over it, January 2013
After a very brief storm, a rainbow arcs across the sky. Only while processing this photo do I realise that it's a double rainbow. Thank you, Elijah!

I enjoyed our time of camping in the company of others and participating in adult conversation. It was a nice place to hang out for a couple of days, and for those who would like to camp as part of a group in a wilderness location, I’d recommend this location.