Just 300 metres from all of Harrow’s shops and museums but with the peacefulness of a bush experience, it is the ideal spot to rest and relax.
The park offers powered sites, large areas of unpowered sites and a well-maintained amenities block containing toilets, showers and free laundry. There is a free, electric barbecue, under cover and with seating and power point access.
A self-contained cabin is also available with linen supplied.
A playground area is centrally located for the children .
Once you have arrived and unpacked, rest under the shade of one of the many majestic red gums and listen to the sound of the local birdlife. Take a walk along the river walking track where you will be delighted as you discover the abundance of bird and water life and the rich tapestry of flora found on the banks of the Glenelg. The locality also houses a colony of endangered “growling grass frogs” (The Harrow Discovery Centre has loads of information about local wildlife, for your use).
If fishing interests you, try your hand at pulling in any of the red fin, topong and black fish found in the local waters (in the interest of swimmers’ safety, don’t fish near the swimming hole – a lost hook is very nasty when stuck in a child’s foot).
The swimming is awesome at the fiord, but please do not leave the children unsupervised.
The walking track also allows you to discover the relationship between the traditional owners and the river, over thousands of years. This self-guided tour provides an enlightening view of the importance of the river and the different Aboriginal language groups who lived and hunted by the banks.
The camping area over looks the Johnny Mullagh Oval, which is ideal for family cricket, allowing budding sporting heroes to dream and relive the moment in 1878 when Johnny Mullagh launched a cricket ball out of the oval, across the street and into the paddock heading up the hill. The hill now bears a plaque, mounted on a rock, to mark the actual spot, 151 yards from the crease.
And be prepared for some company, as the kookaburras come to watch and have a laugh with you. It might just pay to throw another snag on the barbie!
The Johnny Mullagh Reserve and campground holds “RV friendly location status” and welcomes campers in tents, caravans and other RVs, all-year-round.