If you have information, the location of, who to contact for places within Australia that welcome Veterans, please contact the webmaster so that the details can be added here. All corrections to the existing should also be forwarded to the webmaster
  AVVRG - Ian Menzies  
  Banks Creek Retreat web  
  Barcaldine "Lara Wetlands Camping Grounds"  
  Bush Retreat in Sth Australia  
  Camp Andrew Russell   
  Cockatoo Rise  
  Camp Hart   
  Darwin Retreat  
  Meentheena Station, to the East of Marble Bar West Australia Brochure  
  Murraguldrie Veterans Retreat  
Australian Medical Information sites and information for our
Veteran and Emergency Services may be listed here
  Mesothelioma Australia  
  Sleep Apnea and CPAP Information - raising awareness about how respiratory illnesses can affect sleep duration and quality  
  Sleep Apnea Australia  
  Australian Department of Veteran Affairs - Sleep Apnea  
  Pandanus Park  
  Roper Retreat  
  Ramon Deed Veterans' Retreat  
  Standown Park  
  Sapphire Gemfields Queensland  
  South Australia - Southern Yorke Peninsula & Bublacowie Military Museum and Memorial Gardens  
  Tasmania Veterans Retreat  
  VVMC Gippsland Chapter   


If you have information on the location of Veteran Retreats around Australia please send the details to the webmaster to be included on this list

  Hi All! My name is Bob Kelly. I am a Vietnam Veteran, served in 1969, at present I am camped up at my nieces place in Barcaldine called "Lara Wetlands Camping Grounds,", this is on a private cattle station, we are in the process of setting up a camping ground on her property, and would like to invite all Veterans to come and visit and enjoy this beautiful part of Paradise. Fresh Artesion drinking water, hot and cold showers, flush toilets, unfortunately no powered sites yet, but generators are welcome.

Ph No: 07 46511619 or Mobile 0457661243. Michael & Jo Wills are the owners of this Station called Lara.

Camp Hart

Camp Hart and is in Kulin Western Australia. It is about 4 hours from Perth.
Kulin has their Bush Races in October and we usually have a full house then, but the camp is open to all Veterans and their families.
Teresa Williams
You can also go to the Kulin Bush Races site and click on Camp Hart.


Cockatoo Rise - Cockatoo Rise Website

Cockatoo Rise War Veterans Retreat
had its Offical opening on 6th March 2021
Greg Carter ex Vietnam veteran 6 RAR, welcomes ex and
serving defence personnel and their partners
to his Retreat in Warrnambool

Cockatoo Rise War Veterans Retreat
Greg Carter Ex 6 RAR has reported a successful Official opening at Cockatoorise on the 6th March if you are travelling south don't forget to call in to this beautiful Retreat at WARRNAMBOOL Vic 3280

Greg Carter ex Vietnam veteran 6 RAR, welcomes ex and serving defence personnel and their partners to his COCKATOO RISE RETREATsituated between Port Fairy & Hamilton in Victoria’s picturesque Western District.

With great views, a relaxed atmosphere, close proximity to the Grampian ranges and Mt Eccles, beaches, great fishing and wonderful touring, Cockatoo Rise is a great place to spend some time.

The retreat's 156 year old hotel, the 3rd oldest in Victoria, provides a unique atmosphere, to enjoy a beer in the retreats private bar (not open to the public) and a camp fire outside.The retreat will cater for caravanners ,campers and also those who can stay in one of the in house rooms .
Due to the unique nature of Cockatoo Rise, bookings are essential. We regret that we are unable to cater for children .

TEL NO 0409418332



Cockatoo Rise War Veterans Retreat

Greg Carter ex Vietnam veteran 6 RAR, welcomes ex and serving defence personnel and their partners to his Retreat in Warrnambool




  Bush Retreat in Sth Australia 
Well it finally happened the freeholds for the Mootatunga/Karte bush retreats have been issued and the club is now processing titles to the individual block owners. There are many people to thank for this event and acknowledgements will be made in due course. A page for this site is under construction which will have photo's of the Mallee towns and put to rest the image some have of a desert wasteland.
  Camp Andrew Russell Map in South Australia is located 35km Sth East of Loxton along the Murray Bridge Road, turn left (or right if coming from Adelaide) onto the Lameroo Road, taking the right fork along the road. The entrance is marked with a cream tractor tyre, just past a road sign. You will need a key for access and thus need to contact John Hough mobile 0409 098 093 or Phil Scroop 0418835516 Tony Moody 0417824872
). There are caravan & camping sites, There are no powered sites. The camp has an ablution building with two flushing toilets and a battery powered shower. You need to heat your water and fill the bucket for your shower. There is a camp kitchen which is screened to keep the bugs out. There is one frig and gas oven. A 6.5Kva generator for power.

Set in the hills on the southern side of Mt Wheeler. Road access via two-wheel drive and only 30 minutes from Rockhampton. Cockscomb provides a quiet place away from the city, away from all mod cons, a quiet relaxing place to go when you want to get away and get back to some basic living and quality time.


  DARWIN RETREAT - If you can fill in the required info please send it to me  



Meentheena Station, to the East of Marble Bar West Australia
Find us on Facebook & Website & Brochure



Meentheena Station, to the East of Marble Bar West Australia

Veterans Retreats of Western Australia is a non-profit organisation with the objective of providing a safe and quiet environment for Veterans of the Australian Defence Force, Police Force, Fire Brigade, and Ambulance. Veterans Retreats of WA Inc is the manager of Meentheena, a retreat for all ex military and para military personnel to get away from it all and recharge the batteries.


VRWA has secured a license over a section of Meentheena Station, to the East of Marble Bar, on the Rippon Hills road. The section of the station is 695,000 acres and was originally used for cattle breeding. The Nullagine River flows through the million acre station, sometimes underground, and there are billabongs with clear water and big fish, making it ideal for camping. The scenery is breathtaking

The Website and Facebook pages will each show you photos of the locations you can camp, or there are dongers for veterans use if you don't have your own rig. Shades have been set up for parking caravans, camps etc, or head out onto the run and pick a spot along the river. Lots to choose from.

There is abundant wildlife (as well as cattle and camels) and bird life to see and photograph, hills and old homestead sites to explore, fish to catch, or just plain relax in spectacular surrounds. Metal detecting is also a favoured pastime.

The camp site is still being established, so if you would like to volunteer some time to assist, your assistance will be willingly accepted. But if all you want to do is relax, explore or chill out, then you are welcome to do that too. Everyone is welcome.

Best months are from April to September. Drive to Marble Bar, stock up on supplies and head approximately 80 km east on the Rippon Hills Road. If you come to the Nullegine River, you have missed the turn approx 4 km back. The track into the Camp site is approx 8 kms. Watch for the sign at the turn.

To find out more about the organisation or Meentheena, please contact the secretary Don Williams  

  AVVRG - Ian Menzies
I now live in WA and can be contacted on Email or 0429 101 357 when in Australia. I now spend about four months each year in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province (formerly Phuoc Tuy Province) and am involved with Australia Vietnam Volunteers Resource Group (formerly Australian Veterans Vietnam Re-construction Group founded by Paul Murphy in 1994 as a veterans aid group)....AVVRG. Would be delighted to hear from Vietnam Vets who would like to visit Vung Tau, etc. Can put them in contact with local vets who live in Vung Tau; advise on accommodation, arrange visits to Long Tan Cross and tour our aid projects in the region. Membership of AVVRG is only $20.00 per annum. Can forward membership forms.


Murraguldrie Veterans Retreat run by V.V.A.A. South West N.S.W. & Wagga Inc and managed by the Sub–Branch committee, the retreat is now open and Veterans of all wars and conflicts and peacekeeping missions are most welcome this includes family members.
The retreat is located in the Murraguldrie State Forest and the entry to the retreat is 7km east of the Hume highway on the Wagga Tumbarumba Road (55km from Wagga Wagga and 45Km from Tumbarumba).

It’s close proximity to the Highway and nestled in the foothills of the “Australian High Country” and only a short drive to the High Country towns and dams with their spectacular scenery has seen many visitors change their previous travelling routes to include the retreat and this has seen most of our retreat visitors returning on numerous occasions.

The retreat is now nearly at completion with a shelter shed with kitchen facilities, Toilet/Shower block with a “Donky” hot water system, and an almost completed “Donga” where you can drop your swag for an overnight stay. We are in the process of upgrading the toilet facilities to include a disabled toilet/shower to cater for some of the Veteran with limited mobility.

The retreats ongoing upkeep and maintenance is financed by our visitor’s kind donations and we thank them for their support. Newsletter

The retreat has only tank water so please use it sparingly; likewise the wood is cut by the local veterans who are all getting older.

In the summer the Forestry will displays “fire ban” signs and we also place one on the entry; so when these are displayed there is NO LIGHTING OF SOLID FUEL FIRES ON TOTAL FIRE BAN DAYS.

The entry gate to the retreat is locked, so to gain access to this retreat you need to contact one of the three designated retreat contacts whose names are below. They will inform you about the retreat and any restriction in force during your intended visit.

Since this sub-branch is required to carry the public liability insurance for the retreat we need to record your name in our register if you are not a members of the sub-branch; however all people using the retreat must sign the visitors book and peruse the retreat rules which are located in the shelter shed.

Retreat Manager - Les White
02 69 226097 or 0428226097
Visitor Coordinator - Gordon Irvin 0269712488 or 042838129
Bob May 0269312634 or 0417490127

The Sub-Branch Email address
  PANDANUS PARK You follow those three red stripes…
Musing on what’s ahead… memories of past years mingling with the now…
And gradually, imperceptibly, that inimitable Australian Bush Magic seeps into you... calming, rebalancing, drawing you ever northward…
North to Pandanus


  Contact details are as follows:
The Secretary
Mail: PO Box 397, Dareton, NSW 2717
Phone: 03 5027 4447
  The current management team of the Ramon Deed Veterans Retreat is Michael Chopping,President is still Michael Chopping, the Secretary and Caretaker is Barry Langan and the treasurer is Rob Lauder.
  Location is as shown with directions as follows:- Coming from Mildura, on the outskirts of Dareton (at the change in speed limit) turn left in to Tallawalla Road then after approximately 1km turn left into Scout Road. The retreat is 500 metres up Scout Road.
  The cost per night Cost as per flyer is $20 per night or $120 per week for powered sites and $10 per night or $70 per week for unpowered sites.
  The Township of Dareton is only five minutes away and provides: Doctor, Chemist, Post Office, taxi Service, a great Take Away food shop, ladies and Men's Hairdresser. Fishers IGA Store. Bottle shop and Garage. The Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club provides Bowls, Pokies, Bingo, TAB and wonderful meals. The Coomealla Golf Club fronts the Mighty Murray River and is an excellent course. The Boat Ramp has just been upgraded, and the fishing is great

Ramon John Deed 3788300 Born 25 July 1945, 1 Fld Sqn, Vietnam 13 March 1967 to 10 May 1967 was from Mildura and went to both primary and secondary schools with other local Veterans.
He died at the US Evac Hospital Long Binh 10 May 1967 from wounds received from a mine incident at the Horseshoe the previous day.
This facility has a clubhouse, caravan slabs, Hot & Cold showers, Septic Toilets and Laundry.
It is all 240volt. There is an on-site (Vietnam Vet) caretaker


Do you know of a retreat that is not listed on this site, then send the info to the Webmaster


Sapphire Gemfields Queensland

RSL Gemfields Sub – Branch Inc.

Located at Sapphire behind the Post Office. One acre of land, several power points, water connection points, a hospital grade kitchen and gas BBQ.
Bar opening times are now Thursdays 3.00pm to 8.00pm, Saturday and sundays 2.00 pm to 8.00pm, The club now offers meals at a reasonable price Thur, Sat & Sun.
Contact details are now the club during open hours on 07 49854588 or fax to the same number or Secretary and President
Cost is now $15.00 a day or $100.00 per week.
We now have a coin operated washing machine.
There is generally no need for pre bookings.
Errol Priestley
Secretary 07 49854588


Standown Park

Where all Vets and family are welcome to pull up your van / motor home and break your journey for a short time.
Standown Park is situated half way between Tin Can Bay and Gympie on the Tin Can Bay road.
Radtke Road is directly off the Tin Can Bay road, opposite Counter Road, just 24km from Gympie
and Tin Can Bay.
We are two hours from Brisbane and less than one hour from Maryborough.

GPS co-ordinance:
26 - 01.73 S & 152 - 47.42 E

On our Web page

Rod Ex 9RAR & Pam Elkington EMAIL
91 Radtke Rd., KIA ORA via Gympie
Ph: 07 5486 5144 - Mobile: 04 1771 8127

  Tasmania Veterans Retreat - Bookings can be made through the State R&SLA Headquarters,
Hobart Phone 03 62 240881
  Gippsland property taken off pending further information  
South Australia - Southern Yorke Peninsula
Bublacowie Military Museum and Memorial Gardens
is owned and operated by ex Vet Chris Soar BM. Chris has an excellent military and civilian museum which he has built up over many years. In the Memorial Garden, WW1 military members are laid to rest and plaques are displayed of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in various conflicts. The museum is so packed full of treasures, it will take a few hours to take all in. Entry is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
There is limited space for military members, serving or not, to park your caravan at the back of the property. Power, water, showers and toilets are available. Maximum stay is 3 days or as arranged with Chris. Cost per night is $18 per site. Whilst you stay, if you can lend a hand in maintaining the establishment, it would be gratefully appreciated.
A map of the area, with directions, is attached.
Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Chris on
Mobile - 0419 853 294
Phone - (08) 8853 4379

The Traditional Owners and Management of Elsey Station welcome Australia's veterans to

Open 1-31 August annually

Vets are invited to rest by 60 km of the magnificent Roper River.
Camping is free, there is fresh water in the river, with lots of peace for regeneration.

Protocol: The same as for Pandanus Park ie take only photos, leave only footprints, you are totally responsible for yourself and there is absolutely no liability for Elsey Station or its residents. Ensure that you have medical clearance, and that you bring everything you might need.
Bookings : Please use the format as in shared files on the MC2 site re “Bookings for Roper Retreat” and email details to ROPER, or request a booking form by email.
If unable to successfully email phone Tony 0401 100 514 or Jimbob 0419 414 909 for assistance.

Where is it? 31km east along the Roper Highway, Northern Territory. Turn north at the Elsey Station sign. 3km later you will pass the Manager's house, and just 5km later you reach the Roper.

How much dirt getting in? Only eight km. Yep, you read it right. You don't even need a fourby.

Communications Local communications are UHF channel 6 Duplex using the local repeater. After establishing communications it is suggested vets move to another channel for general chit chat.

How's the fishing? There are plenty of barra, seratoga and black bream - all great eating - and even catfish, if that's your fancy.

Nearest facilities: 35km to Mataranka for groceries, fuel, doctor and hospital
140km to Katherine