Lawn Hill NP

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Just wondering where the best place is to camp at Lawn Hill? In the NP or Adels Grove??? Heading there shortly & would love to here from those of you who have been.
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Reply By: ant_schomacker - Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 18:49

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 18:49
In my opinion Adels is a much nicer place to camp! The NP is nice, but the campsites are all gravel based and fenced in. Adels grove has a big open grassy area down beside the creek with plenty of shade and also has hot showers instead of cold only in the NP.

This time of year there should be no issues with lack of sites, so maybe have a look at both and then decide.

Anthony
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Follow Up By: The Bockies - Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 18:58

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 18:58
Definitely Adele's Grove 321. It's a beautiful place and one we look forward to returning to. The NP is nice but as Anthony has said the facilities are great at Adele's Grove. It just depends on what you like really. There is an area for generators at AG as well as the area down on the creek that is lovely and shaded. Have a wonderful time.

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The Bockies
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Reply By: jojo - Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 18:54

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 18:54
In 2011, we stayed in the National Park and we loved it. Yes the showers are cold water only, but they are clean and if you want a warm shower have one in the mid afternoon.We stayed 5 days.
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Reply By: gragra - Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 19:18

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 19:18
Stay in the national park, just a walk to the Gorge, kayaks etc. You have to book though, spaces are limited, and you should confirm before you go.

Yes, the showers are cold, but invigorating, the campground is dusty but it is a fabulous place to stay. The atmosphere is breathtaking.

GraGra
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 20:26

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 20:26
I would have to vote for the National Park, but it was back in 2010 when we stayed there and it was nice and open, no fences back then. It was fantastic to just walk down and have a swim, grab one of the tyres or a canoe. Kevin
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Reply By: 321 - Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 21:02

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 21:02
Thank you all for your feed back. We are going to decide when we get there as there are still plenty of sites at both at the moment. We'll let you know our decision :-) Looking forward to it.
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Follow Up By: Cruiser . - Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 11:47

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 11:47
321,

Just be aware that you cannot just rock up to to ithe NP and choose a spot. You will have to book online or via phone with the booking office in Brisbane.

When we were there a camper was kicked out by the ranger because he didn't have a booking. Even though there were plenty of vacant sites, including the one he was on, he had to go.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 12:45

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 12:45
Cruiser, wish they'd been there when we turned up with a booking and the place was full.............
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Follow Up By: Member - Nevs4b - Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 13:02

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 13:02
Yep, know how you feel, we rocked up to our spot at Chilli Beach only to find a Squatter, he did eventually move on but delayed our set up by two hours !
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 22:07

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 22:07
As we have a large rig, we chose Adels Grove. We wouldn't have fitted into the campground at the National Park and wee not prepared to book on something we may not get into. Both locations were nice, but most of all, Lawn Hill is a delightful place to visit.

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Reply By: Member - Peter&Lynore - Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 23:25

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 23:25
Hi will be good to hear how you go, we are going to lawn hill staying at adels late June with our 2 dog's,
In our new little joey ( new age van) as well as another couple,info will be good.
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Reply By: The Escapees - Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 00:26

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 00:26
We love Adels Grove as we can swim there BUT also have a fire. Camping is always better with a fire. At Adels you have two quite different areas. One down near the river in nearly full shade or up the back with some shade. As there is no power if you rely on solar up the back is better - less crowded also.
Neil
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Follow Up By: Member - Nevs4b - Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 12:54

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 12:54
Yes, as we all know by now ? all Qld NP now require prior bookings, often on line, and it can be a real pain which we now avoid where ever possible !
We stayed at Adels Grove last August and loved the place, only a short drive to the NP for the Gorge and kyaks.
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Reply By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 13:00

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 13:00
We have stayed in both and they both have their advantages. Adel's more facilities etc as others have indicated. The Park is more basic but the big advantage is that you don't have to drive there each day. The walk above the falls for example is best taken on dusk when the colours with the setting sun are fantastic, to have to drive back to Adel's after this is a bit of a pain. If you go early in the day from Adel's it does make for a long day to fill in especially if it is hot. I feel it is better to be able to rest at your camp, drinks/ meals etc at any time. Having said that we missed on a spot at the NP last year and stayed at Adel's and still enjoyed our time there. Where ever you stay you will also enjoy it.

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Reply By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 14:36

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 14:36
Another vote for Adels here. only a few minutes drive to the gorge but as above: not a really huge issue. you'll be ok at either. The pre-booking would also put me off the Park one though. Convenience at the park and nicer camp/facilities at Adels.
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Reply By: graham B9 - Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 22:17

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 22:17
No one has mentioned that Adel Grove is in 4 parts: The caravan park, the tour bus camping ground, the cabins and down in the old plantation by the riverbank.

If you are going at full moon time (the best time to go) then in the old plantation is a life changing place. The entire campground is covered with trees and the moon shines through in places and creates this incredible atmosphere. It is ever so quiet and something out of a Harry Potter movie. The down side No solpanel coverage, no power points and no cell phone either. You have to ask is this a down side.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 09:03

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 09:03
If you are using a roof top tent or trailer based CT give the NP a miss. There are bollards everywhere and it is hard to get a spot to suit the CT and roof top setup.

When we went there in 2011 the only place we could put the roof top us was on the gravel where the car was parked. made for a very rough floor in the annex.

Phil
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Reply By: 321 - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 19:51

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 19:51
Hi all,

Thanks again for your feedback, came in very handy. We have now been & gone from Lawn Hill.

We decided on staying at Adels Grove in the end. We have a tent & as mentioned the NP has gravel, therefore this was a issue for us. The NP was lovely & if we had a small caravan or motor home we would have stayed in the NP. I do REPEAT small as the sites are quite small & fenced in. There isnt really any shade around the sites at the NP.

Adel's Grove had soft dirt sites in the "Grove" area & thats where we chose to go. We had the whole place to ourselves apart from a small group in the already erected tents (which are lovely & on grassy sites.)

It was a short drive into the NP each day (approx 10 mins) which was good for us to put some extra charge in our batteries. We used a solar panel which worked well.

Adel's Grove had great facilities, big showers, bar & lovely deck to enjoy a drink on & shady sites. They also provide tubes (gold coin donation) to ride the current down stream, a pontoon to jump off aswell as a short 15 minute walk to a lookout (where you can get phone reception.)

NP toilets & showers were clean & tidy & there were some big tubs to wash dishes etc.

As it was early in the season we had the NP to ourselves also which was lovely.

Overall both places are lovely & it really depends on the type of accomodation you use as to where you would stay.

If travelling in the peak seaosn you will certainly need to book in advance at both places.

Cheers
321.
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