Nice quite camping grounds SE QLD North NSW

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Me and the wife are looking for some nice Quite private camping grounds to share some time together in the SE qld Northen NSW Or about 2to4 hrs out of Brisbane . any Ideas????
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Reply By: mattlobie - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 20:54

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 20:54
Depends on a couple of things - when you want to go and what you want to do. If you're going over Easter then quiet and camping don't exist in the same sentence. I've done a bit of camping in SE Qld and you can find some reasonably quiet places over the long weekends. A couple that I've been to are Jimna which is north of Kilcoy. It's a nice, big, open ground in the Jimna state forest. There's not a lot to do there except the Landcruiser Mountain 4x4 park is close by.

If you're into fishing, Inskip point north of Rainbw Beach is excellent. It's never *really* quiet but the camping area is so huge (a few kilometers long) you can usually get a pretty secluded spot, except on school holidays when it's always packed out.

Heading back inland, Booloomba State forest near Kenilworh is nice. There're a couple of camping areas, my favourite is the one in the rainforest. Again not a lot to do activity wise there.

And then there's Benarkin state forest near Blackbutt. I'v had the campground to myself once or twice there. Apart from a couple of nice swimming holes, not much else to do there either.

hope this helps

matt
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Reply By: allaussie - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 20:55

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 20:55
hi try bribie or go up to double island point most of the camping spots are good if you want to be by yourself just fine the spot you want and make yoourself at home most people undrestand if you want to be by yoorself cheers chris
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 20:58

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 20:58
Yarracool
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Reply By: charlie - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 22:48

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 22:48
Barty, over Easter Inskip point will be sardine camping. So will most other easy beach access places ie. Bribie and North Shore Noosa to Rainbow beach. Straddie you may have a good chace of isolated camping if you're lucky. I have found that Moreton Island is always a better bet for a bit of a gap between camp sites if you want to be close to the beach.

Inland I dont have much experience, however I will be travelling to Landcruiser Mt. and have a spot in mind which I hope will not be already taken as we are only going on Sat.. I want a nice quite spot so wont disclose it just yet. If you do find somewhere worthwhile, well done and let us know. In the mean time wish me good luck and I hope you have an enjoyable break.

Charlie
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Reply By: Simon C - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 23:51

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 23:51
Last Easter,we went to Kinkuna National Park (North of Woodgate, South of Bundaberg). Very quiet, and while a few campers, nothing like Inskip or Rainbow.

4WD only access, not a lot of 4wd tracks, but we could sit under the "Shea Oaks"and watch the kids on the beach with may be 8 - 10 cars a day driving on the beach. I liked it. Well protected for swimming. No facilities, but a great place (for our family anyway)

4 hours from Brisbane, but WELL worth it

Simon
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 20:30

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 20:30
Great spot Simon. Pity about the drive back to Brissy!!Beach driving can be tricky at times
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Reply By: chappobriz - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 01:37

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 01:37
Try Harry's HUt in the Cooloola National Park-sensational1
Chappo
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Reply By: Big Woody - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 01:41

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 01:41
A few years ago now but one of the nicest spots I've ever camped was a place we called Rocky River near Tenterfield. I don't know if there are any spots still open for camping but when we went many of the property owners didn't mind campers beside the river.
Maybe a local could advise?
From memory we turned south at Drake until we hit the river. Not such a good spot when it's dry but if there has been any rain it is really pretty, especially up the top end of the river with boulders as big as my house. Reminds me of Colorado actually.
I can't remember the proper name for the river, it was something like "Timbarra" I think. Some maps call it this and others say Rocky River.
It is nice a quiet, good swimming in the rockpools and heaps of wildlife.
I must stress though that this was many years ago and most of the good spots get closed off. An example of that is a place we used to call Big Shelley Headland south of Angourie in North NSW. Great camping on the bluff with caves, fishing and great surf. Best camping ever till they put concrete blocks across all of the tracks and closed it to everyone but walkers.

Oh well, waffled on long enough now but I will try to think of more spots for you as I grew up on the Gold Coast and I think I have camped in every place within 6 hours of there.

Regards,
Brett
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Reply By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 08:08

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 08:08
The only place I know up there is Mullambimby?

I lived ther 20 yrs ago.

Don't forget to pack you bong.
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Reply By: drivesafe - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 08:53

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 08:53
Hi Barty, depends on what want. You can go south through Beaudesert to Rothdowney, at Rothdowney you can either continue south west on the Mt Lindesay Hwy to the junction with The Summerland Way where you can head south towards Kyogle and Casino, or continue on along Mt Lindesay Hwy to Woodenbong and from there you can go on to a whole range of destinations like Tenterfield, Stanthorpe and Warwick with loads of places in between these locations to stop for a night or two.

Again, from Rothdowney you can head south along The Lions Road which takes you over the Border Range into NSW.

This road is now sealed and suitable for vehicles towing a trailer but can be a bit sticky if your planning on towing a large caravan and there are signs at both end of the road warning against going that way with a caravan but the road has been upgraded in recent years. The Lions Road has lot of camping spots and if your so inclined, is of great interest from a railway point of view because of the Spiral Loop up in the Border Range and just on the NSW side of the border.

There’s a great lookout that gives you a spectacular view of trains moving up and down the valley and running around the spiral.

There is also tons of wildlife all along the road but there is also a fair bit of unfenced road so you don’t want to be in a great hurry.

Whether you go south via The Summerland Way or Lions Road you will eventually come to a small village just north of Kyogle called Wiangaree. Right in the middle of Wiangaree there’s a side road leading off to the east and this takes you up into The Border Range National Park there is another entry to the park if you come down along The Lions Road.

From Kyogle you can head east to Murwillumbah, south east to Lismore, Ballina and Byron Bay, south to Casino and Grafton.

Cheers and have a good one
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Follow Up By: drivesafe - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 09:01

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 09:01
By the way, freight train movements at the spiral are a hit or miss affair but the north bound XPT passes at about dawn and the south bound is at 8.05 am QLD time or 9.05 am eastern summer time every day.
The spiral is well worth the look.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 15:03

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005 at 15:03
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Reply By: Moose - Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 14:33

Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 14:33
Inland - near Warwick - try Glendon Park (on the road to Inglewood). Nice camping spot. A little 4WDing. Some old mines to look at. Big dam for fishing/canoeing, yabbying etc. Apart from the normal busy times I reckon you'd nearly have the place to yourselves.
Further south - a bit beyond Stanthorpe - try Arcot Station. Take the road to Texas and look for the turn on the right about 55kms from Texas. About 11 kms down that road you'll find the property. Once again excellent camping spot. Good 4WDing (scenic to horrible). Lovely owners. Yabbing in dams. BIG dam down the road a bit. Deer farms in area. Just ask the owners what there is to do and see in the vicinity. Usually quiet. You can even "camp" in the shearers quarters if you want more luxury (or weather is really lousy) and owners can even provide meals.
These are just two of many. Do a search on internet and you'll find more.
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