Camping 2 hrs Brisbane

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 14:39
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What are good camps within 2 hrs (or so) of Brisbane to take a few visiting teens?

Want fresh water swimming holes. Toilets. Showers. Mozzie/ midge free, or few of.

Want to avoid crowds - hard at this time of year. Would consider a private park.

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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 15:53

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 15:53
Imbil - Island reach camping ground - has everything you need there - $8/night/adult
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Follow Up By: dags666 - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:50

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:50
just where abouts thanks
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:11

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:11
Ozdyssey

Thank you for the tip, I will look into it.

Amazing the spots that one doesn't normally hear about.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 22:02

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 22:02
Island Reach
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 23:16

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 23:16
Ozdyssey

Thanks again. Your help is appreciated.

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Reply By: linkcrazy - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:11

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:11
bigriggen

I have never been there .
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Reply By: wizzard - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:24

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:24
Amamoor State Forest Reserve
http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?parkid=3

Kenilworth Forest Reserve (Baloumba 1)
http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?parkid=108

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Follow Up By: linkcrazy - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:33

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:33
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Follow Up By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:02

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:02
Was at Bigriggen last weekend, the swimming hole is a bit muddy/murky due to the recent rains, though the owner tells me quite safe, just doesn't look the picture. Rest of the park has everything you want and is a great spot with plenty of room.

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Follow Up By: ev700 - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:36

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:36
Thanks guys
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Reply By: Member - The Crow (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:40

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 16:40
The Manar tourist park near Mundubbera has all you need plus great 4x4 tracks from novice to extreme http://www.manar.com.au/ My family and friends went there at easter a few years ago it was great.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 17:58

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 17:58
Better double check on Manar, I'm not sure if it's still open. The owners wife passed away a couple of years ago and he was going to close up, not sure if he did or not, some-one that's been there lately might be able to correct me.

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Follow Up By: the real chopper - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:25

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:25
Manar is still open
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:38

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:38
Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 17:10

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 17:10
If ya wanna come "up the hill", there's a very well-presented (free) camping area beside a nice lagoon on Oakey Creek at "Bowenville reserve" a few k's sth. of Bowenville between Toowoomba & Dalby.... with the recent rain, the lagoon would have had a good "flush"....
Campground is maintained by (Jondaryan??) shire.... popular swimmin' hole w/- the local young-uns, flushing toilets (o'head tank is topped up regularly by the shire), not sure 'bout showers, but most folk rig up a portable shower anyway....
Didn't notice any mozzies/midges when I was there last....

Lagoon is home to a healthy population of shrimp, yabbies, eel-tail catfish & yellowbelly (and turtles!!!) to name a few... Though I've not caught any here myself, I believe there's a very good chance of hookin' a (Murray) cod or 2 as well... So if ya like fishin'..................... (a small "tinnie" would be handy too, if ya got one)....

Pretty popular spot, but I've been there on an Easter weekend, & there was plenty of room... mid-week should be fairly quiet, I would think.... Well worth a look, IMO....

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Follow Up By: ev700 - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:43

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:43
Ed.C.

The fishing sounds attractive for me I'll be looking it up.
Is there drinking water?
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C.- Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 02:45

Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 02:45
ev,
not sure if the water in the tank is potable.. I *assume* it is "town water", but it may not be......... I've never bothered to check as SWMBO & I always take drinking water from home, a good policy IMO....

Another spot worthy of consideration up this way is Yarramalong weir on the Condamine R. a few K's south of Pampas, between Pittsworth & Millmerran.... same deal, flushing toilets, no showers, & you'd need to bring drinking water.... last time I was out that way, showers could be had at the servo at Pampas ($2.00, from memory)....
Definitely cod in this one, as I've seen 'em pulled outa there, though there's a No Fishing zone for 200 mtrs (I think) immediately below the weir.... good deep hole a bit further downstream:-))...

From the replies so far, looks like ya got plenty of options, anyway.....
Have fun!!

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:38

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:38
Borumba deer farm at Imbil ,pick of the sites is "Lands End".
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:52

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:52
Alloy c/t

Thanks. Is it more a caravan park or can you get a bit away from that at Land's End?

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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:43

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:43
Goomburra Valley Campground is excellent camping with top facilites and close to Janowen hills 4X4 park.
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 22:45

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 22:45
Thanks Brian
Looks like a good option.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 21:04

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 21:04
Lands End is just that ,the furtherest site away from everybody else ,and no passing cars or people ,though the deer and emu always come to have a stickybeak.
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 15:36

Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 15:36
Alloy c/t
Thank you.
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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 22:52

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 22:52
Hi EV - some sites worth a look are :

1. Double island Point - for the beach. Bit hot in summer - but great for teens.
If 4Wd - camp on the beach, or freshwater campsite run by rangers.
If not 4wd, either Rainbow Beach camp ground (but 4 hrs drive), or
North Shore Wilderness Camp ground Tewantin (2 Hrs) - 0754497955
right on the beach.

2. Clarence River Wilderness - http://www.clarenceriver.com/
If you have a 4WD (or softroader AWD), this is an absolute gem.
About 3-4 hours, but well worth the drive - score 9 out of 10.
Swimming; canoes; tracks; This is our pick, after 20 years camping.

3. Charlie Morland is also good : Swimming; tracks; wild life.
http://olt.qut.edu.au/udf/QUT-CLIFFHANGERS/gen/static/State_Forest_Info/kenilworth_forestwalks.pdf
Peach Trees is also in the same area - along Sunday Creek Road.
(near the Jimna Fire Tower). Not much for teeenagers though.
https://olt.qut.edu.au/udf/QUT-CLIFFHANGERS/gen/static/State_Forest_Info/jimna_stateforest.pdf

4. As above - Goomburra Forest camp ground. Good for young children.
Same road - Gordons Country - camp anywhere on 4000 acres.
Over Cunninghams Gap - turn right at the Driver Reviver.

5. Neurum Creek Bush Retreat - www.ncbr.com.au
12 minutes from Woodford.;127 Hectare property; aprox 60 camp sites.

6. Paradise Valley - 02 6636 6140. More suited to the nature lover though.
Take the lyons road from Rathdowney;
After you cross the NSW border it is 9 klms on LHS.

7. Armstrong Creek : Not been there but looks good. http://www.aroundoz.com/a_campsite_archive/armstrong_creek.htm

8. Lake Cressbrook near crows nest sounds interesting.

9. Queen Mary Falls - kiosk has a camp ground. Waterfalls; Tracks; Parrots; no swimming.
Take the Head road out from beaudesert, or go via Warwick.
http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/southern_downs/queen-mary-falls-caravan-park/index.cfm

FOr teenages, either the beach (Double Island) or Clarence River would be my pick..regards...........Keith
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Follow Up By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 06:44

Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 06:44
Keith/EV700

Armstrong Creek was sold about 12 months ago. I was told the new owners don't allow camping.

Lake Cressbrook is also a nice spot. Amenities neat and tidy - flush toilets and H/C showers. $2 fee to go around to the dam and fish (if you take the car/boat) or walk down from the campsites. 6 spots for caravans/campers and about 15 spots for tents. Mid week best. Self registration. Can't book ahead. Fires allowed - they supply pine offcuts.

Neerum Creek has changed owners recently too. Still a nice spot with waterholes. Good amenities blocks - flush toilets and H/C showers.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 15:40

Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 15:40
Keith/Ozdyssey

These tips have really set us up well and are mush appreciated.

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