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Free camping and low cost camping places we have enjoyed in Queensland
Camooweal Billabong. Access from a track just west of the Georgina River bridge on the west side of Camooweal. A dirt
track follows around the billabong, and there are plenty of camping opportunities along the waters edge on the west side of the lagoon. Self sufficient campers only - no amenities. Free. Water birds, station cattle and reptiles. Visited 2009
Hamilton Hotel Ruins rest area. 76 kilometre east of Boulia on the Boulia-Winton road, near Hamilton River channels. At
historic ruins, a short distance from the road, with windmill, tank and two taps. Trees are being watered and grown in this
open plain. Picnic area. Although open a pleasant free camp. Visited 2009
Longreach Apex Riverside Park
Four kilometres west of Longreach near an old and now closed bridge
across the Thomson River, and alongside the old road. This is out of town, away from the highway and fairly quiet. Flush
toilets and untreated river water tap. The area near the toilets has been coated with gravel, but the rest of the grounds are
on black river clay which becomes very sticky when it rains. Recommended for dry weather only. Very popular during peak
tourist season. Fishing from bridge. This free camp ground is maintained by the Shire. Visited 2009
Twelve Mile Hotel – Stockyard Creek Rest Area. 22 kilometres south of Ilfracombe, on the road to Isisford. There
is a fairly new picnic shelter with table and bin, but no other amenities. The rest area is by Stockyard Creek and near
the site of the former Twelve Mile Hotel. Across a cattle grid and through a station paddock is an example of stone pitching,
a form of dam building. There is a loop track with a bin near the stone pitching site which would also make a good camp, being
well away from the road, but it is on Evanston Station so permission would need to be sought. Visited 2009
Now $3 per night. At $2 per night or $10 per week, camping along the Barcoo River near town, or out of town at Oma Waterhole,
is certainly a bargain. Toilets and hot showers available in town as well as at Oma Waterhole. Dump point at toilet block
nearest to the river in town. Dry weather camping only, with an alternative bitumised area behind Shire building to move to
if it rains. Laundromat in town. Historic Clancy of the Overflow Hotel (Update: This hotel closed September 2013 and
opened under new ownership May 2014), historic shops and the Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre featuring Isisfordia Duncani, reported
to be the ancestor of all modern crocodilians from amost 100 million years ago. Nearby is the historic Isis Downs shearing
shed which is free to visit. Visited 2009
Fourteen kilometres south west of Barcaldine and accessed from the Blackall Road. A small free camp ground by a disused dam
on the Alice River which was constructed in the 1950s to provide water for nearby vegetable farms and orchards. Flush toilets
and tap with water from a tank. Dump point with hose. Picnic tables and fireplaces. Well maintained by the seasonal
“Grey Nomads”. Visited 2009
Dalveen. A tiny town accessed by a loop of old highway from the New England Highway forty kilometres south of Warwick and twenty
kilometres north of Stanthorpe. Screened from the main highway by a paddock with trees, on a small green grassed area, free
camping at Jim Mitchell Park is welcomed. A new unisex flush toilet with movement sensitive night light, tap and a dump point. There was a railway line nearby but there were no trains while we were there. A pleasant overnight camp. Continue south
via old highway by going under highway and following the fruit road where orchardists and wineries have door sales.
Nobby. Right in the quiet and tiny town opposite Rudd’s Pub. Steele Rudd was the Author if the Dad and Dave series of
Australian comedy literature. Free camping area is alongside the railway line by the disused siding, screened from the road
by a large hedge. Toilet block, taps, picnic area and playground close by. Several trains go through day and night, and
trucks still use the weighbridge during the day. Avoid parking under the orange night lights as they are quite bright.
An enjoyable visit to the town, although not really a quiet night with a couple of trains going past. A good feed at Rudd's
Chinchilla Weir. Nine kilometres south of the town, by a weir with a large water area.
Flush toilets, no taps. Signage
directing to camp only in designated area. Several power poles, which were accessed by about eight campers via very long power
cords. Power free for first two days, then pay at tourist centre. Dump point in town.
Judd’s Lagoon, Yuleba. Accessed from a road to the east of the small town; south side of highway. No amenities apart
from a very old can toilet. Picnic tables by the small lagoon. 44 gallon drum bins. Large mowed area for
camping. Close to minor rural roads, trains near highway some kilometres away barely audible. A good overnighter.
Update: Toilet has been replaced by a disability access unisex flushing toilet.
Another tourist town which encourages self contained visitors to stay by providing cheap camping by the river which is now $8 per
night, payable at Information Centre with honesty box for out of hours arrivals. Three day limit has been implemented. Dry weather camping only, with requirement to move to the truck parking bay nearby if it rains. Toilet and dump point at camp
ground and amenities block with hot showers in easy walking distance in the town. There are water fill points at the picnic
area near the bridge and at Ram Park Visitor Information Centre. Attractions include Blackall Woolscour, The Black Stump, the
site of the first Artesian bore in the town and many other points of interest. Visited 2009
Carnarvon National Park. Note that at Carnarvon Gorge, camping is available near the day area only during the Easter, winter
and spring Queensland school holidays and must be pre-booked. $5.45 per person per night. The maximum length of stay is five
nights. This campground is not suitable for caravans or motorhomes. At all other times, camping is only available at the privately
run Takarakka camp ground.
Walk-in camps on The Great Walk are also the same cost and must be pre-booked, with limited
numbers at these campsites.
Girraween National Park, access road is 260 km south-west of Brisbane, between Stanthorpe and Tenterfield. Turn off is seven
kilometres south of Ballandean and eleven kilometres north of Wallangarra (at border) with nine kilometres access road to
Park. The park backs onto the Bald Rock National Park in New South Wales and is part of the same granite rock system. Two camp grounds in pleasant settings; Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek. Hot showers (with timers to conserve water) and toilets,
although inadequate for the numbers in peak periods. Water taps spread around campgrounds (treat before drinking). A few
picnic tables and barbecues. $5.45 per person per night and it is advised to book on line. Only some areas suitable
for caravans, and these are sloping. Long and short walks and climbs, flora and fauna.
No park entry fees to the majority of parks, but camping fees apply, usually $5.45 per person per night. Most camp grounds can
be booked and paid for on line, by telephone or in person at a selelction of booking offices. If not booking, check that self
registration on site is available.
Dargonelly Rock Hole Campground, Mount Moffat section. Mount Moffat section is approximately 150 kilometres north west of Injune. Dargonelly is the only camp ground that can be accessed by caravans, and due to access roads four wheel drive and off road caravans
recommended. $5.45 per person per night and it is advised to book on line as there is no registration station at the park entrance
or campground, and the Ranger station is on a road not suited to caravans. A large flat clearing in a woodland setting beside
Marlong Creek which has some small permanent waterholes. Pit toilet, non potable water from a tank and communal
fire rings to be used only when fire safe. Small, silenced, portable 1000 watt generators are permitted in daylight hours only
and with other campers' consent. Drives and walks, Aboriginal rock paintings, sandstone formations, views from top of plateau
and bushranger history. Visited 2009
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, approximately 260 kilometres north of Camooweal in North West Queensland. Campground
alongside a large pool on Lawn Hill Creek is in a lovely setting, but most sites are small so only suited to those with small campers
and caravans. Bookings can be made on line, where site sizes are specified. Tank water, flush toilets and cold showers. Camping fees of $5.45 per person per night apply. Private campground nearby at Adele’s Grove is a good alternative for
larger rigs and when the campground is fully booked. Swimming and canoing, walks, flora and fauna.
I have been informed that the power outlets at Chinchilla Weir are 10 amp. As most caravan and camper inlets are 15 amp, the
only legal way to use these is with an Ampfibian and the load in the camper will need to be kept below 10 amps.
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Note that from January 2015 there is a four day limit, and a $3 per night fee applies. Please pay at Visitor Information Centre,
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