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Free camping and low cost camping places we have enjoyed in Queensland

Queensland Roadside Rest Areas

North 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 Free Campground.  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

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: Hotel closed 2013), 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 Pub.     

 

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.

South Queensland

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

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National Parks Campgrounds in Queensland.

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. 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

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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. 

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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. 

Isisford
Blackall Barcoo River Camp
 
Lloyd Jones Weir, Barcaldine.  
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