Queensland Roadside Rest Areas
Camooweal Billabong. Access from a track just west of the
Longreach Apex Riverside Park
Four kilometres west of Longreach near an old and now closed bridge
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
Fourteen kilometres south west of Barcaldine and accessed from the
A tiny town accessed by a loop of old highway from the
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 for motorhomes and caravans 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. A few powered outlets for $3. 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. Update: Toilet has been replaced by a disability access unisex flushing toilet.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.
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
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 or a Safelec RVDSafe Power Lead and the load in the camper will need to be kept below 10 amps.
Note that from January 2015 a $3 per night fee or $15 per week is required. Please pay at Visitor Information Centre, 99A Qantas Park Eagle Street, Longreach. The four day time limit has been removed.
Free unserviced camping along a few hundred metres of the Wilson River, at a wide pool. About 300 metres from the road and Noccundra
Hotel. No services at site, but a toilet and shower block beside the Hotel. No
phone service. Visited 2017
phone service. Visited 2017
Free (donation) unserviced camping along Wallam Creek, at a wide pool. Western end of turn, turn north at Fire Brigade shed. There is a formed walkway of one kilometre to toilets and showers in town. There is a toilet at the cemetery at the far end of the campground which some campers have used. Visited 2017.
A number of sites with concrete slabs and fire pits with power outlets each with multiple sockets and taps. Pay at Hotel (across railways line). A larger open flat area adjacent. Toilet and shower block with hot showers. Disability access toilet with handbasin but no shower. Dump point. Painted silos were just completed when we visited and these can be viewed from the camping ground. First photo below shows the golden colours of dawn lighting up these paintings. Visited 2017.