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Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby New to camping » Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:06 am

I am after suggestions for the best locations for summer camping and any tips on the best way to setup to keep cool.
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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby ben... » Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:21 am

Hi,

Can you give us an idea how far you would like to drive from brisbane? Say 2 hours max? that will give you a little more scope on sites. Also beach camping? or bush/hinterland camping? We have a heaps of places to camp no more than 2 hours from brisbane so if you can give us of an idea as to what you're after that would be great!
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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby amanda » Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:23 am

Bush style, or holiday park?
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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby TBF » Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:07 am

Do you need a place to keep the children entertained?
What type of recreation would you be wanting to do when you get there?
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Bushwalking, birding watching, cycling,fishing or do you need a creek or beach for a swim.
Are you just happy to sit and relax around camp, read a book and watch the camp oven do its business.

So many locations to camp around Brisbane and so little time to do them all.

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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby New to camping » Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:21 am

Thanks for the replies. Travel distance around 3 hrs max, we have young kids youngest 3yrs so bushwalking would only be short trips, we take bikes and like fishing etc. Need to have toilets and showers available.
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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby amanda » Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:18 pm

If you look under the section "Australian Park Reviews" you'll find quite a few within that time limit from Brisbane. A particular few to have a look at would be:

Charlie Moreland Campground - Kenilworth
Borumba Deer Park - Imbil
Borren Point Camp Ground
Rosser Park - Kilkivan
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Flat Rock Tent Park - Ballina
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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:58 pm

amanda wrote:Rosser Park - Kilkivan


I presume you mean Rossmore Park at Kilkivan Amanda...If so, there is no fishing and little in the way of activities for small children.

For fishing I would recommend Island Reach at Imbil http://www.ircamping.com.au/ and as Amanda has also mentioned Borumba Deer Park http://www.borumbadeerpark.com/ also at Imbil.

Both are situated on Yabba Creek which is quite family friendly.

Another one that comes to mind is Kennilworth Homestead on the Mary River, they also have a water slide for the youngsters. http://www.kenilworthhomestead.com.au/

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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby Troyk » Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:49 pm

I would look concur with Borumba Deer Park. viewtopic.php?f=62&t=1928

Charlie Moreland is good, the creek is great for small kids and bigger ones as well. viewtopic.php?f=62&t=2361

With a 3yo I would give Island Reach a miss, water is deep and close to the campground. Don't want to be worrying about the kids all the time.

Kenilworth Homestead, I would just give it a miss. viewtopic.php?f=62&t=2360
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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby Barby-Q » Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:25 am

Bigriggen at Rathdowney.
www.bigriggen.com.au
Families return to camp here time and time again.
It does get very busy in peek times .
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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:18 am

There is also Flanagans at Rathdowney which seems to be very popluar with families too. http://www.flanaganreserve.com.au

And like Bigriggin it also gets busy at peak times....you would need to book either of these places in advance.

I know Troy does not think Island Reach or Kennilworth Homestead is suitable but they are both very popular with young families. I have friends who have 3 young children and they go often to Kennilworth Homestead and think it just great and in the many times I have camped at Island Reach there have been many young children there also. You can camp well back from the water if you feel you may have a problem.

You have quite a lot to choose from given the requirements that you have listed. I would suggest that you check out the websites and ring the various places and talk to the managers and see how you feel about what they have to say.

Some you may like, others you may not and then you may feel better informed to make a decision.

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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby Poodle Jewel » Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:48 pm

Last time we checked out Kenliworth Homestead i thought it was very unkept,lawns not mowed and the waterslide was overgrown and the end of the slide was a good metre above the water.That was in April.
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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby Argle » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:52 pm

Somerset Dam is close to Bris and has heaps of room to camp with good ameneties. Good if you have a boat - better if you like to water-ski! If you want to keep your tent cool you cant go past a good quality silver tarp (dura rig type) with the metal d rings. Put this over your tent, it will make a heap of difference. We went for an oversize tarp so that we have a living area in front of the tent and it also keeps a dry area if it rains or if you get a good dew in the morning. Make sure you use a spreader pole on the bigger tarps to keep them taut and that way you can make any water runoff the way you want it to go. Kids have a blast playing in the dirt/water and there is a big oval to kick footys play cricket etc.

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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:12 pm

Argle wrote:Cheers and Beers


WOW Scott...long time since I heard that sign off:-)))))
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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby Argle » Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:12 pm

Hopefully there will be a pic of the setup below....we have since ditched the dome tent and now have a 15x12 canvas type

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Re: Suggestions summer camping from brisbane

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:14 pm

Where is that pic taken Scott??
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