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CAMPS loved our visit to Leyburn Sports Ground - image Hugh Gilmore
Birdwatching

Free camp at Leyburn Sports Ground, Queensland

CAMPS loved our visit to Leyburn Sports Ground – image Hugh Gilmore Since we visited, Leyburn Sports Ground very flash automatic showers and a dump point all on site. Here’s some of the bird life at Leyburn, Queensland, Australia and a look at their FREE recreation ground. CAMPS at Leyburn Sports Ground It is a great spot to set up your tent, caravan or Big Rig. The site is lovely, grassy and HUGE. image Karen & Mal Grice This free campground has a 72 hour limit – with new showers, a flushing loo and dump point. Thanks Karen & Mal

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Yelarbon Rec Ground
Camping

Favourite pet-friendly campground: Yelarbon Rec Ground, Queensland

When I used to work around Texas (last century!), there was a great little town that was on my schedule. If you are leaving on a trip or coming home via the Cunningham Highway there is an excellent camp area in the little town of Yelarbon that we recommend.  It’s between Warwick and Goondiwindi so is a good distance for us for a day’s run from Brisbane or the Sunshine and Gold Coast regions. Yelarbon Recreation Ground is away from the highway with lovely grounds.  Walk through the gate to the unpowered sites – there is a whole oval to choose

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Pick your own Sunflowers - Image Alan and Susan Deuchars
Destinations

Take a sunflower trip

The Darling Downs in Queensland is THE place for sunflower drives. Sunflowers are a summer crop and only flower for 3-4 weeks. But you can find sunflowers from December to March and more on Darling Downs road trips.  For next season, pick your own at Warraba Sunflowers at Cambooya, Queensland. It is now closed. Tips: Please be respectful of farmers. Only go into properties if you have permission. Otherwise, take photos from the fence and enjoy that colour. More to see and do (from a local – Heatley grew up here, and our first bub was born in Toowoomba): Lake Leslie Goomburra State

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Ravensbourne Rec Ground views to wake up to!
Birdwatching

10 camping roadtrips near Toowoomba, Queensland

Ravensbourne Rec Ground views to wake up to! Alison and Greg from Toowoomba have asked us for inspiration for their maiden 8 day trip, close to home. We lived in lovely Toowoomba, and Heatley grew up on the Darling Downs, so we know it well! We took our firstborn camping into a few of these, and then back again with our youngest two more recently! There is sooo much to see and do around Toowoomba. ! From Great Dividing Range views to the patchwork fields of the Darling Downs, here are 10 road trips we have selected for you: 1.

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Lake Leslie Dam Lookout, Queensland
Camping

2 camps at Lake Leslie, Warwick, Queensland

Lake Leslie Dam Lookout Heatley has never seen more water in Leslie Dam! I remember a picnic at Lake Leslie (as it is widely known) with his extended family (they lived locally). The creek area we all swam at has ‘no swimming’ signs there now – but it is still a lovely picnic area. We started at the lookout. For us, it was a perfect breakfast stop, as it wasn’t busy. We walked the dam wall… The spillway was super impressive! There is a nice picnic area here near the dam wall (with amenities). Make sure you stop and say

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Carnival of Flowers, Queens Park, Toowoomba, Queensland
ACT

3 Amazing Flower Festivals for Spring

Carnival of Flowers, Toowoomba, QueenslandSeptember 1-30, 2022 If you are near the Darling Downs around in the month of September then seeing the Carnival of Flowers in Queens Park, Toowoomba is a must! There are all sorts of events held across town during the festival – food, cinema, markets and a parade! Impressively, 2022 is the 73rd year of this event. Everlasting Kings Park Festival, Perth, Western AustraliaSeptember 16-30, 2022 With tours, workshops, art and guided walks – and those amazing views over the city. It is fun for the family any time of year – but especially during the festival. Floriade, Canberra,

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Michelle with CAMPS Pendium June 2022
General

Camp Where The Wild Things Are

I’ve arrived home after my Murray River jaunt. It wasn’t all relaxing, though – I’ll have some wonderful SA camps and must dos for you over the coming weeks. It is also gratifying that my CAMPS Pendium state guides and I have only one state left to visit! This newsletter transports you to some lesser known gems in our beautiful country: bushcamp on a WA retreat for wedgetail eagles, beside a lake in Queensland’s Darling Downs and hike and camp on the NSW central coast. There is even a nude beach! From there, we travel back to Tassie to a wild,

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Sandy Creek Pub, Queensland
Budget Campsite

FREEDOM CAMP OF THE MONTH – Sandy Creek Pub, Queensland

There were still a few campers around, and a couple of vans leaving when we dropped into Sandy Creek Pub, last week. You camp in the grassy paddock next door with some farm animals, and enter via a gate. The pub is not far from the Cunningham Highway, near Warwick in Queensland’s Darling Downs. We loved the sign here about patronising the hotel. The site is for patrons only, with a donation for charity and a fee for a shower. But it is great to find this freedom camp here, because the only other options in Warwick, are caravan parks.

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