Did you know at Toogoolawah Showgrounds, you can park anywhere you like? And they are community run, not by council but by the Show Society?
We spoke to Bill, who sometimes helps out the caretaker, and knows the area, just north of Esk in the Brisbane Valley, quite well.
He said you can choose your spot – “all 40 acres – we’ve had nearly 400 caravans here once!” It only costs $20 a night and $3 for the dump point for non patrons.
He pointed at the yards, near the entry, “They have a campdraft there every year, plus rodeo and bull sales.” (Not this year, unfortunately.)
What is there to do in town?
Bill says: “Drink coffee, have you seen how many cafes there are in town?” No doubt it is because of the wonderful RV friendly place Toogoolawah is.
There’s also three pubs in town, so it is not only tea and coffee being brewed!
You aren’t far from Wivenhoe Dam and Somerset Dam. He recommends you check out the memorial airport – it is where Toogoolawah hosts the Brisbane Airshow.
You can watch the skydiving (the drop zone is one of the camping areas) and check out St Andrews Anglican Church.
I used to visit this area, in my very first job after uni. Home visits to Boonah, Esk and Laidley and surrounds, as a health worker. I loved the drive up to Toogoolawah, and the dams are beautiful. We could easily base yourselves here for a few days exploring – or even tackle the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
When we are back that way, I’ll visit the Condensery – the Somerset Regional Art Gallery, previously home to the Nestle condensed milk factory packing facility. I’d like to see how they have adapted this historical site – they’ve won awards for it.
The showgrounds are Queensland site 658 in Camps 10. Toogoolawah has 4 free or budget camp sites! Check them out in the Camps 10 book or the Camps Australia WIde App.