Family friendly: Borumba Deer Park, Imbil, Queensland

CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE loves Borumba Deer Park – and keep coming back. As you can see from the photos we tend to visit with other families, we’ve been there for summer breaks, karaoke nights, as well as boating on nearby Borumba Dam. Here’s a perspective from a younger family, and Sunshine Coast local, Emma Thompson.

Camping with a 5-year-old and an energetic dog as a single Mum certainly has its challenges but once I had worked out the basics, like how to put a tent up on your own (in case you were wondering the answer was an Instant Up’ tent), then there was no stopping us. Now the only challenge is to find a camp site that fuels my desire to immerse my daughter in as much nature as possible, whilst also keeping her entertained and Borumba Deer Park ticks all our boxes.

As soon as we turn onto the Obi Obi Road from Mapleton, I can feel my stresses start to evaporate. My daughter is a big fan of making a stop to have a paddle in the Obi Obi Creek and this has become a bit of a tradition to mark the start of our trip.

The road takes us through the countryside and into Kenilworth where, if our trip is last minute, I stop and buy supplies for the weekend ahead. From here we travel through the small rural town of Imbil which has a lovely little butchers who are super helpful and quite skilled in the art of campground cooking, as well as grocers, an outdoor shop and a post office. Then we continue on a further 10 mins west to Borumba Deer Park.

What I love about the park is that that there are 5 different camping areas on approximately 15 acres and it generally very easy to find the perfect spot without close neighbours (very important with a 5 year old’s bedtime!). We camp on unpowered sites and our favourite area is called Creek Street which is shaded, a close walk to the creek and close enough to the amenities. Most importantly though our dog can stay!

The park is whatever we want it to be and we make every stay different. Sometimes we take part in the daily deer feeding, sometimes we play in the creek either swimming or fishing, sometimes my daughter plays in the playground and we have even been known to play the occasional game of mini golf but more often than not we just light a camp fire, eat our newly found love of s’mores and enjoy just being together in nature. When we last went with a group of friends, we hired kayaks from the kiosk and spent a great afternoon paddling up and down Yabba Creek.

Our dog is obsessed by the creek and spend most of his time submerged under the water waiting for us to throw a stick for him. The smell of the deer keeps him entertained all day and my daughter loved pointing out a turtle she could see on the other side of the creek. All the fresh air makes my daughter (and the dog) sleep like a dream, which makes for one happy mummy!

Borumba Deer Park, Imbil, Mary Valley Gympie Region, QLD

For us it’s the perfect easy weekend away. The amenities are clean, the showers are spacious and hot, there is a huge camp kitchen, a great kiosk (that sell coffee – winning!), an off-leash area for our dog, coin laundry.

Just 5 mins away is Borumba Dam. After we have packed up our tent on Sunday this is where we stop for a picnic before heading home. Between the boating, jet skiing and wakeboarding that takes place on the Dam, there is always something for us to watch and keep us entertained. For us it’s the perfect end to a perfect break. It is easy, relaxing and entertaining and that is what brings us back to this great little campsite, again and again.

Find it in the Caravan Parks book, the Camps Pendium (our new box set with separate state by state guides) and the Camps Australia Wide App.

Images by CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE – we thank the Hodges for our fun 2022 trip! 

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