New owners keeping old traditions alive at Standown Park, near Gympie, Queensland

Congratulations Russell, Natasha, Sophie, Lottie and Megan, the new owners of Standown Park!
Congratulations Russell, Natasha, Sophie, Lottie and Megan, the new owners of Standown Park!

This little oasis between Gympie and Tin Can Bay has always welcomed current and past serving members of the Defence Forces, first responders and caravan clubs. 

Previous owners, Rod and Pam named the park “Standown” – a military term for rest and relax. They spent 18 years here, just a bare block with pumpkins and watermelons growing and a shed, and created this little piece of paradise, beside the pond and forestry.

They also initiated ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day events – and with Vietnam Veterans’ Day coming up on August 18, Russell says, “There is a 2.45pm March, followed by a service, anybody welcome.

“We are continuing with traditions, vet discounts still apply. We’ve been pretty full since we got here.”

Their stew and damper night sound good – put on by the locals, guests bring some beef and veggies.

They have made themselves at home, moving from Eumundi with their young family, enjoying the area – with beautiful Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach nearby.

The pet friendly caravan park is set on 18 acres of peaceful gardens with a touching waterside memorial, and memorabilia all over the camp kitchen and covered dining area, it is a very interesting place! The kangaroos love it, too.

Since we last visited, Fraser Grill has opened down the road – with chicken dinners and Billy Boil-off events. Plus the local Silky Oak Tea Gardens pub at nearby Kia Ora has changed hands – now called Sublime Farm and Brewery. They have “Howl to the Moon” Karaoke, Piano Bar and Jam nights, and there was a music festival, Sublime Country, last weekend.

To find out more about this unique campground – check out the CAMPS App and guides and more photos in our blog! And tell them we sent you! 

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