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Ravensbourne Rec Ground views to wake up to!
Camping

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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The Maryanne Campsite Yuleba Queensland
Camp On A Budget

Free camp and relive history at The Maryanne, Yuleba, Queensland

The last Cobb & Co coach service in Australia travelled 76 km from Surat to Yuleba in 1924.  In Yuleba, check out the The Cobb & Co Wall before you set out. You can learn about the horse drawn carriages, the changing stations and the coach run if you drive the Cobb & Co Way, as you travel along this route.

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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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Camps Australia Wide stop at Winton - Long Waterhole, Queensland - Drone image by Hugh Gilmore
Destinations

Favourite free camp: Long Waterhole, Winton, Queensland

Drone image by Hugh Gilmore Geez, we enjoyed our night here! The sky and birdlife was amazing – but rug up as it was on the chilly side (it was winter).⠀ Long Waterhole in Winton, Queensland is commonly known as the locals’ waterhole. It is approximately 2 km from Winton (dirt road) on the Jundah Road. Long Waterhole is man-made and was once used during the Outback Festival as the site for the World Crayfish Derby! Camps Australia Wide stop at Winton – Long Waterhole The townsfolk often go there in the summertime for a swim and occasionally a speedboat

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Tin Can Bay Tourist Park, Queensland
Caravan Parks

Congratulations Tin Can Bay Tourist Park in Queensland

Well done Steve and Mel May from Tin Can Bay Tourist Park in the Gympie Region! They have been awarded Tourist Events Queensland ‘Best of Queensland Experience 2022’. We caught up with the couple at the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic recently, after they’ve had a very busy winter. The award is presented to Queensland tourism businesses who consistently provide exceptional customer experiences, and are recommended by travellers, so Mel and Steve should be rightly proud! Each time we visit, the team have upgraded the park – with amenities, pool and a fabulous laundry! Their new camp kitchen is beautiful! 

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Rossmount Nursery Gympie - Cooloola Farmer's Trail
Camping

Where to camp along the Cooloola Farmer’s Trail at Gympie and Noosa Hinterland, Queensland

Rossmount Nursery Cooloola Farmer’s Trail is on again! So if you are travelling or not far from the Gympie or Sunshine Coast regions, September 10-11, make the most of it. You can spend a weekend or see it in a day trip – just bring an empty belly – there is good eating and good camping to be had.  Check this out online at https://cooloolafarmtrail.com.au/farm-trail/ This trail was on my priority trips, last year. So I can vouch for quite a few of these personally – and we enjoyed lunch just this month, at the newest of them all! On the

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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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Waltzing Matilda Centre Winton QLD
Destinations

Why we love Winton, Queensland – must do attractions

Waltzing Matilda Centre Winton QLD Winton is a very interesting destination – and a MUST for Banjo Patterson fans. There are references to the famous Australian everywhere! Where else can you walk on the lyrics of “Waltzing Matilda”? Or stroll amongst the jumbucks and stanzas of this beloved Aussie song. Even the Swagman is immortalised in a statue in town. Walk on the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda – Winton QLD There are loads of options in town for caravan parks and pub stays, and a couple of waterside camps south of town, including our stop for the night, Long Waterhole.

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Mary Kathleen Old Mine QLD
Camping

Freedom camp beside an abandoned uranium mine at Mary Kathleen, Queensland

If you are self contained and looking for a quiet camp spot away from the Flinders Highway the old Mary Kathleen township site between Cloncurry and Mount Isa is well worth a visit. The road into the old town is slowly deteriorating, but still accessible with care. Once you get to the old town, there is nothing left except the roadways and some concrete slabs, the land owner allows overnight stays as long as you do not light a fire. Mary Kathleen was first surveyed as a mining town in 1956 after the discovery of the largest known deposit of

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