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Corella Creek Country Farmstay, Queensland - Image by Some WIld Ride
Farm & Station Stays

Corella Creek Country Farmstay, Queensland

When you are driving the Flinders Highway, it can be a long time between stops! As you travel between Julia Creek and Richmond, there is an interesting spot to turn off to. When we pulled in in winter 2020, Corella Creek Country Farmstay and cafe had been hard hit by floods and Covid closures. Since then, owner Georgi has made lots of headway. The small bush camping ground also has an additional self contained studio and two budget rooms, hot tub and deck. They pride themselves on recycling – as it is a long way from Bunnings out here! Just

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Thargomindah HYDRO
Destinations

Thargomindah, Queensland – a little town with an Aussie first!

Do you know the FIRST place in Australia to produce hydro electricity? It wasn’t the Snowy Hydro Scheme, or near a city. Thargomindah – a tiny town in the south west corner of Queensland claims it was not only the first town in Australia, impressively, it was third in the world! Drilling began in 1891, with the bore struck in 1893. Hydro-electric powered the street lighting from 1898-1951 by using the water pressure from the Artesian Basin. This Artesian Hydro Power Plant is believed to be the oldest working unit in Australia, and possibly the world! You can see close up a windmill and a decommissioned oil “donkey”. You can

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Say hi to Dogga Dare, when you are there! Thargomindah, QLD
Camping

Where to camp in Thargomindah, Queensland

It was raining heavily as we drove towards Thargomindah. Roads had been busy up to Eulo, as the Big Red Bash was coming to Birdsville. We were looking forward to some indoor meals, a laundry for our muddy clothes and warming up… Thargomindah’s Explorers  Caravan Park gave us just that! We called ahead and snagged the last powered site – perfectly positioned outside the warm camp kitchen We parked up and explored town – stopping into the Thargomindah Pub for a hot lunch – yum! Make sure you check out the Visitor Centre, too. Explorers Caravan Park is huge, see more

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Fishermans Rest Mitchell, Queensland
Free Camping

Fishermans Rest Mitchell, Queensland

What an awesome free camp, located 5.5km west of Mitchell in Queensland. There is plenty of room in this grassy riverside camping area along the banks of the Maranoa River. We did attempt a bit of fishing but as usual we had no luck. For those with a boat, there is a boat ramp here. There is a drop toilet, some rubbish bins and also a shaded picnic table. This free camp was very relaxing and one that we will definitely visit again. For more information check out the CAMPS guide books, new CAMPS Pendium boxed set and CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App. If

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CAMPS visited Washpool Camping Reserve, Lake Leslie, Warwick, Queensland. We thought this camp spot was a beauty!
Budget Campsite

Lake camping at its best: Washpool Camping Reserve, Lake Leslie, Warwick, Queensland

CAMPS visited Washpool Camping Reserve, Lake Leslie, Warwick, Queensland. We thought this camp spot was a beauty! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcQBMTzhCFI It has all the amenities of a caravan park, but there are spacious sites – swimming, fishing and boat ramp. Fires are allowed. Roos are nearby, too! It is a reserve, so there are no pets – and there is a seven day limit. BYO firewood, find a site and self register. This is a really pretty spot, right on the shores of Leslie Dam – or Lake Leslie. Facilities It is just down the road from Lake Leslie Caravan Park. Make

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Finch Hatton Gorge, Queensland - Image by Naomi Cole
National Parks

Bushwalk and camp near Finch Hatton Gorge, Eungella National Park, Mackay Region, Queensland

Image by Naomi Cole In the heat of a Mackay summer, you can cool down at Finch Hatton Gorge. Follow the Gorge Road to the day use area and track to the gorge. You can take a shorter walk – it is only 2.8 km return to the Araluen Cascades.  https://youtu.be/prl-jtaqg-Q Jumping and diving are prohibited – there have been five deaths here since 1976. Many more have been seriously injured, some of these include spinal injuries. These incidents are specifically due to slipping on the wet slippery rocks and steep wet slopes—Parks say one slip could be fatal. Fast stream rises

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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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Mount Britton, Queensland - Image Bert Scott
Camping

History and views at freedom camp, Mount Britton, Queensland

Mount Britton, Queensland – Image Bert Scott Mount Britton is an abandoned gold mining town, founded in 1880 and noted to be a ‘spooky’ yet very interesting site. Mount Britton is 42 km north west of Nebo, or 122 km south west of Mackay, in north Queensland. When visiting, it is hard to believe that in the goldmining era in 1883, Mount Britton was a thriving township with a population of 1500 and services that included; a post and telegraph office, lands office, school of the arts, numerous hotels, stores, butcher and baker. By 1884, the town was declining with

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QLD Cunningham Highway (The Pocket Reserve)
Free Camping Queensland

Cunningham Highway (The Pocket) Reserve, Queensland

Cunningham Highway (The Pocket) Reserve is free, pet friendly with a bonus of water views and birdlife. It was our first night camping of our Outback Queensland trip, and we were on route to Cloncurry – via Goondiwindi, Carnarvon Gorge, Winton, Longreach, and more. Our youngest, a 15-year-old, was watching a footy game – as he was in our local footy tipping comp. We turned off the highway, and as we drove a couple of hundred metres down to the water, he and his brother squealed – it’s SOS only, Dad. They were talking about their mobile range. Of course,

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