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Florence Falls Campground, Litchfield National Park NT

Florence Falls Campground

Litchfield National Park is a fantastic location south of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Within a short walking distance to Florence Falls is the Florence Falls Campground.

The campground is excellent with big sites making it easy to park your Caravan, 4WD or Motorhome. 

Florence Falls Campground Facilities

Each site comes with your own fire pit although you will need to bring your own fire wood.

There are modern toilets and showers at the Florence Falls Campground which are currently quite new and very clean. Facilities also include barbecues.

There are no bins and you will need to take your rubbish away with you to dispose of. Generators are not permitted.

Our Campsite at the Florence Falls Campground
Florence Falls Campground

Are Pets allowed at the Florence Falls Campground?

This is National Park and therefore it is not pet friendly.

The Florence Falls Campground has no phone coverage although in the early morning we did receive limited coverage until around 9am.

Cost to stay is $6.60 per person per night, children are $3.30 per night or there is a family rate of $15.

Our stay was 25th-27th June 2017

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How to get there:

From Darwin it is approximately 115kms drive to Litchfield National Park and takes about 90 mins to drive there.

Take the Stuart Highway south from Darwin to the Batchelor Rd exit on the right. Follow the signs along Batchelor Rd through the township of Batchelor and also Rum Jungle until you arrive at Litchfield National Park.

Follow Litchfield Park Rd until you see the sign to turn right to the Florence Falls Campground.

The roads to Litchfield National Park and the campground are fully sealed.

Florence Falls is within easy walking distance from the Florence Falls Campground
Florence Falls

Florence Falls

The Florence Falls Campground is the perfect place to stay to get out and enjoy Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls and so much more.

Florence Falls is 135 steps down from the Lookout to a short track at the base of the falls. Here you can swim and enjoy the scenery of this amazing waterfall.

Please don’t climb to the top and jump in, we witnessed people ejected and fined by National Parks staff for doing so. It’s also extremely dangerous for both those who jump and others below.

Buley Rockhole
Buley Rockhole – Rock Pools

Things to See and Do in Litchfield National Park

There are a number of other falls and rock pools to explore in Litchfield National Park.

Buley Rockhole

Nearby Buley Rockhole rock pools are a lot of fun. Lay in the fast running stream and swim and jump in the deep holes of water.

There are different sections you can enjoy, just be careful of the very slippery rocks whenever walking across the waterways.

Wangi Falls

Wangi Falls is a short drive further on from the Florence Falls Campground.

This is a big rock pool with lots of fun to be enjoyed. Climb into the rocks to find small pools of water with views back over the main area.

Wangi Falls
Wangi Falls

You can also have a picnic in the grounds overlooking the Falls or take the walking track

There is also the Wangi Falls Cafe to enjoy lunch and a drink after your swim.

Read more: Things to See and do in Top End Darwin, NT and Kakadu and Litchfield National Park by Motorhome

The video provides information on how to pay for your stay at the Florence Falls Campground and lots more about Litchfield National Park.

Check out these great places to stay in Kakadu National Park:

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Inskip Point Camping, Inskip Point Qld

Inskip Point Feature

One of the best things about camping at Inskip Point is the location.

You are only a 10 minute ferry ride away from stunning Fraser Island and it is just over 8 kms to beautiful Rainbow Beach which makes Inskip Point Camping very popular.

It is an ideal stopover if you are heading over or stopping off on your way back from Fraser Island as well as a great spot to just chill out while you camp beside the beach and do some fishing.

Inskip Point

If you want an early start on the Manta Ray Fraser Island Barge, Inskip Point is the departure point and therefore the perfect place to camp overnight so you can get up bright and early in the morning to catch the first barge.

Inskip Point Camping Grounds & Facilities

There are 7 different camping grounds to choose from when camping at Inskip Point:

  • Sarawak West Camping Area
  • M.V. Sarawak Camping Area
  • M.V. Beagle Camping Area
  • M.V. Natone Camping Area
  • S.S. Dorrigo Camping Area
  • Dorrigo South Camping
  • Pelican Bay Camping Area

Sarawak West Camping Area

Access:   2WD Accessible only in normal conditions, 4WD is recommended

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on dunes

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No set campsites. Limited number for caravans, campervans and camper trailers

Views: A few campsites have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Some sites within close proximity to the beach

M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground Inskip Point

M.V. Sarawak Camping Area

Access:   2WD Accessible only in normal conditions, 4WD is recommended

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on the dunes

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No set campsites. Limited number for caravans, campervans and camper trailers

Views: A few campsites have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Beautiful beach only metres away

Inskip

M.V. Beagle Camping Area

Access:   4WD is strongly recommended. 2WD is very limited even in good conditions

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on the dunes

Toilets:   Three Hybrid Toilet Blocks. One with a ramp for Wheelchair access

Sites:  Small Camping area behind the foredunes. No defined campsites. Limited sites suitable for large caravans or buses

Views: A few campsites may have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Camping area is right on the beach

M.V. Natone Camping Area

Access:   4WD access only. 4th Camping area from the entrance to the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area.

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on the dunes

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  Open camping area. No defined sites. Not suitable for camper trailers, caravans or buses

Views: A few campsites may have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Short Walk from Camping Area

On the beach at Double Island Point
On the beach at Double Island Point

S.S. Dorrigo Camping Area

Access:   4WD access recommended, some sites close to road accessible with 2WD in normal conditions

Vehicle Access to the Beach:  Easy access at the entrance to the campground to get 4WD on and off the beach

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No formally defined campsites. Sites closer to the road are more sheltered from the ocean winds

Views: Amazing views from some sites

Beach: Walking distance to the beach or you can camp close to the beach but tracks are sandy

Coloured Sands from Double Island Point
Spectacular views of the coloured sands from Double Island Point

Dorrigo South Camping

Access:   4WD access recommended, some sites close to road accessible with 2WD in normal conditions

Vehicle Access to the Beach:  No vehicle access to/from the beach within the Dorrigo South Campground

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No formally defined campsites. Best suited to smaller vans. Restricted access for caravans, buses and camper trailers.

Views: Views of Double Island Point from some sites. Camping closer to road provides a little  more shelter from wind

Beach: A short walk to the surf beach or to Pelican Bay which is more sheltered

Pelican Bay Camping Area

Access:   Definitely 4WD access only

Vehicle Access to the Beach:  Right on the water’s edge and soft in parts

Toilets:   No toilets or bins. You also need to take your rubbish with you. Use toilets in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area approx 500 metres away on Inskip Point Road. No bush toileting – digging pit toilets is not permitted

Sites:  Only 5 campsites

Views: Pelican Bay Camping Area has estuary views

Beach: A short walk to the surf beach

M.V, Sarawak Inskip Point Camping
M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground

General Campground Information

There are a number of sites suitable for caravans, campervans and camper trailers . Camping in tents is permitted in all areas. Some camping grounds are strictly 4WD only and only minimal areas that are accessible by 2WD.

All sites are unpowered and many areas are shaded. There are plenty of bins provided, let’s all ensure we use them.

Toilets are available in most camping areas, not all. Contents of portable toilets must not be emptied in the Camping areas. There is a Dump Point Facility on Clarkson Drive in nearby Rainbow Beach.

Drinking Water is not available so bring plenty of water with you.

Water can obtained at Clarkson Drive within Rainbow Beach just a few metres along from the Dump Point so be sure to bring along portable refillable containers to top up your supply if needed.

Matt enjoying Happy Hour at Inskip Point
Matt enjoying Happy Hour at Inskip Point Camping Ground

The maximum stay at Inskip Point camping grounds is 30 days.

Generators up to 2.0Kva are allowed only until 9pm at which time they must be turned off. All noise must be kept to a minimum after 9pm.

Chainsaws cannot be used in the Inskip Point Camping areas.

Mobile Phone coverage is limited and unreliable. At times you may get a slightly stronger signal from the beach.

Midges and Sandflies can be bad camping at Inskip Point so ensure you take plenty of insect repellent and relief.

Contact Details for Inskip Point Camping

Phone: 13 74 68
Website
Email: info@des.qld.gov.au
Address: Inskip Point Road, Inskip Point Queensland

Inskip Point Camping
Great to have a view of Fraser Island even if the weather wasn’t great

How to get to the Camping Grounds

From the Bruce Highway/A1 turn right onto Brisbane Road/State Route 15 and continue for 3.4kms before turning right onto Cootharaba Road/State Route 15.

After 42kms, turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road and follow it along for 30km.

Then turn left onto Clarkson Drive. In 1.8kms, at the roundabout take the 2nd exit to stay on Inskip Avenue.

Finally, turn right into Inskip Point Road and all camping grounds are on the right hand side off Inskip Point Road with the exception of Pelican Bay.

To access Pelican Bay Camping Area, continue straight on Inskip Avenue and do not turn right into Inskip Point Road.

Inskip Point
Bark chips on the track into M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground when we camped in Feb 2016

Inskip Point Camping Permit

A camping permit is required and must be obtained before arrival at the campgrounds.

You do not require a Vehicle Access permit when camping in any of the Inskip Point Camping areas.

A Vehicle Access Permit is however required to drive on the beach both at Fraser Island and in the Cooloola Recreation Area. There are separate permits for each or a combined one for both.

How to Book a Camping Site

Individual camping sites cannot be booked and it is on a ‘first in’ basis. There are no defined camping sites.

To book a site at any of the Inskip Point Camping grounds, you can book on-line; over the counter at a booking office; at a self-service kiosk or by calling 13 74 68.

A permit tag with your booking number must be displayed clearly at your campsite at all times.

Inskip Point Camping Site
Camped up for the night at M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground in our motorhome

Inskip Point Camping Map

Download a copy of the Inskip Point Camping Map outlining the campgrounds in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area – https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/164285/inskip-peninsula-map.pdf

Inskip Point Camping Fees

Currently as of 1 July 2020, the cost for camping fees is $6.75 per person per night and families are $27.00 per night.

A Family can consist of up to 8 people in total made up of either 1 or 2 Adults and children under the age of 18. Kids under the age of 5 are free.

Macks at Inskip Point

Is Inskip Point Camping Dog Friendly?

It is dog friendly in the Inskip Point Camping Areas however dogs must be kept under control and on a leash at all times. Please ensure you also wrap and place dog droppings in the bins provided.

You are not permitted to have dogs in your vehicle while driving along the beach and on beach access tracks at Double Island Point, Teewah Beach and Freshwater Road.

You are allowed to travel with dogs to or from Inskip Point however this must be via the Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach sealed roads.

Other domestic animals including birds are prohibited while camping at Inskip Point.

Macks Inskip Point

Are Campfires permitted in the Campgrounds

Open campfires are permitted in the Inskip Point Camping grounds except when fire bans are in place.

Please use an existing campfire site and ensure campfires are fully extinguished with water.

Do not place sand over a campfire as the area will remain extremely hot for a long time and can cause very serious burns or injury if walked on.

All clean untreated firewood, kindling and fire lighters must be brought in. Bush timber is not to be brought in as it may contain pests that could be carrying diseases which can kill native plants.

It is illegal to collect and burn leaves, twigs and wood from the recreational reserve and penalties do apply.

Inskip Point

Inskip Point Tides

The tides are very important when visiting Inskip Point especially if you intend to head over to Fraser Island.

Driving on any beach is best at low tide or 2 hrs either side of low tide.

Inskip Point Weather

As Inskip Point is right on the peninsula, it can be quite windy. To escape the windy Inskip Point weather you may need to camp back from the beach behind the dunes or in areas of the campgrounds closer to the road.

There are a number of weather apps to check on the upcoming weather if you are planning to camp at Inskip Point with Willy Weather and BOM just to name a couple.

Inskip Point Sinkhole Warning Sign

Inskip Point Sinkhole

In late September 2015, just a few months before our stay at Inskip Point in early February 2016, a huge 150 metre x 50 metre wide, 3 metre deep sinkhole opened up at the M.V. Beagle campground.

At around 10.30pm the sinkhole slowly began opening up. Close to midnight, approximately 140 people had to be evacuated from the campground.

It resulted in a Caravan, a car, tents and camping equipment being swallowed by the sinkhole.

In March 2016, there was a second landslip. Again 3 years later in September 2018, another large portion of the beach collapsed into the ocean.

The three sinkholes have all been in the same area.

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.
Inskip Point

What else is there to do in the area?

Inskip Point Fishing

For most people, Inskip Point Camping includes spending time fishing. With the beach and estuary right at your doorstep, it is the ideal place to catch Bream, Flathead, Tailor and Whiting.

Plus, you have Fraser Island only a 10 minute barge ride away and the fishing on Fraser is sensational.

Lake McKenzie
Lake McKenzie

Visit Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world

Fraser Island is one place your absolutely cannot miss visiting!!

As it is the world’s largest sand island, the only way to access this stunning piece of paradise is by 4WD.

If you don’t have a 4WD, you can hire one or take a day tour over to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach or there are also 2 day camping or 2 day resort tours.

There is so much to see and do on the island but Lake Mackenzie, Eli Creek, the S.S. Maheno and Champagne Pools are everyone’s favourite ‘must sees’.

For more information about Fraser Island, check out these other blogs:

Double Island Point
Double Island Point Rainbow Beach

Drive along Rainbow Beach to Double Island Point

Take a drive along the Beach past the spectacular coloured sands to Double Island Point. The colours in the sandy cliffs are amazing.

You will need to purchase a permit to drive on the beach and you definitely need to check the tide times carefully as the beach is only accessible at low tide.

Purchase your Cooloola Recreation Vehicle Access Permit online.

Check out Carlo Sand Blow

The magnificent Carlo Sand Blow is one of the popular attractions at Rainbow Beach.

Carlo Sand Blow has a ‘moonscape’ appearance and is massive with the sand covering 15 hectares. It is named after Carlo, one of Captain Cook’s crew.

Take a walk throught the rainforest to the top of the Sand Blow and take in the stunning views over Rainbow Beach including the coloured sands, Double Island Point, Inskip Point and Fraser Island.

Tin Can Bay

Feed the Dolphins at Tin Can Bay

For the best chance of feeding wild dolphins, go to the Barnacles Cafe and Dolphin Centre in Tin Can Bay.

Wild dolphins have been coming into this area for many, many years and it offers a great dolphin experience.

Volunteers provide information on the dolphins and arrange viewing times where small groups can each go into the water.

You have the not only the opportunity to see the dolphins up close but you can also feed a wild Australian Humpback Dolphin.

  • Don’t miss this one on one dolphin experience!

Read more: Feeding the Dolphins at Barnacles Café Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay
Tin Can Bay Dolphins

Other great places to stay in the region:

Pin – Inskip Point Camping

Rainbow Beach was our very first destination on our road trip adventure around Australia. Our second stop was Inskip Point where we camped in the M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground for one night on 4 February, 2016.

Back then, we only had our motorhome and it was the only Inskip Point Camping area we could access.

Have you camped at any of the Inskip Point Camping grounds? Tell us about your experience.

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Gayndah Heritage Railway Camping, Gayndah Qld

Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail

The Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail offers an awesome low cost camping area for travellers passing through the Gayndah area.

Gayndah is located in the North Burnett region and is 327 kms by road from Brisbane.

Gayndah Oldest Town in Queensland

Founded in 1849 and formally gazetted in 1852, Gayndah claims to be the oldest town in Queensland. Whilst Brisbane and Ipswich are actually older they are classed as cities rather than towns.

Another claim by the town of Gayndah is that it is the self-proclaimed ‘Citrus Capital of Queensland however the nearby town of Mundubbera also lays claim to the same title.

Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail

Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail Camping Facilities

This great low cost camping area is available for self-contained caravans and motorhomes provided you have your own toilet and shower. Toilets at the station are only open from 8.30am – 5.30pm.

Big Rigs and buses can also be accommodated. Camping in tents however is definitely not permitted.

Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail
Making our way around the back of the carriages to camp up for the night at the Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Camping Area

There are no powered sites, all parking areas are unpowered. Bins are available alongside the station.

Drinking water is available at the Gayndah Heritage Railway Camping ground.  You can fill your tank for just $2.

There is a Dump Point in town at Zonhoven Park on the Burnett Highway just along from the Big Orange.

We were around the back of the old Gayndah Railway Station near the static carriages and had good Telstra phone coverage, Vodafone was available through the Optus network however television reception is reportedly poor.

Gayndah Heritage Railway Camping

Are pets allowed?

The Gayndah Heritage Railway Campground is pet friendly and therefore dogs are allowed.

Maximum stay here is 72 hours.

The Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail is a not-for-profit organisation run by local volunteers. All camping fee proceeds go to maintaining the heritage railway station and the restoration of the static carriages.

Check out all of: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Gayndah Heritage Railway
Gayndah Heritage Railway

Cost to stay at the Gayndah Heritage Railway Camping Ground is great value at just $5 per vehicle per night.

Our stay was for just 1 night on 6 October, 2020.

Free tours of the old M Class Sunlander Club Car are conducted by the friendly volunteers.

Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail Tour

Contact Details for Gayndah Heritage Railway Camping

Phone:  07 4161 1308
Facebook: 
Email: gayndahrailway@hotmail.com
Address: 9 National Street, Gayndah

Gayndah Heritage Railway Station

How to get to the Gayndah Heritage Railway Station & Camping Area

Coming into Gayndah from the south, go past The Big Orange and continue along the Burnett Highway through Gayndah.

Just before the Grand Hotel, turn right into Bridge Street. Continue on Bridge Street for 260 metres.

Turn left onto Walker Street and continue along Walker Street before reaching Gayndah Heritage Railway Station and Camping area in National Street.

5 Essentials – Ryobi Tools for Traveling

  1. A chainsaw certainly is an essential tool while traveling especially when camping and 4WDing. Perfect for cutting up wood for the campfire and ideal for clearing tracks of fallen branches when 4WDing. I really like the Ryobi Chainsaw and will be looking to buy one very soon to match all of my other Ryobi tools.
  2. The Ryobi Cordless Hand Vacuum has been super handy for the motorhome while traveling and now it is also great to use in our 4WD.
  3. Even prior to traveling, I have always used a Ryobi Cordless Drill. They are an essential tool for use at home and while on the road.
  4. We have had heaps of use from our Ryobi 18v Area Light. It’s great for fishing, camping and outdoor entertaining and even when we want to save power at night while free camping. Just charge it up the next day when you have solar.
  5. There are so many uses for our Ryobi Blower while traveling. Blowing the leaves off the top of the slideout before bringing it in, accelerating the campfire, clearing away any dirt, grass or sand from around your campsite.
Gayndah Heritage Railway

Things to see and do in and around the Gayndah Heritage Railway Camping Area

Guided Tour of the Sunlander Railway Carriage

Don’t miss the free guided M Class Tour of the old Sunlander Carriage. Friendly volunteers conduct the free tour which is included in the fee for camping at the Gayndah Heritage Railway Camping area.

Tour times are 8.30am and 3.30pm April to September and 8.30am October to March.

The tour is definitely worth it. Our guide Des who served many, many years in the Queensland Railway showed us through the old Club Car.

He gave a very informative talk as he has such a wealth of knowledge of the Railways and the Gayndah region.

Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail Club Car Tour
Big Orange Gayndah

The Big Orange

Gayndah is home to the Big Orange, one of the many Big Things of Australia that we have now discovered. You can’t miss it as you drive into Gayndah.

During the months of April through to October, you can taste the fresh juice made from the citrus growing on the property. Our visit was just as the season had finished unfortunately.

The Big Orange Cafe is also known for having the best Devonshire Teas which we definitely wanted to check out.

Before leaving Gayndah we dropped in and enjoyed a delicious serve of scones with jam and fresh cream. Besides being super yummy, they are well priced also.

It’s a great lunch stop for travellers as they also have fresh hamburgers, wraps, sandwiches and coffee.

Big Orange Devonshire Tea

Gayndah Orange Festival

What is Gayndah famous for?

Every two years, Gayndah hosts the Gayndah Orange Festival which includes a street parade, markets as well as citrus eating, throwing and packing competitions. The week long festival is held in April – May.

Ideraway Creek Railway Bridge

Ideraway Creek Railway Bridge

Have you ever seen an upside down bridge?

Just over 10 minutes from the Gayndah Heritage Railway Camping Area is the Ideraway Creek Railway Bridge.

Built back in 1906-07, it has the trusses below the bridge instead of above, giving it the appearance of it being upside down. 

The now heritage listed Ideraway Creek Railway Bridge is the only bridge like it in Queensland.

It’s definitely worth visiting as it is also one of the most unusual bridges that you will see travelling  Australia.

Read about the: Dularcha Railway Tunnel

Ideraway Upside Down Bridge

The Big Mandarin

Citrus is not only big in Gayndah, it is big in the neighbouring town of Munduberra too.

Munduberra is home to The Big Mandarin. The 9 metre fibreglass Ellendale Mandarin is actually located inside a caravan park at Munduberra, aptly named The Big Mandarin Caravan Park.

Check out all of our: Big Things of Australia

The Big Mandarin

Pin – Gayndah Heritage Railway Camping

Other interesting blogs you may enjoy reading:

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Neem Hall Finch Hatton Camping

For a picturesque riverside low cost camping area you cannot go past Neem Hall at Finch Hatton, Queensland.

Neem Hall’s ideallic location right on the banks of Cattle Creek means you have pristine fresh flowing water at your doorstep, fabulous for a swim or just cool down from the warm tropical weather of North Queensland.

Neem Hall Finch Hatton Camping

Take your camp chair down to the creek and just chill out, trust us it’s very relaxing at Happy Hour 😊

Besides the great camping area, there is a newly renovated hall which can also be rented as a modern living space.

Neem Hall Finch Hatton Happy Hour
Happy Hour with Sharan and Barry from Shaz n Baz Aussie As Adventures

Neem Hall Finch Hatton Camping Facilities

This awesome flat grassy area is available for self-contained vehicles and is suitable for all size rigs.

Kids will love it here! Not only is it great for the kids to swim and splash around in the creek, there is also a little animal farm.

There’s a number of chickens, goats, geese, a turkey and the incredibly intelligent Zelda the border collie!

Neem Hall Finch Hatton Animal Farm
The Animal Farm at Neem Hall consists of chickens, goats and a turkey

Neem Hall at Finch Hatton provides a great open undercover Camp Kitchen area equipped with refrigerator and table and chairs.

There are no toilet facilities so you must be self-contained. Bins are provided and drinking water is available.

If required, power is available at an additional cost. We had good Telstra coverage and TV reception.

You will find a Dump Point in Miriani which is approx. 24 kms from Neem Hall in Finch Hatton.

Neem Hall Entrance to the Camping ground

Are pets allowed at the Neem Hall Finch Hatton Camping Area?

Neem Hall is pet friendly and rest assured Zelda will be the first to say hello to you and your dog. She is super friendly and loves people as well.

Zelda frequently pops over for a visit and she absolutely loves retrieving stones from the creek.

Neem Hall's Zelda paying us a visit

Contact Details for Neem Hall Finch Hatton Camping ground:

Phone: 0403 234 080
Facebook:
Email: Julie.oshea@hotmail.com
Address: Mackay-Eungell Road, Finch Hatton, Queensland

Neem Hall
Great open flat grassy camping area at Neem Hall Finch Hatton

How to get to Neem Hall Finch Hatton Camping Area

From the south on the Bruce Highway /A1 at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Broad St/Bruce Hwy/A1. After exiting the roundabout onto Broad St/Bruce Highway/A1 continue for 1.8km.

Take a left onto Sarina Homebush Rd/State Route 5 and follow State Route 5 for 37km. Turn right onto Peak Downs Highway/State Route 5/State Route 70 and in 650metres turn left onto Victoria St/State Route 5.

Travel along State Route 5 for 1.4kms then continue straight onto Mirani Eton Road. After 23km turn left onto Mackay Eungella Rd/State Route 64 and in 24km look out for the Neem Hall Finch Hatton sign on the right hand side of the road.

Neem Hall Finch Hatton
Newly renovated Neem Hall Finch Hatton is a great modern living space for rent

Cost to stay at Neem Hall Campground is $10 per night per vehicle.

Neem Hall is one of those places where you book in for 1 or 2 nights and end up staying longer. There is no maximum on the numbers of nights you can stay.

Our stay was 2nd – 4th November, 2020

Cattle Creek

Things to See and Do in the Neem Hall, Finch Hatton Camping Area

Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton Gorge is just spectacular and only a 15 minute drive from Neem Hall. We have been to heaps of gorges around Australia and they are all so different.

Finch Hatton is certainly one gorge not to be missed. We enjoyed it so much we went back a second time!

The gorge is made up of spectacular waterfalls, huge granite boulders and volcanic rock formations, sensational rock pools for swimming and beautiful lush rainforest all of which make for an incredibly awesome bush walk.

Boulders, volcanic rock formations at the top of the gorge

Araluen Falls

One of the most popular tracks through the Finch Hatton Gorge takes you to the Araluen Waterfall.

It is a 1.6km walk to the falls at Araluen and there are stairs down to the large rock pool where you can swim over to the waterfall.

Even in summer the water is rather crisp but it is very refreshing to cool off after your walk.

Araluen Waterfalls
Araluen Waterfalls
Wheel of Fire Finch Hatton Gorge
The fabulous rock pool at the Wheel of Fire Cascades, Finch Hatton Gorge

Wheel of Fire Cascades

Take a further 1.4km walk up to the sensational Wheel of Fire Cascades. You will pass many rock pools and falls encountering a somewhat steep uphill climb with a lot of stairs but it is definitely worth the effort!

Once again there is an awesome rock pool at the base of the cascades which is also very fresh but great to cool down in especially in the summer months.

Our visit in early November was the perfect time to visit, it was not terribly hot on the bush walk and not too cold so we could enjoy a dip in the rock pools without freezing our butts off lol.

Keep a keen eye out on your walk for the magnificent flora and fauna including the rare gastric brooding frog and orange-sided skink as well as the Eungella honeyeater and spiny cray.

Check out our video below which gives a great insight into the Waterfalls & Rock Pools at Finch Hatton Gorge.

Forest Flying

Ride the flying fox and view the rainforest canopy up close providing a unique view of Finch Hatton Gorge from 25 metres above the ground.

Cost: $90 per person

Phone: 07 4958 3359 or book online

Address: 18 Oliver’s Road Finch Hatton, Queensland

Tour times: 10.30am and 1pm daily, weather permitting.

Minimum weight to use the flying fox is 30kgs with the maximum being 120kgs. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and the flying fox is not suitable for infants.

Broken River Bridge Eungella National Park

Eungella National Park

Platypus in the Wild

Just under 30 minutes from Neem Hall and about 80kms west of Mackay is Eungella National Park. Eungella National Park is the only place in Australia that we have seen platypus in the wild and is definitely not to be missed.

We know there are a number of other places, but these little creatures have eluded us on many other occasions at other well-known locations.

The star attraction of the Eungella National Park is getting a glimpse of the elusive platypus which can be very timid at times.

On both visits to Eungella National Park we have been extremely fortunate to witness them swimming around in their natural habitat.

The road up to Eungella National Park is steep and winding and ideally not suitable for an 8m motorhome which is what we were driving on our first visit in 2016.

Our most recent visit in November 2020, it was much easier in the 4WD.

Platypus at Eungella National Park
This playful platypus in the Broken River at Eungella National Park was showing off right in front of us

Check out these other interesting things to see and do in North Queensland:

Pin – Neem Hall, Finch Hatton Camping

Pin - Neem Hall Finch Hatton Camping

More great places to stay in the region:

We can highly recommend a stay at Neem Hall at Finch Hatton. Have you booked into Neem Hall for 1 or 2 nights and ended up staying 4 or 5?

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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