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Free Camping at Kingsley Grove Estate Winery

Kingsley Grove Estate Feature

What a great initiative by Kingsley Grove Estate to combine Free Camping with their winery.

Free Camping at Kingsley Grove Estate Winery in Goodger, Queensland is one of the best that we have come across on our travels and we highly recommend a visit if you are looking for an awesome winery and 1 or 2 nights stay in the Kingaroy region.

Kingsley Grove Estate has it all – Winery/Cellar Door, Restaurant and Free Camping.

They have a superb range of great wines and sparkling, awesome wood fired pizzas and the service is super friendly plus it’s a great place to free camp for a night or two!

Don’t miss the amazing Wine Ice Cream too!!

Kingsley Grove Estate Woodfired Pizza

Kingsley Grove Estate offers the free camping facility for self-contained campers.

The free camping area is suitable for all size vehicles including caravans, motorhomes and big rigs as it is a large flat wide, open area at the rear of the vineyard and winery/cellar door.

Free camping is available for up to 48 hours and we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 nights there.

Kingsley Grove Estate has straight away catapulted into No. 6 place of our Best Free Camps in Australia.

Read more and check which free camps feature in: Our Best Free Camps in Australia

Kingsley Grove Estate Camping area

Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Facilities

Although there are minimal facilities at Kingsley Grove Estate there is a real benefit to being able to free camp at the vineyard.

It is great to unwind at the Kingsley Grove Estate after a day of travelling.

Not only did it allow us to relax over a glass of wine or two from the cellar door each afternoon and not have to worry about driving home, it also gave us a great base to explore the Kingaroy region.

Kingsley Grove Estate woodfired pizza to the door!

We also enjoyed sampling the wine ice cream. Plus, they even delivered our woodfired pizza to our Motorhome door, now that’s service!

A fire pit has been installed for campers to sit around the campfire with fellow travellers over a bottle of chilled wine which is readily available for purchase from the Kingsley Grove Estate Cellar Door 😊

Kingsley Grove Estate Cellar Door

There are no powered sites however generators are allowed.

Bins are provided for campers but there is no potable water available so top up your water tanks before you stay.

A toilet inside the winery is available during opening hours – 10am to 5pm.

We had good Telstra phone coverage at the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping area as well as good TV reception.

The sunsets each afternoon make a beautiful backdrop to the grapevines at the front of the estate.

Sunset at Kingsley Grove Estate

Are Pets allowed while free camping at Kingsley Grove Estate?

Pets are welcome which is great for those who may be travelling with their dog or pet.

Cost to stay is Free.

Our stay was 4th & 5th October, 2020.

Contact Details for Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Area

Phone: 0414 230 128
Website:
Address: 49 Stuart Valley Drive, Goodger, Queensland

Kingsley Grove Estate Cellar Door

How to get to Kingsley Grove Estate

Continue along the D’Agular Highway/State Route 96 for 13 kms before turning left onto Peterson Drive.

Travel for around 7.2kms then turn right onto Kingaroy Cooyar Road. In 120metres turn left onto Aerodrome Road and follow for 1.3kms before turning left onto Bunya Highway/State Route 49.

After 4.9kms turn left onto Stuart Valley Drive. Head along Stuart Valley Drive until you come to the entrance of the Kingsley Grove Estate Vineyard and Winery.

Kingsley Grove Estate

How to Book the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Area

Bookings for the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Area are preferred as only 5 vehicles are allowed at any one time.

Simply phone ahead and provide Name, Mobile number, Address and Email details of the person making the booking.

When free camping at Kingsley Grove Estate, you must now park at least 4 metres apart since CoVid restrictions have been put into place.

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre.

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

Kingsley Grove Estate Camping

Things to do while staying at the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Area:

Wine Tasting & Wine Tour

Book in for a Wine Tasting or tour of the Kingsley Grove Estate. As the Cellar Door is actually part of the winery, visitors are able to view where the wine is made.

As it is a working winery, tours are not always available so bookings are recommended. Tours are not available on weekends between 11am and 3pm unless it is a pre-booked group visit.

It is also preferred that bookings are made for Wine Tasting especially on weekends as it does get rather busy.

All of the grapes for their wines are proudly grown in their own vineyard and produced on site, operating a self-sustaining winery – from berry to bottle.

The Cellar Door is open from 10am – 5pm 7 days

Kingsley Grove Estate

Wine & Dine at the Kingsley Grove Estate Restaurant

A Weekend Menu is on offer at Kingsley Grove Estate with salads, cheese plates, and delicious woodfired pizzas as well as wine ice cream and special weekend desserts.

Lunch is available from 11am – 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

They are very accommodating and cater for special dietary requirements including gluten free pizza bases and dairy free cheese.

Wine and Dine at Kingsley Grove Estate
Kingsley Grove Estate Wine Icecream

Don’t miss the Wine Ice Cream

Tantalise your taste buds and try any of their velvety wine ice creams which are made on site from the wines grown at Kingsley Grove Estate.

There are 4 unique flavours to choose from:

  • Fat Fox Port and Dark Chocolate
  • Hilltop Shiraz and Raisin
  • Merlot and Vanilla Bean
  • Verdelho and Lemon Sorbet

We enjoyed the Verdelho and Lemon Sorbet. Be sure to try at least one of the wine ice creams, it’s not every day you get to have wine ice cream!

These delicious ice creams are however available every day from 10am – 5pm at the Cellar Door, yummmmm!!

Pottique Lavender Shop

Pottique Lavender Farm

Just outside Kingaroy is the Pottique Lavender Farm which has the largest lavender shop in Australia. The aroma is sensational.

It has everything from fresh lavender, to dried lavender, lavender soap, oil, jams, chutney and liqueur. They even sell fresh lavender scones.

You will need plenty of time at Pottique to wander through the store deciding what lavender products to buy, to taste test the lavender liqueur and local wines, to pick your own lavender and to enjoy the ‘lavender scones’ Devonshire tea in the beautiful gardens.

Pottique Lavender Farm
Pick your own Lavender
Peanut Silos

Check out the Peanut Silos in Kingaroy

The huge peanut silos dominate the skyline in the main part of town in Kingaroy.

Kingaroy is the peanut capital of Australia and The PCA has been the leading supplier of locally grown peanuts for over 90 years.

Pop Quiz: What does PCA stand for? Peanut Capital of Australia or Peanut Company of Australia?

PCA

Drop by The Peanut Van

We couldn’t visit Kingaroy and pass up the opportunity to buy peanuts direct from the heart of where peanuts are grown.

If you are a nut lover, be sure to drop by The Peanut Van which is located at 77 Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy.

They have a great range of salted peanuts and cashews as well as flavoured nuts, peanut brittle and peanut paste.

The Peanut Van in Kingaroy

Bjelke-Petersen Dam

The Bjelke-Petersen Dam itself is named after former Queensland Premier, Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

Stocked with bass, golden perch, silver perch, spangled perch and bony bream to name a few, the dam is a popular place for fishing with the Bjelke-Petersen Dam Fishing Classic held each October.

Star Gazing at Kingaroy Observatory

The Kingaroy Observatory in Taabinga is only 250m from the Kingaroy Airport and is just 10kms from the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping area.

Best times to go star gazing are in the months of Autumn, Winter and Spring. During these months the day temperatures are cooler and there is usually less cloud cover.

The night skies over the South Burnett region are relatively darker than on the coast making it a great location to gaze at the stars.

Night shows commence at 7pm from 1 March to 30 September and from 1 October to 28 February shows start at 7.30pm.

Bookings are essential and can be made on line or by calling 07 4164 6194 or 0427 961 391.

Kingaroy Heritage Museum

Kingaroy’s old Town Power House now houses the Kingaroy Heritage Museum and is also home to the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage Precinct.

The museum showcases the history of the peanut industry and exhibits agricultural machinery some of which farmers actually invented including a bicycle powered thresher built in 1909.

Kingaroy Heritage Museum

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Have you ever free camped at a winery? Be sure to check out Kingsley Grove Estate and take up their offer of free camping while you enjoy a wine or three from the Cellar Door!

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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21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane

21 Things to do in Brisbane

Brisbane is our home town. It’s where we have lived all our lives. We know it, we love it and it is home.

There is so much to love about “Brissy”. Our weather is superb, people are friendly and it’s a big city without being too huge.

Brisbane typifies our States motto “Beautiful one day, Perfect the next”!!

We have great, warm weather almost all year round. Winter in Brisbane is sensational, blue sunny skies, calm weather and mild temperatures.

Here’s a list of 21 Things to Do in and around Brisbane

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - CityCat
Brisbane River CityCat

 

1. Take a CityCat ride on the Brisbane River

These are fast ferries that take you to some of Brisbane’s best places on the River.

Go to Portside and see Cruise Ships, New Farm to the Powerhouse Brisbane, which is home to different arts and creatives, plus New Farm Park.

Stop in at Riverside for great restaurants and bars on the river and take a walk around the City.

The CityCat is a great cheap way to get around Brisbane.

There are stops all the way along the Brisbane river foreshores. A 2 hour ticket is a maximum $5.60 or even cheaper with a Go Card.

It’s a fabulous day out on Brisbane’s CityCats.

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Brisbane Riverfire
Spectacular Brisbane Riverfire

 

2. Brisbane Riverfire

In September each year the Brisbane River comes alive as 500,000 people or more attend Riverfire.

The skies light up as the Australian Defence Force fly Fighter Jets and Blackhawk Helicopters before the Fireworks are launched from the River, from Bridges and atop City high-rises.

This is a spectacular not to be missed. Get there early and enjoy the atmosphere.

St Helena Island - 21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane
St Helena Island

 

3. Tour St Helena Island

Learn how St Helena Island is steeped in our History.

In 1867 it was chosen as our first Penal settlement due to its location 4kms offshore in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

The island is now Heritage listed and fantastic tours are operated by Cat O’ Nine Tails Cruises, the only way you can tour the island.

Learn all about the rugged life of those that called St Helena Island home in those formative years.

https://www.sthelenaisland.com.au/

4. Eat Street Northshore

The Eat Street Markets are located at Hamilton and are a culinary delight for everyone regardless of your preferred tastes.

Enjoy the enormous array of amazing dishes, live bands, great bars and enjoy a few hours of amazing fun by the Brisbane River.

Open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm and Sunday from midday to 8pm.

https://https://eatstreetnorthshore.com.au/

5. Eagle Street Pier

The Eagle Street Pier at Brisbane’s Riverside provides amazing views, sensational restaurants and incredible bars directly looking over the Brisbane River and Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge.

Walk along the riverfront discovering the many different shops and see the Kookaburra Queen paddlewheelers which have been doing cruises of the Brisbane River since 1986.

On Sundays, visit the Riverside Markets for lots of locally made crafts, food, drinks and street performers.

Eagle Street Pier: https://www.eaglestreetpier.com.au/

Riverside Markets: https://www.riversidemarkets.com.au/

6. Island time – Stradbroke Island & Moreton Island

Whilst Queensland’s Fraser Island is the most famous island within the state, Moreton Island and “Straddie” are just a short Ferry or Barge trip from Brisbane and are just as majestic.

Go Camping on the islands and feel like you’re in paradise.

Spend time at Tangalooma Resort, snorkel the wrecks, check out Cape Moreton, ride the Sand Dunes and drive the magnificent beaches.

Both Islands are truly amazing.

Stradbroke Island: Book a North Stradbroke Island Day Tour here>

Moreton Island: Book a Moreton Island Day Tour here>

Tangalooma, Moreton Island: Book a Tangalooma Day Trip with Activities here>

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane
Eleven Rooftop Bar

7. Visit the Eleven Rooftop Bar in Brisbane

This amazing restaurant at 757 Anne St Fortitude Valley features spectacular views over the Brisbane Inner City as well as a great bar and fabulous food.

The Eleven Rooftop Bar features in our list of the Best 17 places to Eat and Drink in Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Make sure you book, it does get very busy.

Update: The Eleven Rooftop Bar is now a rooftop Mexican Restaurant and Bar.

http://elevenrooftopbar.com.au/

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Brisbane Sign Southbank
Brisbane Sign

 

8. Go to Southbank on the Brisbane River

At Southbank you can walk around the gardens, take a ride on the big Brisbane Wheel, visit GOMA (the Gallery of Modern Art) for free, swim in the Lagoon at Streets Beach, ride the Wheel of Brisbane, eat out at the many restaurants and pubs or go at night and visit the markets from Friday to Sunday.

There’s so much to see and do.

Buy your Wheel of Brisbane Tickets here>

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Wilsons Outlook
Wilsons Outlook

 

9. Wilsons Outlook Reserve New Farm

This park at New Farm has the most incredible views.

Arrive just before dusk, take your camera and watch as the Brisbane City, iconic Story Bridge and the Brisbane River transform into an incredible array of colours and beauty as the lights take effect.

Purchase a Story Bridge Climb here>

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Bee Gees Way at Redcliffe
Bee Gees Way Redcliffe

10. Redcliffe

Redcliffe is just north of the city and it feels like an island as it is mostly surrounded by water. Access from the south is by the 3.2km bridges spanning from Brighton to Clontarf.

At Redcliffe foreshore there is a great Lagoon perfect for swimming on a warm Brisbane day.

Redcliffe is also considered home to International megastars, the Bee Gees.

Visit the incredible Bee Gees Way to see the city’s fantastic tribute to the family that became worldwide superstars.

Read more about Redcliffe: 17 Reasons to Visit Redcliffe

11. Mount Cootha

Mount Cootha in Brisbane’s western suburbs is where the local TV stations reside but it is also a very popular vantage point for locals who run, ride and cycle their way to the top.

There are stunning views across Brisbane including the city and Brisbane River from the lookout.

The restaurants are very popular and the place of many wedding proposals and ceremonies over the years.

12. Roma Street Parklands

The Roma Street Parklands is on the Brisbane City’s doorstep yet offers 16 hectares of Horticultural beauty with its themed gardens and lush greenery.

Events are held regularly at the amphitheatre with plays performed by the Queensland Theatre Company and others.

You don’t have to have a green thumb to enjoy a stroll through this parkland.

Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park)

 

13. Brisbane Sporting Stadiums

Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba are Brisbane’s primary sporting stadiums where we cheer on our teams to regular success.

Queenslanders are passionate about their sport and turn out to support their teams whenever they are in town.

Previously named Lang Park the name was changed to Suncorp Stadium in 1994. It now holds crowds of 52,500.

Go the Broncos and the Queensland Bulls!

Boggo Road
Boggo Road Gaol

 

14. Take a Tour of Brisbane’s old Boggo Road Gaol

The Brisbane Boggo Road Gaol once housed Queensland’s most feared prisoners until it was closed in July 1992.

Today you can take tours and hear about the days in the lives of those that found their way inside. At night they also provide ghost tours.

https://boggoroadgaol.com/

Houseboat Gold Coast Broadwater
Houseboat Gold Coast Broadwater

 

15. Houseboating on the Gold Coast Broadwater

It’s a lot of great fun and we have been houseboating several times before we left on our road trip around Oz.

We always used Coomera Houseboats, the staff are fantastic and the boats were perfect for our trips.

https://www.coomerahouseboats.com.au/

16. Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge

The Story Bridge Climb takes you over Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge.

Walk up the top for an amazing experience, standing high above the traffic overlooking the Brisbane River and the City.

Book your Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb here>

Redcliffe Jetty Markets
Redcliffe Jetty Markets

 

17. Weekends are great for Markets in Brisbane

Every Saturday from 6am to midday the Carseldine Markets on the corner of Beams and Dorville Roads at Carseldine provide superb fresh products and craft ideas.

You can enjoy a fantastic array of foods and juices or coffee in a great atmosphere with easy parking and it’s Free to enter.

On Sunday you can visit the Cleveland Markets near the Bay where you will find many craft stalls, lots of entertainment, great food and fresh produce.

The Cleveland markets have operated for over 30 years and you can see them on Bloomfield Street Cleveland where they are open from 7am to 1pm every Sunday.

The Redcliffe Jetty Markets are located in the main street overlooking Moreton Bay and features many stall holders with a great range of home made products.

There’s a great variety of food and drinks and on a sunny day the position is perfect.

Carseldine: https://www.carseldinemarkets.com.au/

Cleveland: https://www.clevelandmarkets.com.au/

Redcliffe: https://redcliffejettymarkets.com/

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - King Island
King Island

 

18. Take a 1km walk out to King Island

At low tide at the bayside suburb of Wellington Point in Brisbane’s East you can walk across to King Island.

Time it right and you can enjoy a stunning sunset as you walk across the sandy straight to the island.

21 Bests Things to do in and around Brisbane - Camping
Moreton Island camping

 

19. Go Camping

Within 1-2 hours from Brisbane are so many fantastic camping experiences. Noosa North Shore Campground is fantastic or take the Barge across to Moreton Island or Stradbroke Island.

Book a spot at Noosa North Shore

You can go to Somerset Dam west of Brisbane or a short drive to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Hinterlands all provide amazing places to park the caravan or pitch a tent.

Here you can enjoy the Wildlife, go swimming and fishing and escape city life for awhile.

Beenleigh Rum Distillery
Beenleigh Rum Distillery

 

20. Visit the Gold Coast

Head south just an hour from Brisbane and visit the world renowned Gold Coast with its superb beaches and fantastic waterways.

What we love about the Goldie is there’s always something happening.

Visit the theme parks, hang out at Cavill Mall, dine in the wonderful restaurants at Broadbeach, surf at Snapper Rocks or Burleigh Heads and enjoy some good fishing.

Movieworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild –Purchase a 3 Day Pass here>

Dreamworld & WhiteWater World – Purchase a 1 Day Pass here>

Don’t miss Springbrook National Park in the Hinterland and while there visit Purling Brook Falls, Best of all Lookout and Natural Bridge. At night you will see Glow worms and Fire flies.

On the way to the Gold Coast stop into the famous Yatala Pie Shop and do a tour of the Beenleigh Distillery and enjoy some samples of their products.

Book a Springbrook National Park and Gold Coast Tour from Brisbane here>

Read more about: Springbrook National Park

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

 

21. Visit the Sunshine Coast

Conversely, head north an hour and take in all that is the Sunshine Coast. Much more laid back, the beaches are equally fantastic.

Visit Coolum Beach and Noosa National Park, Buderim Falls, SEA LIFE at Mooloolaba for the marine life and go to the amazing Australia Zoo owned by the family of Steve Irwin.

Climb Mt Coolum or head inland and visit wonderful towns like Kenilworth, Maleny, Montville and Mapleton plus be sure to visit the Ginger Factory at Yandina.

SEA LIFE Sunshine CoastPurchase your General Admission Tickets here>

Australia Zoo – Purchase your General Admission Tickets here>

Ginger Factory – Purchase your Ride Double Deal Tickets here>

The Sunshine Coast is fantastic with so much to see and do.

Read more about Sunshine Coast: 15 Things you must do on the Sunshine Coast

There are so many great places to eat out around Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Check out our: Best 17 Places to Eat and Drink in Brisbane and Gold Coast

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Brisbane with your Caravan or Motorhome the Lawnton Showgrounds provides the perfect place to stay. Located on Brisbane’s Northside it has power and water for just $25 per night.

It is an easy walk to Lawnton Rail Station and 5 minutes drive either direction to plenty of shopping options.

Find out: How to get to Brisbane and Southbank in your Motorhome or Caravan

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These are just our 21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane. There are heaps more places to see and things to do. Tell us about your Brisbane experience.

Safe travel

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 – 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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Wallaman Falls has the Wow factor

Wallaman Falls

When we left Brisbane in February 2016 and headed north, one of our must see places we had marked was Wallaman Falls, located 49kms west of Ingham in North Queensland.

Wallaman Falls is the highest permanent single drop waterfall in Australia and we were really looking forward to seeing it.

As we drove up through North Queensland the weather was bleak, overcast, wet and we were advised against doing it in the Motorhome so we didn’t end up seeing it.

With a second opportunity 18 months later we weren’t going to miss it this time but as we came down the Highway we passed bush fires just north of Ingham and the region was under a smoke haze.

Again the opportunity looked unlikely however after staying the night at Ingham we awoke to a clear morning and no obvious signs of smoke filled haze covering the skies.

We quickly packed up and made our way out to the range.

Wallaman Falls - Base of the Falls

The Road to Wallaman Falls

The road all of the way to Wallaman Falls is fully sealed.

The first 20kms approx. was an easy drive at 80-100kmh until the next 5 kms where cows take over and make the road and grassed edges their home. Some move off the road quickly whilst others are in no rush so we had to take it slowly and stop when necessary.

The following 15kms is steep winding road around the mountain. We did it comfortably in our 8 metre Winnebago Esperance Motorhome in the dry conditions however it is not recommended for caravans.

We’ve driven much worse Ranges such as the Gillies Range from Atherton to Gordonvale near Cairns, the Daintree and the Lyell Highway in the South West of Tasmania through Queenstown to Strahan.

Those drives made this seem pretty easy.

You may also enjoy reading: Driving North from Townsville to Cairns Things to See and Do in Cairns Townsville, A Big Country Town in North Queensland

Wallaman Falls from the Lookout
Wallaman Falls from lookout above

Wallaman Falls Access – Care the Road is not suitable for some vehicles

A sign at the bottom of the range says it is unsuitable for Trucks, Buses, Caravans and Trailers. I figured we didn’t fit any of those categories and nothing was stopping us now.

There were some tight bends and narrow road but we made it to the lookout 15kms from the top and stopped to admire and absorb the stunning views.

A short drive further around the range and we were at the top.

From here the last 5-10kms was fairly straight road mostly 60-70kmh. Lots of signs saying to watch for Cassowaries which may cross the road with one sign saying don’t exit your vehicle.

Cassowaries are known to be aggressive at times although that didn’t stop Adele last year at Mission Beach when she got close up for some photos.

Making our way to the bottom of the falls

From Ingham it was about an hours drive to Wallaman Falls. If you are heading out from Townsville to Wallaman Falls, it is just over 2hrs.

Also be sure to take another 2.5hrs drive to the north from Wallaman Falls to visit the amazing Paronella Park.

Check out our video reviews of places to stay in the Townsville to Tully area: Rowes Bay Holiday Park Townsville Tyto Self Contained RV Parking Ingham Tully Showgrounds

How to See Wallaman Falls

We found the Wallaman Falls car park and it’s a very short walk to see the incredible Waterfalls from above.

There are 3 view points each providing stunning views to this beautiful waterfall flowing over the edge into the 20 metre deep pool below.

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Once we completed our photos and selfies and admired the Falls it was time to decide if we would walk to the bottom of the Gorge.

Adele was talking herself out of it fast and with signs saying it was very steep, needing a certain fitness level and notifying us that people had in fact died attempting to walk this path to the base, I must admit I had plenty of doubts also.

Wallaman Falls Lookout

We decided to check out the Gorge Lookout which was just 400 metres away at the top of the walk down and decide from there.

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The Gorge was equally as impressive and spectacular and it just seemed to be drawing me to it.

It seemed natural that I had to explore all that there was to see about Wallaman Falls and with that I began the walk.

Adele quickly followed deciding to start and see how she went.

Wallaman Falls Walk to the Base of the Falls

All up it is a 4km round trip from the Top lookout to the bottom and back again. Signs varied but mostly stated it to be a minimum 2 hour walk with one sign saying 2-3 hours.

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Part of the path to the base of the Wallaman Falls

The journey down began and we knew immediately this was going to be a challenge for us. There is a chain rail to the side to assist those climbing up.

As we left the very top I noticed a young girl who had just arrived back after obviously doing the track.

She was covered in sweat so I knew immediately we were in for some hard work.

Wallaman Falls Walking Track

The first section is bitumen but gets quite steep.

From there it’s a dirt track, the first part steep but generally ok. Then it gets rough and the further down you go it seems to get worse.

We walked sideways between two rocks which only offered a narrow path, climbed over fallen trees across the path, stumbled over rock outcrops and stealthed along narrow edges but luckily didn’t have to ward off any snakes unlike the German travelers we met at the base of the falls.

Wallaman Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Australia

They told us how they came across a big black snake on the path.

They jumped up and down in the hope that the vibrations would scare it off but it didn’t work.

Also they threw some rocks near to the snake, not to hit it but just close enough to get it to move but that too was in vain, this guy wasn’t moving.

As a last resort they threw a stone at it. This time it moved along but they waited a few minutes just to make sure it was long gone into the bushes before taking off along the track again.

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How long is the walk to the base of Wallaman Falls

It took us 40 minutes to reach the base of the Falls and when we did, it was seriously worth it.

Wallaman Falls from below was majestic.

We could feel its power and were amazed by it’s beauty.

Once we were finished at the base it was time to trek our way back to the top.

With an expected minimum 2 hour return and knowing what we had in store I guessed it would be an hour and 15 minutes to make our way back up.

Wallaman Falls 2km Track
Let’s do it again……

We started our walk and took a few rests and one stop to replace the battery in the GoPro. All up we stopped 6 times on our ascent and it took us just 50 minutes.

The challenging walk back up from the base of the falls

At one stage I figured I’d try to take Adele’s mind off the challenges of the walk and get her mind thinking about something else so I asked about our dinner plans.

Adele muttered something inaudible back and so I asked again. Once more I couldn’t understand the answer so I asked a third time.

I was quickly about to wish I hadn’t haha.

Her response left me in no doubt of her thoughts. “Stop asking me questions” she demanded, “I can’t breath, my chest is in pain, I can’t talk and we’re having Kangaroo”.

That was the end of that discussion and any other attempts!!

Wallaman Falls Track 2km
Maybe not haha

Cassowaries and Cows

We didn’t see any Cassowaries but we did see lots more cows on the way out again. We had to stop in the middle of the road and this time a cow didn’t want to move.

It seemed friendly and inquisitive and eventually came over to the Motorhome and began to look at itself in my side mirror.

I put my window down and it began to lick my hand and was happy for a pat. The most amazing and incredible Cow experience.

Every other cow we’ve seen moves away if you get close.

Meeting the cows on the road to Wallaman Falls

Wallaman Falls is a genuinely stunning natural wonder and definitely worth any challenges in getting there and seeing it in all it’s awe.

Wallaman Falls Hike

There are a number of factors to consider before attempting the Wallaman Falls Hike and you also need to be prepared for such a walk.

What to wear

  • Good walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathers and a towel if you want to swim in the pool at the base
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent, although we didn’t and had no issues but it is rainforest.

What to take

  • Plenty of water
  • Hiking Track Map
  • A good camera
  • Mobile Phone although coverage is limited

When deciding on the hike – What to consider

  • Your fitness level
  • The temperature. It was August 2017 and only around 27c the day we went.
  • Time of day, don’t leave it too late
  • If you are doing it on your own let others know when you expect to be back
  • Allow 3 hours all up, we spent a good hour at the base

Wallaman Falls Camping

There is a Camping Area at Wallaman Falls not far from Stony Creek.

The Wallaman Falls Camping ground has picnic shelters with tables and a gas barbecue as well as a public phone. It also has wood fire barbecues, water, composting toilets and even a cold water shower.

The water is not recommended for drinking though so best to bring in enough drinking water both for your stay and for while you are hiking.

The Wallaman Falls Camping Area is not accessible for caravans. There are two open grass camp sites that are suitable for tents, campertrailers, small motorhomes and campervans only.

You may be lucky and spot platypus in Stony Creek along with turtles and water dragons as well as see cassowaries in the Girringun National Park.

Camping next to Stony Creek would be an amazing experience, perfect for waking up and taking an early morning hike to Wallaman Falls!

Pin – Wallaman Falls has the Wow Factor

Have you been to Wallaman Falls?

Tell us about your memories there. Let us know if you have utilised the Wallaman Falls Camping Grounds as well!

Safe Travels

Kevin & Adele
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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.

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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.

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Lenses –

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
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Sigma 10-20mm lens http://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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