Campsite Review: Imbil Camping Retreat

Campsite Review: Imbil Camping Retreat

Imbil Camping Retreat formerly known as Island Reach Camping Resort is located right in the township of Imbil on the banks of Yabba Creek. View their website here: https://www.imbilcampingretreat.com.au/

It’s the first time we’d been to this campgrounds and it is now an absolute favourite.

 

Getting There:

It takes just under 1 hour to get to Imbil Camping Retreat from Maroochydore. Best to head North on the Bruce and take exit 224, follow the signs to Imbil. Just as you hit Imbil you will see the signs for Imbil Camping Retreat.

Accommodation Options:

These guys keep it simple with camping sites currently they have these options available:

  • Powered
  • Un-Powered
  • Premium Waterfront Unpowered

We were there for an event (Adventure Bash) that had hired out the entire place – we were waterfront above the day use area – so assuming this would be premium, but in my opinion well worth the extra money as I got to sit in my comfy chair and watch Andrew & the kids kayak up and down the creek.

What we loved:

  • Imbil Camping Retreat offers free camping but with a few perks – toilets, hot showers, close to town, coffee shop and power if you need.
  • Location Location Location. Right on the banks of Yabba Creek – you can camp literally 5metres from the creek.
  • We had a mulberry tree between our site and the creek. Taking me on a trip down memory lane, the kids faces and hands were always stained red, I was tempted to head home and plant one in our backyard.
  • Open fires allowed – it’s not camping if there is no fire!!
  • In the middle of Yabba Creek there is a mud island, not a favourite of mine personally but the kids spent hours climbing up it and sliding right back down
  • Kayaks for hire
  • Close to town – it was about a 5min walk into town if you needed supplies
  • Bike Tracks for the kids to ride on

Room for improvement:

  • It is a basic campgrounds the camp kitchen and toilet blocks were basic – but honestly all you need

Things To Do:

  • Hire a kayak and paddle up and down the creek
  • Climb mud island
  • Jump off the cliffs – if you dare
  • Imbil markets are on 8am – 2pm Sunday
  • Drive into Kenilworth and explore the town
  • Visit Kenilworth Bakery for the 1kg donut challenge
  • Take a walk or 4WD in Imbil State Forest

Final Thoughts:

We loved it.  This is our new favourite campground on Yabba Creek, and believe me, we have been to a few.  Great for a weekend away but within an hour of the Sunshine Coast.

Have you stayed at Imbil Camping Retreat? If so, let us know what you thought.

View our Top 10 Places to Camp Within 1hr of the Sunshine Coast

Must-Visit Camping Spots in South East Queensland

Must-Visit Camping Spots in South East Queensland

How lucky are we? We get to live in such a beautiful part of the world with so many hidden gems to discover and stunning places to explore. To celebrate this beautiful part of the world we have put together some of our picks for the must-visit camping spots in South East Queensland.

Now full disclosure, we haven’t stayed at all these locations. Most of these suggestions are based on the reviews and recommendations of other travellers in addition to our own experience.

 

Most Frequently Recommended:

Bigriggen Park – Scenic Rim – https://www.bigriggen.com.au/

While doing research for this post, Bigriggen Park was one of the most consistently recommended locations on the list. After looking into this campground a little more its easy to see why. Situated just under 3 hours from the coast (90 mins South of Brisbane) this stunning location has plenty to offer visitors.

With heaps of open space to explore, a river to swim or fish in and easy access to nearby hiking tracks there is plenty to enjoy. There are powered and non-powered sites, toilets and hot showers (coin operated) on site. The park is also pet-friendly so you can bring your furry family members along with you too.

From all accounts, this is a fantastic place to camp, so it’s definitely one that we’ve added to our list of must-visit camping spots.

 

Now with so many incredible places to choose from, we thought it best to break up the camping spots into a few different categories. Hopefully, you can find one to suit your camping style.
 

Fraser Island

Springbrook National Park

Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campgrounds

Beach Camping:

Cooloola Recreation Area  – https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola/

Take your pick from some of the best beachside camping spots this region has to offer. Teewah Beach is our pick of the bunch. If you want to take your pets with you, check out Inskip Peninsula a little further north.

Fraser Islandhttps://www.visitfrasercoast.com/Stay/Caravan-Camping

There are so many options on Fraser Island so its best to do plenty of research when planning your trip. We love Cathedrals on Fraser because it is fully fenced and family friendly.

Honourable Mentions: Stradbroke Island, Noosa North Shore, Bribie Island 

Rainforest Camping: 

Conondale National Parkhttps://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/conondale/

This is one you will want to come back to time and time again. With crystal clear swiming holes, stunning waterfalls and an abundance of walking tracks there is plenty to enjoy.

Springbrook National Parkhttps://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/camping.html 

Another fantastic location. There are 9 different walking tracks to choose from and gorgeous waterfalls (including the Natural Bridge) to see along the way.

Honourable Mentions: D’Aguilar National Park, Lamington National Park, Main Range National Park

Farm Style Camping:

Bestbrook Mountain Resorthttps://www.bestbrook.com.au/

If you a wanting an authentic farm experience, look no further than Bestbrook. Offering traditional farm stay experiences including milking cows, billy tea, damper, wagon riding, whip cracking and heaps more.

Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campgroundshttp://www.cobb-and-co-nine-mile-camping-grounds.com/

Another one of our absolute favourites. This is the ideal spot for an escape the whole family will enjoy. There is a fantastic playground for the kids, an animal farm and horse riding all on site.

Honourable Mentions: Coleyville Lodge, Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Kenilworth Camping

 

Lake Somerset

Rivershore Resort

Bunya Mountains National Park

For Watersports:

Lake Somersethttps://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/lake-somerset/

One of the favourites when it comes to watersports and camping lakeside. With plenty of space to enjoy, free kids activities and a wide range of accommodation options available, there is sure to be something to suit everyone. 

Borumba Damhttps://campborumba.com.au/

Another great spot for taking the boat or jet ski for a spin. The campgrounds are ideally located with easy access to the dam and well looked after facilities. 

Honourable Mentions: Lake Moogerah, Maroon Dam, Lake Wivenhoe Campgrounds

For Glampers:

Alure Stanthorpehttps://www.alurestanthorpe.com.au/ 

Now this place takes glamping to a whole new level with one of the most glamorous safari tents we’ve seen (yep, there is even a chandelier). It is truly a lavish glamping experience sure to delight even the most reluctant campers. 

Rivershore Resorthttps://www.rivershore.com.au 

This one is an absolute gem of a spot. The luxurious Safari Tents are kitted out with everything you need (can anyone say claw-foot bathtub). The wide range of facilities onsite are sure to keep the whole crew entertained. 

Honourable Mentions: Murphy’s Creek Hideaway, Ketchups Bank Glamping, Nightfall (Must See!)

 

For Adventurers:

Mount Barney National Park https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/mount-barney/ or https://www.mtbarneyretreat.com.au/mtbarney-camping.html

All camping areas within the National Park are only accessible by foot so be prepared to carry everything in and out for those. If you are up for it though, there are some incredible lookouts, waterfalls, swimming holes and forests to see while you’re there. Rest assured, there are also some other accommodation options nearby if carrying your gear isn’t your style.

Bunya Mountains National Park https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/bunya-mountains/ 

Another long time crowd favourite. With three camping options, each with different levels of accessibility, there is something to suit all types of campers. The rainforest in this park is spectacular with ancient bunya pines towering overhead. With over 9 walking tracks to choose from there is plenty to explore. 

Honourable Mentions: Jimna State Forest, Mapleton National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

Farm Style Camping on the Sunshine Coast

Farm Style Camping on the Sunshine Coast

1. Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds

Cobb and Co Nile Mile Camping Grounds is the perfect family getaway. The 50 lush acres is situated on the Six Mile Creek just south of Gympie. Set on the site of the old Cobb and Co Horse Change Stables at Six Mile Creek, this campground offers luxury tents.

Check out our review here.

Facilities

  • Kitchen area with barbeque and dining tables
  • Kiosk
  • Campfires are permitted in all sites (BYO wood or buy from kiosk)

Click here for information and to book

Activities 

  • Playgrounds
  • Walking tracks
  • Kids’ activities

2. Kenilworth Camping 

A working dairy farm located 2 km from Kenilworth, the campground has lots of shallow sandy swimming holes and big shady camp areas.

Check out our review here.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Campfires
  • Dogs
  • No showers
  • No Powered Sites

    Click here for more information and to book

    campgrounds within 1 hour of sunshine coast

    Activities

    • Swimming
    • Canoeing
    • Bicycle riding
    • Dairy farm tours

    3. Imbil Camping Retreat

    Formerly the Island Reach Camping Resort, this beautiful property is now under new management. This family friendly retreat boasts 12 acres of stunning camping spots including some great creek-side spots.

    Facilities

    • Hot Showers
    • Toilets
    • Campfires
    • Pet Friendly
    • Camp Kitchen
    • Powered and Unpowered Sites

    Click here for more information and to book

    campgrounds within 1 hour of sunshine coast

    Activities

    • Swimming
    • Kayaking/Canoeing
    • Stand Up Paddle Board
    • Bicycle riding

    4. Bluff Creek Camping Kenilworth 

    Another hinterland favourite, the privately owned Bluff Creek Campgrounds in Kenilworth are a fantastic spot for a long weekend escape. There are campsites suitable for couples, families and larger groups with each being located nearby the beautiful clear creek with swimming holes and plenty of fish.

    Facilities

    • Hot Showers
    • Laundry
    • Camp Kitchen
    • Free Bbq’s

    Click here for more information and to book 

    campgrounds within 1 hour of sunshine coast

    Activities

    • Swimming
    • Canoeing
    • Fishing

    5. Nerum Creek Bush Retreat

    Bordering the Mt Mee State Forest, Nerum Creek Bush Retreat is a privately owned dog-friendly campground. The grounds are spacious with bike riding, canoeing and hiking available. In addition to the standard amenities such as hot water and toilets, there is also tent and camping equipment hire.

    Facilities

    • Hot water
    • Toilets
    • Tent and camping equipment hire

    Click here for more information and to book 

    campgrounds within 1 hour of sunshine coast

    Activities

    • Bike riding
    • Canoeing
    • Hiking

    Honourable Mentions: 

    Hangar O – https://www.hangaro.com.au/

    We haven’t stayed here ourselves, but have heard great things about this new location. 

    Borumba Deer Park – http://www.borumbadeerpark.com/

    Always a favourite with locals for a family friendly camping trip. 

    Kenilworth Homestead – https://www.kenilworthhomestead.com.au/ 

    An absolutely stunning property with plenty of options for a wide variety of campers. 

    Looking for more places to camp on the Sunshine Coast?

    Check out our downloadable camping guide for all things Sunshine Coast!

    Dog Friendly Campgrounds Sunshine Coast (UPDATED 2018)

    What can be better than camping with the WHOLE family, the furry ones included. Camping with the family dog can be a fun and enjoyable experience for pet owners and pooches alike. Fortunately, dog-friendly campgrounds are becoming more common as park owners recognise that more people want to travel with their dogs.

    To ensure the safety and enjoyment for you, your dog and other campers there are some important things to consider.

    Plan Ahead: 

    There is a little more involved in a camping trip when taking your pet. Planning ahead can prevent unnecessary stress and inconvenience.

    • Call ahead and double check with the camping ground about bringing your pooch as some have restrictions on size and numbers.
    • Scout out the dog-friendly and/or off-leash parks and beaches in the area.
    • Find and save the phone numbers of the 24-hour vets in the area.
    • Ensure your dog has a secure collar with current phone numbers.
    • Pack a dog specific first aid kit, which includes their medications (if any) and latest vaccination certificate.

    What To Take: 

    • Leash & Collar.
    • 20-foot-long lead and tether, as well as stake for ground.
    • Harness or dog carrier for the car.
    • Poop bags.
    • Food, water and dishes. Always take more food and water than you think you need.
    • Bed and/or blanket and a tarp for underneath. The tarp will prevent water and cold air from getting through.
    • Toys and treats.
    • Brush for combing out leaves and dirt etc.
    • Glow stick – great for attaching to your dog’s collar at night.

    We’ve compiled a list of Dog-friendly campgrounds on the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas to help you plan your next adventure… 

     

    Sunshine Coast Dog-Friendly Camping and Caravan Parks.

    Cooloola Coast Camping and Caravan Parks

    Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area, Rainbow Beach

    Amamoor State Forest, near Gympie

    Tin Can Bay Tourist Park, Tin Can Bay

    We hope this information helps you and your four-legged friends have a safe and fun camping trip!

    Need some further advice on caravanning or camping? Give us a call at 1300 227 353 or contact us online! 

    Campsite Review: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

    Campsite Review: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

    Hey guys! Bridie here from Accelerate Auto Electrics, hope you’re ready for this rollercoaster camping trip. This campsite review will be a little different as I’m a rookie camper. But nonetheless, I’m excited to share my first camping experience with everyone!

    I’ll even share with you what went wrong! Hopefully, you learn from my mistakes and get a laugh out of it.

    Getting There

    Getting there was a breeze! I was coming from Caloundra which is about an hour away, but keep in mind travel time will depend on traffic and roadworks. The campsite is located 20 Minutes out of Noosa at Lake Cootharaba. No need to go off the beaten track until you arrive at the campgrounds. There you drive along a dirt road, but nothing my little car (a 2wd) couldn’t tackle!

    Accommodation Options

    Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp has all the accommodation options covered

     

    Camping

    What we loved

    • Location, Location, Location – We grabbed a beautiful spot right on the lake, surrounded by nature and the beach is close by.
    • Bar and Bistro – Great for families and relaxing with some friends!
    • Amenities – modern and clean
    • Accommodation options – There are plenty of accommodation options for all kinds of campers, even glamping!
    • Walking tracks – There are heaps of walking tracks to choose from. Although I didn’t personally do one because I spent all my time at the beach, I did see a lot of people putting on their hiking shoes and heading into the bush.
    • Kid Friendly – There was a lot of kids riding around on their bikes, kicking a soccer ball or running around the campsite!
    • Watercraft Hire – You can hire out watercraft for the day and jump in the lake to cool down.

    Room for improvement

    • Signage – Getting there in the night was difficult as we couldn’t see any signs to say where the campsite was, we couldn’t even see the entrance. We just took a wild guess and drove down a dirt road and luckily it turned out to be the right one! There were limited signs at the campsite which made it difficult to find our way around. Note: There is a big Habitat Noosa sign on entrance, but due to its colour, you may not be able to see this at night.
    • Showers – Not so much a ‘room for improvement’ but just to note, the showers are solar powered. This means you will not get any hot water until the sun starts coming in. Best to shower at night or late in the afternoon.

    Things to do

    There are plenty of things you can do down at the Habitat Noosa! Check out the list below

    1. Historical Nature Walks! There’s a range of great walking tracks easily accessible from the eco-camp.  Click here for more information
    2. Free shuttle bus to Noosa – Noosa is the perfect location to sit back and relax, you may as well get a free ride in.
    3. The CootharaBAR bistro & bar – Enjoy an uninterrupted view of Lake Cootharaba with a cold beer!
    4. 65 Acres of Land – There’s plenty of room for the kids to ride their bikes, bring a soccer ball, cricket set or a frisbee.

    Tours & Hire

    1. bar-b-canoe – Enjoy a canoe along the tropical rainforest waterways! Click here for more information!
    2. eco-cruise – Enjoy a historical cruiser along the river with Morning Tea and Lunch Provided! Book Here  
    3. Hire out watercraft! You can hire out Fiberglass and plastic canoes, One person and tandem sea kayaks, Waveskis, SUPs, Sailboat, Windsurfers, Motorboats (one-day advance booking required).

    My Experience

    Upon arrival, we struggled to find our way around the camp and find a place to pitch the tent. Thankfully, we eventually pitched up next to some amazing people who spoiled us with chocolates! WIN!

    We set up our little pop-up tent (which was embarrassingly small next to campers with huge caravan setups) and then set up the gazebo. That was the hardest part because it was broken and not clicking into place. Eventually, we just stuck pegs in the holes and duct taped them up which, thankfully, actually worked.

    Starting a fire was another challenge. We found that the wood we brought with us burned through very quickly and our fire didn’t last. So that made the first night pretty difficult.

    Speaking generally, we didn’t have too many problems after that. We headed to Noosa the next morning and spent all day down at the beach, relaxing in the sun and window shopping. We then came back with long-burn firewood and made a great fire that burned all night!

    All-in-all my first camping trip was something to remember, we made some memories, learned some lessons, and it was something we can laugh about in the future. I would have loved to stay longer because it took us a day to really get into it, so camping for only 2 nights was not enough.

    My favourite part was probably the local ducks. We woke up thinking people were walking around on our tarp outside the tent but it was just some friendly ducks and they were always wandering around the campsite!

     

    Camping Rookie Lessons Learned: 

    • LIGHTS – Unfortunately, we didn’t take any lights because we couldn’t find them when packing and wanted to leave because it was getting late. So this meant we spent the entire time using our phone lights to get around during the night.
    • TABLE – We didn’t have a table, which would have made eating and cooking 10x easier!
    • FOOD –  This was huge for us, we didn’t plan what we were going to eat and wasted a lot of good food. Mainly because we were nervous about using the gas cooker as we had never used it before. Now that we are confident using it though we will definitely be making use of it and cooking bacon and eggs for breakfast!
    • GOOD FIREWOOD – We grabbed a few blocks of wood and chucked them in the car and then threw in heaps of sticks and bark which we expected to burn all night, however, it only lasted about an hour. The second night however we went and bought long burn firewood and had a great fire all night!
    • CLOTHES – (THIS TIP IS ONLY FOR FIRST TIME CAMPERS LIKE MYSELF WHO DONT KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING.) Take camping appropriate clothes! You need warm clothes for the night time, which was fine, I had plenty of warm clothes, but the days were warm and I wish I had shorts and better shirt options but I only had a skirt for the two days. Also, very importantly, take thongs for the shower. I had to walk around barefoot in the showers, although they were very modern facilities, it wasn’t very nice. Would not recommend it.

    If you also struggle with remembering all the items you need for camping, we recommend you download our free E-Book here!

    It includes a checklist that every camper (especially the rookies) should read to avoid these silly mistakes. It also lists great camping sites on the Sunshine Coast, I definitely recommend giving this a read!

    We will be going back to Habitat Noosa soon – is there anything else you would recommend we check out?

    View our Top 10 Places to Camp Within 1hr of the Sunshine Coast