Southwest Queensland Road Trip

The caravanning way of life is one that’s enjoyed by millions of Australians. It’s a terrific way to make wonderful memories, see unique places and make lifelong friends. The Caravanning Queensland website is a great resource for learning all there is to know about the lifestyle, the parks and everything to see and do in our great state.

Scott and Kim enjoyed a terrific road trip that explored Queensland’s south west and they stopped in and called several caravan parks home.

In St George they stayed a few nights at Pelican Rest Tourist Park. It’s just outside town so it’s nice and quiet and it offers 16 cabins and approximately 60 sites.

Popular attractions in St George include Riversands Wines, the most western winery in Queensland. Also popular is a quick tour of town in a classic 1917 Ford Model T, driven by the local baker! Information on everything to see and do around town can be found at Explore St George Region.

Just west of St George is Charlotte Plains Outback Station. It offers guests an authentic outback experience. In the old days the sheep property was a sprawling 1555,000 hectares. Now it’s a more modest 29,000. That’s still half the size of Singapore! Caravanners are welcome to pull in for a few nights, find the perfect spot and enjoy the artesian hot springs.

For those without a van, there are comfy shearers quarters, and the 2-bedroom self-contained Merino Cabin is a home away from home.

Nearby in Charleville, there are plenty of tourist attractions to get visitors busy for days. There’s the Cosmos Centre, the Bilby Experience, the RFDS Visitor Centre to name a few. The latest attraction is the WWII Secret Base Museum. It tells the story of the 3500 US personnel who were stationed in Charleville in the second world war. It’s a state of the art immersive experience that should definitely be on your itinerary. For information on everything the region offers, head to Experience Charleville.

A terrific place to call home when in Charleville is the Bailey Bar Caravan Park. It has just turned 50 and offers 15 cabins, 48 sites and lots of green grass and shade. The owners put on weekly camp oven cook ups and BBQs, and they give every guest a stay and save voucher which they can use during their stay. It includes a 3 cent a litre discount at the local BP service station and other businesses participate as well.


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