Ok, hands up. Who out there spent more time under canvas than a roof during their childhood? If that’s you, we reckon you’ve had it pretty good!
Camping with the family is a pretty special thing. Not a screen in sight, nor reception – just acres of fresh air, fun, excitement and above all else, important time to bond as a family.
When it comes to planning a family camping trip, you need a route that has plenty of stops to stretch the legs, as well as points of interest to stop the “are we there yets.” But above all else, you need campsites that provide more than just a place to park up the van. That’s why we recently teamed up with Stoney Creek Campers to forge a route that will keep the young, and young at heart, entertained.
Kicking things off at Habitat Noosa, where the sites are large, green and if you’re lucky, lakeside! Being on Lake Cootharaba has its perks, with plenty of on-water activities, including kayaking, fishing or you can book a tour of the Everglades which are a sight to behold!
With powered sites, you don’t have to rough it, however pushing further into Kenilworth means you’re going to need a van that can take you off-grid in comfort. Booloumba Creek is a BEAUTIFUL part of the Conondale National Park, and very popular with campers. We find Camping area #4 best for vans and camper trailers.
Stoney Creek Campers have a range of on-road or off-grid campertrailers and Hybrid Caravans that make free-camping a cinch. Their Scout range of hybrids starts at an 11foot model packed with kit, all the way to a 15 foot weapon with options for bunks or just a big Queen bed. All the models have lithium batteries for days meaning a stay overnight in the pretty Booloumba Creek is a piece of cake.
From Kenilworth, it’s a quick trip to Imbil, before cutting across Bella Creek Road to Kingaham and north to Kilkivan. Just outside of the town is a Hipcamp by the name of McSweeny Haven. The property is wide and clear and sits on the edge of a creek that has a bit of gold in it! If you’re a keen fossicker, this camp is for you, with a few of the property’s regulars pulling good sized nuggets from it. But as far as an activity for the kids is concerned, spending half an hour panning for gold with a few flecks under your belt is a great family activity if you ask us.
The final stop on our roadtrip is Bunya Red Farm. Owners Mandy and Alan are caper farmers, but recently decided to open their patch of paradise up to Hipcampers, looking for an authentic South-Burnett farmstay experience. While guests at Bunya Red farm shouldn’t expect powered sites, there are PLENTY of other activities and amenities that will make your stay worthwhile. Bunya Red Farm has a family of Alpacas that guests are more than welcome to feed, same too with a heard of cows that love their hay of an afternoon. Many and Alan will also offer guests a tasting plate of the farm’s delicious capers, caper berries and preserves. Plus you can expect some of the better sunsets you’ve ever seen.
What are you waiting for, why not hit the road in your own Stoney Creek Camper and make memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re new to the RV lifestyle, could we recommend one of their SC-FF off-road camper trailers. If you’re looking for an upgrade, why not consider a Scout hybrid? Plenty of space, storage and a very capable package. Visit stoneycreekcampers.com.au for more information!
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