Waking up to birds, fresh air, an outback landscape, and a new place to explore – that’s what caravanning in Outback Queensland is all about.
From red dirt to lush waterholes, the 827,767km2 outback world is your caravanning oyster.
With a van on your tow bar you can park yourself just about anywhere out here and make it your own base for adventure.
Looking for a place to drop your steadies? Here are 11 places we recommend parking your caravan in Outback Queensland.
1.Cloncurry Caravan Park Oasis
Living by the motto “no rig too big”, the Cloncurry Caravan Park Oasis is just that – an outback oasis for the big, the small, and everything in between (we’re talking about caravans of course).
P.S. It’s also an oasis for the canine kind – it’s a pet friendly caravan park (pssst – check out more pet friendly places to stay here).
2. Hughenden Allen Terry Caravan Park
If you’re tracking east side on the Overlander’s Way from Cloncurry, make the most of the red dirt because Hughenden will be your last whiff of it.
To make those outback feels linger longer, stay at Hughenden Allen Terry Caravan Park, which offers powered sites with sullage and bitumen roads within the park making for easy access.
3. Windorah Caravan Park
With 32 powered sites, the Windorah Caravan Park has plenty of space for you and your mate’s (and your mate’s mate’s) caravan.
Open all hours, there’s an eating, barbeque, and campfire area, as well as amenity blocks with washing machines and clothes line.
While the surrounding bushland fosters ‘I’m in the middle of nowhere’ vibes, it’s only a short walk to the main street of town.
Here lives the iconic Western Star Hotel, which is the stomping ground of the International Yabby Races which takes over the town every August.
4. Cobb & Co Caravan Park Charleville
This park fosters a tight community and you’ll feel right at home with a book exchange, communal kitchen and laundry, and a campfire area where guests are welcome to come down and swap stories around the fire.
The best part? One word – Wi-fi.
5. Lake Callide Retreat
This one’s for the fish fanatics – with a prime location next to Callide Dam, this is an anglers retreat with plenty of hooks.
Swim, fish, kayak, and water-ski along the dam, or relax under a shady tree with a picnic while the kids play in the playground on the property.
While the retreat is only 15 minutes from Biloela’s town centre, there’s a kiosk on site if you forget your toothbrush (or extra snacks).
6. Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge
The property owners also run a cattle station on the 43,000 acre site, and couldn’t help but share the view with as many visitors as possible, and so their tourism business was born.
Situated on the cusp of the national park, it’s the perfect base for your Carnarvon Gorge adventure.
If you’re not one for self-guided trails into the unknown, there’s also helicopter flights and guided tours available from the park.
Note: Sandstone Park is only open seasonally, opening their gates between 29 March and 8 October 2018.
7. Blackall Caravan Park
If you weren’t a Nosey Nelly before your caravanning trip to Outback Queensland, a stay at Blackall Caravan Park might just do the trick.
Owners Debbie and Michael welcome all travellers and extend an open invitation to join in for a camp oven dinner followed by damper and billy tea.
Dinner is put on every night between June and August, encouraging guests to mingle and swap stories with their temporary neighbours.
8. Kilcowera Station
If you’re hailing from the southern states, get your Outback Queensland fix just above the border at Kilcowera Station.
It wouldn’t be much of a stretch (read: no stretch at all) to say you’ll get a true Outback Queensland experience here, with plenty of activities like fishing, bushwalking, exploring the gorges, caves, waterholes, and spotting wildlife.
You’ll want to unhitch because there’s also a 60km self-drive 4×4 track that takes drivers along part of the Currawinya National Park that lines their eastern boundary. Follow it up with a night of kicking back around the campfire and you got yourself one helluva caravanning trip.
9. Birdsville Caravan Park
What does the Big Red, birds, and a billabong all have in common?
They all can be found in Birdsville – and you can stay amongst all the action at the Birdsville Caravan Park.
Located at along the banks of the Birdsville Billabong, the park has 54 powered sites and 30 acres of unpowered sites to choose from as your base for your Birdsville adventure.
Spend your days 4x4ing up the dunes, sand tobogganing down them, then winding down in the fresh night air by the billabong.
10. Lara Wetlands
Switch up the views of the red dirt and endless horizons with a stay by the water at Lara Wetlands.
Park up on the banks and spend the days under the shady trees watching the birdlife, cattle, ‘roos and wallabies that call the wetlands home.
This caravan park is all about the relaxed outback life, with an Artesian hot spring available for you fix those aching driving bones.
Although it’s also a working cattle farm, it’s a pet friendly property – but pooches are required to be restrained due to the wandering cattle.
11. Noonbah station
If you’re sceptical about finding a refreshing oasis in the heart of the Outback, see it for yourself at Noonbah Station.
Run by the Emmott family for four generations and over 100 years, the owners know caravanning – with large, self-contained sites giving you the true remote outback vibes.