Guide to the best camping spots in Ipswich, Queensland

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Less than one hour from downtown Brisbane and a little over one hour from the Gold Coast, Ipswich is close enough to the ‘big smoke’ while being far enough away to proudly wear its cloak draped in country charm.


Queensland’s newest camping park is Ivory’s Rock

The newest kid on the Ipswich block is the campground and caravan park at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events in the southern town of Peak Crossing. Embracing its country setting and conservation status with wallabies hopping about and koalas to spot, Ivory’s is a great place to breathe in the soul-cleansing aromas of Australian bush.

Ivory’s Rock is an ideal holiday base for families wanting to give the kids a taste of nature, yet still have creature comforts such as laundry facilities, wifi and sites with private bathrooms. For those that are new to camping or who don’t have their own equipment, Ivory’s Rock offer rent-a-tents, where tents, complete with beds and linen, are made up prior to your arrival. These tents are perfect for couples, but up to two small children can also be accommodated in the double-sized tents.

The 600 hectare property backs onto Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate at Mt Flinders and the Ipswich-Boonah Trail. The area has recently opened up to campers and caravanners who can now explore the private property and take in spectacular views. Located a few kilometres off the main road between Ipswich and Boonah, the campground makes for an ideal base to further explore the Ipswich and Scenic Rim regions.


Camping at the Rosewood Showgrounds

The Rosewood Showgrounds are in a convenient location, just 20 minutes drive west of Ipswich. The town of Rosewood is a firm favourite on the nomad circuit and is an RV Friendly Town (RVFT). You’ve no doubt seen the blue and yellow signs proclaiming a town to be RV-friendly, but what exactly allows a town to make the claim? The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia developed the initiative in 2006 along the philosophy of freedom of choice when camping overnight, giving travellers access to an accommodation mix from low cost to commercial options. Travellers know that the town offers all the basic caravan and camping facilities. More importantly, business operators are likely to offer a warm welcome to travellers.

An RV Friendly Town like Rosewood must have:

• Provision for appropriate parking within the town centre with access to general and grocery shopping. • Provision of short term, low cost overnight parking close to the CBD for self-contained recreational vehicles
• Access to potable water
• Access to a free dump point at an appropriate location

Ivory’s Walk

Ivory’s Walk

Hardings Paddock Campground

Hardings Paddock Campground is another site approx. 20 mins drive from Ipswich. The campground is popular for weekend getaways from Brisbane and has eight camping sites surrounded by natural bushland. Suitable for tents, motorhomes or caravans, there are essential facilities such as toilets, camp shower cubicles, a communal camp kitchen with BBQ’s and tables. There is no power and campers should provide their own drinking water.

See Hiking and Biking trails of Ipswich for info on Hardings Paddock

Image Keira Farm

Image Keira Farm

Keira Farm

On the edge of the Scenic Rim, 15 minutes from Ipswich and spread over 500 acres, Keira Farm is a tranquil escape with a range of accommodation options.   

Keira Farm’s accommodation includes the well-appointed Keira Billy Cottage as well as camping and an all-new Glamping tent. This picturesque family farm has striking views of the Flinders Ranges and is situated between a natural swamp and Warrill creek. The farm attracts native birds such as black swans and magpie geese as well as other native animals, including a large family of kangaroos.

Enjoy the great outdoors beneath bright starry skies where, far removed from light pollution, stars shine bright overhead.

More information: Discover Ipswich

About the author: Fiona Harper is a Queensland-based travel writer – follow Fiona at Travel Boating Lifestyle

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