This month we are excited to share a guest blog post from one of our good friends and brand ambassador, Dayv Carter from ‘Out&About with Dayv’
I love sharing this great country and all its great spots with other campers and travellers. But I do keep a few places to myself, but I’m opening the box and sharing one of my special ones with you!
The place I’ve chosen to share in this article is just over two hours north of Brisbane and only 45 minutes north of Kilcoy. Peach Trees is a camping ground in the Conondale National Park on the banks of Yabba Creek near Jimna, straddling the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi and Waka Waka First Nations People.
Jimna, the township (now perhaps more of a locality) nearest to Peach Trees, is just tucked off the Kilcoy-Murgon Road as you approach the campgrounds.
If you live on the north side of Brisbane, you can travel via Woodford and Caboolture to Kilcoy; and if you’re on the westside you can travel up via Fernvale and Esk and on to Kilcoy if you live south of Brisbane – why not give both a try!
Heading out of Kilcoy, you take Kilcoy-Murgon Road, which is entirely bitumen. Be sure to stock up on supplies when you’re in the smaller towns, as they need your patronage, and there’s not much (nothing really) in Jimna. Check out the Visitor Information Centre in Kilcoy (conveniently located just across the road from the bakery – just saying) to get all the good gossip in the area; these centres are often a treasure trove of handy local tips and advice.
The road into Peach Trees is a draw card for new and seasoned campers alike; it offers a new and different experience to the traditional campsite access. As you enter the Conondale National Park, some 25 kilometres north of Kilcoy, the road starts its climb up to Jimna through lush rainforest and the sound of whip birds. Adding to the experience, the road can be quite windy (I mean lots of curves – not strong winds) in sections. This is an excellent opportunity to see how your tow rig tows the camper or hybrid in these conditions. If you doubt your or your car’s ability to tow in these conditions, consider taking a day trip to Jimna to see what you think beforehand. Speaking of winding twists and turns, the road on the west side of Somerset Dam can be a little tight in parts, especially for novice time tow-ers
Booking a Campsite
Even though Peach Trees has a maximum camping area capacity of 300, it can be busy during the holidays and bookings are recommended. Bookings can be made here, and the costs are only $7.00 per person per night or $28 per family per night. National Parks also says that Peach Trees is wheelchair friendly. If you forget to book and get there, you can still try and secure a booking online at the QldParksWifi hotspot near the toilet block.
There’s no power or showers at Peach Trees – only toilets. As with all National Parks, domestic animals are not permitted, but you may see eastern grey kangaroos, a variety of birds, lace monitors, possums and even a platypus if you quietly venture down to the creek at dawn or dusk.
Things to Do
There’s heaps of shade to sit under during the day and a creek to explore and take a stroll along. Fires are allowed in allocated areas outside of fire restrictions. Take a short drive further north along Kilcoy-Murgon Road, and you’ll see a three-legged timber construction Fire Tower. This is the Jimna Fire Tower. It was used by Forestry personnel (not too far back) for spotting fires and relaying information to the Forestry Office for a coordinated response. This tower is 47 metres tall, constructed of local grey ironbark, and opened in 1977. Today, it is being renovated with new timber poles replacing the original ones – with plans to make it more accessible to visitors. For an in-depth discussion on the tower, its history and a look at the museum, pop in to see David in town at the visitor centre opposite the park. Take your lunch, have a cup of tea for a gold coin donation, and have a yarn; it’s a great way to learn more about this beautiful region.
Peach Trees is a great, simple, and accessible get-away destination where there are no pressures – other than perhaps packing up and going home!
Thanks, Dayv for this fantastic review of the Peach trees camping experience.
You can read more of Dayv’s camping adventures on his blog at Out&About with Dayv www.campandtravel.com.au or follow his adventures on Instagram @outandaboutwithdayv
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