Our varied landscape provides plentiful opportunities for a range of activities that allow you to get back to nature and truly absorb the outdoors. The mighty Condamine River weaves through the region, serving a multitude of uses from water sports and fishing, to tranquil camping sites and bird watching.
For fantastic camping locations across the Western Downs, see below:
A short drive (seven kilometres south of Condamine) you’ll find Caliguel Lagoon. Everything about this camping destination centres on the water – it promises a good spot for kayaking, skiing, swimming and fishing. It’s got all the makings of a site that you come to for a visit but stay a while, thanks to a toilet block (one that’s disabled and baby-friendly we might add), an outdoor shower, barbeques and picnic facilities. A great spot for birdwatcher’s to while away time spotting the abundant bird life.
Caliguel Lagoon is a free campsite with no bookings required. Please note limited powered sites are available.
From Condamine, head south on the Leichhardt Highway (A5) for 3.1km and turn onto Condamine-Meandarra Road. You’ll find the campground 4.1km on the left.
If you travel nine kilometres south of Chinchilla, you’ll stumble upon the Chinchilla Weir, situated along the Condamine River. With free camping in designated areas (with a two-night maximum), you can make the most of a camping minibreak weekend. Powered sites are limited, so bring backup, and donations are accepted at the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre. Facilities include toilets, picnic tables, shelters and waste bins. You’ll have to BYO drinking water and fishing license, but the serenity is on the house.
Travel 9km south from Chinchilla on Tara Rd
Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre (07) 4660 7291
Chinchilla Weir is accessed on a first come, first served basis with no bookings required. The grounds are mostly free camping but there are some powered sites available. Donations can be left at the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre. Maximum stay 2 nights. Access to weir on the left side of Tara-Chinchilla Road.
Four and half kilometres south of Miles along the Condamine Road, you’ll find the camping oasis of Gil Weir. A fisherman’s haven, the Weir is stocked with Murray cod and golden perch (fishing permit required). Cool off with a dip in the Weir, hang with the local pelicans and bring your dogs for a walk.
Whilst here don’t miss a golden opportunity to visit the Miles Historical Village Museum.
Free Camping - 48 hour stay
Travel 4.5km south of Miles on the Leichhardt Hwy, turn right onto Gil Weir access road and proceed a further 1.2km to the weir.
Fishing License required. Powered craft less than 10 hp only
Tara Lagoon Parklands
Tara Lagoon is a camper’s and fisherman’s haven, beckoning with the promise of yellowbelly, jewfish and yabbies to inspire many camping cook ups. Bring your kayak and canoe for a leisurely paddle (no power boats). Camping here is affordable, with fees starting from $5/night for unpowered sites and $10/night for powered sites, which are payable to the Council caretakers who comes past each day. If you’re not fishing, there’s always stretching your legs and sightseeing – the lagoon is surrounded by a Memorial Park and a four kilometre circuit walk with a new boardwalk across the water.
Located on the edge of town, with access via Showgrounds Ground
$10.60/night Powered Site (2nd and 3rd night free)
$5.30/night Unpowered Site (2nd and 3rd night free)
Waterloo Plain Environmental Park
Waterloo Plain, 70km north of Miles in Wandoan, is a bird lover’s paradise. Pitch your tent amongst 11 hectares of parkland hugging the water lily-clad lake. Onsite facilities include picnic tables, hot showers, toilets and bins, making this a comfy campsite for a night or two. The best part? This campsite is completely free. Keep your birdwatching book handy – up to 30 species of birds have been spotted within 30 minutes at this park. Beyond birds, there’s plenty of reasons to get out of your camp chair and into Wandoan’s wild. There’s a self-guided heritage trail through the park complete with walkways and bridges, so you won’t need to wade through any wetlands to get around.
3km from the centre of town via West Street, Wandoan
If you like to wake up to views of the water, pitch your tent at Lake Broadwater Conservation Park. You’ll find it 30km outside of Dalby, nestled on the banks of Lake Broadwater, the only naturally occurring freshwater lake on the Darling Downs. Facilities take the form of toilets, cold showers, powered and unpowered sites, a kids playground and picnic facilities. Bring your own wood because fires are allowed in the designated fireplaces (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply). Embrace the noisy neighbours – there’s more than 230 species of birds recorded at the park, including flocks of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Rainbow Bee-eaters.
Travel 20km South West of Dalby on Moonie Highway, turn into Broadwater Road.
The campground is 10km on left hand side.
Lake Broadwater Campground Fees:
$13.70 per site per night
Additional person $6.85 per night
$3.75 per night for students or accompanying adults on approved educational excursions.
Wilga Camp Ground Fees:
$7.00 per person per night
$28 per family per night
$2.85 per night for students and accompanying adults on approved educational excursions.
Caretaker (07) 4663 3562 or 0410 082 107
Jandowae offers ample camping and caravanning facilities to pull up and settle in for a few days. The showground’s (with a three-night maximum) offers affordable and convenient options for larger caravans, and your fur-friends can come along for the adventure. Call ahead to check availability and avoid disappointment. Accommodation parks can host you for short- or long-term stays, with powered sites and cabins and onsite commercial kitchens available.
Warra Street, Jandowae
Ph: 0458 595 796
Caretaker: Lillian Krogg