Cabin Hire  & Campground

 Burnett River, QLD
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Common Questions we get asked...

How much is a campsite?

The campsites are $25 per night per single/couple. Extra persons over 5 years are $10 pp per night.

Can I drive down to the river?

No. There are a number of walking tracks to the river, and one track wide enough for a bike only. This track was re-created without the removal of a tree or bush. We have a healthy riparian zone here and have no wish to denigrate or clear the vegetation. If you have trouble walking up or down an incline, the option to swim in the river will be difficult for you.

What's in the river?

During our time here (10 years) we have seen platypus, lungfish, catfish (native & exotic), jumping mullet, water dragons, turtles (lots of varieties), yabbies, eels and (eek!) 2 snakes in the river (they swam past me before I could react). Not to mention black swans, pelicans, ducks, cranes, and many more of our feathered friends.
We have never seen (or heard rumors of) bull sharks, crocodiles or any other nasties. However, you should look out for snags, and never ever dive into the river. It is too shallow for that.

Do you have check-in and out times?

Yes, we need the time to do cleaning and maintenance. Check in at 2pm, check out at 10am. If you need to come early or leave late, just ask. We do try to accommodate all requests.

How many campsites are there?

There are 6 designated campsites. The sites are situated on a reasonably level outcrop overlooking the river and gullies.
Site 1 - "River & Gully" is out of the wind with views of the water. Face your campsite towards the river and you will get some afternoon shade. 
Sites 2 & 3 - "River View"  are open, breezy and sunny with stunning river views - suitable for large rigs, motor-homes, and vans with solar panels. You will need an awning for your shade.
Site 4 - "Bush & River" is a flat, private spot with access to an area overlooking the gully which gets the morning & late afternoon shade. This is a popluar spot in the summer months. Suitable for campers with dogs. 
Site 5 -  "Bush & Gully" is a less shady area very suitable for camper-vans, smaller get-ups and people with dogs. It sits on the edge of a gully and is closer to the toilet and tap. It is a private area with afternoon shade. Great spot for bird-watching (winged variety).
Site 6 - "The Pines"  is another large site which gets lots of afternoon shade, situated in front of some very tall pines. The ground here is very level. Good for the lazy camper who wants to set up and kick back quickly without unhooking.

Will I be traveling on dirt roads?

Galeas Road is a 200 m graded dirt road but otherwise, no. Coming from Bundaberg, Snake Creek Rd is a graded 3kms gravel road. The other end is bitumen - so keep going to Wallaville -Goondoon Rd to avoid the dirt.

Are the campsites level?

You may need to do a little adjusting, but by and large, these areas are level enough and spacious enough to suit even the biggest rig. 

Can we have a campfire?

Certainly, unless there is a fire ban in place. A movable fire-pit is provided for your convenience, as well as firewood for $10 load. Please use safety precautions and enjoy! Alternatively, there is a central fireplace for those who like to socialize.

Is the mobile coverage?

There will be reception for your mobile phone at the campsites if you are with Telstra. Your mobile phone will operate at the house or on higher ground if you are with Optus or Vodaphone, but probably not at the campsite.

Where can I do my laundry?

Gin Gin has a laundromat and is only a short 10 minute drive away.

Must I be fit to take the walks?

Reasonably fit, yes. The river walk is a descent that you will enjoy - going back up will be more difficult. The gully walk is an easy grade. The bush walk has a few hills to climb. All good exercise for the heart! Look for the signs strategically placed. Please ensure that you have read The Risk Agreement before going on walks or swimming in the river.

Are children welcome?

Our main concern with children is that they are more likely to have an accident in this environment. We would request that you read and agree with the risk agreement. Obviously, it will be your responsibility to supervise your child/ren. 

Is wi-fi available?

The long range router for Wi-Fi extends 70 metres radius from the House. You can easily access your own wi-fi from your campsite. However, if you do want the internet, please ask Pauline for the password. Sit under the 100-year-old fig tree for a good connection.

What water is available to use?

There is no drinking water available. Please ensure that you have your own drinking supply. River water is not suitable to drink. A tap is available near the toilet, but it is river water - it has been put through a sand filter, and has been treated with chlorine but we advise that you do not drink!

What amenities are available?

We have installed a 'long drop' toilet for your convenience. There is a tap, hose and cold-water shower near the toilet area.

Where is the nearest dump point?

The nearest dump point is heading north at Gin Gin. (10 minute drive). Bundaberg also has a dump point at the park next to the university. We ask that you do not use our thunderbox for your dump. The chemicals are destructive to the environment.

Where are the nearest shops?

Gin Gin is a short 10-minute drive. It is a highway town, so there are plenty of eating places, motels, pubs, a large IGA, chemist, doctor, hospital, laundromat, vet and much more. Saturday markets make a fine breakfast, and stalls are locally grown produce and handicrafts.
This area is home to roadside stalls, so watch out for those bargains when on the road.
Bundaberg is a large thriving city, with a population of over 50,000. Shops are plentiful, the main street always hectic, and large shopping centres such as Hinkler Place and Sugarland create an air-conditioned haven on those hot, humid days.

What about my rubbish?

Rubbish bins are provided for you - recycled items & general waste at the bin on site.

What can we do at the river?

Because the river on this bend is shallow and full of snags, it is not suitable for a motorboat. However, canoeing is a treat, and you are welcome to borrow ours. It is moored at the river's edge. Please let us know if you intend to go canoeing and for how long. If you don't return, we can take appropriate steps.
Swimming is safe when the river is at normal low levels. There is a little jetty at the end of the river walk and that is the snag-free, shallow swim spot. If you hear a puff of air and a snort, it will be a curious lungfish. They will not harm you. For your own safety, never assume the depth of the river, and beware of rocks and snags.
Bird - watching, spotting platypus, lungfish and turtles is a wonderful past time in the early mornings and late afternoons.
Fishing is, unfortunately, going to net you a lungfish (protected) or a platypus. Often you will catch the native eel- tail catfish or bream. (good eating)
If it's flooded - forget it!

Must my dog remain on a lead?

We expect that owners of dogs have good control over their pets. Usually, travel dogs never wander too far from their owners (fear of being left behind?) Down by the river, and especially across the river on the sand banks would be a great place to let your dog run free. The campground may be the only area where you need to tie up your dog. Please note that I have free range chickens, although they never come to the campground, I have had dogs come up to the house, much to the disgust of my own lovely Chilli.

I've got a really big rig. Will I get into your property?

Yes, no problem with any roads getting here, and no problem getting to the campground. We suggest sites 2 & 3 for the big get-ups.

Can I use my generator?

This is a tricky one. Normally, it would be a no, or at least only during the set hours of 10am-4pm. However, some of the newer motorhomes etc have whisper quiet generators so if you have one of those - there would be no problem.
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