Camping Trail

Camp your way up, down and across the Western Downs.

Start off at one of the three Bunya Mountains campsites, followed by Lake Broadwater in Dalby, flop down next to the Chinchilla Weir on the Condamine River, head further along the Condamine for Archers Crossing South, then tackle the Caliguel Lagoon, the Gil Weir in Miles, Brigalow Creek in Meandarra for its fishing and rare water lilies, Waterloo Plain Environmental Park in Wandoan with its abundant birdlife, the Tara Lagoon and finish it all up in Westmar.

Camping in the Western Downs

Camping trail details

  • Bunya Mountains 
  • Lake Broadwater, Dalby
  • Chinchilla Weir – 10km south of Chinchilla
  • Archers Crossing South 
  • Caliguel Lagoon, Condamine
  • Gil Weir, Miles
  • Brigalow Creek, Meandarra
  • Waterloo Plain Environmental Park, Wandoan 
  • Tara Lagoon
  • Westmar – crossroads of the Moonie Highway and the Meandarra Talwood Road

Tara

Brigalow Creek
Nearest Town: Meandarra 0km
Access: Situated on the north western side of the Meandarra township
Comments: Well known for its water lilies.  Camping permitted along the creek.  Leo Gordon Apex Park is adjacent to the creek.

Tara Lagoon
Nearest Town: Tara 0km
Access: Bitumen
Comments: Admire the birds whilst walking along the lagoon; follow the pathway into centre of town, adjoining Settlers Park and the Walk of Remembrance Gardens. Fees collected onsite for first night, second and third night FREE.

Miles

Gil Weir

Nearest Town: Miles 6km

Access: Travel 4.5km south of Miles on Condamine Road, turn right onto Gil Weir Access Road and proceed a further 1.2km to Weir.

Comments: Fishing License required.  Powered craft less than 10 hp only.  48 hour stay

Chinchilla

Chinchilla Weir
Nearest Town: Chinchilla 9km
Access: Travel 9km south from Chinchilla on Tara Rd
Comments: Free camping in designated areas for 2 nights only. Limited powered sites. Donations accepted at Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre.  Toilet facilities, picnic tables, shelters and waste bins. No drinking water. Fishing License required.  No fishing within 200m of Weir Wall (above or below).  Situated on Condamine River, suitable for boating.
Phone: Visitor Information Centre (07) 4660 7291

Archers Crossing South
Nearest Town: Chinchilla 24km
Access: Travel 10km east from Chinchilla, take Hopelands/Kogan (Condamine River) turnoff, proceed 9km to Hopeland School then turn right, continue 2.2km to Archers Crossing Rd (first gravel road on right), follow 4km to river.
Comments: Situated on Condamine River.  Suitable for boating and bush camping. No facilities other than picnic table and shelter.
Phone: Visitor Information Centre (07) 4660 7291

Tour information/where to book

Self-drive (visit the Visitor Information Centre for more info or download the Western Downs app).

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