|Time Travel To Destination:||1hr 48 mins from Brisbane City|
|Attractions:||Scenic valleys, lookouts, bushwalks and crystal clear swimming holes|
|Fuel Consumption:||You’ll need 3/4 tank of fuel for total trip (for a V6 4WD)|
|Name:||The Bluff Creek campground|
|Address:||44 Wilcox Road, Kenilworth|
|Costs:||$15 per person|
The Saturday Road Trip
Stop in at Gerrards lookout, grab a coffee here and have a chat to Matt about the drive to Kenilworth – he’ll be happy to answer any questions – even autograph his van if you like, we did!
Continue through the busy little village of Montville and all the way along the mountain top to Mapleton, where you will turn left to Kenilworth. This road is partly unsealed, narrow and windy but is suitable for standard 2WD vehicles.
If you are using a GPS for the whole journey, you’ll be right – you won’t get lost.. I promise!
This campground is a must especially if you’re after a bit of privacy from other campers and it’s only $15 per person for the night. We found a cool little spot along the creek called ‘The Bunya’s’, it’s a large site suitable for approximately 3 vehicles and its surrounded by bush. The drive into the campsite is like you have your own private driveway! So cool.
The property is huge, you can spend the afternoon frolicking in the river that runs along the whole property or simply hang around the campsite (like we did) drink, eat and enjoy each other’s company.
The good thing about this campground is it has bathroom amenities and a porta-loo close to every site – we found they were very clean and well stocked up with supplies. The main office also supplies firewood for the fire pits provided and basic food supplies, oh and ice Cream! Yay.
The following morning…
Once you’ve eaten breakfast and packed up your campsite, there’s a nice little bush walk at Fig Tree Walk (Short enough for lazy people!), it’s a 1.1km circuit through rainforest with a couple of amazing fig trees to marvel at. You will find this if heading out of Kenilworth on the Maleny-Kenilworth Road on the way back to Maleny (15min drive from Bluff Creek). Make sure you wear protective foot wear as there’s stinging trees and if you happen to touch one, you’ll be crying home to your Mumma and be in pain for days!
As you head further south for another 5 mins, you’ll see a turn off to Booloumba Creek, it’s a partially dirt road and runs for approximately 6kms off Maleny-Kenilworth Road. You will need a 4WD vehicle to get to the rock pools as you’ll need to drive through relatively shallow creeks. Check the local council website if there has been heavy rain as it may be impassable at that time. Click here to check -> Booloumba Creek Update
After this, it’s a 2hr drive back to Brissie. Definitely worth the adventure!
If you love taking a road trip and spending a bit of time and effort packing the car after work on a Friday night and hitting the road next the morning for 48 hours of adventure, then this is a perfect little escape from the rat race for you!
What a lovely drive up into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Once you head north up the Bruce Highway and take the Steve Irwin Way exit to the Glasshouse Mountains, and continue to the Landsborough exit to the left, you’ll take a steep drive up the mountain – just follow it along and take the Montville turnoff to the right. along here you should stop and check out ’Gerrards Lookout’, there’s a friendly guy there at his coffee van who is a wealth of information, he’ll give you a map of the region and let you know all the best stops along the way to Kenilworth (I think his name is Matt).
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