Spend the night looking at the stars or sitting around the campfire at these top spots

If you need to get away from it all, here's a few places where you can see the stars, take it easy and soak up some nature...
23 Jun 2023
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

There’s just something so restorative about staying in nature.  Whether you want to rough it a little by camping or you’d prefer the comforts of four walls and a bathroom – here’s the spots to get on your to stay list.

Ivory’s Rock 

Camp fire at Ivory's Rock

Here you’ll be immersed in nature with wallabies and koalas to spot.  The campsites have mountain views and private bathrooms, there’s powered and unpowered sites, WiFi, bunkhouses and a rent-a-tent service where the staff will set up your tent and beds before you arrive.  Ivory’s Rock is suitable for caravanning and camping, is open for weekenders and has extended times during the school holidays.

Hardings Paddock

For a more rustic experience book into Hardings Paddock right at the foot of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate.  The campground is great for bird-watching, hiking, mountain biking and horse riding (BYO horse and bike).  You will need to bring your own camp shower and drinking water but there are camp loos and shower cubicles available, as well as a large firepit. 

Rosewood Showgrounds

The Rosewood Showgrounds camping facility is located 20 minutes from Ipswich central and an hour from Brisbane in the RV friendly town of Rosewood.  The showgrounds have 16 powered sites with access to water and sullage and about 40 more unpowered sites.  It’s a great place to start exploring the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive and the nearby Grandchester Model Steam Railway.

Pocket Retreats

Pocket Retreats

Pocket Retreats offers charming bespoke accommodation in two cottages on a working cattle property that is close enough to drive to on Friday after work but still far from the traffic and pace of modern life. Take in starry skies at night and by day explore a serene stretch of the Brisbane River, that only you will have access too. You’ll feel far far away from it all, yet this special spot is just over an hour from Brisbane.

Tallavalley Farm

Tallavalley Farm B&B

You can bring your own dog or horse to Tallavalley Farm if you want an escape the whole family can enjoy! You’ll stay in a restored farmhouse with adjoining horse paddock and surrounded by pretty gardens and walking tracks – all within a few minutes’ drive to local townships. This quiet retreat allows you to experience the dream of the country life and who knows, perhaps you’ll even be inspired to pursue a tree change of your own.

For more places to stay see our accommodation page.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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