|Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campgrounds - just 2 hrs from Brisbane.|
That is, if you don’t have an argument with your GPS about the best path. GPS says, follow the Bruce Highway north, all the way to Kybong, turn right onto Tandur Road and follow this until you turn onto Noosa Road. Noosa Road is a good quality gravel road which takes you straight to the campground. Only about 15 minutes off the highway. I still stand by my thinking that turning off at Pomona and weaving through this beautiful coastal agricultural area is a far better path. This does involve a little more gravel, a couple of beautiful creeks and cute bridge crossings and a tiny hill climb but road quality is top notch. Least of all, I cannot possibly exaggerate the quality of the sausage rolls at the Pomona Bakery if you have time. My advice is beware of following directions from your GPS. They are such kill joys.
The campground entry is very well signed and also home to a camp oven big enough to cook a meal for a 100 hungry campers. You cannot miss it. From the gate your eye is treated to 50 acres of beautifully cared for bushland property. Plenty of room for a large family tent! On the far end of the property is a mighty sweet creek and a very inviting billabong. Yes, you can camp beside it. How good is that? There are a couple of small dams on the property which make ideal sites if you are seeking more privacy, away from the many families and 4wd drive groups that have already discovered this terrific gem. There are toilets, showers, camp kitchen and a huge camp kitchen/shelter for group happy hour. They do have some glamping tents, which I noted are all on skids. I assume they can be moved around as is required, so non-traditional campers can enjoy this great spot with their traditional camping family members and friends.
The staff were a true delight and why wouldn’t you be when you work in a gorgeous place steeped in history. This great spot was once home to Cobb & Co horse change stables. The management has done a fabulous job of maintaining the exhibits and the nostalgia. You can see all of this at the check-in desk. Please make some time to peruse, read about some of the characters who lived in the region in times gone by and take a heap of photos.
Once all checked in and set-up, you and the family can take a look around the animal farm, jump on your pushies, the flying fox, take a bush walk or go for a swim or canoe in the billabong. If you want to explore, you can jump in your car and take a scenic drive of the region. Enjoy a beer or ice-cream at Boreen Point. Find one of the fabulous 4by tracks in the state forest or drive the many gravel rounds that weave through this lovely area. You are less than 50 minutes to Tewantin if you fancy a beach drive or a swim on the beach at Noosa. If you don’t mind heights and weaving your way up a steep, narrow, gravel mountain road, a drive to Cooran to James McKane Memorial Lookout is a real treat. Or you can just sit under a tree and stare at it. This works for me.
Whatever you do… if you have children, ensure you are back in time for the afternoon horse and buggy ride or you may not be forgiven.
There are no powered sites at the campground but that should not bother you. You will not be short on things to do. Once you get your campfire going and get to some serious marshmallow roasting, you will want for nothing. Except, maybe some Bushman’s if you are camped near the billabong.
It has been a long time since I have been this impressed with a family campground. I can’t wait to go back. I strongly suggest you make time to visit this spot before everyone reads this feature and it gets too crowded.
|What a fabulous area for a small group of friends. Plenty of room to pitch a tent!|
|So much room to camp. Check out how small that Coleman Event 14 looks!|