Camping at Main Range is perfect for kids who never stop!
Issued: 2 Jul 2018

We love them dearly, but high-energy kids are hard work. They’re courageous and inventive, making their own adventures wherever they go (anyone else got one that climbs everything?), and while we admire their creativity, there’s no denying that the task of managing their energy levels is enough to deplete our own.

Photo credit: © J Asche

We love them dearly, but high-energy kids are hard work. They’re courageous and inventive, making their own adventures wherever they go (anyone else have a child who climbs everything?), and while we admire their creativity, there’s no denying that the task of managing their energy levels is enough to deplete our own.

But never fear, we have a school holiday solution that will satisfy not only your child’s inner 'Indiana Jones', but your own need for some peace and relaxation.

In less time than it takes to watch 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', you can leave Brisbane behind and reach the unyielding mountain ranges and graceful Queen Mary Falls in World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park.

Oh, and did we mention you might even glimpse a platypus?

Camp by the creek

You can choose from two camping areas in the Goomburra section of Main Range National Park—Manna Gum and Poplar Flat. Both are nestled beside Dalrymple Creek, and they provide peaceful havens away from the rush and routine of family life.

Pull up in your camp site next to one of the camp fire rings and set up the tent or camper trailer among the gum trees. Then sit back with your beverage of choice while the kids kick a ball or toss a frisbee in the wide-open, grassy spaces.

Three family-sized dome tents sit in a green grassy clearing fringed by the tall timbers of surrounding forest.Manna Gum camping area | Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Walks for all kinds of legs

There are more bushwalks than you can poke a stick at here, but a good one for little legs is the Dalrymple circuit. Children love rock-hopping over Dalrymple Creek, and this area makes for great family memories—so don’t forget the camera. Keep your eyes peeled for dragonflies, red-necked pademelons and even the uniquely beautiful platypus along this 1.2km track.

Do you have older kids who are up for more of a challenge? Add on the Cascades circuit or Ridge track for a longer adventure.

A young couple step carefully over rocks to cross a shallow creek, avoiding the water, against a backdrop of lush green forest.Dalrymple Creek | Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Chase the best views

If you’re staying longer than a couple of nights, we recommend you take a short drive down Lookout Road to check out the spectacular views at Sylvesters lookout and Mount Castle lookout. Both are less than a 1km (30min) return walk from the road and definitely worth the visit! As with many unsealed roads in and around national parks, Lookout Road is a no-go if it’s been raining, so always check the local conditions before you go.

Want to go chasing waterfalls? Then the Araucaria Falls track is the one for you.

After all this effort, your little adventurers will be worn out, and ready to return to camp for marshmallow toasting, a bit of star-gazing and a well-earned sleep!

A couple in hiking boots and shorts stand at a lookout gazing at distant views over the coastal plain from their vantage point.Sylvesters lookout | Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Like the sound of this?

So, where are you going next school holidays? Check out Main Range National Park for more information and have a closer look at all the camping opportunities in Main Range to find your perfect family getaway!

Always remember to check park alerts before you go.