Enjoy a romantic getaway at Imbil State Forest... without breaking the budget!
Issued: 14 Sep 2018

So you want to lavish your significant other with a deluxe weekend away but you’re strapped for cash, we’ve all been there.

Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

So you want to lavish your significant other with a deluxe weekend away but you’re strapped for cash? We’ve all been there. Luckily, the best things in life are free (or really affordable!) like camping in Queensland’s parks and forests.

Imbil State Forest, and a few thoughtful details, are all you really need to create a memorable romantic getaway, so follow our tips and tricks below to impress your beloved.

Charlie Moreland camping area in Imbil State Forest is the ideal spot to unwind and reconnect, and it’s only two hours’ drive from Brisbane or one hour from the Sunshine Coast. Your 2WD will do the job—no 4WD required—or you could even ride in on horseback and stable your steed at the adjoining horse paddock, if that’s your thing!

Love is in the (fresh) air

Shaded by towering trees and nestled beside a boulder-strewn stream, there’s no question about why this camping area is a favourite among locals. There are flushing toilets (in modern toilet blocks) and fire rings, so your camping creature comforts are provided for. There are no showers, but that just gives you an excuse to take a long soak in the freshwater stream.

The options for indulging in nature’s delights are virtually endless. Explore the riparian rainforest, with its lush canopy, twisting vines and earthy scents. Relax together under a shady tree or beside the water with a book or tablet and read, journal or sketch. Soak up a sunset, sunrise or both. Snuggle beside the camp fire while you toast marshmallows, or lie back on a picnic blanket and stargaze.

Clear shallow waters of creek reflect the tall forest trees along creek’s edge
Little Yabba Creek | Trevor Hatfield © Queensland Government

Glamp it up

Adding some glamour to the camping experience is all the rage right now, and there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to splash a touch of elegance around your camp site.

To get in the glamping mindframe, think ‘unnecessary’, like rugs and scatter cushions in or around the tent. Maybe you even want to forgo the sleeping bags in favour of making up your air mattress with fresh sheets and cosy blankets? What about some bunting to decorate the tent with? And solar or battery-powered fairy lights can add a whimsical air to any camp site.

Or, up the 'fun factor' with some inflatable furniture, which is fantastic for camping because it packs down to virtually nothing!

Don’t forget to put a few little delicacies in the esky, like strawberries and chocolate, or skip the cooking one night and indulge in a cheese platter. How do you like the sound of brie, olives, sliced meats, gourmet crackers and quince paste, all washed down with your beverage of choice?

Close up of a couple’s faces (man and woman) smiling at each other, silhouetted against a pale golden sunriseSunrise | © Queensland Government

Get your heart racing

If you’re up for more than just kicking back, your short walk options are the Little Yabba circuit and the Piccabeen circuit.

Want a challenge? Trek up Mount Allan trail on foot, mountain bike or horseback. It’s 8.8km return and you’ll get breathtaking 360-degree views and a killer new Facebook profile 'pic' for your trouble.

If that’s not enough to keep you occupied, duck next door to Conondale National Park for more walking options. No matter what gear you prefer for your getaway, you won’t be disappointed by this special gem.

Aerial views over rugged forested mountain ranges in foreground and background, with low cloud sitting in the valley in betweenMount Allan trail | Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

If you’re ready to give this romantic nature escape a go, check out Imbil State Forest for more information and take a look at Charlie Moreland camping area to plan your visit.  Always remember to check Park alerts before visiting a national park.