Approximately two hours north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland offers some relatively easy off road experiences as well as plenty of wild swimming at local water holes. We travelled through the Conondale and Blackall Ranges over the course of a long weekend to chase waterfalls and get our tyres dirty. Adding to the panoramic views, there are plenty of small, country towns scattered throughout the area with delicious cafes and quirky shops.

Booloumba Creek

Nestled among the subtropical rainforest of the Conondale Ranges is Booloumba Creek, an idyllic camping spot situated along the banks of a clear, rock-lined stream perfect for swimming. The camping areas at Booloumba Creek are limited to owners of 4WDs (or high clearance vehicles) as there are several creek crossings along the main road. Camping areas one and three are situated along the creek and for tent camping only. Area four is a large, open field and suitable for caravans, camper trailers and in our case, roof top tents. There is an amenities block with flush toilets and fire rings at each camping area. Sites must be booked in advance through Queensland Parks.

The camping area is great for families as there is swimming in the creek nearby offering plenty of entertainment in itself. Each bend of the creek provides a new experience, from rope swings, to small rocks for jumping, even a tiny waterfall…

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This piece ran in Go Camping 4WD & Fishing Adventures magazine December 2016.

Words & pics Christina Cannes