Kolonga is 43km north of Gin Gin. The camp is on part of a 100 acre property in the area.
Only open for
three months of the year, when the gray nomads head north, this is a
must stop on your way.
WikiCamps and that's how we found it. Calling the number to book in
and given a code to open the gate. I new immediately Larry was in a
happy place when we were met by Fay on our arrival. When ask if we
were staying one or two nights, Larry, said without hesitation “we'll
stay for two night thanks”
As the only
people here we chose a place to park on one of the large open grass
areas. Larry hadn’t even seen if we were level or put the legs down
but was already putting out the awning and settling in. It was good
Kolonga Camp and the property is totally off grid. The owner Rick, in-fact runs a Solar/sat/pump business. Being off grid you have to have your own power and water. You have use of their shower and toilet though. They also have a washing machine and laundry area.
Sites are flat
as a pancake so it was fine that we didn’t check the level of the
site. Apparently, the camp area was once a small air strip for the
Rustic And Quirky Additions
We love all the
rustic touches they have lovingly put around the camp. Old boots are
filled with plants and swing is placed so you can watch the sun go
The tractor has
been given pride and places in it's own little welcome garden. While
old pants have been stuffed and hung upside down so it looks like
someone is in a well.
At happy hour
you are invited to the fire pit at the bar (not licensed) BYO. The
Turtle bar is made of a shipping container but looks like a log cabin
from the inside. For me, who loves rustic, wood and shipping
container renovations I was in love. I could make this my home!
Next to the bar is the camp kitchen. Another rustic, beautifully decorated area with BBQ and seating.
The place is run by a lovely friendly family. Fay and Lyle were good enough to light the fire and chat to us while there son and owner, Rick was away. Ben, there grandson even came to politely say hello after he had finished work.
Kolonga is no
longer a cattle farm but they do have a few chooks and a few fun
signs. Yes, we bought some eggs and after asking gave the chooks some
bread and grapes as thanks.
Past the chooks is a short walk to another field. Here you will find a short driving range. Golf clubs are available, we had a couple of our own balls and didn’t want to loose theirs. Larry had a hit but after trying to play golf at our camp site at Halliday Bay Golf Course, I declined (See Halliday Bay Golf Course Camp near Cape Hillsborough, Here)
If you have the
chance to stay here we highly recommend it. The only down side is
it's not open for long enough through the year.
As previously stated this is only open for three months of the year for grey nomads and the like. WikiCamps has the +50 sign so no children. It's also only available to caravans and motorhomes. No tents, backpacker type rental vans.
You must call first as they have a secure gate and will give you a code upon booking.