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Old 27-04-14
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Default Gordon Country

G'day all,
Gordon Country is located in the Goomburra Valley, around 2 and a bit hours 170km west of Brisbane. A large private 4000 acre property with 17klm of Darlymple Creek running along it makes this place unique as far as short trips from Brisbane go.

They do have flushing toilets (multiple sites) and (free) hot showers, but expect a que during peak seasons. You can also buy milk/bread at the office when it's open or there is a larger shop a few clicks back down Inverramsay road. Fees are reasonable with a $25 4wd fee if you are going to use the tracks (the tracks are maintained well so fair enough) and camping fees are what you'd expect. Check their website for fee's and tariff's.
Camping is loosely sectioned into zones and the key is to look for fire-rings. Avoid making your own fire-rings because it's against the house rules and also being river rocks, are prone to exploding when they get hot for the first time. If you are going any time of year, even in the middle of summer, bring some warm clothes as the valley is 700 meters AMSL .

There are 2 main exploring tracks and a 'playground'. The playground is on the northern side of the creek and is an open area that somebody has created with a bulldozer, so feel free to get to really know your car, so have fun! The tracks are for experienced 4x4'ers only, and probably should not be attempted in the wet due to the small amount of room for error. If you have sidesteps, take them off.

The northern track is a loop with awesome views over the lockyer valley to the north. A round trip of 15klm and a peak altitutude of 972m, this track is the easiest of the 2. The track mainly consists of loose gravel and large rocks. There are some steep inclines which will work your traction control, so lock your rear diff if you have one for a more comfortable ride for these sections. At the end of a track is a little dam (near the summit). Drive around it for the return drive. On the way back there is a steep descent track. The owner of the property recommended NOT to go down it, If you do try it, strictly low range 1st.

The southern track is not for the feint of heart, very steep inclines and in sections you have a very steep drop within a few metres on both sides of the track. Track length is about 6km. Expect to see nothing but sky through your windscreen in sections, and on the way down expect to have to stop because the descent is so steep that you can't see the track over the bonnet, you'll have to get out of your car to have a look and pick your path. The southern track reaches an altitude of 1037m (I bet it's snowed there before with that altitude), with bloody awesome views. This track is classed as advanced and though I had a few mates in standard 4wd's successfully do it, there were times when I thought they would break something. Think twice about doing this track if you don't have any armour.
All in all Gordon country is a great place to take the family camping over the weekend. I have attached my home-made oziexplorerCE map and also some KML tracks and POI's.
The base camp on the map is in Banshee valley, one of the more quiet and remote camping zones in the property.
Let me know if you have trouble with the maps...

Maps can be downloaded HERE
Cheers all ...
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Old 27-04-14
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Was there myself this weekend. Had a play in the play area. Climbed everything besides one which had a few large rocks to hang up on quite easily. Did the so called scenic route. Started heading to the Mount mistake track but the wife didn't like the steepness so we turned around and finished the scenic route and went down the steep section. I only needed to feather the brakes slightly on this decent (have a manual transmission) but if in an auto would be a little more difficult.

Was a great place to camp. Will definitely return again.

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Yes, also been there a couple of times. Was told there was unlimited fire wood to collect but was a little sceptical the first time. On our second visit we pack the chain saw (the rule is if it is dead wood and on the ground it is fair game) and head up for the June long week end enjoying a nice warm fire and heaps of camp oven cooking. Great spot to get away from it all
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Went up there about 12 months ago with my son and stayed in one of their cabins.

That steep track is not for the faint hearted – particularly the first bit. The problem is, once you go down the initial steep section, which isn’t all that bad, your are committed to keep going as it would be a lot of winching to get back up where you just came down. There are some very steep sections and some have corners half way down – if you went over the edge they’d never find you !!

We managed to make it in one piece but the old heart was thumping a couple of times.


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We love it up there. Normally try and get there at the end of Jan after the holiday rush.

Beautiful campsites, great for the fur kids.
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Great write up Powerslave. Will have to check it out sometime soon.
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The downhills are a good test especially when its bone dry. Im lucky I have a dashmat otherwise there would be fingernail perforations on the passenger side of the dash.
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Much for the kids to do out there ?
Is the creek at a depth that you can swim or is it just ankle deep
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or if you want to go to a 4WD park with good camping and tracks from easy to extreme don't drive past Janowen Hills on your way to Gordon Country, they are almost neighbours
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Old 29-01-18
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And also in the same area but on the other side of Warwick is

All three have good camping and some great 4wding. All within a couple of hours west of Brisbane.
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