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Quite and Peaceful Claude Wharton Weir Gayndah - Queensland
Fantastic Free Camping or Scenic Smoko Stop

This is an absolutely top rest area and is very scenic as it overlooks the weir. Situated 3 kms north of Gayndah - the mandarin capital of Australia. Lots of shade trees, but not really suitable for those towing an A-frame etc. as the parking areas aren't very large. You could get away with one long vehicle if you parked on the turning area.


 
 

CDMA and GSM work OK, with passable Sierra Aircard, but zero Vodafone Internet. Lots of easy access town water taps scattered about - if crowded there is another one up near the toilet block. Lots of covered picnic tables, a BBQ and of course flush toilets. Just the right amount of light at night and being 600 metres west of the highway road noise is very faint. A good spot for Coasters is to the left of the tables near the round-a-bout. It has fantastic views over the lake and you can't get neighbours! The photo below left shows what we mean - a top overnighter.


 
 
 

There is a good launching ramp for those into a bit of fishing. TV is a bit on the sad side, so you'll probably give it a miss at this spot. Reception is better in the other rest area just out of town if you must have TV, but this site is right next to the highway - Zonhoven Park - has an excellent dump point on the northern end. Very little walking and bike riding opportunities at the Weir. Dogs are allowed and lots of locals descend down to the weir each morning. Lots of lovely bird life. Camping is only permitted overnight and this is well sign posted without the threat of heavy fines. The town itself is delightful with a couple of supermarkets, newsagent, bakery (old fashioned style) a green grocer and lots of others. Easy motorhome parking in the main street with no marked bays! It has the distinction of being the oldest town in Queensland - truly a photographers paradise. Being the mandarin capitol of Australia you can get terrific citrus bargains. All in all this spot is what all rest areas should be like - restful and very scenic. Accolades of praise to the Council for keeping it in absolutely top shape. On the way out we dropped into the Shire Office and thanked them for providing such a fine facility.

Absolutely recommended.

Chrissy Eustace

HEMA
Camps 3 - 445 Page 56
GPS S 25 36.48 E 151 35.36

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