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If you didn’t know it was there you could easily miss it! Cobbold Gorge is hidden away in the rugged sandstone of central north Queensland with history dating back to gold rush days. Follow the dirt road from Forsayth for 40 odd kms and you will finish up at Cobbold Gorge camping village on Robin Hood cattle station – home to 10,00 head of Brahman cattle. But it doesn’t stop there for the camping and 4WD enthusiast.
The gorge itself is unique, 6kms long and in some places only two metres wide but bordered by 30 metre cliffs each side. The last 500 metres of the gorge is navigable by a flat bottomed boat, and this is just part of one of the tours offered by the Cobbold Gorge camping village.
Other tours and activities include a helicopter flight over the sandstone escarpments of Robin Hood station; fossiking for agates at the Agate Creek Gemfields; learning about the challenges of the cattle grazing industry and fishing for the mighty Barramundi. And if that’s not enough there is always just relaxing in a kayak on the dam, or trying your hand at aqua golf.
The camping village is extremely well equipped with a selection of air conditioned cabins with en suite bathrooms. If you fancy roughing it (though you will hardly notice it), you can choose to stay in the spacious campground on powered or un-powered sites. The amenities are modern and spotless, and while we were there I couldn’t resist lifting the lid of one of the stainless steel BBQs for campers use – only to be partially blinded by the sunlight ricocheting off the shiny clean interior. The bar/coffee shop also provides meals and snacks.
There is always something to do, even if it’s just chilling out with a book and a glass of wine in the beauty of the Australian outback. Many folk prefer just to take one of the many walking tracks, pausing only to immerse themselves in a fresh water creek; or simply taking a dip in the pool after their walk before relaxing with another cold drink at the bar.
For the more adventurous there are some challenging self drive 4WD tours. If you do this though be sure to sign the log at reception before leaving and on your return – helicopter rescue could be expensive!
If you are thinking of giving the outback a go then this is the place for a great introduction. The staff are always helpful and are happy to part with some local knowledge to ensure your stay is safe and comfortable. Stay as long as you like and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
So take a break in the outback of Queensland – just hit the dirt road and drive …
For more information on visiting Cairns, Port Douglas and the Tablelands and their attractions take a look at A Holiday In Cairns
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