Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published January 21st 2013
Historic site is now the perfect family getaway location
Want a reminder of what Australia was once like? Or a peaceful spot to sit back, relax with family and friends out in mother nature? Then you've come to the right place. Welcome to Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds.
My partner and I brought our tent out to the Tandur site for a night recently to join our friends and their family for a birthday celebration. I was surprised to see just how big the land was there, honestly, you could hold a music festival on the grounds if you wanted to. Luckily for me, it was very quiet, and I felt immediately at ease to see we had so much space to set out in. For someone like myself who isn't 100% convinced on camping, this was perfect.
There's a lot of history out at the camping grounds as I came to learn during my time there. Apparently it was the site of the old Cobb & Co Horse Change Stables. It was the first stop on the stage coach run from Gympie to Noosa, which ran from 1878. With the wide, open fields, the remains of an old bridge that once serviced the bullock teams and more, you can almost picture what it once was.
Now camping may be about doing it rough, but with a bit of extra cash, I would have opted for one of the luxury camping sites I think. I got the opportunity to see it up close. Luxury camping offer canvas cabins, furnished with a queen sized bed and two singles in another room, with enough space for a pull out. Talk about being spoiled! But despite those lovely conditions, I was more than happy with our unpowered camping sites though, in fact I highly recommend it. We had everywhere we needed to have a great time. Best part about choosing an unpowered site is that you can pretty much go anywhere on the grounds. You can choose to camp on the open grassy camp grounds, close to the amenities and playground, or in one of the corners of the property, where you won't be disturbed.
If sitting around and enjoying the solitude isn't for you, don't worry, there's plenty to keep you (and the kids) busy at Nine Mile. One of my favourite spots at Nine Mile was the billabong. It was great for swimming, and there were even a couple of canoes and surfboard available to paddle around with as well. The base of the billabong was clay, so the water was a bit of a brown colour when I was there. Don't let that put you off though.
There's a small playground, but the real fun is to be had with the camping grounds' natural assets
If you're up for a bit of exploration, I recommend heading to the back of the property to Six Mile Creek. I had a lovely area through the area hear, and got some great shots on my camera. Unfortunately, we didn't spot the platypus rumoured to take up residence here. Still, we felt like the only people in the world out by the creek, that was until a train passed on the tracks nearby and shattered the serenity. Still, it was a lovely spot.
You'll feel at peace with the forest surrounding you
And just like the good old days, horses still have a place at Nine Mile. Keep an eye out for the horse drawn carriage in the afternoon, you'll find they stop by the kitchen area. Rides around the ground are a very affordable $3 each. The kids loved it, they could have spent all day going around the grounds.
One thing that did annoy me out here was the overuse of signage throughout the camping grounds. They were everywhere you looked, on the toilets, at the kitchen site, even down by the water (often with spelling and grammatical errors). While the camping ground rules are fair, I felt they were unnecessarily promoted everywhere you went.
No matter if it's for a night, a weekend or a full week, you're bound to enjoy your time at Nine Mile Camping Grounds. I'm not the biggest fan of camping yet I still had a ball. I think I'll try for two nights next time.