Looking to get away from it all without breaking the bank? Then pack the camping gear and head for the border. Andrew Drynan Park offers a mixture of open and treed campsites on Running Creek Road, Running Creek and is only about an hour and a half from the centre of Brisbane via Beaudesert.
Once there, the choice is yours… kick back and relax to the sounds of running creek going over the cascades or explore the local surrounds, and there are choices there as well. To the east lies the rugged beauty and tranquillity of the Border Ranges National Park and Mebbin State Forest, while to the south, Kyogle is a scenic 50 minute (55 klm) drive away. Eight minutes' drive to the west you will find the country hospitality of Rathdowney, and their Heritage and Visitor Info Centre
Facilities at the park are basic (Toilets only) so you need to be fairly self-sufficient in terms of food, water and showers, however, this is reflected in the fee scale ($6 per adult at the time of writing). The park borders Running Creek, so waterfront views are there for the taking. The park is dog friendly (must be on leash) and fires (in the fire rings provided) are allowed so don't forget the camp oven.
The water in Running Creek is clean and clear and it is a popular swimming place for the young and young at heart. If you are lucky (as we were) you may also get to meet some of the local wildlife – a Koala shared the gum trees next to our campsite, bandicoots foraged through the campground at night and wedge-tailed eagles hunted during the day.