Camping on Lake Cootharaba
It took us just over 2 ½ hours to drive from our home in Brisbane’s western suburbs to reach Boreen Point Campground. There are really good roads to this destination and the signs were pretty easy to follow once we were off the highway. Our campsite was at the end of the entrance road, before the road loops back around.
As there are no designated campsites, we did struggle to find a spot to set up camp, especially since our group consisted of two families and ten people altogether! The initial spot we chose was abandoned after other campers advised us that it flooded in any rain (we did thank our lucky stars they were so nice). It was by sheer luck that another family was leaving that day (one day early) and they offered us their site. We waited the three hours for them to pack up then set about setting up our camp.
We had been told that it got quite windy at the camp grounds, but nothing prepared us for the first night—we nearly lost the tarpaulin from over our kitchen at 2am—but batten down the hatches we did and, after running around crazy for half an hour, it was right for the remainder of the night. With the boys tweaking the set up for the next couple of days, it all stayed up and worked well through rain, wind and sun.
We spent most of our time divided between relaxing with the kids in the lake or in the sand. The water was knee high for a long, long way out, so it was perfect for our little guys. The teenagers and husbands played cricket in the water and took the canoe for a spin.
As we were in a little alcove, we set up a gazebo in the water so that we could all be sheltered from the sun.
There was a faulty blow up mattress in our kit, so we decided to make it a floatie for all to use. This spot became our little piece of paradise!
Facilities at Boreen Point Campground
- Tent only areas, as well as those suitable for campervans / caravans (mostly non-powered sites)
- Shower block on site, with male and female toilets/showers, a disabled toilet/shower, and two dish washing areas. There is also a tub in the disabled toilets to do your clothes washing.
- Additional toilets brought in for the summer months
- Outdoor shower
- Power points in the shower block—great for charging phones etc.
- Two BBQ’s available for public use
- Two picnic tables
- Lots of bins available for your rubbish; emptied three times a week while we were there
- Just outside the entrance there is a playground, which was great for the kids
- BMX track, a skate bowl and a basketball court all in good condition
- Tennis court that wasn’t so great, but didn’t worry us
Activities to enjoy at Boreen Point Campground
- Right outside the campground is a sailing club with a canteen, as well as a corner store. We got our daily ice from there when we needed to, but I couldn’t recommend the coffee.
- We headed into Cooroy for a day to have a bakery lunch and it was really nice. It’s only 15 minutes’ drive to the little town, with decent coffee and bakery pies, and the kids got a play in another playground.
- Lots of sailing craft were launched from the area we were in, including kite surfers, catamarans and kayaks. It was great to watch.
- For a taste of Queensland, the historic Apollonian Hotel has cool, wide verandahs, a beer garden and pig on the spit on Sundays. The burgers were awesome! You can walk there from the campsite in about 15 minutes with little kids.
How to make the most of your stay at Boreen Point Campground
- No dogs allowed
- BRING PEGS!! There is rock hard sand in a lot of the area, so you need something that is going to be able to breach it. Also, sand pegs for those extra little areas that happen to be soft sand.
- We didn’t get hit with bugs until the second last night when the wind was at its lowest, but make sure you bring your insect repellent. It’s probably best to use wipes as we did too, so that you don’t get hit with the spray in the wind.
- As we had everything with us, there wasn’t anything really we missed. A clothes line with that many people (two of whom were toilet training) was a godsend though.
- RUBBER MATS are a must if you want to keep the sand out of your tent.
- As the campsite is bordered by a day picnic area, you need to be mindful of drivers perhaps not doing the right thing, particularly if you have young children staying with you.
Boreen Point Campground is located on The Esplanade at Boreen Point.
Please visit their website for more information – http://www.noosaholidayparks.com.au/boreen-point
Thanks to Amanda for this camp site review!
Take a look at the Brisbane Kids list of Your Favourite Camping Spots for lots more recommended family camp locations to explore, like Peach Trees Camping Area in Jimna, QLD. We will have many more campsite reviews coming in the very near future.