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HAVE you been look­ing for a camp­ing spot be­side a flow­ing creek that’s peace­ful, easy to get to and af­ford­able? Well, Janowen Hills 4WD Park is the place for you. With an abun­dance of camp­sites to choose from, it’s easy to camp away from oth­ers to make it feel like you’re the only one there.

One of the smaller 4WD parks, it is si­t­u­ated on 1000 acres in the Goom­burra Val­ley in the foothills of the Great Di­vid­ing Range. This park has to be the most scenic of them all, with hilly ter­rain, rocky gul­lies, views from the high­est points and well-main­tained grassy camp­ing ar­eas ser­viced with toi­lets and show­ers. One rule with this park, though, is it runs a ‘buddy sys­tem’, which means you can­not en­ter by your­self and you must have an­other 4x4 with you for four-wheel driv­ing pur­poses only. The park also runs the Rock It 4x4 Chal­lenge each year, at­tract­ing a few hun­dred peo­ple com­pet­ing and spec­tat­ing.

There is a play­ground for those learn­ing the ropes of 4Wd­ing, a mud pit for thrill-seek­ers (when there’s been rain) and tracks that wind through the creek which, for a short time, can make you for­get you’re within a 4WD park as the scenery changes dra­mat­i­cally. Due to the size of the park, it is easy to com­plete the map in one week­end, but it’s a great place to get out and have a play around. It’s also nice to have a roar­ing camp­fire be­side the creek to chill out and take it all in.

This qui­eter 4WD park still ticks all the boxes and it’s not that far from Bris­bane, and some­times you just need to drive that lit­tle bit far­ther to reach par­adise.

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