If you are a wine drinker with a camping problem, then you simply must head into the South Burnett region of Queensland, and follow the wine trail! The township of Murgon, located in the South Burnett, is an easy drive just a few hours north west of Brisbane. Of course, during these Covid-times, check opening (and drinking) hours and availability of tourist attractions and destinations!
Lake Barambah/Bjelke-Petersen Dam
The attraction of Lake Barambah is named after an original property, and is also known as Bjelke-Petersen Dam, after our late Sir Joh. It has shallow water and flats, and seasonally warmer waters. The dam was completed by 1988 and water is delivered via a large catchment area. The lake holds bait species such as red claw, gudgeon and shrimps, perfect feeding for stocked bass, silver perch and yellowbelly. There are camping sites, some on private property, located right on the water which will allow you to relax for many days or fish as you desire.
The dry rainforest Conservation Park of Boat Mountain is located 13km north east of Murgon and is a local landmark and the headwaters of four creeks. The park contains 130 species of plant; two lookouts; and bird watching of great variety, perfect area for hiking or biking.
Following the Wine
Established in 1996, Dusty Hill Vineyard and Winery is located in the village of Moffatdale, near Murgon, and has amazing views over Lake Barambah. Growing over the years into a tourist destination, Dusty Hill offers a vast array of wine varieties and styles from grapes grown at the Vineyard. This little piece of paradise is a welcoming location for people who have a passion for wine.
Moffatdale Ridge is a name which was brought to the South Burnett region by early German settlers. The Vineyard is situated on a 360 acre property, and offers some of Queensland’s finest wines, port and liqueurs. The land was selected four generations ago, and the owners are proud of this heritage. Vines were first planted in 1996 with wine production commencing in 2001.
Clovely Estate celebrates the South Burnett region and the best of artisan wine and food as they unite with other producers and partners to promote ‘unique local fare produced with passion’. The vineyards and olive groves are on land that has been in the family for over a century, creating and capturing the flavour of the region. There are other Vineyards, so make sure you download the Wine Trail Map and have fun finding them all!
You won’t have to venture more than a few hours from the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane, to be within tourist destinations you probably haven’t thought about visiting! Head on off on your camping trip into the South Burnett region, and don’t forget to bring a few bottles of wine home for family and friends as you support Queensland’s small businesses. You’re welcome!