Campsite review: Top of the Town Tourist Park, Stanthorpe Qld

The signs and billboards around the Granite Belt advertising Top of the Town certainly give the impression it’s the place to be in Stanthorpe. We stayed for two nights just after Christmas while exploring the national parks and wineries in the area.

This review is just our impression of the site. For full details about facilities and prices, check out the website: http://www.topoftown.com.au

Top of the Town, Stanthorpe

Top of the Town, Stanthorpe

Facilities

Top of the Town is a large, pristine park with roses around its reception and fantastic facilities for families: a swimming pool, open air movies and a games room, as well as good kitchens and bbq areas, and a huge laundry and drying area.

Not that we used any of these during our two-night stay but a park with extensive facilities has usually invested in its washblocks as well, and that’s certainly the case here. Hurrah! More in line with European amenities (thankfully retaining Australian-style loos) the washblocks were large, light, airy and spotlessly clean with loads of hot water. A relief given so many parks seem to focus on caravanners travelling with their own facilities.

The pitches are quite orderly and regimented, not huge, but there are good pockets of shade around. We had to move from our designated pitch because it was so far away from the power box, our cable didn’t reach. We found a handy Mitre 10 in town for an extension lead.

Top of the Town, Stanthorpe

Top of the Town, Stanthorpe

Top of the Town, Stanthorpe

Location

We thought ‘top’ of the town meant the park would be in the thick of things, as much as that’s possible in sleepy Stanthorpe. But despite the park’s website claiming it’s ‘centrally located in town and walking distance to all shopping’, we found it a long walk from anything. It must be a 30-minute walk into town. There is a small regional museum next door, but we drove everywhere else. Having said that, it’s probably closer to town than any other caravan park.

Top of the Town, Stanthorpe - happy campers

Verdict

We’d stay here again. Lots of things going on, washblocks are the best we’ve seen.

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Campsite review: Queen Mary Falls, Killarney Qld

There is a big choice of campsites and caravan parks around the Granite Belt. If you plan to visit Queen Mary Falls and the neighbouring waterfalls, this caravan park is in a perfect spot opposite the entrance to the falls and surrounded by national park and wildlife. You can walk a short distance to a lookout or a longer loop down to the base of the waterfall.

We stayed for three nights just after Christmas – note that they often operate a minimum stay at peak periods.

This review is just our impression of the site. For full details about facilities and prices, check out the website: www.queenmaryfallscaravanpark.com.au.

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

Visitors and residents

The site is popular with families and is a real draw card for nature lovers. We had wallabies playing next to our pitch and koalas and kookaburras in the tree above. There are all kinds of tropical birds swooping through the site and a feeding station by reception where you can hand feed king parrots and rosellas. The only creatures that were less welcome were the flies, who were prolific at certain times of day, although to be expected when you’re camping next to a field of cattle.

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park - koala

Queen Mary Falls - kookaburra

What’s the site like?

The area for powered sites and cabins is fairly small but there is a beautiful and spacious grassy field for unpowered tents and vans, which was only sparsely populated. There are loads of spots for campfires which were well used at dusk, and helped to keep the flies at bay. They sell firewood at reception. One of the best things is the onsite café/restaurant/shop offering cream teas and light meals; it was always doing a roaring trade when we were there.

The washblocks let the park down, being a bit smelly and dingy with no hot water in the basins – not somewhere you’d want to linger longer than necessary.

There was no Optus phone reception in the site or surrounding area and Telstra was very sketchy.

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

Verdict

A short drive from Warwick and just steps away from Queen Mary Falls, the caravan park is in a great spot for exploring some of the best bushwalks and waterfalls in the Granite Belt. Nature lovers and bird enthusiasts will be in their element.

Queen Mary Falls