“A Peaceful Place”
That is the way that Standown Park is described on their website. And I have to say, I wholeheartedly agree. Standown is a military term for ‘rest/relax’, and as the website says, this is exactly what you do when you visit.
Standown Park, located about 25 km north-east of Gympie, originally came to life as a place for Veterans and their families to get away from it all and enjoy some R&R. It became so popular that it was opened up for the general public to visit and to give everybody a chance to soak in some of the serene atmosphere.
Even though we don’t have a military background (apart from relatives that have served in the forces), we were made to feel very welcome. So much so that we have no hesitation about staying again.
Located on 18 acres right next to the Toolara State Forest, Standown Park has a lovely, welcoming feel. We stayed with a small group of family and friends next to the dam. It was very relaxing to be able to just sit and watch the wildlife come down to the water. On Saturday evening, campers gathered in the camp kitchen for socialising, eating, drinking, and meeting new people. There were even board games involved 🎲😄🎲.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful parts of the park is the Memorial Walk around the dam, which really brings home the fact that this started as, and still is, a Veterans park. This homage to current and past serving members of our defence forces was extremely well presented and touched our hearts.
Although we didn’t venture further than the boundary fence on this trip, Standown Park is the perfect home base for the area. Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, Hervey Bay, and Fraser Island are all close by. Grab a strawberry cider from the Cooloola Berries Cafe or stay for “Paella in the Paddock” on Sunday afternoons, just 15 km away. A further 20 km away is Salmon Lookout, which gives fantastic views towards the ocean.
Standown Park has a variety of accommodation options – powered sites (slab, gravel, or grass) and drive-through sites, both with power and water, as well as unpowered grass sites. Toilets, showers, camp kitchen with BBQ, laundry, and a dump point are all located on-site. The park also has both Optus and Telstra mobile reception.
Special discounts are offered to Veterans young and old, current and past serving members of the ADF, and emergency personnel. A discount is also offered to CMCA members.
(Note: I would be remiss in not pointing out that although the Standown Park website says they are free from sand-flies, there is definitely something “bitey” there, so make sure you bring the bug repellent.)
While we could only stay two nights, we certainly would have spent longer given the opportunity. We will definitely be back.
✅ Optus and Mobile reception
✅ Pet friendly
✅ Powered and unpowered sites
✅ Toilets, showers
✅ Camp kitchen
✅ Dump point
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