We are always on the lookout for new places to explore. So when the opportunity came up to go to Wolvi Grove Farm Camping we jumped at the opportunity.
And Wolvi Grove certainly didn’t disappoint. After a hectic couple of weeks with work and life, we were looking forward to a peaceful weekend away, having a few drinks around a campfire, and enjoying a good roast on the Weber barbecue.
Let us tell you a little bit about the place first.
Wolvi Grove avocado farm
Wolvi Grove Farm Camping is a working avocado farm located about 28km east of Gympie, Queensland. Being part of the population that loves avocados (like who doesn’t) but never really appreciated the fact of how they were actually grown, it was fascinating to learn more about the whole process.
The property farms five varieties of avocados – Shepard, Hass, Sharwill, Wurtz and Fuerte (showing my ignorance here, I didn’t even know that there was more than two varieties, let alone over 100!). During the harvesting season which extends from May to August, avocados from Wolvi Grove are available to purchase a short walk away at Cooloola Berries.
Whilst we were there I have to say we had the great privilege of talking with Tony and Julie (the gracious hosts and owners of the property). They were so nice to share some of their precious time with us and we were given the opportunity to have a tour of the grading shed as they explained the whole system to us.
The thing’s we learnt about avocados and all the farming practices and procedures around them was amazing. I have to say, I’ll never look at an avocado in the same light again.
It wasn’t only the avocados that caught our interest at this property though. We couldn’t get over how amazing it was to wake up Saturday morning to a chorus of bird life, enticing us out of the van to have a cup of tea as we watched the sun come up followed by a walk around the property. And it was well worth the walk – we came across a huge Lace Monitor scrambling up a tree (I think he was really trying to hide from us), a rabbit tearing down through the orchard, kangaroos, and different types of birds wherever you looked. There are also echidnas, bandicoots and koalas on the property. For nature lovers such as ourselves, it was pure heaven.
During our exploring we discovered the ‘forest walk’, a short walk through remnant forest on the property. It was seriously just like being a kid again following the trail through the woods, not knowing where you will end up.
Remember I mentioned Cooloola Berries earlier, well if you feel the need for a yummy milkshake, a berry delight or even a farmers breakfast, the multi award-winning café at Cooloola Berries is only a short walk from the campsite through the avocado orchard and across the footbridge.
Camping at Wolvi Grove Farm Camping
Wolvi Grove seriously has everything you want from an off-grid campground. If you are a self-contained camper, you will love the peacefulness of the place. And if you want to get even closer to nature, there is a rustic outdoor shower that Tony has built in the fringe of the forest, a perfect place to put your own water bag (solar shower) or even a portable toilet.
Hosts Tony and Julie have seriously thought of everything, even a wonderful game of Tic-tac-toe, or noughts and crosses, made out of painted rocks – have a game under the shade of a very leafy mango tree (which we had at first admired as a large avocado tree, only to be corrected by the lovely Julie that it was in fact a mango tree! Oops…still don’t know how to tell them apart – it’s a good thing the experts do).
Special note – We would like to thank Tony and Julie for their precious time and the fantastic tour of the grading shed and their beautiful homestead.
What to do around Wolvi
Wolvi is about 28km east of Gympie. As such it is in a central location for many sights in the region including Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Kin Kin, Gympie, and the Sunshine Coast.
Click here for information about things to do around Gympie.
Name: Wolvi Grove Farm Camping
Where: Wolvi, Queensland
Price: $11 per person, per night
Bookings: Bookings via YouCamp
Campfires: Yes, firewood provided for first night
Access: Car, 4WD, tent, camper trailer, caravan
Mobile reception: Optus is limited, Telstra is a bit better
Pets: Yes, on a lead
Activities: Walks, visit to Cooloola Berries, bird watching, relaxing
YouCamp: Click here for YouCamp reviews