Gordon Country FAQs
Over the years we’ve been asked lots and lots of questions regarding a stay on our property – so we’ve compiled the following FAQ’s and information in response to the most commonly asked. We hope it’s useful in helping you make your decision re a stay with us at Gordon Country.
How do I register and what if I am arriving late?
Yes you DO NEED TO REGISTER at the office on arrival. If you arrive out of office hours, there is a registration book there specifically for your sign in. Office hours will be noted on the whiteboard at the office and we ask that you come back to complete your registration process during shop hours.
The Staff will do regular rounds ensuring that all guests are registered so don’t be caught without your sticker!
Cabin guests are similarly able to proceed to cabins prior to seeing the Manager if the Manager is not in the office at the time of arrival with the same procedure to follow.
What are my checkin and checkout times?
Guests can checkin and checkout for camping at any time.
All cabins and glamping tents have a checkin of 2pm and a checkout of 10am. We can be flexible with this and approve late or early checkin/out depending on our other bookings. Please call us for prior approval if you want early checkin.
Will there be bins for my rubbish?
No. we are like a national park – what you bring in, you must take out. Anybody found to be dumping rubbish will face severe penalties.
Do I have to camp where I have booked?
Powered sites are for powered camping only and you must book the Retreat if you wish to stay at the Retreat. If you book our regular Gordon Country Caravan and Camping sites you will have over 3000 acres of sites to choose from on arrival. This is a privilege we can extend to our guests due to the large size of our property and camping areas. For our first time guests, we certainly understand that it’s hard to know where you might want to camp until you arrive and so we offer as much freedom as we possibly can to enable you a happy choice of position.
How will I find my friends when I arrive?
We ask that all our guests register with us on arrival and put in the registration book where they are camped. Accordingly, provided your friends follow this process, we should be able to help you find them. Remember, there is no phone service so you could even have a pre-arranged meeting point and time!
What is the difference between the different camping areas? Where are they all located in proximity to others?
Powered: these sites are near our office and also where the glamping tents are located. If you wish to stay in this area you must book the powered sites under that tariff. You have full set of showers and toilets at this area as well as disabled access facilities. There is also a camp kitchen accessible by all guests except when privately booked.
Retreat: This is like a gated area of camping right on the cusp of the Main Range National Park. You have excellent facilities here as well as access to a camp kitchen (unless privately booked). There isn’t as much choose of camping in this area but the campsites are all based around the creek or very close to the creek.
Gordon Country Caravan and Camping Tariff: This is the tariff for all other unpowered campsites on the greater part of our property. This camping tariff lets you pick from sites that cover 3000 acres of bushland and rainforest all along the wonderful Dalrymple creek. 80% is 2wd accessible and the remainder is 4wd accessible only. Some parts are reserved for self sufficient campers only.
Please see our Map under ‘Maps’ for more information.
Are the cabins and glamping tents near each other?
The Heritage Cabins are located on about 30 acres of land in a fenced area. Your friends can all be in close walking distance to each other when booking these cabins. They are located about 3km from our office/powered sites where the Glampers are located.
The Retreat Cabins and Camping is a further 3 km on from where you turn off to the Heritage Cabins – or otherwise about 6km further on from our powered sites and glamping tents. The Retreat Cabins are located on about 20 acres of fenced land and are all in walking distance of each other.
Are dogs allowed inside the cabins and glamping tents?
Dogs are allowed on the decks of the cabins and glampers but must not go inside or be on any of the furniture. you may be required to pay an additional cleaning cost if we find that dogs have been permitted inside.
Can I camp near the creek?
Absolutely! We understand the attraction of being near the water so all our campsites are designed and arranged along the creek. Gordon Country is a large property with the Dalrymple and Banshee Creeks traversing through giving us probably close to 15km of creek to utilise for the positioning of our campsites.
Are dogs allowed and are they required to be kept on a leash?
We are definitely dog lovers and would love to have your dog visit us! We are positioned uniquely in that we allow dogs and have no expectation or regulation that they be kept on a leash the entire time. However sensibly, we do ask people to respect this freedom and be responsible with their dogs and cater to their dogs personalities. If you think your dog may chase our livestock or wildlife, fight with other dogs or cause concern to other people – please restrain them accordingly so that we’re able to continue offering this wonderful freedom to dog owners.
How big is Gordon Country? Is there ample room for me or will I be crowded in?
Gordon Country is close to 4000 acres with some of our campsites being more than 100 acres. In this respect we are certainly very unique in what we offer and have never been known to fill to capacity!
Easter is our busiest weekend of the year and whilst areas around the central facilities become more crowded, if you have your own personal facilities such as a porta pottie, you will always be able to find somewhere private and secluded – even in a two wheel drive!
Can I light a fire?
Absolutely! A campfire is an iconic and most enjoyable element of a stay at Gordon Country. We do ask however as a fire precaution, that campers only light fires in the established fire pits. These fire pits have been created at numerous locations for campers convenience – however if you wish to camp somewhere off the beaten track and there is no fire pit, prior approval from the caretaker or manager must first be obtained before building a new pit. This process ensures the pit is created correctly while avoiding any property damage or rogue fires.
Should I bring drinking water?
For camping purposes, Yes. Although the creek has running water we do not recommend drinking straight from the creek. We advise that campers should bring their own water, or alternately boil the creek water for 3 minutes before consumption.
How many toilets and showers are there for campers?
We now have 5 facilities in total – 3 of which have both showers and toilets. These are situated as follows:
Showers and Toilets are at the Black Cockatoo Camp, The office/Powered sites, Heritage Cabin area and in the Retreat Camping.
Additional Toilets are at the Festival Site and Banshee Valley.
I am staying in one of the Heritage cabins. What do I need to bring?
You should bring the following:
• A small gas bottle to attach to the BBQ
• Gas lights (please NO candles!)
• extra blankets for the heritage Cabins during winter.
Can I swim in the creek?
Yes the creek is a great swimming spot! We are fortunate in having permanent holes in our creek where the water will always run deeper. Of course, how deep they run depends on the prevailing weather conditions and depth therefore, may vary accordingly. We cannot obviously guarantee swimming holes or deep water, however can definitely say that it’s a spring fed creek which always has water.
What are the four wheel drive tracks like?
Most of our four wheel drive tracks are classed as moderate however a number are identified as difficult and a buddy system is recommended. Medium level experience is required to traverse the majority safely. We also have our Play Pen for you to test out your vehicle and skills before starting on the main tracks. A map of the tracks will be given to you at checkin.
Are dirt bikes and other motor bikes, including four wheelers allowed?
Unfortunately no! One of the paramount concerns for our guests is safe and peaceful camping in a predictable environment for their family and the feedback we have constantly received, is that the bikes are simply too noisy. There are also significant prevailing insurance reasons as to why we cannot allow it.