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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Linville, QLD

On our way to Benarkin State Forest we detoured 7 km off the D'Aguilar Highway to Linville to have a quick look. The village of Linville offers a free camp to travelers alongside the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. This grassy camping area is nicely located opposite the Linville Hotel which has evening meals Wednesday to Saturday and lunches Wednesday to Sunday. There is also a local store for incidentals. As it was very hot when we looked and there is very little shade available we thought it would be nice to return in the winter and camp there while we walk or cycle a section of the Rail Trail. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of Linville or the camping area.

A further 7 km past Linville there is a free camp alongside the upper reaches of the Brisbane River. I believe this camping area is on private land and there is a sign at the camping area asking campers to take their rubbish with them when they leave. We were pleased to see that campers had done the right thing which helps keep places like this open. The camping area is quite large but has only a few open sites amongst the trees. When we visited, during the January school holidays, one family camping in a camper trailer had the place to themselves. There are no facilities provided. Just past the camping area there is a causeway over the Brisbane River and this is a popular spot for swimming.

The free camping area 7 km past Linville on the Brisbane River.
Having a look at the camp ground.
Steep drop-off to the Brisbane River from the campground.
People enjoying a swim in the Brisbane River next to the free camp

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