When I first started looking on Youcamp over a year ago there were a handful of sites that really stood out amongst the rest. Gumridge campground, a few scattered in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hinterlands, and then an interesting little spot called Belbrooke Farm.
Belbrooke has remained at the top of the list ever since. Set on a cattle farm overlooking Somerset Dam, Belbrooke boasts 5 different sites, and the owners will rent a spot to you and your group exclusively - meaning this is as private as camping gets.
Being located so close to Ipswich, Matt and I set off at midday on a Saturday for Belbrooke, swinging past coles to do a quick shop for the night... and then after buying some delicious pumpkin and feta stuffed chicken, our local tentworld on the way to pick up a new spun steel camp oven we'd had our eye on for a while.
Arriving a Belbrooke only a short hour and 20 later, we were welcomed by the lovely Chris at the homestead, and she walked us through the farm rules. She also offered for us to purchase water, firewood or some of the meat they produce on the property - it doesn't get much fresher than that! She then hopped in her ute and told us to follow her, she'd show us our spot for the night - right up the top of the property in the Hill Paddock.
The photos here are what followed. I won't try and describe it, because any words just don't seem to do it justice. We had a perfect night - no wind, despite being perched on a hill; perfectly temperate, despite being winter.
A thousand thanks to Chris and Jack for opening their farm to people like us, and to Youcamp for making places like this accessible to the public so easily.
For those interested in booking, I selected the Hilltop Location on Youcamp, which came to $50 for two people on a Saturday night. And you know what? I'd pay that amount over and over again for the pleasure of spending time at this beautiful spot.
All in all, an AMAZING location that I'll be telling friends we meet on our travels about for years to come.
P.S. A sneaky stop at the famous Fernvale bakery on the way home for a spinach and feta pastry doesn't go astray!
Brisbane-based lover of travel, off-roading, camping and photography.