This slice of country camping just outside Rathdowney and across Dog Leg Gully is set on 60 acres where the waters of the Burnett Creek and Logan River meet. Years ago, Bigriggen was my camp of choice for our family. Here our kids rode their bikes, swam the rapids in tyre tubes, made mud pies, ate hearty camp oven tucker and toasted marshmallows on the open fire. It was easy camping then and it still is, since not much has changed in this part of the Scenic Rim.
We arrived mid week and pretty much had Bigriggen to ourselves. Well, not quite true since we crossed paths with a raft of kangaroos, kookaburras, lorikeets and goannas.
The opening act here is the friendly owner who drove us around the park in his jalopy to select a site. All sites are grassy green, some are powered, all are huge.
Trying to beat the February heat, the large swimming hole which feeds into rapids and rock pools was worth its weight in gold.
Away from Bigriggen is Lions Road which connects Rathdowney to Kyogle. This 96 kms scenic drive which cuts through lush pastures and running creeks was opened in 1973. Thousands of hours of Lion labour were devoted to building the road so drivers had a shorter route between northern rivers and Brisbane.
Lower Portals in nearby Mt Barney National Park is a must see. The track, a Grade 4, takes hikers up and over ridges and running creeks. The joy on reaching ice cold rock pools on a scorching summer’s day cannot be underestimated.
It’s easy to make the call for camping in this nice part of the world. We came for 4 nights, but stayed for 6.
Will leave you with these photos. A fire, a hearty stew bubbling away and a cold beer make for one happy hubby.
Hot tip 1: Stay away from Bigriggen on long weekends as the crowds pour in. Hot tip 2: Bring bikes. There’s plenty of tracks. Hot tip 3: Don’t bother with too much technology. Internet doesn’t work.