Interview with Helen Perrett from Landcruiser Mountain Park
Being able to spend a few days with family and friends camped beside a crystal-clear creek and then lock the 4WD in low and explore a variety of challenging tracks all within the one property is what Landcruiser Mountain Park is all about, and we were lucky enough to sit down and have a coffee with Helen Perret and learn a little more about this magnificent place.
(Image: Landcruiser Mountain Park.)
Q. How long have you been working the property?
We opened Landcruiser Mountain Park thirty-two years ago in September 1988.
Q. What made you decide to open it up to campers and 4WD enthusiasts?
It was opened as a 4wd & Camping Park to add to our income as cattle producers, as at the time, cattle prices were close to an all-time low. We still graze cattle and the park still operates as a cattle property today.
(Image: Camping at Landcruiser Mountain Park.)
Q. What would you do differently if you had your time again?
Nothing really, we are very happy with the way things have turned out.
Q. What makes this region so special?
Being less than 2 hours from Brisbane and 1½ hours from the Sunshine Coast, Landcruiser Mountain Park is easily accessible, even for a day trip. Once you’re here and set up, you can switch off as there is very limited phone service to be found. This can be challenging for some, but normally people love it.
The scenery from the creek flats to the steep hills at the headwaters of the Brisbane River are also pretty special. Families also get to see heaps of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, hares, a whole range of birds, possums, lizards, deer, even koalas if lucky enough.
Q. How have things changed over the years?
We have added amenity blocks with gas hot showers and toilets in the four main camping areas as we started with just pit toilets when we first opened.
Some of the 4WD tracks have also changed due to weather conditions over the years.
Q. What drew you to the area in the first place?
Landcruiser Mountain Park was already a family cattle property.
(Image: Landcruiser Mountain Park is a huge property.)
Q. Are there still any "hidden secrets" within the property?
Not really, when it rains there are a lot of nice creek areas to camp beside.
Q. What other things do you suggest visitors see or do in the region when they come to stay?
We are close enough to Kilcoy and Somerset Dam, and Borumba Dam near Imbil for day trips. Another nice drive is taking Sunday Creek Road to Kenilworth.
Q. What is the closest town for supplies?
Kilcoy is only 60km away and has most facilities covered for anyone camping here.
(Image: Welcome to Landcruiser Mountain Park.)
Q. How do you get to Landcruiser Mountain Park?
FROM BRISBANE: Approximately 2 hours drive, 160km from Brisbane Airport
From Bruce Highway take the Caboolture/ Kilcoy Exit, follow D’Aguilar Highway to Kilcoy.
FROM KILCOY: Turn right at the clock roundabout (2nd exit) to Jimna, follow Kilcoy / Murgon Road. Stay on dirt 16km past Jimna turn off, Turn left at Landcruiser Mountain Park sign on Diaper Rd.
FROM SUNSHINE COAST: Approximately 2 hours drive. Through Beerwah to Kilcoy.
FROM TOOWOOMBA: Approximately 3 hours drive. Either through Hampton to Esk or Gatton to Esk. Esk to Kilcoy
FROM MARYBOROUGH OR NORTH: From BanBan Springs to Goomeri. Through Goomeri, over the bridge turn left onto the Burnett Highway to Nanango, follow the road for 14 km turn left onto Kilcoy Road. Stay on the dirt road through Manumbar crossroads to Kilcoy. Turn right at Landcruiser Mountain Park sign on Diaper Rd
Address: 669 DIAPER ROAD, KINGAHAM
Q. What is the best way to get in touch with the Landcruiser Mountain Park?
Our webpage is the best way to get in touch with us, just shoot us a message via the Contact page or give us a call on (07) 5497 3164