Finally restrictions have been lifted here in Queensland so we packed our campervan and went camping near Springbrook National Park at Mt Nimmel Lodge in Austinville, Queensland.  We were looking forward to finding a place where we could explore the local treasures of Springbrook National Park and surrounds. Austinville is around 10 minutes away from Robina and just over 30 minutes to Springbrook. Mt Nimmel lodge camping grounds is on a property that spans 69 acres.

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Mt Nimmel Lodge

Keep reading below for everything you need to know about staying at Mt Nimmel Lodge.

Location

Mt NImmel Lodge is only 20 minutes from the Gold Coast beaches and an hour form Brisbane. As you arrive at Mt Nimmel Lodge you will go past a cabin on the left hand side, shortly reaching a sign advising the campgrounds are on the right. There you will find the following self-check in cupboard where you will be able to choose your own site. Soon after choosing our campervan site we were met by the friendliest caretaker

Camping/Accommodation Options

Mt Nimmel lodge has both cabins and campgrounds.

The Campgrounds

This is a great basic but immaculately well maintained campground that has 21 campsites, 4 of these are powered sites.  They are looking at expanding the number of powered sites in the future. Its $30 a night for 2 people for an unpowered site or $35 powered.  We paid for 2 adults and 2 children $55 a night for our campervan in a powered site. All camping sites have a firepit provided so you can bring your own firewood or purchase some but you will need to bring cash.

The Cabins

If cabins are more your style you can book into bunk style accommodation that ranges in price from $35 for single share to $80 quad share.  You must bring your own linen.

Both the cabins and camping area share the same toilet/shower amenities but there was never a queue even though most of the campgrounds were booked.   The nice hot showers, were definitely welcomed in this cooler weather.  The camp kitchen was fully stocked which also consists of an outdoor eating area where you can sit and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings.  We were lucky to spot possums and wallabies during our stay as well as a large variety of birds. If you would like to rest and relax there is a dedicated recreational room just near the kitchen where you can sit and read one of the many books.

Places to visit when your camping near Springbrook National Park

During our stay we spent our time visiting Springbrook and its surrounds.  Our first destination was the Natural Bridge Springbrook which was originally a cave that has naturally formed into the bridge.  It also the home of glo worms.  Unfortunately we visited during the day so we will have to save seeing the glo worms for a night time visit.

We then headed to the town Springbrook with our first stop being the Purling Brooks Falls Springbrook trail.  You only have to walk 100 metres to see the top of the falls and appreciate how high you are.  There is also a 4km trail to the bottom of the falls and back. Nature is in its element when you are camping near Springbrook National Park with a number of walking trails through the National Park to the numerous falls and lookouts including the “Best of All Lookout”. If you have time I recommend completing the circuit at Twin Falls Springbrook which starts at Tallanbana picnic area or at the Canyon Lookout.

Before this weekend we had not been aware of Austinville but it’s definitely on our list of places to visit again.  Especially when we found out that only ten minutes away from the campground were rock pools.  Definitely a trip back with ur campervan in summer is on our list.

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Hopefully you found this guide on Mt Nimmel Lodge helpful.  If you’re after more places to camp on the Gold Coast with kids click here.  Or if you prefer lakeside camping check our reviews on camping at Lake Manchester or Lake Moogerah.  

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