Lara Wetlands Bush Camping Ground

Bush Camping - Queensland


Lara Wetlands is an un-powered bush camping ground on a working cattle station, Lara Station, south of Barcaldine. The wetlands are fed by a century old artesian bore. The water is shallow and full of dead ghost gums and provides a wonderful habitat for over 127 species of birds.  No Swimming/Fishing/Walking in Wetlands. If you are travelling with a pet it MUST be kept on a leash at all times at our campground. There is an all natural artesian thermal pool at Lara. It is an idyllic bush camp that is well set up around the wetlands that has abundant bird life and is a photographers joy. Sunrise and Sunset’s are just amazing with the reflections on the water. There are unlimited tranquil shady un-powered camping areas around the wetlands, that welcome all van sizes, motor homes and tents. There are no allocated sites so you can choose your camp site where it suits you best.

Many stop for a night or two and stay for a week or longer. Camp fees are per person or per couple per night, there is a nightly family package available, and no Eftpos facilities as the mobile phone range is limited. The large camp kitchen can cater for large groups and is located by the natural thermal Artesian pool and kids playground.  We have a children’s thermal swimming hole also, free kayaks and kids bicycles to help entertain the young ones. There are complimentary flushing toilets, hot showers, a black dump point and fire drums and firewood available for your camp fire. All firewood must be purchased from the Office and is pre-cut and loaded for your convenience. Collecting firewood from our paddocks or access road is NOT permitted.


  • There is plenty of room for everyone (approx 16 acres), no allocated sites.
  • No powered sites, generators are allowed at intervals during the day between 8.00 and 10.00am and 3.00 and 5pm.
  • Fresh Artesian drinking water. You are welcome to fill your tanks and drink as much as you like!
  • Children’s undercover playground, thermal waterhole, free kayaks, cubby house, complimentary kids bicycles. PARENTS PLEASE TAKE NOTE THERE ARE OPEN WATER SOURCES AT LARA WETLANDS. YOU MUST SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES. THANK YOU.
  • Camp Kitchen with gas BBQ, wood stove, tables and chairs.
  • Thermal controlled Artesian therapeutic Hot Pool included in fee.
  • Complimentary Flush toilets & hot & cold showers available
  • Concrete laundry tubs for hand washing located at one of the amenities blocks.
  • Black Dump facility.
  • Pets are welcome, however they must be on leash at all times, and bins are provided for disposal of droppings.
  • Complimentary fire drums available for use, collect from ash pit area. Firewood is available for purchase at $15 per trolley load. It is pre-cut and consists of gidyea and box timbers and kindling.  Self collection of firewood on our property or access is road is NOT PERMITTED.
  • Horse yards available for people travelling with horses (fees apply)
  • Saturday Night Camp Oven Dinners starting 1st May until end August (see facebook page for weekly menu updates).
  • Camping Fees and day visit fees apply.
Great bush camping experience. Beautiful Wetlands with abundant bird life. Spacious camp sites around Lake suitable for every size rig. No power, but water sites situated intermittently around with decent quality water. Artesian hot pool is lovely. Camp kitchen adequate. Toilets and showers with hot water. Dump point. Kayaks available free for an hour to go out on Lake. At the time of writing a Camp Oven Dinner with entertainment is happening regularly on Saturday nights ..cost pp is $25 for 3 course meal. Meal was very good. Entertainers were 2 teachers from the local school, both guitarists, their music good and well suited to the Grey nomad age group. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Stayed three nights, enjoyed every moment. Good dirt road, moderate corrugations, travelled slowly with motorhome. Homestead tour and devonshire tea excellent. Very friendly owner and staff. Kayak use free, children's bikes free to use, young children's playground. Hot thermal pool, smaller cooler one and a cold swimming hole. A must to visit and experience for yourself. You can purchase firewood there or collect from outside the campground.

Absolutely beautiful place. Grassy campsites. Hosts terrific. At times musicians playing across the lake. fees are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Worth every cent . Firewood everywhere.

A very relaxing place. Looking very good now that the long drought is over.

Lovely peaceful place to stay. Camped up near the lake for a couple of nights. Lake had lots of local birds in it and we enjoyed many walks around the lake. There was also a thermal pool. We were also able to light up a camp fire every night. Will certainly come here again.

Beautiful peaceful place to stay. Relaxing thermal pool, star gazing around your camp fire. Great Homestead tour as well. Definitely a 10/10

We had an awesome time here and the season closes on 30th September and reopens in April 2021

A beautiful place to stay. Camped on the waters edge, lots of bird life. The homestead tour was excellent as were the scones jam and cream for morning tea. No has done a wonderful job of setting up the facilities. Everyone is made very welcome. I recommend it.
Camping Fee - Couple $25.00
Per Site, per night (2 Adults) - from

Family Package (2 adults and up to 4 children) $45.00
Per family, per night - from

Camping Fee - Single $15.00
Per adult, per night - from