Overnight camping and pig-on-a-spit dinner at a country pub Maidenwell

  • May 25, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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For a good night out at a country pub, I am riding to the Maidenwell Hotel on Saturday, camping, and returning Sunday morning.

The Maidenwell Hotel (formerly Kings Hotel) is located near the base of the Bunya Mountains, about 2 hours west of Brisbane.

 

 

 

The pub has a pig on the spit done on an open wood fire, very tasty and servings are generous.

We have done this trip for a few years now jointly with a another meetup group on morotcycles and this year, the Motorcycle Newbies meetup group are also invited.

http://www.meetup.com/Motorcycle-Newbies-Group/

As before, I will be riding and the car campers meet us at Maidenwell (route is provided) and we all get on famously. So we will be camping on soft grass next to the hotel.

I've spoken to the owner who is happy for us to do that. Camping is free. Gold coin for the showers. Piggy feast is $15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you prefer a room to camping, the has basic rooms $45 single, $55 double but there’s only a few and they can book out months ahead so be quick. Phone 0741646133. I will be camping.

On Saturday afternoon, those who don't want to sit on the pub deck under the big fig tree can do a short bushwalk and swim at nearby Coomba Falls. It has a deep natural swimming hole and striking granite cliffs.

 

 

Expect the bikes to arrive at Maidenwell early to mid-afternoon.
The ride home on Sunday is through more country roads via Esk or Hampton.

TO GET THERE:
The best route from Brisbane city is to head up the highway north to caboolture, turn west/right there at the signs to Woodford, Kilcoy, Blackbutt. At Yarraman turn right again at the Bunya Mtns sign and it will take you to Maidenwell. A bit over 2 hours.
Or if you live more west of the city, then follow Ipswich road, take the Toowoomba turnoff and then right up the Brisbane Valley Highway through Esk to Blackbutt, Yarraman, etc.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    We enjoyed the whole weekend.

    May 27, 2013

  • Laura P.

    Great week-end. Weather, food and met some really nice people. Thanks for a great time.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great introduction to the Group. Enjoyed the company and food enormously and the weather did us proud.

    May 27, 2013

  • Jim P.

    Food was terrific, camping was terrific

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good weekend, enjoyed the company and Porky Pig put in an excellent performance.

    May 27, 2013

  • Leigh M.

    Dinner was excellent, bed was a bit hard and the weather was perfect

    May 27, 2013

  • Graham

    Although the weather was cold and clear the night was extremely warm catching up with everyone. The pig-on-a-spit dinner was really good with a generous serving and a really good price. Will be going there again.

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Mary T.

    Great weekend

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hi ... Unfortunately I have been sick this week with a flu virus thing. I hoped if feel better this morning and I'm still lying in bed thinking"maybe .. Maybe" but I think I just can't come this time, 3 hour plus drive from Currumbin Gold Coast. Will be sorry to miss meeting you am and taking in the amazing landscape.

    May 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kicking myself as when got up seemed it was going to be cold, so made an executive decision not to go and turned out a beautiful day :-(

      May 25, 2013

  • Davidiuss

    Sorry John for late cancelation...had heartattack 10 days ago might be pushing it to go....next time

    May 20, 2013

    • john

      Sorry to hear that david hope you get better soon

      May 22, 2013

    • Deborah

      Take care Davidiuss - I look forward to meeting you at another one.

      May 24, 2013

  • Barry H.

    I'm looking forward to the ride (BMW F800ST) providing it doesn't rain. Hope to arrive around 1pm
    Barry.

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Christopher and I are leaving early Saturday morning to go to Maidenwell. We are looking forward to meeting you, John and all the other campers and enjoying the great country landscape.

    May 24, 2013

  • Tony

    Hi John and all,
    Sorry we can't make it this time, as we have work commitments.
    But otherwise the camp woul dhave been perfet for us, we really enjoy short trips away from Brisbane and hope to catch you all at sometime?

    May 23, 2013

  • john

    Hi all.

    Great to see so many keen campers. Just a request if something has come up and you are not going now, can I ask please update your RSVP so I can get accurate numbers to be fair to let the publicans know for catering.

    I am travelling with the motorbike riders in another meetup group and should be there mid-afternoon. Just see the publican when you get there and he'll point you to the campground beside it.

    Don't forget to bring a gold coin for a hot shower if you want one.

    cheers,

    John.

    May 20, 2013

    • Laura P.

      Hi John, myself(laura) & Roseanne will be there just after 12.00. Looking forward to meeting everyone and having fun out of the city.

      May 23, 2013

  • Ali

    Hi everyone! I'm new to your lovely group, and looking forward muchly to future bushwalks and meeting you all. LOVE the Bunya mountains - so peaceful. I wouldn't be able to get there til about 1pm Saturday, so just testing the water to see if others might be around and up for a walk from mid arvo Sat, and also Sunday morning?

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • Ali

      Sorry Deborah, Phillip ... Have an awesome time!

      May 21, 2013

    • Deborah

      No drama Ali - hope your foot better soon!

      May 21, 2013

  • joanna

    Hi girls. What time is everyone turning up in Saturday?

    April 26, 2013

    • Mary T.

      I'm thinking about ringing to see if we can turn up on Friday night that way have all morning to walk is anybody else keen.

      April 26, 2013

    • Mary T.

      Definitely going Friday, rang and Publican happy for us to turn up a night early.

      May 21, 2013

  • Sheree

    Does anyone know if its ok to bring along a little dog?

    April 23, 2013

    • Sheree

      Just phoned the pub and they are happy fot small dogs to come along

      May 19, 2013

    • Mary T.

      I've decided not to take my dog, worried about what to do with him while we are walking.

      May 21, 2013

  • steve

    i will be going with motorcycle newbies!!
    hoping to meet others from this group. looks like a big nite up there with a couple of meet up groups!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Suzette

    Sorry No longer around this weekend. Have a great time - sounds like you all will Cheers Suzette

    May 20, 2013

  • Jim P.

    John, do we just give you the $15 for the roast on the day, or before hand?

    May 20, 2013

  • joanna

    Hi guys, I am not going to have a vehicle this weekend... If anyone could give me a lift, that would be great. I live at sandgate. Thanks , Jo

    May 18, 2013

    • Jim P.

      I will be driving, and coming from Toowong so that wont be a problem. Let me know if you have another offer though.

      May 20, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hi ... Will it be pretty easy to find each other. Ill be arriving about midday from Gold Coast. Hope the weather is like this. John are you the organiser, I'd it possible to exchange phone numbers? Or perhaps with someone else who wants to do a camera walk in afternoon?

    May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It will be a Full Moon Sat night be good opp to get some Moon shots

      May 19, 2013

    • Deborah

      Oooh yes good thinking, will bring my tripod! Hmmm I wonder if that will mean extra craziness about!

      2 · May 19, 2013

  • Loryn

    Hey everyone, I am new to this group and on my own. I have my own tent but I am not very experienced at putting tents up. would there be anyone who could possibly help me or give me some advise. sorry i don't want to be an inconvenience im just not experienced with camping.

    April 24, 2013

    • Jeremy

      Hi Loryn, if its a canvas tent, im no good, but if its a dome its sorted. :-)

      May 12, 2013

    • Loryn

      Thanks, i have a dome style one. New problem is now i cant find it. My family is doing renovations and its been put somewhere. Its looking more and more like i wont be able to go this time unfortunately. Still keen to join this group on another camp. It looks like a great group. Thanks everyone for your help.

      May 19, 2013

  • john

    For those planning a bushwalk. The waterfall walk is close but less than a km. Bunya mountains NP has plenty of walks but is about a half hour drive from Maidenwell which is partly dirt road.

    May 18, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Hi Everyone, got a few spare seats if anyone needs a ride from North Bris. save having 50 cars lined up outside the pub overnight, mind you would look good for business.

    May 12, 2013

  • Kassey B.

    This sounds SO good. But have my Aunty's wedding on Saturday. Hopefully next time!

    May 8, 2013

  • joanna

    Hi deb,
    Yes, I bought a new tent last night! and looking forward to taking in the scenery.
    If anyone is interested in bushwalking to waterholes, I would like to also. Cheers, jo

    April 25, 2013

    • Mary T.

      Going to ring tomorrow to see if we can turn up Friday after work will ask about dogs .

      April 26, 2013

    • Sheree

      Hi mary, did you manage to find out about taking dogs?

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can feel the country air already. Will look forward to camping, new friends and good food.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hi Joanna, I'll be coming up from southern end of Gold Coast - haven't really checked it out on a map yet. Hey I see you're into photographing beautiful things too ...

    Isn't it funny how once you commit to something you start to get excited about it? Gosh I may even lash out and buy one of those pagolas - any excuse to cruise around Rays OUtdoors! ;)

    April 25, 2013

  • joanna

    Hi deb, I'm going up by myself and will be camping as well.
    If any girls want to car pool, and share petrol, il be driving up - leaving from sandgate, or maybe can pickup on the way. Cheers, Jo

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Amanda

    Looks perfect, not too far to drive, great spot and energetic and enthusiastic people. Unfortunately I'll be out of town. Look forward to the next one tho.

    April 24, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hey this sounds great - are there any other single females going?

    April 22, 2013

    • Deborah J.

      Hi Bobbie and Sheree, thanks for your replies, nice to had some people to connect with. Woo-Hoo, looking forward to it now!

      1 · April 23, 2013

    • Deborah J.

      Hey Shan ... excellent! I have my own tent, but always good to have people to share a drink or a cuppa with. Am def up for a walk, but I'm gonna bring my camera so you and Bobbie may end up walking ahead if get caught up with a beautiful flower or view!

      1 · April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I am new to this area. Would love to make friends

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Deborah

    Or couples / women I could camp near for extra dose of feeling safe at night?

    April 22, 2013

  • Mary T.

    Do we need to book a camping spot separately or is RSVP enough.

    April 12, 2013

    • john

      RSVP is enough Mary. there's plenty of room in the campground.

      April 18, 2013

    • Mary T.

      Thanks I'm really looking forward to this

      April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First meet up - looking forward to it!

    April 13, 2013

  • Sheree

    Sounds like a good night out. Look forward to the walk & a few drinks. We will be driving there. Bike on bucket llist i think

    April 13, 2013

  • Bobbie J

    I suspect I no longer qualify as 'young' but I'll be there, Shan. And will most def be looking for a good long hike!

    April 9, 2013

  • sandra a.

    If not working

    April 9, 2013

  • Penny B

    sounds great fun, but am away that week..

    April 9, 2013

  • Davidiuss

    Great Idea

    April 9, 2013

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