One of the best camps we have ever done hasn’t yet been recorded here on the blog, so time to rectify that!
Campsite No 5 at Goshen Station is awesome. We spent a week here in July, 2016 and loved it. It was the perfect cure for the hangovers we were sporting from a busy week and awesome night hosting the Boots for Change dinner on the farm the weekend before, complete with guest Paul West from River Cottage.
Goshen Station is a working cattle station where the first series of Australian Survivor was filmed in 2001.
It is about 5.5 hours from Cairns (90 kms past Mount Garnet) west of Blencoe Falls. We took the Mt Garnett (Gunnawarra Road) way in and then went out via the Kirrama Range Road – a fantastic round trip.
Goshen Station Camping
$10 per night, plus $50 per vehicle entry
Campsites along the beautiful Herbert River, with freshwater crocodiles but safe to swim.
No facilities, bookings essential and you drop in to the station homestead upon arrival where you are issued with a key. This is good because it means access is only for those who have booked/paid to camp.
We spent our week at Goshen exploring the river (there are some great little pools and rapids just a little way upstream from Campsite No 5), checking out the other campsites and exploring the Herbert River Falls which are located about 10 minutes drive up the road from campsite no 5. We also did a day trip out to Blencoe Falls which was awesome too – I will cover that and the Kirrama Range Road drive in another post. It was a very relaxing way to spend the week and although cold in the mornings (we were there in July), we still warmed up enough during the day to swim and paddle.
The campsites at Goshen Station are quite far apart, I think there are about 17 sites spread about the station, but you do get plenty of privacy. We did see other people most days come paddling down there river – so not total privacy. Campsite No 5 seems to be pretty much opposite Princess Hills Campsite on the other side of the river, so we did see some people out and about on that side too. A drone flew over our camp most days which was a little annoying, not sure if it was from another campsite or the station owners keeping an eye on things. We had our Joolca hot water shower set up out on the rocks in front of our camp (awesome hot showers every day!) and I was very embarrassed to be caught having a shower one morning after a swim when the drone flew over – not fun!
The Herbert River Falls were spectacular but a little scary with no guard rails etc – especially with little kids. Totally worth the time to walk down and explore them though.
The guys at Ryan Moody Fishing have a great youtube video which shows off Goshen Station in all it’s glory for you to check out!
Love The Fealy Family xoxoxo