Theresa Creek Campgrounds

Address: Theresa Creek Dam Road, Clermont QLD 4721, Australia
Location Description:
Cost: Low cost / Donation
Type: Campground
  • Tents
  • Camper Trailers
  • Caravans
  • 2WD Access
  • 4WD Access
  • Dog Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Bins
  • Drinking Water
  • Non-Potable Water
  • Generators
  • BBQ
  • Fires Permitted
  • No Phone Reception
  • WiFi Available
  • Kiosk
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Playground
  • Gas Refills
  • Information
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing
  • Swimming


When we drove into the Goldfields area of Central Queensland it was exactly what I expected large open areas of dry land and dust with some mountains scattered through the landscape. After seeing so many dry rivers and lakes I did not expect much from Theresa Creek Dam Campsite.

Theresa Creek Dam Campgrounds is located 22 kms South-West of Clermont, Qld like the name suggests it is right on the edge of the dam and when we were there was plenty of water (and redclaw). It is quite a hidden oasis in the middle of the outback offering lots of space and water for you to enjoy your holiday.

The road into the campground is sealed all the way from Clermont so it is accessible for all vehicles and all setups.

The campground offers a range of campsites, with the sites not being defined it means that any size set up can enjoy any area of the campground. There are no powered sites at the campground so you are dependant on a generator (between 8:30am – 8:30pm) or solar for your power needs. The ground surface of the sites is dirt so I would suggest a ground mat and some good pegs as it can get a little windy. Whilst there is lots of trees around that provide shade there is not a lot of vegetation that provide privacy between sites.

There are two sections within the campground one is located near the kiosk/cafe and one on the other side of the bay. Both have their benefits so here is a little bit about the two areas:

Near the kiosk/cafe – Main benefit is the proximity of the kiosk/cafe, amenities blocks, boat ramp, designated swimming area, day-use areas and kids playground. The grounds in this area appear to be well maintained in regards to watering and mowing of the areas that are grassed. There is very limited sites on the waterfront so you may have people walking next to you to access the water if you camp down there. The waterfront sites are mostly shaded and it would be difficult to depend purely on solar, the non-waterfront sites offer shaded, partially shaded and un-shaded areas. Most of the sites with the exception of the waterfront ones are gently sloping.

Opposite side of the dam – The area generally has less people, there is access to the marina where you could have your watercraft moored up. There are also some camping shelters. It is also suitable for larger groups due to the space and not having so many people to be concerned about your noise. The area has limited trees, especially on the northern aspect so assume solar panels would do well.

The campground has ammenties blocks with flushing toilets and hot showers. They were quite run down and could definitely do with an update, but they served their purpose. During our stay, they appeared to be working on some additional smaller amenity buildings. There are large bins provided in a few locations to dispose of rubbish. The day-use area located next to the kiosk/cafe offers shaded seating areas, electric BBQs and kids playground. You are allowed to have campfires but check on current local fire restrictions.

The kiosk/cafe sells a small range of basic supplies including drinks, groceries, gas and ice. The cafe has a surprisingly very large range of options including cakes, burgers, fish and chips and real coffee. Meals can be taken back to your campsite or enjoyed in the cafe area that looks over the dam and the playground.

The dam offers access to all types of water activities both motorised and non-motorised. The boat ramp within the campground makes it easy to launch your boat which you could leave tied up overnight in front of your site. If paddling is more your thing there is plenty of water to explore in your kayak or paddle-board. There is a designated swimming area for the safety of swimmers however, during our stay the water was quite murky.

For the kids there is a great playground located next to the kiosk/cafe which will keep them entertained for hours, the area would be suitable for bikes and there are large areas to kick a ball or hit a six.

Theresa Creek Dam also hosts various events over the year including music, movies, raffles etc which are advertised on their facebook page.

For the anglers there are plenty of fish in Theresa Creek Dam but you need to obtain a fishing permit from Department of Primary Industries . If you are after a fish, the dam is very seasonal so plan to go in the summer, there are opportunities for both landbased fisho’s and those with watercraft, be it a kayak or boat. Theresa Creek Dam is also well known for redclaw which you don’t need a permit for. Ensure before you head out that you are aware of any any rules and regulations.

Dog are allowed but must be on a leash at all times, other restrictions also apply and are available at the front desk on check in.

There is no booking for the campground, it is first in first served basis. You need to check in at the kiosk on arrival, if you arrive after hours just pop into the office in the morning. For current opening hours check their facebook page.  Sites are charged per couple and kids are free.

There is an abundance of wildlife that call the dam home, including rainbow lorikeets, ducks, shags, turtles, fish, redclaw and these cute little nocturnals that I think were bandicoots. All of these provide perfect photo opportunities and enjoyable just to watch. They are wildlife though so do not feed them and keep domestic animals away.

It is important to remember that that phone reception is patchy so it is EFTPOS is not always available so they request cash only.

The dam is also a glass free area, so all drinks need to be in plastic bottles or cans.

Phone and Wifi access is not reliable but you MAY get something up near the kiosk/cafe.

Closest Services:
Chemical Toilet Dump Point: Onsite
Water: Non-Potable water available onsite
Waste Transfer Station: Large bins onsite
Container Exchange Point: Grand Hotel Clermont, 72 Capella St, Clermont

About The Area:

Clermont was the first inland settlement in the tropics established in 1864. It was born after the discovery of gold in 1861 in a gully now known as Nelson's Gully. Word spread of the gold and by the end of 1862 there was more than 1000 miners working in the goldfields. This was then followed by another gold rush as more fields where discovered in the area.

In 1916 Clermont was devasted by flood waters from a cyclone on the East coast. When the water subsided the town was in ruins and 65 people had drowned. Three pianos were found in trees surrounding Sandy Creek, this is why there is now a replica piano in a tree just out of town.

Since then the Clermont area has played an important role in various industries including sheep, cattle, horses, timber and grain. It was this coal mining population boom in 1980's in resulted in Theresa Creek Dam being built in 1983.

These days Theresa Creek Dam is the main water supply for Clermont and the destination for lots of recreational activities.

Nearby Attractions:

Closest Tourist Information Centre: Cnr Herschel and Karmoo Streets, Clermont Qld
Things to do around Theresa Creek Dam include:
- Go in search for gold at the surrounding goldfields
- Play spot the frog in the train murals in Clermont
- Stroll along the Memorial Walk and enjoy a picnic at Hoods Lagoon
- Visit the famous 'Piano in a Tree' and 1916 flood marker in Clermont
- Enjoy a scenic drive through Peak Range Park
- Drop into 'Copperfield' ghost town, Queenslands first copper mine
- Visit the historical center to learn all about the history of the area
- Fossik for gems in the gemfields in nearby Rubyvale

Closest Town And Distance: Clermont - 22kms

What We Liked: The wildlife, tranquility and view made it very easy to relax and enjoy the dam whilst Brendon could drive to the general fossiking areas for the day.

What We Didn't Like: The facilites were run down and needed some work. However, it appeared that this was something they were addressing.


Burke River Campground, Boulia (Free Camp)

Address: Selwyn Road, Boulia Qld.
Location Description: Head out of town along Burke Street, towards the Boulia Showground. You will see a camel farm on your left. Once you get to the showground you will notice a camping area, this is NOT the freecamp but camping only open during showground events. Follow the road all the way around where it turns into a track, continue along the track till you reach a large open area on the river. This is the beginning of the camping areas.
Cost: Free
Type: Campground
  • Tents
  • Camper Trailers
  • Caravans
  • 2WD Access
  • 4WD Access
  • Dog Friendly
  • Bins
  • Generators
  • Fires Permitted
  • Phone Reception
  • Fishing
  • Swimming


This is a great outback free camp located right on the banks of the Burke River. Depending on the time of year after travelling through kilometers of dry landscape it is a great change to see a river with water. Located near the cross roads of the Plenty Hwy, NT to the West, Diamantia Devlopment Road to Mount Isa, Qld to the North or Birdsville, Qld to the South and Kennedy Development Road to Winton to the East it is the perfect location to stop off for a few hours, overnight or an extended stay and recharge the batteries before you hit the road again.

Once you get off the sealed road at the showgrounds it is only a short easy drive into the camping areas. Whilst it is a dirt track there is nothing to present a huge issue for 2WD or larger rigs (the grass can get a little high) you may want to just take it slower for your own comfort.

The campsites are freerange and people have set up various camps right along the river bed. However the big open space that you drive into on entry to the campground is best suited to larger set ups. The remaining sites that people have made up range in size from a single to group set ups. The base of the campgrounds when we where there was mostly squashed down high grasses but it is dirt underneath so at other times of year it would be dirt. The sites are either flat or have a gentle slope and are surrounded by shurbs offering some level of privacy between sites. They are also mainly shaded by gumtrees which may cause an issue for solar.

There are no toilets, showers or access to drinking water within the campground. There are some toilets at the showground but we cannot confirm whether they are open for use by the public at anytime. There are a couple of bins for rubbish disposal which appear to be emptied regularly. If the bins are full take your rubbish with you to avoid feral animals spreading it and ruining a great campground. The local waste transfer station is only a short drive from the site.

Fire are permitted, it is best to use the existing fire spots within the campsites. Ensure that you check the current fire restriction status for the area before you go to the campground.

The water level of the Burke River varies considerably with the volume of rain from within the catchment. But when the water level is suitable it is a great location for a swim and the locals also pop down. Depending on the time of year there are also redclaw and fishing within the river.

We visited the campground in September and were warned by a couple of locals that some brown snakes had been spotted in the campground. We personally did not see any but it is important to keep in mind that they may be around.

Closest Services:
Petrol Station: Herbert Street, Boulia Qld.
Water: Herbert Street, Boulia Qld. (beside council building or in the park up the road)
Chemical Toilet Dump Point: Hamilton Road, Boulia Qld.
Waste Transfer Station: Bedourie Road, Boulia Qld.
Container Exchange Point: Mount Isa, Qld. & Winton, Qld.

About The Area:

Boulia is part of channel country that passes through outback queensland. Given enough range the dry creek beds fill and water flows across state boards into places like Lake Eyre, Goyders Lagoon, and Coongie Lakes. These channels play a vital part in the cattle industry.

Once a year the sleepy town comes to life when it host the Melbourne Cup of Camel Races, the Great Australian Camel Race. The event draws people from all over the country to come take part in the event. But it is not just racing camels, it is racing lawn mowers & yabbies too. There is facinators, live music, fireworks and fun for the kids. And if that hasn't sold the event you camp onsite and enjoy a drink next to the campfire.

The more mysterious side of Boulia is the famous Min Min Lights. It is said that back in in 1918 a stockman was chased down by some mysterious floating lights near the site of the Min Min Hotel but by the time he got to the town of Boulia they had simply vanished. There are more recent accounts of the lights being seen but they aren't something everyone can go out to see, the Min Min Lights look for you.

Nearby Attractions:

Closest Tourist Information Centre: Herbert Street, Boulia Qld.
There is lots of things to have a look at and do in the Boulia area including:
- Min Min Lights Encounter
- Boulia Camel Races
- Boulia Hertitage Centre
- Min Min Hotel Site
- Old Police Barracks
- Corroboree Tree

Closest Town And Distance: Boulia, Qld. - 4.5km

What We Liked: It was great to be able to camp at a convient location on a river (with water) in the middle of the outback. Going for a swim and catching some redclaw was a great bonus.

What We Didn't Like: It is very common in places that you can have fires but there was so many existing fire sites, meaning that you had to set up on or nearly on some ashes. This could easily be fixed by people using existing firespots.