Andrew Drynan Park Camping, Running Creek QLD (Lions Road)

⛺️ Andrew Drynan Park Camping, Running Creek QLD

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Andrew Drynan Park at Running Creek is a beautiful weekend escape from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. The campground offers freshwater swimming, campfire pits, BBQs, flushing toilets and lush greenery with a mountainous backdrop.

The picturesque Andrew Drynan campground is situated at the base of Mt Chinghee National Park about 47 km south of Beaudesert and 19 km from Rathdowney.

Travelling to Andrew Drynan Park from Brisbane will take 1 hour and 30 minutes (115 km) from the CBD. Or, if you’re heading from the Gold Coast, expect a 1-hour 45-minute drive from Surfers Paradise (104 km).

On-site are large, open grassy areas with a beautiful backdrop of rolling mountains. Take a dip in the adjacent Running Creek in the summertime or enjoy nightly campfires and misty mornings in the winter.

Andrew Drynan Park is a well-known campground located along Lions Road, which is a scenic drive running between Mount Lindsay Highway in Queensland and Summerland Way in New South Wales. Lions Road crisscrosses over Running Creek and Gradys Creek while following the Brisbane Railway Line through the forest.

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Andrew Drynan Park Camping

Andrew Drynan Park, Running Creek QLD
Camp fires are allowed at Andrew Drynan Park

I’ve personally been to Andrew Drynan many times as I used to live in the nearby Kooralbyn, before selling the house to hit the road. Running Creek at Andrew Drynan Park is a popular spot in the summer for locals to float in the cool water and gain some reprieve from the rural Queensland heat.

This particular visit of mine happened to fall on the second weekend after isolation restrictions had been lifted in Queensland (2020), so it’s fair to say that the park was busy! In fact, Barry the Park Manager reported that 400 people had stayed over the weekend. Those kinds of numbers are what they’d expect over the Easter break or even Australia Day!

But, we still had plenty of room as it’s a huge park. Be aware though, that the side behind the toilet block is rather hilly and not so easy to find level ground.


Andrew Drynan Campground

Andrew Drynan Park, Running Creek QLD
Flat camping section, Andrew Drynan Park QLD

Andrew Drynan is split into two sections, across both sides of Running Creek Road.

The camping area is on the higher side of the road with large grassy areas. Some sections of the campground are quite hilly, with most of the flat area being to the right of the toilet block (when looking up from the road). Hence, the flat section tends to be the busiest.

As you kick back and relax, you can take in the surrounding views of Mount Chinghee, which towers over Running Creek, and the Border Ranges, which line the back of the campground.

Andrew Drynan Park, Camping, Running Creek QLD
Hilly camping area behind the toilet blocks, Andrew Drynan Park QLD

Campground Features:

💲  Cost: $5 – $10 per person, per night (see below)
🐶  Pet friendly (dogs on leads)
🚽  Flushing toilets
⚡️  Generators allowed
🔥  Camp fires
♨️  BBQs
📶  Telstra reception
🏊‍♀️  Swimming
🎣  Fishing
⛺️  Tents, Campers, Caravans, Motorhomes
🚙  2WD access, but slippery when wet
❌ NO: drinking water, power or showers

Andrew Drynan Park, Running Creek QLD
BBQs and sheltered picnic tables, Andrew Drynan Park QLD

Campground Amenities

Andrew Drynan Park, Running Creek QLD
Amenities at Andrew Drynan Park, QLD

There are two amenity blocks at Andrew Drynan Park, each containing two flushing toilets – allowing four toilets in total for the campers and day-use visitors.

Outside each toilet block is a little tap for washing hands. If you do need to drink the water, its advised that you boil it first.

The amenities are very clean and well-kept, so please be courteous and be sure to always clean up after yourself.


Andrew Drynan Camping Fees

Andrew Drynan Park, Running Creek QLD
Andrew Drynan Park Camping Fees

Barry Moran, the park manager, will be around daily to collect the fees. Should you need to contact him, please phone (07) 5544 1281.

Bookings are not required at Andrew Drynan, just rock up, set up camp and be available to pay the manager during his afternoon rounds.

Off-peak Camping Fees
• Adult
• Child (5 – 15 years)
• Family (2 adults + up to 4 kids)
$10/ night
$5/ night
$30/ night
Peak Camping Fees
• Adult
• Child (5 – 15 years)
• Family (2 adults + up to 4 kids)
$12/ night
$6/ night
$35/ night

Running Creek Swimming Area

Andrew Drynan Park, Running Creek QLD
Picnic shelter down by Running Creek

Down on the lower section, just off Running Creek Road, is where you’ll find a covered picnic shelter and access to Running Creek for swimming and relaxing.

Andrew Drynan Park, Running Creek QLD
Running Creek at Andrew Drynan Park, QLD

The water can be pretty cold, but beautiful to cool off in during the summer months. Go for a wander up and down the creek to find shallow rock pools and little waterfalls as well as deeper sections.

Since there are no showers at Andrew Drynan, using the creek to freshen up is definitely handy. But just remember to not use any soaps or detergents in the natural waterways.


Getting to Andrew Drynan Park

Whether you are travelling to Andrew Drynan Park from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you will come to the rural town of Beaudesert. The directions below will get you from Beaudesert out to Andrew Drynan Park, Running Creek.

Directions to Andrew Drynan Park from Beaudesert:

  1. Follow Mt Lindsay Highway for 24 km
  2. Turn left onto Innisplain Road (becomes Running Creek Road)
  3. Follow Running Creek Road for another 24 km
  4. Andrew Drynan Park camping area will be on the left hand side of the road
Andrew Drynan Park Address
185 Running Creek Road, Running Creek QLD 4287
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Exploring Lions Road

Lions Road, Running Creek QLD

Lions Road Scenic Drive

Lions Road was built as a project by the Kyogle and Beaudesert Lions Clubs, which opened on 15 December 1970.

The road was originally unsealed all the way through, but by the second half of 1995, only 4km of gravel remained. These days, Lions Road is a fully-sealed scenic route, linking Mount Lindsay Highway near Rathdowney in Queensland, to Summerland Way in New South Wales.

WARNING!
No Caravans or Motorhomes beyond Andrew Drynan Park
Caravan and motorhomes are not allowed to go all the way along Lions Road as there are narrow winding roads and low bridges with height limits. If you’re towing a caravan to Andrew Drynan Park, you can come in from the Rathdowney/ Beaudesert end.

The Lions Road scenic drive will have you crisscrossing over Running Creek and Gradys Creek as you meander through the rainforest and lush country surroundings.

Lions Road Scenic Drive
Distance52 km (one way)
Time1 hour (without stops)
AddressFrom the Mount Lindsay Highway and Innisplain Road intersection, QLD
to the Summerland Way and Gradys Creek Road intersection, NSW

Lions Road Scenic Drive Map:

Use the interactive map below to see the full Lions Road Scenic Drive and help plan your own trip.


Border Loop Lookout

One of the things that Lions Road is famous for, especially within the railway community, is the Border Loop, otherwise known as Cougal Spiral.

For trains to be able to cross the Border Ranges, engineers had to find a way of gaining altitude at a reasonable gradient, which brought about the creation of the spiral loop. It was the first standard gauge railway linking two capital cities in Australia (Sydney to Brisbane) and opened in 1930, with construction starting after World War I.

For a bird’s eye view of the spiral loop, head to the Border Loop lookout and picnic area, which sits about 400 metres above the loop. Enjoy views of Border Ranges National Park and McPherson Range, which the railway line tunnels through.

Border Loop Lookout, Border Ranges National Park NSW
Border Loop Lookout from Andrew Drynan Park (map)

Border Loop Lookout Facilities:

🚻 Toilets
🥪 Picnic Tables
♨️ Wood BBQs (BYO wood)
🚗 2WD Access

As the railway line runs around the mountain right over the road from Andrew Drynan Park, campers will often see lights at night as a train passes by. The noise isn’t too loud and adds an extra unique element to the Running Creek camping experience.


Border Loop Walk

While you’re visiting the Border Loop Lookout, you can wander through the Border Loop Walk. It’s an easy 1.5 km stroll through the World Heritage-listed rainforest within the Border Ranges National Park.

Border Loop Walk Details
Distance1.5 km (return)
Time15 – 45 minutes
DifficultyGrade 2:
• No bushwalking experience required
• Hardened walking surface
• Gentle hill with occasional steps
FeesBorder Ranges National Park fees:
• $8 per vehicle, per day
• Self-registration fee collection at entry
• Bring correct change
• Display receipt inside your windscreen

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10 thoughts on “⛺️ Andrew Drynan Park Camping, Running Creek QLD”

  1. I would love to live in a Motorhome or camper van… Moreover in Australie. What a blast this trip must have been and the campsite seems to have all the amenities needed. Some places to add on the Aussie bucket list!

  2. I love your rig set up. My partner and I want to rent our house and hit the road like you did and we’ve been trying to decide how we want our setup to be. Thanks for the info!

  3. Andrew Drynan Park looks great for a nice outdoor rendezvous with nature. Dreaming about this as where we are we are confined indoors owing to lockdown. The place must be huge as you mentioned that in spite of over 400 visitors, it was not crowded.

  4. This seems like a really nice quiet and tranquil campsite that allows you to escape the city and for a good price too, but it’s close enough to head into Brissy too if you want.

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