When Nick and I were known as the Cast Iron Boys, In 2013 we went to Cobb and Co Nine Mile Campgrounds to write an article about our visit for the “What’s Up Downunder magazine“. We used to write an article that included a tasty camp oven recipe.
For us, it was quite fitting as they used to have a giant camp oven out at the front gate.
And after coming here 10+ years ago with Nick, I knew one day I had to bring the family along as this place has got that family campground vibe. Read the article here
Cobb and Co is currently owned by husband and wife, Sean and Katherine O’Halloran, they have recently listed Cobb and Co Camping for sale for offers of over 5 Million. So it will be interesting what the new owners will do with the place. The O’Hallorans bush style campground offers spacious unpowered sites spread out over fifty lush acres as well as luxury canvas cabins and wagons for those who don’t want to set up and pack up.
It’s a 3hour drive for us, from the gold coast, we came here for 4 nights over Easter, and the kids absolutely loved it, especially the billabong, as they spent the majority of each day swimming.
The park itself is a good place to come, it’s spread out enough that you don’t need to camp on top of each other, they tell you when checking in to keep a good distance away from each other unless you know them.
however, on the second day, we had two families camping together that decided to camp right behind us, not sure why there was so much empty space that they really didn’t need to camp right next to us, lucky for us they were nice.
There have been so many additions since I was here last, everywhere I look there are toilet blocks, accommodation options, playgrounds, a shower block and a brand new Reception area.
Before coming here with the family, I did read so many bad things about this place on various review websites, people complained about the amount of rules, especially the 9 pm noise curfew. others complained about the lack of Maintenance, stating that mabe the owners have lost their passion that drove them in the onset of creating their dream campground.
I have nothing bad to say about the place, these little things shouldn’t get in the way of having a good time with the family and making lifelong memories. Get out there and visit at least once it’s definitely worth the visit.
Our camping style
While we used to have a camper trailer, it used to take a while to set up, so now that the kids are older we have simplified our camp set up, we now use an enclosed box trailer kitchen i built, and two double swags and a gazebo for cover from the elements.
Our BBQ Cooking Style
For our standard hot camping meals, we cook things like Bacon and eggs, pancakes, snags, steaks and chops, and cant forget things like pasta, stews and cherios, oh and cant forget neading hot water for coffee and washing up.
Camp Fire Cooking Style
The one thing we love doing is camp oven cooking, especially my 11 year old, while at cobb and co, we used our Camp Chef camp ovens for Beef stew and dampers over the camp fire, and we also used the pots on the Explorer 14 stove for boiling water for cherios, mash potatoes, pasta and two minute noodles.
Cobb & Co Camp Ground Facilities
As a family who love camping our biggest decision when choosing places to take the familuy camping, is what facilities does the camp ground have. Cobb and Co Camp ground definitely has everything a family would need when camping.
Cobb and co 9 mile campground features two Camp kitchens, one near the shower block and the other one is down by the Billabong. The camp kitchens aren’t powered however they do include gas barbecues and hot plates, sinks for washing up and table and chairs to eat at.
There is one shower block that is centrally located in the middle of the campground and includes free hot showers, which were clean and tidy. However they do get busy in the afternoons when everyone is trying to have a wash after swimming all day.
There are two large toilet blocks with flushing toilets. One of the blocks is located nest to the shower block in the centre of the campground and towards the back of the camp grounds is the other toilet block.
There are also single toilets located all around the grounds, so there is never too far to walk to go to the toilet in the midle of the night.
The freshwater billabong is located near the back of the campgrounds, and features a sandy beach and a jetty to make it eaiser for swimming, whilst our stay this was allways full of happy kids having a swim weather it was on canoes, stand up paddle boards and pool toys.
The Bike Track
The bike track is enjoyed by kids of all ages, while we didint bring their bikes our kids still enjoyed rididn the bike track on their dirt scooters.
The plaground is situated past the recpton area, it gets busy with kids playing in the afternoons, this plaground features a sandpit, slides and a ramp.
Pirate Ship Playground
The Pirateship plaground is before the recpton area and can be seen from the road, it gets busy with kids playing in the afternoons, this plaground features a sandpit, slides and a and a swingset.
Cobb & Co Accommodation Options
Your accommodation options at Cobb & Co Nine Mile include both non-powered sites and set-up tents and cabins which come with bedding and linen.
The unpowered camping sites at Cobb and Co nine mile campground are not pre-allocated. After you arrive and check-in you choose to set up your tent, camper or caravan wherever you like on the grassed lawns. The most popular locations would be near the toilets, main bathroom facilities, swimming billabong or one of the two playground areas.
Cost: Unpowered camping prices are per person. Current prices as of April 2022 are $17 for adults and $12 for children.
Luxury Glamping Options
For those seeking a convenient getaway without the setting and packing up, Cobb and Co offer tents already set up. The luxury tents allow you to leave all camping gear at home and enjoy a relaxing glamping trip without the hassles of having to set up. (Information from their cobb and co website)
There are several options to choose from.
Cabin style tents – There are 5 of these setups around the Property, they sleep four people as a standard option and there’s an additional cost if you have more than four people. These tents are off the ground and include a verandah with table and chairs, flat plate gas barbeque as well as LED solar lighting.
Cost: cabin style tents per cabin for 4 people. Current prices as of April 2022 is $130 per night Minimum 2 nights off-peak and 3 nights during peak season.
Pirate Ship Breezeway style tents – There are 5 of these setups around the Property, they sleep four people as a standard option and there’s an additional cost if you have more than four people. The tents are erected on a concrete slab and include two canvas tents situated at either end of a “breezeway” verandah.
The verandah includes a table and chairs, lighting a gas bbq and a fire pit for cooking meals
Cost: Pirate Ship breezeway style tents are per cabin for 4 people. Current prices as of April 2022 are $130 per night Minimum 2 nights off-peak and 3 nights during peak season.
New Breezeway style tents – The new breezeway tents have been insulated so they are warmer in winter and cooler in the summer months. There are 10 of these setups around the Property, they sleep four people as a standard option and there’s an additional cost if you have more than four people. The tents are erected on a concrete slab and include two canvas tents situated at either end of a “breezeway” verandah.
Cost: the new breezeway style tents are per cabin for 4 people. Current prices as of April 2022 are $130 per night Minimum 2 nights off-peak and 3 nights during peak season.
For bookings and more infomation, Visit Cobb and Co’s Website
What are some of the property amenities at Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds?
The camp grouns feature showers and toilets, and a large range od family camping drawcards including the billabong, a biketrack, animal feeding and two playgrounds.
What food & drink options are available at Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds?
The main recption Kiosk features sells basic food items, icecreams and drinks. the Kiosk also sells hot coffe, cakes and hot pies.
What camping options are there?
The main feature is the unpowered camping, however the campgrounds also features a range of affordable glamping tents.