It’s been three years since Woodfordia, the southeast Queensland home of the Woodford Folk Festival, launched a stunning new attraction: Lake Gkula, a conservation and recreation habitat that is now part of the 500-acre park of the event. Attendees at this year’s festival can expect some swims – as well as the big return of the celebration of music and the arts in general – to cap off 2022 and kick off 2023; However, if you want to swim now as part of a spring getaway, the site is also currently open for camping.
That said, you’ll need to get in quickly as the spring camping season at Lake Gkula only lasts until Monday, October 3. and reservations are always available. Consider your holiday plans sorted.
During the Gkula Lake spring camping run, Woodfordia isn’t quite the thriving pop-up community it is during the folk festival – but this permanent lake is worth a visit 75 minutes north of Brisbane by car, and also provides a picturesque backdrop. for the holidays.
The artificial place is also full of fish and plants. Over 16 species of native freshwater fish and crustaceans swim in its waters, while over 8,000 plants have been planted in and around the lake to date.
Crucially for the lake’s biodiversity and for human swimmers, the entire body of water is chemical-free, using pumps and injectors to maintain both a constant water flow and high oxygen levels . Water is pushed through two wetlands, which act to purify the lake while encouraging microorganisms to thrive.
If you’re itching to go for a dip, you’ll need to book for a three-night minimum stay, which costs $25 per night for adults. All tours require advance online bookings – but once that’s done you can pitch tents, caravans, motorhomes and camper vans.
In terms of equipment, the campsite offers flat and shaded pitches, showers, a general store, drinking water, a reception for mobile phones, this lake for swimming and trails for hiking. You’ll need to keep Rover at home, though, as it doesn’t allow pets except for guide dogs and service animals.
The general store also offers a theme on its menu, including wood-fired nachos on Wednesdays, curries on Fridays, brisket burgers on Saturdays, and barbecues on Sundays. You can also get burgers for breakfast every day, as well as cakes, coffee and general supplies.
And, given the setting, the Woodfordia Folk Club will host local talent on Saturday, September 24 and Saturday, September 1, providing your getaway with a fitting soundtrack.
Going forward, Lake Gkula will also include on-site glamping tents; however, they are not ready for the current season.
The spring season at Lake Gkula Camping runs until Monday, October 3. For more information and to book, visit the Woodfordia website.
The 2022-2023 Woodford Folk Festival runs from Tuesday, December 27, 2022 through Sunday, January 1, 2023. For full details, visit the Woodford Folk Festival website.
Images: Waterscapes / Gain Ryan / Jen Quodling, Woodford Folk Festival via Flickr.