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Vietnam Veterans Day 2023 – Book now

It’s a day to remember the brave sacrifices made in the Vietnam War and maybe over a beverage lend a listening ear to a mate who served. Vietnam Veterans’ Day is commemorated every year on August 18 on the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan this battle was one of the most significant conflicts for Australian service personnel who fought in the war.
Standown Park hosts a large ceremony on this day which attracts up to 70 + Veterans who march in the service. Activities and entertainment allows our guests to catch up with long term friends, remember and honour those no longer with us and enjoy mateship. We welcome all Vietnam Veterans and their family to join us each year to join in the Ceremony.

Is this a Damper?

A lovely lady named Madeline came into the park this weekend and after sampling one of Prue’s amazing dampers cooked in the camp oven, on a beautiful big open fire, she offered us a recipe of a better one (her words)Ingredients:

3 cups SR flour

¼ cup sugar

1 can beer

¼ cup currants (or any dried fruit)

Method:                                                                                                                                                                                                       Place sugar in a bowl, add beer, add flour and mix.  Add dried fruit.

Wait 15 minutes (fo犀利士
r gluten to release).

Spray or paper loaf tin.  Bake in 180*c  (on the low shelf)  35 minutes.

After Rod read this recipe, his remark was “that’s a brownie!….but in the oven?”

I guess he’s only ever cooked a damper in a camp oven on an open fire.

Still, this recipe is worth a try.


Cooloola Berries is the perfect outing. This is a PYO – Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm and Café. Delicious desserts, barista coffee, handcraft ice-creams, local products & homewares are available 7 days a week for Breakfast, morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Only 13km from Standown Park and worth a visit.

The nearest Service Station is Bernard Petroleum located 5km towards Gympie from Standown Park. Bernard Petroleum offers good fuel prices, an ATM and convenience items.

Goomboorian Markets & Events are held at the Memorial Hall within the 80km p/h zone at Goomboorian. Fresh local produce, craft items, home baked goods and jams are available at the Markets which are held every 2nd Saturday in the month from 8am – 12 noon. Other events held at the Hall are a weekly Yoga class, Craft making classes and Euchre. See their Facebook page for details.

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VIETNAM VETERANS DAY 18th August – Book Now for 2022


Vietnam Veterans Day marks the actual Battle of Long Tan which is held on the 18th of August each year. Although there were many battles in the War in Vietnam, this day stands tall now as the Day our Soldiers are remembered, congratulated and honoured in Australia. Standown Park hosts a large ceremony on this day which attracts up to 70 + Veterans who march in the service. A week-long activity schedule allows our guests to catch up with long term friends, remember and honour those no longer with us and enjoy mateship. We welcome all Vietnam Veterans and their family to join us each year to join in the Ceremony.

At the going down of the sun, we will remember them.

Here is a sneak peek at what to expect for Vietnam Veterans Day at Standown Park.

2015 Vietnam Veterans Day Video Battle of Long Tan: http://vietnam-war.commemoration.gov.au/combat/battle-of-long-tan.php


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Gympie is just 24km from Standown Park and offers excellent services and retail shopping. Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Aldi are all in Gympie and we like to support our local businesses as well. Standown Park gets all our meat from McIntosh Meats which also offer a delivery service.

Gympie Town Centre Growers Market is the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month. The Memorial Park in Gympie Town Centre, is filled with local growers and producers selling their harvest direct to the public. Freshly picked fruit and vegetables, seafood, smallgoods, preserves, sweet treats and much more are on display for you to taste, experience, create and enjoy from 7am to 1pm.

The Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum showcases how the discovery of gold in Gympie saved the Queensland Government from going bankrupt back in 1867. There is an amazing array of historical items on display with many varied and interesting ones on machinery, technology, household items, war section and vehicles. It is a great place to spend the day, is well set out and all displays have very clear wording and easy for the children to read. There are a few original buildings which have been relocated there and you can try your hand at gold panning.

The Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre shows the Forestry Story through live demonstration, science-based education and state-of-the-art interpretation. You will also see a broad range of interpretive displays on the region’s forest industry, from its historical roots through to modern-day machinery and forest management techniques. Gain a better understanding of the region’s unique forest ecosystems and the role they play in the landscape and the carbon cycle.


Tin Can Bay is just 24kms down the road from Standown Park (opposite direction to Gympie) where the water is calm and is an ideal spot for the tinny, fishing and picnicking.

The Indio Pacific Humpback dolphins come into the boat ramp most mornings where you can go into the water and feed them from 8am. While there, you could shout yourself breakfast or a coffee at any of the cafes in the Bay.

Tin Can Bay has a very active RSL Club which is open seven days from 3pm till 7pm. Every Sunday boasts a very popular BBQ Lunch with Raffles and Entertainment. The atmosphere is inviting and the people are friendly. Tin Can Bay RSL markets are held every 3rd Saturday of the month, where you will find lots of local produce, handicrafts and home baked goods available.

Tin Can Bay is a great source of fresh sea food and has the Country Club golf course, Bowls club and Yacht club. It has all the essential services while still retaining the quiet village image. You can take a relaxing cruise on the bay with Dolphin Ferry Cruises and enjoy some of the beautiful sunsets over the water.


The picturesque Mary Valley and neighbouring areas are a beautiful drive. The rolling hills and national parks, historical trails and hidden treasures along the way make it a perfect day trip from Standown Park. The National Parks offer a diverse range of activities such as hiking, canoeing, four-wheel driving and horse riding. The quaint little towns of Imbil, Kandanga and Amamoor make up the Mary Valley.

The 150 year old historical Kandanga Pub, which burnt to the ground in December 2015, was rebuilt and opened for business in July 2017. This is a great watering hole and a place to stop and have a drink and say G’Day to Dough and Carol.

The Gympie Music Muster is held in Amamoor State Forest and attracts over 50,000 Music lovers over 4 days in the last week of August every year!

Malany, Kenilworth and Montvil犀利士
le are also on the Mary Valley road trip and are situated in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. They offer boutique style shopping and dining experiences and the views are spectacular.

And if a great Lunch at Country Pubs is your thing then Theebine Pub, Gunalda Hotel, Kin Kin Pub and the Boreen Point Pub are a must visit on your stay at Standown…. Everything is within an hour’s drive from the park and make a great outing for the day.

Pomona has the most amazing Historical Theatre that often shows Silent Movies and is also home of King of the Mountain which is a race on foot to the top of Pomona Mountain, run each July.

There is so much to see and do in this area which makes Standown Park the best base for these day trips, where you can return to the peacefulness that is Standown Park.


Rainbow Beach is the ‘Gateway to Fraser Island’ and is known for it’s kilometres of unspoilt, white sandy beaches and rolling surf. In the past couple of years, Rainbow Beach has increased its lifestyle pace and facilities however the untapped beauty of the coloured sands and white beaches as you take a 4WD trip along the beach to Double Island Point is absolutely perfect. And, of course, fishing from the beach remains one of the primary activities of visitors and locals alike. The main beach is patrolled by life guards and the people are friendly and helpful.

There are numerous dining and entertainm犀利士
ent opportunities with local cafés and restaurants, some with incredible views overlooking the ocean. Even a quiet meal of Fish and Chips on the foreshore overlooking the ocean is a perfect addition to a morning of swimming in the patrolled beaches. The town itself has a luxurious new hotel and specialty shops on the site where the old Rainbow Beach Hotel was. Only a 45 minute drive from Standown Park, Rainbow Beach is a great day trip.


During your stay with us why not visit Fraser Island the largest sand island in the world and World Heritage Listed. Fraser Island’s World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia’s Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef.

Fraser Island stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point. It is home to the spectacular Lake McKenzie plus a diverse array of native plants, animals and water creatures. It is not uncommon to see a dingo along the beach or a prehistoric looking lizard climbing one of the island’s trees. On your visit you may see dolphins, dugongs, turtles, rays, and the migrating humpback whales (from July to November) that frequent the island waters.

As a Traveler, the best way to get a taste of Frase犀利士
r Island and everything this perfect island has to offer is to take a guided tour. Fraser Island Adventure Tours is a family owned company operating for 25 years and offer great friendly service. We can make your booking here at Standown Park for your day trip and save you the hassle. Another alternative is to put your van in Storage with us and take your 4WD and camping gear over on the barge. The Barge leaves Inskip Point via Rainbow Beach every day. You will need all your relevant permits for camping in a National Park and this can be purchased as you get into Rainbow Beach.

For Fraser Island barge timetables visit http://www.fraserislandferry.com.au/
For Fraser Island passenger ferry timetable visit http://www.kingfisherbay.com/kingfisher/how-to-get-there/transfers.cfm

Push To The Bush for ANZAC Day

Push to the Bush is an initiative created by Rod & Pam back in 2006 which takes the Spirit of Anzac Day out to School Children living in remote and rural communities

It started in 2005 with one destination, a little place called Wyandra in Western QLD with seven Veterans and seven School Children. Over the years, more veterans visited Standown Park and became aware of this amazing trip that was bringing such spirit and history to small communities.

In 2016 we had a total of 67 Veterans who visited six different towns in organised groups and visited 15 different schools. This is a self-funded trip by the Veterans (AKA excuse for a holiday) and they take out their own memorabilia, props and stories. Together with the School Principle and co-ordinators, the Veterans set up a mini museum to show the children what was experienced in that time. It is a week-long celebration and the whole community township and neighbouring properties come together and have a great time.

The Veterans get to experience the admiration and respect from the students, their parents and the whole community for bringing this event to them, whilst the community gets to experience all the activities the Veterans bring along such as: Concerts, Live Entertainment, School Talks and a Sports Day with the kids.

Standown Park have multiple fundraising events throughout the year to raise funds for the Push to the Bush venture.  During our trip we may run raffles and any funds raised go to Angel Flight, Royal Flying Doctor and the participating Schools.   In 2017 we were able to give every child a new backpack, water bottle and other items which are a direct result of the generosity of the people who support our events.

In 2018 a wonderful group on craft Partners of Veterans made 80 tiny care bears which we took out to the children of Jericho, Augathella and Muttaburra schools.  They were so grate犀利士
fully received by the children many of them just carried them with them where ever they went.  Thank you to Maureen Rays for organising the special bears.     Maureen also organised a bear for each of the students at Jundah school in 2019.  This year 2021, over 100 bears went all over including the school children on Norfolk Island.

Our thanks to the Augathella community for their support and hospitality of the visiting Veterans and partners.  They are especially appreciative of the extra power points installed in the grounds last year, making life easier for them during their stay.

In 2020 our numbers were up to 72 Veterans plus partners wanting to join the Push to the Bush, so looked at going to Augathella (of course), Aramac and Wyandra.  Unfortunately this trip was cancelled due to COVID-19 but we were still able to send the bears out to the children of the towns.  Some of the Veterans even conducted Zoom calls to the classes.

Thargominda, Eulo, Wyandra and Augathella were the towns visited this year [2021] by 43 Veterans and partners.  We all had an amazing time which was so rewarding all round.

As a guid, each year we leave Standown Park on 15th April.  Some people leave with us but most do their own thing.  Everyone is welcome to tag along or meet up along the way or at the designated town/s.  You don’t have to be military, all supporters are welcome.    The people of the west just enjoy visitors and as we try to buy most items in the town, we give a bit back to them that way.

If you are interested, give Pam, Rod or Zoe a call  07 5486 5144, and you will be put on the list to be contacted  once the new school principals of the chosen towns are contacted.  We don’t go out there to take over, but to join in the towns activity. Call us .