The idyllic country town of Rosewood, 20km from Ipswich is attracting more visitors than ever before thanks to its newly declared status as an RV Friendly Town by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia.
With a range of convenient shops and services, and its proximity to Ipswich and Brisbane, Rosewood is positioned as an ideal stopping place for travellers looking to stay for a few days.
The town’s showground facilities have recently been upgraded to include water, showers, free wi-fi and a dump point, and the grounds are kept immaculate thanks to the hard work of the local Lions Club of Rosewood.
And it is not only grey nomads who are visiting – travellers of all ages are arriving with their mountain bikes or hiking gear to explore the tracks, trails, peaks and vast conservation reserves the Ipswich region is home to.
Sitting 20 kilometres west of Ipswich, Rosewood has a population of just under 3000 and is bordered by the Bremer River to the south and the decommissioned Marburg Branch railway line to the north.
The showgrounds sites are $12 per night unpowered or $15 for a powered site and visitors can stay up to seven nights.
The township offers popular attractions including the Cobb & Co display, Rosewood heritage trail and the impressive heritage timber landmark, St Brigid’s Church. Businesses include a café open daily, country pubs, doctors, pharmacy supermarket, fashion boutiques, a hair and beauty salon, post office, newsagent and fruit shop. In fact, Rosewood is gaining quite a reputation as a boutique shopping destination and has three op-shops to keep bargain-hunters busy.
Rosewood has a monthly market and regular steam train rides, and is close to the historic town of Grandchester and the luxury Spicers Hidden Vale resort with its Hidden Vale Adventure Park – one of the largest and most impressive private mountain bike and trail running experiences in Australia. Spicers is also home to the Good Food Guide hatted restaurant, Homage, a stellar destination dining experience.
By creating a partnership between recreational vehicle (RV) tourists and the towns they visit, CMCA aims to maximise the value of self-contained RV tourists to both metropolitan and regional Australia. In order to qualify for the program, towns must meet the needs of self-contained RV travellers and satisfy key criteria such as access to shops and a free dump point.