Bernborough statue, Explore Australia Publishing

Population 3653

Oakey is an agricultural town on the Darling Downs surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and black-soil plains. It is also the base for the aviation division of the Australian army.

Visitor Information

Library, 64 Campbell St; (07) 4692 0154.

Nearby national parks

  • Crows Nest National Park

    Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its...more

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

  • Bunya Mountains National Park

    The Bunya Mountains hosted important gatherings for the Waka Waka tribe and up until the late 1800s local and neighbouring Aboriginal groups...more

Nearby towns

  • Toowoomba

    Toowoomba is a city with a distinctive charm courtesy of its wide, tree-lined streets, colonial architecture and more than 240 parks and...more

  • Crows Nest

    On the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range north of Toowoomba is the small town of Crows Nest. It was named after Jimmy Crow, a...more

  • Dalby

    Sitting at the crossroads of the Warrego, Moonie, Condamine and Bunya highways, Dalby is conveniently linked to all of Australia's capital...more

In Town

Bernborough: bronze statue of famous local racehorse; Campbell St.

Oakey Historical Museum: local memorabilia; Warrego Hwy.

Australian Army Aviation Museum: every aircraft flown by the Australian army since WW II is represented at the museum through originals and replicas. Other aircraft can also be viewed, from the early wood Box Kite to the hi-tech Blackhawk Helicopter; at army base on Corfe Rd.


Jondaryan Woolshed Built in 1859 and still shearing under steam power, this woolshed is a memorial to pioneers of the wool industry. The complex includes the huge woolshed, historic buildings, and machinery and equipment collections. Visitors can see the shearing and sheepdog demonstrations or sit down to some billy tea and damper. Events are held throughout the year, including the Working Draft-horse Expo in June and the Australian Heritage Festival in Aug. Off Warego Hwy; 22 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wivenhoe 86 km

Impoundment fishing for native species in southern Queensland has enjoyed phenomenal growth and it all began at Lake Wivenhoe. Situated about 80 km west of Brisbane on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Wivenhoe has a surface... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bowenville Reserve camping area 27 km

This large, shady campground is on the southern banks of Oakey Creek – perfect for fishing or taking a dip. Bring your own drinking water. To get here, follow Bowenville–Norwin Rd, 4 km south of the Warrego... Find out more

Crows Nest camping area 43 km

The eucalypt forests of Crows Nest provide a beautiful setting for wildlife-watching, hiking and bush camping. You can look for platypus in the creek, spot brush-tailed rock wallabies, or take a walk across the gorge to... Find out more

Lake Cressbrook camping area 51 km

With excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing on offer, it’s a watersports wonderland at Lake Cressbrook. For walkers, a 5 km circuit starts at the camping ground and loops around the lake... Find out more

Swinging Bridge Park camping area 51 km

This site has no showers or toilets, but public toilets are available nearby and the Cooyar Hotel is happy for you to use their facilities; they charge a small fee for showers. If you are using one of the powered sites,... Find out more

Yarramalong Weir 51 km

Camp on the riverbank at this basic site, 30 km east of Millmerran on the Condamine River; bring along firewood and drinking water. It’s on Shire Rd (No. 96) off the Millmerran–Leyburn Rd. Millmerran is 82 km... Find out more

Cecil Plains Weir camping area 52 km

The Condamine River flows through the Millmerran area, where a number of campsites are available, ideal for fishing and boating. This site is 1 km east of Cecil Plains, reached via Cecil Plains–Toowoomba Rd.... Find out more

Cecil Plains Rural Retreat Caravan Park 53 km

This basic campground with a toilet block and hot showers is on Taylor St in Cecil Plains, opposite Henry Stuart Russell Park. There is a black-water dump here but you need to bring your own drinking water. From... Find out more

Lemontree Weir 54 km

The lack of facilities ensures this spot is suitable for self-sufficient campers only. It’s 20 km north of Millmerran. Access is via Lemon Tree Rd, off the Gore Hwy, in dry weather only.... Find out more

Lake Broadwater camping area 62 km

This camping area among the shady red and blue gums of Lake Broadwater Conservation Park lies 30 km south-west of Dalby. The lake is a popular watersports venue and the surrounding forests are great for birdwatching. The... Find out more

Dandabah camping area 62 km

Dandabah has large, open grassy areas conveniently close to a small general store, restaurant and public phone. There are sites for up to 70 campers and it can be reached by conventional vehicle. The site is on Bunya... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 27 km

Colourful, manicured gardens greet you at the entrance of this high-quality park in a quiet location, about 3 km from the city centre. The park has great amenities and is a good base for exploring this wonderful city and... Find out more

Toowoomba Motor Village Caravan Park 28 km

Located on the southern approach to Toowoomba, this is an older established park but has good facilities and amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the local area.... Find out more

Crows Nest Caravan Park 38 km

Only 1 km south of Crows Nest on the New England Highway, the park has a popular licensed restaurant and offers easy access for vans and larger motorhomes. It is good value for money.... Find out more

Yarraman Caravan Park 71 km

Perched high on a hill about 1 km north of Yarraman, the park has a great outlook over the surrounding areas. This is an easy park to access. It has a large number of sites and is popular with caravan clubs who can use... Find out more

Glendon Caravan and Camping Grounds 82 km

This park is 38 km north-west of Warwick and 2 km south of the Cunningham Highway along a good unsealed road. Situated on a 1600-acre property, the well-shaded, quiet camping area boasts modern amenities, a shop, a golf... Find out more

Homestead Caravan Park and Cabins 88 km

This is a quiet park off the highway where every site has its own ensuite. It is a great place for a stopover on the journey north or it is a good base to explore the Bunya Mountains. The ensuite sites are good value.... Find out more

Rose City Caravan Park 90 km

Located on the northern outskirts of town, this is a smaller, good quality, dog-friendly park. It is ideally located for an overnight stay but would be very comfortable for a longer period.... Find out more

Washpool Camping Reserve 92 km

Lake Leslie, a popular fishing destination, lies 14 km from town at the end of a sealed road. The park has numerous powered and unpowered sites spread across a large acreage alongside the dam. Normally a quiet peaceful... Find out more

Kahler’s Oasis Caravan Park 93 km

Located on the south side of town, this is a spacious park with good amenities best suited to the touring caravans and motorhomes passing through the area.... Find out more

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