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Sleepy Urbenville, best known for a place to ride dirtbikes could be transforming into the Catalunya of Queensland. And even though it's not in Queensland, we've adopted it.

Access issues

For access to The Crown only, not Battery Hill or Vesuvius: It is requested (by the farmer whose land you cross to access the cliff) that you phone him prior to your arrival and seek permission to access The Crown. His name is Mr Jones and his number is (02) 6634 1225. Think of this as a courtesy call which will serve to keep climbers in the good graces of land managers. Please do it. If you should have any problems with this arrangement, post up on


Urbenville is in NSW, 150 km south of Brisbane via Beaudesert. Turn R to Rathdowney at the traffic lights in Beaudesert. Through Rathdowney and past spectacular mountain scenery. 'Campbell's Folly', the cliffline just past Palen Creek is particularly awesome-looking, although it resides on private property and is largely chossy. Drive on past Mt Lindsay and into NSW. At Woodenbong, turn L to Tabulam on McPherson Street. It is about 13 km to Urbenville.

Where to stay

Option 1: There is a basic campground at the northern entrance to Urbenville set amongst huge pine trees. The camp hosts are Tony/Kelly Jo who volunteer to maintain the site run by Forestry. The cost is $10/night with warm showers. You can reach Tony on (02) 6634 1424 and pick up shower keys at the local store. It is recommended you bring your own water.

Option 2: If you plan to climb at Battery Hill or Vesuvius, there is a campsite south of Urbenville, where it's an easy walk to The Pines. It's called Tooloom Falls Camp Grounds (see Google Maps or directions under Battery Hill section).

Option 3: It's possible to get a room in the Urbenville pub for about $30 a night.


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