The Jordan Valley Hotel in Jericho, Qld is new to Camps 11 – we checked it out on our outback Queensland trip last year. Robert and Gay Stubbs purchased the business in 2005 but didn’t take over management until 2013. Gay makes meals for any workers staying in the rooms, even packing them a morning tea and lunch for their days at work.
Thursday night is pizza night and, on Friday nights, the older locals get a nice home-cooked meal. Tuesday to Sunday, you can order your own meal if you are travelling through or if you’re a local. The camping area behind the hotel is flat and grassy. It is for patrons of the hotel and for self contained vehicles only. Register on arrival. There are no pets or generators allowed.
It’s a great town to visit. Look out for the ‘Joshua the Trumpeter’ statue and the ‘crystal trumpeters’, which tell the biblical story of how Joshua won the battle of Jericho. You will also see a flood level marker in the main street. It has the smallest drive-in theatre in Australia (you’ll have to time your trip as it only opens once a month).
We also stopped at Jericho’s two other awesome pet-friendly freedom camping options: the showgrounds have amenities ($5 to $15 per night), and Redbank Park on the river (Qld sites 442 and 444 in Camps 11) has toilets and cold showers ($6 per night).
JORDAN VALLEY HOTEL, JERICHO, QLD
You’ll find this free camp in the main street, opposite the tourist information centre. Jericho is right on the Capricorn Highway, between Emerald and Barcaldine. There are lots of interesting stops and camps along this highway. Look up QLD site 443 in Camps 11 or if you have the Camps Australia Wide app, simply go to the map or list and search for the site name.
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