Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat


Cockscomb provides a quiet place away from the city, away from all mod cons, a quiet relaxing place to go when you want to get away and get back to some basic living and quality time. Visit the website:

Set in the hills on the southern side of Mt Wheeler. Road access via two-wheel drive and only 30 minutes from Rockhampton.

When staying overnight, you will require your sleeping bag, camp stretcher, swag or hammock if you intend to sleep outside and a torch, matches, food and a rubbish bag, mosquito repellent and your medication. Sign the visitors book, read the standing orders and make a donation to help keep the running costs down.

After staying we ask you to clean up any rubbish and ask the caretaker where you should deposit it, replace firewood used, clean up the kitchen and the toilet / shower facilities you may have used before you leave.

Map to Cockscomb:

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GPS coordinates: 23°14’7.80″S, 150°40’29.40″E

Cawarral QLD 4702
Phone Ned: 0438 652 144


One Hectare of land forms Cockscomb Veterans Camp. With Bruce Acutt Cockscomb Veterans Camp came about and without his dedication it would not exist. Bruce Acutt is our local Consultant Psychologist and contactable at 4927 9070. Cockscomb was part of a parcel of land originally called Cockscomb and owned by Bruce and his ex wife.

Cockscomb has been on the go since July 1997, built by Veterans for Veterans.  Don’t think that because you haven’t had any input into the construction that you don’t have a place in the Cockscomb community.

Cockscomb is open to all Veterans and Serving Members of all Defence Forces
and their Families and to all Emergency Services and the more who use it the better the place will be.

Local Veterans or visiting Veterans, you are ALL most welcome to visit, stay over night, or stay for a maximum of 5 days.

$5 PER PERSON PER OVERNIGHT STAY staying in your own tent, van and $7 PER PERSON PER OVERNIGHT STAY in one of the cabins

Please remember to do the right thing by signing the register on the railway camp wagon bench.

Fixed accommodation is provided in Uc Dai Loi House, a Log Cabin for overnight stays.

Cooking can either be done on an open fire or in the kitchen. A new gas heating system has improved the amenities by providing hot water 24 hours of the day.

Various tables and chairs are available to eat at and there are plenty of log seats to sit on.

There is no electricity, although there is a limited 12V battery source from solar for lighting and a generator. There is 3G digital phone and wireless broadband access on site

While water is a available, it is limited. Bulk storage in three 15,900 litre poly tanks and various smaller poly tanks.

You are asked to be careful with and conserve water.

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    • Crissy on March 30, 2022 at 6:36 am
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    Could someone contact me regarding the details & description please. There’s several errors that require immediate attention.


    • Jim Findlay on December 12, 2021 at 10:54 pm
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    Hi ,
    Was bruce the psycoologist who use to attend Wondi RSL 6 or 7 years back ?
    Regards fin

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