Bruce Acutt RIP


One Hectare of land forms Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat. Had it not been for Bruce Acutt RIP and his dedication it would not exist. Bruce Acutt was a local Consultant Psychologist. 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 and other volunteers and it is now open to all Veterans and Serving Members of all Defence Forces and their Families and to all Emergency Services and their families and the more you use it the better it will be. 

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. 

Local Veterans or visiting Veterans, and Emergency Services you are ALL most welcome to visit, stay over night, or stay for a maximum of 5 days or make arrangements with the committee.

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


GPS Camp Info
South 23degrees 14minutes 13seconds

East 150degrees 40minutes 49seconds

Susan and Chris Rensonnet

04 7559 1027

Learning how to use a Computer

A Free Service - You can learn at home by going to
GCF Learning


National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Museum Phillip Island

Take a look at this page TC Marcia Damage and look were Cockscomb is now

Look up a Vietnam Veteran on the Nominal Roll

In Visible Injures

  What Cockscomb is all about. Set in the hills on the southern side of Mt Wheeler. All weather road access via two-wheel drive and only 30 minutes from Rockhampton.

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

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, ask the caretaker about camp standing orders and make a donation to help keep the running costs down.

Clean up after staying we ask you to clean up any rubbish and ask the caretaker where you should deposit it.

The main Kitchen use is restricted in that when there is a function on only the camp cook has access. It means also that food stored in the refrigerators may need to be removed to eskys.

Cooking can either be done on an open fire in the Safe fire pits below the Hasty Tasty kitchen depending on Open Fire Restrictions at the time. You can use the main camp kitchen which has some restrictions see above

The amenities provide hot shower water 24 hours of the day.

When function and diners are booked NO unleashed DOGs are allowed in the function area and the kitchen. Queensland Animals in food premises

Clean up all areas used, ie; the kitchen and the toilet / shower facilities you may have used before you leave.

Fixed accommodation is provided in Uc Dai Loi House a Log Cabin and Andawakey cabin for overnight stays. 4 single beds in each.
There is also a 5 single bedroom Donga close to the amenities

Electricity The installation of fixed mains electricity supply from Ergon supplements our Solar system and batteries. 240volts AC is installed in all buildings on the site. Digital LED lighting and other services are installed to bring the site up to a new standard for safety. If you have a CPAP, every bed has a double 240V AC power point

Both Bore and Tank Water is a available and stored in bulk storage 15,900 litre poly tanks and various smaller poly tanks. This water is tested regularly

There is 4G digital mobile phone access in some areas on the site, you need to walk around to get a signal.

Eating areas with various tables and chairs are available and there are plenty of log seats to sit on.

Cockscomb is not a Caravan Park, there is no reticulated power or water and No Dump Point



Cockscomb Fees

staying in your own tent or van

in one of the cabins

Now Called
Open Arms


The 5 bedroom unit was picked up and turned around and placed on the foundations by Comiskey Mining Services

along with JAK Heavy Diesel helping out, they had a large bobcat cleaning up for us also they organised the

crane, a 60 tonner from QWEST Cranes who provided the crane for no charge. Many Thanks to all concerned for a job well done.

Vanessa at The Morning Bulletin



5 room Donga
The New Kitchen


Eating and meeting

The New Deck

Garden below the Deck
Garden near the Meeting area

TC Marcia Damage - Community Cleanup 22 March

Herbie talks to The Morning Bulletin
after Cyclone Marcia

Building Progress

Flyer A4 - A3 size

Kerri - The Morning Bulletin

Visit by US and Australian troops to Cockscomb

ArmyNews Page 6

30 July 2013 US Navy from VRC-30 Det 5 at Cockscomb

Progress 2015 - More in 2016



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