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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 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 dinners 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 We are finalising the instalation of fixed mains electricity supply from Ergon. This supply will maintain our solar battery system and feed 240volts AC to all buildings on the site. The old 12V system has been removed. Digital LED lighting and other services are installed to bring the site up to a new standard.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.

Various tables and chairs are available to eat at 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

Veterans & Ex ADF Entitlements &


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.


Thank you Vanessa and TMB on the 19th Feb 2021 12:00am VANESSA JARRETT
A group of Central Queensland businesses have rallied around the Cockscomb Veterans Retreat, donating their time and services to help
the not-for-profit organisation become compliant with council – saving them thousands of dollars in fees.
The Cawarral retreat has been in the works since 1997 and over time it has added buildings over the years, not realising it wasn’t complaint.
In an effort to become compliant, the group went to Livingstone Shire Council to do so only to find out it was a much bigger problem than it had anticipated.
“We didn’t realise it was so much involved and when the council staff came we got a rude shock because there was so much work to be done,
” Cockscomb Veterans Retreat president Bob Holmes said.
The group reached out to Rockhampton mining company Manuplex for help, which was more than happy to assist.
“We thought it was a good cause,” Manuplex’s Luke Hanna said.
“We understood how much the area assists the returned veterans and their mental health.
“We would hate see them disappear because of a compliance issue.”
Mr Hanna then reached out to Gideon Town Planning and Rockhampton Building Approvals, for the help of their services.
“We put together a team and had multiple site meetings to figure out the best course of action,” Mr Hanna said.
“We project managed but it wasn’t a single effort, it was a joint effort.
“It’s astronomical, the partnerships we have done with these guys, they have done the grunt work and the hard yards.”
The site was officially approved for a material change of use for a veterans retreat by Livingstone Shire Council last month.
“We knew it was going to be a long process and it will continue to be, there are still things to work with but we partnered with these guys
so we are in for the long haul,”
Mr Hanna said.
“For what they do mental health wise, you couldn’t pay money for it.”
Gideon Genade of Gideon Town Planning was also heavily involved with the project.
“It’s good to work with other Central Queensland businesses on local projects that provide a much-needed facility for our veterans,” he said.
Livingstone Shire Council also waived fees for the project and were understanding in the situation.
“It was also great to see Livingstone Shire Council so supportive of the project,” Mr Genade said.
Rockhampton Building Approvals donated their services of building approval and certification.
When Bruce Krenske was approached to assist he said he didn’t hesitate.
“It’s for the firemen, policemen and war veterans who look after us so we have look them,” he said.
Steer Environmental Consulting also lent some assistance with a bushfire management plan.
Mr Holmes, of Cockscombs Veterans Retreat, said it was overwhelming how many organisations helped them.
There was also help from Yeppoon Electrical Group and patron former Councillor Rose Swadling.
“They have just been fantastic, we would never be able to afford to keep going the way we have,” he said.
If it wasn’t for the business’ generosity, the retreat may not have been able to stay open.
“We would have been sitting back scratching our heads figuring out what to do,” Mr Holmes said.
“We still have a road to go to get everything done.
“It has been a lot of backwards and forwards work over the last couple of years, it’s been horrendous.
“Now that we have this through, it’s a load off our mind.”
There are some compliances issues that need to be fixed.
“We need to put a water treatment plant in, the disabled toilet is not big enough for council requirements, put in different drains and sewerage and
a lot of the buildings don’t meet requirements, some need beams put in and strapping,” Mr Holmes said.
The group hopes it can get some funding and grants to do the work.
“Our members we are all in our 70s and we don’t get too many young people,” Mr Holmes said.
Post Script - We do need Young Veterans and their families to come and enjoy Cockscomb. You don't need an invitation, just arrive.
That also goes for ALL Emergency Services and your families too. Tuesday every week at 10am come for smoko and a tour




Cockscomb Fees

staying in your own tent or van

in one of the cabins




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.




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

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

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