The Diggers Dog by Rita Diplock

2001 to 2009 in Cockscomb Chronicles

Cockatoo Rise War Veterans Retreat
Offical opening on 6th March 2021
Greg Carter ex Vietnam veteran 6 RAR, welcomes ex and serving defence personnel and their partners to his Retreat in Warrnambool

2020 - 2021Committee
and Jack
GPS Camp Info
South 23degrees 14minutes 13seconds

East 150degrees 40minutes 49seconds

Susan and Chris Rensonnet

04 7559 1027

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

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.

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

Electricity We are presently installing fixed mains electricity supply from Ergon. This supply will maintain our solar battery system and feed 240volts AC to most areas on the site. The old 12V system is being removed. Digital LED lighting and other services will slowly be installed to bring the site up to a new standard.

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

There is 4G digital mobile phone access in some areas on the site.

Veterans & Ex ADF Entitlements &

Cockscomb Fees

staying in your own tent or van

in one of the cabins



Highway 66 Rodders Inc
present a cheque for $1200 to Cockscomb to assist with the Demountable Accommodation

Cheque Presentation - Talisman Sabre 2019 to
Legacy and Cockscomb $5281.45 each

Thank you very much








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.


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.




An ever growing group of Australian Veterans banding togethrer to assist others affected by the fires

Learn More about the Operation

  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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Now Called Open Arms