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11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon

11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon

Yeppoon is one of our favourite places to stop and to explore on our way to the Whitsundays. We have discovered at least 11 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon.

11 Awesome Things to see and do in Yeppoon

About Yeppoon

Where is Yeppoon you ask? Next to your knife and fork lol 😊

Yeppoon is the main town on the Capricorn Coast and is just 25 minutes from the city of Rockhampton commonly known as Rocky.

The coastal drive of Yeppoon takes you past stunning stretches of beach and beautiful bays where you can swim and fish and enjoy this amazing part of the Queensland’s Central Coast.

Offshore there are 27 spectacular islands to explore including the magnificent Great Keppel Island.

Yeppoon Weather varies from very hot in Summer to warm and perfect through the cooler winter months from May to October.

With a population of approximately 20,000 people in Yeppoon and it’s surrounding suburbs it has good infrastructure without being too busy.

Yeppoon is 700 kms north of Brisbane overlooking the Coral Sea.

Beautiful Yeppoon

Here are our 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon:

1. Take a Day Trip to Great Keppel Island

One of the most awesome of the 11 things to see and do in Yeppoon is to take a day trip over to Great Keppel Island.

There are a number of options for getting over to this magnificent and somewhat underrated part of the Capricornia Coastline.

You can catch a ferry or take one of the many tours to Great Keppel Island, or GKI as it’s known to the locals.

With 17 white sandy beaches on Great Keppel alone, you can spend hours exploring the island in search of just a couple of the beautiful beaches.

Also you can go for a bushwalk through the inner part of the island and discover the native flora and fauna.

Exploring Great Keppel Island - One of 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon

You may also choose to simply spend all of your time in the water!

Great Keppel Island Watersports cater for all of your water sport and water activity needs including snorkelling, kayaking, SUP, scuba diving, fishing as well as guided Jetski tours.

Jump on a kayak or SUP and explore the pristine island waters.

Another ideal way to spend your time on Keppel is to don a mask and snorkel to discover the colourful coral of the southern Great Barrier Reef, spot turtles and other amazing marine life.

Monkey Bay on Great Keppel Island - 10 awesoem things to see and do in Yeppoon
Adele enjoying the shallow clear water at Monkey Bay on Great Keppel Island
Great Keppel Ferries

Great Keppel Island is just 15kms off Yeppoon. The ferries to Great Keppel Island operate daily and take approx. 30 minutes.

Freedom Fast Cats

Freedom Fast Cats depart from Pier One at the Rosslyn Bay Marina at either 9.15am or 10.30am.

At certain times of the year you may be able to get on an early bird transfer at 7.30am or 9am depending on the day of travel.

Return times from Keppel are either 2.30pm or 3.45pm giving you at least 5 or so hours to enjoy the island.

Keppel Konnections

Keppel Konnections operate a daily ferry service departing from Keppel Bay Marina in the mornings at 9am as well as the afternoons at 3pm.

Return ferries depart from the Red Jetty at either 10am or 4pm with an additional return service on Fridays at 6.20pm and 2pm on Sundays.

Sailing on Grace II to Great Keppel Island
Sail, cruise or catch a ferry to Great Keppel Island

Great Keppel Island Tours

Experience Oz Great Keppel Island Day Trip

Spend 6.5hrs on a Great Keppel Island Day Trip being adventurous exploring the island or just sitting back, relaxing and soaking up the island lifestyle by beautiful beaches and clear waters.

Take your own snorkel gear or alternatively snorkel hire is available at an additional cost.

One of the 17 beaches on Great Keppel Island

Lunch on the island is included and can be taken at your leisure anytime between 12pm and 2pm.

You can enjoy your choice of burger plus either a schooner of beer, a glass of wine or soft drink.

Tours depart from Keppel Bay Marina at Rosslyn Bay and leave from Red Jetty on Keppel.

Keppel Explorer

The Keppel Explorer offers a fun sightseeing tour of island hopping, exploring secluded sandy beaches and sea caves, swimming and soaking up island life, snorkelling with turtles and colourful coral in secret locations.

This 5-in-1 top rated Cruise also includes a gourmet lunch pack.

Crystal clear waters of Great Keppel Island
Crystal clear waters of Great Keppel Island
Freedom Fast Cats Adventure Cruise

The Freedom Fast Cats Adventure Cruise includes free time on GKI, Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Snorkelling Tour (snorkelling gear is provided), Boom-netting as well as Morning & Afternoon Tea and a BBQ Buffet Lunch.

Adventure Cruises operate on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Freedom Fast Cats Glass Bottom Boat Cruise, Combo Cruise and Coral Lunch Cruise are also available.

The Glass Bottom Boat Cruise runs daily, the Combo Cruise is available on Mondays only and the Coral Lunch Cruise is only available on Tuesdays.

Spot the great 8 at Great Keppel Island – Manta Ray, Whale, Potato Cod, Shark, Turtle, Clown Fish, Giant Clam or Maori Wrasse.

Sightings are seasonal however but keep watch and you never know what you might see.

Sail Capricornia

Sailing on Grace with Sail Capricornia is a great day trip combining sailing, snorkelling and exploring the island.

It was actually Kev and Matt’s first taste of Great Keppel Island.

Adele had ‘got wrecked’ on Great Keppel Island when she was just 18!

Read about our Sail Capricornia day trip: 13 Nights in Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast

Great Keppel Island Sail
Sailing to Great Keppel Island with Sailing Capricornia

You can enjoy a full day experience with Sail Capricornia or an evening sailing experience at sunset.

Either way you will love your day aboard and sailing Keppel Cove to GKI.

a Day Trip Sail to Keppel - One of 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon
Sailing Capricornia Day Trip – One of 11 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon

2. Swim in the Yeppoon Lagoon

The Infinity-edge Pool at Yeppoon Lagoon is absolutely amazing.

Relax in the pool and gaze across at North Keppel and Great Keppel Islands.

What is even more awesome is that entry to this Resort Style Lagoon Pool is free and it’s open to the public 24/7.

Life guards patrol the lagoon every day including Public Holidays.

The Yeppoon Lagoon caters for everyone with a shallow Kids Play area, disabled pool access, an informal lap swimming area as well as the glorious swim-up infinity edge with stunning views of the Keppel Islands.

Two aquatic wheelchairs are available upon request for use at the lagoon.

Yeppoon Lagoon - Absolutely high on the list of 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon
Yeppoon Lagoon is certainly high on the list of our 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon

The Rocks Cafe Bar & Restaurant overlooks the stunning Yeppoon Lagoon and has uninterrupted water and island views.

From the poolside cafe with takeaway meals at lunchtime, a milk bar, to a bar and restaurant dining, The Rocks Yeppoon has it all.

The Yeppoon Lagoon is an absolute must place to visit in Yeppoon all year round but especially in the warmer months.

Stunning Yeppoon Lagoon - One of the 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon

Swimming in the Yeppoon Lagoon really sits high on the list of our 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon.

3. Cool the kids down at Keppel Kraken

Keppel Kraken has an absolute beachfront location on the Yeppoon Foreshore and provides fun for the whole family.

The fun water play area features 5 mythical sea creature sculptures with interactive water elements including water cannons, water jets and a ‘one of a kind in Queensland’ umbrella bucket.

Keppel Kraken - 11 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon
Keppel Kraken Water Play area

Keppel Kraken provides water fun for the whole family and has the perfect location right in the heart of Yeppoon plus the Keppel Islands also providing a spectacular backdrop.

Entry to Keppel Kraken is free!

One of 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon - Keppel Kraken

4. Explore Capricorn Caves

Capricorn Caves, just 23 kms north of Rockhampton and around 35 minutes from Yeppoon, are easily accessed as the turnoff is just off the highway.

The Capricorn Caves is one of the largest privately owned caves systems in Australia.

It is also one of the longest-running tourist attractions in Queensland and has won many tourism awards.

Capricorn Caves - No. 4 on the list of 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon

We found the Cathedral Tour of the limestone caves really interesting.

The 45 minute tour showcases the largest and most spectacular of the caves. It is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair accessible.

During the tour, we learnt about stalagmites, limestone, bat poo and the river systems which at times can be heard under the tunnels.

They hold a number of weddings in the aptly named Cathedral Chamber which has excellent natural acoustics.

To demonstrate these acoustics, they asked if anyone would like to sing.

Cathedral Chamber at Capricorn Caves
The amazing Cathedral Chamber is a popular wedding venue and used for Underground Opera performances

Adele mentioned her name and that unfortunately she didn’t take after the famous singer Adele.

As there were no volunteers, our guide popped on the iPod and was quick to choose the hit song “Hello” by Adele!

The 1km walk through the tunnels was completed when our guide left us to finish the tour by taking a narrow winding walk through caves to an opening before walking across a suspension bridge to leave the Caves.

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

  1. Reefsleep in the Whitsundays is an amazing adventure. Spend the night on a pontoon sleeping in a swag on Hardy’s Reef in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is a truly fun day out. They took us to the best snorkeling places and the entire day was amazing
  3. For the best Full Day Island tour in Cairns we recommend the Fitzroy Island tour
  4. The Atlantic Clipper Full Day Sail is another fun and exciting experience in the Whitsundays. We can highly recommend doing this tour
  5. If you are on the East Coast, you can swim with Humpback Whales on the Sunshine Coast. The tour leaves from Mooloolaba
  6. Swimming with Whale Sharks at Exmouth is also extremely popular and a great day out with the team from Eco Adventures on Lattitude 22
  7. One of Tasmania’s best tours is the Tasman Island Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys out of Port Arthur. Three hours of cruising the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoying an up close look at hundreds of seals as well as dolphins and birdlife.

5. Get up close to crocs at the Koorana Crocodile Farm

We highly recommend a visit to the Koorana Crocodile Farm.

It is very interesting and educational and you can see crocodiles up close in a natural habitat.

Koorana Crocodile Farm opened in November 1981.

Crocodiles that were proving to be a danger to people were captured to provide stock for the farm and also was the best way to gain breeding stock.

It’s also the first commercial crocodile farm in Queensland.

Time it right and you might even see some crocodile hatchlings!

Plus, you can even hold a small crocodile at the end of the tour!

Kev holding a small croc at Coorana Crocodile Farm
First time holding a crocodile for Adele - 10 Awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon
Our first time holding a crocodile at Koorana Crocodile Farm – One of our 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon

6. Fish at the Causeway

Fishing from the Causeway and in the Causeway Lake is a very popular pastime in Yeppoon.

You’ll find the Causeway Lake between Mulambin Beach and Kinka Beach approximately half way along the Scenic Highway between Yeppoon and Emu Park.

On the larger high tides during what is commonly known as the ‘run through’, fresh salt water is pushed through under the bridge into the lake making fishing for Barra, Queenies, Trevally and Mangrove Jack a popular spot as they feed off the bait fish that are pushed into the lake.

The Causeway Lake is also home to Bream, Grunter, Estuary Cod, Flathead, Whiting and Salmon.

On our first visit to Yeppoon, we saw both a huge 92cm Barramundi and 54cm Mangrove Jack caught off the bridge.

Driving the Motorhome over the Causeway

7. See the Singing Ship at Emu Park

Visit nearby Emu Park and see the Singing Ship, a memorial to Captain Cooks ship the Endeavour.

The Singing Ship is a sandstone and cast-iron sculpture made up of a billowing sail, mast and rigging representative of the ship Endeavour.

Sea breezes naturally create musical sounds from concealed organ pipes.

Singing Ship

This unique monument commemorates the historical explorations of Captain James Cook and his discovery of the bay at Emu Park in May 1770.

The Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk includes a boardwalk that meanders from the central sandstone historical pictographs up towards The Gatehouse past silhouettes and Battle Markers up to the fabulous coastal lookout ending at the Singing Ship.

8. Head out to Rosslyn Bay and the Marina

The Keppel Bay Marina at Rosslyn Bay is where the ferries and cruises depart from.

Ferries operate daily to and from Great Keppel Island, the largest of the Keppel Island group.

Day Cruises, Whale Watching tours, Fishing Charters and Sailing tours to Great Keppel Island also leave from the Marina.

Transfers to Pumpkin Island leave from the Keppel Bay Marina.

The Pumpkin Xpress ferry service operates on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for guests only.

The Rosslyn Bay Fisherman’s Market is located at the Marina and it’s here you can buy Red Spot Prawns.

These prawns are next level delicious. They are caught around the coral offshore and are so much cleaner, sweeter and tastier than other prawns.

A kilo of these are superb for any seafood lovers like me.

You’ll recognise these prawns for their red spot on their back.

Read more about our first visit to Yeppoon: 13 Nights in Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast

9. Go wild at the Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

You can go wild checking out cuddly marsupials, reptiles, birds, baby animals, monkeys, and snakes at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary.

At the daily interactive Animal show they allow you to take photos while you hold snakes, parrots, lizards, dragons and even pat the Koala all for FREE.

Hand feed and pat the kangaroos, only $2 per bag.

Koala, Kangaroo, Crocodile, Reptile, Exotic Parrot, Monkey, Junior Zookeeper and VIP Reptile Encounters are also available at varying additional costs.

The Cooberrie Park is an open plan Wildlife Sanctuary with 25 acres for the kangaroos to roam around.

They also take care of sick, orphaned and injured wildlife and permanently house wildlife that are unable to be released back in to the wild.

10. Visit Shell World Yeppoon

If you love shells, you will enjoy a visit to Shell World Yeppoon.

Shell World Yeppoon
Entry to Shell World is via the Yeppoon Visitor Information Centre

Shell World Yeppoon displays over 20,000 shells. Also on display are many varieties of coral, preserved marine life and samples of shell craft.

You can purchase shells and craft items at reasonable prices.

Admission is by way of a gold coin.

Shell World Yeppoon - No. 10 of our 11 Awesome Things to see and do in Yeppoon

11. Wreck Point Scenic Lookout

On our third visit to Yeppoon, we discovered the recently completed Wreck Point Scenic Lookout at Cooey Bay.

Wreck Point Lookout
Amazing viewsfrom Wreck Point Lookout of Keppel Bay Marina, Rosslyn Bay

The views at the lookout are amazing as you look back towards Yeppoon on the left and as you pan across to the Keppel Bay Marina at Rosslyn Bay to the right.

It was interesting reading about the sunken ship Selina and how it was calculated that she drifted more than 4,800 kms without any crew.

The 62 tonne Schooner had left Brisbane’s North Pine River bound for Sydney but it never arrived.

Selina drifted nearly to New Zealand with the Bass Strait current before the equatorial current pushed her back to the Queensland coast.

It was found here at Wreck Point 15 months after leaving Brisbane.

Adele doing a Titanic impression on the wooden sculpture of the Selina

Yeppoon Accommodation

Our favourite place to stay when visiting Yeppoon is the Island View Caravan Park at Kinka Beach which is 15kms along from Yeppoon.

It is the perfect base to tick off theses 11 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon.

Check out the review and video of our stay at: Island View Caravan Park Kinka Beach

Island View Caravan Park Family Pool

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Dalmeny Campground, Dalmeny NSW

Dalmeny

The Dalmeny Campground is perfectly located overlooking spectacular Dalmeny Beach.

This is a very popular camping spot for Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans and Tents.

With it’s spectacular ocean views, fantastic surfing opportunities and excellent fishing along the beach it’s a perfect place to relax and unwind.

If you’re looking for the ideal Narooma camping location, the Dalmeny Campground is your escape from chaos.

About Dalmeny

Dalmeny is just 5 mins drive from the beautiful nearby town of Narooma on the south NSW coast and is 340 kms south of Sydney.

It is known for it’s many stunning beaches which provide excellent swimming, fishing and surfing opportunities.

With a population of around 2000 people Dalmeny is a peaceful laid back community which thrives during the summer tourism season when travellers and holiday makers visit Dalmeny, Narooma and nearby winery regions such as Tilba Tilba.

Brou Beach, which is commonly called Dalmeny Beach, is located in the Eurobodalla National Park where there are lots of fantastic walks and you can visit Brou Lake which is the perfect spot to swim, kayak and throw in a line.

This is one of our favourite regions within the NSW south coast.

Dalmeny Campground Location

The Dalmeny Camping area is some amazing real estate given the panoramic outlook from the position of each Caravan and Motorhome.

The campground is located on a hilltop of sloping grounds so most sites are not level but they do provide spectacular views.

Remember to bring your levelling chocks and enjoy some of the most exquisite views you’ll ever have whilst camping here at Dalmeny Campground.

Don’t forget your camera and binoculars to witness the amazing Humpback Whale season as they make their way north and back again, playing and breaching along the Eastern coastline.

Dalmeny Campground
Dalmeny Campground

Dalmeny Campground Amenities

There is a large amenities block located here which includes toilets, hot showers and a laundry which are all modern and clean.

A dump point is also available onsite just near the amenities block. Bins are also located at the campground.

A children’s playground is located in the park next to the Campground.

An IGA for all your groceries and a fuel station are located directly across the road.

There’s also a great Fish and Chips shop which is popular with other campers.

An aerial view of Dalmeny
Dalmeny Beach
Dalmeny Beach

Fire pits are available for hire along with firewood, just see the caretakers who will look after you.

The beach is excellent for swimming although not all beaches have lifesavers and can be subject to rips and dangerous surf conditions.

Surfing the beaches surrounding Dalmeny is very popular with plenty of great wave action.

There’s lots of good fishing along the beach in the gutters and we saw a few fish being caught during our stay.

You may even spot the resident Emu’s that often wander along the beach.

We had good Telstra coverage and I also had 1 bar of Vodafone network during our stay at Dalmeny Campground.

Are pets allowed at Dalmeny Campground?

The Dalmeny Campground is pet friendly and therefore dogs are allowed.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Dalmeny Campground
Drone view of Dalmeny
Dalmeny Campground

Cost to stay at Dalmeny Campground

Cost to stay is $33 per night for 2 adults for powered site. Children 5-16yo are $6 each per night.
* Updated 27/12/2022 Prices vary throughout the year depending on season. Off peak is $31, Shoulder season is $37 and Peak season is $56 a night for a powered site.

Unpowered sites are available and are $26 a night for off peak, $34 a night during the Shoulder season and $45 a night in peak times.

Check the Dalmeny Campground website for more details.

Also look for Stay 7 nights and pay for only 6 deal or any other offers they may have throughout the year.

Our stay was 22nd February and 28th February to 6th March 2019.

For video reviews on hundreds of other Caravan Parks, Campgrounds and Free Camps around oz, simply click on the Where to Stay Button above or here to search by category. Alternatively you can click on the Destinations Button above or here to search by State.

Check out these other great places to stay near Dalmeny NSW:

Pretty Beach Campground

Congo Campground

Ulladulla Headland Holiday Park

Nearby Narooma
Narooma NSW

Contact Details for Dalmeny Campground and Caravan Park:

Phone: 0428 635 641
Address: 1 Noble Parade, Dalmeny NSW
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Emus on Dalmeny Beach
Emus on Dalmeny Beach

How to get to Dalmeny Campground:

From the Princes Highway turn in to Mort Avenue at Dalmeny to Dalmeny Beach until you come to the Dalmeny Campground on your left.

The entrance is on the ocean side, it is a one way road in and out of the campground.

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it

Things to see and do in and around Dalmeny Campground

1. Dalmeny and Narooma Beaches

Dalmeny and Narooma are a stunning beachside location and there is so much to see and do.

You will also be able to see the resident Dalmeny Emus regularly wandering along the beach!

Josh’s Beach is nearby and is another popular place for swimming and fishing.

Yabbara Beach is a bigger beach and more preferred for beach walks and is similar to Duesburys Beach next to it.

Kianga Beach is popular for surfing and fishing and there are BBQ’s and picnic area overlooking the beach making it a favourite Sunday lunch position for locals and visitors.

2. Kianga Point

Take a drive out to Kianga Point off Dalmeny Road and enjoy a picnic lunch with spectacular views.

The circular drive around Kianga Point provides stunning sweeping views along the beaches and across to the islands offshore.

Kianga Point
Kianga Point

3. Australia Rock

See Australia Rock, a rock formation in the shape of the map of Australia. It is located at Wagonga Head and you can drive there along Bar Rock Rd.

Be sure to check out Australia Rock, it’s one of the most popular attractions close to Dalmeny Campground.

4. See the Seals

While at Australia Rock, take the walk along the Bar rock wall and see the Seals as they laze about and swim in the waters of the entrance to Wagonga Inlet.

Here you can witness the Australian and NZ fur seals in their own habitat, sunbaking and playing in the waters and catching some lunch throughout the day.

Australia Rock is one of the popular attractions close to Dalmeny
Australia Rock Narooma

5. Feeding Stingrays

Watch the stingrays being fed at the Apex Park Boat Ramp.

When the charter boats come in from their day out fishing the Stingrays school around the boat ramp in hope of a free feed.

Sometimes if you are lucky the fishermen help you to feed the Stingrays.

We were fortunate and one of the guys brought over a fish frame and showed Adele how to attract a Big Stingray to take the fish from her hand.

He also helped key the pelicans at bay who were also keen on an easy feed.

Feeding Stingrays at nearby Narooma
Feeding Stingrays Narooma

6. Montague Island Tour

We highly recommend the Tour to Montague Island called Montague Island Tours with Wazza.

The tour leaves from Narooma and takes you for some amazing snorkelling with the Seals before a tour around the lighthouse and keepers cottage.

It was a great day out, swimming with seals and enjoying tour of Montague island.

Seals at Montague Island is one of the other more popular attractions close to Dalmeny Campground
Seals at Montague Island

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all of our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Is Bundaberg worth visiting?

There are so many great things to see and do in and around Bundaberg but, is Bundaberg worth visiting?

Bundaberg doesn’t just evolve around Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Ginger Beer, it is also the landmark of the southern most part of the Great Barrier Reef and is notable for its sugar industry.

It is also famous for its close locality to Mon Repos.

Mon Repos has the largest concentration of marine nesting turtles on the eastern mainland of Australia,

Plus, it’s fast becoming the ‘Drinks Capital of Australia’ with the introduction of a microbrewery, cider house and gin distillery in recent years.

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About Bundaberg

Bundaberg is a fast growing city in Queensland located just 365 kms north of the capital city of Brisbane.

From Brisbane to Bundaberg it is approximately a 4 hour drive.

The region is diverse in Sugar Cane with cane farms a very popular local industry.

The population of Bundaberg is 98,820 residents which continues to grow each year.

This thriving city is a near coastal town, just a short 15 minute drive to the local beaches.

The weather in Bundaberg is typically hot and humid during summer and temperate in winter.

Bundaberg is worth visiting for its Drink Places

Bundaberg Rum Factory

The Bundaberg Rum Factory is one of the main reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for a lot of people.

If you are a keen Bundaberg Rum Drinker, or even if you are not a non-rum drinker, you will enjoy doing a tour of the Bundaberg Rum Factory.

Tours of Australia’s most famous rum distillery, which was established in 1888, run Monday to Friday from 10am – 3pm and from 10am – 2pm on Weekends and Public Holidays.

The tour goes for approx 1 hour.

Bundaberg Rum Tour

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Bundaberg Rum Distillery Museum

It is recommended you arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the commencement of your tour. This enables you have time to check out the museum beforehand.

Both the museum and the tour are really interesting.

Kev thought he would score Adele’s 2 free tastings at the end of each of our tours and both times he dipped out!

Adele is definitely not a rum drinker but she discovered she likes the Bundy Tropics especially the Mango & Passionfruit which she sampled on our first visit in 2016 and now the Banana & Toffee Royal Liqueur on our most recent visit.

You can always just drop into the Retail Store and purchase a drink from the bar and make any purchases from the extensive range of Bundaberg Rum, Liqueurs and merchandise.

Bundy Rum Factoery is one of the reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Kev feeling very much at home at the #homeofbundy
The Bundaberg Barrel
The Bundaberg Barrell is another reason why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg Barrel

Take a tour of The Bundaberg Barrel. It is one of Bundaberg’s drink places not to be missed.

It’s perfect for all ages and is interesting and educational. It is a self-guided hands-on tour with lots of interactive displays.

Learn all about the history of the classic Bundaberg Brewed Drinks which date back for generations to 1960.

At the end of the tour, you are offered tastings of their entire range. 19 delicious flavoured soft drinks, including the famous Bundaberg Ginger Beer!

They have a huge selection of the Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and selected merchandise available for purchase and you also have the option to create customised labels.

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks
Taste testing 19 delicious flavours of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks
Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Kev chatting to owners Zoe & Josh of Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery while enjoying a tasting paddle

Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery

We love popping into Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery!

Josh & Zoe, the founders and owners of Ohana Cider House & Winery are very welcoming and we always enjoy a chat over the bar.

Be sure to get a tasting paddle along with one of their cheese and bikkies platters.

We can highly recommend their tropical wine, fortified wines and ciders.

Adele loves the Mango Moscato and Kev liked the fortified wines so much, he bought two of each to take with us after polishing off a tasting paddle all on his own!

The Ohana Cheeky Tiki Ciders are widely available at different outlets throughout Queensland and at every Queensland Dan Murphy’s store.

Plus, they will soon be launching into New South Wales.

Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery
We couldn’t walk away from Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery without buying a bottle of Mango Moscato for Adele and 2 bottles of each of the Fortified for Kev
Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing

Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing

Founded in 2017, the Kalki Moon is one of the most recent additions to Bundaberg which is fast becoming the ‘Drinks Capital of Australia’.

This family owned and operated distillery is the first ever gin distillery in Bundaberg.

Not only do they offer gin which comes from the cane fields of Bundaberg, they also produce vodka, liqueurs and soon they will be launching their own rum creation.

Kalki Moon’s Gift Shop and Cellar Door are open 7 days a week.

Check with their experienced staff regarding distillery tours and tastings.

Chatting with the staff at the Kalki Moon
At the bar with the staff of the Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company

Bargara Brewing Company & The Brewhouse

Although the Bargara Brewing Company was founded in Bargara it is actually located at The Brewhouse in central Bundaberg.

The Brewhouse is where all of the brewing of the Bargara Brewing Company’s beer takes place.

Inside this micro-brewery is a busy restaurant, bottle shop and a retail outlet.

There’s 8 different taps of freshly brewed beers. They also have an on-line shop.

Update 2021: The Ballistic Beer Co has purchased Bargara Brewing therefore the Bargara brewery in Bundaberg is now one of the 5 Ballistic Beer Co breweries.

The range of beers is even bigger than before.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre is one of the main reason s why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for its awesome Attractions

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is definitely worth visiting. 

As well as being one of Bundaberg’s most awesome attractions, it is the best place to learn about turtles.

The Turtle Centre is open from 9am – 12pm – 7 days per week with the exception of Christmas Day (25 December) and Anzac Day (25 April).

During turtle season, it is also open 7 days per week from 7pm until 12am.

Turtle Season

Turtle season at Mon Repos is from November through to March. The best viewing times for the nesting turtles are from November through to January.

For the turtle hatchlings the months from January to March are best.

You can experience either the turtles laying or witness the hatchlings digging their way free and scampering down the beach to the water.

Witnessing the hatchlings at Mon Repos
Turtle hatchlings following the light of the human runway as they clamber to the water

Entry is free into the Hatchling Hall and Gift Shop.

Tickets must be purchased online for any one of the three daytime sessions of Turtle Tales.

Sessions are at 9am, 10am and 11am and go for 45 minutes.

Nightly Turtle Encounter ticketholders are entitled to free access into Hatchling Hall, Gift Shop and Turtles Tales on the night while they are waiting for the turtle event.

The Turtle Discovery Centre is very interesting and educational.

Learn all about the different types of turtles, their migration paths, what they eat and so much more.

Turtle Facts

Here are just a few ‘turtley awesome’ facts:

  • Turtles come ashore several times to lay hundreds of eggs in a nesting season.
  • They come back to the same location to lay their eggs but not necessarily each year.
  • After epic migrations at sea, turtles return to the exact spot where they were born to mate and lay their own eggs.
  • Only around 1 in every 1,000 hatchlings survives to adulthood
  • The sex of the turtle is determined by the temperature of the nest
Adele and Turtle at Mon Repos - Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Turtle Encounter Tours

A Turtle Encounter Tour is one of the reasons why it is definitely worth visiting Bundaberg.

It’s one of the most awesome attractions that the Bundaberg region has to offer.

It is absolutely an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience and one we can personally highly recommend!

Touching a Turtle Hatchling on the Turtle Encounter Tour
Adele Getting up close and personal with a turtle hatchling

The most fabulous experience for us was witnessing the baby hatchlings up close.

We were also very fortunate to be all chosen to be part of a human runway as the hatchlings scampered over the sand following the light between our our legs and at times over our feet to reach the water.

Although, we are yet to see a turtle laying her eggs, we have seen turtle tracks on the beach at Mon Repos made the previous night by laying turtles.

Nesting turtle tracks on the beach at Mon Repos
The tracks made by a nesting turtle on the beach at Mon Repos

Note – Bookings for the Turtle Encounter Tours are essential! Tours are hugely popular and often very booked out.

So be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Bookings can be made through the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre

Beautiful farmyard surrounds at Tinaberries

Tinaberries

Tinaberries is a strawberry farm located in Woongarra and is just under 15kms from the heart of Bundaberg.

They warmly welcome guests to their farm to enjoy icecream and strawberries.

OMG, the ice cream at Tinaberries is devine! It was only on our 4th visit to Bundaberg that we discovered Tinaberrries.

We are so pleased we have found this delicious ice cream!

It has just skyrocketed to the top of the charts as one of our favourite ice creams that we have had in nearly 5 years travelling around Australia.

Meeting the owners of Tinaberries
We met Bruce and Tina the owners of Tinaberries

Flavours vary on the day depending on the fruits in season.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit were the flavours of the day of our visit. We bought one of each so we could sample both.

Others flavours include – Dragon Fruit and Lime, Mango and Passion Fruit, Strawberry and Mint, Passion Fruit and Ginger and Blueberries just to name a few.

Tinaberries is another reason why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
OMG – the ice creams at Tinaberries are awesome!!

Lady Musgrave Island

Although we did our day trip to Lady Musgrave Island from 1770, you can also make your way out to the Southern Great Barrier Reef from Bundaberg.

Lady Musgrave Island is the second most southern island in the Great Barrier Reef and is great spot for snorkelling around acres of coral.

Have a walk onto the island and learn it’s history or go for a look on their glass bottom boat over the coral and see the underwater sights from the boat.

Lady Musgrave Island is one of the reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Our day trip to Lady Musgrave Island
Hinkler Hall of Aviation is one of Bundaberg's attractions definitely worth visiting

Hinkler Hall of Aviation Museum

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is definitely worth visiting even if you are not an aviation enthusiast. It is a must visit for all ages.

Located in the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens, this amazing museum celebrates Australias’s pioneer Aviator Bert Hinkler.

Everyone will enjoy the interactive displays and unique exhibits while learning the history of flight in Australia and the incredible life of Bert Hinkler.

One of the attractions why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Bert Hinkler’sAvro Baby’s first flight was in April 1919

The flight simulator is great fun and you can recreate Bert’s first flight hovering over Mon Repos.

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is open 7 days Monday to Sunday from 9am – 3pm. 

Don’t miss seeing the Bert Hinkler House, a recreated from his home in England by the Museum here in Bundaberg.

Hinkler's House
Bert Hinkler House

Bundaberg Botanical Gardens

The Bundaberg Botanical Gardens in North Bundaberg has over 10,000 trees and shrubs within its 27 hectares as well as a wedding chapel.

There are magnificent lakes that attract up to 114 different species of birds, shaded picnic areas and a nature themed playground.

The Bundaberg Botanical Gardens - why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

The best way to explore these fabulous botanical gardens is to take a ride on the steam train.

Australian Sugar Cane Railway conducts train rides every Sunday.

They also operate Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays during school holidays and on most public holidays.

Contact the Australian Sugar Cane Railway for ticket prices and further information.

Bundaberg Botanical Gardens is also home to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, The Fairymead House Sugar Museum, Cafe 1928, the Australian Sugar Cane Railway Museum  and the Bundaberg and District Historical Museum.

Bundaberg and District Historical Museum
Bundaberg & District Historical Museum

Fairymead House Sugar Museum

The Fairymead House, built in 1890, was originally the Manager’s residence at the nearby Fairymead Sugar Plantation.

In 1988, Bundaberg Sugar Ltd who were the owners of the Fairymead Sugar Plantation, gave it to the city of Bundaberg as a Bi-Centenial gift.

It was carefully transported in six pieces and relocated to its new site in the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens.

This grand old plantation house which is heritage-listed, has been restored and repurposed as a museum dedicated to the history of the sugar industry of Bundaberg and its pioneering families.

Opening hours are from 10.30am to 12pm Mondays to Fridays.

The Fairymead House - One of the attractions why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
The Fairymead House
The Hummock

The Hummock Lookout

The remnants of a low-lying volanco is what is commonly known by Bundaberg locals as ‘The Hummock”.

Although it is only 96 metres above sea-level, the Hummock is a great spot to take in the views over the whole of Bundaberg.

To the east, the ocean is visible. Sugar cane fields can be viewed to the west.

View of the Hummock from the cane fields
View of The Hummock from the cane fields

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it

Nearby Beaches are another reason Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

It is definitely worth visiting Bundaberg for the number of great beaches nearby.

Being in close proximity from the city centre to the beach is awesome as you only have to drive 15 minutes from Bundaberg and you are at the beach!

Bargara Beach is one of the beaches and why Bundaberg is worth visiting
Bargara Beach

Bargara Beach

The Bargara Beach is the closest of the beaches to Bundaberg. Bargara offers an ideal beachside lifestyle with oceanfront dining.

The kids will love playing on the beachfront playground which is in the shape of a turtle.

Bargara Esplanade
Bargara Esplanade
Can you swim at Bargara Beach?

During normal conditions, both Bargara Beach and Kellys Beach are considered to be relatively safe for swimming but it is safest and best to swim within the flags in the two patrolled areas.

Bargara & Kellys Beach are popular spots for local surfers as well.

How far is it from Bundaberg to Bargara?

By road it is just over 13kms from Bundaberg to Bargara.

Why Bundaberg is worth visiting for the nearby beaches
The Beach at Elliott Heads

Elliott Heads

Elliott Heads is one of the best beaches near Bundaberg.

It’s actually our favourite beach in Bundaberg.

It offers both a surf beach and calmer waters at the mouth of the Elliott River where the river meets the sea.

With Elliott Heads right on the door step of Bundaberg, it is a great place to visit for the day for a swim or a picnic or to stay for a number of days while you explore all the best things to do in and around Bundaberg.

A drone view of Elliott Heads
Can you swim at Elliott Heads?

Both the beach and the river are great for swimming.

The surf beach at Elliott Heads is patrolled from September to May but is considered relatively safe other times of the year.

You just need to be cautious of the current in the river.

It is also a very popular spot for kite surfers and jet skiers.

Elliott Heads where the river meets the ocean
How far is Elliott Heads from Bundaberg?

As it’s only 20mins out of Bundaberg, Elliott Heads has the best of both worlds.

Not only is it a great spot to stay right on the beach, you are so close to town as well.

Dr Mays Island

Just across the mouth of Elliott Head River is Dr Mays Island. From 1 September to 30 April each year, it is closed to the public.

Very rare birds visit this area for breeding and other birds rest and feed there after flying thousands of kilometres from places as far away as Siberia and the Arctic Circle.

Dr Mays Island

Burnett Heads

Burnett Heads is where river meets the sea and it is home to the Port of Bundaberg.

It is also easily identified by two historic lighthouses.

The original lighthouse was built back in 1873 and now stands next to the Burnett Head Lighthouse Holiday Park.

In 1971, the old wooden lighthouse was replaced with the new octagonal concrete structure.

Burnett Heads original Lighthouse
The original wooden Burnett Heads Lighthouse
New octagonal lighthouse at Burnett Heads
Burnett Heads new octagonal concrete lighthouse

Burnett Heads is also very close to the Mon Repos Conservation Park.

Can you swim at Burnett Heads?

Oaks Beach, a 200metre long beach and South Head just 100metres of sand and rocks are the two beach areas just south of Burnett Heads with only 500metres between the two.

These two beaches are not patrolled by Life Savers.

Conditions in these areas are often choppy and prone to rips especially when the surf is up.

Therefore people are advised to swim at patrolled beaches.

Burnett Heads
How far is Burnett Heads from Bundaberg?

The distance by road from Burnett Heads to Bundaberg is 16.2kms.

One of the reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting - Woodgate Beach is nearby
Loads of shells washed up on Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach is a long white sandy beach approximately 45 mins out from Bundy.

The southern 6 to 7 kilometres of the beach which is part of the Burrum Coast National Park provides 4WD access for beach driving.

Locals warn the sand is muddy and much softer near the Isis river mouth and is a common area for vehicles to become bogged.

Burnett Heads north of the boat ramp
Woodgate Beach north from the boat ramp
Do you need a permit to drive on Woodgate Beach?

You do not require a permit to drive on Woodgate Beach.

There are two access points onto Woodgate Beach.

One south of the Woodgate township and the northern entry off Walkers Point Road takes you down a broken, wooden board track where you need to take care if towing a trailer.

How far is Woodgate Beach from Bundaberg?

Woodgate Beach is just over 57kms from Bundaberg.

We drove out from Bundaberg and enjoyed lunch overlooking the beach and the boat ramp and continued south through Childers stopping at Mammino Gourmet Ice cream, for one of our favourite ice creams in all of OZ.

Memminos Gourmet Ice cream is at nerby Childers and why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for RV Travellers

RV Travellers will definitely find Bundaberg worth visiting as it offers a Free Camping area.

Bundaberg has also repurposed the old Showgrounds into a low cost RV Park managed by CMCA.

Hinkler Lions Park

The Hinkler Lions Park in Bundaberg, aptly named after the aviation icon Bert Hinkler, is a great place to stay for free as it is only a few minutes from the main city centre.

Hinkler Lions Park is one reason why Bundaberg is worth visiting for travellers
Hinkler Lions Park Free Camp

There’s plenty of space and easy parking for self-contained vehicles.

For caravans the suggestion is to go anti clockwise to make it easier to reverse park. It even took us a few turns in our Motorhome.

There are toilets, a drinking water tap, a dump point, bins and even a kids playground.

We did find it a little bit noisy with the airport across the road and with it being on one of the main roads into Bundaberg.

How long can you stay at the Hinkler Lions Park in Bundaberg?

It is a 24 hour stay at the Hinkler Lions Park. 

Are Pets allowed at the Hinkler Lions Park?

Hinkler Lions Park is pet friendly.

Read all about our stay at: Hinkler Lions Park

Hinkler Lions Park
Hinkler Lions Park Free Camp

Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

The Bundaberg CMCA RV Park is a great spot to stay.

Its central location is why it is definitely worth staying here enabling easy access for exploring Bundaberg.

For CMCA Members it’s just $3 per person per night and $15 per vehicle per night for non-members.

It is located at the old Showgrounds behind the Bundaberg Multiplex Sports & Convention Centre.

CMCA RV Park at Bundaberg
How long can you stay at the Bundaberg CMCA RV Park?

Maximum Stay is 5 nights in any 21day period.

All vehicles must be self-contained as there are no toilets and no showers. You must also contain your grey water.

Sites are all unpowered but drinking water and a dump point is available.

Are Pets Allowed at the Bundaberg CMCA RV Park?

Yes, it is pet friendly.

There’s heaps of space and it is quiet.

Best of all, it is very central and is handy to most places in Bundaberg.

Read about our stay at the: Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

Bundaberg CMCA RV Park campsite
Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for the beachside Caravan Parks

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara

On our first visit to Bundaberg we stayed at the Bargara Beach Caravan Park now known as the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara.

Bargara Beach is just a 15minute drive into town which is why its definitely worth visiting Bundaberg.

We enjoyed the best of both worlds being close to town and we were also able to enjoy camping by the beach.

It was an easy drive into Bundaberg to hit up all of the popular tourist attractions including the famous Bundaberg Rum Factory and The Barrel.

Beach directly opposite Bargara Caravan Park
The Beach directly opposite the BIG$ Breeze – Bargara Caravan Park

This Bargara Caravan Park is ideally located right across from the beach and the Bundaberg Surf Life Savers Club making it perfect for a swim after a hot day exploring Bundaberg.

The Park is suitable for all sized caravans and RVs, allows tent camping and 1 and 2 bedroom cabins are also available.

Powered and non-powered sites are available. You can choose from grassed or concrete slab sites as well as sun or shaded sites.

Are Pets Allowed at the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks -Bargara Caravan Park?

Yes, the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara Caravan Park is dog friendly however it is seasonal so best to check regarding dog access prior to arrival.

Read more on this: Bargara Caravan Park

Beach at Bargara Esplanade
Bargara Beach near the Esplanade
Drone view of Elliott Hds Holiday Park
A drone view of the Elliott Heads Holiday Park

Elliott Heads Holiday Park

The Elliott Heads Holiday Park was the perfect location to stay when we were visiting Bundaberg the second time around.

Located right on the doorstep of Bundaberg’s most beautiful local beach and just 20 minutes from town, makes it an ideal base to explore Bundaberg as well as a great spot to just relax and unwind by the beach.

The Amenities are in great condition and the park has all the expected features -Water, Power and a Dump Point.

The sites are all powered and are a good size with a choice of slab or grassed sites.

Just across the road from the Elliott Heads Holiday Park is a great café and a sheltered picnic area.

Elliott Heads Holiday Park - Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visitng
Our site at the Elliott Heads Holiday Park
Are Pets Allowed at the Elliott Heads Tourist Park?

The Elliott Heads Tourist Park do not allow dogs.

It was not possible for us to stay at the Elliott Heads Tourist Park on our first visit to Bundaberg as we were travelling with our dog MACKS.

Read about our stay at: Elliott Heads Holiday Park

Elliott Heads is one reason why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Beautiful Elliott Heads

Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park

On another of our visits to Bundaberg, we stayed at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park in Bundaberg.

The park is very handy to Mon Repos to see the turtle hatching and is only 15 minutes from the centre of town.

Sites are a good size, it’s close to the ocean and like all of the other Caravan Parks around Bundaberg, there is no pool.

Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting  - Burnett Heads
Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park located right on the water’s edge

Although the amenities and facilities at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park at the time of our stay were tired, they are clean.

The camp kitchen is good with BBQ’s, Microwave, frying pan and other features ideal for cooking.

A tennis court is available onsite also.

Are Pets Allowed at the Burnett Heads Holiday Park?

Yes, dogs are allowed as it is pet friendly.

Read about our stay at: Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park

Our site at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park
Our site at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park

Pin – Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Have you been to Bundaberg? We have found first hand why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting as each time we visit we find new and exciting things to see and do.

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Kev & Adele
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Kalbarri Caravan Parks, WA

Kalbarri Caravan Parks feature

When looking for a Caravan Park in Kalbarri WA, there are four Caravan Parks as well as a Farm Stay and a Station Stay to choose from in and around Kalbarri.

Kalbarri Caravan Parks offer views of the Murchison River and Indian Ocean and are all in close proximity to the stunning Kalbarri National Park.

These four Caravan Parks are located within the Kalbarri township or within a short distance of town.

Kalbarri is a popular spot for holiday makers, caravanners, campers and motorhomers all year round.

Kalbarri Waterfront

About Kalbarri

Kalbarri is nestled alongside the beautiful Murchison River and the stunning Kalbarri National Park is right on its doorstep.

This coastal town offers safe swimming beaches, great surfing, reefs and red rugged cliffs meeting up with the Indian Ocean.

The most iconic attraction in Kalbarri National Park is Nature’s Window and now with the amazing addition of the Kalbarri Skywalk which makes visiting Kalbarri a great adventure.

Kalbarri National Park
Stunning Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri has a population of 1,336 but swells in numbers during peak tourist season from June to August.

Warm off-shore currents also make Kalbarri excellent for fishing all year round.

Kalbarri Caravan Park Accommodation Options

The Caravan Parks in Kalbarri offer an extensive range of accommodation options.

You can opt for Powered & Unpowered Caravan & Camping sites, Ensuite Sites, Cabins, Villas, Self-contained Units, Motel Units or 2 and 3 Bedroom Holiday Houses.

Kalbarri Boat Hire just 1.5kms from Kalbarri Anchorage Holiday Village - 1 of 4 Kalbarri Caravan Parks
Kalbarri Boat Hire just 1.5kms from Kalbarri Anchorage Holiday Village

Four Kalbarri Caravan Parks to choose from

1. Kalbarri Anchorage Holiday Village

The Kalbarri Anchorage Holiday Village is nestled on the banks of Murchison River in the centre of town.

Facilities:
Facilities include a Camp Kitchen and a BBQ Area.

Throughout the park there are 3 Amenities Blocks with toilets and showers and a Laundry facilities attached to each amenities block.

Cost to stay:
Riverfront Powered Site – $47 for 2 Adults per night/$43 for a Single per night
Standard Powered Site – $42 for 2 Adults per night/$38 for a Single per night
Unpowered Site – $38 for 2 Adults per night/$30 for a Single per night
Cabins – $80 for 1 – 2 People per night Off-Peak/$90 for 1 – 2 People per night Peak
Park Home – $90 per night Off-Peak/$100 per night Peak

Pool:
Yes

Kids playground:
No

Kalbarri Anchorage Caravan Park nestled on the banks of the Murchison River
Kalbarri Anchorage Holiday Village is nestled on the banks of the Murchison River

Pet Friendly:
Yes – pets are welcome outside school holidays. Pets are not permitted in Cabins or in the Park Home.

Dump Point:
Yes

WiFi Available:
Yes

Telstra Coverage:
Yes, coverage with all networks

Contact Details – Kalbarri Anchorage Holiday Village:

Phone: 08 9937 1181
Address: 168 Grey Street, Kalbarri, Western Australia
Website

Rugged Red Bluff meets the Indian Ocean
Rugged Red Bluff meets the Indian Ocean

2. Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park

The Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park is the newest of the Kalbarri Caravan Parks.

This Kalbarri Caravan Park opened in September 2019 and is modern, clean and still feels new.

Facilities:
Facilities include a Camp Kitchen and a Barbecue Area. 

Drinking Water and Laundry facilities are available along with a Water Filling Station enabling you to fill your caravan or motorhome.

Cost to stay:
Ensuite Powered Site – From $50 per night
Holiday Units – From $160 per night
Beach House – From $250 per night

Pool:
Yes

Kids playground:
Yes

Red Bluff Beach just minutes from Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park
Red Bluff Beach just minutes from Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park

Pet Friendly:
Yes – pets are welcome.

Please mention you are travelling with your pet at the time of your booking. See their Pet Terms & Conditions here.

Dump Point:
Yes

WiFi Available:
Yes – Free Wifi Hot Spot is available

Telstra Coverage:
Yes, coverage with Telstra and other networks

Contact Details – Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park:

Phone: 08 9918 7100
Address: Red Bluff Beach Road, Kalbarri, Western Australia
Website

Kalbarri Caravan Parks - Murchison Caravan Park entry
Photo Credit: Murchison Caravan Park

3. Murchison Caravan Park

The Murchison Caravan Park is located on the waterfront right in the heart of Kalbarri.

You will enjoy sweeping views of the Murchison River and beyond to the Indian Ocean.

Facilities:
Facilities include a Camp Kitchen and free gas BBQs.

There’s an ensuite style amenities building with disabled access and a fish cleaning area is also available.

Cost to stay:
Powered Site – $44 for 2 Adults; $9 for Children 4 years & above; $13 for an additional Adult per night. Weekly rates apply outside school holidays
Unpowered Site – $40 for 2 Adults; $9 for Children 4 years & above; $13 for an additional Adult per night. Weekly rates apply outside school holidays
Deluxe Ensuite Cabins – $180 for 2 People per night during School holidays/Public Holidays and $150 all other times; $10 for Children 4-15 years and $15 for an additional Adult per night.
Standard Ensuite Cabins – $130 for 2 People per night during School holidays/Public Holidays and $120 all other times; $10 for Children 4-15 years and $15 for an additional Adult per night.

Pool:
No

Kalbarri Caravan Parks - Murchison Caravan Park Camp Kitchen
Photo Credit: Murchison Caravan Park

Kids playground:
Yes

Pet Friendly:
Yes – pets are welcome outside school holidays. Pets are not permitted in Cabins

Dump Point:
Yes

WiFi Available:
Yes

Telstra Coverage:
Yes, coverage with all networks

Contact Details – Murchison Caravan Park:

Phone: 08 9937 1005
Address:
Grey Street, Kalbarri, Western Australia
Website

One of the 4 Kalbarri Caravan Parks - Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park
Photo Credit: Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park

4. Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park

With just a short 3 minute walk to the centre of town, the Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park is ideally located.

Facilities:
Facilities include a Camp Kitchen and a BBQ Shelter with free barbecues.

Throughout the park there are 2 amenities blocks with toilets and showers, a Laundry and clothes line.

Cost to stay:
Ensuite Site
– $53 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$65 Peak per night/$218 pw Off-Peak
Powered Site – $43 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$56 Peak per night/$258 pw Off-Peak
Unpowered Site – $39 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$41 Peak per night/$231 pw Off-Peak
2 Bed Deluxe Villa – $170 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$231 Peak per night/$840 pw Off-Peak.
Pool Villa – $170 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$252 Peak per night/$840 pw Off-Peak.
Ensuite Park Cabin – $120 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$137 Peak per night/$600 pw Off-Peak.
One Bed Unit – $145 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$189 Peak per night/$750 pw Off-Peak.
Two Bed Unit – $170 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$231 Peak per night/$840 pw Off-Peak.
Motel Unit – $135 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$158 Peak per night/$690 pw Off-Peak
One Bed Accessible Unit – $145 for 1-2 Adults Off-Peak/$189 Peak per night/$750 pw Off-Peak.
Additional Adult $15 per night
Additional Child 0-15 years $10 per night

One of the 4 Kalbarri Caravan Parks - Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park
Photo Credit: Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park

Pool:
Yes

Kids Playground:
Yes along with a Jumping Pillow and TV Room

Pet Friendly:
Yes – pets are welcome outside school holidays by arrangement.

Dump Point:
Yes

WiFi Available:
Yes – Free Wifi is available

Telstra Coverage:
Yes, Telstra coverage and other networks

Contact Details – Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park:

Phone: 08 9937 1077
Address: 10 Porter Street, Kalbarri, Western Australia
Website

Kalbarri Camping at Murchison House Station with MACKS
Visiting Kalbarri with our Golden Retriever MACKS

Are the Kalbarri Caravan Parks Pet Friendly?

Kalbarri Anchorage Caravan Park, Murchison River Caravan Park and Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park all allow pets on a seasonal basis.

Pets are allowed at Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park. Dogs are also welcome at both Murchison House Station and Big River Ranch Kalbarri.

As we arrived in Kalbarri during September School holidays, our choice of a Kalbarri Caravan Parks was limited as we were travelling with our Golden Retriever MACKS.

At the time there were only 3 caravan parks as Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park did not exist.

This meant we were unable to book into any of the Kalbarri Caravan Parks as they don’t allow pets during school holidays.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it
Murchison House Station Kalbarri Camping
Murchison House Station

Kalbarri Camping

There are also two camping options in and around Kalbarri, one a station stay and the other offering farm stay accommodation:

At the Murchison House Station, you can opt to camp alongside the Murchison River near the Homestead or choose bush camping anywhere on the property that you can access with your 4WD.

The Big River Ranch Kalbarri offers farm stay accommodation as well as a campground area overlooking the Murchison River.

Read more: Kalbarri Camping

Big River Ranch Kalbarri Camping
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Nature's Window
Nature’s Window

Things to do in Kalbarri

Nature’s Window

One of the most iconic attractions in Western Australia is Nature’s Window in the Kalbarri National Park.

The mighty Murchison River is perfectly framed in this spectacular natural rock formation and is one of the most photographed attractions in WA.

Kalbarri Caravan Parks all make a great base to explore the new Kalbarri Skywalk
The spectacular new Kalbarri Skywalk
Kalbarri Skywalk

A marvellous new attraction in the Kalbarri National Park is the Kalbarri Skywalk.

Two amazing cantilevered viewing platforms have been built projecting out from the rim of the Murchison Gorge.

Take a thrilling walk out on these viewing platforms for some absolutely incredible views of the surrounding gorge and the river 100 metres below.

Kalbarri Pelican Feeding
Daily Pelican Feeding on the Kalbarri Foreshore opposite Murchison Caravan Park Kalbarri
Pelican Feeding

Each morning you can watch the resident pelicans waddle up onto the grassed area and wait for a feed of fish.

Originally Cliff Ross began feeding the pelicans in 1975 and local volunteers have continued on with the tradition of the daily pelican feeding.

Feeding starts at 8.45am on the foreshore directly opposite the Murchison Caravan Park.

A gold coin donation to help cover the cost of the fish is much appreciated.

Red Bluff Lookout
Amazing views from Red Bluff Lookout
Red Bluff Lookout

Enjoy the views of the dramatic and rugged coastal cliffs of Kalbarri and the Indian Ocean from Red Bluff Lookout.

Red Bluff Lookout is also the perfect vantage point to spot Humpback Whales on their annual migration.

The trail from Red Bluff Beach to the lookout is a 1km return walk.

Kalbarri Weather
Kalbarri weather during our visit in the month of September

Kalbarri Weather

Traditionally the weather in Kalbarri is warm with refreshing ocean breezes in the afternoon.

During Summer the average daytime temperatures is usually around 33 degrees with overnight temperatures averaging around 19 degrees.

December to February is generally the busiest time of the year with people out swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding, snorkelling and surfing.

Autumn months are a great time to visit Kalbarri with average temperatures around 26 degrees.

March to May are ideal for fishing and holidaying.

June to August the Kalbarri heathland explodes into colour with the wildflower season.

You can enjoy clear skies with temperatures down to 10 degrees overnight and usually 22 degrees maximum during the day.

Humpback Whale season is in full swing from September to November. Temperatures are usually around 26 degrees during the day.

Great weather at Kalbarri for activities on the water

Places to eat and drink in Kalbarri

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Which Caravan Parks in Kalbarri have you stayed at?

Tell us about your Kalbarri Caravan Park experience.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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