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Bowen Caravan Park Accommodation, Qld

Big 4 Beachfront Bowen

Our choice of Bowen Caravan Park accommodation was the Big 4 Beachfront Holiday Park.

This is an exceptionally well located caravan park overlooking the ocean and our site had clear unrestricted views.  In the afternoons we enjoyed some spectacular sunsets across the bay.

Bowen has so many beautiful beaches and they are all very close to town.

We were delighted to stay at a Bowen Caravan Park with such fabulous water views directly in front of our Motorhome.

Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park Views

Bowen Caravan Park Facilities

This fabulous Bowen Caravan Park has a big swimming pool which allowed me to do some laps and fitness work plus keep cool in the North Queensland heat.

There are very good amenities available, functional and clean and the staff are also friendly and helpful too.

The park has shaded BBQ areas and a fully equipped camp kitchen which is great for travellers and holiday makers.

Absolute water views from Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park
Absolute water views from the NMRA Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park

Fun for the kids is everywhere with a play room with TV and games to keep them entertained when they are not swimming or fishing.

Plus, there is an outdoor cinema and go-kart hire which makes this caravan park very family friendly.

Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park Sunsets
Spectacular sunsets from the Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park

Another great feature of this Bowen Big 4 Caravan Park is their drive through bays which makes parking up your Caravan, Motorhome or RV and rolling out so much easier.

There is a Dump Point on site and they do gas bottle refills as well.

You will find the shops are just a short drive away and Bowen has so much to see and do.

Big 4 Bowen Pet Friendly

Is this Bowen Caravan Park Pet Friendly?

The Big 4 Bowen Caravan park is pet friendly which was great as we had MACKS travelling with us.

MACKS certainly felt relaxed during our stay as she would sleep out on the grass in the shade of the Picnic Shelter alongside us while we took in the magnificent views of Queens Bay.

Dog access is seasonal so check prior to arrival or when booking.

Big 4 Beachfront Bowen Caravan Park
Our waterfront site at the NMRA Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park

We had good Telstra, Vodafone and Optus coverage at the Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park so there is no problem with phone coverage – you can be with any phone network provider.

Cost to stay for 3 adults was $49.50 per night after our 10% discount for being Big 4 members.
Updated Feb 2021:
Waterfront sites start at $51 a night. During June, July and August prices go to $62-64 a night for powered waterfront site for 2 adults.
Powered sites away from waterfront start at $42 a night. During June, July and August prices go to $52-55.50 a night for powered waterfront site for 2 adults.

Our stay here was 17-19th May 2016

Click on the video below for a walk through look at the caravan park which we rate as one of our Best Caravan Parks around Australia.

Contact Details for NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park

Phone: 1800 602 469
Website:
Address: Cnr Horseshoe Bay & The Soldiers Roads, Bowen Queensland

How to get to the Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park

As you come into Bowen on the Bruce Highway/A1, you will go past the Big Mango on the left. Continue along until the Bruce Highway becomes Don Street.

Continue along Don Street before turning left onto Livingstone Street. In 450m at the roundabout continue straight to stay on Livingstone Street for another 240m.

Then take the 1st exit at the next roundabout onto Herbert Street. Follow Herbert Street for 650m then turn left onto The Soldiers Road.

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on The Soldiers Road. In 900m on the right, you will reach the NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park formerly the Big 4 Beachfront Holiday Park Bowen.

Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park Picnic Shelters

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
Big Mango

Things to see and do in Bowen

The Big Mango

One of the well known attractions in Bowen and one of the many Big Things of Australia is The Big Mango.

You can’t miss it, it is right on the Bruce Highway outside the Bowen Information Centre which is just 4 kms south of Bowen.

Not only is it fun to stop in for a photo with 10 metre giant mango, try the delicious mango sorbet while you are there as well!

Check out more of our: Big Things of Australia

Australia Movie Set

The Site of the Movie Set – Australia

We were excited to see where in Bowen ‘Australia‘ was filmed.

Hundreds of tonnes of red gravel was laid over the roads and the Bowen Beachfront and Wharf were transformed to look like Darwin in the 1940s.

Existing buildings were retro-fitted and old style buildings were quickly built so there were no signs of modern construction.

The 16ha set took a couple of months to create before filming began and 4 weeks to return Bowen to the 21st Century once filming had ended.

It is believed to be one of the largest outdoor movie sets ever made.

Bowen Fishing

Bowen Fishing

Bowen has an abundance of good fishing in the creek systems, nearby coral studded islands and offshore reefs. Mangrove-Jack, Bream, Whiting and Barra are known to be plentiful in the many creek systems.

Kev and Matt spent a night fishing from the Bowen Jetty.  Matt was hooked onto this small Trevally but he missed something much bigger.

Bowen Beaches

Bowen Beaches

Bowen is known for its beautiful Beaches and there are actually 8 beaches within 10 minutes of the town.

We checked out just three of the 8 beaches on our visit – Horseshoe Bay, Greys Bay and Rose Bay as well as admired the views of Queens Bay daily from the camping site at the Big 4 Bowen Caravan Park.

Horseshoe Bay

Horsehoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay Beach is one of Bowen’s most iconic beaches. Set between two granite rocky outcrops, the beach is shaped like a horseshoe.

Take the Cape Edgecumbe Walking Tracks for spectacular views of Horseshoe Bay from the Rotary Lookout.

Continue along the track to other lookouts including the Greys Bay Lookout, the World War II Radar Side Lookout and the Mother Beddock Lookout.

Horseshoe Bay is a popular place for swimming for locals and visitors.

Also if you swim just out from the beach you can dive or snorkel amongst a haven of fish and coral.

Greys Bay

Greys Bay

Greys Bay, another of Bowen’s beautiful beaches.

The sheltered bay is great for stand up paddleboarders as well as a popular spot for water-skiing, tubing and wakeboarding.

There is also a two-lane boat ramp providing easy access to launch boats and jet skis.

Rose Bay Bowen

Rose Bay

Rose Bay has great views of Gloucester Island along with BBQs and picnic tables making it a a great spot for families.

At low tide, it’s a great place for kids to explore the rock pools.

The northern end of Rose Bay is not only ideal for people to launch their paddle boards and kayaks, it is very popular with divers and snorkellers as the reef is not far from the shoreline.

Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill

For 360 degree panoramic views of Bowen and the coastline, head to Flagstaff Hill.

The lookout is just a short drive from the main part of town where you can marvel at the magnificent views of the islands, the historic lighthouse, the beaches, the marina and jetty, Bowen township and more.

It is also an ideal whale watching vantage point in the winter months.

Bowen Murals

Bowen Murals

Check out the historic murals in Bowen. There are 19 murals in total depicting events over the past 150 years.

The locals are quick to claim Bowen as the ‘Mural Capital of Australia’!

Bowen Water Play Park

Bowen Water Park

The kids will love the Bowen Water Park which is ideally located right on the foreshore at the end of the main street of town.

Perfect to cool off under the splash of the big bucket especially on a hot day!

Pin – Bowen Caravan Park Accommodation

Bowen Caravan Park Accommodation

Bowen Caravan Park Accommodation

Other great places to stay in the North Queensland region:

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 – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – 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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

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.to/3eCueUo 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 lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 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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Cape Hillsborough Camping by the Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping Feature

Cape Hillsborough Camping is an awesome experience with a number of different locations all offering camping by the Beach.

Within just a 35 – 40 minute drive from Mackay in North Queensland you could be stepping on any one of 4 beaches below.

All of these beach locations in and around Cape Hillsborough National Park have a campground where they offer camping right alongside the beach or overlooking the beach.

  • Smalleys Beach
  • Seaforth
  • Ball Bay
  • Halliday Bay

The most magical experience of Cape Hillsborough Camping is seeing the roos at sunrise.

It is definitely worth getting up early and heading to the beach at Cape Hillsborough to not only see the roos on the beach but to see the stunning sunrise backdrop.

Camping by the beach around Cape Hillsborough offers a quiet and relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of town for holiday makers and for travellers just wanting to take a break.

Relaxing on the beach, swimming and fishing are all on offer at these quiet seaside Cape Hillsborough camping spots.

You can do as much or as little as you please.

Cape Hillsborough Camping prices range from $13.50 for 2 people per night to $45 per night for 2 Adults.

Smalleys Beach

Smalleys Beach Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
40 minute drive – 48.8kms

What Facilities are available at the Smalleys Beach Campground?
There are toilets which are reportedly clean but no showers.

Drinking water is available and all sites are unpowered as you would expect in a National Park Campground.

Sites are quite private and well marked with some semi-shaded by trees. A few sites are large but access to some are a little tight for bigger rigs.

The Smalleys Beach Campground is right alongside Smalleys Beach, some sites with ocean views and each site with a track to the beach.

Access is via a 4km stretch of gravel road and is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

Generators and chainsaws are not allowed.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellent.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per night and $27 for families

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted as it is National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No however you are allowed off-ground fire containers.

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Phone coverage is poor

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Smalleys Beach Road, Cape Hillsborough
Website:

Read more about: Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

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Seaforth

Seaforth Camping Reserve

How far is it from Mackay?
35 minute drive – 44.9kms

What Facilities are available at the Seaforth Camping Grounds?
There are toilets and coin operated showers are old but clean. Drinking water, barbecues, playground and a Camp Kitchen are all available.

All sites are unpowered but generators of 2kva and below are allowed during the hours of 7am – 7pm.

This seaside camping reserve offers big grassy sites with great ocean breezes. It is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

There is a Dump Point at the Seaforth Camping Reserve.

When parking your caravan or motorhome along the front sites, you are required to have the back of your van or motorhome facing the water.

Seaforth Swimming Enclosure

The Seaforth Camping Reserve is just a 20 metre walk to the beach where there is a stinger free swimming enclosure. with ocean views and each site with a track to the beach.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellant.

How much does it cost?
$ 27 per night or $156 per week. Additional person $15 per night
Bookings can be made by phoning 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 and Eftpos is available at the Seaforth Booking Office

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
There is a allocated dog area with 26 allocated sites for people travelling with pets. Please declare your pet at time of booking and ensure dogs are on a leash at all times

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile providers

Contact Details:
Phone:
0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359
Address:
Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaford, Queensland
Website:

Seaforth

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Ball Bay Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
39 minute drive – 48kms

What Facilities are available at the Ball Bay Camping Area
The Ball Bay Camping Area facilities include toilets, cold beach showers and wood barbecues.

Drinking water is available and there is hot water in the Camp Kitchen.

All sites of the small secluded beachfront campground are unpowered and pre-booking is not available. Sites are grassed and suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

Bushwalking
Bushwalking in the Cape Hillsborough National Park

The Campground offers close proximity to the Cape Hillsborough National Park Walking tracks.  During the summer months you may witness flatback turtles hatching in the early hours.

Generators are not allowed.

How much does it cost?
$15 per night as of March 2021 (Previously $27 per night)
Council attendants visit daily to collect camping fees. Cash only

Maximum Stay:
7 Day Limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – pets are not permitted

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4959 0695
Address: 
Cnr Coconut Grove & Ward Esplanade, Ball Bay, Queensland
Website:

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Cape Hillsborough Lookout
Breathtaking views from Twin Beach Lookout in the Cape Hillsborough National Park

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Halliday Bay

Halliday Bay Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
41 minute drive – 48.9kms

What Facilities are available?
The Halliday Bay Resort Golf Course & RV Park offers another great Cape Hillsborough Camping Area close to the beach.

It is available for fully self-contained Caravans and Motorhomes only. No tents allowed.

Facilities include toilets but no showers. Drinking water is available and there is a Dump Point as well.

Powered sites and unpowered sites are available at the waterfront Halliday Bay Camping Area. There is a netted swimming enclosure.

Play a game of golf on the international designed golf course, enjoy a drink or meal at the Captain’s Bar and Restaurant. Sit down bistro meals or takeaway meals and light snacks are available.

Gas refills are available from the Halliday Beach Resort.

How much does it cost?
$35 per night for power and water
$22 for unpowered

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile phone coverage

Contact Details:
Phone: 
0402 228 295
Address:
Headland Drive, Halliday Bay, Queensland
Website:

Halliday Bay

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Cape Hillsborough Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping

The most famous location for camping is at Cape Hillsborough itself.

At the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park you can either camp in their campground on the lower level right on the beach or stay in the upper level of the park with the comforts of power and water.

We have stayed there 3 times now in the last 5 years and it has the special advantage of the roos at sunrise on the beach right on the doorstep of the Caravan Park.

How far is it from Mackay?
40 minute drive – 48.6kms

What Facilities are available?
Facilities include three Amenities Blocks one on the lower campground level and two on the main level.

There’s a great Swimming Pool with 2 slides, a Licensed Bar as well as a Cafe serving a delicious lunch menu and takeaway meals on Friday and Saturday nights .

Other general facilities include Laundry, Playground, Barbecues, Camp Kitchen and TV Games Room. Fun activities also available including Mini Putt Putt, Dyno Karts and Outdoor Movies.

Roaming roos

A Dump Point is available on site. Wallabies and kangaroos roam freely around the park.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellant.

How much does it cost?
$45 – Powered Site
$40 – Unpowered Site

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted as it is National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
We were able to get Telstra coverage from our campsite during our last visit in late 2020

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4959 0152
Address:
51 Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland
Website:

Read more about: Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Cape Hillsborough Beach

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 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 Humpback Whale Swim in Exmouth remains one of our ultimate highlights of our time around Australia. We 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.
Cape Hillsborough Roos

Things to do while Camping in the Cape Hillsborough Area

Roos at Sunrise

When camping at Cape Hillsborough, one thing that you certainly must not miss is to see the roos at sunrise.

It truly is a magical experience and the photo opportunities of the roos at sunrise are amazing.

The roos have for a long time headed down to the beach at Cape Hillsborough just as the sun is rising to feed off the mangrove pods.

In recent years, you will see one of the rangers laying out small mats for the kangaroos and wallabies to feed on special pellets.

Adele with roo at sunrise
Adele with one of the roos deciding to get up close and personal to her on the beach at Cape Hillsborough

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Discover secret Rockpools around Cape Hillsborough

Discover the beautiful rockpools hidden in the rocks on Wedge Island which can be accessed from southern the end of the Cape Hillsborough Beach, but only at low tide.

They are tucked away on the opposite side of the island that is rocky and takes a bit of rockhopping to find them. Kev made it to this one on his own as Adele didn’t make it all of the way over the loose rocks.

If you are the adventurous kind, you will love these hidden rockpool gems. Just pop on your rock shoes and hop on over!

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Walk over to Wedge Island at Low Tide

It is awesome to take advantage of the low tide and walk over to Wedge Island. Head over from the southern end of the beach at Cape Hillsborough.

Walk across with your fishing rods as the fishing out from Wedge Island is very good with Mangrove Jack, Barramundi, Salmon, Flathead and Whiting among the fish you can hook onto.

On the eastern side of Wedge Island you can cast a lure for Reef fish as well.

The view looking back over to Cape Hillsborough from Wedge Island is awesome.

Be sure to allow enough time to be able to walk back across the natural pathway to the mainland, you don’t won’t to be left stranded on the island. It’s a long wait between tides!

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Cape Hillsborough

Explore the Cape Hillsborough National Park

At the southern end of the Cape Hillsborough Headland and  on the edge of the Cape Hillsborough Tourist Park is the Andrews Point Walking Track.

This popular track in the Cape Hillsborough National Park takes you up to a number of lookouts with magnificent views.

One of the lookout platforms provides breathtaking views looking back over the Cape Hillsborough Beach and across to Wedge Island with another looking down on the turtles below.

It is a somewhat steep climb up for the first part of the walk but it is worth the effort.

Once you reach the lookouts it is a fairly flat easy track that meanders across the top of the headland before it takes you back down to the beach.

Turtle Lookout Cape Hillsborough NP

You can wander back along the beach as long as the tide is low which will shorten your walk and also means you won’t have to retrace your steps along the same track to the original starting point.

We have enjoyed walking the Andrews Point Track two out of our three times we have camped at Cape Hillsborough. On our first visit we endured 100m of rain overnight so bushwalking was not an option.

Other bushwalking tracks in the Cape Hillsborough National Park include:

  • Beachcomber Cove Track
  • The Diversity Boardwalk
  • Yuibera Plant Trail

For more information on these three walks check out the Queensland Parks website.

Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough Bushwalk

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Visit the Old Station Teahouse

The award winning Old Station Teahouse at Cape Hillsborough offers a range of delicious homemade goodies including cakes, scones. brownies and desserts and a great place to pop into when you are camping at any of the Cape Hillsborough Camping spots.

The Teahouse came about back around 1904 when a permanent railway station was built in the township of Marian with the station serving the community well for 90 years.

In 1994 the new owners had 4 weeks to transfer the beautiful old building to where it is in Cape Hillsborough and has continued to thrive for the last 27 years.

The Old Station Teahouse is open Thursdays to Sundays from 9am – 3pm.

Phone:  07 4959 0528
Address:  231 Cape Hillsborough Road, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland

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The Leap Hotel Statue

Drop into The Leap Hotel for lunch or a drink

The Leap Hotel is steeped with history and is a great place to stop off for a drink or lunch as we did on the way to your favourite Cape Hillsborough Camping spot.

Learn about the legend of Kowaha. A huge monument depicting the event stands at the front of The Leap Hotel.

Phone:  07 4954 0993
Address:  954 Bruce Hwy, The Leap, Queensland

Read more: Mackay – Whitsundays region, so much to see and do

The Leap Hotel

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How to get to Cape Hillsborough National Park

Head out from Mackay along the Bruce Highway for 20km before turning right onto Seaforth Road.

Then travel for another 20kms and take a right turn onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

Coming from Proserpine, travel south along the Bruce Highway for 104kms. Turn left onto Seaforth Road.

After following Seaforth Road for 20kms, turn right into Cape Hillsborough Road.

Other great places to stay in the region:

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Have you been camping at any of these beachside campgrounds around Cape Hillsborough? Tell us about your Cape Hillsborough Camping 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 – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – 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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

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.to/3eCueUo 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 lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 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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10 Top Things to Do in Longreach

Longreach Feature Image

The Queensland Outback is an amazing place to visit and there are so many interesting and different things to do in Longreach Qld.

From the only stagecoach gallop in Queensland to walking out on the wing of a 747 jet aeroplane, while it is firmly on the ground of course!

We found that you definitely need at least 4 to 5 days to cover the many things to do in Longreach.

Longreach Accommodation includes free camping, low cost campgrounds and caravan parks depending on your needs and budget.

Brisbane to :Longreach

Top 3 Must See & Do Things in Longreach

  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre
  • Qantas Founders Museum
  • Outback Pioneers – Kinnon & Co Experiences
Things to do in Longreach ASHOF

The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre

A visit to Longreach is not complete without visiting the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre. The extremely popular Queensland Outback Museum has re-opened in April 2021 after a $15 million makeover.

It now features an interactive “choose your own” adventure experience. Check out more about the huge revamp here

Choose from the Stockman’s Experience Tour which includes the Live Show, Entry to the Museum and all Galleries as well as the new Cinematic Experience or just the Museum & Gallery Entry only.

The Stockman’s Live Show runs Saturdays to Thursdays at 11am and 2pm.

Opening Hours for entry to the Museum and Galleries at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame are 8am – 4pm, 7 days a week.

Phone:  07 4658 2166
Address: Landsborough Highway, Longreach, Queensland

747 & Darwinny

Qantas Founders Museum

Another one of the top attractions and ‘must see’ things to do in Longreach is the Qantas Founders Museum.

There are 5 Qantas Founders Museum Tours & Experiences available:

  • Museum Entry
  • Airpark Tour which includes Museum Entry
  • 747 Wing Walk
  • Platinum Package which includes Museum Entry, Airpark Tour with access to 707 Private Rooms, Wing Walk and a meal in the McGuiness’ Restaurant
  • Luminescent Longreach – Light and Sound Show

The Museum is open from 9am – 4pm every day except Christmas Day.

Qantas Hanger

Airport Tour times are 9.30am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm and 9.30am and 12.30pm during the months of November through to March.

Wing Walk Tour times are 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. During the months of November to March, there are just the two tours each day at 11.00am and 2.00pm.

The 747 Wing Walk does not include entry into the Museum.

Luminescent Light Show – Click here for times as they vary in Summer and Winter

Since our visit, they have built a roof over the museum’s aeroplane enclosure to protect the iconic aircraft from the fierce Western Queensland sun.

As part of the $14.3 million project, they have also added the state of the art light and sound show.

Phone: 07 4658 3737
Address: 1 Sir Hudson Fysh Drive Longreach, Queensland

Outback Pioneers

Outback Pioneers – Kinnon & Co Experiences

The Kinnon Family are true Outback Pioneers when it comes to fabulous outback experiences in Queensland.

We did two of their awesome tours and they are definitely among our favourite things to do in Longreach:

  • Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience
  • Thomson River Cruise Experience
  • Nogo Station Experience

They have a number of different accommodation options, The Station Store and The Welcome Home Restaurant and Booking Office where you can book not only your Outback Pioneers Experiences but other also the other attractions in Longreach.

Phone:  07 4658 1776
Address:  126 – 128 Eagle Street, Longreach, Queensland

Read more: Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

Stockmans Live Show

Our List of 10 Top Things to Do in Longreach

1. Do the complete Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame – Stockman’s Experience Tour

The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is truly one of the top tourist attractions in Longreach.

We wanted to experience everything as we were not sure when we would get the chance to return so it was inevitable that we would do the complete package tour that was on offer.

We enjoyed the live show as well as entry into the amazing museum and galleries.

The Stockman’s Experience Tour includes:

  • A Stockman’s Life -Live Show
  • Entry to the Museum and all Galleries
  • Audio and Video Guided Tour
  • “Hugh” Bronze Sculpture Walk and Eternal Muster Wall
  • Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery
  • Story of the Australian Stockman – new Cinematic Experience

Cost of the tour is:
$68 for Adults
$61.50 for Concession Holders
$40 for Children 5 – 12 years (Children under 5 are free) and
$198 for a Family of 2 Adults and 2 Children.

Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery

2. Check out the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Museum & Galleries

If you choose not to do the Stockman’s Experience Tour, it certainly is a must to check out the interactive museum and galleries of the fabulous Stockman’s Hall of Fame, especially now it has undergone a $15 million upgrade.

We thoroughly enjoyed wandering through the exhibits and displays when we visited. You do need to allow yourself a couple of hours to make your way around all of the exhibits and interactive displays.

Entry Fees for the museum and galleries (excluding the Live Show and Cinematic Experience) are:

$35 for Adults
$31.50 for Concession
$20 for Children 5 – 12 years (Children under 5 are free) or
$100 for a Family of 2 Adults and 2 Children.

The Museum & Galleries are open all year around excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day & ANZAC Day.

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The suspended Queen Air RFDS aircraft was the main feature at one end of the domed Hall of Fame at the time of our visit

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Airport Park

3. Go Behind the Scenes of Qantas Jets on The Airpark Tour

If you have ever flown in a jet plane, you will find going behind the scenes and entering the different areas of the Qantas jets plus learning the secrets and history of these aircrafts fascinating.

We certainly did!

The Airpark tour which goes for approx 1.5 hours provides a walk through of the Boeing 747, Boeing 707 and Super Constellation and it also includes entry to the Qantas Founders Museum.

It’s only here in Longreach and one other place that you can have your photograph taken inside the engine of a 747!

Another one of those once in a lifetime opportunities that we were thrilled to have experienced.

There are only four 707’s left in existence. John Travola owns one and there are two parked side by side in the Airpark at the Qantas Founders Museum.

Qantas Founders Museum - Just one of the things to do in Longreach

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4. Experience the thrill of the 747 Wing Walk

The 747 Wing Walk Tour takes you to exclusive places in the aircraft that are not included in the Airpark tour like the flight deck where you actually get to sit in the Pilot’s seat!

We took the opportunity to do the exclusive 747 Wing Walk tour during our visit to Longreach as for us it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Not only do you have the thrill of walking out on the wing of a giant Boeing 747 (thankfully the plane is not in the air at the time but you are still harnessed lol), you also are taken through the restricted areas of the jet plane as well which is extremely interesting!

Plus, with the exclusive entry to the Flight Deck, it was great to have photos taken as you momentarily act the part of Pilots and Co-Pilots.

Things to do in Longreach - Flightdeck of 747

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Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience - Things to do in Longreach

5. Take an exhilerating ride on the Cobb & Co Stagecoach

Experience the only stagecoach gallop in Australia!

It is a once in a lifetime experience and one that is definitely not to be missed when visiting Longreach.

Not only do you ride in the restored Cobb & Co stagecoach through the main street of Longreach you also follow a stretch of the original Longreach – Windorah mail run where you get a gallop up along the old dirt track!

Also included in this amazing 4 hour tour is a traditional Aussie Morning Tea, a classic Australian movie in the retro cinema with canvas seats and the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show, a tribute to the old time travelling shows.

Bookings are essential and run from 8.30am Mondays to Fridays.

Tour Season is from the end of March to the end of October.

Kinnon Family

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Thomson River Cruise

6. Enjoy a Thomson River Sunset Cruise and Stockman’s Campfire Dinner

Kinnon & Co, the true outback pioneers certainly know how to provide unique experiences for people holidaying in Longreach or for people like us who are travelling all around Australia wanting to see and experience everything our spectacular country has to offer.

The Starlight Cruise Experience is another exceptional thing to do in Longreach. Whilst aboard either the original paddlewheeler or Thomson Princess Riverboat you are served nibbles while Drinks are BYO.

A sensational sunset cruise along the majestic Thomson River is followed by a traditional stockman’s campfire dinner with some added fun and entertainment from the Kinnon Family and the awesome barefoot poet.

Following dinner and the entertainment you will also then be treated to The Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show as well as billy tea and damper to finish off the night.

Coach pick up is included.

The Starlight cruise operates Monday to Saturday however during April, May, September and October the cruise runs on alternate days. Bookings are essential.

Tour season runs from the end of March to the end of October.

Thomson River Cruise - Things to do in Longreach

7. Wander through the Longreach Powerhouse Museum

The Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum is Australia’s largest preserved rural generating facility. The Museum displays how electricity was generated, maintained and distributed throughout the shire.

The Power House was erected in Longreach and electricity was introduced to the town in 1921.

Also there are displays exhibiting the early history of Longreach, the1921 Swimming Baths and the Nogo Cottage which depicts family life in the west from 1935 to 1955.

A number of other displays of agriculture and road maintenance machinery along with a collection of commercial office equipment from 1908 – 1950 are also available.

Guided Tours of the Powerhouse Museum operate on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10.15am to 11.30am.

Bookings are required and can be made at the Longreach Visitor Information Centre or by calling 07 4658 4150.

8. Check out the historic Longreach Railway Station

The Longreach Railway Station is the terminus for Queensland Rail’s ‘Spirit of the Outback’.

The Spirit of the Outback runs from Brisbane to Longreach and takes 26 hours to complete the journey of 1325kms. Brisbane one day, Longreach the next!

This historic old timber railway station built in 1916 still prominently stands on the Capricorn Highway today.

It is just over 2kms to the Qantas Founders Museum and 2.6 kms to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame from the Longreach Railway Station.

Longreach Railway Station

9. Soak in the warm waters of the Ilfracombe Artesian Spa

Just 20 mins out of Longreach is the little town of Ilfracombe where you can soak in the hot mineral waters of an Artesian Spa.

The Ilfracombe Memorial Park is home to the local swimming pool and the artesian spa bath. You can alternate between the hot water of the artesian spa to the cold water of the 20metre pool.

Opening hours are from 3.30pm – 6.30pm Monday to Saturday plus 9am – 12noon and  3.30pm – 6.30pm on Sundays.

Ilfracombe Artesian Pools

10. Explore the Ilfracombe Machinery Mile & Heritage Museum

As you drive into Ilfracombe from Longreach you can’t miss the Great Machinery Mile!

There is literally a mile of old machinery including tractors, dozers, excavators, graders, light trucks and a tank.

The open air Ilfracombe Machinery Mile & Heritage Museum is free to wander through and there is a donation box if you would like to donate to keep the museum operating.

Almost everything on display has been collected within 100 miles of Ilfracombe, some items are extremely rare.

The 1917 Ruston Proctor Tractor is one of only three of this model left in the world.

A Steam Devil Excavator which was made in 1880 is also on display and it is the only remaining one of its kind.

Things to do in Longreach Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum

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

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Things to know about Longreach

How far is Longreach from Brisbane?

By road, the distance from Brisbane to Longreach is just under 1179 kms therefore it takes around 13 hours 6 minutes to drive between the two.

Brisbane to Longreaach

What is Longreach known for?

Longreach is known as the heart of outback Queensland.

Longreach is also known for being the home of the renowned Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

This fabulous centre was built to showcase the history and heritage of outback Australia. It also pays tribute to the pioneers of Australia and the Australian Stockmen who showed great bravery and courage.

Millions of people have visited the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame since it’s opening.

Since our visit, the museum and galleries have just undergone a massive redevelopment and the new look centre with new entry, cafe, interactive welcome wall, revitalised billabong, refurbished cinema screen and production along with new interative exhibits are now all open from April 2021.

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When did the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame open?

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame on 29th April, 1988.

When did the Qantas Founders Museum open?

In June 1996, the $1.3m Stage 1 the Governor General of Australia opened the Qantas Founders Museum in the now National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar at Longreach.

Stage 2 which included four galleries, the main exhibition hall and the restaurant opened in March 2002.

Most recently in 2020, the Airpark Roof has been constructed to protect the iconic aircraft from the extreme heat of the Queensland sun and a state of the art Light & Sound Show has also been installed, both part of the latest $14.3 million project.

How did Longreach get its name?

The town of Longreach was given its name because of the long reach of the Thomson River which flows close to town.

Longreach is the largest town in Central Queensland.

Thomson River

Why is Longreach temperature so hot?

The Tropic of Capricorn runs directly through the centre of Longreach. Longreach is just one of 13 places in Australia in which the Tropic of Capricorn passes through.

Check out the unique marker which points to the Torrid Zone to the north and the Temperature Zone to the south.

Longreach is in the Top 20 hottest towns in Queensland across an entire year and is the 5th hottest Queensland town in February.

Tropic of Capricorn

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Where to Stay in Longreach

Longreach Camping

Apex Riverside Park

Located just 5kms from town, the Apex Riverside Park is an extremely affordable base for all of the awesome things to do in Longreach.

This is where we stayed for 4 nights during our time in Longreach.

Cost is $5 per vehicle per night or $27 per week. Simply pay at the Visitor Information Centre or place money in the honesty box on site.

It is a very basic camping area however it has a covered BBQ area as well as male and female toilets. There are hot showers available at the CWA building in QANTAS Park.

Potable water is available in town from the Caravan Day Parking area in Kite Street.

The maximum stay was 4 nights at the time of our stay which allowed us time for all of the things to do in Longreach and nearby Ilfracombe.

Address: Lot 206 Landsborough Hwy, Longreach

Read more: Apex Riverside Park, Longreach

Apex Riverside Park

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Longreach Waterhole Camping Area

Longreach Free Camping

Longreach Waterhole Camping Area

Approx 30 kms north of Longreach on the road heading to Winton is the Longreach Waterhole Camping Area right alongside the Darr River and it’s free.

There are no facilities except for bins at the entrance.

It is accessible and suitable for all types of camping including tents, caravans, motorhomes and campers in dry conditions.

You can also have a fire plus there is reasonably good Telstra coverage.

Read more: Longreach Waterhole, Longreach

Longreach Waterhole

Caravan Parks in Longreach Qld and nearby Ilfracombe

Longreach Caravan Park

The Longreach Caravan Park is located just 1.5 km from the very heart of town so it is within walking distance.

It is a small older caravan park. They have powered and unpowered sites with plenty of mature trees providing part shade as well as cabins. Amenities are a little outdated but are clean.

Phone:  07 4658 1770
Address:  176-180 Ibis St, Longreach, Queenland

Longreach Tourist Park

The Longreach Tourist Park is located just a 2 minute drive from town and 2 mins from the Qantas Founders Museum.

The Park offers large sites for caravaning and camping and also self-contained accommodation.

This includes double bedroon airconditioned villas, self-contained cabins as well as four ‘Ringers Quarters’ style share rooms with a share bathroom for budget travellers.

They have an on-site restaurant, two swimming pools, three large amenities blocks and four laundries so you won’t have to queue to do your washing.

Plus, there are a number of free BBQ areas and a fully-equipped camp kitchen.

Phone:  07 4658 1781 or 07 4658 2667
Address:  12 Thrush Rd, Longreach, Queensland

Infracombe Caravan Park

The Ilfracombe Caravan Park is just over 27 kms from Longreach and is an affordable place to stay but still handy enough to see and do things in Longreach.

They offer Powered & Unpowered Caravan and Camping Sites suitable for those travelling in Motorhomes, Caravans and Campers.

There is also Villas, Airconditioned Ensuite Cabins and even Pet Friendly Cabins.

Ilfracombe Caravan Park is pet friendly and is located right next door to the Wellshot Hotel.

Phone:  07 4658 1510
Address:  10 Main Ave (Landsborough Highway) Ilfracombe, Queensland

Ilfraacome Van Park & Cabins

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Other great free and low cost camping grounds to stay in Outback Queensland:

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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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Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – 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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

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Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
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Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
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Our Go Pro 7 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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Mackay Caravan Park at Bucasia Beach

Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Park

The first time we arrived in Mackay looking for a Caravan Park to stay we had our dog MACKS with us and wanted somewhere on the beachfront.

We found the Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Park and despite a few midges and it’s basic facilities we really came to enjoy it.

Macca and Patty, the Park Managers, are as good as they get and provide a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy your stay.

Our favourite Mackay Caravan Park Managers

Every Thursday night at the Bucascia Beach Mackay Caravan Park was cook up on Macca and we’d all tell yarns, have a few drinks and be joined by the possums as they’d come to say hello.

Our Golden Retriever MACKS loved the beach and would run and swim for hours.

Matt and Kev went fishing with limited success but Macca would go out at night and come back with some very nice fish.

MACKS swimming out the front of our favourite Mackay Caravan Park Bucascia Beach
MACKS swimming at Bucasia Beach

There is a boat ramp right next door where you can launch your boat and head out to many of the beautiful islands including Brampton Island, Keswick Island and St Bees Island.

The park is located right beside a large park with play areas for kids.

Bucasia Beach is an easy driving distance to the shopping precinct.

This Mackay Caravan Park was definitely a favourite of ours on our Big Lap, so we couldn’t wait to return and stay once again which we did.

Read more on our favourite parks:  Our Best Caravan Parks around Australia

The Mackay Caravan Park right on the beach at Bucascia
Bucasia Beach

Mackay Caravan Park Bucascia Beach Facilities

The Bucasia Beach Mackay Caravan Park has a great pool which has been recently renovated and was perfect for cooling off on those hot North Queensland days.

There’s a covered BBQ area with seating where you can also access the park’s Free Wifi. Lorikeets will often join you here during the day.

There are sites along the front with fabulous views overlooking the ocean and islands.

This Mackay Caravan Park provides powered slab sites with water hook up and a dump point is also on site.

The Mackay Caravan Park Bucascia Beach pool

Is the Bucascia Beach Mackay Caravan Park Pet Friendly?

The Bucasia Beachfront Mackay Caravan Park is pet friendly and therefore dogs are welcome. Macca even looked after MACKS while we went to Cape Hillsborough National Park.

An aerial view of the Bucascia Beach Caravan Park Mackay

We had excellent phone coverage with all of Telstra, Optus & Vodafone networks.

A great feature of the Bucascia Beach Caravan Park Mackay is kids under 12yo stay for Free.

There is a creek and mangroves nearby and therefore Midges are common here. Use repellents and wear suitable clothing to stay covered where necessary.

You can read all about preventing midge bites and how to treat bites here.

TThursday night cook up at the Bucascia Beach Caravan Park Mackay

Cost to stay at the Bucascia Beach Caravan Park Mackay was $45 per night for ocean view sites. It is cheaper to stay in the other areas of the park.

Prices range from $30 a night for 2 adults in a powered site to $45 a night depending on location within the Caravan Park and it being peak or off season.

Our stays were 31st March – 20th April 2016 and 11th June 2018.

Apologies for the video being a little shaky, not sure why, but did my best to fix it.

Check out more things to see and do in the Mackay region here!

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Bucascia Beach Caravan Park Mackay Contact Details:

Phone: 07 4954 6375
Address: 2 Bucasia Esplanade Bucasia Beach, Mackay
Website: https://bucasiabeach.com.au/

How to get to this Mackay Caravan Park at Bucasia Beach

Bucasia Beach is in north Mackay. Take the A1 Highway out of Mackay to Mount Pleasant and turn in to the Mackay Bucasia Road.

Mackay Bucasia Road eventually become Shoal Point Road and just as it does turn right in to Downie Avenue.

Follow Downie Avenue to the beachfront and turn right in to Bucasia Esplanade. Follow the Esplanade until you come to Bucasia Beach Caravan Park Mackay on your left.

Sunrise at Cape Hillslborough
Cape Hillsborough

What is there to do in Mackay?

Cape Hillsborough

A short drive north of the Mackay Caravan Park at Bucascia Beach is the fantastic Cape Hillsborough National Park.

A real feature is at sunrise when the kangaroos and wallabies come down on to the beach to feed on mangrove pods washed up to shore.

With Wedge Island just off the beach and a magnificent sunrise it makes for spectacular viewing to start the day.

Once the kangaroos leave take a walk up top of the mountain to see the views from several lookouts, all offering a different amazing landscape to witness.

Stroll along the beach and discover the rocks and caves or take a walk over to Wedge Island at low tide.

Cape Hillsborough really is a beautiful area worth visiting.

Finch Hatton Gorge
Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton Gorge

West from Mackay is the incredible Finch Hatton Gorge.

Drive in to the carpark and take the walk through the rainforest where you’ll see and hear some amazing sounds.

Listen to the birds and find the local wildlife.

There are two awesome rock pools for swimming and heaps of fun. The water is chilly but it’s so worth it on a hot sunny day.

Read more about where to stay in Finch Hatton: Neem Hall Finch Hatton Camping

Playful platypus at Broken River in Eungella National Park

Eungella National Park

Head on past Finch Hatton Gorge and head up the range to Eungella National Park.

Drive through town to Broken River where you can go camping or spend the day discovering wild platypus as they swim and forage within the river system.

Enjoy lunch at the Eungella Chateau, have a drink and watch the hang gliders jump off the edge and soar into the valley below.

Eimeo Pub
Eimeo Pub

Where to eat and drink while in Mackay

Eimeo Pub

The historic Eimeo Pub sits high on the hill with incredible expansive ocean views.

Have lunch looking out over the local beaches and beautiful islands offshore.

Enjoy your meal and a good range of beers and drinks with a glorious panoramic outlook.

Lunch at the Lighthouse at the marina
Mackay Marina

Mackay Marina

The Mackay Marina is a popular location to enjoy a great lunch with seafood fresh from the trawlers.

After lunch go for a walk to Harbour Beach or out to the Marina Harbour point which is very popular for fishing.

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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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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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
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.to/3eCueUo 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 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  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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