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Free Camping at Kingsley Grove Estate Winery

Kingsley Grove Estate Feature

What a great initiative by Kingsley Grove Estate to combine Free Camping with their winery.

Free Camping at Kingsley Grove Estate Winery in Goodger, Queensland is one of the best that we have come across on our travels and we highly recommend a visit if you are looking for an awesome winery and 1 or 2 nights stay in the Kingaroy region.

Kingsley Grove Estate has it all – Winery/Cellar Door, Restaurant and Free Camping.

They have a superb range of great wines and sparkling, awesome wood fired pizzas and the service is super friendly plus it’s a great place to free camp for a night or two!

Don’t miss the amazing Wine Ice Cream too!!

Kingsley Grove Estate Woodfired Pizza

Kingsley Grove Estate offers the free camping facility for self-contained campers.

The free camping area is suitable for all size vehicles including caravans, motorhomes and big rigs as it is a large flat wide, open area at the rear of the vineyard and winery/cellar door.

Free camping is available for up to 48 hours and we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 nights there.

Kingsley Grove Estate has straight away catapulted into No. 6 place of our Best Free Camps in Australia.

Read more and check which free camps feature in: Our Best Free Camps in Australia

Kingsley Grove Estate Camping area

Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Facilities

Although there are minimal facilities at Kingsley Grove Estate there is a real benefit to being able to free camp at the vineyard.

It is great to unwind at the Kingsley Grove Estate after a day of travelling.

Not only did it allow us to relax over a glass of wine or two from the cellar door each afternoon and not have to worry about driving home, it also gave us a great base to explore the Kingaroy region.

Kingsley Grove Estate woodfired pizza to the door!

We also enjoyed sampling the wine ice cream. Plus, they even delivered our woodfired pizza to our Motorhome door, now that’s service!

A fire pit has been installed for campers to sit around the campfire with fellow travellers over a bottle of chilled wine which is readily available for purchase from the Kingsley Grove Estate Cellar Door 😊

Kingsley Grove Estate Cellar Door

There are no powered sites however generators are allowed.

Bins are provided for campers but there is no potable water available so top up your water tanks before you stay.

A toilet inside the winery is available during opening hours – 10am to 5pm.

We had good Telstra phone coverage at the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping area as well as good TV reception.

The sunsets each afternoon make a beautiful backdrop to the grapevines at the front of the estate.

Check out all of the awesome spots for: Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Sunset at Kingsley Grove Estate

Are Pets allowed while free camping at Kingsley Grove Estate?

Pets are welcome which is great for those who may be travelling with their dog or pet.

Cost to stay is Free.

Our stay was 4th & 5th October, 2020.

Contact Details for Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Area

Phone: 0414 230 128
Address: 49 Stuart Valley Drive, Goodger, Queensland
Website:

Kingsley Grove Estate Cellar Door

How to get to Kingsley Grove Estate

Continue along the D’Agular Highway/State Route 96 for 13 kms before turning left onto Peterson Drive.

Travel for around 7.2kms then turn right onto Kingaroy Cooyar Road. In 120metres turn left onto Aerodrome Road and follow for 1.3kms before turning left onto Bunya Highway/State Route 49.

After 4.9kms turn left onto Stuart Valley Drive. Head along Stuart Valley Drive until you come to the entrance of the Kingsley Grove Estate Vineyard and Winery.

Kingsley Grove Estate

How to Book the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Area

Bookings for the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Area are preferred as only 5 vehicles are allowed at any one time.

Simply phone ahead and provide Name, Mobile number, Address and Email details of the person making the booking.

When free camping at Kingsley Grove Estate, you must now park at least 4 metres apart since CoVid restrictions have been put into place.

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre .

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

Kingsley Grove Estate Camping

Things to do while staying at the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping Area:

Wine Tasting & Wine Tour

Book in for a Wine Tasting or tour of the Kingsley Grove Estate. As the Cellar Door is actually part of the winery, visitors are able to view where the wine is made.

As it is a working winery, tours are not always available so bookings are recommended. Tours are not available on weekends between 11am and 3pm unless it is a pre-booked group visit.

It is also preferred that bookings are made for Wine Tasting especially on weekends as it does get rather busy.

All of the grapes for their wines are proudly grown in their own vineyard and produced on site, operating a self-sustaining winery – from berry to bottle.

The Cellar Door is open from 10am – 5pm 7 days

Kingsley Grove Estate

Wine & Dine at the Kingsley Grove Estate Restaurant

A Weekend Menu is on offer at Kingsley Grove Estate with salads, cheese plates, and delicious woodfired pizzas as well as wine ice cream and special weekend desserts.

Lunch is available from 11am – 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

They are very accommodating and cater for special dietary requirements including gluten free pizza bases and dairy free cheese.

Wine and Dine at Kingsley Grove Estate
Kingsley Grove Estate Wine Icecream

Don’t miss the Wine Ice Cream

Tantalise your taste buds and try any of their velvety wine ice creams which are made on site from the wines grown at Kingsley Grove Estate.

There are 4 unique flavours to choose from:

  • Fat Fox Port and Dark Chocolate
  • Hilltop Shiraz and Raisin
  • Merlot and Vanilla Bean
  • Verdelho and Lemon Sorbet

We enjoyed the Verdelho and Lemon Sorbet. Be sure to try at least one of the wine ice creams, it’s not every day you get to have wine ice cream!

These delicious ice creams are however available every day from 10am – 5pm at the Cellar Door, yummmmm!!

Pottique Lavender Shop

Pottique Lavender Farm

Just outside Kingaroy is the Pottique Lavender Farm which has the largest lavender shop in Australia. The aroma is sensational.

It has everything from fresh lavender, to dried lavender, lavender soap, oil, jams, chutney and liqueur. They even sell fresh lavender scones.

You will need plenty of time at Pottique to wander through the store deciding what lavender products to buy, to taste test the lavender liqueur and local wines, to pick your own lavender and to enjoy the ‘lavender scones’ Devonshire tea in the beautiful gardens.

Pottique Lavender Farm
Pick your own Lavender
Peanut Silos

Check out the Peanut Silos in Kingaroy

The huge peanut silos dominate the skyline in the main part of town in Kingaroy.

Kingaroy is the peanut capital of Australia and The PCA has been the leading supplier of locally grown peanuts for over 90 years.

Pop Quiz: What does PCA stand for? Peanut Capital of Australia or Peanut Company of Australia?

PCA

Drop by The Peanut Van

We couldn’t visit Kingaroy and pass up the opportunity to buy peanuts direct from the heart of where peanuts are grown.

If you are a nut lover, be sure to drop by The Peanut Van which is located at 77 Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy.

They have a great range of salted peanuts and cashews as well as flavoured nuts, peanut brittle and peanut paste.

The Peanut Van in Kingaroy

Bjelke-Petersen Dam

The Bjelke-Petersen Dam itself is named after former Queensland Premier, Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

Stocked with bass, golden perch, silver perch, spangled perch and bony bream to name a few, the dam is a popular place for fishing with the Bjelke-Petersen Dam Fishing Classic held each October.

Star Gazing at Kingaroy Observatory

The Kingaroy Observatory in Taabinga is only 250m from the Kingaroy Airport and is just 10kms from the Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping area.

Best times to go star gazing are in the months of Autumn, Winter and Spring. During these months the day temperatures are cooler and there is usually less cloud cover.

The night skies over the South Burnett region are relatively darker than on the coast making it a great location to gaze at the stars.

Night shows commence at 7pm from 1 March to 30 September and from 1 October to 28 February shows start at 7.30pm.

Bookings are essential and can be made on line or by calling 07 4164 6194 or 0427 961 391.

Kingaroy Heritage Museum

Kingaroy’s old Town Power House now houses the Kingaroy Heritage Museum and is also home to the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage Precinct.

The museum showcases the history of the peanut industry and exhibits agricultural machinery some of which farmers actually invented including a bicycle powered thresher built in 1909.

Kingaroy Heritage Museum

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Pin – Kingsley Grove Estate Free Camping

Have you ever free camped at a winery? Be sure to check out Kingsley Grove Estate and take up their offer of free camping while you enjoy a wine or three from the Cellar Door!

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Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

There are so many great things to see and do in and around Bundaberg which is why Bundaberg is definitely 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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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 like Kev, or even if you are not a non-rum drinker at all like Adele, 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. Just 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.

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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

Big 4 Bargara Caravan Park

On our first visit to Bundaberg we stayed at the Bargara Caravan Park.

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 Bargara Caravan Park

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 Big 4 Bargara Caravan Park?

Yes, the Big 4 Caravan Park is dog friendly however it is seasonal so best to check regarding dog access prior to arrival.

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

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

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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.

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Karijini Camping, Karijini National Park

Karijini Camping Feature

Karijini National Park Western Australia is a bucket list location and offers two Karijini Camping options for camping close to the breathtaking gorges, amazing waterfalls and awesome rockpools.

Each of the camping grounds are conveniently located within close distance to two of Karijini National Park’s gorges.

The Dales Campground is within walking distance to the amazing Dales Gorge whilst the Karijini Eco Retreat is at the edge of Joffre Gorge.

During our visit to Karijini National Park, we chose the Dales Campground for our Karijini Camping stay.

We were also interested to check out the Karijini Eco Retreat so we called in one afternoon for a look around and while we were there enjoyed a drink at the bar.

Karijini Camping Walking Dales Gorge
Adele walking Dales Gorge

Handy Information for Camping in Karijini National Park

Karijini Camping Options

There are two options for camping right in the heart of the magnificent Karijini.

  1. Dales Campground
  2. Karijini Eco Retreat

Dales Campground Camping

Camping at the Dales Gorge Campground is a great option as it is just a relatively short walk to spectacular Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Circular Pool in Dales Gorge.

It was our chosen Karijini Camping option during our visit to Karijini National Park.

Even though the Dales Campground has the largest number of campsites of any of the Western Australian National Parks, it is so popular it often exceeds capacity during peak periods from June through to September.

During these peak periods, they operate a Karijini Overflow Camping area which is 10kms from the main Dales Campground.

Maximum stay at the overflow camping area is 2 nights as there is a limited capacity.

Karijini Camping at Dales Camapground

Dales Campground Booking

Due to the popularity of Karijini Camping, it is essential that you book on-line before your arrival.

You could likely face disappointment if you arrive without a booking as there is a high chance there may be no vacancies.

To book a campsite at the Dales Campground in Karijini National Park, simply go to the Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia website and click on the Stay Tab to make your on-line booking.

Dales Campground Campsite - Our Karijini Camping stay

Bookings are essential for camping in both the Dales Campground and Overflow Camping Area.

Dales Campground Camping Fees

Camping fees for Karijini Camping at Dales Campground:

  • Adults $11 per night
  • Concession $8 per night
  • Children (6-15 years) $3 per night
Dales Campground - our Karijini Camping experience
Dales Campground, Karijini National Park

Dales Campground Camping Facilities

  • Max Nights Stay:   14 nights if any of the nights are within school holidays otherwise 28 nights.  Maximum 2 nights stay in Overflow Area during peak periods
  • Toilets:      Yes – Non flush pit toilets
  • Showers:     No – but there are showers at the Visitors Centre 12 kms from Dales Campground
  • Potable Water:    No
  • Bins:  No
  • Power:  No
  • Generators: Yes – only in some sites
  • Pet Friendly:   No
  • Dump Point:   Yes
  • Free Wi-Fi:     Karijini National Park now has free public Wi-Fi
  • Are Fires allowed?:    No
  • Telstra Coverage:  Telstra and Optus tend to get the best reception now that Phone Reception Towers have been installed at the Retreat, Dales Campground and the Visitors Centre

Contact Details:
Phone: 08 9189 8121
Address:  Dales Road, Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Website:

Read more on: Dales Campground

Karijini Eco Retreat - One of the two Karijini Camping options

Karijini Eco Retreat Camping

The Karijini Eco Retreat offers cabins, glamping tents and a campground suitable for Caravans, Motorhomes, Camper trailers, Big Rigs as well as Tent camping.

The ground is quite hard though which may make it difficult to drive tent pegs in.

Nestled in beautiful bushland, the eco retreat provides a quiet relaxing natural environment conveniently located on the edge of Joffre Gorge in the fabulous Karijini National Park.

There is an on-site restaurant and bar at the Karijini Eco Retreat as well as an undercover bush kitchen.

Karijini Eco Retreat Bar

Karijini Eco Retreat Booking

You can make a booking on-line or call the Retreat on 08 9286 1731 between 7:00am to 10:00am in the mornings and 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the afternoons from Monday -Sunday.

Karijini Eco Retreat Camping Fees

Camping fees for the Campground are $20 per person per night.

Children up to 12 years of age stay free when accompanied by a minimum of 1 adult per campsite.

Karijini Eco Retreat Ampitheatre

Karijini Eco Retreat Camping Facilities

  • Max Nights Stay:   N/A
  • Toilets:      Yes – flushing toilets
  • Showers:     Yes – Solar Hot Water Showers
  • Potable Water:    Yes
  • Bins: No
  • Power:  No
  • Generators: Yes – between 4pm – 8pm
  • Pet Friendly:   No
  • Dump Point:   No
  • Free Wi-Fi:    Karijini National Park now has free public Wi-Fi
  • Are Fires allowed?:    No
  • Telstra Coverage: Telstra and Optus tend to get the best reception now that Phone Reception Towers have been installed at the Retreat, Dales Campground and the Visitors Centre

Contact Details:
Phone: 08 9286 1731
Address: Savannah Campground (off Weano Road), Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Website:

Read more about: Karijini Eco Retreat

Karijini Eco Retreat One of the two Karijini Camping options

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Karijini National Park Entry

Entry Fees to Karijini National Park

Entry to Karijini National Park is only free if you walk or cycle into the park. Otherwise an entry fee is payable:

  • Standard Fee per private vehicle with up to 12 occupants – $15
  • Concession Fee per private vehicle $8
  • Standard Fee per Motorcycle $8 – no Concession available

These fees provide entry to one or more parks on the same day.

If you are camping in a park and therefore staying for more than one day it is cheaper to purchase a Park Pass.

Fortescue Falls

Park Pass for Karijini National Park

Karijini is Western Australia’s second largest National Park and is an awesome place to visit and  go camping.

In addition to the Camping Fees for Karijini National Park, depending on the length of your visit it may be more viable to purchase a Park Pass.

A Park Pass covers entry fee for up to 12 people legally seated in a private vehicle including the driver.

By having a park pass it allows you unlimited entry into all of the parks in Western Australia for the duration of the pass.

  • 5 Day Pass $25
  • 14 day Pass $40
  • Month Pass $60

Pass must be printed and displayed clearly in the vehicle at all times.

Book your Park Pass on-line at – https://shop.dbca.wa.gov.au/collections/park-passes

Road into Karijini National Park Camping

How to get to Karijini National Park

You can get to Karijini National Park from Tom Price, Roebourne, Port Hedland or Newman.

As we were in our Motorhome, we entered via Port Hedland whilst Kev’s cousin and our son Matt came through from Tom Price in Keith’s 4WD.

Are there crocodiles in Karijini?

Fortunately with Karaijini being so far inland and due to the fact that it is far enough south, there are definitely no crocodiles in Karijini.

With no freshwater or salt water crocs in any of the pools, it is awesome not to have to be croc wise while swimming in Karijini National Park.

When is the best time for Karijini Camping?

An ideal time to go camping in Karijini is late autumn, through the winter months and early spring.

Our Karijini Camping stay was 5th – 8th September 2016. We can’t wait to return in 2022!

It is not essential to have a 4WD to access the Karijini Camping areas

Do you need a 4WD to go camping in Karijini National Park?

The road to both the Karijini Visitors Centre and Dales Gorge are sealed.

Also the road to the Karijini Eco Retreat is sealed with the exception of the last 3 kms. All other roads are unsealed but graded regularly.

It is recommended that you drive slowly and carefully and you may encounter some corrugations.

We managed to access Dales Campground in our Motorhome without any problems.

We did have the added advantage of having Kev’s cousin camping with us which also meant we were able to go exploring in his 4WD.

Circular Pool from lookout

Things to do while Camping in Karijini National Park

Dales Gorge

Circular Pool

From the Circular Pool Lookout descent into the depths of Dale Gorge and check out Circular Pool from gorge level.

The track down is for experienced bushwalkers with a good level of fitness but we managed without any difficulty.

This large circular pool is shaded throughout the day and the water is quite cold so it certainly is refreshing after your walk.

Circular Pool

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Fortescue Falls Karijini Camping

Fortescue Falls

The Fortescue Falls is the only permanent waterfall in Karijini National Park and cascades down the tiered natural rock steps into the large rockpool below which is great for swimming.

Red rugged cliffs  encompass one side of the stunning section are stunning especially when the sun shines on them.

Fortescue Falls has a lookout providing a great vantage point to view the falls from 100metres above the gorge.

Read about our: 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Fortescue Falls from above

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Fern Pool

Fern Pool

From Fortescue Falls, head another 150 metres and you will discover the incredible Fern Pool.

This pool surrounded by beautiful ferns is also a great place for a swim.

There is a small waterfall in the back of Fern pool you can swim over to and enjoy the natural shower .

It even has a ladder to make it easier to access the turquoise waters of this little oasis.

Fern Pool

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Dales Gorge Rim Walk

Gorge Rim Walk

Follow the trail from the Fortescue Falls Carpark near the start of the Fortescue Falls Walk.

From here you can experience the wonderful views of red terraced cliffs of Dale Gorge that have been weathered over hundreds of years.

The walk along the rim to the Circular Pools Lookout and return is 2km.

Dales Gorge Rim Walk

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Spider Walk Duo

Hancock Gorge

Spider Walk

The infamous spider walk is certainly one for the fit and adventurous.

For us it was a challenge, great fun and also definitely one of the highlights of Hancock Gorge.

After climbing down a ladder into Hancock Gorge, there are sections where you will either be wading through water or precariously walking on narrow ledges of the terraced rock walls.

You will arrive at the amazing Ampitheatre before encountering the Spider Walk.

The Spider Walk is a narrow gap where you straddle the rock walls with your arms and legs like a four legged spider and maneuver your body along over the narrow crevice.

It’s so much fun and one of the experiences of Karijini not to be missed!

It is recommended that it best experienced with a Karijini Tour Guide but we managed to explore it on our own.

Read about our: Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

Hancock Gorge

Kermits Pool

Once you safely make it through the intrepid Spider Walk, the trail will lead you directly to Kermits Pool which is aptly named for its green coloured water.

Another popular swimming hole and it’s great spot to cool off in the crisp waters of Kermits Pool after your walk.

The trail ends at Kermits Pool where there is a roped area as it is simply too dangerous to continue through the gorge.

You do however get great views of the gorge from this point.

Kermits Pool

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Junction Pool Lookout

Weanu Gorge

Junction Pool & Oxer Lookout

Waeno Gorge is one of the most accessible of the gorges in Karijini National Park.

Junction Pool and Oxer Lookouts are easily accessed by car and both are a relatively easy 30 minute walk from the carpark.

You will reach Junction Lookout first and then you can continue on to Oxer Lookout.

The track narrows with a loose surface in some sections between the Junction and Oxer Lookouts so take care in these areas.

The views from both lookouts are absolutely breathtaking.

From Junction Lookout views extend to Hancock Gorge and down to Junction Pool below.

Oxer Lookout has the added advantage of providing views of the junction of the four gorges – Weano, Red, Joffre and Hancock gorges.

Seeing the sheer enormity of the gorges from this point is spectacular.

Lookout Karijini National Park

Junction Pool

Descend down the slope from the Weano Gorge Carpark into the depths of Waeno Gorge.

Head along the floor of the gorge and you will come to the large pool which is another popular swimming spot.

Climb out of the gorge via the steps which links up with the Oxer and Junction Pool Lookout trail and  follow the lookout trail back to the carpark.

The return walk is a 1km round trip and graded as a Class 4 Walk.

Junction Pool below

Handrail Pool

One of the most difficult to negotiate is Handrail Pool so extreme care is needed on this walk.

The trail begins with a steep descent into the gorge using irregular steps  as the high red rock walls surround you.

It is a Class 3 trail but once the gorge narrows and becomes increasingly slippery it’s then classified a Class 5 trail.

On the way to Handrail Pool you will encounter a waste deep water crossing so you really need to pack light and or take a waterproof bag for your belongings especially for your mobile phone and camera.

It is a great idea to take a light inflatable tube to make crossing the water more easily.

The rocks down into the Handrail Pool are extremely slippery which is why there is a handrail and how the pool come to get its name.

Even whilst holding onto the handrail there is still a chance you will slip down the waterfall.

This walk is definitely not for the feint hearted. Always turn back if you are not confident to continue.

Lookout Views
Red rugged tiered rock formations of the gorge walls

Joffre Gorge

Joffre Falls Lookout

The Joffre Falls Lookout offers fabulous views of Joffre Falls and the grand Joffre Gorge.

Joffre Falls

Take the marked trail down into the gorge and view the spectacular curved seasonal waterfall from downstream in the natural ampitheatre.

Note the trail does involve crossing the watercourse at the top of the falls before you take the steep descent to the bottom of the gorge.

This section may require some scrambling down the rock slabs of this Class 5 section which also includes some ledge walking.

It is an especially impressive time to visit after it has rained.

The water cascades down the cliff into the dark pool and at the narrowing of the gorges the white water rushes over the smooth black rocks.

The Joffre Falls Trail is a 1.5km return walk and takes approximately 2hrs.

Stunning views from Oxer Lookout
Stunning views from Oxer Lookout of the rugged gorge walls down to pool below

Hamersley Gorge

Spa Pool

Further afield from the other gorges in the north-west section of Karijini National Park is Hamersly Gorge.

It is definitely worth visiting as Hamersly Gorge is home to the breathtakingly beautiful Spa Pool.

The Spa Pool is a stunning blue pool that sits inside large curved shaped rock walls. It is the perfect spot for swimming as the pool is fed by a glorious waterfall.

This amazing piece of paradise also makes it a photographers dream.

Visiting the Spa Pool is relatively easy as it just a 30 minute walk from the Carpark.

Karijini National Park Lookout Views
Breathtaking Gorge Views in Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park Visitor Centre

The Karijini Visitor Centre is just off Banjima Drive near the eastern gorges.

It is open  from 9am-4pm daily however is closed from early December to early February each year.

Here you can get all the information about Karijini Camping if necessary.

There is an extensive interpretive display and Centre Staff can provide detailed maps and information relative to the Karijini National Park.

A retail section offers goods relating to Karijini and the Pilbara region. Ice creams, cold drinks and ice are also available for purchase.

It’s only just a little over 10 minutes from the Dales Campground which is handy enough to pop in while you are camping in Karijini.

Karijini National Park Visitor Centre

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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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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.
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.
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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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Cairns to Port Douglas, my thoughts…and they may surprise you!!

The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is considered one of Australia’s most scenic routes.

It takes you past beautiful Palm Cove before you venture along a winding road with a spectacular coastline, through magical rainforest where your greatest challenge is keeping your eyes on the road if you are driving.

Along the way you will come to Rex Lookout, where hang gliders dare to take off and soar with the extraordinary views of Trinity Bay below.

Within an hour you will finish your drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, although it will probably take you much longer after several stops and so much to see along the way.

Cairns to Port Douglas

Tropical Port Douglas was once the place to be with mega rich celebrities often jet setting in to stay at places like the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort.

We have been to Port Douglas 3 times, first time was for a conference where we stayed at the 5 Star Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort which backs on to the beach and has it’s own fabulous golf course.

Built by Christopher Skase in 1987 it transformed the sleepy former fishing village in to an Internationally recognised mega getaway for the rich and elite.

Since those glory days Port Douglas now trades on it’s past success and remains a prominent destination for Australian and International travellers.

But is it really that good and worth seeing?

Trinity Bay - Cairns to Port Douglas
Trinity Bay

How to get from Cairns to Port Douglas

The distance to drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is 58kms and takes approximately 1 hour but give yourself much longer, there’s some amazing scenery along the way worth stopping for. More about that shortly.

You can also choose to go from Cairns to Port Douglas by shuttle bus. There are several shuttle bus services operating from the Cairns airport which will take you to Port Douglas.

The cost for a shuttle Bus is approx $40 one way for an adult.

Look at companies such as Cairns Airport Shuttle that operate out of the airport and do the Cairns to Port Douglas trip.

Con-x-ion also offer a shuttle service from Cairns to Port Douglas.

Excellence Coaches are a family run business that also provide tours and can help get you from Cairns to Port Douglas.

You could catch an Uber ride from Cairns to Port Douglas and the cost is approximately $80. Confirm any costs when contacting Uber.

A Taxi ride from Cairns to Port Douglas is around $200, once again confirm a figure with the taxi company when you contact them.

Rex Lookout - Cairns to Port Douglas

What makes the drive from Cairns to Port Douglas so great?

The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas winds its way directly along the pristine coastline providing some extraordinary views and genuinely interesting places to stop and soak it all in.

Palm Cove

As you leave Cairns and head north you will go past Palm Cove, a beachfront town which is very popular and has lots of fabulous cafes and restaurants along the waterfront.

On the First Sunday of the month there are street markets worth visiting. The dates may change depending on the season and other events so it’s best to check their website for exact dates.

Palm Cove Markets: https://palmcovemarkets.rotarycairnssunrise.org.au/

Palm Cove - Cairns to Port Douglas
Palm Cove Beach

A short walk takes you to the jetty where you will find lots of fishing opportunity.

Take a walk along the beach or you might want to go for a swim in the net enclosures. This is stinger region and crocodiles are possible so only swim where it is safe to do so.

Personally we wouldn’t swim here but many others do and they have local Surf Life Savers competitions on the beach at Palm Cove as well.

From Palm Cove you are about to begin one of Australia’s most scenic drives from Cairns to Port Douglas.

Ellis Beach

You will soon pass Ellis Beach and this is where you need to make sure you keep your eyes on the road. The views are simply gorgeous.

Wangetti Beach

Soon you will reach Wangetti Beach and not long after you will come to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures.

We didn’t visit Hartleys Crocodile Adventures as we had already done Koorana Crocodile Farm, Whitsunday Crocodile Safari in Proserpine River and the Adelaide River Jumping Crocs in Kakadu.

From all reports however, Hartley’s is very good and we may yet experience it there in the future.

Rex Lookout - Cairns to Port Douglas
Rex Lookout hang gliders

Rex Lookout

Next place to stop is Rex Lookout with it’s magnificent views out over Trinity Bay. Here you will see hang gliders as they take off over the cliff edge and use the winds to soar high above.

If you’re reaslly keen, they do tandem jumps from the cliff top if you want to go for a ride.

Pebbly Beach

Near the end of the drive is Pebbly Beach it’s worth stopping to see all the Rock Cairns people have built and to make one of your own.

It’s good fun and a bit like playing Jenga in trying to get the balance perfect lol.

It’s not far now before you arrive in Port Douglas.

Pebbly Beach - Cairns to Port Douglas
Rock Cairns Pebbly Beach

 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.

So what’s great about Port Douglas?

Port Douglas has been long known for the place to visit for the Rich and Famous.

Since Christopher Skase built the luxurious Sheraton Mirage Resort for a reported $100 million back in 1987 and ever since it has been a mecca for worldwide superstars to visit.

With that kind of attention it would seem expectations should be high of a place that competes on a grand scale of must see destinations.

For me personally, it’s over-rated. Very, very over-rated.

Port Douglas International Luxury Rated Accommodation

Unless you want to hang out at a resort, sip lattes in town, dine in over priced restaurants and play Golf (The Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course is very highly rated) then Port Douglas doesn’t really offer much else.

Given its luxury rating as an ocean and beach destination I’d at least expect magnificent beaches with great swimming but the truth is, for me, they just don’t match the publicity.

Port Douglas Beach
Port Douglas Beach

Port Douglas Beaches

Maybe we are very fortunate to have seen so many of Australia’s most remarkable beaches.

This leaves us comparing Port Douglas, given it’s hype, to these places and for us it just doesn’t compete at any level.

The sand is nothing like the Whitsundays, Jervis Bay or even the Gold Coast let along so many in Western Australia. The beach is compact, almost brown in colour and even in the shallows the water is cloudy.

Not sure about you but in a region known for Salt Water Crocodiles and deadly jellyfish I found it very unnerving swimming in water that is very cloudy at best.

I feel safer swimming on Fraser Island!!

Flagstaff Hill
Flagstaff Hill

You can take a tour out to the Great Barrier Reef but in a high speed catamaran it’s still an 80 minute journey. You can have the same or better experience in the Whitsundays in half that time or even less.

The Ningaloo Reef in WA is just a matter of wading out from the beach and you’re standing on it.

If you’re going to spend an hour and a half on a high speed boat you better make sure you have taken your sea sick tablets or it’s a very calm day.

Otherwise by the time you get there you may not feel like enjoying your day.

You can go up to Flagstaff Hill lookout which is nice but the views aren’t really that great.

Hemmingway's Brewery
Hemmingway’s Brewery

Port Douglas Dining Vibe

There was one thing I did specifically enjoy in Port Douglas which was Hemmingway’s Brewery located at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina.

It has a great vibe, an awesome range of beers and ciders, food is amazing and there’s a good atmosphere.

Within Port Douglas though I can’t think of anything else that particularly stands out as a must see or do.

Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge

What else is there to do around Port Douglas?

Just a short drive further past Port Douglas is the fabulous town of Mossman.

Here we were able to relax, see the amazing Mossman Gorge and go Barramundi fishing.

We based ourselves here at Mossman with our Golden Retriever as we visited the Daintree. It was around half the cost of staying at Port Douglas.

From Port Douglas to Mossman it is just a short easy 20 minute drive so if you want to do a tour to the Great Barrier Reef it’s easy just to drive back there.

Read more: Mossman Caravan Park near Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge
Swimming Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

The Mossman Gorge is a fabulous walk through dense luscious rainforest.

Take the walking trail alongside the Mossman River where you will have an opportunity to stop and swim amongst the rock pools.

Be ready when you jump in and go swimming, the water will be cold but in the tropics of Far North Queensland it’s a relief from the humidity after your walk.

The good news is there are no crocodiles as this part of the Mossman River is too far and difficult for crocs to venture.

Daintree River
Daintree River crossing

The Daintree and Cape Tribulation

From Mossman it is just 25 minutes to the Daintree where the ferry will take you across the Daintree River to the incredible Cape Tribulation where the rainforest meets the ocean.

The Daintree and Cape Tribulation remains one of Australia’s most wonderful, untouched, natural wonders.

Hook-a-Barra

Just north of Mossman at Wonga Beach we decided to stop in at the Hook-a-Barra for some fun fishing.

Hook-a-Barra is a multi award winning salt water fish farm with over 3 hectares of ponds with water from the Daintree River.

Hook-a-Barra

The staff were fantastic and when our first session didn’t achieve anything they took us to a pond where the action was full on.

All up we spent 2 hours at Hook-a-Barra and had a great insight into Barramundi fishing.

There’s not much better fun when fishing then hooking on to a Barramundi and the challenge to bring it to shore.

Is anyone noticing anything about all the pros about Port Douglas?

None of them are actually in Port Douglas!!

All the best places to see and visit are all out of Port Douglas.

There’s lots of great restaurants and boutique clothes shops in Port Douglas and a couple of excellent golf courses.

If you want adventures and experiences then the best things to see and do are away from this, in my opinion, over-priced, over-rated town.

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

Port Douglas Camping Accommodation

On the first leg of our trip we tried to book and stay in one of the several Port Douglas Caravan Parks.

We were no chance as our crime was to be travelling with our beautiful Golden Retriever. There was nowhere to stay in a Port Douglas Caravan Park with a dog as part of our family.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

As we returned to North Queensland 12 months later we gave Port Douglas another shot at staying.

We were now pet free and figured we were potentially acceptable to the high end expectations and graces of such a salubrious destination that is Port Douglas.

Nope, all booked out.

We went back to Mossman again and enjoyed yet another terrific stay.

Don’t even think for one moment about Free camping or low cost Campgrounds at Port Douglas!!

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Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
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