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Things to See and Do in Cairns

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It’s taken me ages to write this blog on Things to See and Do in Cairns and I’ve now come back to re-write it.

I worked out what the problem has been. I was trying to pretend it was something it wasn’t, for us.

Our First Cairns Visit

Cairns is supposed to be warm, sunny, beach weather with blue skies and high temperatures but that’s just not how it was for us.

We had very few clear days, temps were warm but not hot and with the overcast conditions and winds it was not really ideal for ocean exploring.

Things to See and Do in Cairns - The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

I desperately wanted to portray the perfect image of Cairns because it really is an idyllic location, it just didn’t turn out that way for us.

By trying to make it out to be something we didn’t experience I was struggling to write about it, so I’ve come back and started again.

We love Cairns and will definitely be back and hopefully next time the weather will be amazing and I can blog a slightly different story. Until then, this is our experience of Cairns.

Cairns in Winter

When winter comes calling there’s nowhere else in Queensland you’d rather be than Cairns.

It’s easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and several islands plus close proximity to so many features of far North Queensland makes it a very popular winter destination for so many Aussies.

Cairns is a major tourism town and also often a final destination for International travelers.

Many will hire a camper van, or “whizz bang”, as they are commonly known, in Sydney and drive the East Coast to Cairns before flying home or on to other adventures.

Cairns in winter
Cairns in Winter

Cairns Weather

We had 3 weeks in Cairns over 2 separate occasions in June 2016. The weather wasn’t overly kind to us unfortunately. Our first visit for a week was mostly overcast and drizzling rain.

Our return just 10 days later was much the same as the first few days. So when we got our first good clear day, we decided to take flight, literally, up and over the Barrier Reef, Green Island and Michaelmas Cay.

With cool weather, rain and then run off from the rain, when the sun did come out we chose not to visit any islands off the coast.

Trips to Green Island and Fitzroy Island are very popular from Cairns but instead, we chose to take flight and view them from the sky.

Cast netting
Catching prawns off the pontoon

Cairns Fishing

The fishing was challenging. We considered taking a charter however they told us the fishing hadn’t been great lately. Matt put in plenty of hours at the nearby boat ramp with no real success.

We did however meet a gentleman who showed us how he casts a perfect cast net. We were able to implement what we learnt and caught some prawns which made our plates for dinner. Winning!!

An hours drive North, South and West can bring you to many more amazing places with lots to do and see.

We certainly enjoyed Cairns and North Queensland and intend to spend many more winters in the region in the future.

Here’s our best tips of Things to See and Do during your stay in Cairns


Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most popular things to see and do and an experience you simply have to do when you visit Cairns for the first time.

It is a scenic tour by Rail and Skyrail of the mountain with Rainforest, Rivers, Gorges and so much more.

We chose to take the Kuranda Rail train up the mountain and come back down by the Skyrail, however you can choose to do it the opposite way to how we did.

Kuranda Scenic Railway - One of the must see and do things in Cairns
Kuranda Scenic Railway train on the famous Stoney Creek Bridge

The train takes you on a scenic tour up or down the mountain range through tunnels, over bridges, past waterfalls and all with amazing views over gorges, valleys and back to the coastline.

It’s a trip back in time as you learn the history of Kuranda rail and the incredible challenges faced in building the rail network still in use today.

Where do you board the Kuranda Scenic Railway?

It starts at Freshwater Railway Station which is just 11kms from the heart of Cairns city. The Station itself is really interesting as it has its own Theatrette and Cafe.

Before you board the train you can have a bite to eat and read the history of the Kuranda Rail and why and how it was built. It began on 10th May 1886 and opened June 1891.

During the Gold rush years it was decided to build a rail link from Cairns to Herberton.

With the many tunnels and bridges built plus the use of explosives, 32 lives were lost during the process of building the railway. Much of the work was dangerous and it was built almost entirely by hand.

The train the day we traveled had 14 carriages and we were in the 9th carriage from the front of the train. We all waited in excitement as the train made its way to the station and we were allowed to board our selected carriage.

With so much history and so much feedback about the trip we waited in anticipation for the adventure. All our cameras were charged and ready for the train driver to get us started.

Adele and I boarding the train

As we left the station we traveled through rail crossings, past homes where people stood in their backyard and waved to us and began to make our way up the mountain.

Barron falls
We pass Barron Falls

Barron Falls

As the mountainside cleared and we were able to see beyond the trees, views over the Valley below became apparent. We could see back to the Northern Cairns coastline and the winding rivers out to sea. The train traveled through tunnels, over bridges and past waterfalls.

We stopped at several stations before we arrived at Barron Falls Station.

Here we disembarked and stood on the station platform overlooking the amazing Barron Gorge with a high fast flowing waterfall into the pools below.

Stoney Creek Bridge
Crossing Stoney Creek Bridge

Kuranda Township

Soon we arrived at Kuranda Station. It was here we stepped onto the old style platform and made our way to the small town of Kuranda but not before enjoying the best ever Gourmet Pie for lunch at the Kuranda Hotel.

There are lots of shops to wander around and see in Kuranda township including a spectacular art gallery. An ice cream was also on the agenda.

Kuranda Hotel

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Kuranda Skyrail

The return trip by Skyrail was very exciting for Adele and Matthew, however for me it posed challenges.

I didn’t want to do it but you just have to experience it as it is undoubtedly one of the best things to see and do in Cairns.

Kuranda Skyrail - definitely one of must things to see and do in Cairns
I kept my mind busy taking photos

My fear of heights was at its peak while completing the return trip high above the tree tops.

There were strict instructions that nobody could move and every tower that we had to go over was met with fear and anxiety.

The camera made it easier to deal with but my stomach churned and I felt sick the whole way. With each stop I knew I had to do it all again but I was also another section closer to terra firma.

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Skyrail Stops

The trip back by Skyrail included 2 stops. Each time we could hop out and take a walk to experience the area. The first one took us back to Barron Gorge, this time from the opposite side.

Second stop allowed us to walk through tropical rainforest where we saw massive Ferns and ancient trees that are hundreds of years old.

Kuranda Skyrail - Things to see and do in Cairns

Back onto the Skyrail and with each pylon the carriage goes over my heart would race, I would cringe with irrational fear and I would feel blessed at surviving another bump that was one closer to the finish.

As we neared the finish the “Frog” light went on and this was our signal to be ready for a photo.

Kuranda Skyrail Cable Car

Regardless of my fear, this was a truly fantastic experience and great value for money.

The cost for the 3 of us was $356

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

The Cairns Esplanade is a beautiful foreshore redevelopment along the Cairns main beachfront.

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon at night - A must thing to see and do in Cairns

There are numerous features to the Esplanade including the Cairns Lagoon which is open until 9pm each night. Lifesavers are on duty at all times the Lagoon is open.

Numerous restaurants and cafes provide an opportunity to eat out for every taste bud and most have spectacular ocean views.

Cairns markets are also at the Esplanade each Saturday or in the mall opposite every day.

You can safely walk the streets day or night and discover lots of amazing shops and things to see.

Amazing shops in Cairns - Night Markets

Cairns Scenic Flight

It was a last minute decision to do the Cairns Scenic flight. We were in the office at the Caravan Park booking another night and outside was blue sky so we were itching to make the most of it.

I saw the brochure for a Cairns flight over the Reef and instantly knew we had to do it.

Boarding the Scenic Flight in Cairns - Things to see and do in Cairns

A quick phone call and yes, there was reservations available within 90 minutes. We were disappointed not to take a flight over the Whitsundays and this seemed perfect timing and the perfect location.

We met our pilot from Cairns Scenics and after a slight delay waiting for the other customers we were on the tarmac boarding the Cessna. The pilot seemed experienced and in control which immediately made me comfortable.

I asked him if the water will be muddy from the recent rain and he told me he’d already been out that day and it looks fantastic.

Now I really was excited!!

Green Island Cairns - Things to see and do in Cairns
Green Island

In no time we were in the air, the city of Cairns was beneath us and we were then out over the bay.

Green Island and Arlington Reef

We quickly came to Green Island just 27kms from the shore. Any concerns of water clarity were alleviated, the tranquil waters below were simply stunning.

Green island looked sensational, a small island surrounded by so much beauty.

We veered left and soon Arlington Reef came into view. Wow!!!

Arlington Reef has its own Heart Reef just like the Whitsundays. The large Coral mass is so spectacular.

Michaelmas Cay
An awesome view of Michaelmas Cay

Michaelmas Cay

We then flew to Michaelmas Cay where we could see boats moored just off the beautiful small beach located on this reef. They must have felt like they were in heaven.

Hastings Reef was also nearby and we passed several more as we began to make our way back towards the airport.

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Cairns really showed off to us with this flight and Cairns Scenics were fabulous to fly with.

It was certainly a great way to see the top end of the Great Barrier Reef and a must thing to see and do in Cairns.

Fitzroy Island Anniversary Cocktails

Fitzroy Island

On on of our return visits to Cairns, one of the best things to see and do in Cairns was to take a day trip to Fitzroy Island.

It just so happened to be our Wedding Anniversary on this day which certainly has made Fitzroy Island very memorable for us.

It is only a 45 minute ride on the Fitroy Island Ferry and went on the full day tour which meant we were able to enjoy around 6 hours on the island.

This gave us enough time to enjoy an celebratory Anniversary Cocktail, time to relax and snorkel at Nudey Beach, enjoy our picnic lunch and spend more time snorkeling and exploring the beach in front of the resort.

Kev even snorkeled with some amazing green turtles just in the shallow waters directly off beach.

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Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island is one of the awesome things to see and do in Cairns
Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island is one of the ‘not to be missed’ things to see and do in Cairns

Read more: A Day Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns

Cairns Northern Beaches

Another one of the great things to see and do in Cairns is to visit the beaches.

Take a drive north and check out the many beaches especially Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob and Trinity Beach which are all under 30kms from the city of Cairns.

Palm Cove

On the northern outskirts of Cairns is the popular Palm Cove, a beautiful beach location that operates a very busy market on Sundays.

There is also a large jetty which is a known fishing location, perfect for Matthew who was desperate to wet a line.

Jetty folk at Palm Cove

Palm Cove Markets

We dropped Matt off at the jetty and Adele and I went to discover what was on at the markets. We had to park the Motorhome a fair walking distance back up the street and walk back.

The markets were busy and offered all the typical crafts and household items you come to expect.

Only thing is, we don’t have a “home”. Motorhome living is pretty simple so we managed to escape with our only spending being a $5 burger each at the located Surf Club BBQ stand.

The markets are on the First Sunday of each month.

Palm Cove Beach
Palm Cove Beach

Meanwhile the winds won the battle with Matt trying to fish and he joined us back at the markets.

There were lots of fabulous resorts and restaurants along the beachfront which would make an idyllic holiday location.

Maybe next time……..

Palm Cove Markets

Beautiful Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach

The distance from Cairns to Trinity Beach is just over 21kms which makes a visit to the beach very handy and popular with the people of Cairns as it is a little less busy than the popular Palm Cove.

During the months of November through to May there is a swimming enclosure to help prevent stingers from harming swimmers. Plus, there is a Surf Life Saver on duty to patrol the beach and ensure the safety of those cooling off in the water.

It is hard to imagine but beautiful Trinity beach was once used as a Military Training Camp in WWII from 1943 – 1945.

Yorkeys Knob

Yorkeys Knob is such an intriguing name for one of the northern beaches. It is the third closest and just a mere 13kms from the city centre.

Why is it called Yorkeys Knob?

This coastal suburb of Cairns got its name from George Lawson, a British immigrant from Yorkshire whose nickname was Yorkey and a topographical feature being the Knob.

Yorkeys Knob is the most central beach between Cairns and Palm Cove and is popular with kite surfers.

Yorkeys Knob


Cairns Fishing Museum

Just before Palm Cove we saw a sign saying Fishing Museum. It is part of the Bransford’s Tackle Shop and it looked so intriguing we had to have a look.

It’s a huge tackle shop with lots of interesting information, great fishing gear and articles, stories and Big Fish from fishing in Cairns.

Was fun to stop in to look around and just one of the interesting things to see and do in Cairns.

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Fishing Museum


Cairns to Port Douglas – Great Ocean Drive

Port Douglas is within an hour drive of Cairns along an incredibly amazing coastal road with spectacular scenery and stunning ocean views.

It is often considered in the Top 2 most picturesque road trips in Australia along with Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

Port Douglas Scenic Drive - Things to See and Do in Cairns

The narrow winding road takes you alongside beautiful beaches, amazing rock formations and over hilltops with outlooks as far as the eye can see.

We came across a beach section where travelers have stacked rocks on top of each other. We had to stop and check out what it was all about.

Eventually we built our own little rock stack, I wonder if it has continued to survive.

Cairns on the Scenic Drive out of Cairns

Rex Lookout

We came to Rex Lookout, a hilltop where we discovered Hang Gliding happening overhead. We stopped and watched as they soared high over the treetops, the views must have been stunning.

Hang gliding at Rex Lookout

The Cairns to Port Douglas drive is mesmerizing. I recommend taking your time and stop often, there’s so many beautiful beaches and small coves to explore.

My other tip for this part of your trip is don’t be the driver, I found it very difficult to concentrate on the road.

Port Douglas

We had enjoyed a week at Port Douglas in 2005 when we stayed at the luxurious 6 star resort, Sheraton Mirage.

Adele and the boys had enjoyed a great time at the beach and resort while I worked and attended a seminar.

This time we discovered the other side of Port Douglas and Matt didn’t miss the opportunity to go fishing off the jetty.

Port Douglas is one of the best things to see and do in and around Cairns
Port Douglas

Adele and I went for a walk to the shops and enjoyed an ice cream while Matt tried to catch some fish.

It was here in Port Douglas we experienced our first reactions to our newly signed Motorhome. Just days before in Cairns we had photos and signage placed on the RV.

As we sat inside we could hear people as they passed by commenting about our great photos.

It was great to hear the reaction so soon after having the work done.

Port Douglas is one of the great things to see and do when visiting Cairns that shouldn’t be missed.

Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas is one of the things to see and do in and around Cairns
The ever popular Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas


Mossman

We based ourselves at Mossman, just a short trip to the town of Port Douglas and so close to the Mossman River and Mossman Gorge.

Being peak season our options to stay at Port Douglas with our dog MACKS were very limited and they were completely booked out.

Therefore Mossman became our base and it proved a perfect place to enjoy the region.

Mossman Gorge - amazing things to see and do in Cairns
The amazing Mossman GorgeOne of the great things to see and do in and around Cairns

Mossman Gorge

The Mossman Gorge was just a short drive away and there was no way we were missing the opportunity to explore by foot this amazing rainforest in our home state.

It is one of the things you must see and do in Cairns.

Mossman Gorge

We walked our way through an amazing landscape of amazing trees that were so old, so big, so beautiful.

We saw amazing rainforest, beautiful river streams and crossed the Rex Creek Suspension Bridge.

The Rex Creek Suspension Bridge was originally built in 1986. When design and construction costs got too high, the Australian Army was called in to assist.

To preserve the environment all the equipment had to be carried by hand to the site. In 2009 the bridge was closed and the following year a new bridge was built, this time pre-fabricated off site and flown in by helicopter.

Rex Creek Suspension Bridge
Crossing the Rex Creek Suspension Bridge

Mossman River

A drive to the mouth of the Mossman River gave us another great insight to Salt Water crocodiles in the wild. As we watched from the pontoon we could see wild crocs sunning themselves on the river bank close by.

As a small boat came down the river the big Salties quickly made their way into the river. They moved so fast and were invisible very quickly.

Needless to say, we didn’t go swimming there.

We had been trying so hard to catch our first Barramundi but the sneaky buggers had eluded us. Not sure if it was our lack of skill or the fact it was now off season.

Despite all of our efforts we couldn’t catch one. So when we found out there was a Barra farm close by, where we could be almost guaranteed of a catch, we decided it was worth a try.

Barramundi Fishing

Hook a Barra is just north of Mossman and a really fun few hours of fishing.

They went to so much effort to ensure we caught some fish, changing our lures, giving us tips and ultimately changing ponds where we began to hook up with lots of hungry Barramundi.

It was a great lesson in learning how to hook up one of these fantastic fighting fish and how to keep them on your hook.

They used barbless hooks so keeping them on was an artform.

When you catch a Barra these guys will fly out of the water, shake their heads violently and do everything possible to release themselves.

Adele Barra fishing at Hook a Barra
Matt Barra fishing

I quickly learnt the importance of keeping a tight line, any slack and these crafty sea creatures will unhook with amazing ease.

A fantastic day where all 3 of us caught some great fish.

Kevin Barra fishing is one of the great things to see and do in Cairns

Cost was $55 per hour and if you want to keep any of your catch you can purchase it at $14 per kilo.

Website: http://www.hookabarra.com/
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Mossman Accommodation

The Mossman Riverside Leisure Park where we stayed offered a huge Olympic sized 50m swimming pool which proved ironic as the Olympic games were also on at the time.

Whilst the weather wasn’t hot I couldn’t resist the opportunity to swim and challenge myself to an Olympic record to challenge Thorpe and Hackett in their hey day.

Needless to say, I was a dismal failure!! Back to bat and ball sports for me.

Check out: Our full review of the Mossman Riverside Leisure Park

Crossing the Daintree River on the Cable Ferry
Crossing the Daintree River on the Cable Ferry

Cape Tribulation and the Daintree

A day trip to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation was so exciting but unfortunately short. Our 8m Motorhome was just not suited to the narrow winding rough roads.

There were limitations on where we could go, stop or park.

We did however manage to make our way to Cape Tribulation and back with a few stops along the way.

Daintree Ice cream - Things to See and Do in Cairns
Daintree Ice Creamery

One of our first stops was to the Daintree Ice Creamery where they made a range of home made ice creams.

The Daintree remains rugged and mostly in its natural state. The beaches are beautiful and appeared pristine and raw in a way that appeared they were completely untouched.

There were no high-rises, no restaurants, no buildings, no lifesavers and no souvenir shops on every corner.

It was like going back in time and it felt like you had the whole beach to yourself.

We made it to Cape Tribulation but with our 8m Motorhome we struggled for anywhere to park. It was clear we needed to come back another day with a 4WD.

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.
Mantis

Fortunately, we got lucky and an opportunity to stop and park close to the beach became available. Quickly, we hopped out to explore.

We met another couple looking into the rainforest and taking photos so we took a look at what they had found.

They explained it was a rare praying mantas like creature. It had an amazing ability to blend in with its surroundings to look almost invisible.

Thornton Beach
Daintree’s Thornton Beach

Thornton Beach

Once again we got lucky and found space to park. We stopped and had lunch at the CJ’s Bar and Grill Café, Thornton Beach before strolling the beach once more.

Sadly this was the location where just weeks prior a woman was taken by a crocodile. This is not the region for swimming late at night.

We were completely captivated by the Daintree and the fact remains it is one of the amazing things to see and do in Cairns. We will be back!!

Read more: Driving north of Townsville to Cairns

Cairns Accommodation

There are heaps of great centrally located Caravan Parks in Cairns. We find staying in a Caravan Park not only gives you a great base to check out all of the things to see and do in Cairns but we like the added benefit of a pool and also to be on power to use the air-conditioning to keep cool.

Here are our full video reviews of the Caravan Parks we have stayed at:

Also check out this great Free Camp just south of Cairns: Babinda Rotary Park Rest Area

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These are just some of the awesome things to see and do in Cairns that we have enjoyed. What has been your experience of Cairns?

Safe travels


Kevin & Adele
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Rollingstone Camping, Free Camp with all the Facilities

The Rollingstone Camping Ground named Vincent “Bushy” Parker Park after a local war hero, Flight Lieutenant Vincent “Bushy” Parker, is a great place to stay just north of Townsville in Queensland.

For a Free Camp, the Rollingstone Camping area has a lot on offer, loads of facilities with easy access and plenty of space to park.

It’s simple to find however some people do report that google sends them directions which takes you under a low bridge.

Read on and we will tell you how to get there safely.

Rollingstone Camping Ground Facilities

While the nearby Rollingstone Beach Front Resort offers all the amazing bells and whistles for an overnight stay the Rollingstone Camping area is a basic Free camp but very good.

There are a number of potable water taps available providing drinking water to use.

A toilet block is onsite and is regularly maintained and kept clean by Townsville Council. There is also a dump point at the Rollingstone Camping Grounds.

Rollingstone Camping Ground Amenities and Dump Point
Rollingstone Camping Ground BBQs and Picnic Tables

Picnic tables are also available along with a BBQ and bins are here too. Please ensure all rubbish is placed in the bins and the area is kept clean and tidy.

We had 3 bars of 4G Telstra coverage while we were at the Camping area.

There are steps down to the nice, shallow creek alongside the Rollingstone Camping area which is perfect to wade into and cool off on a warm day.

Other Facilities near the Rollingstone Camping Area

Rollingstone has it’s own small general store offering fuel, food, a post office and a few other supplies.

Are Pets allowed at this Rollingstone Camping Area?

It is pet friendly and therefore dogs are permitted to stay at the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping ground.

Read about: Traveling Australia with our dog MACKS

Shallow Creek running alongside the Rollingstone Camping Ground
Shallow Creek running alongside the Rollingstone Camping Ground

How to book your stay at this free Rollingstone Camping Ground

There is a Booking system for staying at any Townsville Camping Ground including Vincent “Bushy” Parker Park, Rollingstone Camping Ground.

On arrival, you can simply scan your smart phone on the sign at the entrance to the park or go to the website here – https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities-and-recreation/parks-beaches-and-community-venues/parks-trails-and-camping/camping-caravan-and-rv-sites

The Campground does get busy and therefore it’s best to arrive and book in early to secure a spot.

Cost to stay is Free. You can stay for 48 hours maximum within a 7 day period.

We didn’t stay but we went for a look on 12th of August 2021.

Rollingstone Camping Ground Entry

Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Contact Details

Phone: 13 48 10
Address: Rollingstone Street, Rollingstone, Queensland
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How to get to the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground

From the Bruce Highway take the Whalley Cres exit over the rail line and go right into Rollingstone Street.

Follow Rollingstone Street through the township to the entrance to the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground on your left.

Don’t take the first Rollingstone Street exit heading north as it takes you under a low 2.4m bridge.

What popular attractions are in and around the Rollingstone Camping Ground?

Big Crystal Creek

Big Crystal Creek otherwise known as Paradise Waterhole is just an hour north of Townsville and just under 21kms from the Rollingstone Camping Ground.

Located in the Paluma Range National Park this fabulous waterhole is an easy 2 minute walk from the Crystal Creek Campground and Recreational Day Use Area. The deep crystal clear pool is perfect for cooling off on a warm day.

Little Crystal Creek

Just  away is Little Crystal Creek which also has crystal clear waters making it another awesome spot for a refreshing swim on a hot day.

The water cascading under the heritage listed stone arch bridge built back in the 1930s makes a very picturesque setting.

Balgal Beach

Balgal Beach is just 4.7kms from the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground. Only a 5 minute drive and you go from bush to the beach.

The Balgal Beach is a patrolled beach with a swimming enclosure making it a safe place for swimming during the stinger season. Stinger season in North Queensland extends from November through to April/May.

Toomulla Beach

Another nearby beach is Toomulla Beach which is just 12kms south of the Rollingstone Camping Ground.

Toomulla Beach is a popular spot for fishing and bird watching. It also provides a free camping area with a maximum 48hr stay.

Toomulla Beach

Other great places to stay in the region:

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Safe travels

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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Is it Time to Go Home

What a magnificent country this is that we get to call home.

Wow….!!

We feel so absolutely blessed that we were privileged to have been born an Aussie. Why would you want to live anywhere else?

Touring our country by road gives an all new appreciation of it too.

The rugged landscapes, the dry red dirt outbacks, the exquisite world renowned beaches, the magnificent rainforests and stunning Gorges with waterfalls and swimming holes so pristine they could all be the Garden of Eden.

Then there are the people.

The great Australian characters you meet, the kind warm and generous people who you befriend at Happy hour or they offer their assistance just when it’s needed the most.

It’s impossible not to be proud of being an Aussie.

Taking to the road and putting the rubber to the bitumen for so many years now has given us time to re-assess life. We keep asking ourselves the question, are we ready to go home yet!!

We think of all the positive reasons to say thank you to our tenants but we are coming home.

Most of all, we miss our families so much when we are away and of course our friends who we miss very much too.

Kev could possibly be playing rep cricket given over 50’s is now a thing since we left and his mates are playing.

The first thing we would do is buy another dog, we miss MACKS so much and would love another Golden Retriever.

We’d buy a boat and possibly a jet ski and spend a lot more time at Moreton and Fraser Island. Yes, we’ve thought about it, quite often actually.

But the answer keeps coming back, definitely Not!!

We sure weren’t unhappy in our life back home in Brisbane. The business was good, Adele had a great job she loved and therefore we had a reasonable income.

We were never wealthy, some failed business ventures saw to that, but we were doing ok.

Painted Silos outside Monto

Something was missing though, I didn’t know what that was but I knew I was searching for something in my life that had meaning, something that gave me purpose.

I felt there had to be a reason for living, I couldn’t just go through life and it was over one day and there was no substance.

Plenty of times I’ve heard the saying, He who owns the most toys wins!!

I always considered that one of the dumbest sayings ever.

The more toys you want to accumulate the longer and harder you commit to living a long life working your guts out to repay the debt.

I could never understand how you can be truly happy and fulfilled while each day your life is driven and owned by your employer, your clients and your customers.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us

These words were said to me once and I’ve never forgotten them – The Man who works the hardest will be fondly remembered by his widow’s new husband!!

Some mates we met while travelling lived on the Gold Coast. They weren’t on a canal block but they did live in a street nearby.

I remember Mick telling me he’d go up the canals in his little tinnie and look at the mega mansions, the big pools and huge boats.

What he noticed was no-one was swimming in the pools, the boats hadn’t moved since the last time he went past, nobody was home.

These owners were in so much debt they worked and worked and never had time to appreciate the toys they borrowed money to buy that just committed them to their jobs.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us

Why have we become this society where we think we have to have everything to be happy.

We don’t need so much stuff!!

Every time we pull out the credit card, every time we go to a counter and spend money at the till, we need to ask ourselves, do I need this?

Because every time we get out our wallets it means we stay in debt and we commit to more hours at work.

Growing up I remember hearing stories of Men who worked hard all their life. They retired at 65 and passed away just a short time later. I always found that so sad and was determined that wouldn’t be me.

I always knew even as a young boy at school, my life had to be more than that.

My brother retired at 31 years of age.

Yep, he never worked a job another day, EVER.

He was smart and careful with his money and avoided debt.

Les passed away in 2020 aged 74, the Vietnam War had finally got him. He hadn’t had a “job” in over 40 years.

I didn’t want to be him, we were very different, but he showed me what was possible.

If it was possible for him why couldn’t it be possible for me?

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us as we continue to discover so many amazing places

Some of the big lessons we have learned from travelling

There are so many lessons to be learnt driving around this magnificent country we call home.

The biggest lesson of all has been we don’t need a lot of those things we used to think we did.

We’d rather spend more time with our parents and children than be in the daily grind. We’d rather gather experiences and memories than a bulging bank account.

The day my Father died in 2008 sent me on this journey to find myself, to find what was really most important for me in my life.

I figured out that chasing the dollar was getting in the way of all the things I felt most important to me. For decades, in fact all my married life, I didn’t have the balance right.

I then set about changing my life.

5 Essentials – Camera Equipment

The Mavic Pro 2 will provide you with everything you will need for all of your aerial footage

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

We both love our Samsung Phones. Most of our photos are simply from our Samsung Phones. Now there’s the new Samsung s21 out and we have friends and our son who have one and they look insane for photography. If you’re looking for a new phone for your road trip I’d be going for this.

The distances you can shoot with the Camera – Nikon P1000 are simply amazing. It has an incredible optical and digital zoom!

We use our HP Sphere 360 Laptop with 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for our everyday use and for editing our photos

Bald Rock

Now after over 5 years travelling Australia it’s crazy to think that everything we yearn to own is in our little home on wheels therefore will we ever feel it is time to go home?

We’ve never been happier than we are now with the least amount of possessions we’ve ever had surrounding us.

The old me that still lives in my brain thinks it’s just bizarre.

We have so little yet we feel so rich!!

Our hearts and our souls are overflowing with joy. We find it really difficult to explain it most of the time.

We keep being told we’re living the dream and we don’t know how to respond or add to that. All we can do is just say yes, and we’re still loving it.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us

It’s true, we really are living a dream and long may it continue.

We can’t fathom why more people aren’t doing it

I want to scream to my mates and friends back home, you guys are mad. I want to tell them to buy a Caravan or Motorhome, or even a Yacht and go find adventure and fill your boots with happiness.

Discover why you don’t need all that stuff overflowing out of your garage, in the back shed and piled floor to ceiling in rooms and cupboards.

And you don’t need Foxtel or Netflix, a bigger boat you rarely use, a new BMW, the latest technology, a new home because you want a theatre room and more space to collect more stuff and dust.

Get out and create your own life full of excitement and adventures. Reality TV is rubbish, go make your own reality.

Great Keppel Island

OK, it’s not our place to tell you how to live your life but given how often we get told, we wish we had your life, the truth is we were just like everyone else before we left on our 2 year adventure.

We aren’t special….

We just made the decision and did it and now all these years later we still love it just like that first day when we drove away, completely unaware of the impact our decision was going to have and what life was going to be like on this epic journey.

Never for one moment did we ever expect to question ourselves if it is time to go home. We had always planned an end date before embarking on our adventure but over the years those plans have changed. It is becoming more and more difficult to contemplate going home!

My points are:

If you’re not completely excited about life each day then make a change.

Consider the impact on what you buy against if you need it and if all those hours you worked hard this week were best spent by purchasing it.

Live your best life, we only get one of them.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us
The question for us – Is it Time to go Home?

Here are a few more words for what they’re worth:

  • Do more things you love to do and less that makes you unhappy
  • Contact your family and closest friends often
  • Don’t bother telling them you love them, they know that and your actions speak louder than words. Hug them, wrap your arms around your parents, your children and your friends as much as you can
  • Don’t live life by default, choose the life you want to live
  • Take control of your destiny
  • I may not have as much money now, but I own my time
  • We don’t fear dying, we fear having not lived a full life
  • Dare to Dream!

Pin – Is it Time to go Home?

Are you currently travelling like us and loving it but wondering how will you know when it is time to go home?

Let us know your thoughts and whether you are having to consider if it is time to go home and face the prospect of settling down again permanently!

 

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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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.

Book your Lady Musgrave Island Day Trip from Bundaberg here>

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

Pin – Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

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