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Things to See and Do in Cairns

things to see and do in cairns

This beautiful and tropical region has so many things to see and do in Cairns it’ll keep you exploring for weeks.

The City itself is amazing and you can head any direction out of town for lots of fun during your stay.

Cairns is the epicentre for the Far North Queensland region and a perfect place to explore the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.

Whether you jump on a Plane, Train or a Boat, you’re going to love the adventures available and we’ve got a list of some of the best Things to see and do in Cairns.

Things to do in Cairns

Cairns is home to warm, sunny beach weather with blue skies and high temperatures but it’s also part of the tropics and the weather can be unpredictable.

But the winter temperatures are perfect for an escape from the colder southern climates and hit the water for some great snorkelling and beach days.

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

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 idyllic 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 banger”, 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

Summer in Cairns is very hot and humid conditions with temperatures in the mid 30’s.

This is also the wet season for North Queensland with higher rainfall throughout the months of December to February.

Winter is prime weather conditions with temps around 28-31c and usually clear conditions.

We did have some rough conditions one stay during winter and as soon as the weather improved we decided to take flight, literally, up and over the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island and Michaelmas Cay.

More on the awesome scenic flight shortly.

Trips to Green Island and Fitzroy Island are very popular from Cairns and we really enjoyed our days there.

Cast netting
Catching prawns off the pontoon

Cairns Fishing

The fishing was challenging during our stay.

We considered taking a charter however they told us the fishing hadn’t been great lately so we were thankful they were honest with us.

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!!

Here’s our best tips for Things to See and Do in Cairns


Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most popular things to see and do and a tour you simply have to experience 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 as we 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 is extraordinary, even if testing for those with fear of heights.

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

There are several stops along the way to go for walks in the rainforest and learn more about the area.

At stages you are high above the treetops, cross rivers and enjoy magnificent views.

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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

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

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

Things to see and do in Cairns Nearby Islands

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 us 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

One of the best things to see and do in Cairns is 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 the 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

Things to see and do in 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 while we went to discover what was on at the markets.

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 – Just one of the beaches and many things to see and do in Cairns

Trinity Beach

The distance from Cairns to Trinity Beach is just over 21 kms 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.

Surf Life Savers are 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


Things to see and do in Cairns and outer regions

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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    January 19, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Nice content and guide that everyone can follow through when visiting cairns.

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Bargara Caravan Park

Bargara Caravan Park Feature

This Bargara Caravan Park on the beach is a great base to stay while you explore in and around Bundaberg.

Formerly the Bargara Beach Caravan Park it is now known as the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara.

This Bargara Caravan Park is located directly opposite the beach where you can safely swim in between the flags while lifesavers are on patrol in the summer months.

It is both minutes from the heart of the Bargara township and only a few minutes away is the world famous turtle sanctuary, Mon Repos.

Mon Repos is the largest nesting site for loggerhead turtles on the east coast of Australia.

Bargara Beach directly opposite the Bargara Caravan Park

About Bargara

Bargara is an easy drive, just 12.5 kms from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland.

Only a 15 minute drive from town past the sugar cane farms and you can be at the beautiful beach enjoying a swim or a delicious meal with amazing views!

The coastal town of Bargara has a population of around 8,485 residents.

It is located 384 kms north of the capital city of Brisbane, a drive of approximately 4 hours and 20 mins.

There are two surf beaches at Bargara as well as two calm water swimming areas making it a popular place to holiday.

Bargara is also an ideal location for snorkelling, fishing and off shore diving.

Aerial view of the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Bargara Caravan Park
Photo Credit – BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara. Perfectly located opposite the beach at Bargara

Bargara Caravan Park Facilities

Facilities at the beachside Bargara Caravan Park include two Amenities Blocks, one with disabled access and a laundry.

There is a Camp Kitchen, free barbecues and two Dump Points on site.

Kids will enjoy the playground, skate park, tennis court and volleyball court in and around the park grounds.

Pedal-kart hire from this Bargara Caravan Park
Photo Credit – BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara

A convenience store has basic supplies, LPG Gas Refills and offers bike hire; kayak, paddle board and pedal-kart hire.

Free Wi-fi is also available at the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara Caravan Park.

During our stay we had good phone coverage with both Telstra and Vodafone networks.

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Bargara Caravan Park
Our Motorhome pictured in behind the cabins at the Bargara Beach Caravan Park now BIG4 Breeze Holidays Parks – Bargara

Is this Bargara Caravan Park Pet Friendly?

At the time of our stay, the Bargara Beach Caravan Park welcomed pets which allowed us to stay with our beautiful Golden Retriever MACKS.

The same applies now with the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara, it is a pet friendly caravan park.

Pets are permitted on all camping sites and in the designated pet friendly cabins.

Dogs must be supervised, on a leash at all times and never left unattended.

See the Bargara Caravan Park Rules for full details on their pet policy.

Powered and unpowered sites at the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks- Bargara Caravan Park
Photo Credit – BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara

Bargara Caravan Park Rates

The cost to stay at this Bargara Caravan Park is:
Powered Slab Sites
: From $43 per night for 2 people
Powered Sites: From $42 per night for 2 people
Unpowered Sites: From $30 per night for 2 people

Our stay was for 8 nights from 14th – 21st February 2016.

Bargara Beach opposite Bargara Beach Caravan Park
Welcome to the Bargara Caravan Park
Photo Credit – BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara

Contact Details for this Bargara Caravan Park

Park Name: BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara
Phone:  07 4159 2228
Address: 25 Fred Courtice Avenue, Bargara, Queensland
Email: bargara@breezeholidayparks.com.au
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How to get to this Bargara Caravan Park

From the heart of Bundaberg, head along Bourbong Street which runs into Scotland Street. Follow Scotland Street then turn left into Princess Street.

Continue along Princess Street which becomes Bargara Road and take Bargara Road right through to the waterfront of Bargara.

At the Bargara beachfront, turn left onto the Esplanade. Follow the Esplanade until it becomes Fred Courtice Avenue.

Head along Fred Courtice Avenue and the entrance to the Bargara Caravan Park will be on your left opposite the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club.

Read about: Our Trip from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg 

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Bargara township just minutes from the Bargara Caravan Park
Turtle Tracks Mon Repos - Mon Repos Walking Track is next to the Bargara Caravan Park
Turtle tracks on the beach at Mon Repos

Things to do in and around Bargara and Bundaberg

Mon Repos

It is an absolutely amazing experience to see the turtle hatchlings at Mon Repos.

The Mon Repos Walking Track is right beside the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Bargara Caravan Park and it is just 13 minutes drive to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre runs nightly tours from November through to late March however you need to book well in advance as the Turtle Encounter tours are becoming increasingly popular each year.

We were very fortunate to witness the hatchlings up close on our first visit to Bundaberg but have been unsuccessful on two other occasions.

Turtle hatchling up close at Mon Repos
Up close and personal with the hatchlings at Mon Repos

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Tinaberries
Enjoying a delicious Tinaberries ice cream

Tinaberries

For fabulous ice cream and a fun, farm experience be sure to visit Tinaberries.

Fresh strawberries can be purchased from Tinaberries during strawberry season in the Winter months and you can enjoy a ‘pick you own’ experience in early Spring.

If you love ice cream you can pop into Tinaberries all year round for a delicious ice cream made from strawberries and passionfruit grown at the farm or some locally sourced mango.

Beautiful farmyard surrounds at Tinaberries
Relax in the beautiful farm setting while enjoying a delicious Tinaberries ice cream

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Bundaberg Rum Bottle

Bundaberg Rum Factory

Every time we visit Bundaberg and a visit to the Bundaberg Rum Factory is a must for Kev.

We have visited Bundaberg 4 times and all four visits we have visited the Bundy Rum Factory.

Twice we have done the distillery tour and twice Kev has had a drink at the Bundy Bar!

The distillery tour includes wandering through the Bundaberg Rum Museum, an interesting tour where you learn about the history and makings of Bundaberg Rum and the tour concludes with two free tastings.

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Bundy Bar

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Bundaberg Barrel

Bundaberg Barrel

Bundaberg has fast become the drinks capital and is home to The Bundaberg Barrel where the Bundaberg Brewed Soft Drinks are made.

The makers of the craft brewed premium soft drinks opened the tourist facility in 2005 but have been brewing these popular drinks since 1960.

Book the Barrel Tastings and Self Guided Gallery Tour. It includes a tasting of their full range, a self-guided gallery tour and then select 6 of your favourites for a take home pack.

Open Monday to Saturday 9am – 4.30pm and 10am – 3pm on Sundays and Public Holidays

Read more: Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg Barrel
Tasting at the Bundaberg Barrel

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Bargara Beach Boardwalk
A beautiful sunny day on our latest visit to Bargara in 2021

Bargara Weather

The weather in Bargara is warm and temperate and the average annual temperature is around 21.4 °C.

Bargara usually experiences the most rainfall in January and February.

The warmest month is January with the coldest month in Bargara being July.

May, June, July, August and September are considered the best months to visit Bargara.

Other great places to stay in and around Bundaberg:

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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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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.

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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.
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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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Carnarvon Gorge Camping Qld

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Feature

Carnarvon Gorge in the central highlands of Queensland with its towering white sandstone cliffs is a magnificent place to visit and offers a number of different Carnarvon Gorge Camping experiences.

There are 4 Carnarvon Gorge Camping Accomodation options if you are looking to stay when visiting the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

All offering slightly different experiences ranging from magnificent views to luxury glamping and a resort style setting as well as budget style bush camping.

  • Sandstone Park for magnificent 360 degree views
  • Wallaroo Outback Retreat if luxury is what you are looking for
  • Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness for resort style accommodation
  • BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Carnarvon Gorge for bush style camping
Carnarvon Gorge

About Carnarvon Gorge

The Carnarvon Gorge is located in the Carnarvon National Park in Central Western Qld.

Access is from the Carnarvon Highway between Roma and Emerald.

The stunning Gorge involves amazing White Sandstone cliffs, beautiful flowing water streams, incredible rock formations packed with so much wildlife and natural beauty.

It’s history with native Aborigine’s is obvious with so much artwork to see along several walking trails on offer.

Over 70,000 visitors make the trek to Carnarvon Gorge each year to experience the wonders of the stunning location.

Situated 722 kms driving distance from the States capital city of Brisbane it is a drive of over 8 hours.

Carnarvon Gorge is one of Central Qld’s most incredible attractions with spectacular walks past many natural formations.

Carnarvon Gorge

Camping in Carnarvon Gorge

There are several excellent camping options for whenever visiting Carnarvon Gorge.

From campgrounds high up with outstanding views to sites with power or those that are pet friendly.

You can also go camping near the entrance to the Gorge walks.

Some camping areas suits only tents whereas others suits Caravans, Motorhomes and Big Rigs.

There’s an option to suit everyone when Camping in Carnarvon Gorge and we’ve outlined the details for you below.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area

Open: Seasonal

Seasonal Carnarvon Gorge Camping is permitted between the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre and the Car Park only during the Easter, June-July and September Queensland School Holidays.

No camping is available during the December- January school holiday period or at any other time throughout the year.

Camping in this area is suitable for tents, off road campervans and camper trailers only.

With only 10 sites available they book out very quickly and some sites are small as they are suited to tents only.

Carnarvon Gorge Discovery Centre
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 5 Nights
  • Toilets: Yes – Drop Toilets and Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Potable Water: Water should be treated before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Power: No. No generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited and not reliable

Contact Details:
Phone: 13 7468
Address: Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge Hike

Big Bend Camping Area

Open: All year round

To access the Big Bend Camping Area it is by foot only so you will need a suitable hiking back pack as you will be carrying all of your camping gear, clothing, food and water in with you on the 19.4km return walk.

Take the Carnarvon Gorge Main Walking Track from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitors Centre.

It is 9.7kms walk to the Big Bend Camping Area where you can camp right beside Carnarvon Creek with the stunning white sandstone cliffs as a beautiful backdrop.

Carnaron Gorge Walk
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max  Nights Stay: 2 nights
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: No. Treat any water collected from the creek
  • Bins: No. Be sure to take animal proof containers to store your rubbish while camping and take all rubbish out with you
  • Power: No. Generators are not permitted.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:  13 7468
Address: 19.4km return walk from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre by foot
Website:

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Views
Magnificent 360 degree views from Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Grounds in and near the Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Open: Easter School Holidays to September/October School Holidays

For breathtaking 360 degree views of the magnificent white sandstone cliffs of the surrounding ranges from every site, there is no better place to go camping in or near Carnarvon Gorge.

It truly is a spectacular location and is only a short 5 minute drive to the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

All sites are unpowered.

The exceptionally large sites are pull-through and suitable for tent camping,  swags, caravans, motorhomes, big rigs, campervans and camper trailers.

  • Cost: $28 per night
  • Max Nights Stay: No limit
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: No, unpowered sites only.  Generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes – Sandstone Park is the only place to offer Carnarvon Gorge Pet Friendly accommodation. They also have Pet Sitting Service with Pet Kennels.
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Free Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: Yes. Each site has a fire pit
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes as well as other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4679
Address:  3858 Carnarvon Gorge Road, Carnarvon Park, Queensland
Website:

Read more about: Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Camping
Huge sites and wide open space at Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge along with breathtaking views

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Carnarvon Gorge

Open: All year round

The BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Carnarvon Gorge formerly Takarakka Bush Resort provides a variety of accommodation including Cabins, Studio and Cottage Style accommodation, Safari Tents as well as Caravan and Camping sites.

It has a well presented camp kitchen and bathroom amenities.

The BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Carnarvon Gorge does not allow dogs, cats and domestic animals.

  • Cost: Powered $45 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $55 per night for 2 people Peak
    Unpowered $35 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $45 per night for 2 people in Peak
    Extra Adults $15pn Extra Children $5 per night and $6 per night in Peak season
  • Max  Nights Stay: N/A
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes and other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4535
Address: O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Open: Seasonal

Located in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge has undergone a major refurbishment and has re-opened in March 2021.

Set on 100 acres and looped by Carnarvon Creek, it offers an ultimate resort experience with 28 luxury Safari Cabins, information sessions, tours, entertainment and they have a superb fully licensed Wilderness Restaurant.

Serviced accommodation only. No camping options are available.

Pets are strictly prohibited.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4984 4503 or 1800 644 150
Address:  4043 O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Creek

Wallaroo Outback Retreat

If you are looking for luxury Carnarvon Gorge camping, Wallaroo Outback Retreat provides glamping at its best.

There are 10 fabulous glamping tents with attached or detached ensuites plus the Timber Lodge which has a fully equipped kitchen, two fireplaces and  6 individual bathrooms!

The retreat is nestled in the sandstone cliffs of the Carnarvon Ranges.

It is part of a 72,000 acre cattle property which is just over 70 minutes from Carnarvon Gorge.

Camping in your own tent, Caravan or Motorhome is not allowed.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4626 3746
Address: 252 The Basin Road, Injune, Queensland
Website:

Read about: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Carnarvon Gorge National Park

What can you do at Carnarvon Gorge?

Discover many spectacular things as you explore the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

From the Caranarvon Gorge Visitors Centre it is a 9.7km along the Main Gorge Walking Track crossing over the Carnarvon Creek a number of times before reaching Big Bend where you can actually go camping right beside Carnarvon Creek.

From the Main Gorge Walking Track there are tracks to 4 ‘must see’ spectacular sites in the lower section of Carnarvon Gorge.

We took the Main Gorge Walking Track only as far as the Art Gallery and then made our way back stopping off at Wards Canyon, the Amphitheatre and Moss Garden as well as taking the Nature Trail on our first day.

Early in the morning the next day, Kev hiked up Boolimba Bluff with Olivia, the owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge.

We also checked out Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool which are both reasonably short walks from the Car Park.

Pick up or download and print out a copy of the Carnarvon Gorge Map.

Plan out what walks you would like to take depending on which walking tracks are suitable to you and carry your map with you so you know exactly which way you are heading at all times.

Remember to carry plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent with you.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Guidelines

Please ensure you adhere to the Queensland National Parks regulations when visiting and camping at the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Here are a number of the park guidelines:

  • Open Fires are not permitted
  • Collection of firewood is strictly prohibited
  • Use a fuel stove or gas barbecues at the Carnarvon Gorge Day Use Area
  • Do not feed animals or leave food for them
  • Do not disturb plants and animals
  • Domestic Animals are prohibited in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Rubbish Bins are not provided – take all rubbish with you including disposable nappies, sanitary products and cigarette butts
  • Cycling is not permitted on any of the walking tracks
  • Climbing and Abseiling is not permitted anywhere in the park
  • No Firearms or weapons are to be brought into the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Keep waterways free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens as well as food scraps
  • Wash any cooking equipment at least 100m away from streams and lakes
  • Use toilets if available or ensure faecal matter and toilet paper are buried at least 15cm deep and well away from tracks, campsites and waterways

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

The Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks are all graded either a Grade 3 or Grade 4 Track with the exception of the Carnarvon Great Walk which is a Grade 5 Track.

Grade 3 Tracks require a reasonable level of fitness. You will be walking on a well defined track encountering gentle slopes, slight inclines and some steep sections.

There are creek crossings, ladders and steps where you will need to exercise caution. Good supportive footwear is required.

Grade 4 Tracks require a moderate level of fitness. Tracks may be overgrown in some areas and may encounter rocks and fallen trees.

You will need to exercise caution on creek crossings, around cliff edges and natural lookout areas. Ankle supportive footwear is strongly recommended.

Carnarvon Gorge Long Walks

Boolimba Bluff Views

Boolimba Bluff

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 6.4km – 3hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4 Track

Although there is a very steep climb for 300m which you need to be physically fit to encounter, the awesome views from the lookout at Boolimba Bluff are definitely worth the effort!

The views stretch to the distant ranges which are simply magnificent.

The Boolimba Bluff is the only lookout track in Carnarvon Gorge.

Carnarvon Gorge

View the below video of Kev and Olivia, owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge climbing Boolimba Bluff in Carnarvon Gorge: 


Carnarvon Gorge Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 10.8km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Art Gallery in Carnarvon Gorge is a signifcant Aboriginal Site full of amazing Aboriginal Art. It contains the best examples of stencil art in Australia.

Adorning the 62 metres of sandstone walls, there are over 2,000 freehand paintings, engraving and ochre stencils.

Art Gallery

Awesome Tree Ferns at Wards Canyon
Wards Canyon is home to the World’s Largest Fern – The King Fern

Wards Canyon

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 9.2km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Make your way into the shaded Wards Canyon for a great spot to cool down on your walk.

Wards Canyon is also home to the World’s Largest Fern, the King Fern. It is believed the King Fern has strong links to the ancient Gondwanan era.

As you walk up the short but steep track to the awesome Wards Canyon, you will first come to the lower falls before continuing up to the canyon itself where there is a little creek running beside the rock pathway.

Wards Canyon Carnarvon Gorge

Entrance to the Ampitheatre

Amphitheatre

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 8.6km – 3.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Amphitheatre is one of the most spectacular sites in Carnarvon Gorge.

As you make your way through a narrow opening in the gorge you step into a hidden little oasis.

Towering all around you are these extremely tall sandstone walls with a natural skylight opening at the top.

This magnificent 60m chamber was gouged out of the rock by running water.

Carnarvon Gorge Ampitheatre

Moss Garden Carnarvon Gorge

Moss Garden

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 7km – 2.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Water seaps from the sandstone constantly forming an evergreen carpet of moss on the rocks hence giving this area the apt name of the Moss Garden.

There is also a small waterfall that cascades over the rocky ledge into the pool below but the water was only trickling when we were there.

Moss Garden

Cathedral Cave

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.2kms – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

For thousands of years, the massive overhand at Cathedral Cave in Carnarvon Gorge provided shelter for the Aboriginals.

The rock art at Cathedral Cave is reflective of the rich Aboriginal culture and depicts the lives of those who once lived there.


Boowinda Gorge

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.4km – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Just 100m upstream from Cathedral Cave is Boowinda Gorge. It does involve rock hopping to get into this sculpted side gorge.

The most spectacular part of the gorge strewn with boulders is the first one kilometre.

We didn’t venture further than the Art Gallery to Cathedral Cave, Boowinda Gorge or Big Bend.


Big Bend

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 19.4kms – 7 to 8hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Beneath the sheer sandstone cliffs at the elbow of the gorge is a natural pool which is part of Carnarvon Creek.

Turtles and catfish inhabit the tranquil waters in these upper reaches of the Carnarvon Creek.

You can rest at Big Bend, have a picnic under the shade of spotted gums before commencing your return walk or you can camp here.

There is a picnic table and composting toilet.

Big Bend Carnarvon Gorge Camping is for a maximum of 2 nights.


Mickey Creek

Carnarvon Gorge Short Walks

Mickey Creek Gorge

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 3kms – 1.5hrs return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Wander along Mickey Creek into the narrow sided Mickey Creek Gorge.

The track is formed only for the first 1.5kms from the Mickey Creek Car Park. After that you will find yourself rock hopping.

The rocky sections of the track are slippery.

Also you will need to exercise caution on the creek crossings. Often you will see Swamp Wallabies resting in this area.


Carnarvon Gorge Rock Pool

The Rock Pool

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 600m – 30mins return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Rock Pool is the perfect place to cool off after your long walk exploring the gorge or it is a beautiful spot to just visit for a swim and a picnic.

The Rock Pool is the only designated swimming area in Carnarvon Gorge.

Swimming is not allowed in any other parts of Carnarvon Creek as suncreen, deodorant and insect repellent can affect the habitat of turtles, frogs and platypus.


Carnarvon Gorge Nature Walk

Nature Trail

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 1.5kms – 1hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Be sure to take a walk along the Nature Trail along the shaded banks of Carnarvon Creek.

You’ll see the amazing flora as well as turtles basking in the sun on the rocks.

Also you might be lucky enough to spot the elusive platypus unfortunately they eluded us on our visit.

It is believed that the best time to catch a glimpse of platpyus is at dawn and dusk.

Although the only time we have seen platypus in the wild was through the middle of day and afternoon at Eungella National Park.


Carnarvon Creek and white sandstone cliffs

Things to know about Carnarvon Gorge

When is the best time to visit and go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The Best time to visit Carnarvon Gorge and go camping at Carnarvon Gorge is in the months of April through to October.

During these months the rainfall is much lower plus it is much more pleasant to go camping and do the spectacular walks when it is cooler.

Access is severely restricted due to the high rain falls during the summer months from November to February.

Can you swim at Carnarvon Gorge?

The Rock Pool is the only are in Carnarvon Gorge that you are permitted to swim. It is a 10min walk from the Rock Pool Car park.

It’s the perfect place to cool off in the crisp waters of Carnarvon Creek.

Apart from The Rock Pool, Takarakka Bush Resort have their own little beach area.

Carnarvon Gorge

Do you need a 4WD to go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The road into Carnarvon Gorge except for the last 500m is now sealed.

There is bitumen road to the turnoff to all Carnarvon Gorge camping and accommodation sites as well as to Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

We had no problem accessing Sandstone Park and the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre Carpark in our 8m Winnebago Esperance Motorhome even during our 3 days of Carnarvon Gorge Camping back in June 2017.

Carnarvon Gorge Echidnas
Kev was literally just two feet away from this curious little fella

What animals can you find in Carnarvon Gorge?

We saw a number of kangaroos and wallabies grazing by the water’s edge as soon as we set out on our walk through Carnarvon Gorge.

You might be lucky enough to spot two other animals within the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, platypus and echidnas.

Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any platypus despite every endeavour but we were lucky enough to spy one or two echidnas foraging in the bushes as well as a koala along our walk.

There are also 180 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles and 22 different species of frogs known to inhabit the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Kangaroo at Carnarvon Creek

How old is Carnarvon Gorge?

The power of water and time has been monumental in the making of the magnificent landscape in Carnarvon Gorge.

It has been over 200,000,000 years in the making!

Carnarvon Gorge

How far is Carnarvon Gorge from Brisbane?

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area is approx 720kms from Brisbane.

The closest town to Carnarvon Gorge is Injune which is around 95km away.

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

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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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Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

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Cape Tribulation Camping

Cape Tribulation Camping Feature

Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef, is an incredible place for camping.

All six camping areas in Cape Tribulation offer either absolute beachfront camp sites or camping within close proximity to the beach.

Cape Tribulation Camping is accessible for 2WD vehicles and 5 of the 6 Camping areas are suitable for all sized vehicles including Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans, Camper Trailers as well as tent camping.

This is one of the World’s most extraordinary locations and camping here is simply breathtaking.

Cape Tribulation Camping 2021About Cape Tribulation

There is so much to see and do in Cape Tribulation, you really need to spend a few days so you can really enjoy this unique eco system unlike anywhere else in the world.

The Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation is the only place on earth where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet up with each other.

It is where the Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest living rainforest meets the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living organism.

Cape Tribulation is just over 2 hrs 30 mins from Cairns and a distance of 139.5 kms. It is just 1 hr 45 mins and 84.1 kms from Port Douglas.

South of  Cape Tribulation and just 1 hr 25 mins is Mossman.

To the north of Cape Tribulation is Cooktown which is just under 2 hrs away.

Six Great Cape Tribulation Camping Options

If you are looking to go camping in Cape Tribulation there are four great options to choose from:

  1. Cape Tribulation Camping Ground
  2. PKs Jungle Village
  3. Noah Beach Camping Area
  4. Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping
  5. Daintree Rainforest Village
  6. Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat
Cape Tribulation Camping ground

Cape Tribulation Camping Ground

Open: Seasonal

Camping is open from April to November

About:

Cape Tribulation Camping Ground is located 45 minutes from the Daintree Ferry and offers  beachfront camping.

It is just 800 metres along the side gravel road off Cape Tribulation Road accessible by 2WD.

The campground can accommodate all types of camping and is suitable for large caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, campervans, tent camping and hammocks.

There are four Amenities Blocks throughout the campground which include coin-operated laundry facilities.

Power points are available in the Amenities blocks for electric shavers and hair dryers.

  • Cost: Powered Site – $35 per person, per night; Unpowered Site – $25 per person, per night and Children (5-17 years) – $5 per child, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: N/A

Cape Tribulation Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes – toilets run on an Eco Toilet system be careful what is flushed
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes – two equipped with gas cookers, free BBQs, fridges and sinks
  • Pool: No
  • Potable Water: Yes – Drinking Water is available from Rainwater tanks and for small water bottles only. Bore Water is available for filling your van
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes. Generators are not allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: Yes – Paid Wi-fi is available
  • Are Fires Allowed: Individual campfires are not permitted. A central Communal Firepit is provided. Guests are allowed to build a campfire on the beach.
  • Mobile Phone Coverage: Minimal mobile reception on the beach and in some parts of the campground

Contact Details for Cape Tribulation Camping Ground:

Phone: 07 4098 0077
Address: Lot 11, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

PK's Jungle Village - Camping Cape Tribulation

PK’s Jungle Village Camping

Open: All year round

PKs Jungle Village offers camping for Caravans, Motorhomes, campervans, camper trailers and tent camping is also permitted.

Other accommodation options include cabins, ensuite cabins and Dormitory style accommodation.

Enjoy the convenience of an on-site Bar, Restaurant and IGA Supermarket and just minutes stroll from the beach.

About:

  • Cost: Unpowered Site – $30 for 2 people per night
  • Max Nights Stay: N/A

PKs Jungle Village Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes
  • Pool: Yes
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: No – Unpowered Camping Sites only. No generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Mobile Phone Coverage: We had Telstra reception during our stay in August 2021

Contact Details for PKs Jungle Village:

Phone: 07 4098 0040
Address: 3910 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

Noah Creek near the Noah Beach Cape Tribulation Camping Area
Noah Creek is a 1km walk south of the Noah Beach Camping Area

Noah Beach Camping Area

Open: Seasonal

Camping is open for most of the year however the campground is closed for the wet season usually from the first Sunday after New Years Day but is open again from Good Friday.

Closing dates can vary depending on road conditions. Other closures may occur due to heavy rain.

About:

Nestled beneath the canopy forest the camping area offers plenty of shade however it provides limited sun for charging solar panels.

Noah Beach Camping Area is suitable for Campervans, Camper trailers and tent camping.

It is accessible by 2WD however due to overhanging trees and tight turns it is not suitable for Caravans, high Campervans, large Motorhomes or buses.

A maximum height allowed is 3.2 metres.

It is just a 50 metre stroll to Noah Beach and a 1km walk to Noah Creek from the Noah Beach Camping area.

  • Number of Sites: 15 – All Unpowered
  • Cost: $6.85 per person, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 7 consecutive nights

Noah Beach Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes – Composting Toilets
  • Showers: No
  • Laundry: No
  • Camp Kitchen: No
  • Pool: No
  • Potable Water: No – You will need to bring your own supply of water and drinking water
  • Bins: No – please bring rubbish bags and take your rubbish away with you
  • Power: No. Generators are prohibited
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No. Fuel Stoves are recommended
  • Mobile Phone Coverage: Not available

Contact Details for Noah Beach Camping Area:

Phone: 13 74 68
Address: Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

Safari Lodge Cape Tribultion Camping

Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Area

Open: All year round

About:

Safari Lodge offers accommodation in cabins as well as camping for Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans, Camper trailers and camping in tents.

Set in the tropical Daintree Rainforest it is also just 400 metres from the beach.

There is the on-site Ocean Safari Booking Office and Turtle Rock Cafe offers freshly cooked meals, great coffee and tropical outdoor dining

  • Cost: Powered Site $26 per person per night; Unpowered Site $18 per person per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 30 nights

Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes. Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes
  • Pool: Yes
  • Potable Water: No – Only bore water is available to fill Caravan & Motorhome tanks and only available when booked on Powered Sites
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes. Generators are not allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: Yes – additional cost
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited

Contact Details for Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Area:

Phone: 07 4098 0006
Address: Lot 4, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

Creek near the Cape Tribulation Camping Ground

Daintree Rainforest Village Camping

Open: All year round

About:

Daintree Rainforest Village offers camping for Caravans, Motorhomes, Big Rigs, Campervans, Camper trailers, Rooftop campers and camping in tents.

Set in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, grassed campsites are nestled amongst colourful gardens with views of rolling hills.

There is an on-site General Store with an extensive range of grocery items as well as a small range of pharmaceuticals.

An on-site fuel station with swap n go gas bottles is also available.

The Daintree Rainforest Village is the only place to buy unleaded fuel and diesel north of the Daintree River.

  • Cost: Powered Site $50 for 2 people one vehicle per night; Unpowered Site $40 fpr 2 people one vehicle per night and Sheltered Powered Site $60 for 2 people one vehicle per night. Children 12 & Under are free
  • Max Nights Stay: N/A

Daintree Rainforest Village Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes
  • Pool: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes. Generators are not allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No – There is a Communal Fire Circle with free firewood
  • Telstra Coverage: Quite limited. Optus has the best signal

Contact Details for Daintree Rainforest Village:

Phone: 0466 658 399
Address: 2094 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan, Queensland
Website:

Thornton Beach

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat Caravan & Camping Area

Open: All year round

About:

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat offers accommodation in motel/cabin sytle rooms as well as camping for Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans, Camper trailers and camping in tents.

Set in 20 acres of beautiful tropical Rainforest it is just 20 minutes drive from the Daintree Ferry and is in close proximity from the beach.

Onsite is the Lync-Haven Cafe/Licenced Restaurant offering affordable meals for lunch and dinner and a relaxed tropical outdoor dining area.

  • Cost: Powered Site From $35 per night for 2 Adults; Unpowered Site From $30 per night for 2 Adults
  • Max Nights Stay: N/A

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat Caravan & Camping Facilities:

  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Camp Kitchen: Yes
  • Pool: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes. Generators are not allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Dump Point: No – Closest Dump Point is at Mossman or Port Douglas
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No bu there is a Communal Campfire Pit
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited

Contact Details for Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat Caravan & Camping Area:

Phone: 07 4098 9155
Address: Lot 44, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Website:

Are the Cape Tribulation Camping Grounds Pet Friendly?

The Daintree Rainforest Village and Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat are both pet friendly.

Cape Tribulation Camping, Noah Beach Camping Area, Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Area and Pk’s Jungle Village Camping Area do not allow pets.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

How to make a Cape Tribulation Camping Booking

Cape Tribulation Camping Ground – Call 07 4098 0077 or email stay@capetribcamping.com.au

PK’s Jungle Village – Call 07 4098 0040, email info@pksjunglevillage.com.au or book on-line

Noah Beach Camping Area – Bookings must be made on-line at the QPWS website prior to your arrival

Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping Site – Call 07 4098 0006, email lodge@oceansafari.com.au or book on-line

Daintree Rainforest Village – Call 0466 658 399 or book on-line

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat Camping Area – Book by calling 07 4098 9155, email enquiries@lynchaven.com.au or simply book on-line

Taking the Daintree Ferry to the four great Cape Tribulation Camping grounds
Catching the Daintree Ferry at Cape Tribulation

How to get to Cape Tribulation

From Mossman, head north along the Mossman Daintree Road then turn right into Cape Tribulation Road.

Follow Cape Tribulation Road until you come to the Daintree Ferry.

Cross the Daintree River on the ferry and continue along Cape Tribulation Road which is the main road that takes you to all four Cape Tribulation Camping destinations.

Mount Alexandra Lookout
Mount Alexandra Lookout

Things to do in and around Cape Tribulation

Mount Alexandra Lookout

For absolutely amazing views of the Cape Tribulation coastline and one of the oldest rainforests in the world, do not miss Mount Alexandra Lookout.

This World Heritage Area is where the Daintree Rainforest meets the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Mount Alexandra Lookout is just 10 minutes from the Daintree River and Ferry and one of the first major points of interest.

Daintree Discovery Centre
112 Steps up to the top level of the Canopy Tower at the Daintree Discovery Centre

Daintree Discovery Centre

The Daintree Discovery Centre is in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and it is also located in a Cassowary Corridor so it offers a great opportunity to possibly witness a cassowary in the wild.

Meander along the elevated walkways above the rainforest, take the Cassowary Circuit and Bush Tucker Trail, check out Jurassic Forest and the 500 year old Strangler Fig.

There is also a large indoor display area with the latest touch screen technology and an audio visual theatre.

Climb the 112 steps to the top level of the Canopy Tower where you will be among the upper most reaches of the rainforest canopy.

Open every day 8.30am – 5pm with last entry at 4pm

Cassowary Information display - Daintree Discovery Centre
Learn about the Southern Cassowary at the Daintree Discovery Centre’s Indoor Display

Daintree Tea Company

Established in 1978, the Daintree Tea Company located in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest is 100% Australian owned, grown and processed.

High in antioxidants, Daintree Tea is cultivated without any pesticides.

Daintree tea may be enjoyed as a pure black tea as well as with sugar, milk, honey, lemon or lime. It is also excellent as an iced tea.

Visit the plantation self-service centre and check out the photos, information brochures and old machinery on display.

Mason’s Swimming Hole

Mason’s Hole is one of the very few places in Cape Tribulation where you can safely go swimming.

The deep holes at the end of the walking track are croc free. Do not swim in the creek at the crossing at the lower end as crocodiles have been sighted there.

Mason’s Swimming Hole is just a 30 second walk from Mason’s Cafe.

Note – A $1 entry fee is payable to swim in the crocodile and stinger free swimming hole.

Bloomfield Track

Bloomfield Track & Wujai Wujai Falls

The dirt road between Cape Tribulation and Cooktown is known as the Bloomfield Track and is only suitable for a high clearance 4WD.

There are uneven surfaces, creek crossings and very steep decents of up to 31 degrees. The Bloomfield Track is not suitable for caravans and trailers.

Whilst camping in Cape Tribulation in August 2021, we did the Bloomfield Track just to Bloomfield where we visited the spectacular Wujai Wujai Falls (Bloomfield Falls) and returned to Cape Trib in the one day.

Read more:  Things to See and Do in Cairns

Wujai Wujai Falls
Wujai Wujai Falls

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!

Ocean Safari Booking Office - Safari Lodge Cape Tribulation Camping

Cape Tribulation Tours

Ocean Safari

The half day Ocean Safari tour offers a fast, fun ride on a rigid inflatable boat and includes snorkelling at two different destinations.

Enjoy snorkelling over reefs filled with beautiful coral, giant clams, starfish and a myriad of tropical fish.

You could also be swimming alongside turtles and eagle rays.

We thoroughly enjoyed Ocean Rafting the Great Barrier Reef in Whitsundays which offers a very similar experience.

Book an Ocean Safari Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip from Cape Tribulation here>

Daintree River Cruises

Daintree River Cruises

Slowly glide along the Daintree River and be immersed in the world famous rainforest region.

The Daintree River Cruises take you on a 60-90 minute journey where you will learn about this unique eco system and have the chance to see the native wildlife.

Each tour is different as there are no guaranteess what wildlife will be seen on the day but chances are you will see Estuarine Crocodiles in the natural habitat.

Tours generally run between 9.30am and 3.30pm but are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Cape Tribulation Horse Rides

Cape Trib Horse Rides offer the only beach horse ride in Cape Tribulation.

You will weave your way on horse back through the majestic Daintree Rainforest on your way to exploring the golden sands of Myall Beach.

Depending on the clarity of the water, you may also have the opportunity to walk your horse into the shallow waters of the ocean.

Tours operate mornings and afternoons.

No previous horse riding experience is necessary.

Book a Mid-Morning Beach Horse Ride here>

Book an Afternoon Beach Horse Ride here>

Emmagen Creek
Warning – Swimming only recommended upstream as crocodiles have been sighted in and around the creek crossing in this lower region

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield Track 1 Day Tour

If you are not looking to go camping on Cape Tribulation, take a full day tour from Cairns Northern Beaches or Port Douglas and discover the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

The tour includes a Daintree River Cruise, Alexandra Lookout, lunch at Cape Tribulation, Emmagen Creek for a swim, 4WD along the Bloomfield Track and an ice cream stop for the return journey.

Book your Daintree Rainforest, Cape Trib & Bloomfield Track 1 Day Tour here>

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Other Cape Tribulation Accommodation Options

Daintree Wilderness LodgeCow Bay Homestay B&B
Coral Sea Views ChaletsWompoo Eco Retreat
Daintree Peaks ECO StaysCockatoo Hill Retreat
Daintree Deep Forest LodgeDaintree Secrets Rainforest Sanctuary
Daintree CascadesHeritage Lodge in The Daintree
Noah Creek Eco HutsCoconut Beach House
Daintree Rainforest Beach HouseThornton Beach Bungalows
AlkiraCape Tribulation Holiday House
Rainforest Hideway B&BBlack Palm Cape Tribulation
Ferntree RainforestCape Trib Farm Fruit Tasting and B&B
WildwoodVilla Zena

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Afternoon drinks at PK’s Jungle Bar

Places to eat and drink at Cape Tribulation

PK’s Jungle Village

While we were camping in Cape Tribulation at PK’s Jungle Village we enjoyed a drink at the bar each afternoon.

PK’s has an on-site bar and restaurant where you can sit and enjoy a drink and a great meal overlooking the pool.

The Jungle Bar is open from 10am to Midnight and the Restaurant is open for:

  • Breakfast 7.30am – 10am; Lunch from 12 – 2pm and Dinner 5.30 – 8pm as well as afternoon snacks from 2.30 – 5.30pm.

Mason’s Cafe

Mason’s Cafe offers unique lunches next to the crocodile and stinger free swimming hole.

They specialise in unique foods including crocodile and jakfruit.

Fresh produce is sourced locally wherever possible including tea, coffee, fruit and fish.

Burgers are made fresh on site and they make their own sauces where possible.

Open 11am – 3pm Monday to Sunday

Daintree Ice cream

Daintree Ice Cream Company

On both visits to Cape Tribulation we enjoyed stopping in at the Daintree Ice Cream Company for a delicious ice cream.

All of the ice cream, sorbets and gelato are hand made on-site from exotic fruits grown in their orchard.

Flavours vary depending on what fruits are in season and may include macadamia, black sapote, coffee, star fruit, jack fruit, banana, mango and lychee just to name a few!

Open 11am – 5pm daily

Thornton's

Thornton’s

Located right on the doorstep of Thornton Beach is Thornton’s. The Cafe is a great place to stop in for lunch or a coffee.

Offering casual indoor and outdoor dining with fabulous views of the beach.

At times they also sell freshly baked white and rye sourdough bread.

Adele eating her ice cream with the cassowary at Floravilla

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

We can never pass up an opportunity to have an ice cream so we were sure to visit Floravilla Ice Cream Factory on our most recent visit to Cape Tribulation.

Experience exotic fruit flavours made from local tropical fruits in season as well as traditional flavour favourites including vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

Ice cream is hand made on the premises and contains absolutely no preservatives, artificial additives, colours or sweeteners.

Open 9.30am – 5.15pm Monday to Friday and 11am – 5.15pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Cape Tribulation Weather

Cape Tribulation Weather

We have visited Cape Tribulation on two occasions. Our first visit was just for the day in June 2016 where we experienced a fairly overcast day.

In August 2021, we were camping in Cape Tribulation for 3 nights and the weather was beautiful.

Typically, the weather in Cape Tribulation is warm with the average temperature year round ranging between 26°C and 32°C.

The wettest month of the year in Cape Tribulation is February.

August is usually the month with the least amount of rain and July is considered the best month to visit.

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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.

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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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