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What to do in Townsville

We were excited to be heading to Townsville, discover all of what there is to do in Townsville and it didn’t disappoint. Immediately when you think of what to do in Townsville, Castle Hill and Magnetic Island naturally come to mind.

When Adele and I met in May 1987 it was just a couple of months before her parents came back to Brisbane from Townsville.

Adele had lived in Townsville when she was young and I had heard about Townsville, seen photos of the region and therefore I was keen to form my own thoughts on this city that was home to the North Queensland Cowboys, the 2015 NRL Premiership team.

Castle Hill in Townsville

Townsville

Townsville is the first big city we have visited since leaving Brisbane.

It has a similar feel to Brisbane as far as traffic and suburbia even though the driving distance from Townsville to Brisbane is 1339kms.

There are lots of traffic lights, 6 lane main roads, plenty of cars travelling on the road and all the typical infrastructure of a main city are all here.

There are so many fun, free and interesting things to do in Townsville.

Townsville also has the added advantage of Magnetic Island being right on it’s door step and just 8kms offshore and a 20 minute ferry ride away.

Castle Hill - One of the Things to do in Townsville
Castle Hill looking out over the city to Mt Stuart

Here are our top suggestions for What to do in Townsville:

  • The Strand Rockpool
  • Townsville Beaches along The Strand
  • Ocean Siren, The Strand
  • Strand Jetty
  • Free Strand Water Park
  • Strand Waterfall
  • Great Places to Eat along The Strand Townsville
  • North Queensland Cowboys
  • Magnetic Island
  • Reef HQ Aquarium
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland
  • Townsville Wharf
  • Jezzine Barracks Kissing Point Fortification
  • Jezzine Barracks Military Museum
  • Castle Hill Lookout
  • Pallerenda Beach
Ocean Fed Strand Rockpool

What to do in Townsville on The Strand

The Strand is the oceanfront foreshore close to the city and comprises of beaches, restaurants, bars, shops, jetty, water park, museum and pools.

Strand Rockpool

The Strand Rockpool is a fabulous seawater fed pool which is stinger resistant and a safe place to swim.

It is located at the northern end of The Strand with barbecues and kids playground making it a great place for families.

Right beside the rockpool are a couple of cafes.

Admission: Free

Opening Hours: 24hrs

The Strand Rockpool Facilities:

  • Electric BBQs
  • Picnic Shelters and seating
  • Toilets including Accessible
  • Playground
  • Grassed Parkland

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Townsville Beaches - One of the Things to do in Townsville

Townsville Beaches along The Strand

Even on days when the weather was less kind there were still many people enjoying all The Strand has to offer as they walked their dogs, swam at the beach, enjoyed a coffee or lunch and played with their children.

Can you swim at Townsville Beaches?

There are a number of patrolled beaches in Townsville, including The Strand, Pallarenda and Magnetic Island’s Picnic Bay.

When swimming at Townsville Beaches you do need to be aware of the associated hazards with Irukandji and Bluebottles especially in the Wet Season from November to April/May.

Balgal Beach just north of Townsville has a patrolled swimming enclosure making it another safe place for swimming during the stinger season.

Crocodiles have also been sighted in the ocean between Townsville and Magnetic Island and near the beach at The Strand.

The Strand

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Ocean Siren - One of the Things to do in Townsville on The Strand

Ocean Siren at The Strand

The Ocean Siren at The Strand reacts to live water temperature data from the weather station at Davies Reef on the Great Barrier Reef.

It actually changes colour according to the variations in the water temperature.

The 4 metre high inaugural sculpture in the Southern Hemisphere’s first Museum of Underwater Art sits alongside the iconic Strand Jetty,

Installed in December 2019 with the vision is to inspire reef and ocean conservation in the hope of achieving positive environmental outcomes.

Modelled on young indigenous girl from the local Wulgurukaba Tribe, Takoda Johnson, this unique sculpture acts as a siren warning that the Great Barrier Reef could be at risk from warm seas.

Admission: Free to view

Opening Hours: Open 24hrs

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Great Places to Eat in Townsville along The Strand

Juliette’s Gelateria

One of the most popular places along the waterfront is Juliette’s Gelateria and we must admit to indulging more than once during every visit to Townsville.

To our delight this visit, we discovered a second Juliette’s Gelateria on The Strand opposite the Longboard Bar & Grill. Previously, we had only known of the store right on the beachfront.

This inevitably meant we had to visit both stores. There are no rules saying you can’t have two ice creams in one day!

Juliette’s The Strand
Phone: 07 4721 5577
Addresses:
Shop 7/58 The Strand, Townsville, Queensland
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs 6am – 9.30pm and Fri & Sat 6am – 10pm
Website:

Juliette’s Gelateria
Phone: 07 4772 5565
Addresses:
Landsborough St Headland, The Strand, Townsville, Queensland
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs 7am – 9.30pm and Fri & Sat 7am – 10pm
Website:

Longboard Bar & Grill

We have had dinner a number of times at the beachfront bar Longboard Bar & Grill which is located along the foreshore at The Strand.

On our Anniversary Night, we thoroughly enjoyed the Mixed Soft Tacos, Salt & Pepper Squid and their unique Waffle Fries! You will definitely want to try the Waffle Fries.

It’s long deck and perfect position makes it a great location for lunch, late Sunday drinks and dinner.

Phone: 07 4724 1234
Addresses:
The Strand Headlands, 80 Gregory Street Townsville, Queensland
Opening Hours: Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 days
Website:

Lunch at The Watermark Townsville Beach Bar on The Strand

For our 33rd Anniversary, we enjoyed lunch at The Watermark Townsville Beach Bar on The Strand.

Views of the ocean and Magnetic Island made this a great place to sit and enjoy a pizza and a drink as well as stop and relax during the day on our anniversary.

Phone: 07 4724 4281
Address:
72-74 The Strand, Townsville
Opening Hours: 7 days from 7am for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & All Day Pizza
Website:

The Watermark Townsville Beach Bar

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Illuminated Townsville sign

Things to do in Townsville at Night

Strand Waterfall at Night

The Strand Waterfall constructed in 1968 and has been an iconic feature of The Strand in Townsville for over 50 years and is located opposite the Tobruk Pool.

See the iconic waterfall come to life at night when it is colourfully illuminated.

Beautifully lit up with pink and purples. the waterfall and surrounding foliage is quite a spectacle.

Strand Waterfall at Night

Drinks at Tiny Mountain Brewery

Head to Tiny Mountain Brewery for drinks and a great night out with your friends.

Besides their craft beer, wines and bubbles, they also serve Fried Chicken, Burgers and Fries and Grazing Platters if you are looking for a bite to eat.

Local Food Trucks team up with Tiny Mountain at times as well.

You can also take a fun and interactive tour of the Brewery where you will learn about the toasted malts and a variety of hops before finishing with a tasting session of Tiny Mountain beers and any special release brews.

Phone: 07 4412 4950
Address: 20 Palmer Street, Townsville, Queensland
Opening Hours:
Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 2pm weekdays and 12pm Saturday & Sundays. Closed Monday & Tuesday
Tour Times: Saturdays at 12pm
Website:

Tiny Mountain - One of the Things to do in Townsville at night
Tiny Mountain Brewery – Things to do in Townsville at night

Go to a North Queensland Cowboys Footy Game in Townsville

We timed our visit to Townsville to coincide with the replay of last years NRL Grand Final with the Brisbane Broncos in town to play the North Queensland Cowboys.

However we under estimated the interest in the game and the match was sold out months before kickoff.

We were extremely disappointed to miss out on watching the game live however we made our way next door to the Leagues Club and watched the game from there on the big screen.

During our most recent visit to Townsville, we headed to a Cowboys game on the Saturday Night so we could check out the brand new North Queensland Cowboys Stadium.

Although the Cowboys didn’t come away with a win, it was an inexpensive night’s entertainment made enjoyable by Kev’s cousins who joined us.

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Things to do on Magnetic Island, Townsville

When standing on The Strand, you will be looking directly out over Magnetic Island which is just 8kms off Townsville’s mainland and a short 20 minute ferry ride from the Townsville Marina.

Once we had arrived on the island we made our way to pick up our topless hire car for the day.

Our little open top car came in pink and white and although a little small became a fun way to explore this magnificent island.

Book your return Ferry Transfer ticket to Magnetic Island here>

Topless Car

Picnic Bay

The island is very simple, from the marina you can turn left or right. To the left will take you to Picnic Bay, the original ferry docking site for the island.

The Jetty remains in place and is used by boaties and locals.

The lookout on top of the mountain provides fantastic views back to Townsville and Rocky Bay below.

Picnic Bay

Geoffrey Bay

From the new Marina at Nelly Bay, a right hand turn takes you to the main attractions of the island.

A beachfront drive along Geoffrey Bay will bring you to a pub on a corner with a left hand bend but don’t turn left.

Instead take the track opposite, a narrow winding road along the edge of Geoffrey Bay.

It will bring you to a small jetty and carpark. Hop out here and begin to explore. In the rocks below the hillside you will find Rock Wallabies.

They are nervous little guys but you can get quite close and watch them interact with each other.

From the carpark walk under the fallen rocks as far as you go and take in the amazing view across the bay or take your snorkel gear and go swimming and snorkeling in these amazing waters.

Don’t knock the rock!

Alma Bay

Around the corner is Alma Bay, a small cove between two rocky outcrops with a lovely sandy beach that is patrolled on weekends by the Arcadian Life Saving Club.

The Forts

The Forts Walk is a 3.8km scenic walking track to The Magnetic Battery that takes you to observation and command posts used during the war.

The track also provides views over Radical, Florence and Arthur Bays and koala’s are often sited in the trees around the walking tracks.

If you have a love for koalas, you can actually stay at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village which has it’s very own Koala Sanctuary.

The Magnetic Battery is steeped in History

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay is located at the northern beach on the island and it’s here you can hire all sorts of watercraft for a fun day on the water.

Nets provide safe swimming free of stingers and the beach provides views out to Palm Island.

There is a choice of café’s and bars overlooking the beach. It was here we found Adele’s Café and we had to buy an ice cream.

With a name like Adele it had to be good.

Adele at Adele’s Cafe
Horseshoe Bay

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

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

What is Townsville known for?

Townsville is known for a number of great things:

  • Castle Hill
  • Ross River which flows through the Townsville CBD
  • Base for one of the World’s largest Zinc Refineries
  • One of the major cities on Queensland’s North-Eastern Coast
  • Magnetic Island, a 20 minute ferry ride away
  • Home to the North Queensland Cowboys

Fun Things to do in Townsville

Reef HQ Aquarium

The wharf in Townsville is home to places of interest, some planned and some not.

Reef HQ is a coral reef aquarium with a Coral Reef exhibition and the marine life normally found out on an ocean coral reef.

Reef HQ Aquarium Townsville

The aquarium has a tunnel to walk through with Sharks, Stingrays, Turtles and big Fish all swimming above your head.

It also operates a marine hospital which we were able to do a tour of to see the sharks and turtles currently being nurtured back to good health.

Phone: 07 4750 0800
Address:
2-36 Kelleher Place, Townsville, Queensland
Opening Hours:
To re-open in 2023
Website:

#Update:
Reef HQ closed for renovations in 2021. Major infrastructure and renovations are being completed. You can read all about it herehttps://www.reefhq.com.au/refurbishment/refurbishment-overview

Reef HQ Aquarium Townsville
Inside Reef HQ

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Next door is the Museum of Tropical Queensland which has a fantastic walk through display and artifacts from the wreck of the Pandora which shipwrecked at the tip of the Great Barrier Reef off Cape York in 1781.

The Pandora was returning after being in pursuit of the ship HMS Bounty after the infamous Mutiny of the Bounty.

This amazing Townsville Museum also gave an insight to the history of Townsville and the cyclones that have reeked so much havoc on the town over so many years.

There are also Legoland displays of iconic structures from around the world such as the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building.

Combine the attractions of Townsville and Magnetic Island with a Super Saver Pass.

It includes the Return Ferry to Magnetic Island; Full Day Bus Pass on Magnetic Island; Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary; Reef HQ Aquarium and Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Plus, your pass is valid for 7 days from the first day you start using it!

Phone: 07 4726 0600
Address:
70–102 Flinders Street, Townsville, Queensland
Opening Hours:
9.30am – 4pm daily
Website:

Museum of Tropical Queensland Townsville
Replica of the HMS Bounty

Townsville Wharf

A more recent exhibit at the Wharf is the former Tasmanian historic tall ship Defender which sunk one night in January 2016 while docked.

Media reports suggest a protracted legal battle is now under way as Townsville Council tries to enforce the owner to remove it.

In the meantime it has become a place of interest and a haven for fish and marine life.

Update: The wreck of the Defender was refloated by the Queensland Government and dismantled.

Admission: Free

Opening Hours: 24hrs

Townsville Wharf

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Jezzine Barracks Kissing Point Fortification
Jezzine Barracks Kissing Point Fortification – One of the great free things to do in Townsville

What to do in Townsville for Free

Jezzine Barracks Kissing Point Fortification

Jezzine Barracks at Kissing Point is a public precinct commemorating the Australian Military and the Aboriginal Heritage.

The Kissing Point Fort was established in 1870 after the British Troops withdrew from colonies in Australia. Built with two Gun Batteries, it formed part of the coastal defence against naval bombardment of Queensland and its ports.

Wander through the open air precinct and check out the restored elements and absorb the history from the interpretive signs throughout.

Take in the magnificent views from the Kissing Point Headland over to Magnetic Island. Kissing Point Headland Coastal walkway extends from Rowes Bay to The Strand.

Admission: Free

Opening Hours: Open 24hrs

Jezzine Barracks Facilities:

  • Electric BBQs
  • Picnic Shelters and seating
  • Toilets including Accessible Toilets
  • Observation Decks
  • Playground
  • Coastal Boardwalk
  • Parking
Kev and the Gun battery

Jezzine Barracks Military Museum

Jezzine Barracks being home to the Australian Military for over 120 years, the museum displays a collection of military memorabilia showcasing the history of the Army in North Queensland.

There are three galleries:

  1. The first focusing on the history of the North Queensland Army from the late 1800’s til the end of the Boer War including a Colonial Officers Tent
  2. World War I and II including Honour Boards, interactive World War 1 trench and tunnels plus gun emplacements
  3. The third gallery focuses on more recent conflicts including Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Solomon Islands and the Middle East including a Korean War Command Bunker, a gun position from South East Asian conflicts and a kids Command Centre Play Area

Admission: Free – Donations greatly appreciated

Opening Hours: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 9am – 1pm

Jezzine Barracks Museum Facilities:

  • Museum – Wheelchair Friendly
  • Electric BBQs in Jezzine Barracks Precinct
  • Picnic Shelters and seating within the precinct
  • Toilets including Accessible Toilets
  • Observation Decks in Jezzine Barracks
  • Playground within precinct
  • Coastal Boardwalk in Jezzine Barracks Precinct
  • Parking available in the Jezzine Barracks Precinct
Jezzine Barracks Kissing Point - One of the things to do in Townsville
Jezzine Barracks Kissing Point

The Strand Water Park

An awesome place to cool off is the Strand Water Park. It is such an amazing splash water park and there are life guards on duty which makes it a safe and fun especially for kids.

There are water slides, water fountains, a big splash bucket, shallow pools, a grassed area and more!

The best part of of this Townsville community water play area is it is free! Well done Townsville City Council.

Admission: Free

Address: 43 The Strand, Townsville, Queensland

Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm Wednesday to Monday. Closed on Tuesday.

Strand Water Park Facilities:

  • Toilets including Accessible Toilets
  • BBQ & Picnic Facilities
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Parking along The Strand promenade
Strand Water Park - One of the things to do in Townsville for free
Strand Water Park – One of the fabulous Things to do in Townsville for Families

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Castle Hill Lookout - One of the things to do in Townsville

Visit the iconic Castle Hill Lookout

Take a drive the 2.6km windy road up to Castle Hill Lookout which provides full 360 degree views of the city and ocean.

For this reason, during the war, Castle Hill Lookout was used as an observation post and the concrete outposts remain in place today.

The views from the various Lookout points were amazing. We had a clear day with bright blue sky looking out over the bay and Magnetic Island to the East and back over the city and Mount Stuart to the West.

We could see all directions for as far as the eye could see.

Lots of people used the road up Castle Hill to maintain fitness by riding, walking and pushing prams up the steep roadway to the top of the hill.

Castle Hill is just a couple of metres short of being called a mountain.

Admission: Free

Opening Hours: Open 24hrs

Castle Hill Lookout Facilities:

  • Various Walking Tracks to Castle Hill Lookout
  • Toilets
  • Sheltered Seating
Castle Hill
Castle Hill is just a couple of metres short of being a Mountain

Fish off the Jetty at the Strand

Go fishing off the iconic jetty at The Strand on Townsville’s waterfront. The Strand Jetty is a popular spot for avid fishermen to cast a line.

Also at the end of The Strand near the Rockpool is another spot that we have seen people fishing.

Admission: Free

Opening Hours: Open 24hrs

Strand Jetty - One of the things to do in Townsville
Strand Jetty in Townsville

Picnic at Pallerenda Beach

Escape to Pallerenda Beach for a nice quiet spot to have a picnic by the beach. Avoid the crowds and relax by the beach and take in the magnificent views of Magnetic Island and look back to Castle Hill and the city of Townsville.

If you are looking for waves at Pallerenda, unfortunately you won’t find them. The waves are low and usually less than 0.3 of a metre.

Admission: Free

Opening Hours: Open 24hrs

Facilities:

  • Stinger Net Swimming Enclosure during Summer
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Concrete Boat Ramp
Pallerenda Beach
Pallerenda Beach

Things to do between Townsville and Cairns

  • Wallaman Falls – the highest permanent single-drop waterfall
  • Paronella Park – a Heritage-Listed Tourist attraction, a castle designed and built from 1929 – 1935
  • Murdering Point Winery – Wines made from tropical fruits
  • Kurrimine Beach – Closest access to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland
  • Josephine Falls – Falls fed by rains falling on Bartle Frere, Queensland’s Highest Peak
  • Babinda Boulders – Popular swimming hole surrounded by lush rainforest south of Cairns

Read about the awesome things to do: Driving north of Townsville to Cairns

Wallaman Falls
Wallaman Falls – Between Townsville and Cairns

Townsville Accommodation

Townsville Caravan Parks

It took us a few days to settle in to Townsville on our first visit. The Caravan Parks are some of the worst we had come across and were very poor value for money.

We wanted to be at Rowes Bay however it was not dog friendly.

After meeting up with our friends Noel & Sue whom we had met in Yeppoon, they kindly offered to look after MACKS to allow us to change our Townsville accommodation.

This allowed us to stay at the Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park which made an enormous difference to our stay.

Check out our video review on Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park

Townsville Camping Ground

The Riverside Convention Centre is the best Townsville Camping Ground to stay. It is run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church and located alongside the Ross River.

To stay at the Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Ground, you need to meet the criteria in accordance with their Council permit.

Read our review on the Best Townsville Camping Grounds to stay

Adele’s Old School Days in Townsville

Whilst in town Adele showed us her school from her younger days, Heatley State School, and the family home.

Adele was 9/nearly 10 years old when she and her family went to live in Townsville and arrived there just days before Cyclone Althea struck on Christmas Eve 24 December, 1971.

You may also enjoy reading about these other awesome Queensland destinations:

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In addition to finding what to do in Townsville, be sure to explore the magic of Magnetic Island! It has amazing beaches and snorkelling right on Townsville’s doorstep.

What do you like best about Townsville? How many of these top things to do in Townsville have you ticked off?

Safe travels


Kev & Adele

Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – 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.

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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.
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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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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.

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
Website:

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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Have you free camped at the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground? Tell us about your Rollingstone Camping experience!

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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