Camping in Southern QLD Australia

From 26 Dec to 10 Jan 2020

Here are the stations of our 15 day — Camping — Trip through Southern Queensland starting on 26th Dec 2019 from our home at the Gold Coast into the New Year 2020. Originally we had planned to head south towards the Blue Mountain area, however because of the fire situation and the bad news we changed our plans and went north instead. We only booked one campsite at the end from 6th Jan on, a place we know and have visited before. For our orientation we used WikiCamps Australia App — which we highly recommend because of the valid information and the reviews other campers have left for us.

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Our Caravan and Nissan Navara 4x4

The total trip was 2200 km and we had 15 full days to come home to the Gold Coast. Here are the stations, places we visited and where we spent the nights. For your information I will add some stopovers and some photos as well. We tried not to drive more than 200 km on a travelling day and wished to stay at least 2 nights, if possible 3 or more nights according to what we would do and see ….

Our first stop were the Showgrounds — no booking though Christmas, and we really liked the place, cash collected in the late afternoon. We stayed for 2 nights / 25 AUD p.n.

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Via the A 3 and Crows Nest to Munduberra

Via the Camping App we had chosen the campsite THREE RIVERS, which we highly recommend. We liked the place and area — fruit bowl of QLD and Australia / so much, that we stayed 2 nights here. Surprising the price of the site: Only 22 AUD p.n. as a Christmas Special. Very clean and nice and tidy, shade in the late afternoon and very nice neighbours! And we loved the pool — cool and clear water!

Exploring the fruit farms by car and walking through the small country town and along the river bank was really worth it.

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Via Eidsvold to Biloela

Stopover was after a short drive in the morning the R M Williams Learning Centre, which we had visited online and checked out the opening hours. Though the last day of the year, the centre was open and we enjoyed the infos about farm life and the drovers and the history of the area, where R M Williams started his boots production to meet the needs of the country people. Interesting the family story of success and decline while living in Adelaide.

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Following the A 60 to Tannum Sands south of Gladstone

We explored Gladstone from here and went back to the small coastal town of TANNUM SANDS at the river, a campsite we would visit again, there was no reservation necessary as the first campers had left already after their Xmas vacation.

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This campsite is right at the beach and was still busy, however no problem booking a powered site one day before our arrival. As only 20 km from Bundaberg, we would visit this campsite again. Next time I would try the campsite before at Woodgate.

One of the best Seafood Restaurants — value for money here: Grunske’s By The River

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Our second visit at Hervey Bay, very busy because of the summer vacations, however we had a booked powered site 3rd row from the beach, a great place close to the town and next to the Wetside Water Park.

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Alexandra at the Sunshine Coast

We came without any booking and tried the large Cotton Tree Campsite because of its most beautiful location: No chance at all, not even an unpowered site! Calling Dicky Beach and Coolum the same answer: all booked out! But then we were lucky, as it was still early afternoon, Alexandra offered us the only available powered site for one or two nights. As it was Maria’s birthday and we mentioned how happy we were to check in, the 2 ladies at the reception came back with a bottle of red wine: ‘Enjoy your night here with us …’

We were so happy!!!

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Back home at the Gold Coast

Leaving the campsite we visited the Sealife Aquarium, which I like to recommend as well — 3 levels and very interesting and really worth a visit! Reef Under Water World presented at its best!

An easy 180 km road trip via Brisbane from the Sunshine Coast to Burleigh Waters, where we arrived early afternoon. Happy all went well though high season and happy to be back home again, safe and sound.

Originally published at http://bloecker.blog on January 11, 2020.

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