Where to Take the Camper This Weekend

Pack the sunscreen, sunnies and snags because it’s time to take the camper for a spin this weekend!

Coming into the warmer months, it’s the perfect time to round everyone up and explore what this beautiful part of South East Queensland has to offer.

There are a number of campgrounds that are accessible within a few hours of the Coast so take this as a sign, it’s time to move freely!

Boreen Point Campground

If you’re after something a little closer to the coastline, Boreen Point Cam-pground will be more up your ally.

Situated on the sandy shores of Lake Cootharaba (part of the Noosa River system), Boreen Point Campground is for those wanting to enjoy the double whammy of both the bush and beach.

Lake Escapades, just around the corner from the campground, hires out kayaks and canoes daily. There is a lot of exploring to be done around Boreen Point, so pack the camper and hit the road.

Neurum Creek Bush Retreat

Privately own and run, and just a 75-minute drive from the Sunshine Coast, Neurum Creek Bush Retreat is the perfect spot for those wanting to unwind and relax amongst trees, streams and native wildlife.

This bush retreat is located close to Woodford in the Somerset Shire, but once there, it will feel like you’re miles away from anything

Whether you fancy bush-walks or swimming in freshwater streams, Neurum Creek will have something that everyone will enjoy – even your four-legged friends. That’s right, it’s a pet friendly campground, so don’t forget the dog bed!

Cedar Grove Camping Area

Situated deep in the hinterland, 20km south-west of Gympie, Cedar Grove Camping Area is perfect for those wanting an adventure amongst the (cedar, if you didn’t already guess) trees. Make sure you pack the hiking boots for this one, there’s a number of trails and rainforest walks around the campgrounds. Or, for those of you who prefer to live life on the edge a lil’, there are a number of forestry tracks to explore either by 4WD or mountain bike.

After a jam-packed day of your activity of choice, whether it’s one spent reading your fave book, you can cool off in the waterhole at the camping ground followed by a night under the stars toasting marshmallows on the fire.

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to bring your furry friend, dogs are not permitted at Cedar Grove.

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The Best Place to Take Your Camper Trailer This Weekend

Fishing for the best place to take your boat or camper trailer for a weekend? Well, place both hands on the rod because you’re about to reel in the catch of the day! We’re calling it, Lake Somerset is the BEST place to go for all you Queensland campers. We’ve chosen it because of the never-ending list of adventurous activities on offer. 

 

TIP: Make sure you and the kids get a good night’s sleep before you go because you won’t want to waste time stopping longer than to take a breath while you’re there.

 

Best place to take your boat
Photo by @two_kids_and_a_map via @experience_somerset

All motorised and non-motorised watercraft is welcomed on the lake so be sure to pop any or all of the following on your must bring list:

 

  • Jet Ski
  • Boat
  • Water Ski, Wakeboard and Tubing Equipment 
  • Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards
  • All Your Best Fishing Gear

 

TIP: Get your boating and fishing permits sorted before you go

 

Where to take your boat and camper trailer
Photo by @peterierna via @experience_somerset

Now we’ll just briefly interrupt your adventure fantasy to tell you about the relaxing elements of your stay. You’ll be surrounded by lush bushland, stunning wildlife and if bird-watching tickles your fancy then feel free to pack your binoculars because Lake Somerset is renowned for their birdlife in particular. The lake makes for the perfect destination for a family picnic, sunny reading location and place to watch the sunset. 

 

Okay, let’s get the heart pumping again! The best place to stay to optimise your outdoor adventure is Somerset Park Campground — it’s a short drive from The Spit, which has the boat ramp and designated swimming area. 

 

TIP: Get somewhere to park between trips with our unbeatable caravan, boat and camper trailer deals.

 

 


Caravanning Around the Gold Coast

We’ve done some digging and have compiled a short list of some of the best camping and caravanning spots in and around the Gold Coast. This list has a little something for everyone so whether you’re a camping rookie or pro, do yourself a favour and read on! We’re certain we’ll have you craving to move freely to your next trip by the end of the piece…

 

Thunderbird Park, Tamborine

Let’s start with the nature hit we all need, Thunderbird Park,Tamborine National Park. You’ll find it located amongst the subtropical rainforest in Tamborine and are likely to swoon at its beauty. You get to bring your caravan to stay in what’s been described as a natural oasis. Once you’ve set up, we suggest you start by exploring the spring-fed creek with translucent rock pools and swimming holes that’s just a short walk away from camp.

Oh and that’s not all! Choose from the countless activities on offer throughout your stay. We’re talking about canon flying, bird feeding, treetop challenges, horse riding, mini golf and laser skirmish just to name a few. Needless to say, Thunderbird Park is one place you can count on to give you a taste of relaxation without neglecting your need for adventure to spice up your days.  

 

 

Mt Barney Lodge, Mt Barney.

Speaking of adventurous getaways… it’s time to pack your bags, camping gear or caravan and set off to Mt Barney. This mountain is only accessible by foot so we have selected the closest serviced basecamp for climbing it as the campsite of choice. Mt Barney Lodge offers guided expeditions to take on the climb as a team or for the bravest of the bunch, they will arm you with all the local knowledge you need for you to take it on yourself.  

 

The best part? You get to decide how hardcore you want your getaway to be. For the glampers, you’ll likely be tossing up between the Queenslander Homesteads, Rustic Cabins or Deluxe Camper Trailers, and for the campers… you guys get to drive your caravan or camper trailer straight to the grassy campground to set up your gear. All options will place you in a prime position to take in stunning views of Mt Barney throughout your entire stay. 

 

 

 

Fingal Holiday Park, Tweed Heads.

Last but certainly not least we’d like you to say hello to the ultimate Tweed Heads stay… Fingal Holiday Park. You can spend your days swimming in the year-round warm water of Fingal Head Beach, snorkelling at Cook island or enjoying a nice long stroll around the headland to Fingal Head Lighthouse.

You get to park the caravan in your choice of a powered or unpowered site and be spoilt with all of the essential amenities like BBQs, wifi and laundry to ensure you’re never stretched too far from your comfort zone. 

The best part of your stay will be visiting the hidden beaches of  Litita Spit and Kerosene Inlet and making the most of the kilometres of white sandy beach being right at your doorstep. 

 

There you have it, a couple of hinterland and a coastal trip to choose from for your next adventure. Make sure you tag @__movefreely in your adventure!

 


Let’s Talk Local - The Best Caravan Parks on the Sunshine Coast

Here’s How to Spend Your Weekend on the Coast…

We asked, and you answered! Mammoth Caravan Club presents the three top caravan parks on the Sunshine Coast.  

 

Ingenia Rivershore Resort, Diddillibah 

Nestled in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, right on the Maroochy River, Ingenia Rivershore Resort offers all powered sites from as little as $34 a night.
It’s extra-large sites mean there is plenty of space for you, the family and your caravan or camper trailer to make yourself at home. There’s water slides, a Kangaroo Jumper, playground and mini golf for the kids, plus kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, a pontoon and boat ramp to keep everyone as busy or relaxed as they like.

 

 

Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park

This one is for the beach bums and babes who like the sound of setting up camp right across the road from the beautiful pure white sand and gnarly waves at Mudjumba beach. Spend your days exploring the nearby walking tracks, bike paths or fishing for the catch of the day in some of the best local fishing spots. The park’s garden and pool make for the perfect place to relax and unwind or enjoy playing with the kids.

 

 

Maroochy Big 4 Park 

Whether you want a fun-filled adventure away or a slow-paced base to explore the Sunshine Coast, this riverside caravan park is a great pick. Their selection of organised activities like arts and crafts, outdoor movies and games for the kids on school holidays, ensure that Mum and Dad get the best out of their holiday too.
These locations have been voted by caravan enthusiasts of the Sunshine Coast so we’re confident you’ll love your stay at any of the three. Giving you a couple of good local spots you can count on is one of the ways we can help you move freely from trip to trip. 

 

Need somewhere to park between trips? Find out our unbeatable deals here.

 


Simple, Affordable, Local Getaways

Travelling Queensland

We’d like to introduce you all to a little something called micro-adventuring. The kind of adventure that is all about simple, affordable, local getaways that package everything you love about a big adventure into little weekends away. All of you campers, caravaners and road-trippers know what we’re talking about. Now that we can finally start making travel plans again, it’s time to get your gear and micro-adventure the heck out of this beautiful sunshine state. Not sure where to start? We got you.

OPTION ONE: Sarabah National Park, Queensland.

Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, there are multiple campsites to choose from but our pick is Spring Gully Stays. See more here.

OPTION TWO: Cape Hillsborough, Queensland.

This place is a hidden gem, renowned for its phenomenal beach sunrises and is just a short drive for the central North Queensland hub of Mackay. Read about our Caravan Park pick here

OPTION THREE: Rainbow Beach, Queensland.

This one is for all the boating, fishing, kayaking (or any water based activity) enthusiasts out there. It’s 3 hours north of Brisbane or 1.5 hours from the Sunshine Coast, learn more about what they have to offer here.

 

 


Q&A WITH THE RENOVATORS OF ALOHA THE CARAVAN

Q&A WITH THE RENOVATORS OF ALOHA THE CARAVAN

Meet Anna and Matt, the renovators of Aloha the Caravan. This couple did not muck around when they purchased their old 1980s caravan and transformed it from a tired old Viscount into a beautiful haven for their family to enjoy within 3 months. Read about their hurdles and their budget friendly tips and tricks in our Q and A with them.

BEFORE

AFTER

Q. What are your top 3 tips for anyone about to start a caravan renovation?

  • Make sure you are thorough when checking for water damage. Check all around the windows, hatches, and door for discolouration, warped or splitting walls or water staining. If it has a damp and mouldy smell, that, my friend, is a good indicator of water damage.
  • Do the outside first. We did not do this, but I think we would have saved ourselves a lot of tears if we had. By doing the exterior first you can concentrate on getting the caravan watertight. If it is not watertight all your hard work inside could be for nothing and you will have to redo it all.
  • Do not throw anything away until you have finished your renovation! This is especially important if you are replacing any of the interior walls like we did. Take your time when you remove it as you can use this as a template for your new walls. Also, you do not know what bits and bobs you could reuse which will save you some money.

Q. What made you guys buy a caravan to renovate?

Any family knows how expensive a family holiday can be! For this reason, we would go on one a year if that. But I wanted to be able to take the kids away more, explore and see more of this beautiful country we live in without spending a fortune on accommodation.  So, when I saw an image of a renovated caravan on Pinterest I was like “That’s it!”. The next day I put up a wanted ad on gumtree and by the end of the week we had bought our first caravan. My partner Matt just went along with it, he knows what I am like, once I get an idea into my head there is no stopping me ha-ha.

Q. Had you done a caravan renovation or any renovations before?

I have always loved caravans, for me, they make me feel like I am a kid again playing in my little cubby house. As a child I used to have an old caravan up the back of our block which I would play in for hours and pretend it was my house. It was my little sanctuary which I could decorate and make my own however I chose. So, if that counts as a caravan renovation then yes? Ha-ha No we had not done a caravan renovation before, but I have done renovations before and I am an interior decorator. Anyone that knows me knows that I am always doing some project around the house. I think that comes from my parents. They were always building or renovating most of my childhood.

Q. How long did the renovation take to complete?

It took us 12 weeks from the very start of buying our caravan to having her finished to go away on our first trip. That being said the first 4 weeks we did not really do much. It was such a spur of the moment purchase I think we needed the time to plan, get our vision for Aloha clear and most importantly learn the ins and outs of caravan renovations, let me tell you they are not built like a house!  We had no idea that caravans are built from the inside out so our first initial ideas of just removing a cupboard turned into replacing that and the wall behind it. Anyone who has done this will know what I am talking about! There were some setbacks and learning curves about the correct way of doing things took a bit of time.

Q. Did you guys enjoy the process?

I 100% loved every minute of it. It is literally all I talked about for 3 months. Nobody could talk to me about anything else other than Caravans ha-ha. Matt enjoyed it but definitely wasn’t as enthusiastic about the project as I was, he would of liked to have a break here and there maybe, but I was always saying “come one, let’s work on the caravan”. I just fell in love with caravan renovations, for me it is as satisfying as completing a house renovation but on a much more small, manageable scale. By that I mean when you finish a part of the renovation, such as getting the floors down or getting the painting inside done it transforms the space completely and you do a little happy dance because it’s getting closer to how you imagine it. It’s manageable because you aren’t living in it during the process, it’s just confined to your garage so you can do a bit at a time.

Q. What are your top 3 luxe for less buys for Aloha?

1. Op Shop finds
I love all the little op shop finds I found for her particularly when it came to kitchenware. I found some beautiful glasses which were all different tones of browns and oranges as well as the cool picnic basket for only $5!

2. The handles we bought off eBay
We paid $10.50 for 12 which was a total bargain! eBay has so many affordable handle options to choose from too ranging from vintage looking handles to more modern alternatives. If you want to keep the original viscount clip handles you can also find these on eBay as well for replacements.

3. The curtains I made myself using Kmart tablecloths.
Yes, you read that correctly. I purchased two of the $9 Extra Large White Rectangle Tablecloths and taught myself how to sew curtains watching YouTube videos ha-ha. We used the existing curtain rods which were springs that attached to eye hooks. And voila we had curtains that let light in but are not sheer enough that people can see in!

Q. What were some of the hurdles you had to overcome during the reno process?

There definitely were a few but the biggest was the water damage. When we bought the caravan, we were told by the seller that the stains we saw on the ceiling were from an old leak and the problem was all fixed. After we started removing things from her like the old bed and curtains, we soon found out that was not the only leak she had. Both rear corners were completely rotted as well as around 3 of the windows. So, half of the interior walls needed replacing which was not our intention when we purchased her. We thought we could paint everything white and make her look pretty. Yeah right! So, we replaced half of the interior walls and sealed up where we though the leak was coming from. We were so happy with ourselves that we did that without having ever done caravan walls before. I started painting, luckily only the undercoat and that week it rained. It rained and the caravan leaked. In all the same spots. So, we had to take out the windows that were leaking and scrape the old (enter what it called) away and reseal the windows using (enter the stuff). We then went along all the joins of the exterior and the j-moulds making sure every little bit was sealed up good! This was a long and tedious process, just when we thought we had it done it would rain again and one spot would still leak. We persisted and finally found the leak around a pop rivet.

Q. What are some things you did to save money during your reno?

Just about everything! Every part of the renovation process was how can we do this without spending a fortune. That is just me though, I’m a bargain hunter and always have been super thrifty.

When it came to the upholstery, we used a material from spotlight which was super cheap but still was going to look luxe and achieve the look we were going for.

All the cupboards in Aloha are the originals we just gave them a lacquer of paint in the colour princess bling, so that saved us money straight away as we weren’t have to build new cupboards from scratch. Most cupboards were in great condition but we did give the front face of the kitchen a facelift so to speak by covering it with a new piece of ply as there were quite a lot of chips and dents. BY doing this it looked like we had replaced the whole thing but without the cost!

We also reused anything we could. We reused the slats for the bunks were from the original double bed. We did a DIY hack on the original mirror by putting some of the leftover plastic joining strip around the arched mirror which we had spray painted gold. We used off cuts from the kitchen benchtop to make a little shelf. Anywhere we could save some money we did it. We also sold some of the items that we did not want to keep such as the original oven, the sink and the bedhead. You would be surprised what people will buy; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Q. Have you ever considered selling Aloha? If not, what stopped you?

This was our first of many caravan renovations to come I am sure. Perhaps maybe in the future I will think about selling Aloha, but only if I had another little beauty to renovate. I know a lot of people who hire their caravans out as a side business which could be on the cards for Aloha one day but I would need to store her at a Mammoth Storage unit if this was the case as I would not have the room for a caravan renovation project and Aloha in our front yard.

Q. Where is the first place you will be going away to in Aloha when the restrictions are lifted?

ANYWHERE! Ha-ha We were talking about going to Byron Bay maybe before the restrictions were put in place so perhaps there. But it will probably be the middle of winter by then so maybe a snow trip is in order?


4 Easy Meals That Will Transform Your Idea of Campsite Dinners

Gone are the days of freeze-dried meals and a diet of cereal and powdered milk. We’re all for quick and easy, but that doesn’t have to come at the cost of your tastebuds. Here are four of our favourite meals that are no hassle to whip up after a long day in vacation-mode.

FRESHLY-CAUGHT GRILLED FISH TACOS

Make the most of today’s catch and serve it up in these light but moreish tacos. Any leftovers make a great breakfast with some scrambled eggs.

Fish Taco Recipe- Mammoth Caravan club.jpg

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 tortillas, warmed over the fire or grill

  • 2 avocados, mashed with salt and pepper

  • Hot sauce (optional)

For The Fish:

  • 4 fresh fillets, a mild white fish is best

  • 1 lime

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tsp chilli powder

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper

For The Corn Salsa:

  • 1 tin corn kernels

  • 1 jalapeno, grilled and diced

  • 1 small red onion

  • 1 lime

  • Handful coriander

  • Salt and pepper

RECIPE:
  1. Prepare fish by squeezing over the juice of 1 lime and drizzling olive oil, before rubbing in the spices and setting to rest.

  2. Grill for approx. 3 minutes each side. Remove and let rest for a minute or two.

  3. Prepare the salsa while fish is cooking by slicing all of the ingredients and mixing in a bowl with the juice of the lime.

  4. Set out a spread and build your own tacos.

CAMPFIRE CHILLI STUFFED SWEET POTATOES

Sweet Potatoes are a kitchen game-changer no matter how you cook them, but you’ll be surprised you never thought of a camp meal so easy before.

Bianca Zapatka

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes

  • 1 red onion, diced

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 400g can kidney beans, drained

  • 1 200g can tomato paste

  • ½ can beer (use the one you’re drinking!)

  • 1 tbsp chilli powder

  • ½ tbsp cumin

  • ½ tsp each salt and pepper

  • Toppings of your choice; green onions, cheese, avocado, sweet corn, sour cream, etc.

RECIPE:
  1. Wrap sweet potatoes individually in foil and place in embers of the campfire or on the grill for 30 minutes.

  2. While cooking, prepare the chilli mixture by warming a pan and the olive oil over a medium heat. Once the oil is glistening, saute the onion and spices until they start to soften and go a golden colour.

  3. Add the beans, tomato paste and beer and stir. Leave to simmer and let the flavours infuse for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Carefully get your sweet potatoes from the fire and unwrap the foil. Slice the potatoes open, stuff with chilli and adorn with your favourite toppings.

SIMPLE SPANISH FRITTATA

Just as delightful for breakfast as it is around a campfire, you can’t go past a Spanish Fritatta if you’re looking for taste with ease.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 eggs

  • ⅓ cup grated cheese (we love cheddar or parmesan for a stronger flavour)

  • 1 brown onion

  • 1 zucchini, diced

  • 1 capsicum, diced

  • Handful button mushrooms, sliced

  • Handful cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

  • Pinch of salt and pepper

  • Splash olive oil

RECIPE:
  1. Heat your oil in a cast-iron skillet on campfire or stove. Once hot, toss in vegetables and saute until tender and golden, approx. 10 minutes.

  2. Mix eggs, cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl and pour evenly over the vegetable mixture. Cover with a lid or aluminium foil and cook until eggs have fully set – this may be between 10 and 20 minutes, so keep an eye on the frittata. You can test it by poking a barbecue fork into the middle.

  3. Remove from the heat and let cool for a minute. Cut into slices and serve with a fresh salad. Save any leftovers for breakfast!

Rosemary and Garlic Snags with Grilled Asparagus

Sausages are a staple at any Australian campsite, but these alfoil parcels of garlicky goodness will change the way you use your Weber-Q. We love fresh asparagus with a crunchy salad on the side, but feel free to get creative with any of your favourite seasonal veggies.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 premium sausages – use your favourite
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • ½ red onion, sliced and separated
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • Pinch of salt, pepper and granulated garlic
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh lemon wedges for serving

RECIPE:
  1. Heat the grill and prepare four large sheets of aluminium foil.
  2. Rinse asparagus, snap off the dry, stringy ends and divide evenly between the foils. Add several rings of red onion to each.
  3. Add two sausages to each sheet, top with rosemary, salt, pepper, minced and granulated garlic and drizzle evenly with the olive oil.
  4. Tightly wrap up alfoil parcels, place on the grill with a closed lid for 20 minutes. Ensure you leave the packet closed to keep the steam inside.
  5. When ready, carefully open the packets and serve with a drizzle of lemon juice and a fresh green salad.


Best Caravan Parks for Kids on The Sunshine Coast

Best Caravan Parks for Kids on The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast boasts a whole range of caravan parks in many of the most spectacular areas and beaches it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to stay. If you are travelling with kids it can sometimes be especially tricky to ensure they have a good time without having to compromise on some adult relaxation time. We have put together a list of our top 3 Sunshine Coast caravan parks, to help make the decision that little bit easier.

1.  Rivershore Resort – Maroochydore

This caravan park is situated on the picturesque Maroochy river and is by far one of the most popular caravan parks on the coast when it comes to keeping the kids entertained.

This brand new park boasts a massive resort style pool, with two water slides as well as a kids pool and a giant trampoline.

The resort also offers a range of family friendly activities on the river, with equipment hire and a pontoon that’s great for fishing.

@rivershoreresort

@ playfullens

 

2. Dicky Beach Holiday Park – Caloundra

The Dicky Beach Caravan park is a favourite for both kids and parents and is a great place to stay if you are wanting to get a feel for the sunshine coast beaches and food. This stunning caravan park is located right on the beachfront, on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Sunshine Coast. The holiday park comes with all the facilities you would expect, plus a pool and a tennis court, kids playground and free wifi. Thanks to the amazing location, be sure to go for a walk along Dicky Beach and let the kids know there is a skate park just 50 meters up the road.

3. Kenilworth Homestead – Kenilworth

This caravan park is privately owned and located in the stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland at Kenilworth.

This park is great if you are wanting to experience a more relaxing adventure, however, there is still lots of things to see and do with the kids.

Kenilworth Homestead is located on the Mary River and kids often love exploring the area and playing with the farm animals.

One of the best times of year to book this caravan park is over the Easter long weekend, the staff at the homestead organise a full program to keep the kids busy, including pony rides, crafts, movies, rock climbing and archery.

This park is extremely popular so be sure to book well in advance.

@ kenilworthhomestead


Goodbye Isolation & Hello to the Great Outdoors

The Top 5 Caravan Parks in Queensland

1. Fraser Coast Top Caravan Park

@ radimkilmes

This stunning caravan park has won multiple awards for it’s amazing facilities, staff and location in the picturesque Hervey Bay. This boutique caravan park is a great place to bring your dog because the nearby parks make for a great walk. This caravan park isn’t popular just for it’s pet friendly rules, the Fraser Top Tourist Park also boasts a  heated mineral pool and spa, a massive recreation room with a pool table and massive screen for sports and movies at night. You can also expect free WiFi, books and DVDs to rent, also for free, during your stay. This caravan park is one of the best in Queensland and is a great place to visit in both Summer and Winter months, thanks to the heated pool and spectacular location.

@radimkilmes

 

2. Big4 Rollingstone Beach Front Resort

@ miriammacemimfit

The Big4 at Rolingstone Beach is one of the most beautifully located and luxurious Big4 park in Queensland and it just happens to also be pet friendly! The Rolingstone Beach Front Resort looks out over Palm and Havana island and is situated in the small town of Rollingstone, which is home to just 125 people

The park is in one of the most spectacular locations on the Queensland coast, just north of Townsville, it feels like you have flown into your own tropical paradise from the moment you arrive thanks to the palm trees lining the beach front and the crystal clear water. The resort itself boasts a resort style pool, heaps of activities for the kids and proper laundry facilities, making it a great place to stop off at during a longer road trip. Another one of the highlights of this caravan park is the location next to the creek, which is a great place to try your luck at a touch of fishing. The caravan park does have designated pet friendly sites, so be sure to book in advance in order to secure the perfect getaway for you and your pet.

@miriammacemimfit

 

3. Colleyville Lodge

@ visitscenicrim

The Colleyville Lodge is a privately owned cattle station that the owners, Michael and Lorraine, have transformed into a camping and caravan spot to give people a little taste of their low-key lifestyle. The Colleyville Lodge has a creek which runs right through the heart of the farm.

The Colleyville Lodge is a great place to stay if you feel like you have already explored a lot of the Queensland coast and are looking for something a little bit more relaxed and off the beaten track. This also means that this caravan park might not come with the additional facilities you would expect, however, guests are welcome to hot showers and a kitchen with all the amenities you would expect. Colleyville is a town only about an hours drive South West of Brisbane and is located in the Scenic Rim, if you are wanting to explore the area, there is a handful of wineries nearby that are a great place to really stop and get a feel for this unique area of Queensland.

@visitscenicrim

 

4. Captain Cook Holiday Village

@ graphicwombat

Our next recommendation is a little further North, however, definitely worth the journey to the historical town of 1770 to stay in the Captain Cook Holiday Village. The holiday park is completely pet friendly, as long as you book ahead and is the perfect place to bring your pooch on it’s own little vacation as they can explore the beautiful surrounding bush land. The holiday park itself is surrounded by bush land but still boasts an ideal location next to the beach, meaning you have plenty of natural Queensland landscapes to discover in the one place.

The caravan park comes with a range of facilities to make your stay more pleasant, including undercover BBQ area, swimming pool and full laundry facilities. The 1770 Holiday Village also has an onsite restaurant if you aren’t feeling like cooking anything yourself and it comes highly rated from previous guests. The town of 1770 is also a great place to explore thanks to its history, so it’s recommended that while you visit you take your pet for a walk around town so you can get a proper feel for this quaint Queensland town.

@graphicwombat

 

5. Neerum Creek Beach Retreat

@ skyebluehue

The Neerum Creek Bush Retreat is one of the best kept secrets in South East Queensland thanks to it’s spectacular surroundings and unique ability to make you feel like you’re in the middle of no where only a short drive out of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. The campground is located on Neerum Creek, which is a great place to take your doggo for a swim and explore of the area, if you get in early you will also have the opportunity to book a site right on the creek bed, meaning you can literally take a few steps out of your caravan to the water.

Besides the beautiful creekside location, the park also comes with all of the amenities you would expect from a national park style campground, meaning they are minimal, however, you will still have everything that you need. There is a bike track if you wish to go for a ride as well as an array of walking tracks which are extremely popular for those who are hoping to get a glimpse of the some of the unique Australian wildlife in the area.

@skyebluehue


Coolest New Caravan Accessories for 2019

1. Mobile Hotspots

Australia is a massive country and particularly when you are travelling through outback Australia there can be hours or days when you are travelling without phone reception. In 2019 everyone likes the option of staying connected, even if you are wanting to take some time away from social media, a mobile hotspot is a must-have for any outback caravan adventure in terms of safety as well.

You can find one of these hotspots with a simple Google search, but do your research and go with someone who you know is affordable and can provide reliable coverage. We can recommend Zone RV who is based in Coolum Beach and offers a range of cool accessories for your caravan.

2. Portable coffee maker

Although you may have gotten used to or begun to appreciate the simplicity of boiling the kettle for a delicious, warm instant coffee in the morning, in 2019 there is no reason why you shouldn’t afford yourself a little bit more luxury.

There are a range of portable coffee makers on the market, perfect for any caravaning adventure. These cool little flasks are handheld and work without any N20 capsules, meaning they are more portable and can give you a delicious fresh coffee for months at a time. You can buy these little beauties on Amazon or at your usual camping stores, like Tent World. If you’re still not sold, check out this review:

3. Instant Gas Hot Water System

Long gone are the days of relying on a solar panel or boiling water to take a shower in your caravan. In 2019 instant hot water systems are the way to go, especially if you are travelling in the winter months.

Traditionally caravan hot water systems have used gas and electricity or a combination of both, however, there is a new system on the market that only uses gas to instantly heat the water in your caravan. This is obviously particularly handy when you are embarking on a free camping adventure in the outback or beyond.

The system works only when the water is on, heating the water as it passes through, so the other additional benefit to purchasing one of these systems is that it will save up to 60% more gas than traditional systems. If you are looking to pick one of these up from one of the local caravan stores on the Sunshine Coast, Caravan & RV works stocks a range of Camcec Hot Water systems as well as a range of other imported caravan accessories.