Category: Bailey friends

Yeppoon QLD

We tried real hard to get into the Yeppoon Beachside CP, right on the beach in Yeppoon, but it was totally booked out so we settled for the NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park which is about 13 kms out of town, in the town of Mulambin, but it was a good 2nd choice (maplink).

Took a stroll out to the beach (which has massive tidal drop) and caught site of some “Blokarts” (AKA Sand Yachts) flying down the beach at about 50km/hr – wow what a site! Came back to see our travelling buddies washing car and van.

Big tides!

The tidal changes in these parts are massive and it’s best shown in these photos. Check out the local creek (Ross Creek) which has a drop of about 4.6 metres.

The Wreck Lookout

The Wreck Lookout has great views over Yeppoon’s Cooee Bay. The lookout depicts a ship’s deck, in memory of the wreck of the 62-tonne trading schooner, Selina, which drifted crewless for 2600 nautical miles and was washed up on Wreck Point in October 1848, after disappearing in 1847 with a load of cedar logs, bound for Sydney. The headland was subsequently named Wreck Point.

Summing up…

  • Caravan Park – Very nice park with great sites
    • Cost per night – $31.25
    • Facilities – Great facilities, very clean &modern
    • CP Location – 11kms out of Yeppoon
    • Our rating/score 8/10
  • Was it a nice town to visit? Yeppoon itself was just another town; nothing special
    • Activities & places of interest – Sand yachts on the beach was great.
    • Would we return? – Maybe, but we’d try to get into the beach CP in town next time
    • Overall Score – 7/10
  • Summary – Not a bad stay. Would recommend for a first time visit

Bargara QLD

Checked into Bargara Beach Caravan Park for 4 nights, on the coast 15km east of Bundaberg (maplink).

After our set-up I headed over to check out the beach (right next to CP) and had a swim – the water was freezing! I’d already had daily swims as far south as Burleigh Heads, Byron Bay and Woolgoolga (730km away) and the water was FAR colder here; I just could not believe it. It was a “tight fit” in the caravan but we still enjoyed our stay. We did a great walk into town and had our lunch in the park over looking the beach. Noice!

Using Bargara as a base we ventured around the area, taking in some of the attractions on offer. Went into Bundaberg for a bit of an explore but, thanks to Covid19, the famous Bundaberg Distillery was closed to the public.

We discovered Elliot Heads which was a lovely little town to the south of Bargara. We took our lunch and had it in the park right on the beach and then took a stroll out to Dr Mays Island bird sanctuary. Elliot Heads is a beautiful spot to visit and there is a really great looking caravan park there which we’ll look at staying next time.

Another outing took us to Tinaberries Strawberry Farm where we tried their super delicious icecream and naturally purchased a couple of punnets of there wonderful strawberries. On the way back we checked out The Hummock Lookout which has superb views over Bundaberg and the coast.

Our last little trip took us north to Burnett Heads for a look around. It was nothing notable except when I walked over to check out the (all rock) beach I discovered an Osprey in a tree attempting to eat a fish. There was no way he was going to loose that fish as he was buffeted around by very strong winds.

Summing up…

  • Caravan Park – Not a bad park. Heaps of sites but we were pretty “packed” in with not much room
    • Cost per night – $42.00
    • Facilities – Pretty good, neat and clean but a bit dated
    • CP Location – top location right on the beach and a 10 minute walk into town
    • Our rating/score 7/10
  • Was it a nice town to visit? yes
    • Activities & places of interest – we had a good look around the nearby towns and took a day trip into Bundaberg but attractions were closed due to Covid regulations
    • Would we return? – probably/maybe
    • Overall Score – 8/10
  • Summary – would probably return but will look for another location nearby (e.g. Elliot Heads or Hervey Bay), just to be different

Minyon Falls (Byron Bay)

A day trip into the mountains with friends Tim & Anne saw our first stop at Minyon Falls. Weather was a bit bleak and the hills were very misty but we headed out to take in the views of the water falls.

A decision to take a track to gain a better view ended up with us all getting drowned by a sudden downpour, but the views were worth it.

After drying off we headed to Mullumbimby to have lunch at the Lu Lu’s Café. Great food and totally recommend a visit if you’re in town.

Summing up…

  • What did we think? – great place to visit but next time we will need to take the 1km walk to the base of the falls to gain a fuller appreciation of them.
  • Was it value for money? – no cost
  • Would we return? – yes
  • Overall Score – 7/10
  • How do you book a tour? – try TripAdvisor

Cape Byron Lighthouse

You just cannot come to the lovely Byron without taking a trip to the Cape Byron Lighthouse (maplink).

Built at the turn of the 19th century to protect ships passing along the coast, Cape Byron Lighthouse stands resolute on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Operated by resident keepers until 1989, its now an automated light is clearly visible from Byron Bay township.

Migrating whales could be seen from the viewing platform plus a pod of dolphins were swimming right below us as we checked out the views.

After leaving the lighthouse we ventured along the coast checking out some of the beaches, ending at Belongil Beach. Along the way we encountered the Byron Solar Train (the 1st of it’s kind in the world) as it crossed our path. Merrisa took a very funny video (see below) where she lets out a tiny scream as the train toots us.

We are staying at the Glen Villa Resort, right up the back with lots of bushland and critters, including some cute and really cheeky kookaburras.

Summing up…

  • What did we think? – you must do this when in Byron
  • Was it value for money? – yes – parking fees apply
  • Would we return? – yes
  • Overall Score – 10/10
  • How do you book a tour? – try TripAdvisor

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a “must stop” location on any trip up the east coast of Australia. Despite the Covid19 pandemic the place was absolutely buzzing and not very much in the way of social distancing; except for restaurants, cafes and shops how were really strict on numbers entering their premises.

We stayed in Glenvilla Resort which is a nice park (maplink) with plenty of room around your caravan sites; unlike the other parks where everyone is cramped on top of each other.

Summing up…

  • Caravan Park – a bit out of town but we enjoyed the stay
    • Cost per night – $42.71
    • Facilities – pretty old and not the best, but at least they were clean
    • CP Location – a 10 minute walk to town or a 15 minute walk to the beach
    • Our rating/score 7/10
  • Was it a nice town to visit? very trending and VERY crowded considering the Corona Virus was supposed to limit peoples movements
    • Activities & places of interest –plenty to do here. We loved our early morning walks on the beach and my daily swim was great.
    • Would we return? – probably not – been there & done that (too busy and crowded)
    • Overall Score – 7/10
  • Summary – at first we thought it was a crappy park but soon changed our minds after settling in and seeing how cramped other caravan parks were.

Smoky Cape Lighthouse

Today we took a short drive from South West Rocks to Smoky Cape Lighthouse (this is a great website!) which is in the Hat Head National Park (maplink).

Fantastic views over the coastline and we even got to spot some whales moving north, even though they were a fair way offshore. We also spotted a beautiful diamond python slithering through the scrub right below the viewing platform at the lighthouse.

Accommodation is available at the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, in the old lighthouse keepers quarters, which is pretty cool.

One of our friends, Keri, told us that their uncle, Mr Harry Handicott, retired from active service in 1985 and was the last lighthouse keeper to manage the light. We found a little bit of history about him plus a photo in the museum and the poem below…

The man stood at the pearly gates looking all tired and old.
He meekly asked the man of fate for admission to the fold.
‘What have you done,’ Saint Peter asked, ‘to gain admission here?’ ‘I was in the Lighthouse Service and got leave once a year.’
The gate swung open widely as Saint Peter tolled the bell.
‘Come in,’ he said, ‘and take a harp. You’ve had enough of hell.’

Summing up…

  • What did we think? – Lovely location with a steep walk to the lighthouse
  • Was it value for money? – no cost
  • Would we return? – yes
  • Overall Score – 8/10
  • How do you book a tour? – try TripAdvisor

Trial Bay Gaol

Today started with a group breakfast at Trial Bay Kiosk then a walk up to the German Cemetery.

Trial Bay Gaol is full of history. The gaol opened in 1886, after 13 years of construction. It must have been a strange feeling building a prison in such a beautiful setting. The prison labourers were there to construct a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour between Sydney and Brisbane. Unfortunately the scheme failed, however the remains of the breakwater can still be seen from the guard tower lookout.

During World War I the gaol became an internment camp for people of German descent who were feared to be enemy sympathisers. We walked to a cemetery which was built for those who died during the internment.

You can find out more about Trial Bay Gaol and internment camp on Wikipedia.

Summing up…

  • What did we think? – a beautiful location and totally worth a visit
  • Was it value for money? – yes; take a tour if you have not done it before. Adult $11. Concession $8. Family $30 (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Would we return? – yes
  • Overall Score – 9/10
  • How do you book a tour? – try TripAdvisor

South West Rocks

Moving northwards from North Narrabeen we headed 454kms to South West Rocks to catch up with some Bailey caravan friends. We booked into Ingenia Holidays Caravan Park for 7 nights (maplink).

On our 2nd night we got out the fire-pits for happy hour down by the creek. It’s a lovely location and the sunset viewed up the creek was glorious.

Summing up…

  • Caravan Park – Well set-out with plenty of room around our site
    • Cost per night – $35.43 (Bailey group booking deal)
    • Facilities – a bit dated but very clean – 7/10
    • CP Location – walk into town for pubs, restaurants and beach – 8/10
    • Our rating/score 7/10
  • Was it a nice town to visit? yes – a small town with lots to offer
    • Activities & places of interest –Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape
    • Would we return? – Definitely
    • Overall Score – 8/10
  • Summary – We were a bit uncertain about this caravan park but we loved our stay (in the end). Our friends were camped on the “creek frontage sites” and we were 2 rows back. They froze as there was no sun during the daytime which we had (LOL).