WORDS Tony Allsop
Seasoned travellers and long-time Caravan World contributors, Tony and Denyse Allsop introduce you to their top five Queensland parks.
Caravan World editor Max Taylor recently asked us to nominate our favourite five parks in Queensland.
Obviously, it is difficult to choose just five, but we have chosen parks that go the extra mile to make caravanners feel welcome and provide the facilities we need at a reasonable cost.
It seems to us that parks with owner/managers are more likely to prioritise good service and friendliness than the large group-owned parks with paid managers. We also enjoy the atmosphere of Tropical North Queensland, and this has influenced our choices.
Pinnacle Village at Wonga Beach in the Daintree area is a definite favourite park. Set on absolute secluded beachfront, amongst luxuriant tropical growth, this park is close to the Daintree River ferry and makes an ideal base to visit the rainforest areas of Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas.
There are two swimming pools, two amenities blocks, cabins, powered and unpowered sites, as well as a huge beachfront camping area. It is quiet, secluded and has miles of beach to walk, fish or beach comb. There is TV reception as well as good Telstra mobile/broadband.
The owner/managers Darryl and Kerri Tenni live on site and are a very pleasant, welcoming couple. They have chosen not to allow pets in order to protect the exotic native animals and birds that call Pinnacle Village home. We have attended some wonderful themed evenings at Pinnacle Village, including the unforgettable oyster night and various musical performances, supplied free for guests by Darryl and Kerri.
Denyse and I find this park a wonderful place to relax in the tropical ambience, and enjoy a long morning beach walk, maybe a day at Cape Tribulation, a trip to Mossman or Port Douglas to shop. We like to stay in the shoulder season when things are a bit quieter.
Click here to book accommodation at Pinnacle Village Holiday Park.
Located beachfront about 8km from Innisfail in north Queensland, this park is small, and very popular.
Friendly owners Andre and Nita Nurzenski run the park themselves and Andre is a keen fisherman.
The park has a pastel painted amenities block, small putt-putt area, swimming pool, cabins and shady, powered sites. Mobile/broadband reception is good, and a cable is supplied for TV, but we had good reception with our new Explorer antenna.
This park is well known for the free barbecued fish Happy Hours on Wednesdays when Andre goes out reef fishing. If the weather is bad, he cooks chicken wings and other yummy treats free for his guests. Saturday night is roast night, all you can eat for a very modest price ($12 when we were there). The whole park turns out for these events.
During the year other activities are planned, such as a Rock & Roll evening, with a guest band, Christmas in July and several other theme evenings.
Fishing (for reef fish and mackeral) is exceptional if you have a tinnie, but I have caught flathead and bream off the beach.
If this appeals to you too, book ahead in the tourist season so you don't miss out.
Click here to book accommodation at Flying Fish Point Tourist Park.
This park is located between Tully and Innisfail in north Queensland and there are various types of cabins, including disabled, and shady powered sites. TV and mobile/broadband reception are good.
The park is one street back from the beach and King Reef, and at the rear of the park a road leads to a launching ramp and the smooth waters of Maria Creek. The long beach is great for walking, while fishing is good from the beach, King Reef and Maria Creek.
Kay and Marcus Kitchen are very experienced park owners, and it shows in their park. They have constructed a kid’s water park beside the huge swimming pool, plus a jumping castle, gym, pedal bikes, a dog hydro bath and special washing machine for dog blankets. Although well set up for both families and touring caravanners, site fees in the touring season are very reasonable, and consequently they have good occupancy year round.
Managers Tracey and Cory do a free barbecue on Friday night. If you are lucky enough to be there for one of their free Happy Hours, you enjoy gourmet cheeses and antipasto. Just bring your own drinks. The karaoke machine is also popular.
We love staying in this park because it is focused on providing everything caravanners need, including a friendly welcome.
Click here to book accommodation at Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park.
Western areas are very appealing to us too; the further west the better! How do you choose from the three hot thermal spas and campfires at the Channel Country Tourist Park at Quilpie, the flash amenities block, plantings of herbs, vegetables and fruit trees between sites at the Warrego River Park at Cunnumulla and Possum Park at Miles?
Possum Park wins for us. David and Julie Hinds have a unique park which they built up themselves. It is set on a large acreage which is an important WWII site; ammunition to protect the Brisbane line was stored in bunkers there.
The park is set to this theme, with railway carriages of that era, a restored Vickers Viscount plane, a WWII museum, and many of the bunkers are now accommodation units. There are powered sites, ensuite sites, a large camping area, and an area for self-contained RVs. There are also two small dams which contain yabbies.
The camp fire is lit each evening and David and Julie chat to guests. This is a very quiet park in a bush setting, but includes all amenities including TV and broadband reception.
Click here to book accommodation at Possum Park.
The turn off to this reasonably new park is located 40km south of Sarina township, with a 10km drive along the sealed Greenhill Road. Cape Palmerston National Park is next door, while a short sand track leads to an inlet, good for fishing and crabbing.
The park is owned and run by Kate and Col Box, with their son Ben and his family helping out. It is set on 65 acres with a 100 metre walk to a secluded beach. Around September, the path to the beach is lit by fireflies, and is a big attraction.
This park has one of the best amenities blocks we have seen. The large powered sites are drive through and have slabs, and are set on a rise with a view across to Mt Funnel. Native shrubs and trees are planted between sites and around the large camping area.
A fire pit is lit each evening and Col and Kate chat to their guests. There are weekly jaffle nights with irons and advice provided for those who wish to try these delicious old-fashioned treats. TV reception is good, while mobile/broadband is available in most areas with an antenna. There are two dams, which attract birdlife.
Col and Kate looked at what caravanners wanted, and this well researched and planned park ticks the boxes for caravanners, with friendly owners and good facilities at a fair price. We are pleased to give credit to people who have opened a new caravan park.
Click here to book accommodation at Cape Palmerston Holiday Park.
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