With road trips becoming the next big thing in the travel industry, the “Van Life Movement” is here. There has been no better time than the present where travellers feel compelled to hit the open road to explore the lands ahead.
Whether you’re looking to roam around like a nomad or are on a holiday adventure of a lifetime, a campervan gives you the most flexibility and control of your travel time. With easier of accessibility to places that have a harsh terrain, you won’t have to worry about accommodation situated miles away from your intended destination.
Here are 5 of the best spots to park your campervan in Queensland.
Stunning landscapes, breathtaking lakes, a deep history of gemfields, and a quaint town to follow, a trip to Emerald is a must for campers.
To park your campervan, head toward Emerald Cabin and Caravan Villas for the ideal location between the CBD, shopping centres, main tourist attractions and Emerald’s infamous 18 hole golf course. From club houses, bars and bistros, plenty of eateries and attractions that surround you, you’ll be flustered with an abundance of things to keep yourself busy in Emerald.
Sharing borders with the golf course, the Emerald Cabin and Caravan Villas offers plenty of walking trails, massive trees, stunning views, a lot of nature and so much more.
Alternatively, you can head up to Lake Maraboon Holiday Village to park your campervan for an Emerald experience right by the lake. Do note that by doing so, you will be away from the town’s other main attractions, which is an approximate 20 minute drive from town. With so many possibilities to explore and make an adventure of your own, the fun has only begun.
Some of the town’s highlights include the Emerald Water Gardens, the Sapphires in the rough, the Willow Gemfield, the Emerald Botanic Garden, the Fairbairn Dam, the Minerva Hills National Park and the Cathedral Cave.
To grab a meal, head for the Maraboon Tavern and enjoy some local delicacies prepared by a highly skilled chef. Providing a down to earth and heartwarming ambience, the Maraboon Tavern boasts the best charm the town of Emerald has to offer. Excellent customer service, generous meal portions, wide variety menu, exceptional food, affordable prices, and even a kids play area for parents. There really isn’t a better place to spend a meal in Emerald than the Maraboon Tavern.
2. Sunshine Coast
Aching for some baking by the beach?
Then it’s time to head toward Sunshine Coast for some trendy beachside bumming.
The big draw for going to Sunshine Coast in your campervan, besides it’s sweeping ocean views, is its Sunday markets, boutique shops, local delicacies, all of which are just a short 10 minute stroll from your parking spot at the Cotton Tree Holiday Park.
To sweeten the deal, you can choose between enjoying the sounds of waves lapping at Maroochydore Beach or perch yourself among the grassy banks overlooking the Maroochydore River.
With plenty of water activities around, don’t forget to bring swimwear, sunscreen, beach hats, coolers and stubbies, surfboards, kites, and pretty much any water toys and gear to make the most of this water playground.
For those who want a good night out in town, you’ll be thrilled to know that you have both Ocean Street in Maroochydore and Mooloolaba Esplanade on either side of your campervan park.
3. Palm Cove Beach
Who doesn’t want to wake up in one of the most beautiful beaches Queensland has to offer?
A campervan adventure to Palm Cove Beach at the Palm Cove Holiday Park is just as good as having a tropical paradise right at your doorstep. Iconically situated on the north end of the palm tree promenade, everything you could need is just a few minutes away.
From jelly fishing to conventional fishing, or shopping to award-winning restaurants, and day spa treatments, Palm Cove Beach makes for a great place to relax while campervanning throughout Queensland.
Oh, and for those who love green forestry, you’ll be glad to know that behind your back is the rainforest while your front is the reef.
For those who wish to explore beyond Palm Cove, a day trip to Cape Tribulation, the Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda is on the books.
4. Tallebudgera Creek
Situated on the northside of Gold Coast, Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park is an idyllically perched on the Tallebudgera estuary.
If you love water sports, you’ll have to come here. With calm waters on Tallebudgera Creek, it’s perfect for stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and fishing. For those who are hoping to get their surf on, head to the patrolled surf beach which is only 300 metres down the toad from the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park.
And if you aren’t too keen on moving far, know that there are three swimming pools on the campsite itself! One swimming pool is designated just for the adults so bring on the drinks, and all three pools are heated seasonally making it good for use year round.
Landscape lovers and hikers would be thrilled to discover the scenic walking tracks of Burleigh Heads National Park, which is only 20 minutes away from the campsite. You’re also only a 30 minute drive away the famous Gold Coast theme parks.
5. Seventeen Seventy
At the Captain Cook Holiday Village at Seventeen Seventy, you get to park right at the edge of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Named after the British Explorer, Captain Cook, the Captain Cook Holiday Village pays homage to the town’s history as a second landing site back in 1770.
Right at the edge of a natural wonder, time becomes a blur as you wander between a calm bush environment and the soft waves crashing onto the beach.
As adventure calls out, a quick drop by to the reception desk can have you headed for a day trip to Fitzroy Reef or Lady Musgrave for snorkeling or scuba diving. You can even jump on board an amphibious LARC for more adventuring!
With a campervan adventure caring out to you, it’s time to make your plans concrete and choose the best places to go in Queensland. These top 5 best spots to park your campervan in Queensland will guarantee absolute fun and adventure to get you started.
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