Jasmine Hodges finds 7 awesome spots in Queensland to park your campervan.
Don’t let the cool wintery winds scare you, the sun’s still shining and the water’s still warm(-ish). So fuel up the campervan and crank the heater – it’s time to hit the road.
Whether you’re squished in the back of modest van or glamping in a home with wheels, you can rest assured that you will have a front row seat (or bed) at these top Queensland holiday park locations.
MOOLOOLABA BEACH HOLIDAY PARK
If it’s waterfront you’re after, this is the spot to park. (It’s also the spot to book well in advance.) In fact, the Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park occupies two prime beachfront locations in the popular holiday destination on the Sunshine Coast.
Wake up to an uninterrupted view of the ocean at the Esplanade Holiday Park, or enjoy full amenities and a private track to the beach at the Parkyn Parade site.
Simply pull-up, plug-in and hit up a local cafe or take a swim with the neighbouring seals atUnderwater World Sea Life Aquarium.
CATHEDRALS ON FRASER
Make some room for the rods – Fraser Island is a fisherman’s paradise. It’s also the perfect place to raise the annex and settle in for a relaxing week on the water (or a busy one, exploring the World Heritage Listed island) at Cathedrals on Fraser holiday park.
Caravan too cosy to leave? You won’t need to walk far from your bed to spot a good fishing gutter or humpback whale breaching offshore.
CAPE TRIBULATION CAMPING
You can enjoy the best of both worlds at Cape Tribulation Camping grounds. It’s literally where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
Park the van and unpack the snorkel gear, or lace up your hiking boots and start exploring.
Wake up in the Whitsundays without the ‘tropical holiday’ price tag.
The Seabreeze Tourist Park is your gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Take a short stroll into the town centre, hop across the road to Cannonvale Beach or book your island adventures from the park’s reception desk.
THUNDERBIRD PARK, MOUNT TAMBORINE
There’s a lot more to the Gold Coast than sun, surf and sand. For a change of scenery, point the compass west and venture down the road less travelled.
Tamborine Mountain, aka the Gold Coast Hinterland, is just 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise – where you can park the camper among the trees at Thunderbird Park and immerse yourself in natural surrounds.
Freshwater rock pools and cascading waterfalls are just a short stroll away from this tree-lined caravan park. If you get restless, you can fossick for thunder eggs, tackle the high ropes course or go horse riding. And pets are welcome!
BORUMBA DEER PARK, IMBIL
Yep, there’s deer here. There’s also great fishing, swimming and plenty of great spots to jump in a canoe and float amongst the trees down Yabba Creek.
Surrounded by 15 acres of bush, the park promises an uncrowded, peaceful and escape-the-rat-race style experience.
And if you have a hound who loves to holiday, Borumba Deer Park is pet-friendly.
LAKE SOMERSET HOLIDAY PARK
With the dam at your doorstep, top-notch amenities and all sorts of water sports (seriously, you can take your pick) on offer, it’s no surprise that Lake Somerset Holiday Park is a hotspot for road-tripping families. It’s bush with a water view!
Situated on a grassy peninsula, the park’s got plenty to keep the kids entertained – playground, basketball courts and a sporting oval – so parents can relax, kayak and cast a line at the lake’s premier fishing spots.
Ahhh, how’s the serenity?
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE SPOT TO PARK THE VAN FOR A QUEENSLAND WINTER?
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