We love and appreciate our beaches in Sydney, and the limited time we can spend on them. Even if it’s with hundreds of other people all crammed onto the same small area where the flags are.
Around Central QLD, they have so many beaches and they are so long, that you pretty much have the whole beach to yourself.
But I don’t get it. People come up here on holidays and spend their time in their caravans or in town. Sure, you have to walk 100m or so to get to the water, because the tides are so big, the sand goes on for a long way. Going for a dip ends up being really good exercise!
We’ve been to Workman’s Beach near Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy, then Emu Park on the coast east of Rockhampton. Pretty little town with an impressive WW1 memorial and the Singing Ship sculpture.
We stopped in Marlborough for lunch on the way to Cape Palmerston. Not much in Marlborough, but Grandma’s Groceries and Café has the biggest works burgers I have ever seen.
We had booked with QLD Parks to stay in the Cape Palmerston national park in the Cape Creek camping area, but we got warned by a few people that the beach access may be tricky for our motorhome. Luckily Matt, a local, turned up just before we were going to attempt it, and suggested he drives us out first onto the sand so we can see what its like. Sure enough, there were some soft spots that we likely would have got bogged in with our heavy vehicle, but the drive with Matt along the beach was fun!
So we’ve ended up staying at the Cape Palmerston caravan park, which has access to the beach, friendly neighbours, fantastic amenities and plenty of space between each site. Better safe than sorry!
By the time we’ve reached Airlie Beach, we have passed so many cane fields now that I’m sure Queensland must be supplying the whole world with sugar.
Forgot to mention the pitstop we made in Bundaberg to check out the Rum Distillery, which uses the by-product of the sugar refining process – molasses. This is a must see for understanding the distilling process and the amazing history of the place, not to mention the free tastings at the end of the tour!
Tonight we’re in Airlie Beach, or more precisely Jubilee Pocket outside of Airlie Beach, because there are no caravan parks or camping areas in Airlie. It’s a 3km walk to Airlie Beach, which we did one way this afternoon, and took a taxi back. But more on this place next time.