For those who dream of waking up next to the Great Barrier Reef and sleeping beneath a million stars shining brightly above, this one's for you.
From the lush rainforests that fill these beautiful lands to the world heritage Great Barrier Reef promising endless adventures into marine life and beauty, there are plenty of reasons as to why you should be caravanning in Far North Queensland.
Caravanning is perfect for everyone, especially the young and free and the grey nomads. With the ability to explore off the beaten paths while staying within an affordable budget, discovering the best of Far North Queensland is possible in a caravan.
So pack your bags, get ready to go. Here are the best caravan spots to make the most of your next caravan adventure.
NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park
Promising a relaxing getaway that is right at the beachfront of the Whitsundays Coast, the NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park is arguably one of the best caravan spots you can settle in.
Featuring a range of park features and facilities that will help you relax in your beach getaway, the location is perfect as you sink into beach time and watch your troubles wash away whilst listening to waves lapping onto the coastline.
Accommodation comes in many choices including 2 bedroom family villas for larger entourages, beachfront cabins and oceanfront powered sites for your caravan. Exciting facilities include pedal go karting on-site, a swimming pool to chill more after a dip in the sea, barbecue spots for you to cook up your catches, and more.
Beyond the caravan park itself, being in Bowen is a must for every explorer of Far North Queensland. From soaking up the sun by the beach to adventuring among the many famous beaches and bays, this is as great as it gets to enjoying the Whitsundays while staying on the mainland. For those looking to snorkel and swim, head to Horseshoe Bay for the fish and coral just metres from the shore. For watersports lovers, Gray’s Bay is a great spot for paddleboarding, kayaking, water-skiing and wakeboarding. Get the best 360 degree panoramic views of the region up atop Flagstaff Hill. Needless to say, there’s plenty of activities to keep you busy and the fishing here is phenomenal with the many creek systems, offshore reefs, rocky outcrops, award winning beaches and the Bowen Jetty known for attracting an abundance of fish.
When in Bowen, it wouldn’t be a complete experience without grabbing a bite at the Grand View Hotel. Probably the most iconic food establishment in Bowen, the Grand View Hotel has paid host to the film “Australia”, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. It’s also home to GRETE, a 1937 yacht built in Denmark.
With a casual bar and beer garden setting that offers fresh ocean breeze and waterfront views, here you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of yacht races and sailors from the Port Denison Sailing Club. For a sit down dining experience, the restaurant promises exceptional food prepared by experienced chefs. Filled with pub style meals with a modern flair, the menu will not disappoint featuring fresh local seafood, prime cuts of meat grilled to perfection, and seasonal fruit and vegetables.
A meal at the Grand View Hotel isn’t just a meal. It’s an experience. Don’t miss out, make a booking by calling (07) 4786 4022.
BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut
If you’re keen to find out what all the fuss is about, it’s time you head to touristy Cairns. The BUG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut is the caravan park to be in, with a sense of peace and quiet surrounded by lush tropical surroundings.
There are plenty of options to choose from including grassy tent powered and unpowered camping sites with or without concrete slabs. Facilities are well maintained and include a camp kitchen, bathrooms and toilets, with the added benefit of guests participating in activities set up by the park.
If you’d like to spoil yourself a bit with an ensuite tourist site, you’ll be glad to know that it is an option provided while staying in the comfort of your caravan. The ensuite sites offer the privacy of your own shower, toilet and vanity while experiencing the best of camping. There’s water, power and sullage outlets in these ensuite sites making life a whole lot easier for a caravaner.
Tropic Breeze Caravan Park in Port Douglas
Further North is where you’ll find the Tropic Breeze Caravan Park, which is only a minute’s walk to Four Mile Beach. The Port Douglas town is only a five minute walk away, making this caravan site perfect for exploring the best of Port Douglas.
With the option of self-contained units, powered sites and campsites, guests will have access to the camp kitchen, pool, and laundry facilities. The premises are also pet friendly although you will have to notify the owners beforehand on what pet you have due to some regulations.
Port Douglas is a beautiful place, with many Queenslanders making it a holiday destination to sit back and relax. Surrounded by two World Heritage National Parks, it’s time to go on an adventure. The first park is the Daintree National Park while the second is the Great Barrier Reef National Park out in the water. With rainforests around you, natural reef and white sandy beaches right before you, a stay at the Tropic Breeze Caravan Park is perfect for young explorers and grey nomads.
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