THE BACKDROP FOR many an overnight stay or weekend away, we Aussies – particularly those of us with caravans – have a penchant for the spot where the land meets the sea.
We asked five Caravan World writers for their most beloved corner of Aussie coast, to get you thinking of salty air and beachside camps this summer.
1. Pinnacle Village Holiday Park, Qld
By Tony Allsop
Tony’s top beachside destination is Pinnacle Village Holiday Park, which is 35 acres of absolute beachfront at Wonga Beach. It’s close to the Daintree rainforest, around 100km north of Cairns.
“The backdrop for the van park is a tropical setting with spacious sites, two swimming pools and a magnificent isolated beach for walking,” says Tony. “We’ve found many things washed up on this beach including a crocodile skull and nautilus shells.”
The park is within range of the heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest as well as Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, the Daintree River Ferry, Cooktown and Cairns. There is definitely no shortage of sights in the area, and yet Tony attests the van park remains quiet and peaceful.
More info: www.pinnaclevillage.com
2. Hamelin Bay, WA
By Keith and Susan Hall
Susan and Keith nominated Hamelin Bay, 30km south of Margaret River in the southwest of WA, as one of their favourite beachside RV destinations. “We like it because it is a good old-fashioned beachside holiday destination,” says Keith. “Not an upmarket resort, just a caravan park by the beach.
“We like to walk along the beach at sunset, watching the sky above the timbers of the old jetty turn pink and mauve. In the morning we’ve seen stingrays swimming along the water’s edge, almost touching the sand.”
Though Hamelin Bay feels more remote, it’s a great base for the vineyards, caves and capes that make the Margaret River region so popular.
More info: www.hamelinbayholidaypark.com.au
3. Boambee Beach, NSW
By Max Taylor
Editor Max says Boambee Beach is the best 4WD beach on the Coffs Coast, NSW. The beach is south of the main Jetty Beach, close to the Coffs Harbour CBD. There’s a good access road for 4WDing that curls from The Quarry.
"The ramp was big enough for us to take our Windsor Rapid caravan onto the beach. As we were filming we saw streams of 4WDs make their way along the hard packed sand."
For a pleasant place to park your van, check out Sawtell Beach Caravan Park. It’s ten km south from town so everything’s easy to access by car, including the sands of Boambee.
More info: www.coffscoastholidayparks.com.au/parks/sawtell-beach/
4. Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort, Qld
By Denyse Allsop
Denyse likes Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort, about 50km north-east of Mackay in Qld. The area is surrounded on three sides by national park, the fourth is absolute beach frontage. Denyse says there are several good national park walking tracks, including beach walks. There’s also great swimming, fishing and oystering and the van park is located at the end of the road, with no road noise.
“It is a quiet, peaceful place with a resort style pool,” says Denyse. “We love watching the wallabies come down to the beach in the evening and early morning.”
More info: www.capehillsboroughresort.com.au
5. Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park, SA
By Amy Middleton
Ceduna on the Eyre Peninsula, SA, is a great little beachside slice about 780 km west of Adelaide. The award-winning Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park has cottoned on to its surrounds and offers delicious-looking cabins and Mediterranean-style villas in pole position on the waterfront. Oh, there are campsites, too.
The park is on 55 acres of bushland, with 1km of beachfront. Nearby Bosanquet Bay is the spot to fish, snorkel or swim and oysters, when in season, are delicious and plentiful. The annual oysterfest takes place in October.
More info: www.cedunacaravanpark.com.au