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It wouldn’t be a Queens­land travel bucket list with­out men­tion­ing a town that sits right on the Great Bar­rier Reef, and beau­ti­ful Bowen is one of the best. Fa­mous for fresh man­goes and crys­tal-clear wa­ter, this dry trop­i­cal town is per­fect in sum­mer or win­ter, see­ing less rain than oth­ers in the Whit­sun­days. With the reef it­self just a short dis­tance away (Bowen is one of the only places where the co­ral is mere me­tres from the shore) and plenty of his­toric land­marks and nat­u­ral at­trac­tions nearby, the Har­bour Lights Tourist Park is the best place to set up camp.

In Cen­tral Queens­land, there is a gorge so long and deep that In­dige­nous peo­ples be­lieve a Rain­bow Ser­pent must have carved it out. The most vis­ited des­ti­na­tion in Carnarvon Na­tional Park, Carnarvon Gorge in­cludes a num­ber of must-see sites, from the Amp­ithe­atre to the Moss Gar­den, as well as many caves – which feature In­dige­nous rock art – and basins. Takarakka Bush Re­sort is the best place to be to ex­plore all that Carnarvon Gorge has to of­fer. An adventure in the north­ern Atherton Tablelands has ev­ery­thing: hikes through stun­ning scenery, rarely-seen an­i­mals, rich his­tory and cul­ture, plus craters, crys­tal caves and plenty of other ge­o­log­i­cal won­ders. But per­haps the most pic­turesque part of the Tablelands are its many cas­cad­ing wa­ter­falls and large nat­u­ral rock pools – which one you float around in is up to you. The quiet, re­lax­ing Atherton Hal­lo­ran’s Leisure Park is the place to be to ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­thing the Tablelands have to of­fer.

New South Wales

An­other world her­itage-listed na­tional park, Wollemi is part of the Greater Blue Moun­tains re­gion just a few hours north-west of Syd­ney. Soar­ing cliffs, lush forests and caves filled with glow worms are just some of the nat­u­ral won­ders you can ex­pect at Wollemi, which lays claim to the ti­tle of New South Wales’ largest wilder­ness area. But, never fear – it’s a ‘wilder­ness’ but there are still pow­ered sites for you to park your car­a­van and en­joy a night in th­ese tran­quil sur­rounds. Gan­guddy, oth­er­wise known as Dunns Swamp, is one such place. Perched on the banks of the Cudge­gong River, it’s an ideal spot to watch the na­tive wildlife at play – you might even spot a platy­pus.


Peo­ple travel from far and wide to drive the fa­mous Great Ocean Road. Stretch­ing 244km be­tween Torquay and Al­lans­ford, the road takes you past wa­ter­falls, iconic surf breaks, wildlife re­serves and the nat­u­ral won­der that is the Twelve Apos­tles. Nat­u­rally, the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park is the ideal stop-off – not only is it a beau­ti­ful car­a­van park, but just 20 min­utes from the Twelve Apos­tles and close to the an­cient crater, vol­canic land­forms and abun­dant wildlife of Tower Hill, it’s per­fectly po­si­tioned for those hop­ing to take their time trav­el­ling the Great Ocean Road. Whether you visit in sum­mer or win­ter, Vic­to­ria’s High Coun­try town of Bright is a must-see des­ti­na­tion. Avid hik­ers and cy­clists use Bright as a base for ex­plor­ing the peaks of Mount Buf­falo Na­tional Park, but there is plenty to see and do in and around town, too. Once a pros­per­ous rail and gold min­ing town, Bright is as rich in his­tory as it is in nat­u­ral beauty – the huge, decades-old oaks, elms, poplars and Ja­panese maples are an ex­am­ple of both. Spend a night at the Bright Hol­i­day Park to soak up all of the his­tory and beauty. With cas­cad­ing wa­ter­falls, stun­ning moun­tain­scapes and an abun­dance of river pools, it’s lit­tle sur­prise that Ox­ley Wild Rivers Na­tional Park is world her­itage-listed – it looks like some­thing on a post­card. Pep­pered with his­toric sites and panoramic look­outs, the na­tional park is per­fect for hik­ing, camping and even fish­ing, in the rivers that give the park its name. Set up camp at As­p­ley Falls camp­ground, which of­fers scenic wa­ter­fall views and plenty of na­tive wildlife. Beau­ti­ful By­ron Bay is known world­wide as one of Aus­tralia’s ul­ti­mate sea­side des­ti­na­tions, and af­ter a stroll through its vi­brant streets, a dip in the crys­tal wa­ter of its beaches or a look around the eclec­tic mar­kets, it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re catch­ing a live act at the By­ron Beach Ho­tel or en­joy­ing be­ing the east­ern­most per­son on the Aus­tralian main­land at the Cape By­ron Light­house – even if it’s only for a mo­ment – you’ll be glad to have stopped by this iconic town. Stay at Re­flec­tions Hol­i­day Parks Clarkes Beach to be in the cen­tre of it all. A visit to the river­side town of Echuca truly feels like a trip back in time. Hop aboard a pad­dle steamer at the Port of Echuca Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre and ride down the Mighty Mur­ray River, or ex­plore the his­toric build­ings of the town’s High Street to re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the lega­cies left be­hind by Echuca’s early res­i­dents. Car con­nois­seurs will love the Na­tional Holden Mo­tor Mu­seum, whilst avid golfers will rel­ish a day on the greens of the nearby Rich River. At just 2.5 hours from Mel­bourne, the Echuca Hol­i­day Park makes a great first port of call for your road trip.

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