With Easter just around the corner (I confess to cracking open my first sneaky Easter Egg tonight!) I thought I would share with you my favourite camping trip (to date) – Easter at Emu Park. For the last two years in a row we have spent five days camping at Emu Park which is on the Capricorn Coast, 45km east of Rockhampton. We picked Emu Park because it is about halfway between Brisbane (where we live) and Far North Queensland (where most of the extended family live) which meant that it was about a day’s drive for all us to be together. It is also very close to Yeppoon which is where my Mum’s family camped many times when they were growing up, so a nice bit of family tradition continuing.
We camped at the Bell Park Caravan Park;
We had about 6 families – my Mum and Dad, my sisters’s family, my cousins and their families and the Thom Family – friends of my sister who are brave enough to join our family mayhem – last year we had 15 kids between us!! The caravan park has lovely big grassy sites which were fantastic for accommodating a big group like ours. The amenities are clean and well looked after and the caravan park is right on the beach – so only a short walk down for a swim and no crossing roads with kids! It is also a short walk into town to the IGA for groceries, or to grab a coffee and the paper, or some fish’n’chips! There is also a great park beside the Caravan Park with a kids playground, skate ramp and the markets are held there every Sunday.
The beach is perfect at Emu Park for younger kids as there is enough ‘surf’ for the kids to learn to Boogey Board, without fear of them being dumped and rolled and dragged out to sea by a big wave! At Easter the water is just sooooo perfect – not too cold – not too hot!
As if all of this isn’t enough – there is also plenty to do only a short drive from Emu Park. We loved heading to ‘The Causeway’ in the afternoon – only about 6mins drive away – to grab an icecream and fish and go yabbying.
Last year we also took a daytrip to Byfield National Park http://nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/byfield/index.html and Sandy Beach – both spots were absolutely beautiful and we will definitely be stopping there again on the final leg of our ‘around Oz’ trip!
I’m going to apologise in advance if there are too many photos in this post, but they show better than I can say, how much fun we have at Emu Park! I am sooooooo disappointed not to be heading back there again this Easter, but Matt is picking up a stack of overtime over the long weekend to top up the piggy bank for the big trip. Oh well – might just have to spend a few weeks there on our way home next year, that’s something to look forward to! What are you all doing for Easter this year?