BEACH IT UP
Nestled amongst beautiful sandy beaches, pristine waterways and windswept headlands adjacent to the Great Barrier, this could be your favourite family memory of the future
WORDS AND IMAGES BY TRENT AND MELANIE WEBSTER
THIS IS THE KIND OF PLACE THAT WILL HAVE YOU COMING BACK TIME AND TIME AGAIN
Summer is here, which means it’s time for those nice and refreshing ocean swims, the smell of a BBQ cooking away and the feel of a refreshing gentle breeze to take centre stage. All of which can be found along the pristine coastline just north of Bundaberg. It’s an incredibly popular destination, with no area more famous than Seventeen Seventy. While it was once a quiet fishing village, it is now a bustling tourist area with all the modern conveniences now available. The good news is, there are still a few secluded spots left to enjoy around the area; the ones where you feel like you are truly camping. One of these is Eurimbula Creek campground in the Eurimbula National Park. In fact, this is the kind of place that will have you coming back time and time again!
OFF THE BEATON TRACK
Eurimbula Campground is far enough out of town that you can escape the crowds, but still only an hour or so to any supplies you may need. To get there, you’ll need to take the turn off the main road leading to Seventeen Seventy onto Eurimbula Road. You’ll be greeted by two signs; both with warnings which should be heeded.
The first warning is that the road is suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles only. While the majority of the track isn’t much of a challenge, the final few kilometres are soft, and at times deep sand. You will definitely be locking it into 4WD to finish the final stretch of the journey into camp. The second sign simply says, “No Caravans”. Again, most of the track is a fire trail, but once you hit the denser, more rainforest-like area, you would struggle to get anything bigger than a Hybrid through. The tight turns and low hanging trees really make this the perfect track for a traditional style camper trailer.
WHAT’S THE CAMPING LIKE?
Once you get to Eurimbula Creek camping area there are 17 sites available, some with water views but most are protected behind the coastal dune. As with most Queensland National Park Campgrounds you will need to book online, although actual campsites cannot be reserved.
The area has a composting toilet, large shelter area for use during bad weather, rainwater collection tanks, picnic tables and fire rings for use when fire bans aren’t in effect. Phone reception is available in the camp area, although it’s quite patchy. If you don’t manage to secure a camping spot here, you could also try Middle Creek Campground. It’s slightly further north, but still within the Eurimbula NP. Rodds Peninsula and Bustard Head campsites are also in the Eurimbula NP, but access to both these areas is by boat only.
THE FUN STUFF
Once you’re all setup, it’s time to kick back and relax. With amazing sunsets over the creek, it is worth grabbing a chair and a beer (or two) and settling in to watch the Mother Nature steal the show. This whole area is great for fishing, boating and kayaking, but due to the large Queensland tides and relatively small inlet size, it not the safest spot for swimming.
At low tide you’ll finds some awesome swimming holes in the sand flats, the kids will play in them for hours. The sand flats also make for a fantastic beach cricket field too. If hiking/walking is more your thing, then you will be greeted by kilometres of spectacular coastline to explore. If panoramic views over the whole area tickle your fancy, head back towards the main road and you will find the turn off to the Ganoonga Noonga lookout.
THE WRAP UP
For us, this has become one of our favourite touring destinations. There really is something special about this area. Many people come to Eurimbula National Park to enjoy the beach and fishing in a quiet, unspoiled area, but there is more to this area than meets the eye. Reef Coast Marine Park are only some of the area’s features. So, if you’re planning to visit the region, it’s worth taking few extra days to soak it all in. In fact, every time we have planned to be here for a certain duration, we have ended up extending our stay.