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3 WE LOVE, 3 WE LONG FOR

As the days start to get longer it’s time to start planning a few trips away. Here are some hot spots to add to your list

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1. We Love Arno Bay Caravan Park, Arno Bay, SA

Arno Bay Caravan Park really is a great place to enjoy a relaxing holiday, ideally located for scenic day trips to the surrounding towns of Cowell, Cleve, Port Neill and beyond. You will discover local galleries featuring works from local artists, cafes with good coffee, as well as antique shops.

If you have always wanted to catch a big pink snapper, or ‘bag out’ on the fabulous King George whiting, local fishing charters operate out of Arno Bay. Fishing from Arno Bay Jetty, just 50 metres from the park, is also a good place to try your luck. Undercover fish-cleaning facilities are adjacent to the fishing jetty.

Arno Bay Caravan Park commands a prime beachfront position and overlooks Arno Bay on Eyre Peninsula of South Australia. All its powered van sites have co-axial cable television points and some with concrete slabs. Most of them have shade. The caravan park has well-equipped amenities and laundry facilities. Rainwater for your cuppa is available from the
water tanks.

 

2. We Love Cania Gorge Tourist Retreat, Cania, QLD

Cania Gorge Tourist Retreat is miles away from anywhere, but close enough to everything that makes it a great holiday spot. The first thing you’ll notice is the peace and quiet, bright sandstone cliffs, and rich wildlife making this site a perfect place for you to connect with nature. This secluded area is home to a variety of Australia’s native flora and fauna including kangaroos, rock wallabies, and more than 100 species of birds.

Nestled in ancient sandstone, Cania Gorge has the most spectacular colours, rare dry rainforest and eucalypt woodland, making this most picturesque gorge one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets. The national park has something to offer everyone, with several walking tracks, 4X4 tracks, or fishing in Lake Cania, which has been well stocked with Australian bass, yellowbelly, silver perch and the highly-prized saratoga. The retreat is only 24km north west of Monto and it’s all bitumen to the park.

 

3. We Love The Cooinda Camping Ground, Kakadu National Park, NT

Cooinda Camping Ground is the perfect place to base yourself for a Kakadu Adventure. Surrounded by the spectacular landscape of Kakadu National Park at the gateway to the world famous Yellow Water Billabong, you will witness the flora and fauna of this unique part of Australia.

There is plenty of room with 108 powered and 300 unpowered sites available. The coin-operated barbecue and eating area, shared bathroom and toilet facilities, cooking and dining facilities and access to Cooinda Lodge pools, make this a venue you will never want to leave.

After a long day of touring the escarpments, cruising Yellow Water Billabong, exploring rock art and indigenous cultural sites or viewing Kakadu from the air, relax in the outdoor resort-style pools and watch the sun set over Kakadu.

 

1. We Long For Harbour Lights Caravan Park, Bowen, QLD

Bowen is the oldest town in North Queensland; it was discovered in 1859 and its many unique features make it a holiday destination that truly offers something for everyone. Bowen is all surrounded by the Whitsunday waterways with its many islands, making it ideal for boating, sailing and fishing, and kite boarding. With palm-fringed beaches it is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, walking or just relaxing.

Harbour Lights Caravan Park is ideally located adjacent to the Harbour and Front beach. This small Top Tourist Park has lots of shady trees, is extremely quiet with great views and the friendly hospitality of a country town by the sea.

 

2. We Long For Kidman’s Camp, North Bourke, NSW

If you want to experience outback NSW in comfort, then check into Kidman’s Camp at North Bourke. Located about 8km north of Bourke along the Mitchell Highway and situated on the banks of the mighty Darling River, Kidman’s Camp is more like a destination than a stopover.

There are over 90 powered caravan sites, large and small, set among the extensive maintained gardens of the camp. Shady refuges and colourful gardens are dotted around the grounds with an impressive amenities block that includes showers and toilets, laundry, kitchen and two swimming pools.

In addition to the established sites there is a large grassy camping area available with full access to the amenities.

With campfire poetry sessions, access to the river and paddleboat Jandra, and complimentary bus pick up and return from two restaurants, Kidman’s Camp has the accommodation option for you in a serene setting in the iconic outback. On Wednesday and Friday nights a number of Bourke bush poets lead recitations and songs around a campfire after a barbecue, which over the years has raised thousands of dollars for charities in Bourke.

 

3. We Long For Seaspray Caravan Park, Seaspray, VIC

Just three hours from Melbourne, Seaspray is a small coastal town towards the southern end of the pristine Ninety Mile Beach, 32km south of Sale.

This magical getaway awaits you with patrolled surf beaches, fresh water haven, fishing, boating or just strolling along the unspoiled golden sands.

Seaspray Caravan Park has 238 extra-large powered sites, located alongside Australia’s longest beach, the “90 Mile Beach”, making it the perfect base to explore the natural wonders of Central Gippsland. The park has a modern camp kitchen, barbecue facilities and laundry.

The Ninety Mile Beach is Seaspray’s main attraction, offering what appears to be a never-ending stretch of blue ocean and vast white sands. Merriman Creek skirts around Seaspray’s western edge; an ideal spot for some quiet fishing or swimming.

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