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Next up on our ‘Holiday Here This Year Summer Road Trip’ series we’ve teamed up with Jayco vanbassadors Jade and Wes Berg. Since purchasing their Jayco Expanda in 2017, this family of five have loved the endless opportunities for adventure. Therefore, we thought who better to ask for the best weekenders around Queensland?
The Bergs have given us their top three weekend destinations for everyone to enjoy. With stunning beaches, coastal walks and parklands – we’re all going to be packing for our next trip after reading this one!
Weekend 1: Tallebudgera Creek
Located on the Gold Coast just 94 kms from Brisbane, is the beautiful Tallebudgera Creek which Jade recommends for every caravan family. The Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park is an awesome stop, based right on the creek – meaning there are plenty of opportunities for waterfront views.
Splash around and have fun on the creek with plenty of swimming, stand up paddle boarding or fishing – you name it! Alternatively, the park also has three swimming pools and waterslides to keep the laughter happening. The Burleigh Heads Walk is also nearby for a breathtaking adventure with ocean views alongside stunning rainforests. It takes about 30 minutes, with plenty of magnificent lookouts along the way.
The Burleigh Pavilion is an easy walking distance from the park and the perfect place to visit at night. Be wowed by the gorgeous nightlights then sit down for a meal and drink before taking the stroll home. Or if you prefer to stick around at the park, you can enjoy a meal from one of the food trucks that come to visit each night.
Another highlight about ‘Talle Creek’ (as the Berg’s call it), is its proximity to the theme parks along the Gold Coast. All of the major theme parks; Movie World, Wet n’ Wild and Dream World are within 30 minutes of the Tourist Park. You may even like to wrap up your day by booking an evening show at the Australian Outback Spectacular.
Weekend 2: Dicky Beach
Situated on the Sunshine Coast 95 kms north of Brisbane is Dicky Beach. The Bergs first visited this coastal gem with some friends and have since been back four times.
Jade highlighted one of the special features about this cute caravan park is the contrasting opportunities for adventure – depending which way you venture out. To the left you can set out by bike or take the long walk to Kawana; take advantage of the impressive beaches and browse the many shops. To the right, you can wander down to Kings Beach, go for a swim in the blue waters, climb the playground or relax at a coffee shop. Otherwise, you may continue your walk to reach Happy Valley and try your hand at surfing or explore the huge parkland.
Weekend 3: Rainbow and Double Island Point
Our last weekend destination is also on the Sunshine Coast, 240 kms from Brisbane to reach Rainbow Beach. This beautiful piece of paradise, along with the Double Island Point has become an iconic caravanning spot – described by Jade as “the place to go”.
Here you can go for a drive on the beach then park your car and set up camp at the caravan park. Be sure to pack your rod for some great fishing opportunities, go for a walk to the Double Island Point Lighthouse or hit the waves with a surfboard. For the families looking for a resort style caravan park, you will love the Big4 Sandstone Point Holiday Park. This exciting park has something for everyone – from huge waterslides for the kids, to cocktails and a restaurant for the adults. You can even jump in one of the onsite buggies and go for a cruise around the caravan park.
During your stay you may also enjoy dolphin watching with the Barnacle Dolphin Centre or some four-wheel-driving along the Coloured Sands in the Cooloola Recreation Area.