THAT’S BETTER: Chilling at a secluding hut on Wilson Island. Photo Amber Toms
THAT’S BETTER: Chilling at a secluding hut on Wilson Island. Photo Amber Toms Contributed

Top five 'glamping' spots near Rockhampton

Our pick of the top five spots for glamping - glamour camping - in the Rockhampton region:

1 Big4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village, Yeppoon

GPS: -23.185152,150.789628

IF YOU have a tent, caravan, RV motorhome or fifth wheeler, then the village is the best option for you.

There are large, grassy sites with room for the boat or deluxe villas.

It is halfway between Yeppoon and Emu Park and 300m from Mulambin Beach. 

How to get there: If you are travelling from the south, drive through Rockhampton and turn right at the Yeppoon sign and follow until you reach the Coast suburb. It is 45 mins from the Rockhampton Airport. Daily bus services go past - Rockhampton to Emu Park and from the airport and railway station. 

Facilities:

  • Playground
  • Non Smoking Accommodation Available
  • Public Transport Nearby
  • Pool - Salt Water
  • Lending Library
  • Kids Activities
  • Internet Kiosk

2 Wilson Island, Central Qld

GPS: -23.4055393,151.5118063

THIS tiny coral cay sitting in beautiful emerald green splendour on the Great Barrier Reef is a private place, untainted, untouched and understated with safari-style tented accommodation - only six on the entire island, enough for just 12 guests at any one time.

Those who are drawn to Wilson Island will enjoy the natural beauty of our Great Barrier Reef island. Its seclusion and the freedom from modern-day living are part of the appeal of this Barrier Reef resort. 

Tips: Book the whole island or join a day trip from nearby Heron Island.

 

How to get there: Wilson Island is just above the Tropic of Capricorn, about 72km off the Queensland coast, northeast of Gladstone and 15km from Heron Island. 

 

A two-night package at Wilson Island is $463 per person, per night (based on twin share occupancy) including all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including premium Australian wines, beers, Champagne, snorkelling equipment and return boat transfers from Heron Island. 

Permanent tents have raised timber floors, king size bed with duvets and pillows, comfortable deck chairs and hammocks on the outdoor deck.

3 Takarakka Bush Resort, Carnarvon Gorge

GPS: -25.071295,148.268738

TAKARAKKA Bush Resort is in a beautiful picturesque loop of the Carnarvon Creek, where it shares a large bush sanctuary with an abundance of wildlife and historic fauna.

The great Australian outback is its backdrop. Surrounded by the majestic cliffs and expansive landscape of Carnarvon Gorge, Takarakka Bush Resort is the ultimate wilderness resort to start your adventure into one of Queensland's iconic destinations.

Takarakka Bush Resort is on 100 picturesque acres surrounded by the creek with towering cliffs, rainforests and secluded side-gorges of the majestic Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Takarakka provides a fabulous base camp to set off and explore this magical place that has walks and trails for all ages and proficiency. You can also enjoy the property's short walks and wildlife, meandering along the riverside, spot a platypus at the Platypus Pool or just sit at the peaceful lookout and watch the lingering sunsets over the magnificent ranges.

 

How to get there: The resort is about 430km southwest of Rockhampton, halfway between Roma and Emerald on the A7 - Carnarvon Highway. Turning off the highway, the resort is 43km to the border of the national park. Its nearest towns are Rolleston (100km) to the north and Injune (150km) to the south. 

 

Tips: Refuel before arrival - fuel is not available in the gorge. It's also a good idea to check local conditions before starting your trip, especially if there have been storms and rain.

4 Great Keppel Island Holiday Village

GPS: -23.1666306,150.9180306

GREAT Keppel Island is one of those undiscovered treasures amidst a group of Great Barrier Reef National Park islands off the Capricorn Coast. Sometimes referred to as "Woppaburra" after the Aboriginal people who originally lived on the island, the name translates as "resting place".

 

Monkey Beach Great Keppel Island Photo Contributed
Monkey Beach Great Keppel Island Photo Contributed Contributed

Tips: If you feel adventurous but you don't want to exert yourself too much, take a motorised canoe trip to some great snorkelling spots that aren't accessible any other way. Finish your day watching the spectacular sunsets from Fisherman's and Putney beaches looking across to the mainland.

 

Take an esky full of supplies: water, food and clothing. No doubt you'll be spending a bit of time in the water. It might be a good idea to be at Rosslyn Bay, at the ferry, an hour before it departs. Just to be safe.

5 Discovery Holiday Parks, Rockhampton

GPS: -23.344987,150.521521

AN ideal base to explore the Capricorn Coast. There are deluxe villas or less expensive options. Generous powered sites and camping areas.

Discovery Holiday Parks Rockhampton is set in 10 acres of award-winning tropically landscaped gardens with 5000-plus palms represented by over 90 species. It is also a heavily landscaped space with exotic Bromeliad rock gardens, nature walks, waterfalls and tranquil water features.

How to get there: The park is at 394 Yaamba Road, the main drag into the city from the north. (Yaamba Rd is the Bruce Highway in the city's boundaries.) 

Tips: Relax by one of two magnificent pools or enjoy the gym, games room, jumping pillow and playground. 



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