On our recent trip to Bundaberg, I took a bit of a stab in the dark and booked into the Bargara Beach Caravan Park. We really wanted to stay somewhere close to the beach. I had been to Bargara before and really loved the area so my choice seemed ideal.
As this was also our first trip in a caravan I thought we would be better off in a park as we weren’t properly set up for free camping.
We arrived late in the afternoon and were greeted by very friendly office staff. They gave us our paperwork with our gate and amenities access codes on it. We were then given a park map and shown where our site was.
We both had a bit of a chuckle when the manager said he would come and put the van on our site for us as it was a ‘bit of a tight fit round there’. Brenden and I exchanged knowing smiles and said that we would be right. He offered again and said he found it to be ‘a marriage saver’. We laughed and said that Brenden drove a 19-metre ‘B’ double truck for a living and he would be right backing a van.
We were given a small site with a concrete pad even though we had requested a grass site when we booked. To say that it was ‘a bit tight round there’ was probably an understatement. We were packed in like sardines, surrounded on all sides by other vans.
But, as predicted Brenden had no trouble getting the van onto our site, much to the delight of several on lookers.
Bargara Beach Caravan Park is a huge van park. At the very rear of the park were a number of un-powered camp sites with very few people on them. The grass sites were a little more spacious, but still very crowded.
Although the park is not completely water front, you only need to walk across the road and through the foreshore area and your are on the beach. I was very impressed with the whole esplanade area as there were plenty of walking/bike paths. The park does have a small playground near the main amenity block but if you have kids with you there are larger play areas and a skate park in the foreshore area.
There is also a surf club right on the beach which was a popular spot for a morning coffee.
Just next door to the caravan park are tennis courts and a large grassy oval perfect for kicking a footy on. The walking track extends all the way to Mon Repos Beach so there are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs.
The whole area is full of birds as well. The rosella’s were very tame when they came in for a late afternoon snack.
There were two amenity blocks and both had several showers and toilets. I found the showers and toilets to be very clean and there was good water pressure and lots of hot water. There was also a separate disabled access bathroom as well. Located at the side of the main amenity block was a dump point.
I also noted a large laundry with at least five washing machines and dryers as well.
There was one large covered camp kitchen area which was equipped with a sink, barbeque, fridge, microwave and tables. This was the spot to be on Friday night as there was a mobile food truck set up and selling wood-fired pizzas.
Probably the biggest bonus of this park is that it is dog friendly (by application). We saw several people who had their ‘fur babies’ with them. I never heard any of them barking at anytime that we were there which was great.
To our way of thinking this park was way to crowded for our liking. However there was no denying the camaraderie that existed amongst those around us. Everyone was friendly and happy to say good morning or to stop for a chat. The park is very well-maintained and everywhere was clean and tidy.
At $38.00 a night it may well be out of the reach of some travellers as well.
Another bonus was that it was very quiet in the evening. I think we were the only ones awake at 10.30pm!
We thought the location was ideal as well as you could walk to coffee shops and restaurants or it was about a five minute drive to Woolworths or 20 minutes back into Bundaberg.
The office also stocked some essentials like bread, milk and ice and I liked the little mini library at the front where you could swap a book or magazine.
All in all we thought it was a nice tidy park, just not the right one for us. However, if you think it might suit your needs you can check availability and rates HERE.