For those of you who may not know, we recently took delivery of our brand new NextGen caravan. We headed to Sharp Park at Canungra for our first trip to test out the solar and battery capabilities. We then wanted to head somewhere with power to test out that side of things.
As we could only get away for a couple of nights, we just thought we would stay somewhere local. However, we didn’t account for the fact that it was going to be a Long Weekend for the Gold Coast Show. So we decided to head a little bit north and stay at the Jacob’s Well Tourist Park.
The Jacobs Well Tourist Park is located about 40 kilometres north of Surfers Paradise (or 56 kilometres south of Brisbane) It is close enough to the water to be almost water front and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands are directly opposite.
Jacobs Well Tourist Park is a medium size park that caters for pretty well everyone. There are powered and unpowered sites available. Some sites have slabs and there are also sites that are dog-friendly. There are also five fully self- contained villas and shortly two ‘glamping’ tents will be available.
There are quite a few shady trees located through out the park as well. Being a coastal park and also very dry at the moment, some sites are sandy, but there is still some green grass on the camp sites and around the villas.
Within the park there is a large and almost brand new amenities block. In the centre of this block there is a large unisex disabled bathroom, which can be used at anytime. This also contains a baby change table. There are four showers and six toilets in the ladies, plus hand basins and hand dryers. There is also ramp access to the amenities. Despite a couple of reviews on Wikicamps to the contrary, I found the bathrooms to be immaculately clean each time I used them.
There is also a small camp kitchen, a laundry, a children’s playground and a car/boat wash bay. A dump point is also provided and is adjacent to the amenities block.
Perhaps the best thing about Jacobs Well Tourist Park is all the things that are within walking distance of the park. As I mentioned, the park is so close to the water that you could call it water front. All that separates you from the water is a car park for the local boat ramp. The area is popular for fishing and from what I saw there are plenty of fish to be caught. There is a lovely jetty and a pontoon that you can fish off. There is also a little piece of sandy beach perfect for the kids to play on.
A bait and tackle shop adjacent to the boat ramp appears to have everything you could possibly need for a spot of fishing. On the other side of the boat ramp is an enclosed swimming area which also has a lovely sandy beach area and large shade covers. There are also shady picnic tables along the foreshore area as well.
Back towards the caravan park there is a larger children’s playground which also has a BBQ and picnic area.
Opposite to the caravan park is the Jacobs Well Tavern, which I have been reliably informed has very nice meals (we didn’t eat there on this occasion) There are also a small group of shops with a takeaway, bakery, bottle shop, pharmacy and a convenience store.
If you want to get a little bit of exercise there is a park next door with some outdoor exercise equipment. There is also an enclosed off-leash dog exercise area for your pooch to run around in.
We loved our stay at Jacob’s Well. The park itself didn’t feel busy, but the area outside was busy with vehicles coming and going quite a lot during the day. But this settled down once evening came.
One bonus thing I should mention is that Jacobs Well Tourist Park allows camp fires provided they are not on the ground. You can even hire a fire pit from reception which we did. Cost was $24 for the night and this included a bag of wood.
They also allowed us to put a tent on our site so as our daughter could stay a couple of nights with us. This cost an extra $15.00 (per night) which I thought was quite reasonable.
Given that staying on the Gold Coast can be very expensive, we consider Jacobs Well Tourist Park to be a really great option. Rates for un-powered sites start at about $32.00 depending on the time of year.
For bookings or more information visit the Gold Coast Tourist Parks website.