Like a snail we are slowly travelling around Queensland and exploring all the little hidden nooks that we find. We have really enjoyed the slow travel and being able to stay or go as we please is very relaxing. If we like a place we extend our stay and if we aren’t feeling the love then we move on. We spent a while in and around the Cape Hillsborough area and we are excited to share our findings. We hope you enjoy this place as much as we did.
We chose some really great spots to camp and we highly recommend these to you. On our way from Airlie Beach we stayed a great farm stay Oh Deere Farm Stay. Here is where we met many other travelling families. The host is an amazing lady and makes you feel very welcomed the minute you turn up to her property. The farm is hiding away surrounded by sugar cane away from all the hustle and bustle. The farm stay offers plenty of optional extras which keeps your stay entertained with a little bit of luxury. We enjoyed the fluffiest pancakes on Sunday morning with every kind of topping you can think of, there is always happy hour and you can even grab a foot spa!! How amazing is that! Karinda the host also does sugar cane tours, including lots of hands on experiences during the tour.
Seaforth Campgrounds is located right across from the beach. This was by far our favourite place to stay between Airlie Beach and Rockhampton. With power and water hook-up we were able to stay here for more than a week at a reasonable cost. It is a simple campsite which was quiet, which gave us plenty of time to sit back and read a book, swim or go for walks along the beach. It was great to flick a line out everyday and explore the nearby national parks.
What To Do In The Area Of Cape Hillsborough
Yuibera (Yumi) Trail
The trail can be found near the tip of Cape Hillsborough and can be accessed from behind the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park. Follow the road at the back of the caravan park and drive to the very end of the gravel track. The track recommends only 4 wheel drive cars along the track but we found the road easy with no corrugation, soft sand or pot holes. At the end of the road is where you find a magical short walking trail which takes you across the blue waters and through the shallow mangroves.
Twin Beaches Lookout
The island you are looking at is Wedge Island just across from Casuarina Beach. To see enjoy this view you take the short walk 2.2 kilometre round walk to the Twin Beach lookout. This is an easy walk up lots steps combined with a gravel footpath. When at the top you will find the boardwalk lookout overlooking the magnificant treetops and beaches. Keep your eye out for turtles that are commonly found swimming around here. After the walk you can head to the beach and look for fresh young coconuts. We love finding these and cracking them open for the juice.
Are you an early riser? Rise and shine to a beautiful sunrise over the calm ocean and plenty of wallaby’s will come to join you. The beach has a ranger that patrols the area to ensure the wallaby’s are not disturbed from enjoying their morning meal but this doesn’t take away the beauty of it. Don’t forget to grab your camera because the photos are priceless and the moment will be one treasured for a long time.
Walk To Redcliffe Island
At low tide you can walk to this island. It is about a 500 metre walk across small rocks which seem like a gravel road. Low tide is from about 7.00pm-10.am. So be careful you don’t get stuck on the island because the water comes in fast and it is a long swim back if you ‘miss the window’. We enjoyed the walk around the island and felt a little like Robinson Crusoe on an adventure. Be mindful though as there is a lot of climbing over sharp rocks in certain areas so wear shoes or hard soled shoes.
The area around Cape Hillsborough is great and we went to the local bowls club near Seaforth for a meal and drink. This has the best air conditioning and on a hot day was nice to sit back and relax. The staff are friendly and even brought over free icy poles for the kids.
If you have anything that you can add to this article about the Cape Hillsborough area please leave them in the comments box.
From Kylie and Dan
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