Queensland, The Home of the Biggest

“It’s the busiest I’ve ever seen it”, a caravan park owner just north of Cairns was telling me. “If you thought this is busy, you should have been here last year”, was the comment from a park ranger in Cape York, as I noted the constant flow of vehicles heading up and down the track. “It was absolute mayham here”, he went on.

Perhaps it’s because Queensland is more than just being the sunshine state, it’s the home of the biggest that draws visitors here. That’s what we discover in the video below.

And if our guestimate is right, we reckon Victorian travellers have far outstripped other states visiting the sunny state. It’s not surprising they’ve been wanting to escape far and wide, after their world record breaking length of covid lockdowns over the last couple years.

Not that the ‘rona has gone away, despite all our desires to put it behind us and move on. Self isolating in a camper hasn’t been too much of an imposition we have found!! At least there’s generally a good bush camp spot available to maintain the required isolation.

But covid or not, if you rely on a caravan park to accommodate your rig, the days of booking in as you go are non existent. At least for the popular coastal spots. That’s why most councils will allocate an overflow street or such as their showgrounds for vans to park overnight. And even most of these are near capacity.

But if it’s thought to be tough for a traveller, spare a thought for a section of the community in Cairns who can’t find rental accommodation. According to a recent news report, they are having to rely on tents being flown in to accommodate them.

Meanwhile, it’s off to find the next bush camp….

2 comments On Queensland, The Home of the Biggest

  • Hi Chris,

    Your heading Midlife Youthful Travel is so appropriate. Carefree to enjoy simple happiness without constraints. Thanks for sharing your journey & travel logs. We all been with you on this awesome journey. You’re like the present day Marco Polo… journeying far & wide. I’m sure many of us will pick snippets of places covered by you in our future travel plans.

    I do empathise with travellers who are stranded without accommodation….be it hotels, motels, campsites. We were almost stranded in Broome a few weeks ago!! Scary thoughts especially when totally unprepared without contingencies!! A few days ago, travellers were stranded in Geraldton when flight was diverted there when Perth Airport was in fog!!

    Travels suppose to enhance life only when without stress. Your choices have been great… even catching your own dinner.

    • Thanks for your comment Christine. I’m really pleased to hear you enjoy being part of the journey. Yes I can imagine your Broome experience would have been stressful. My experience has been often when things don’t go quite as planned…which in our case is often! ….and you’re presented with a bit of a stressful challenge, it typically gives the best story to tell!! One comes immediately to mind when we decided to do a runner from our isolated bush camp at three in the morning last week. Stressful but it’ll be a good story to tell!! Oh, and exciting news Christine…. I caught our dinner last night from the local river without the aid of a fish farm….:)

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