Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Woodgate Beach Tourist Park
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Woodgate Beach, 50 kms south of Bundaberg, QLD

Weather: Cool nights, warm sunny days

After our traumatic episode of petrol in the diesel tank, last Sunday we were in an ideal place to rest and recover.

When we lived and worked in Brisbane, we spent some great chill out holidays here in Woodgate with our dogs in holiday rental houses; and in Christmas 2008 we camped at the Woodgate Tourist Park to try out our new van but Kath fell off her bike and we spent Christmas morning in the infamous Bundaberg Hospital doing xrays of a very swollen hand and possible fracture. After a cast was put on the wounded arm we got back to the park in time for a late Christmas lunch.

On return to Brisbane later luckily the cast was removed because after a catscan the break was not seen. phew!! This error by Bunderberg Hospital was a happy one!

This little beach village seemed to be off the radar for holiday makers then, but now the grey nomads have filled the Tourist Park and we are assigned a shady corner in an overfilled park.

Kath has a touch of the flu and we are both tired after a hectic two weeks in Brisbane, so we check out the Woodgate Real Estate Office and find a cute little cottage on the beach for $40 a night. Surprisingly there are two brand new bathrooms and a spacious living area with views to the sea' so good value!

The van has a good spot out front and we love our new temporary residence. We will stay here until Monday August 13 before travelling further north

A morning walk along the esplanade path, before breakfast, and then time on the beach in warm sunny weather. Kath has braved the very cold mornings to get pictures of some impressive sunrises and kangaroos taking an early morning dip in the sea!!!!.

We tackled the 5km Banksia Track just over the boardwalk and listened to the many birds scampering amongst the native heath and you come across clumps of palms along the way; the boardwalk takes us through a a melaleuca swamp with reflections in the dark water. No wildflowers evident yet!

We made use of the bicycles here and it is an easy way to get around on the flat terrain- to the shops, Theodolite creek, and a longer pedal to the tiny Walkers Point Township where fishing is a big thing amongst the traditional beach shacks. Walkers Point offers some walking trails that we didn't get to try.

We enjoyed some good reading time - Sheila completed the Stieg Larsson trilogy and Kath got fully engrossed in "The Shadow of the Wind' and spent 2 days reading it cover to cover; thanks Frances, Cesar and Yuni for recommending this book. Set in Barcelona, it is a Spanish novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon .

It seems ages since we have experienced warm, sunny weather but we have it now and love it!!

Woodgate has a small supermarket, a hardware store, pharmacy and a very busy Bowls Club that serves meals but you need to book in advance to get in. We have some good food and a great bbq so we haven't needed to eat out.

It's difficult to know how many people live here as so many homes seem to be empty, inhabited for holidays only. We also notice a lot of "for sale" signs as we wander through the town- a sign of tough economic times. National park surrounds the town. The sea is calm and attracts a lot of fishermen; the beach stretches 14 kms. Quiet and peaceful.

The grey kangaroos are abundant and keep the lawns and grasses short; but best of all is their habit of hopping along the beach for a early/late day dip in the sea. They look very impressive with their flying leaps along the shore and you can witness the spectacle most days.

Of course we are keeping our eye on the Olympics and the hurdles and cycling have given Australia two female stars and the sailors have won gold!!!!! . Loved Bolt's cool performance.

Woodgate has a lot to offer- fishing, kayaking, cycling, bowling, walking trails, sunbaking but sorry no surf! The bowls club is really the only restaurant venue with some entertainment but we don't mind as it seems to keep the town quiet and low key! Highly recommended!

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Cheryl on

Love the pictures. You are so good at writing reviews - makes me wish I was back there! Have noted the title of the book. Safe travels tomorrow. Enjoy Cania,

Hazel on

Making me gren with envy - thanks for rubbing my nose deep in it - cannot believe the wallabies are so different to ours - looks absolutely wonderful - may even print a couple of your sunsets out and pain them. Enjoy your journey and take care - watch the fuel Ladies !!!!!! Look forward to seeing you when you return one bloody day eh - 12 months indeed.

Alfonso on

Dear friends from down under,

Beautifull pictures, I mean , to me it´s like a movie set: sunset, sunrise, kanguroos on the beach! Very unusual. I thought you could see them only in the deserts...

And nice to see again the two bohemians living la vida loca. I would like to do the same, maybe one day who knows... I am glad to see you both in paradise.

Me encanta ¡coño! las dos se lo merecen.

PS:Sheila, tengo pendiente lo de Skype, en cuanto pueda me conecto y hablamos.

Besos a las dos de nosotros.

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