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Our Feel Good Motorhome Road Trip

Every stop between Brisbane and the Tropic of Capricorn you can't miss

 

Words by Paul Guerin, The Feel Good Family

 

The car was bursting with excitement as we arrived at Apollo Rentals to collect our motorhome for the 3 week adventure that lay ahead. We had completed the online registration prior to arriving and this certainly helped in making the check-in process easy and seamless. Jasper, our 3 year old, was especially impressed in receiving the Apollo kids’ storybook as a welcome gift, a perfect touch to keep him engaged as we completed the necessary paperwork and walk around the motorhome prior to hitting the road.

 

The farthest point of our itinerary was the Capricorn Region, approximately 750km north of Brisbane and located on the fringe of the Tropic of Capricorn.  We decided to break the drive into 2 parts to make it easy for both my wife Katie and myself to take turns in driving the 8 speed automatic Iveco. And wow, we were both pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and stress-free the driving of this fairly large motorhome was to manage, both on the main highway and the smaller roads in the regional towns. It felt like driving a large SUV with all the modern comforts at your fingertips and power services to everything you would hope for or expect.

 

 

Our Itinerary

 

 

Miriam Vale Star Roadhouse is located 470km north of Brisbane and 170km south from Rockhampton. This is a great stopping point to pull up stumps after a long day of driving to grab a roadhouse style meal from the restaurant before enjoying a glass of wine and an early night in the comfort of the fully equipped motorhome. With only the 3 of us to accommodate, the 6 berth home on wheels was extra spacious for our small family and would be perfect for a family with a couple more kids or even 4 adults to enjoy!

 

We woke early and made the most of the 250km drive toward our first official holiday destination, stopping along the way for a family photo at The Tropic of Capricorn Spire in Rockhampton, and picking up a weekly supply of groceries from the supermarket in Yeppoon. 

 

* Tip – parking toward the back of the shopping centre near the loading bays meant access to a very large area to park the motorhome out of the way of the daily shoppers that use the main car park.

 

The Fun Begins!

 

Byfield National Park is a beautiful blend of rugged mountain ranges, massive sand dunes, remote beaches and campgrounds, pine plantations and rainforest fringed creeks. Located 40km north of Yeppoon, Ferns Hideaway Wilderness Resort is a perfect base to set up camp and explore the 15,000 hectares and surrounding conservation park. Whether you want to four-wheel drive, hike, fish or walk for miles on a secluded beach, your choice of activities here are endless. fernshideawayresort.com  

 

Yeppoon is the spectacular beachside accommodation hub for the region and is known as the Heart of the Capricorn Coast. If you are a travelling family Yeppoon is the perfect location to entertain the entire tribe. With a multitude of free activities including the ‘Keppel Kracken’ water park and ‘Yeppoon Lagoon’, these fantastic foreshore play areas offer year round swimming with first class restaurants and cafes to keep you satisfied.

 

A visit to this region would not be complete without a quick bit of island hopping to make the most of the accessibility to the Great Barrier Reef. Secure parking options close to the marina are available, and for the Motorhome $15 per day was very affordable. This includes a shuttle service to take the family and luggage return to the marina and ferry transfers.

 

Pumpkin Island is Australia’s best kept secret! Powered completely by the sun and wind, this ultimate island getaway has been recognised and awarded the Best Sustainable Hotel in the southern hemisphere. Covering 6 hectares of natural environment, the 7 self-catering beach cottages nestled along the water’s edge, offer a complete unwind and relax for couples, families or larger groups who want to hire the entire island to celebrate a special occasion!  pumpkinisland.com.au

 

Great Keppel Island is a short 30-minute ferry ride from the Yeppoon marina and boasts 17 of Australia’s most outstanding secluded white sand beaches! With varying accommodation options on the island, The Holiday Village hosted by Geoffrey Mercer, offers self-catered ‘Budget Boutique’ glamping tents, and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas. Activities range from island hiking trails, fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving, or lazing under palm trees in a hammock for the day! The sounds of the crystal clear turquoise water will lullaby you to sleep in this pristine island escape! gkiholidayvillage.com.au

 

After enjoying a few nights on the islands, it was time to continue our road trip south back toward Brisbane, but not before a couple more nights to take in the spectacular coastline of this region and enjoy the beachside cafes and restaurants. 

 

Island View Caravan Park, Kinka Beach is a family owned and operated park that has modern and very well managed facilities including 3 separate pools (one an adults only pool), jumping pillow and playground for the kids, multiple BBQ areas and a fantastic camp kitchen with a large screen in case you need to catch your favourite footy team in between cooking up a storm!

 

Saying goodbye to this region was certainly going to be hard but we had a couple more exceptional parks to make the most of our time as we made our final trek home.

 

Trinity Islands Holiday Park Burrum Heads covers 44 hectares of land, comprised of three private islands and surrounded by a private 11-acre lake. The campground is set amongst the natural beauty of one of the most stunning regions in the world, the Fraser Coast. When you arrive at Trinity Islands Holiday Park, you’re on Burrum River time - life moves at a slower pace and camping here is camping like it was in times past.

 

Sandstone Point Holiday Resort is located on the glistening shores of Pumicestone Passage, a stone’s throw from the iconic Bribie Island, and is a resort in the true sense of the word! Whether your stay is an adventurous one with family or simply a relaxing weekend away, you’ll love making the most of the Resort’s facilities including a waterplay park, 500sqm pool, playground, jumping pillow, tennis court, and so much more.


The Apollo motorhome holiday offers the perfect blend of adventure, destination and experiences that create lasting memories for the whole family. The hardest decision will be working out where we will go when we book our next motorhome road trip!

 

 


For more details on the Capricorn region visit visitcapricorn.com.au 

 

The Feel Good Family are proud Brand Ambassadors for Windsor and Apollo Built Caravans, and OZtrail Australia. You can follow The Feel Good Family on their journey around Australia by visiting their website www.thefeelgoodfamily.com.au and subscribing to their YouTube Channel.

 

 

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