Bush Dinners, Bathtubs and Big Rigs at Julia Creek

Few households heat their water at Julia Creek; here, odourless mineral-rich waters run 45C-degrees from the tap. And since 2016, travellers enjoying its palliative benefits have soaked up the scenery in iron- cast clawed bathtubs while savouring the locally-prepared platters.

“Our bore water is unique,” explains Cr Janene Fagen for Mckinlay Shire Council in North West Queensland, “it is drinkable.” Guests can book two baths in one of four corrugated tanks or two replica Boundary Rider Huts with veranda at Julia Creek Caravan Park. “It’s very private. You’ll maybe see an emu or kangaroo hop by,” says Janene.

Demand is great. Janene says to book ahead, especially if you’re angling for sunset soaks and starlit skies. “We tend not to get clouds out here unless it’s the wet season.”

The tourist park is also planting up a new maze for kids. “That will be ready in a few years’ time.”

BUSH DINNERS

The bush camp dinners at the Julia Creek Caravan Park are a hit here, too. Operating Monday nights from April till September—it’s open to all guests, with lifts available to the park.

“We started the dinners about eight or nine years ago. When one of the two pubs burnt down, the publicans [of the remaining premises] needed a night off,” Janene explains. Council and the community stepped up, dishing out home-cooked main meals and desserts for $15 per guest, around a campfire, with raffle prizes up for grabs.

“A local will often talk about the town and its history, we might get a musician in. Everyone has a bit of fun, we’ll all be done by 8.30pm. “These events are something that the community gets behind. The groups make some money on raffle tickets. They are happy to just support it. And it gives guests another reason to stay.

CAMP KITCHEN, RENOS

Last year, Council installed a dedicated camp kitchen for these popular events during their most recent caravan park expansion. “It hasn’t been used yet. The kitchen is new, complete with two bain- maries, an oven, fridge and air-conditioning. It was made from a shipping container and made to look a bit bushy and rustic.”

Wide tarmac roads and beautiful, large drive-through sites also formed during the renovation completed earlier this year.

And it is all nice and close to the free, recently-installed community splash park that draws interest from locals and travellers alike. In fact, everything is within close proximity to everything in Julia Creek— it’s just that kind of town; the park even provides access to bikes so you can leave the car parked on-site.

GREATER BEACH ACCESS WITH THE MOBI-MAT

More travellers can now access the shoreline at Brunswick Heads, thanks to the brilliant community advocacy efforts by the team at Reflections Holiday Park. The group sought funding for pathways and a Mobi- mat at Torakina Beach by Restart NSW, providing beachgoers wheelchair-, walker- and stroller-access to the water’s edge.

The new concrete pathways link the beach mat to existing paths, offering a continuous ‘all abilities’ route to accessible accommodation at Terrace Reserve Holiday Park and town.

Reflections Holiday Parks CEO Steve Edwards said he was pleased Reflections had secured funding on behalf of visitors and the local community. “We felt that an all-abilities beach access at Torakina was an important part of any upgrade along the Brunswick Heads Foreshore,” explained Steve.

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