Camping up in Cardwell

Cardwell is a great spot to spend a few days, or even longer. Once you get going there is a lot to see and do. We were making our way up the East Coast and Cardwell was on our list of places to stay.

We chose the Cardwell Van Park because we have known owner Colin Oke for years and his partner Leanne. Just because we know someone doesn’t mean we will like their park or business. In this case it was easy.

We like parks that have enough space between sites to give room to move and set up without having to trip over someone else’s guy ropes. Tick one for the van park. Gardens created the site borders.

We had clean amenities, recently refurbished – a not uncommon result of COVID lockdowns. The camp kitchen was a good size for this small park. Two more ticks for these two.

If you don’t want to bring your own accommodation, there are on-site cabins available. They range from standard (no ensuite) to ensuite cabins for two or with bunks for a family.

There is one thing that no park owner can claim as part of their park, but some parks just seem to generate it. We had the nicest neighbours you could hope to meet. A couple of mates away with the boat and two rooftop tents. It was so easy to chat about this and that, nothing serious or world shattering, just the luck of the catch (nothing day one, a legal sized barra day two). What makes this perfect for fishing is the all-weather boat ramp close by.

Another couple, Joy and Paul, were on a nearby site, and we caught up with them again in Mossman. That’s the way of caravanning.

Cardwell Van Park has lots of grass, not nearly as many trees as it did when Colin arrived there 20+ years ago, but enough to give shade and a true garden feel to the whole space.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cardwell Van Park, it had everything we needed and truly is a very friendly place.