Beaches in the wintertime are an unexpected delight in the state of Queensland. On a fine day there is a clarity and freshness to the scenery that is unobscured by heat haze, and, more importantly, crowds. June may not seem like a typical time of year to visit Bargara beach on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef but there is a lot to be said for off-peak road holidays - there are always vacancies, and the roads are good.
Bargara Caravan Park administration closes at 5 pm, and we were running late owing to a few stopovers along the way, however it was a matter of a simple phone call to reserve a site, make payment by credit card, and receive entry codes to the park. We received clear instructions to locating our site and simply parked the camper. Right on Bargara Beach, the park is within easy walking distance of shopping complexes and restaurants. If you are a camper you will appreciate the cooperative neighbourly atmosphere of camping grounds and the camaraderie of caravan culture.
Nearby, Bundaberg and Childers have a number of attractions including wildlife parks and sugar industry attractions. The main attraction for us though was the coastline, getting up at 6 am to watch the sunrise over a deserted beach, and racing back to the park at sundown to catch the last rays and watch the tide come in. Bargara Beach caravan park was a quiet, clean, friendly place to park for a couple of nights - on the beach, convenient to shops, and a short drive through cane fields to Wide-Bay/Burnett tourist attractions.