Call me Mr Lucky, I get to spend time in some fabulous caravan parks and camping grounds, and Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park is one of the really good ones I’ve seen in the last year.
But where is Kurramine Beach? It’s one of those northern gems that I like to visit in the cooler months. Situated just a little north of Mission Beach and just 90 minutes south from Cairns.
The easiest way to spend time in this fabulous area is to head east at the town of Silkwood, which is around 20 minutes south from Innisfail. From there it’s a comfortable drive east – watch out for cassowaries – to the small township of Kurrimine Beach. A right turn once in town will see the Holiday Park at the end of Jacobs Road, at 9 Coyle Street. As you head down Jacobs Road the Caravan Park is easily noted ahead.
The entire area is very pretty and visitors will find the coastal strip is blessed with attractive sandy beaches, great views out to sea of Dunk and other islands not far offshore. Unfortunately, my stay at the Park coincided with some fairly rainy weather so while we managed to sneak in some fishing in between showers, my digital images cannot really do the area justice.
The Kurrimine Beach Caravan Park caters for all comers and it’s a pet friendly place, even with a dog bath and free dog washing machine. Overall, it is a family orientated park with plenty of powered and unpowered campsites, sites with concrete pads for caravans, well appointed cabins for hire as well. So it’s really a laid back and very enjoyable sort of place for everyone.
Visitors can enjoy a dip in the 25m pool within the water park area, which suited a lot of youngsters and young at heart. Park amenities are clean, modern, and the onsite kiosk has small goods, ice, bait, gas and other items. A large camp kitchen, wireless internet, weekly morning tea and a weekly BBQ are also attractions that are absolutely free. I liked the presence of some shade, too, as the tropics can be a bit warm at times and it’s a blessing to set up camp in the shade.
The park is quite progressive in outlook, with friendly management and staff. Nothing seems to be too much trouble and, while management encourage seniors to stay and enjoy themselves, there are no permanents on site. Which means that there’s plenty of room for all comers.
Local attractions, include restaurants and hotels in town, a visit to Murdering Point Winery not far away, perhaps a look at the local rainforest trails and waterfalls. Or simply having a crack at the fishing.
Local beaches are usually fished at high tide for bream, flathead, grunter or jacks. Nearby Maria Creek – home of many big fat mud crabs and lots of tasty mangrove jack and hard hitting barra as well – is just on the outskirts of Kurrimine Beach where there’s an excellent small boat ramp.
Access eastwards is mainly a high tide affair but, as always with small craft, if there’s no big hurry things seem to work out well. Snags are great for jacks and barra, so it pays to have plenty of casts.
If there’s time on your hands it’s also well worth a drive south to Mission Beach via the Bruce Highway and turning off just prior to Tully to have a look (with rod, lures, bait, etc in hand) at the excellent jetty at Alexander Drive, Mission Beach, as well as the nearby Clump Point Boat Harbour. In late winter this jetty is a proven mackerel spot.
The Clump Point Harbour has an excellent ramp and provides easy small craft access out to the local islands. Just south of Mission Beach are the Murray and Hull rivers both of which offer jacks, trevally, and barra. For the small boat owner these two rivers are definitely worth spending some time exploring.
In summing up this review I’d mention that Kurrimine Beach is one of those very laid back, even lazy, sorts of places that seem almost too good to be true. It’s just so casual, so pleasant and not too far off the so-called beaten track. It is well worth a visit in the coming months or, for that matter, right now.
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