It was time to try somewhere new, and Kookaburras On Curra was the perfect place.

In the 10 years that I’ve known Al, this was the first time we had had a whole two weeks vacation together. Normally one of us has to work. so when the opportunity came up for two weeks away, we knew we had to do something special.

While we love to be able to just get out bush, drive west and stop wherever we felt like it, we also love it when we don’t have to travel too far.  Hey, less time travelling means more time relaxing!  This was one of those times.  We wanted to just go somewhere, set up, and not have to think too hard for the duration.  And being Easter, we wanted somewhere that wasn’t too overrun with people.

We had hummed and hawed about trying Kookaburras On Curra for a while.  We found it on YouCamp, and while it looked lovely and peaceful from the photos, we also didn’t want to be disappointed if it didn’t turn out as we expected, especially as it was a rare two weeks off work together.  We also knew that our usual spots would be packed during the Easter period.  So we booked into Kookaburras On Curra and held our breath.

And we certainly weren’t disappointed!

Kookaburras on Curra

 

Name: Kookaburras On Curra

Where: Curra, Queensland (about 15 km north of Gympie)

Price: $15 per caravan per night

Facilities: dogs friendly, camp fires permitted, firewood supplied, suitable for self-contained vehicles only, suitable for 4WD vehicles only

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Just north of Gympie, Queensland, and only just over an hour from home, Kookaburras On Curra is set on 50 acres and is a bush camping experience for the over 40s (although they can cater for younger families on application). Curra is a rural community just far enough from Gympie to make you feel like you are out bush, but close enough that you can quickly duck into town for supplies should you need to.

On arrival we were instructed to put the Landcruiser into low range 4WD to protect the driveway (which is steep!) and to remain in 4WD throughout the property.  Sally, the owner of the property, came out to meet us and give us the run-down and, as newbies, recommended to us the best place to set up camp.

Kookaburras on Curra

And we were the only ones there! It was a couple of days before the Easter long weekend was due to start, but we were the only ones!  It was absolute bliss. No other campers, no other caravans, you couldn’t even see the owners house from where we camped.  Just fields of green space.  To say that I fell in love with the place would be an understatement.  After the hectic few months that Al and I had just had, this was pure heaven.

The camping section of the property is completely hidden from the road so there were no security concerns about leaving the caravan there while we took in the local tourist spots.  Curra is close to Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Inskip Point to the east, Maryborough to the north, and the Sunshine Coast to the south.

Each day we saw different wildlife – lots of kangaroos and plenty of birds to satisfy the twitchers out there.

Kookaburras on Curra

Kookaburras On Curra is a campfire friendly place.  After all, what’s a camp without a campfire?  There was a storm go through a few months prior which knocked over a few trees so there was plenty of timber piles that you could rummage through for firewood. You didn’t even have to bring your own (although our chainsaw, which normally always travels with us all the time would definitely have been handy – unfortunately it was left sitting at home).  There were several fire pits you could use, however we had our own trusty fire pit so used that.

Kookaburras on Curra

Over the Easter weekend, three other groups of campers turned up, but as the area was so large, they were far enough away from us that we couldn’t hear them. And being over 40s, the pace was fairly sedate. And as soon as the Easter weekend came to a close they packed up and left, leaving the place to ourselves again.

The only downside to the whole stay was the rain. Curra had more rain in the two weeks we were there than they had had during the whole year.  Normally rain doesn’t bother us, however it made for a very boggy paddock. While the Landcruiser had no problems, the added weight of the caravan when we were leaving meant that we became so bogged trying to get out that we had to wait for Craig, the owner, to get a tractor to pull us out. Video coming soon (just for something to laugh at)!!

Kookaburras on Curra

Facilities

Kookaburras On Curra is a self-contained campground, meaning that you need to provide your own water, your own toilet and shower facilities, and take all rubbish with you.  This meant a trip to Gympie at least every 3 days to visit the dump point, and we had to get additional water in Gympie once. Incidentally, the water filling station near the cemetery in Gympie is fantastic. Only costing $1 for 200-odd litres and very easy to use.  It even takes EFTPOS so you don’t need to hunt for loose change.  This is by far the best water filling station we’ve come across in our travels.

There are basic shops nearby, 5 minutes down the road at the Puma Curra service station, and Gympie is only a short 15 minute drive away.

Things to do

When bush camping like this, we like to do as little as possible.  However there is plenty of attractions of the region should you wish to explore.

Visit the Gympie Region tourism page for further details.

Further information

Name: Kookaburras On Curra

Where: Curra, Queensland (about 15 km north of Gympie)

Price: $15 per caravan per night

Bookings: via YouCamp or via website

Facilities: dogs friendly, camp fires permitted, firewood supplied, suitable for self-contained vehicles only, suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

 

Rain aside, Kookaburras On Curra was just what we needed – peaceful, relaxing, spacious – and the hosts were lovely, making you feel like a long lost friend. To round up, would we be back?

D E F I N I T E L Y !

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