Between Gympie and the Cooloola Coast, is a little oasis called Standown Park, QLD site 212 in Camps 11, 256 in Caravan Parks 5 or find it on the Camps Australia Wide App.
As we turned into their road, kangaroos were there to welcome us.
The pet friendly caravan park has powered sites and budget unpowered out of the way sites as there are 18 acres beside forestry, set amongst gardens, wide open spaces and memorial walls.
Standown is a military term for ‘rest/relax’ and that is exactly what you do here.
Independently owned, Pam and Rod Elkington say the property was originally a ginger, pumpkin and watermelon farm but was purchased as a base for them both to retire and travel.
They boast Standown Park is free from jumping castles, tennis courts and swimming pools. But you will find an extensive camp kitchen and firepit area – great for catch-ups.
Make sure you check it out – for the memorabilia, and look out for the drop bear, the horse and memorial. They offer a book & DVD library to help you ‘Standown’.
Special discounts apply to veterans, current and past serving members of ADF and 000 personnel.
On the way out, I had a nice chat with some of the folk who call Standown Park a ‘home away from home’ – veterans of all ages and all conflicts plus their families. Rod says they are finding younger veterans from more recent wars have found peace and mateship here in the safe and relaxing atmosphere of Standown Park.
Pam and Rod fundraise at the park for their “Push to the Bush” where they visit small outback communities for ANZAC Day.
The park is not just for veterans – check it out on our way through south east Queensland, the Cooloola Coast and region have a lot to offer.
What to do and see?
Cooloola Berries is only a few minutes away to pick your own and Paella Sundays.
Kia Ora is located between Gympie and the Cooloola Coast towns of Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach – with so many attractions including feeding dolphins, national parks, fishing, cruises, boating, surfing, kayak with dolphins, helicopter rides, Coloured Sands and Great Beach Drive Tours (include Double Island Point and the historic Lighthouse). Horse rides on the beach, bushwalks, see Searys Creek and Poona Lake.
Must do: Carlo Sandblow.
Only 24km to to historic gold mining town of Gympie, with shopping, markets, Gold mining museum, woodworks museum and more!
Or you can just stop there, and soak in the views – it was on sunset as we left, and it did not disappoint!
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