This is the least tent-friendly park we have stayed at so far. Out of 96 sites we were the only tent and each night was full to capacity. If you’re looking to stop in at Yeppoon/Rockhampton to get a hot shower and hit the supermarket, then this is an okay place to do that from. If you’re looking for an enjoyable experience, look elsewhere.
Address: Farnborough Rd, Yeppoon
Location: As the name suggests, Beachside Caravan Park Yeppoon is located right on the mainbeach of Yeppoon, appox 1km our of the mainstreet of town.
Cost for an unpowered campsite: $27 per night for 2 people.
How to book: Call (07) 4939 3738, no online booking system
Nights we stayed for: 2, Tuesday to Thursday in August 2015
A little about Yeppoon
If you’re from Victoria, Australia, imagine Yeppoon as a cross between Lakes Entrance and Lorne. If you have no idea where these places are, then just believe me when I say that Yeppoon, is a pretty yet ordinary town. Seaside with lovely views but quite regular with a slight seedy underbelly. You will find a lot of fake tan, overweight tourists and the token Chinese restaurant backs onto big beaches full of young people running and swimming.
General campground comments
The location is about the only thing working for Beachside Caravan Park Yeppoon. We affectionately referred to it as Ye-poo-poo, the glorified carpark. Long and skinny, the park has one side that back onto the beach, and the other that backs onto the road. Had we been on the beach side, we may have had a different experience. The managers are a friendly husband/wife team however they seem to inherited a park that is not well designed, lacking in amenities and with awful tent sites.
Our site was small, narrow and situated right next to the public footpath and the only road in and out of town. The traffic on this double lane road stated at about 5am, with trucks and some early – one can assume- fishermen. At 5.30am the chatty local runner and walkers made their way down the footpath and by 6am the traffic had a nice flow to it and all hope of sleep was lost. As you can see in the picture, our heads in the tent were about 2 metres away from the footpath, and 3-4 away from the road. I cannot say that we were impressed.
Adding insult to injury, the next morning when we took a walk around the park in the light (we had arrived at sunset the night before), we saw that all the powered RV/ caravan sites were at least twice to six times the size of ours. All the beachfront sites were built for caravans, with concrete slabs or mesh laid out for them. All the powered roadside sites were HUGE. Most with space for a caravan, front yard, 4WD and space to spare at the back to keep them away from the noisy road. A much different reality that our squished tent site. This park is certainly set up for RVs and caravans. I cannot see how anyone in a tent would be comfortable and relaxed on any site in the park.
Facilities and amenities
There are two camp kitchens, one larger one near reception and one smaller near our tent site, both with free electric BBQs, a kettle and a sink for washing up. There are several amenities blocks along the park, all quite old and small, but clean. There is a small laundry with washer and dryers, however when we used them our clothes came out dirtier than they went in. It might be time for a new machine, or for a good clean. Either way, I was not impressed.
The one redeeming amenity was the hot showers, very hot and very powerful. However quite dark, some lighting in the bathrooms would not go astray.
It is an easy walk into town, which has a couple of supermarkets, fruit shop, many bars, booze shops and clothing retailers. The beach is literally on your doorstep, which was lovely for a walk and run during the day – you can walk into town along the beach at low tide.