Is it even a road trip if you don’t stop at a roadside servo and order their (apparently) award-winning crab roll? The tourism industry and small towns around Australia have been hit hard this year so we left with an empty fridge planning to shop and eat out along the way.
The Go With Empty Eskies campaign started due to the bushfires encouraging Aussies to take road trips to visit the small towns impacted by the fires, and shopping with local businesses.
With hospitality businesses being shut down for months and border closures across the country, this is still important and I encourage you this summer to visit and support your local small towns. Take a road trip! The Empty Eskies site has some great road trips and maps you can follow.
Habitat Noosa Eco Camp
First stop Habitat Noosa Eco Camp, a campground set on 65 hectares of bushland.
I was most excited about staying here imaging it to be a tranquil stay and while picturesque, I found this place to be overcrowded and noisy. This could be because it was the weekend and the Queensland borders were not yet open so maybe more locals were travelling. Or maybe it’s just this busy all the time.
They have powered and unpowered sites and glamping tents. We booked a powered site for $55 a night, the unpowered waterfront sites (which were booked out that weekend) are $66 per night. There’s a camp kitchen for cooking, bbq facilities, and clean toilet and shower blocks. There’s also a restaurant and brewery, but we were not told at check-in is that you have to pre-book your table and seating time so we rocked up with an hour wait to get a takeaway dinner.
The campground is set on Lake Cootharaba with the availability to hire kayaks, canoes, and even a small boat for the day. There are also guided boat and walking tours available.
Would I go back? Probably not.
This place is great if you have kids, there’s plenty of space for them to run around and if you’re a parent you’re most likely used to the noise. If like us you’re child-free and want peace and quiet, I’d give this place a miss.