Cape Conran

Evenings at Cape Conran Banksia Bluff camp ground are a gorgeous thing. As the sun sets, fires dot the campsite and campers sidle up to the fabulous BBQ plates that swing out over glowing fire pits. The smell of cooking permeates the air and a feeling of peace settles even the rowdiest of kids.

We were fortunate on our first visit to Cape Conran to score a windless, sunny Autumn long weekend. Sitting outside late into the night was idyllic to say the least.

The beach is not particularly safe for swimming, but many were trying to fish, and surfers bobbed in the waves. Wet suits are needed for the bracing chill of the water. This beach provides a beautiful walk for those who are not enticed into the furious waves. East Cape beach is a little less ferocious and there were quite a few families in the water, although still mostly in wet suits. Definitely boogie board and body surfing territory.

Banksia Bluff camp ground is divided into dog friendly sites on the right and no dogs on the left. Families seemed to have congregated mainly in the centre area and the left end seemed to have mainly childless groups and couples, although this may have been a coincidence at the time we were there. There were very few caravans, this is very much a tent camp ground, vans would struggle to fit unless small and easy to manoeuvre. There is no power, and no fresh water, only bore water not suitable for drinking. BYO clean water! Toilets are septic and flushing, which is a bonus, but showers are outdoor cold bore water only.

The atmosphere for the four nights we were there was friendly, relaxed and quiet. No loud music or screaming kids. Every one was happily chilled out. Perhaps having no mobile coverage or internet worked magic and people chatted and snoozed around their fires.

Beach walking from Banksia Bluff camp ground.

Early morning joggers messing up the sand.

Sailors Grave has a boardwalk with views of rocky coastline. Although not a taxing walk, it is not suitable for those with mobility issues. There is a bit of rock hopping and the lower steps are quite steep due to erosion.

Low tide.

Salmon Rocks at low tide provides opportunity for clambering over boulders and peering into rock pools. The beach here is relatively safer and much more populated. Wear good gripping shoes if you intend to climb. I fell off a rock and bruised more than my ego.

Endless photographic opportunities.

Shells. Shells. Shells. Skipping stones.

Yeerung River estuary has a calm swimming area. Great for families. Lots of Esky’s and blow up floaty toys and canoes scattered the sand and water, a colourful scene reminiscent of a work place picnic. You have to drive to this location and parking is limited.

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