Coochiemudlo Island and skippy's first ferry ride
29.09.2014 28 °C
. . . SO THIS IS WHERE THE “GYPSIES” LIVE!
And Skippy’s first ferry ride to Coochiemudlo Island . . . in Redland Bay
Caravan parks in the Brisbane area number just a handful and they are well away from the coast and main roads north and south.
Consequently the traveller is faced with traffic lights and traffic jams to reach any of these. This one is not listed in our Camps 7 book, nor is it listed on the internet, but we have struck lucky when we discovered this little gem .. well, very big gem really. Here at Thorneside Mobile Home Village it is about 3 minutes drive to the bays, near both Birkdale shops and Victoria Point ferry; and there are ocean walks, lovely homes, sea breezes (aaaahhhh!!), and immaculate gardens here in the park as well as some smart vans and reasonably new and tidy cabins – permanent ones! There are some very big and very new vans, amenity blocks we haven’t seen any this big since Dry and Dusty Longreach – here there are 12 showers, 12 toilets, a really great laundry, complete with ironing boards and huge dryers ~ what a surprise.
So if this really is where the gypsies live – then they can obviously afford to be here, but even then if they all (or mostly) go out to work, it’s cheap accommodation in a bayside suburb and in such a lovely spot. Even we could be gypsies here!
We are probably 20 minutes drive from the city of Brisbane from – and it’s worth mentioning that nowhere in Sydney is 20 minutes to anywhere else – even Central station to (the next) Town Hall station by train can take longer than that in peak hour! And much longer in traffic!! ..so we are pleasantly surprised.
We have even found a Jayco Caravan Dealer up the road, so Dubfer had to call in with his list. We did have to find the Service Department, not far away, and they had all the answers. It seems we don’t have leaking water tanks after all – in fact they are both still full – and all that is required is probably a new valve!! … after all that worry . .
Today we took the ferry from beautiful Victoria Point across to Coochiemudlo. Total cost $4.00 concession return – and Skippy came too on her lead – and we spent a bit of time there – a tiny island out in the Bay in a beautiful sea of blue, with little boats moored. For anyone interested, Coochiemudlo is Aboriginal for ‘redstone’ and that seems about right to me. Interestingly enough, there’s a golf course, many lovely homes in the bush and many streets, restaurants, marinas, both vehicular and passenger ferries, and superb views across safe beaches to the mainland. And of course in these school holidays, there's happy kids everywhere. Would love to take Gracie ..
Skippy loved her very first ferry ride and made a lot of friends along the way! And of course she had many ‘dips’ in the sea, her most favourite pastime, after eating!
We’re out socialising on Wednesday, and I’m having my haircut too before we go out. I last had it cut out at Longreach a very long time ago and they only shear sheep and brand cattle out there ~ it looks like I was one of them!
As many of you know, the ‘ablutions block’ across the road from us at Horseshoe Bend, was sold last year to a chap called Ray. He used to own the beautiful Big 4 Caravan Park down on the river at Maroochydore. And oddly enough, he had (and probably still has!!) a Great Deal of Money! So we are always suspicious of caravan park owners, however they may be dressed – which isn’t usually smartly!
Ray, bless him, has knocked down the ‘ablutions block’ and has built Horseshoe Bends answer to A Massive Colosseum across at No. 28, dedicated entirely, with lifts and columns, to him and his wife!!!!!!! Can’t show you a photography sadly as it can’t be done here .. it’s awful and massive and blocks out the view just the same. And it looks like his 3-storey mansion has cost him a lot of money.
The reason I mention it is that the caravan park owner right here at Thorneside is a friendly fellow called Nigel. He bought this place over 30 years ago when it was just cacti, creeks and a swamp. No one wanted to live ‘so far away from the city’ (!), nor near the beach, and the suburb was just a fraction of the size it is today. However, he has made this into one of the nicest parks we’ve stayed in so we’re going to become ‘gypsies’!! And so caravan park owners it seems to us, are definitely in the haves and not the have-nots" category!
Wow ~ ~ many years ago we had the opportunity to run a caravan park down on Phillip Island, just south of Melbourne, near the Bass Strait – and we turned it down – didn’t know enough about c/parks then .. nor about making a bit of dosh either it seems … !! Looking back, it seems we might just have missed a Big Opportunity.
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