EVERYONE knows of the spectacular beach camping on offer at Fraser, Moreton and Stradbroke Islands, but a lesser-known spot just south of Bundaberg and about five hoursí drive north of Brisbane is Kinkuna. Itís a little less advertised, and it is known more so by the locals, but Kinkuna in Burrum Coast National Park is a wonderful spot to explore.
The inland track runs parallel to the beach, with some 40 campsites to choose from.
Thereís good separation between the beach campsites, and a variety to choose from.
Camping permits are required and are easy to obtain through the National Parks website, so ensure youíve got those locked in. Once youíve taken the turnoff from the main road, something else that should be locked in are your hubs Ė once you hit the sandy tracks youíll notice if they arenít. The tracks that lead to the campsites are tight in places and full of vegetation, so youíll leave with a few extra pinstripes; while an abundance of low-hanging branches will remind you if the roof rack and roof-top tent are still attached.
The inland track runs parallel to the beach and passes through all the campsites, so you can continue to follow it until you find a site that takes your fancy. A total of 40 campsites scattered over 10km of beach ensure thereís plenty of space and separation from other campers, which allows you to fully reap the rewards of this awesome place: waking up to the sound of the ocean, the birds chirping, the salt air and no-one around you when you get out of your tent Ö priceless. This place is fantastic for that weekend away when you just want to chill out and relax by swinging in a hammock and watching the world go by.
WHERE Kinkuna section of the Burrum Coast National Park.
CAMPING Unfacilitated beach-front camping on the dunes.
TRIP STANDARD The sand on the beach is soft, but the entrances to the campsites off the beach are easily accessible with the right tyre pressures.
Like most places, it has its rules. You need to be fully selfsufficient when visiting Kinkuna, and that includes bringing your own water, food and other supplies. The closest toilet is in Bundy, and thatís a long way to go, so you need to be set up for those facilities as well. Another thing to remember is to always take your rubbish with you Ė if we all keep campsites like these clean for the next lot of campers, it makes it easier for everyone. The best part is, you are allowed campfires, which is the icing on the cake as thereís nothing better than the crackling of the kindling when lighting the fire Ö the cracking of that first coldie with a cracking backdrop to boot is fanbloody-tastic. You will also be joined for dinner and breakfast by the resident bush turkeys and goannas, who arenít bothered by people at all.
The water is amazingly clear, but, the best part is, being sheltered by Fraser Island off the coast, the water at Kinkuna is so calm you can easily launch a boat or a kayak without any issues. The beach isnít very wide, so thereís no way you can drive on it at high tide until the tide has receded; but, once you can get onto the fluffy stuff, head south until you reach an open span of beach which wraps around and offers a large spot for everyone to pull up and enjoy the day-use area.
Flowing into the ocean, Theodolite Creek is thigh-deep in places and offers a nice spot where you can launch a tinnie, a kayak or just pitch the gazebo and swim all day in a floaty. Do you know what the best reward would be? Pulling in your crab pots to find youíve caught dinner after doing absolutely nothing all day.
Like a lot of places, photos donít do it justice, and you definitely need to experience it for yourself. We have some awesome little pockets of heaven on the east coast of Queensland that are begging for you to find them, and this place is on that list. Doing it differently and getting to know the less-explored areas adds a new zest to areas you have visited before. Go and try it for yourself.