The Travels of Mouse: saving the best for last

Yes, you read that right.

The very best of all the new camping places is also the nearest to home. The Discovery Parks Coolwaters at Kinka Beach, Yeppoon, is far and away the nicest we’ve stayed in on this trip. So nice, in fact, that Mum has suggested that we come back here for a short break later in the year. It’s only a short distance from home (360km, or 225 miles), it takes about 4 hours to drive rather than the 8 hours to Cairns, our most favourite place, and it’s very pretty, and very, very comfortable. The only downside is that the drive is on rather bad road and is very dull. But with this to look forward to, I don’t think any of us will mind.

OK, some facts. It’s 150 acres of Conservation Park, which means that native wildlife is encouraged and protected. However, doggos (but not cats) are allowed if fully restrained at all times. There are unpowered and powered camping sites, en suite powered sites, 4 levels of cabin accommodation and a fair number of people who choose to live here year round (can’t say I blame them – Mum). There’s tennis, volley-ball, function and games rooms, a swimming pool and water park, a bouncing pillow and playground, a BMX track, picnic and barbecue areas, 2 fire pits, 5 laundries… well, you get the idea. On top of which, it’s where Causeway Lake gives out into Shoal Bay, so there’s water on both sides. It’s beautiful, well cared-for and very peaceful. The potentially noisy stuff like the water park, playground and sports activities are away from the main camping area. The road outside isn’t busy.

Twice a week, a wood-fired pizza van pulls up outside and you can have your own creation made up to order, fresh and sizzling from the on-board wood oven. We managed to score a drive-through site with a deluxe en suite, and get this: we get our own private washing machine. No putting coins in slots! And a huge shower with boiling hot water and shower pressure that made Dad grin like a lunatic (I did not – Dad) (Yes you did – Mum). Whatever. Humans and their showers…

So, you can tell we all like it. There’s lots of walkies options for me, whether it’s within the park or just outside, down the road to the neighbouring boat ramp, or even any of the local beaches where doggos are allowed. It’s relaxing for the Staff; the onward journey home is very short, and we don’t have to rush to pack up, we can stay until 10am. Last night was beautiful, warm and breezy without being sweaty, lots of huge stars. I was very relaxed, enough that I let two small strangers pet me and stroke me without shying away, which is practically unheard of. The Staff sat about with their feet up, the neighbours were friendly, and all was well with our world.

And today, we’re going Home. We’re all looking forward to our own beds. The Staff have two more whole days off before Dad has to go back to work (days off being a very loose term meaning I get to unpack and clean the caravan and Dad gets to chop back the jungle aka our back yard – Mum). I will simply settle straight back into my normal routine of breakie, snooze, walkies, snooze, run round the back yard like a loony, snooze, dinner, snooze, etc.

It has been a nice trip. It was fun to see Uncle Kev and Aunty Chrissy, Uncle Jim and Aunty Shelley, Itt the Cat and young Shorty. We had some delicious food along the way as already posted, including an honourable mention for Mr Ed’s Coffee van between Bundaberg and Miriam Vale, where the coffee was great and the caramel slice was outstanding (according to the Staff, I didn’t get any of course). It was interesting to try out new places to stay. It was brilliant finding this one.

But it will be best of all to Go Home.

35 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: saving the best for last

  1. How lovely. And how unlike any camping experience I’ve ever had. Good lord, all those activities and washing machines to boot! Mouse, I hope you got a taste of that wood-fired pizza!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not as if Mum and Dad would ever use any of them except definitely the washing machine… But for families with pups, it’s ideal. I’d be far more likely to wander down the road with the Staff to find a nice coffee shop or a shady spot on the beach to snooze while they read and talk and possibly snooze themselves. And no, pizza was withheld on the basis of the base upsetting my insides, which have already been a little erratic on this trip… It’s OK, I got extra Lamb Crisps instead 🙂

  2. jmcheney says:

    It’s lovely to go a-roamin’, Mouse, but there’s no place like home. I’m glad you had a wonderful trip & safe travels back. As always, I have enjoyed your journey journal. Thank you for sharing it with us. Now go see if Dad needs any help taming the jungle.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Judith! We’re home! Mum let me out of the car and in the front door, put down a bowl of water, opened the back door and I was out like a flash, rolling in the grass. Then I heard her open the freezer, which only means One Thing! Frozen Chicken Neck! Oh, it’s bliss to be home!

  3. Wow, that looks like a fantastic place to stop, far enough away but not so far as to be inconvenient. Very nice. I will go with you next time. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It will be lovely to have you along, Miss Melanie. Mum and Dad played the “If we win the lottery…” game, and decided a house overlooking the sea there would be one of the places they’d buy.
      But if you come on the whole trip, Mum can take you to play in Fifi’s Fabricology. We may have to send in a search party…

  4. kymlucas says:

    Sounds like heaven.

  5. What an awesome park complete with pizza on-site! We stayed further down at the Island View park which was nice enough but nowhere near as flash. Kinka is a good spot in between Yeppoon and Emu Park (known for its Singing Ship and Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk). Good to hear the last leg was the highlight among highlights!

    • katechiconi says:

      We chose this one as it was pet friendly, not realising quite how gorgeous it was going to be! We’ve visited Emu Park before, and the Singing Ship and ANZAC walk, but it always seemed to be choked with traffic and caravans, so we weren’t keen for that reason. Kinka is nice, quiet and not so crowded. The pizzas were the cherry on top!

  6. Marty K says:

    Ooooh, Mousiekins, you look so handsome in the last photograph! 💗 Thank you for letting the smalls pet you too — very gentlemanly of you. I’m sure they loved the experience, as I know I would. The pizza looks delicious and very different from what I get here in the US.

    Glad the last place was the best (It looks really, really nice!) and hope that the last leg of your journey was uneventful. Now be a good pup and go supervise the Staff. 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum says the pizzas don’t look like normal ones here, either. They were custom: bbq sauce instead of tomato, ham and pineapple, just a little cheese and a good squeeze of hollandaise sauce. Both she and Dad love them this way.
      We got home a short time ago, and I’m already having a nice lie down on the Staff’s bed, after a big drink, a frozen chicken neck and a huge sniff and roll in the back yard. Supervising is so tiring!

  7. Dear Mouse, the Discovery Parks Coolwaters certainly sounds and looks amazing. I’m especially entranced by the pizza man who brings his wood-fired treats to you. Yes, entranced. That’s what a good pizza does to me.

    PS. This may not have been your intention but it does sound a little bit like Mum and Dad actually had a shower together, you know, ‘at the same time’. I know they are married and all that, but I do think they should behave a little more discretely when you’re around. But, hey, NRMB. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Jill, I understand your fascination with foodstuffs, I feel the same way about frozen chicken necks…
      Mum and Dad showering together… Hm. It would certainly have been possible, the shower enclosure was very large, and we are asked to save water, but Mum says she’d be knocked unconscious by the water at the pressure Dad likes it, and would therefore decline the opportunity, preferring to have a wash rather than be abraded clean… Um, I hope that makes sense? I’m a dog, I don’t do showers…

      • It makes perfect sense, Mouse, thank you. Just out of interest, since you don’t do showers, do you do baths? Or do you get taken to the doggo beauty parlour?

      • katechiconi says:

        Well, Miss Jill, as a greyhound, I have a short, very fine coat without oil in it. This means there is never any smell unless I happen to roll in something nasty, which I haven’t done so far, as I find it beneath my dignity. I have never required a bath due to smell, even after swimming. Mum occasionally gives me a cool hose down in the back yard if I’m rather hot or dusty, which I find quite pleasant. She says I’m always nice and soft and extra shiny after that. All agree there is no doggy smell to me, or my possessions or anywhere in the house. Mum says I smell slightly of warm fur, and that’s it. Doggo beauty parlour not required, I am handsome enough already!

      • Please forgive me, Mouse, the last thing I was implying was that you might need any help in the beauty department! I’m also sure you don’t smell – but isn’t that part of what people like about dogs, their nice doggy smell? I’m guessing, actually, because I’ve never had a dog. My mother has a dog, a little smaller and a lot stockier than you, and she says she stinks all the time. I don’t get to see this particular dog very often (my mother lives quite far away, plus the dog – Sophie – has to be kept outside when anyone visits mom, because she gets over-excited and then bites people). She was a rescue dog and has a bite on her that once drew blood from my leg through my jeans. But I know you are different, and gentle, and emotionally mature.

      • katechiconi says:

        No, no, that’s not what I thought, I promise! I dunno about the smell, Miss Jill. Mum and Dad enjoy not having to constantly wash me, my bedding or my toys. Mum says she likes the slight fur smell I have, but doesn’t really like the strong dogginess of some other dogs, especially after swimming! Mum says when you say emotionally mature you probably mean lazy… Nothing much excites me except food and thunderstorms and the prospect of a ride in the car. But at the same time, I’d never *dream* of biting anyone! Horrors!

  8. What a lovely place.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Sandra! It was, and all three of us are looking forward to going back! Dad says he’ll put up my private enclosure if we’re there for longer than a couple of days, so I can lie on the grass in the shade without my lead.

  9. tialys says:

    Your ears are up Mouse! Mine can do that too but Flo’s can’t.
    Your last stop looks like brilliant fun and I think we’d have a great time there but Mum says it’s obvious you’re in Australia as 360km and 4 hours in a car doesn’t sound that close to home to her.
    Thanks for taking us on your trip with you,
    Cheers Mate, Stan 🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Stan, Dad says it’s obvious you’re NOT in Australia, as he drives 750km *every day*, so 4 hours and 360km is definitely a holiday!
      Thank you for noticing the ears; Mum asked me to pose, so I wanted to give the readers something a bit dignified ∑:>

  10. Roo says small people are usually very nice and easily trained but Orchid says you can never be too careful and so you are wise to be cautious in case your ears and tail get pulled. Gld you had a good trip and that campsite sounds lovely even if you can’t run around off your lead. Mum was really impressed with the pizza van.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Roo, the people-puppies were very gentle and respectful, and Mum was there to offer advice, so it was fine. Next time we’re there, I’ll have my own private yard, and for running, there’s always the beach. Dad says we have to time it so the pizza van is there – they come twice a week.

  11. Bear says:

    I’m glad you’re loving it, Mouse. Here, many of our roads are flooded down by the river where Moma likes to walk. So, we’re staying home. We went for a nice walk yesterday and I saw a little doggie. It had the nerve to bark at me. I just stared at it like it was an idiot. I’m sure you’d be much nicer. – Leah

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, Leah Mae, I don’t bark except very occasionally to be let in from the yard if Mum doesn’t see me or hear the smalll “ruff” noise I make the first time. So I reckon you’d be safe there. But I do notice small dogs tend to be a bit talky….

  12. As my mormor used to say: borta bra men hemma bäst
    Thanks for your journal entries, Mr Mouse.

    • katechiconi says:

      Which is much the same as what Mum’s Pa used to say: “East, West, home’s best” I’m glad you’ve enjoyed travelling with us, Miss Kjerstin 🙂

  13. nanacathy2 says:

    I am fascinated by the idea of en suite camping pitches- how do these actually work- I have been camping and caravaning in Europe and never come across them. Sounds like home from home almost. I can imagine you will be glad to be home, it won’t be all rest though- you’ll have to sort out any critter that has been taking liberties in your garden whilst you’ve been gone.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Cathy! Generally, these are little buildings arranged in groups of two or four, with a campsite in front on either side or at each corner. Canny campers ask for odd or even number depending on which side of the caravan their door is and how the en suites are arranged. We go for odd numbers, because the door’s on the passenger side. it’s therefore only a couple of steps from the caravan to the bathroom in the middle of the night, which is handy! But of course, home is better still, and we’re all glad to be back.

  14. magpiesue says:

    What a lovely way to end a trip! Thanks for your account Mouse!

    • katechiconi says:

      It definitely was, Miss Sue. I was quite sorry to leave, but it has been wonderful to get home too – I spend AGES sniffing round the back yard to make sure everything was just as I’d left it. And Mum and Dad’s bed is so nice and comfy and big…

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