Author: Jimmy Rae
4th August 2020
If your looking for a quiet camping trip on the coast but still want facilities (power, water, toilets etc), then Baffle Creek is a great option. Escape from the mainstream tourist spots and get back to nature while not being completely isolated, that's what we aim for. Traveling with four kids 6yo and under, having the facilities of a caravan park are a real benefit. At Baffle Creek Caravan and Camping Ground we had the best of both worlds.
Approximately halfway between Bundaburg and the town of Seventeen Seventy in Queensland, Baffle Creek attracts the Grey Nomads but seems to overlooked by families and backpackers. But it's perfectly located on a great fishing creek with adjacent beach and national park access.
Just one word of warning; do your grocery shop before you get there. We found out the hard way that the nearest Woolworths is a Bunderberg, so we did the one hour trip back on our first day.
The camp ground is a privately owned rural block of land which backs onto Baffle Creek. All sites are large and there's options for powered, unpowered, slab and ensuite sites. They have a private boat ramp, small private jetty and bait available at reception.
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Given the amount of park guests with boats in tow, I had a feeling the fishing was going to be pretty good. But without a boat we stuck to fishing at the jetty, boat ramp and one session off the beach. The kids had a great time and managed to bag four legal sized Beam between them, while I bagged a 42cm Flathead from the creek.. We also got a suprise juvenile Queen fish from the beach, it would have been great to get out on the boat to land a big Queenie!
Amongst the boaters coming back we saw some good sized Grunter, Flathead and Mudcrabs. Apparently the Mackerel and Prawns had been on about a month before we arrived in June.
Just up the road Rules Beach is great for some fun the sun. With 4WD access at low tide we had a great time. We practically had the place to ourselves. Winter in Queensland is pretty special. The kids even went for a swim.
Worth a day or two is the National Park between Baffle Creek and the town of 1770. Deepwater National Park is easy four wheel driving to some amazing beaches and bush camps. You can even trek all the way through the park to the town of 1770.