Kinka Beach, QLD

Where: Cool Waters Holiday Village.  Located between Yeppoon and Emu Park, on the Capricorn Coast.  Approx. 40 min drive from Rockhampton, QLD.

When: March/April School Holidays, 2016

The Rundown:
We booked into Cool Waters for two nights, but it took about .75 of a second to book a third night once we got there.   This place has FUN written all over it!

The McJeffs were able to get two, roomy, powered grass sites side-by-side  just by calling up the day before. The real surprise came though when the friendly staff showed us to the site and then offered to park our caravan!  I took full advantage of this generous offer, and gave the guy and his buggy a challenge to park the van sideways across the site so we could face out to the caravan park (and maximise on the lovely tree shade).  Challenge was accepted, and he totally delivered! (I think he secretly enjoyed it).

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How’s that for service?!?  Note the smile and relaxed body language of CEO Kai as he happily hands over the parking duty.  What a way to start a holiday right?
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The kids were happy to have a sit in the shade while we got set up.
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Expertly parked van, in prime position!

 

The Mcs had arrived a couple of hours before the Jeffs (due to our stopping in Rockhampton to buy some vital caravan equipment on our ‘Maiden Voyage’) and the kids had already checked out Cool Water’s brilliant features.  They found:

  • A massive and gorgeous swimming pool, with a graduated entry (perfect for the tiny tots…and general pool loafing!)
  • A full size water park with all the bells, whistles and big buckets you can imagine
  • Water slide (fun, fun, fun for the grown ups too!!)
  • Jumping pillow
  • Playground
  • BMX track
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Photo: From Cool Waters website gallery.
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Photo: From Cool Waters website gallery.

 

When we weren’t making use of those awesome attractions, we were checking out the nearby towns of Rosslyn Bay, Emu Park and Yeppoon.  If you are in Yeppoon, be sure to stop in for a meal at Indian Tonight – best Indian food you’ll ever try and wonderful, friendly service!

The Mcs decided to go all out and booked one glorious night at Great Keppel Island.  The ferry to get across was right near Cool Waters and the perfect opportunity for a family get-away.   You can read all about their experience here.

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More of this beauty to come!

 

While the Mcs enjoyed their slice of paradise, the Jeffs were perfectly happy to spend the morning on the pedal carts and by the pool. The Littles had their afternoon naps while the Bigs sat back with a glass of wine and a good book.pedal carts

Tips:
The only tip we can offer is to consider bringing some of your own water, or have a filter jug packed.  Don’t get me wrong – the water is perfectly clean and drinkable and didn’t bother anyone else. Fernanda and I are just a bit fussy when it comes to our cups of tea and we did find our cuppa was more enjoyable when we used bottled water.

The Wind-Up:
Love, love, loved Cool Waters Holiday Village and their very friendly and helpful staff!  It was a big and busy Park, but it didn’t feel big and busy.  The only thing we didn’t get time to experience properly was the gorgeous Causeway Lake that the Park backs onto.  We would love to come back again to hire some kayaks and spend some time fishing – as well as repeat all the other great activities!

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Photo: From Cool Waters website gallery.

 

Please note:  This review reflects the personal experience and opinions of the McJeffs.  We did not receive any incentive to write about our jam-packed-fun time here.  We told the staff we were going to write about their place on our blog, but I’m pretty sure they just thought we were joking.  

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