Bell Park . . . Where Friends Meet

Caravan Park Lookup

Bell Park Caravan Park
67 Pattison Street
Emu Park
Queensland 4710

Manager: Sue Waterman

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Your first view of emu park - the town centre

First View of Emu Park

As you crest the hill, Emu Park lies spread before you. A pretty, clean and friendly
village with the Coral Sea and the offshore islands providing a backdrop.

About This Web Site

This web site was created to serve three purposes.

  1. To provide basic information about Bell Park Caravan Park and Emu Park village.
  2. To give an insight into the people, the local activities and the atmosphere of this unique park.
  3. To include a Patrons' Page for the park regulars. An opportunity to keep in touch and up to date.

A Little About Emu Park and Bell Park

Bell Park from the air

Early morning over Bell Park Caravan Park: Green, leafy, spacious, friendly, affordable and right on the beach.

beach scene

At Bell Park we can accommodate everything from the largest fifth wheelers to the smallest tent. Our grassy sites have good water pressure, reliable power and sullage disposal. Do we have a 'dump point'? Yes, in fact we have two.

You can relax in the peaceful atmosphere of the park or you may prefer golf, fishing, lawn bowling, tennis, swimming, boating, walking, sunbathing, crafts, indoor bowls, t'ai chi, mah-jong or just sitting around and chatting. Each winter we host many enthusiastic lawn bowlers who play at the adjacent bowling club. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool close to the park but the beach is even closer.

The picture (right) was taken halfway along the path to the beach. That's how close we are to the ocean yet protected from strong winds by a strip of beautiful, dense foliage.

 

foliage on dunes

A belt of dense foliage protects Bell Park from strong winds.

The Village of Emu Park

Shopping Complex

Our new shopping complex with IGA, a new Degani's café/restaurant and plenty of parking space.
From the caravan park the shops are a five minute walk through leafy Bell Park.

Deganis

The Degani licensed café/restaurant is a very welcome addition to Emu Park's facilities. It is clean and bright
with alfresco dining if desired. The staff are friendly and helpful and both the food and coffee are excellent.

The village caters for most of your needs and a new shopping development opened just before Christmas, 2011. The village is a friendly little place with coffee shops and an interesting little museum marked by an old railway semaphore signal. There is no railway to Emu Park today, but once upon a time there was.

Museum

Emu Park Historical, Railway and Maritime Museum.


Hardware Sign

Fuel is available from the garage in the village centre. Eat-in or take-away food is available from several outlets including the local pub, two bakeries, a pizza shop, fish and chip shops and Deganis café/restaurant. Each Friday evening the nearby bowling club puts on mouth-watering meals.

Trev, the proprietor of Emu Park's
hardware store, is in the spirit.

Every third Sunday in the month there is an excellent Picnic Market - like a farmer's market - held at the other end of Bell Park where fresh food (and much more) is available at very good prices. Yeppoon is only a twenty minute drive away and the city of Rockhampton is a forty minute drive.

The ANZAC Memorial

Up the hill past the Super IGA Store is a fabulous ANZAC Centenary Project. At the time of writing (June 2015) Stage One had been completed but there was still a lot more to come.

ANZAC Memorial

The centre precinct of a wonderfully imaginative project.

To the left of the picture, a boardwalk has been constructed which winds along the rocks to that famous icon, the Singing Ship (featured in the next section). As of 2015 the boardwalk terminates at a viewing platform. However, the plan is to extend it further to Fisherman's Beach.

To the right of the central precinct will be a second boardwalk running in the opposite direction to terminate at Main Beach. Thus it will be possible, for the first time, to walk from one beach to the other along a gently undulating boardwalk without leaving the shore of the Coral Sea.

But enough about future plans; already completed is a fabulous 'window to the past'.

Window

When you align the horizon in the image with the real horizon you are faced with a scene
of boats landing troops who are storming up the dunes towards you, rifles at the ready.

The picture on the glass is taken from part of a painting called 'The Spirit - Gallipoli Landing 1915' by British painter, David Rowlands. It depicts the second wave of the 10th Battalion (South Australia) scaling Anzac Cove at 5:00 a.m. just 30 minutes after the initial landing. In order to avoid confusion with the headwear of the Turkish troops, the Australians were ordered to wear field caps, not their usual slouch hats.

The Singing Ship

On a hill overlooking the village of Emu Park stands the iconic Singing Ship, a memorial to Captain James Cook who was here in 1770.

Singing Ship

Emu Park's salute to Captain James Cook.

The Singing Ship was designed to 'sing' as the wind blew across its vertical pipes. It succeeded a bit too well and, from its vantage point on the hill, could be heard over a wide area on a breezy day. The Council eventually had it muted. Kele Park, where the 'Ship' is located, is well worth a visit and the hill gives spectacular views along the coast.

Offshore Islands

One view from the Singing Ship; some of the offshore islands.


Boat Ramp

At the foot of the hill is a boat ramp with parking for cars and boat trailers. Offshore are several
islands including Great Keppel Island which can also be visited by ferry from nearby Rosslyn Bay.

Fisherman's Beach

fisherman's beach

The slope below the Singing Ship gives a view across Fisherman's Beach.
And from the hills opposite, looking back ...

fisherman's beach from the hills

... the Singing Ship is visible on the headland to the right, the boat ramp is in the centre, more offshore islands
are just visible on the horizon. Bell Park Caravan Park is hidden amongst the trees.

From up on the hill near the "Singing Ship" you can look down at Fisherman's Beach and see people swimming, boating and fishing, the blue water set off by the dark green hills beyond.

This bay is Bell Park Caravan Park's 'back yard'. The beach is only metres from the park via a short path through the foliage-covered dunes. At night, as you lie in bed, you can hear the sound of the waves breaking onto the sand. You awake in the morning to the song of the many birds in the park - 83 varieties at last count. What a way to greet the day!

And day after day of blue skies and sunshine, it's just too much!

Are There Many Emus at Emu Park?

Before the year 2000 you would have stood a reasonable chance of seeing an emu around Emu Park but not today. There may still be some in nearby bushland but nobody has seen one for some time. The road signs are still in place, more as a precaution than anything else. Unfortunately those signs will probably be the nearest thing to an emu you'll see in Emu Park, but . . . you just never know.

UPDATE AUGUST 15th 2015.

An emu was seen on the verge of Kinka Beach Road about 6½ km north of Bell Park. There are still some around.

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