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Military Jetty Caravan Park - Caloundra Queensland

To find a doggie friendly park anywhere near the water on the Sunshine Coast was impossible - that was until we discovered Jimmy's at Military Jetty - right on the water just south of Caloundra at Pelican Waters. When we mentioned this to our friends, the reaction was "Oh is that still there?" Many of our Brisbane born mates remember Jimmy's from their happy childhood camping holidays. The atmosphere is still there - the only difference is probably that the wonderful people running the dog friendly park are now quite a bit older.


 
Main park entrance - a bit on the narrow side for motorhomes
 
Tiny but pretty beach right across the road
 

Military Jetty Caravan Park (otherwise known as Jimmy's) is situated near Pelican Waters, just south of Caloundra and Golden Beach. Sure you don't have the beach front of golden sand - Bribie Island and the Pumicestone Passage stops the big waves - but it is absolutely ideal for safe swimming and fishing with just enough sand for the kids to play on. Also you have literally kilometres of walks or bicycle tracks, especially in the southern direction where you can walk or ride right to the end of civilisation! And it is all very flat!

 
Typical scene along the fantastic walk
 
The main launching ramp just down the road
 

The peaceful waters of the passage make this waterfront a Mecca for houseboats - on our walks, we saw quite a few serenely floating not far from the shore. Motor boats have a speed limit of 8 knots, but there were quite a few flaunting this rate.

 
Parklands abound
 
Permanents really care about the park
 

There are a mixture of tourist and permanent sites within the park. The permanents have obviously a very houseproud attitude to their small sites, with many showing the results of extensive gardening.

 
Launching ramp just across the road from the park
 
Walking towards Caloundra and Golden Beach
 

Fishing is obviously very popular and don't the pelican's know it. They sit on the streetlights, in the trees, and waddle up towards the fish cleaning table, that's when they aren't floating by always on the lookout for an easy feed. This is obviously where the name Pelican Waters came from.


 
Dogs are well catered for in this area with a lead free park as well
 
Main park entrance and Reception
 

Being a very doggy friendly caravan park, we took advantage of the long walks (definitely on lead territory with a ranger checking on a regular daily basis) with our four legged friends. The Council has kindly put regular doggy dropping bag dispensers plus garbage bins along the walking track, so there is no excuse for not being a responsible dog owner. There are also numerous tables and benches, several BBQs and even seats for the oldies who get tired while doing their daily exercise. The Caloundra Council deserve accolades of praise for the excellent dog rules publication. Other, not so enlightened councils, could learn a lot from this excellent, easy to read publication.

 
Wonderful for kiddies
 
A'van friends we introduced to this park
 

The tourist sites seem not very large, but our 23 ft Leisure Seeker fitted very neatly with awning extended. Our friends A'liner and Forester similarly had plenty of room to spare. Next door to us was an A'van Rhys with awning plus 4WD and once again there was room to spare, but not much.


 
They never stop working!
 
Old but spotlessly clean amenities
 

The amenities block was a walk way behind the A'liner and had plenty of facilities for both permanents and visitors. We found both toilets and showers immaculate, slightly older in style, but very well maintained.

We found the older management extremely friendly, very co-operative and willing to give a late checkout when they had no one booked to come in the next day. This is a huge plus for those of us coming up from Brisbane for the weekend. Only a matter of a few hundred metres around the corner is a takeaway food store. Of course Bob had to sample the fish and chips and gave it the thumbs up. It was really hard to walk across the road to the lovely covered gazebo to sit and eat our fish and chips. Tough someone has to do it! We have a review on the Best in Oz pages. The nearby Golden Beach Shopping Centre is excellent so you can avoid the malls and traffic if you like. We have walked up but not too good on a hot day.

We found several people who had come for a couple of nights and stayed for weeks they liked it so much. With doggie friendly caravans park on the Sunshine Coast at an absolute premium, (there is absolutely NOTHING near the water) we sincerely hope that Jimmy's at Military Jetty can survive the demands of the obvious development of residential areas. It will be on our premium list for summer - so make sure you ring and book - we understand that they can get pretty busy in the holidays (Phone 07 5492 1288). As our friends said "is that still there". We trust we will still be saying that in ten years time. Site fee $20 per night March 2003 - extra person a very realistic $4 a head. Looking through other parks we have reviewed on the Sunshine Coast this one is by far the best value.

Absolutely recommended.

Chrissy Eustace

HEMA 4 M2


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