ANY trip to K’gari – which aptly means “paradise” – is special to me.
But an early winter trip with my youngest son Josh was very special – the chance to spend five quality days together, just the two of us. So, we went to stay at our favorite K’gari Beach Resort, formerly known as Eurong Beach Resort.
K’gari Beach Resort is located on the east coast of the largest sand island in the world and literally overlooks the beach. There are two ways to access it.
First, you can pass by River Heads near Hervey Bay and take the Kingfisher Bay Ferry, which is about a 50 minute drive from Kingfisher Bay Resort. From there, it’s about an hour’s drive across the island to the resort.
Alternatively, you can pass by Rainbow Beach and Inskip Point and take the short ferry to Hook Point. From there it is about 35 km or 40-50 minutes to Eurong, where the station is behind the sand dunes.
Our family has been going to the Eurong resort for 25 years, including my wife and I pre-kids. We keep going back for many reasons, but overall it’s a good value hotel, very comfortable and relaxed. It has all the facilities you need, with a view of the beach or pool and garden and it’s right on the beach. There is plenty of parking for your 4×4 in the resort car park, as well as a convenient paid car wash facility. You can safely leave your fishing gear on or in your car or keep what you want to rig or prepare for the next day on the huge bedroom balconies.
In terms of accommodations, you have the choice of spacious resort or hotel king rooms, or two bedroom or two bedroom king apartments – all newly renovated.
We stayed in a two bedroom king apartment which has been completely refurbished with all new amenities including kitchen facilities, new dining and living room furniture and reverse cycle air conditioning which was perfect for relax on winter nights. Our room had a great view of the pool and ocean, as well as two huge TVs and a relaxing sitting area.
Although we kept it simple and ate at McKenzie’s Restaurant on 75 for breakfast and dinner, the recently launched menu features everything from burgers to lamb shanks. You can also order pizzas to take away, which are also delicious! K’gari