Mt Larcom Tourist Park
Mt Larcom QLD
2020 Best Grey Nomad
Small Caravan Park
Conveniently located on the national highway west of Gladstone, the Mt Larcom Tourist Park offers nearly seven acres of manicured lawns, stunning gardens or bush in a multi-tiered setting.
Purchased by Del and Kev Smaldon in 2018, the park and its 12 powered sites and 15 unpowered sites have been transformed into the perfect place for a stop when traversing the Queensland coast.
Working from top to bottom, and front to back, every aspect that affected the guest experience received the couple’s attention and care. The Mt Larcom Tourist Park, which is a member of the nomad-friendly Kui Parks groups, now boasts a newly refurbished amenity block, contemporary camp kitchen, renovated BBQ area, log fire pits, sunrise viewing area, and solar lighting, plus an outdoor bistro setting on most powered sites so travellers need not pull out their own tables and chairs.
And there is plenty of quirky aspects to love too, such as a purpose-built sunrise viewpoint that boasts ‘The Big Picture Frame’ which perfectly frames Mt Larcom in the distant. Other talking points include retro-themed shower curtains, cheeky hen and rooster murals identifying the amenities entrances, a shabby-chic book swap corner, a sunrise over Mt Larcom mural, and an Australia map in the camp kitchen where grey nomads are encouraged to "pin their home" as a conversation starter. Then there are the little touches that bring a smile, such as fresh fruit grown on site or eggs from the owners’ chickens in a bowl on the camp kitchen table.
And nature is in the spotlight too with cockatoos, red-wing parrots, king parrots, galahs, kookaburras and many other bird species attracted to the native trees and shrubs that abound..
Mt Larcom is a tiny town with a big heart and a farming tradition that stretches back to the early 20th century. It is a great place to chat with locals who will happily share stories of ‘the olden days’ at the Royal Hotel or next door at the Mt Larcom Café and Collectables. And don’t take bull from the brute standing outside the Mt Larcom Puma service station – he’s a very special statue that inspired the creation of the Australian Street Art Awards!
Facilities: 27 sites, 12 of which are powered and most have a slab that features a small table and two chairs. No need to drag your camp chairs out here! BBQs, camp kitchen, renovated amenities, extensive lighting, shaded grass areas, happy hour shelter, viewing area, pet friendly with doggie doo bags.
Mt Larcom is only 30 minutes to Gladstone – gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, an hour to Australia’s beef capital of Rockhampton, just over an hour to the fascinating historic mining town of Mount Morgan and you can be lazing on the pristine sands of 1770 in less than two hours, making the van park your perfect base to explore the whole central coastal Queensland strip.
Location: 7 Balfour Street, Mt Larcom
Open: All year round