Touring in a recreational vehicle – whether it’s a campervan or pop-top trailer – is a great way to see the best of Australia…
It’s also your ticket to tasting our country’s best too!
The freedom to travel means access to the freshest regional produce – from country to coast.
Let’s kick off our Food Lover’s Road Trip in the rural town of Kilcoy, located on the D’Aguilar Highway an hour from Brisbane.
Die-hard carnivores are devoted fans of Kilcoy Quality Meats in William Street. This classic country butchers specializes in grass-fed beef, chicken and pork supplied by local producers.
Brad the butcher is justifiably proud of what’s on offer – including beef exclusively sourced from the Somerset Region. You can be assured your steaks come from grass fed cattle – beef that’s hormone and antibiotic free. That’s about as good as it gets, meat lovers!
You’ll need a really fancy salad to go with those premium steaks – and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Blue Dog Farm on beautiful Mount Mee.
In fact, farmer Jacki Hinchey changed the name of her gourmet salad mix to Really Fancy Salad – after customers declared it was too fancy to be ‘just’ gourmet!
With 10 to 15 leaf varieties, flower petals and micro-greens in the mix, this salad can only be described as ‘next level’! And its glorious greens and florals are grown without pesticide or herbicide.
By the way, Jacki named her farm after her beloved Blue Cattle Dog, Tammy – unofficially the tail-wagging welcoming committee for visitors to Jacki’s farmgate stall.
OK – it’s time to find a scenic spot to make camp and cook up your country feast.
You couldn’t do better than Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, on the border of D’Aguilar National Park.
Choose from powered or unpowered grassed sites, set in serene countryside. There’s a firepit and shady shelter for disco and movie nights. Plus, swimming holes and local walking tracks to keep the whole family busy. Neurum Creek also hosts regular live music nights.
The retreat’s Simon and Tracey have welcomed many travellers over the years, noticing a growing trend towards touring in campervans or towing trailers.
If you’ve always dreamed of owning an RV – or upgrading to something new – then take a look at Jayco’s awesome range.
The JRV Renault Master Campervan is a clever, compact vehicle that offers internal kitchen, full ensuite with separate shower and toilet, plenty of storage – plus standard air conditioning, awning, fridge and solar system.
If you prefer to tow, then check out the Jayco Journey Pop Top – one of Australia’s favourite RVs. Each comes with home-quality comforts as standard – plus the option to add your own dream RV features. The rig is easy to pull, not to mention simple to set up and pack down – so you’ll love the convenience.
Back on the road, our RV food safari is taking us towards the coast.
Sandstone Point Hotel sits on the waterfront at Bribie Island, overlooking the Pumicestone Passage. Villas, safari tents, plus camping and caravan sites are just a stone’s throw away. So – here’s our advice: set yourself up at one of the sites, then make tracks to the hotel’s popular restaurant.
If you love seafood, you’ll go ‘ga ga’ over the menu here.
Chef Carl has worked in some of the country’s best restaurants and was drawn to Sandstone Point because of the quality produce he gets to play with.
Try the Sandstone Point Hotel Seafood Tier – a tower of fresh Mooloolaba prawns, bug, barramundi, battered prawns and calamari and natural oysters. In fact, the hotel occupies the site of one of Queensland’s original oyster leases.