We left Carmilla Beach with the intention to go to near Airlie Beach and possibly stay at Proserpine the night and then head into Airlie Beach. Then we thought well, let’s have a look at Mackay and well one thing led to another and we happened to stumble across another piece of paradise. It was rather funny really as it was getting hot and we had been to Mackay and then looked at the map and thought well Seaforth looks doable. We got to Seaforth and went to what we thought was the only corner store come petrol station and went inside to ask about the camping ground/council run caravan park we had been told about and she was so friendly and helpful that she pointed out the one (within seeing distance from her shop!) and also pointed out the National Park and once we said we had been camping the night before and needed power she also mentioned the caravan park at Haliday Bay which was only 6 kms away but was not on our map so she told us how to get there and rang the caravan park to see if there was any vacancies and we were off.
We thought it was too good to be true….$25/night for all 4 of us…well that was a bargain surely there was some sort of catch. Well we pulled up and while it did seem busy it was archaic…. I have said about the other caravan parks we have stumbled upon that were like a step back in time but this was more than that. It was more a nonexistent caravan park and more like staying in my uncle’s back yard (it was originally owned by a cane farmer the whole huge amount of land that not only the caravan park was now on). Now, having said that, the redeeming feature of this place is it was about 30 metres to your own little bay like oasis. It would have been a beautiful park to go with the beautiful spot a few years back, maybe back in the 80’s or with some real upkeep. It offers more of the camping experience than the caravan park experience, but you know what it did get a real influx of visitors coming and going and the manager said it is packed in the summer months and going off the trade they took that we saw I would, crazy I know, but I would tend to believe him.
Seaforth seems to have a lot for sale…. the 2 corner stores (each with a petrol pump) are for sale and there a lot of houses too but don’t let that put you off it is a stunning spot. We saw dolphins and green turtles and it is relaxing and picturesque. There is besides the 2 corner stores a post office, community hall, bowling club (which does not serve Sunday roast can you believe and really it is restaurant prices considering it is a bowling club), an ambulance depot and the council run camping ground. The camping ground is $18/night and the showers cost 20C for the hot water to start. There is no laundry at all in Seaforth and very limited reception for TV, mobiles or even internet for some carriers and types of ariels so if you need that then come prepared. I would suggest stocking up on all the things you need for the duration of your stay as while the corner stores are very handy and do offer takeaway the prices of the grocery items are a little overpriced….for example for a 500g tub of Meadow Lea here was $4.85.
There was a bottle of vinegar at one of the tabled areas just off the beach at Haliday Bay for the purposes of putting onto the stings should you get one and there was a netted section in Seaforth for safe swimming. There was a warning sign in Seaforth about the dangers of being stung by the Jelly fish from October to April and what to do if you were stung.
It really is a very nice little place but I must admit it would drive me a bit batty after a while (and I was craving a bigger place with a few more amenities and some reception) as it a bit remote for my liking.