When I lay snuggled up in my bed at 4 o’clock in the morning, how can I tell it’s going to be a perfect Tropical North Queensland day and that the sea conditions are calm? I know when the first of the noisy Kurrimine Beach Tractors chugs right past my bedroom window towing a fishing boat rattling around on it’s trailer!
If you have never heard of Kurrimine Beach before – well what I can tell you is, fishing rules! The standard greeting in this town is not “G’Day” but “W’at d’ya catch”! The first thing that you will notice about our town is the number of red tractors, every house has one and some even have two. There are more boats in our town than cars.
It is rather hard to fathom on first approach why we all need tractors. The roads around here are pretty good and I’m pretty sure they are an overkill to mow our blocks! We all have tractors to launch our fishing boats from the beach! Yes we do have a perfectly good boat ramp in town but why spend 10 minutes getting to the mouth of the creek and waste 10 minutes of perfectly good fishing time?
So what’s so great about the fishing here – well for all the blokes out there:
- We offer beach, estuary and reef fishing all within 800m of the holiday park.
- Our closest reef is only 800m off-shore – you only need to bring a tinnie to fish the reef.
- July to September (‘ish) is Mackerel season – some boats are only out for little more than an hour and then come home with their bag limits for the day.
- The hardest choice of the day is whether you prefer coral trout, mangrove jack or a nice mud crab for dinner!
- You should consider joining our fishing club, one of the largest in North Queensland. For your $10 membership fee you will get inside information on our fishing spots, new mates, free entry into members draws and fishing stories by the bag full. Not to mention that the fishing clubs meets at the local pub!
Now ladies unless you fish you might not think there are any benefits for us but there are:
- We get peace and quiet to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends, read a book or whatever else we want to do…
- In Kurrimine Beach it seems it is a man’s job to clean and cook the fish he has caught. So apart from having to toss a quick salad, it means we are off the hook for dinner too!
- All the fresh sea air will mean that hubby will be really tired at the end of the day, so he goes off to bed for an early night so you can settle down and watch Downton Abbey, MKR or whatever is your favorite without the background commentary and moaning on how boring/stupid the programme is! Really ladies, I ask you, aren’t all episodes of Border Security or The Force basically the same?
Now, you can’t fish all day every day… so we have a host of beautiful places to visit for a day’s exploring:
- Paronella Park is approximately 20kms from our park. The ruins of a Spanish castle with an inspirational story.
- Innisfail, our closest major town has all the major supermarkets and shops and some of the most beautiful examples of art-deco in the country.
- Explore our stunning local waterfalls or take one of the beautiful bushwalks through the Misty Mountains.
- Drive the historical Canecutter Way and discover the myriad of small arts and crafts and local produce shops.
- Take a cruise around beautiful Dunk and Bedarra Island with one of our local larrikins.
So if you are heading north this winter why not pop in to see us and say “W’at d’ya catch”!