Kalinga Park Memorial

Wooloowin, Brisbane Area

Victoria's Great Ocean Road may be Australia's best known WWI repatriation project but Brisbane families enjoy another year-round: Kalinga Park's unofficial 'Diggers Drive'.

In May 1924, Governor Sir Matthew Nathan opened a 1,200 metre tree-lined roadway from war memorial gates in Park Avenue, following the curve of Kedron Brook, to Sandgate Road.

The road was built and trees planted by 83 unemployed soldiers. After WWI, Australia was awash with grief for its 60,000 dead fighters. Many more returned nursing injuries and needing re-employment. While the Commonwealth Department of Repatriation placed returning soldiers in jobs, progress was slow: community groups like Kalinga Unemployed and Distressed Soldiers Committee formed to provide relief and work. Diggers Drive was its project, commencing in 1922.

Kalinga Park had opened in 1910. In October 1920, memorial gates at the Park Avenue entrance were erected as an everlasting memory of the patriotic services of men who enlisted from Kalinga District. The gates were a venture between the local Ladies Patriotic Club, Kalinga Progress Association and Toombul Shire Council. For a time, the park was even called ANZAC Memorial Park.

Now a popular outdoor play space, it served as a large army staging camp during WWII.

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Bundaberg Park Lodge

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$12 - 420
The Bundaberg Park Lodge is budget accommodation featuring a swimming pool, covered barbecue area, shaded sites and play equipment. They have very friendly staff and the building is pet friendly, close to the airport and major shopping centres, has a convenience store out front and is only 15 minutes to the nearest beach and fishing area.
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From AU$105 - 160
Marilyn and Tony welcome you to the Golden Chain Coral Villa - a very friendly, affordable, comfortable Motel. Guests can choose from a variety of self-contained suites - all of which are ground floor and back onto the beautiful tropical gardens and al-fresco meeting, greeting and dining area - next to the crystal clear salt water swimming pool with a free undercover barbecue.

Midtown Caravan Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$32 - 70
If you want a family orientated caravan park then the Gordon Family will look after you. Midtown Caravan Park is favoured for their central and flat position and they cater for families, singles and group bookings.

Glenlodge Caravan Village

Thabeban, Bundaberg Area
From AU$37 - 100
Glenlodge Caravan Village is Bundaberg's friendliest caravan park. Owner/operated for the past 20 years by the Haks family. Situated only five kilometres from the city centre. Located in a rural setting on 10 acres, with ample room for large motorhomes, fifth wheelers and large caravans.

BIG4 Cane Village

Avoca, Bundaberg Area
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From AU$31 - 199
BIG4 Cane Village is set amidst beautiful gardens, sand-fly free, quiet and secure and within walking distance to Sugarlands shopping centre, a sports club, tavern and night club, bowling club, cinema and there is a bus stop opposite to venture into the Central Business District just five kilometres away.

Oakwood Caravan Park, Bundaberg

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$27 - 100
The Oakwood Caravan Park is an owner/operated country Caravan Park within short driving distances to the Bundaberg Town Centre, Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, The Bundaberg Rum Distillery, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation within the grounds of the Botanical Gardens.

Bargara Beach Caravan Park

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
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From AU$29 - 140
Situated on the shores of Bargara Beach along the Coral Coast this tropical holiday park is the perfect place offering everything you need and every accommodation option, for the perfect getaway. Bargara Beach Caravan Park has the best affordable beachside accommodation on offer in South East Queensland at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.
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From AU$99 - 140
Bargara Gardens Motel and Holiday Villas have unique and private one and two bedroom self contained villas set in beautiful tropical gardens, two minutes walk to shops, restaurants and the beach. The complex also backs on the golf course.

Kacys Bargara Beach Motel

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
From AU$99 - 250
When visiting Bundaberg, you'll find that Bargara is only a stones throw away and is one of Queensland's best kept secrets. Famous for it's Turtles and at the start of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Bargara is the ideal place to wake up to beautiful ocean views and in the heart of Bargara is Kacy's Bargara Beach Motel.

Moore Park Beach Holiday Park

Moore Park Beach, Bundaberg Area
From AU$26 - 130
Overlooking a white sandy beach which stretches 17 kilometres, Moore Park Beach Holiday Park is in a stunning location that is hard to beat. With the ocean as one boundary and surrounded by a lagoon and parkland, this Holiday Park is an undiscovered gem.
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