Much tourist information is readily available on-line. Below is a table of suggestions
for you to peruse but it is by no means exhaustive. Some attractions have their own web sites, others prefer to utilise the services of Emu Park On Line (EPOL). EPOL's web address is below the Table of Activities.
Other popular pastimes such as t'ai chi [enquiries to (07) 4933 7378] and
mah-jong are also enjoyed in Emu Park. In fact, mah-jong is frequently played
in Bell Park Caravan Park during the warm afternoons.
Fishing: A sport dear to so many Australians' hearts. You'll seldom be short
of fishing companions at Bell Park Caravan Park. In the waters of the Coral
Sea around Emu Park are found grunter, tailor, bream, whiting, flathead,
snapper, trevally and more.
In the Table of Activity Links below you will find
Emu Park. That site gives you a lot of useful weather information in
addition to tide times.
Fishing in the table to look at the website of Emu Park's
Pine Beach Hotel Social Fishing Club.
Maggie Dawe proudly displaying a pair of grunter that she
caught at Coorooman Creek
This 1.2 metre barramundi was caught by Dave from his kayak
just off the beach in Emu Park.
Lawn bowling is up there at the top of the popularity stakes with fishing
and golf. Emu Park Bowls Club is only a short walk from the caravan park
along a smooth concrete path. The bowling club and caravan park are closely
associated, the club usually hosting many Bell Park patrons on a Friday
evening for dinner. Non-bowlers are very welcome, too.
Contests are held against other caravan parks and so keen is the competition
that Bell Park has its own green and gold shirts. Check out
in the table below for more on the very popular Emu Park Bowls Club.
Pronounced botchay or botchie. The spelling sometimes
Anglicised as Bocci.
An Italian game similar to bowls but played on a smaller green. This game
is played every Tuesday afternoon on the southern side of Bell Park, adjacent
to the caravan park.
Helen demonstrating her flamboyant bowling style.
A pleasant way to spend a warm afternoon, competitors relaxing
A nice tight grouping with Lorraine's green ball touching
the white jack.
As with lawn bowls, the local caravan parks compete on the golf course.
There is a beautifully picturesque course just a five minute drive up the
Rockhampton road. Click on
Golf in the table below to find out more
about the Emu Park Golf Club, buggy hire, this year's fixtures, etc.
Mah-jong has become popular in Bell Park. This game is taken very seriously
by its devotees. There is no truth in the rumour that mah-jong is Chinese
A mah-jong game in session. L to R: Susan, Pam, Rosemary,
Inge and Helen.
A Great Day Out
About an hour north of Bell Park is the delightful Ferns Hideaway
Resort near Byfield where the food is exceptional, the ambience perfect
and the wildlife prolific.
Sunday lunch at The Ferns is an experience to remember as Marto
and his guitar provide entertainment with a range of musical delights.
But why reinvent the wheel? Click on Ferns
Hideaway Resort for full information.
A wallaby and her joey at The Ferns. She was one
of fifteen wallabies that
came out of the surrounding bush when Marto called to them.
Table of activities
Emu Park Bird Life
We are indebted to Rhonda Gippel, a frequent visitor to Bell Park Caravan
Park, for allowing us to use the following list of birds which she compiled.
We have taken the liberty of adding one or two, such as the Sacred Ibis
(which was here alongside the Straw Necked Ibis), a Whistling Kite and
several Plumed Whistling-ducks.
We have some splendid Brush-turkeys (one pictured). The male has built
his nest in the coastal brush and proudly struts his stuff around the
park during 'Happy Hour', frequently chasing his comparatively dowdy wives.
The female Brush Turkey takes no part in the hatching of her eggs or the
rearing of her young. Once she has laid the eggs her part is finished
and the male takes over. He has built a large mound of rotting vegetation
inside which the eggs incubate.
The male carefully regulates the internal temperature of the mound, keeping
it between 33°C and 35°C at a depth of about fifty centimetres. He does
this by scooping matter off the mound to allow heat to escape or adding
more on to build up the temperature. If the temperature is low, a high
proportion of the chicks will be male. If high, the majority will be female.
Does he know this? Does he manipulate the ratio?
Emu Park Bird List
This list had previously been entitled
Rhonda's Emu Park Bird List
and had been compiled by Rhonda and John Gippel. It consisted of 71 different
varieties of bird. In 2014 Patricia and Roger Hollinshead from South Australia
presented a list of 43 birds seen around Bell Park.
Naturally many species appear on both lists but some do not. Difficulties
arise because sometimes the same bird has more than one name. For example,
the Beach Stone-curlew and the Beach Thick-knee are one and the same bird.
Birds which appear unique to the 2014 list have been inserted alphabetically
into the original list. Italic typeface has been used for emphasis. The
italic entries do not represent the entirity of Patricia and Roger's list
by any means, only those birds that didn't appear on the original list.
Apologies for any errors.
|Birds of Emu Park
||Oyster Catcher, Pied
|Bee Eater, Rainbow
||Oyster Catcher, Sooty
|Booby, Red Footed
||Pardelote, Red Browed
||Heron, White Necked
||Honeyeater, Blue Faced
|Cockatoo, Black, Red Tailed
||Honeyeater, Brown Backed
|Cormorant, Little Black
|Cormorant, Little Pied
||Honey Eater, White Throated
||Plover, Red Capped
||Ibis, Aus White (or Sacred)
|Cuckoo Shrike, White-bellied
||Sea Eagle, White Bellied
|Cuckoo Shrike, Black-faced
|Dove, Spotted Turtle
||Koel, Common (Rainbird)
||Kookaburra, Blue Winged
|Duck, Pacific Black
|Egret, Eastern Reef (Grey)
||Tern, Lesser Crested
||Magpie Lark, Aust. (Pee Wee)
||White Eared Monarch
This Tawney Frogmouth was obliging enough to sit on the ground to be
photographed one evening during
Happy Hour. As can be seen from
the bird's plumage, when perched in a tree against a background of bark
it is very difficult to spot. Frogmouths are nocturnal and though not
owls, they are related. A pair will mate for life and, unlike the Brush-turkey
pictured above, both parents take part in hatching the eggs and feeding
This particular bird seemed to be using the technique of keeping totally
still to avoid detection. That usually works very effectively in a tree,
as the picture below shows, but not on open ground and many people were
able to approach to within two metres without the bird moving.
Memo to all Frogmouths: If approached while sitting
on the ground, go at once to Plan B.
That's what wings are for.