Traveling Close To Home
You don’t need to travel far to be enlightened and humbled
Last weekend we went to camp in Coolum, a 15 minute drive from our home. There, in the Coolum Campsite, I discovered an entire race on the brink of extinction. A group of people who are teetering on the verge of annihilation without anyone giving a toss.
So I chatted to them and took photos.
Then I made this short photo-story about them. It only takes a couple of minutes to read.
Coolum Campsite, Australia – Home To A Dying Generation
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Hi Annabel .. great to meet you via JD (Sources of Insight) .. and I loved the story about the elderly of Coolum. Why can’t anyone buy in? Is the park earmarked for development? Or is it too close to the sea in case of global warming and sea level rises?
What a great mobile home set up .. what’s the town in the back ground .. is that Coolum main?
I’ll be back – your site looks fun .. just trying to do a few things this month, early next .. but I’ll be back to read more .. good for you to be where you want to be .. I love the toucan (I think?) ..
go well, have a good weekend ..
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Thanks Hilary! Really it sounds sad but I’ve met some brilliant people on the Internet in the four months I’ve been blogging. Certainly not what was intended but a brilliant fringe benefit:) I suppose the decision to get rid of the permanent campers is an economic one. Basically temporary campers probably pay more. We paid $55 to pitch our tent for the night. I bet permanent campers pay much less. The have cabins at the campsite for $140 per night – as much as a hotel room – well more in many cases. Yes, the town and high rises are downtown Coolum. It’s not overdone at the moment but they are developing it fast…
Glad you like the toucan! I miss them. I can, you can, toucan…
This reminds me of a permanent campground right on the ocean here in Florida that used to intrigue me everytime we went by. It was like a little city of places like the ones you photographed. Then huge luxury condo complexes were built next door and one day the whole campground was GONE, just disappeared. I will always wonder where all those people went.
Brilliant! I could easily live like this. Pitty my fiancée needs a few more luxuries than I.
I think I could too! Once the kids have moved out… Primo beach front location on pristine surf beach:)
Very moving photo story of this Coolum campsite. The photo of the washing with the highrises in the background was especially evocative.
Thanks Anni! I love a bit of laundry blowing in the breeze and there was so much of it, I couldn’t resist:)
Hi Annabel .. thanks for replying .. I had to say I hadn’t realised Toucans were only found in the Caribbean, Mexican and S American regions – I learnt something! No wonder you miss them – when were you there?
Thanks for the info re Coolum .. sounds lovely .. when you get your beach front let me know & I’ll be over!
Have a good Sunday, seeing as today is over ..
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Yes, and don’t forget Central America for some excellent toucan spotting opportunities. Such handsome birds!
Happy to report permanent residents are alive and well in NZ- went to the Te Rere Point camp ground at Easter and there were whole families living there with well loved caravans with extensions. Kids even attend the local primary. How sad that it’s being phased out on that fab piece of coast.
Good old New Zealand. I still remember a few permanent “campers” we met while traveling round NZ in our camper van. When I described this article to someone, they were scornful, asking if I wanted to inspire people to live in a campsite. I just think it’s inspiring that people can still live well and respectably on little, and that there are a diverse group of people living alternative lifestyles on our back doorstep. Thanks for reading and sharing your story, I love it.
The photo of the campsite with the skyscrapers in the background is such a unique scene. I saw similar sights when I was in Cairo but I wouldn’t expect them in Australia. Thanks for this interesting glimpse into these people’s way of life.
Hi Annabel, we recently discovered the Coolum Caravan Park too after driving past for years. Our daughter and friends had a fantastic camp site right next to the beach and we were called in to pitch the tent. Looked so good I was tempted to stay there myself, another time maybe. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful beaches right on our doorstep. We’ve also stayed at the Munna Beach Caravan Park right here in Noosa but don’t tell everyone! Visitors laughed when they discovered I only lived down the road but you know how it is, there are always chores do to at home so I left them and pitched my tent at the beach for some R&R. It was great.
Celia – That’s probably why they had to stop the permanent camping at Coolum – too popular. Imagine living in a caravan, there would b every little to clean, no lawns to mow and an endless stream of visitors to keep you entertained. I’ll have to check out the Munna Beach campsite too. We just had a fun weekend at Boreen Point campsite. I recommend it unless you don’t want to share the bathrooms with a carpet python:)
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