Beach lazing suits happy campers to a Tee ... wah
BEACHFRONT relaxation overrides a lack of loos and often privacy for Teewah Beach regular Elayne Mitchelson and her family.
She has, for the past 20 years, enjoyed camping holidays along the permitted section of Teewah Beach and has noticed a steady increase in the stretch's popularity.
The laid-back rotation between swimming, surfing and relaxing is what keeps her coming back.
"There are no communications," Mrs Mitchelson said.
"It forces you to relax and unwind from a busy year at work. The only downfalls at this time of year are there are a lot of people and the weather can turn bad."
She used her experience to set up in a good spot for the festive season.
"To do Christmas on the beach you have to get here a few days earlier."
They did not go without the usual Christmas trimmings of prawns and roast, thanks to regularly circulating ice vendors and a camp oven.
"Christmas and Boxing Day was fun," she said.
Mrs Mitchelson said the beachfront camping sites were not the busiest she had seen them but were still pretty full.
She said the advantages were the social aspect of having close neighbours and their willingness to help if there was an emergency.
"Most of the people are there for the same reason and they will help," she said.
Being "camped in" and the lack of privacy could be the pitfalls, as well as the need to bring her own shower and toilet.
"There are no facilities on the beach," she said.
She said she often saw police patrolling and conducting breath testing, especially during the busy periods.
"You want them on the beach because you don't want people (driving) drunk when there are kids on the beach."
Meanwhile, Pokorny family members were happy to find plenty of campsites available at Freshwater when they made their booking last week.
They took up three bays to accommodate extended family members from Greenbank, Aspley and Longreach.
Ben Pokorny, 36, said his mum had been bringing his family to the same campsite since he was a child.
"I can remember when there was a shower here that you had to light a fire under it for hot water," Mr Pokorny said.
Facilities have modernised since then and the capping of camping numbers have made for a more pleasant experience.
There were still a few empty sites around when they arrived but the site was booked for New Year's Eve.
"It's not too commercialised," he said.
"We've found it quite good."
- STUART CUMMING