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Big 4 Lake Maraboon – Emerald – Qld

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The Big 4 Lake Maraboon in Emerald, is in a perfect spot. Out of town and next to Lake Maraboon. We booked a site here a few days before arriving. Yet again, I’m so glad we did, as it’s a popular place. Previously we have stayed in Emerald at the Emerald RV Camp & Park. Located closer to town this is another great park.

Before arriving at Big 4 Lake Maraboon we crossed the Fairbairn Dam. The road over it was highly elevated, narrow and very unexpected. Absolutely fine to travel over although we used an alternative road to head in to town and to leave.

Entrance to Big 4 Lake Maraboo Emerald Qld
Photo: Entrance To Big 4 Lake Maraboo

Big 4 Lake Maraboon

The friendly staff welcomed me when I arrived at the reception and gave me instructions on how to find our site. I remember hearing her say “ Helipad” but didn’t think anything of it. Thankfully, like a lot of parks, they gave me a map. I’m so glad they did as it’s a huge park.

Map of Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Map Of The Park
Reception at the  Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Reception at the Big 4 Lake Maraboo

Driving past cabins and caravans we drove to our site. Our site was indeed on the Helipad. Yes really!! There was a grass roundabout with a large square concrete slab with a large “H” on it. Pulling up on one side of the helipad and using is as our slab. Obviously this is no longer used as a helipad!

Helipad large caravan site at the Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: We Were Parked On The Roundabout Next To The Helipad
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The Roads Are Nice And Big at the Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: The Roads Are Big At This Big 4

As we were on a island and surrounded by caravans, we did feel like we stuck out like a sore thumb but we got used to it. I think we were given this spot as when I booked online you get a choice of 20ft van or less or a 25ft or less. Our van is 21ft so I think we were given a spot for large rigs. Next time I would call and book as our van would have fit in one of the sites overlooking Lake Maraboon.

The Roads Are Nice And Big at the Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Units On The Left Have stunning Views

The View

Big 4 Lake Maraboon has a beautiful view of the lake, if you’re in the right site. From our spot on the helipad we did get glimpses of the water and sunset.

Stunning sunset view of Lake Maraboo from caravan site at the Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Sunset View Over Lake Maraboo

view of Lake Maraboo from caravan site at the Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: View Of The Lake From The Park
View from our caravan site at Lake Maraboo from caravan site at the Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: View From Our Van

Big 4 Lake Maraboon Amenities

You’ll find a couple amenities blocks in the park. The ones near our camp looked updated. Not that we normally uses them but I did use the washing machine and dryer this time. After leaving Larry’s Job on the sheep station in Bourke NSW, we hadn’t done any washing. The washer was $4 and it was nice to get the laundry done so quickly.

Alternatively, If you don’t have your own on board facilities, you can book an On-suite site.

Amenities block at the Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: One Of The Amenities Blocks
Caravan On-suit at the Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Caravan On-Suit Site

BBQ’s & Camp Kitchens

As with the amenities the Big 4 Lake Maraboon has a couple of camp kitchens. The one opposite ours had a large BBQ, kettle, toaster, fridge picnic benches and a sink. Just outside the kitchen was a lovely fire pit which one of the other campers lit each night.

Camp Kitchen and BBQ at  Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: One Of The Camp Kitchens

Camp Kitchen and BBQ at Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Another Camp Kitchen
Camp Kitchen and BBQ at Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: BBQ At The Camp Kitchen

Meeting other campers, it seem many come back each year and know each other. Returning for a few weeks or months at a time. A testament to the parks friendliness and location.

Dog Friendly

The park has an area where campers and there dog family can park. As well as having an enclosed area for your dog to run around freely they have a BBQ area. Unlike the other camp kitchens/BBQ areas this is open air in the dog friendly area.

Dog area at the designated dog camping sites at  Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Dog Friendly Sites
BBQ and seating at the designated dog camping sites at  Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: BBQ Area In The Dog Area
closed in dog play area at the designated dog camping sites at  Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Dog Area

Cafe At Big 4 Lake Maraboon

One of the draw cards for us was the fact this caravan park had a cafe. Unfortunately as they were short staffed they were not opening in the morning. Also they were only doing pizzas in the evening. Our first night we decided to go to the cafe for pizza, ordering before 4pm as requested. The cafe has plenty of seating but we chose to sit out on the deck.

cafe diner bar at  Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Cafe, Bar, Dinner
Pizza at the cafe diner bar at  Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Road Kill Pizza (Not really)

The deck has a lovely view over lake Maraboon and over the pool area. This is a licensed cafe so I got a wine and Larry a beer. They also do cocktails if you fancy one.

swimming pool at the cafe diner bar at  Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Bar/dinner Deck Overlooking The pool
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View over the lake at the cafe diner bar at  Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Having Happy Hour At The Bar Overlooking The Lake

You can order your pizza as a take away if you want to take it back to camp or don’t think you’ll finish it like me. We got the Roadkill pizza which is a meat lovers (no real roadkill don’t worry)

Boat & Kayak Hire

Lake Maraboon is stocked with eight different types of fish including Barramundi. Red Claw Crayfish is also in abundance. Heaps of keen fisherman had boats with them at this Big 4, if you don’t, you can hire one. Not into fishing? Hire a Kayak and just enjoy the water. A couple of kids trikes were also spotted at the reception also for hire.

Boats and kayak's for hire at Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
price of Boats and kayak's for hire at Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Price Of Boat, Kayak & Kids Trikes

kids trikes, Boats and kayak's for hire at Big 4 Lake Maraboo caravan park Emerald Qld
Photo: Kids Trikes For Hire

Lake Maraboon

Have a stroll down to the lake or have a short drive. There are BBQ’s by the lake as well as undercover picnic benches. Signs say you can swim here which would be lovely in the summer.

Lake Maraboo  Emerald Qld
Photo: Lake Maraboon
Lake Maraboo seating area by the lake Emerald Qld
Photo: Lake Maraboon seating area

Drive In To Emerald

While we were enjoying our drinks on the deck I posted some photos and put them on my Facebook page. One of Larry’s mates who lives in Emerald spotted where we were and invited us around. We had a drive to their place for a catch up which made a nice change after being out Back O’ Bourke with no one around.

I also got the chance to pop in to a proper shop, all be it Big W. Also, popping in to woollies for a fresh loaf. It’s the simple things!

Emerald big easel sunflowers
Photo: The Big Easel

The first time we were in Emerald we did go and see the big easel. It’s a 25 metres high painting of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. You can also see Emerald Botanical Gardens while your out and about.

The Big 4 Lake Maraboon is one we would recommend and we would definitely stay again.

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More Information

  • Location : Emerald
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  • State: Qld
  • Pets: Yes
  • Camp type : Caravan Park
  • Price : $ 38pn power and water – Call to check other prices.
  • Water ? : Yes
  • Power ? : Yes
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Is it on Wikicamps ?: Yes
  • Drive time to nearby shops: 20 min
  • WIFI (tested with boost): Yes
  • Amenities : Showers, toilets, laundry
  • Other : Firepits, camp kitchens, Bar, Cafe, Hot food, Swimming Pool, Lake, fishing, boating, boat and kayak hire, Shop at reception

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