The Esk Caravan Park & Esk Grand Hotel
The Esk Caravan Park & Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Motel
We were welcomed by Paul and Jackie, owners of the Esk Caravan Park for the past 6 years. They recently purchased the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Motel next door and knocked a gateway between both sets of accommodation so guests can use the facilities in the park.
The park boasts some very generous powered sites under shady trees along with ample flat non-powered grass sites for those who don’t need power.
The facilities suited us because at 50+ we didn’t need a ‘jumpy pillow’ or ‘waterslide’. What we did get though was great entertainment, two well maintained and heated pools (hotel and caravan park) and the best camp kitchen you’ve ever seen.
We stayed in the Motel and it was being upgraded to include a wi-fi service – for those that can’t leave home without it.
The Esk Grand Hotel
We missed lunch on purpose because I had the bike ride and we knew that there would be great food on offer at the Esk Grand Hotel.
What we didn’t know was how good the service was or how amazing the decor was. It’s a grand old building with bucket-loads of character. We met an 80 year old lady who was the former owner of the pub. She told us that the soldiers used to drop by for a chat with the ladies and have drinks here quite often.
The Esk Grand Hotel has 15 rooms upstairs. Two mens bathrooms and 1 ladies bathroom. The rates are modest and the rooms are very clean. It’s the only pub licensed to have guests stay. We met Brendan who looked after us.
Out the back they have a stunning beer garden and loads of parking. Friday night was Spit Roast night. All you can eat for $20. I took on the challenge filling up on Pork with Crackling, Baked Spud and Fresh Salads. Round two saw me devour Lamb, another baked potato and more slaw.
We tried the Blossom Rose cider. 3 bottles and were were done at 8.2 percent. #drinkresponsibly #walkedtomotel