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Jimmy's Beach Caravan Park, Hawks Nest

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Coorilla St. Ph: 02 4997 0466. Member of North Coast Holiday Parks. Pets allowed, but not during long weekends or school holidays.

Report By: Island Travellers(73)
Date of Stay: October 2017 Rating: 3.5
This is a big park split into a couple of areas (split level). Another really good NCHP - clean amenities, reasonable value for money, good size sites. Plenty of room even over the school holidays. Jimmys Beach (bay) is about a 5 minute walk and Bennetts Beach (surf) about a 10 minute walk.

Report By: JuBob(171)
Date of Stay: June 2017 Rating: 4
A pleasant surprise here. A lot of parks are magnificent at the gate and decline as you move through, but this one is the opposite. Not a great impression at the gate or parking area, but this park has had money spent on it and in fact is still under way. Two levels here, be aware that the amenities are on the top level and stairs are involved, but this was mentioned when booking Some sites are a bit small, some with generous concrete slabs, others like ours just grass and sand. Nice BBQ and table area, laundry is lovely with plenty of lines, big bins, dump point. A weeks stay with a holiday long weekend in the middle is $250.

Report By: U Boughta Jeep(43)
Date of Stay: November 2016 Rating: 4
Manager's name is Sue.
This park is a far cry from the wreck, I'm told it was, a few years ago. It is well maintained but basic. It is not cheap for what you get but it doesn't need to be because it is very busy. At peak times you will need to book. The sites are huge and roughly square with some having slabs. The slabs are big enough for a van and annex but deceptive. They appear to be flat but have quite a fall so you will need to level your vehicle on them. I'm not sure why this park is so popular. Apart from being well maintained, there is no view, but you can walk to 2 beaches and the local attractions are sparse. It is an unusually quiet park with no traffic noise.
Friendly staff. Reasonable value for money $37 for 2A PN, shoulder season. Amenities are close to only some sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation. Adequate number of tourist sites, poor night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, annex slabs to some sites, shade to some sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. You can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Vodaphone, reception quality was 2. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. No pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families.
Liked:- The size and accessibility of the sites.
Parking:- Room for at least 2 or 3 vans.
Local Information:- The return ferry ride from Tea Gardens to Nelson Bay is pleasant. About one hour each way. Check the timetable carefully as departures are not frequent. $24 return.

Report By: Greybeard and Silvertop(98)
Date of Stay: February 2016 Rating: 4
We stayed at this park some years ago just after new managers had taken over. We were impressed then at the improvements that were under way. It was very pleasing to go back and see that all their work has paid off. A neat tidy park, most of the old static vans removed, clean tidy amenities and pleasant staff. A good park to go back to.

Report By: Boo(32)
Date of Stay: August 2015 Rating: 4
Apparently there is a new management company and they have been doing some major improvements. New amenities and camp kitchen are excellent and whilst there weren't previously annex slabs these seem to be going in. 10 were poured whilst we were there.

Report By: WendyM(1)
Date of Stay: September 2014 Rating: 4
Dog matters warning. There are two leash-free beaches adjacent to the park. When I was walking my female cavoodle on Bennetts Beach (the surf beach) today, a dingo appeared on the top of a sandhill. After getting the attention of my dog, it tried to lure her off into the bush. Luckily she returned to me. I would not let her off the leash again in this area. The park is very dog friendly with a dog bath and bag dispensers. It is a very pleasant well managed park.

Report By: Di and Pete Stewart(3)
Date of Stay: May 2014 Rating: 4
We have stayed at this park 3 times on our way up the coast and it's one of our favorites. The facilities are near new and the park has a few trees and it is flat. It's near the beach and bay but it doesn't have any concrete slabs, which doesn't worry us. Also pet friendly. We haven't been there holiday time when it does get very busy, but it's lovely and quite out of holiday time.

Report By: Deborah D(66)
Date of Stay: December 2013 Rating: 1.5
This park is lovely to look at, lovely fresh. Newish bathrooms etc. I could not recommend a stay here though because over a very busy weekend the bathrooms were not cleaned and they stank of very strong chemical cleaners. The camping/caravan areas were dotted with trees that had been marked for removal, due to structural problems. We were there during a fierce wind storm and a fellow caravanner had his roof destroyed by a falling branch. The park were unable to assist with removal of branches or debris, their chainsaw was inoperable. The debris that we all cleaned up, stayed on the roadside for the weekend untouched by park staff. Management indifference to our large group was appalling. The park is heavily dotted with many trees, yet they only have a few marked on their map. One friend was sent to a site that had 2 trees right across the front of the site and even he, a truckie, could not get his van between said trees, again not marked on the park map, so they did not exist as far as management were concerned. Many of us had to negotiate changing sites either due to safety concerns or total unsuitability for intended use. It was not a pleasant experience for us at all.