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Lake Placid Tourist Park, Cairns

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End of Lake Placid Rd. Turn left off Western Arterial Rd. Lights at intersection. Through Cairns and 8-12 km north. Close to the suburb of Smithfields. Ph: 07 4039 2509. Top Tourist member. Pets allowed, on leash at all times, at manager's discretion. Local Information: Redlynch and Smithfield shopping centres within 10 mins drive. Close to Barron Gorge.

Report By: Chris and Terri(17)
Date of Stay: July 2017 Rating: 3
We didn't enjoy this park at all. We felt very squashed in. The sites were small. It was hard to park the van. Apparently they will help but no one told us this. It is supposed to be dog friendly but everywhere there were signs with the dog rules. You weren't allowed to walk your dog in the park . It just made us feel very uncomfortable as we are responsible dog owners. Most people are. Amenities were spotless and their are shady sites.

Report By: jamesthepiper(21)
Date of Stay: July 2016 Rating: 3.5
Although the sites are tight, they will park your van for you via a tractor if necessary.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff helped us at the site, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $45 for 2A PN, powered, peak season. Paid $40.50, reduced for Chain discount - Top Tourist. Amenities are close to all sites, were clean, condition is 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, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, annex slabs to most sites, shade to some sites, hard to negotiate into site, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, no rec room, good camp kitchen, kiosk, dump point, van parking, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 5. Quiet, claustrophobic park, adequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. Clean UC electric BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. No playground. Clean pool, kid-safe pool area, tables and chairs provided. Suitable for a week or more.
Liked:- Quiet compared to a number of other parks in Cairns. Close to Barron Gorge and Lake Placid.
Disliked:- A bit squeezy.
Parking:- Park outside across the road to check in.
Added Touches:- Occasional activities organised, craft morning, Lions Club sausage sizzle, etc.
Local Information:- Many activities in Cairns. The park is close to the Skyrail, Armour and Military Museum, and Tjapukai. As it is north of the city, it is on the way to Port Douglas and the Daintree. It is also only a 5 minute drive to shopping centres.

Report By: Greybeard and Silvertop(105)
Date of Stay: May 2016 Rating: 4
Beautiful tropical setting. Ground staff non stop and very helpful with any problems. En suite very nice. Good dine in pizza short walk down on shore of Lake Placid.

Report By: Denny & Jenny(28)
Date of Stay: April 2015 Rating: 4.5
Lake Placid Tourist Park is a delightful park set in a tropical wonderland. It is surrounded by hills at the end of the Barron Gorge. It is adjacent to the Barron River and Lake Placid itself. The park is managed by Michelle and Roger, both of whom are friendly and caring. The park has all the usual amenities which are always clean neat and tidy. Sites are adequate for most caravans, motor homes, camper trailers and even larger RV buses. Mobil reception was OK. TV reception is poor and you may have to use a TV cable to hook up to the parks antenna for a refundable $50 fee. We were at the park for three weeks for a Cairns wedding. Numbers of vans etc was rather light as we were there just at the end of the ‘wet’ and the beginning of the mass migration of southern nomads. Staff at the park were busy getting the place ready for the expected hoards from down south and it would be advisable to book ahead as during the peak season it might prove difficult to get a site. Costs were reasonable with a bonus free night if you stay for six. We thoroughly enjoyed this park, its managers, its staff, its amenities and its location. Would recommend it to anyone.

Report By: Max Sydney(108)
Date of Stay: September 2014 Rating: 4.5
We chose this park for our two stays of 8 - 10 days in August & September, because we had great memories of a garden layout and a pleasant location. We were not disappointed - the park is much the same as in 1999, with a well kept tropical environment, and rain-forested hillsides where ever you look. Its in the Barron River Gorge, well away from the hurley burley of a greatly expanded Cairns. The park layout is similar to our memories, including the amenities blocks which are still well maintained and cleaned and the staff are friendly and helpful. Some things have changed since 1999, the size of caravans being one. The park has dealt with this by supplying willing and skilful yard-men who use a tractor to quickly place caravans on sites that would be difficult to access with bigger vans otherwise. Another change is that dump points are important to me now! The one we used is a beauty. Compact, at waist level and with a simple cap to remove and a hose at hand. No kneeling, no lifting big blue lids, no walking two metres to tun the tap on as so often happens! It has the usual features of pool, top class camp kitchen etc. Redlynch Station on the Cairns to Kuranda train line is only 10 minutes drive away, Smithfield shops, the Skyway terminal and other popular attractions are about the same distance from the park. Its obviously a park where you can stay for weeks on end - on our second visit we watched people all round packing up after stays of months to head south for the AFL finals, the bowls season and maybe to avoid the increasing temperatures of the north. We loved the park.