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NSW, The Rock, The Rock Recreation Ground

Date of Stay: December 2023 Rating: 2
Unpowered camping only, $5 donation via the internet. See details in the gents or ladies toilets. Camp anywhere around the outside of the fenced oval. Nice areas at the back under the trees. Toilets are very basic but have 1 hot shower each. Quiet as a church mouse here.

NSW, Cootamundra, Cootamundra Showground

Date of Stay: December 2023 Rating: 3
Finally, a reasonably priced showground for campers when a lot of them think they are budget caravan parks and charge accordingly. $20 for power and water on flat ground. Facilities are old but adequate. Not walking distance to town, but hey, you have a car, right, so it's only a couple minutes. Very little train noise and what we could can hear it was not loud. Better than $38 at the caravan park in town.

Vic, Benalla, Benalla Tourist Park

Date of Stay: December 2023 Rating: 4
A clean and well-maintained park, green grassy sites. Choice of drive-thru sites. Pool that was clean except for a profusion of surface leaves around mid-day. Seems another park that for some reason does not like to run the filtering system when it's needed. Bins are central to the old (closed) amenities block. Could be closer to sites. New amenity block is all separate rooms with glass-door shower, toilet, and vanity, plus good ventilation/fan. Four sites have ensuites. Huge, fully-functional, indoor camp kitchen. Key entry and exit boom gates. We booked online thru G'day parks website. That night, we decided to stay another night so booked for the next day as well. Got a slightly churlish phone call at 11am the second day asking why we had not vacated our site. Told the woman we had booked another night. Seems she had not read emails by that time. Another receptionist, Tracey, who originally booked us in was polite and extremely helpful, even suggesting the Golf Club for dinner (I can recommend it too). We would stay again.

NSW, Muswellbrook, Riverside Cabin And Van Park

Date of Stay: November 2023 Rating:
Seems to be a cabin only park now. Could not get any response from the "message bank".

Qld, Cooyar, Swinging Bridge Park

Date of Stay: November 2023 Rating: 2.5
This place seems to drag us back. We spent 3 days here, and 3 days we could be found at the pub. Says a lot, about us anyway. Had two great meals at the pub. Massive chicken schnitzels one night and a delicious tandoori chicken pizza another. Check out the memorabilia inside the back rooms.

NSW, Werris Creek, Werris Creek Campground

Date of Stay: November 2023 Rating: 2.5
A basic campground next to the local footy/cricket oval. It has 4 showers and toilets, and a bbq. 2 of the amenity doors had no locks whatsoever. Of the other two, the showers splashed onto the floor which drained AWAY from the plug holes. Go figure. So you stepped out into 1/2 inch of water. The bbq was filthy. The grass was on the long side around the concrete edges. The one bin was chokers. The area slopes. Okay, so why did we stay 2 nights? We are self-contained and toured the area, plus had two magnificent meals at the bowls club. The railway museum ($6 ea) is a MUST-SEE.

NSW, Quirindi, Quirindi Caravan Park

Date of Stay: November 2023 Rating: 3.5
$29 power, water, sullage. Key-coded front gate that will recognize your rego after contacting the caretaker via the CALL button on the gate keypad. See the sign at the entrance (prices were out of date). We had set up and only then received an email telling us our site number, which is not where we set up, so we called the caretaker to inform her. No problem. Most are drive-thru sites on the narrow side but still enough room for an awning. It seems the sites that back onto the road allow more space but you have to reverse into those and unhitch. Some shade. The amenities are clean and each cubicle is huge. Laundry $4 for a clean wash. Easy walk into town (1.5 km) to see the nightly Silo Art Light and Sound show at 7pm and 7.30 pm (or 8.30 and 9.00 daylight saving). THOROUGHLY recommend it - it's on the silos, almost across from the RSL. The only downside to the park was the bloody dog across the road that wants to bark at anything that moves, from 6am !!!

NSW, Muswellbrook, Muswellbrook Showground

Date of Stay: November 2023 Rating:
Ouch, turned up 18/11/23 to find a rodeo and food festival in progress. No campers allowed. Left a message and the lovely lady rang back and booked us in for 3 days as from Monday. In the meantime, we backtracked 25 km to Scone to the stay there until Monday. Cannot believe there are no other caravan parks in Muswellbrook!!

NSW, Muswellbrook, Muswellbrook Showground

Date of Stay: November 2023 Rating: 2.5
$30 power and water. $25 unpowered. We had to borrow another 20m power lead from the office to reach the power box from our particular site. Water was at the same connection and we had to use our main hose plus our smaller extension to reach it. Access to clean and spacious amenities is via a code. A lot of miners in vans down the back who generally ignored the speed limit plus there was a lot of back and forth along the access road by them which was annoying after a while. Being woken at 5:30 by them heading off to work, plus trucks starting up and idling for over ten minutes, was not a lot of fun. It was by far the noisiest and most annoying showground we have ever stayed at. Seeing there is no alternative caravan park in the town limits, it is what it is. We just did not stay as long as we planned because of it. Would never stay here again.

NSW, Scone, Scone Caravan Park

Date of Stay: November 2023 Rating: 3
The other park did not look inviting at all. This one was just as small but looked in better shape. $35 for power and water. Water pressure excellent. Level sites. Some permanents who were not overly friendly (did not get one cheery wave returned). The owners were most friendly in comparison. Amenities were clean. The small showers had no place to rest clothes other than on hooks. I made a comment when I left that the dog crap near our site was not from our dog who is always on a lead. As we drove off, a permanent was cleaning up the same dog crap (supposedly after the owner spoke to her). The park is next to the main railway line that is mostly used by 80+ long coal carriages pulled by up to 3 diesels. You can obviously hear the diesels go past but then the carriages are not that noisy. We had no problem at night and I can be a light sleeper, so don't let the train proximity put you off.