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SA, Oakden Hills, Monalena Rest Area

Date of Stay: June 2024 Rating: 2
A typical outback rest area with access to to spots way off the road rather than park in the rest area itself. We have stayed here before for a few days each time to break the long trip north. The main north/south train line is 350 yards behind the rest area but does not cause too much noise at night with the few trains. Likewise, trucks at night are minimal. The ground is red sand but the tracks are compact and out front-wheel-drive motorhome coped no problems. Bins, but that's all other than a shelter. Desert oaks abound, and a family of emus might make an appearance. No easy firewood, so bring your own

SA, Port Pirie, CMCA RV Park

Date of Stay: June 2024 Rating: 3
Same as our previous stay here 2 years ago. Non-members of CMCA parks can stay here (or at any CMCA park). $15 non-members per vehicle, or for members it's $3 per site plus $2 per adult. It is a large, level open area behind the large shopping complex which include Coles and BWS (easy walking distance), and next door to the Port Pirie Football Club (easy staggering distance) who leases the land to CMCA. Bins, and dump point. Water available but not for permanent hook-up. Happy-hour shelter with a wood fire (controlled by the onsite Custodian, otherwise no fires allowed at sites). Lots of info at the shelter plus the Custodian was very helpful. Discounted drinks and meals at the footy club for people staying at the RV park. Meals are good there as well. Centrally located to town.

SA, Redhill, Redhill RV Park

Date of Stay: June 2024 Rating: 2.5
No amenities except bins. This is a self-contained park only. 48-hour maximum. Set amongst trees and grass. Not good if you need solar. All level area. Off the highway by a few hundred metres, so the truck noise can bother some but it's not bad. The northern railway line is closer but few trains use it at night. The town is worth a walk around.

SA, Mallala, Mallala Camping Ground

Date of Stay: June 2024 Rating: 3.5
Bookings only via online website. $12 per night. Separate signed areas for caravans, RVs, or tents. Choose the site on the web page. All flat areas. Access to water connections. No power. Amenities next door, with shower $2 for 4 mins. One washing machine with clothes line. Central camp kitchen. Dump point. Easy walk to town. We found the Shell servo to be the cheapest on the drive north toward Port Augusta! The hotel had mixed reviews for dinner so we didn't bother. Quiet all night.

Vic, Ararat, Green Hill Lake Camping Park

Date of Stay: June 2024 Rating: 4
For a campground with LOTS of unmarked camping sites with great lake views, this is alright. Some amenity blocks few and far between, but since this is self-contained area, that should not be a problem. The camping area extends 2 km around the lake with a dump point at the far end. The sites nearer the lake slope badly in most places but parking side-on would be best. The sites away from the lake but still with views are all level. Fire pits to quite a few sites. Good boat ramp toward the start. Rubbish bins throughout.

SA, Andamooka, Andamooka RV Camp

Date of Stay: June 2024 Rating: 3.5
We have stayed here 2 years ago. Very similar report but the prices have changed. This is a donation RV park. $4 per person per night unpowered site; $12 per caravan/MH per night powered site. Honesty box in front of the central amenities. Two toilet/shower rooms in central block. Other toilets closer to large UC playground and skatepark. Dump point and potable water (on the hill, signed). When we were there, a machine was there to charge for water but water came out without payment. Large open area. No shade. Andamooka is basically an opal mining town. There's a pub, PO/museum, and a bottle shop with a very small selection of extremely overpriced food essentials. If you have a 4WD then a drive to Lake Torrens is a must (check at the PO or pub re current track and lake levels). There is a very interesting free set of historical huts in the main street. Worth a stop. Also, take a drive around the perimeter road for some great scenery. We snagged the last powered site this time; much busier than the same time 2 years ago.

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, 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.

NSW, Rylstone, Rylstone Caravan Park

Date of Stay: November 2023 Rating: 3
Owen, the current caretaker, was friendly and liked a laugh. The park is close to town and central for a base to tour the Bylong Valley and even Mudgee. There are unobtrusive works under way to make improvements. Already there is a brand new amenities block. Flat sites on grass. Nice outlook over the golf course. Dump point on site. $31 for power and water. Sullage to the ground via a hose - NOT on the actual site for the next user to cope with.