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Reports by:- Motherhen

WA, Gracetown, Gracetown Caravan Park

Date of Stay: March 2018 Rating: 3.5
Manager's name is Laura
This is an old caravan park, with roomy sites under shady peppermint trees. Many sites have the sand stabilised by pinned shadecloth. Top Tourist Parks member. Gracetown Caravan Park is accessed from Cowaramup Bay Road, not far from Caves Road. Gracetown Beach on Cowaramup Bay is a further three kilometres, and it is fourteen kilometres to Margaret River from Gracetown Caravan Park. Old amenities block well maintained, freshly painted and kept clean. Showers cubicles small but well designed. Walls to floor so no splash or run-off into adjoining cubicles. Shower head facing inwards from the dressing cubicle division wall and a step down into the shower using different coloured tiles to avoid tripping, keeping the dressing cubicle floor dry. Rubber mat provided, shelf and two hooks. Inward opening doors on toilets and showers. Water hot at all times. Good mirrors. Power points at hand basins for shavers or hairdryers. Hand wash and hot air hand dryer. Water limited to maximum five minute showers by request. Water supply is from a dam on the property, and is fully treated on site to produce a good quality potable water. No washing cars, boats or caravans. Laundry with three washing machines at $4 per load, two dryers and three hoists. Ironing board, with iron for hire from office. Power outlets, taps and sullage pit central point between each four sites. Need adequate length power cord and sullage hoses.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $35 for 2A PN, powered. Paid $30, reduced for 7 nights pay for 6. Amenities are close to only some sites, were clean, condition is good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate medium to large vans, annex slabs to some sites, shade to most sites, ensuite sites available, hard to negotiate into site, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, kiosk, secure entry, book swap available, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra. Quiet, adequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. Clean UC BBQs, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Good playground, in good condition. No pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe.
Liked:- Quiet and bushland setting. Dry shower cubicles and mat provided. Friendly and helpful reception.
Disliked:- No pets (due to adjoining national park and visiting wildlife). No disability access bathroom (this is planned for next upgrade). No dump point (speak to office staff about alternatives). Many sites difficult to manoeuvre large rigs into.
Parking:- Adequate room, plus visitor car park.
Added Touches:- Family friendly with mini gold course, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Playground for younger children. Bouncy castle and waterslide during summer school holidays. Outdoor movie screen with movies shown two nights per week, excluding winter months. Bring your own chairs.
Local Information:- Centrally located in the Leeuwin Naturaliste region for visiting some of the 75 surf breaks, as well as caves and forests. Numerous wineries and boutique breweries, with top class dining at many of these and other restaurants. Centrally located to visit the caves of the Leeuwin Naturaliste karst. Visit an olive farm, venison farm, chocolate factory, nougat manufacturer, honey producers, cheese and yoghurt makers and many other treats.

WA, Salmon Gums, Salmon Gums Caravan Park

Date of Stay: September 2017 Rating: 3.5
Manager's name is Peter
While not a commercial caravan park being but community managed, this is a beautiful little caravan park with volunteer caretaker and a congenial atmosphere. Level sites with blue metal spread to keep it clean and dust free. Garden beds through the park add to the appeal of this park. Quiet location out of town, adjacent to railway line, but not many trains go through. The tiny town of Salmon Gums is 100 kilometres north of Esperance and almost 100 kilometres south of Norseman on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway. Turn east into Moore Street and cross railway line. Salmon Gums East Road bears right, then turn right at sign to the caravan park. $15 powered, $10 unpowered, cash only. Power and water at sites. NO dump point or disability access amenities. Small amenities block with one shower in gents and two showers in ladies (one signed for Caretaker only). Curtain and mat in the shower cubicle. Small dressing area does not have a shelf. Water hot and facilities well maintained and clean. Twin tub washing machine $5. Microwave in the laundry section of the amenities block. Two clothes hoists. Covered picnic area with sink. Communal campfire each afternoon. Pets permitted
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $15 for 2A PN, powered. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, shade to some sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Basic laundry, basic rec room, basic camp kitchen, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 5. Quiet, open & roomy park, no permanent/annual vans. No BBQs. No playground. No pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park.
Liked:- Pleasant and congenial atmosphere, greeted by friendly host, lovely flower beds through this small campground. Quiet location. We do not expect the same standard of amenities in a low cost community owned camp, but these are well maintained with extras like mats in showers. Water hot. This park is a pleasure to visit.
Disliked:- No dump point, no disability access bathroom.
Parking:- Plenty of room.
Added Touches:- Communal campfire each night.

SA, Ceduna, Ceduna Airport Caravan Park

Date of Stay: September 2017 Rating: 3
A large area (260 sites powered and unpowered) with only a dozen caravanners staying at time of our visit. Level grassed drive through sites. Power, taps and sullage points at each site. $30 per night, no unpowered rate. Close to highway but units near the front of the park reduce traffic noise. Airport for small aircraft only busy during the day. The owner appears to run this park on his own. It includes three cottages and two blocks each with six bedsit units. There is a newer licenced restaurant offering a basic menu. Amenities old and in need of TLC, cleaning only basic. Stainless steel handbasins, mirrors, power points and hooks. Showers with water saver shower heads, water very hot, no curtain, ledge or mat. Shelf and one hook on door in dressing section. Adult bathroom with toilet, basin and bath. Child bathroom was out of action and locked. NO disability bathroom. Laundry with four washing machines $3 and three very large dryers. Bench for sorting. Three troughs with hot and cold water but no plugs, not well cleaned. Iron and ironing board available by request. Long clothes line with four lines, three looked rusty. No clothes hoists. Swimming pool and games room not inspected. Dump point (primitive) with hose at rear. Pets permitted. The man who owns the park appears to do everything himself with no employees. We only stayed here to meet someone, and even then only coming in after speaking to other caravanners there who were happy with the facilities.
Average staff friendliness, no complaints. Reasonable value for money $30 for 2A, powered. Amenities are close to only some sites, cleanliness was average, condition is reasonable, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, shade to some sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Basic laundry, no camp kitchen, dump point, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 5. Quiet, open & roomy park, a few permanent/annual vans. No BBQs. No playground. Suitable for overnighter.
Liked:- Water very hot. Being on the edge of town it seemed safe and secure.
Added Touches:- Fish cleaning sink and bins

NSW, Wentworth, Willow Bend Caravan Park

Date of Stay: September 2017 Rating: 4.5
Fairly level lush green grassy sites, smaller powered and unpowered sites along the edge of the water. Large drive through sites available. Amenities and laundry in fair to good condition although old. No curtains or mats, but shower floor lowered to avoid water in dressing area. Basins in bathrooms higher than normal and could be awkward for young children. Disability access bathroom. Washing baskets and trolley provided in laundry which has a large sorting bench. Washing machines $3 and dryers $4. Plenty of clothes hoists. Poems by bush poet Bill Murray on laundry notice boards. Covered camp kitchen with barbecues. Dump point. Taps near all sites, power outlets set well apart (take a long flex). Cabins available. Boats launching and mooring. $25 unpowered and $27 powered.
Average staff friendliness, average staff response to complaints. Good value for money $27 for 2A, powered. Amenities are close to most sites, cleanliness was average, condition is reasonable, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, shade to some sites, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, basic camp kitchen, dump point carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 5. Quiet, open & roomy park, no permanent/annual vans. UC BBQs. No playground. No pool. Suitable for few days.
Liked:- Lovely riverside location. Good amenities block and laundry. Hosts showed us sites best suited to our needs. Pets at management discretion. Very quiet park, although in walking distance to town.
Disliked:- Night lights were bright, spoiling the remote feel of this camp. Park was still being repaired following being flooded in November 2016. Maintenance needed in amenities with dripping taps. While we were there sewerage system blocked so we had to use our own toilet. Showers and toilets unavailable while plumbers worked on the problem.
Local Information:- Tourism information: A short drive to confluence of Darling and Murray Rivers and Lock 10, although waters can mix through a channel opposite the caravan park in the isthmus between the two rivers. Memorials to Fergy – the small Ferguson tractors used to build the levy bank and save the town during the flooding of 1956. Old wharf. Sturt’s tree within caravan park; where explorer Charles Sturt moored his boat having found the confluence of the two rivers in January 1930. Wentworth is a very neat and pretty small town, known for its rose gardens.

NSW, Wellington, Wellington Caves Caravan Park

Date of Stay: August 2017 Rating: 5
Manager's name is Wellington Shire Council
Eight kilometres south of Wellington turn west at sign for a further kilometre to Wellington Caves complex and the roomy well grassed caravan park with 36 drive through powered sites. A little further on is the Wellington Golf Course. $25 off peak and $35 peak periods for powered sites. Peak periods are the NSW school holidays, long weekends & local event weekends This complex has had a major $1.2 million upgrade since our last visit. Old amenities block remains but was locked. New adjacent block has roomy showers. New large disability bathroom. New washing machines and dryers plus ironing board and iron in laundry. Spacious grassy drive through sites linked with bitumised driveways. Although sites close to amenities are level, sites further out are on a slight slope. Power and water close to sites. Some trees. Good water pressure and adequate hot water. Cabins with two cabins wheelchair accessible. Fully enclosed brick camp kitchen and recreation room. Two picnic shelters with free gas barbecues and seating. Orange low impact night lighting. Being a kilometre away from highway there was no traffic noise. Playground and swimming pool. Pool has been replaced as part of the upgrade. Now on good quality scheme water (previously on bore water). Dump point with drive over access for busses. Pets permitted. Quiet environment. A very pleasant place to stay.
Friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $25 for 2A, powered, off-peak season. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, annex slabs to some sites, shade to some sites, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, kiosk, disabled facilities, dump point carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 3. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs, seating provided at bbq. Good playground. Clean pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Excellent new amenities and laundry, quiet location, grassed sites.
Parking:- Large parking area with plenty of room
Local Information:- Visit the Wellington Caves with three open to the public

NSW, Gulargambone, Gulargambone Caravan Park

Date of Stay: August 2017 Rating: 4.5
Manager's name is David and Bernadette
The caravan park everyone is talking about. In the tiny town of Gulargambone, between Coonamble and Gilgandra. Turn west from the Castlereagh Highway into Bourbah Street, the left into Munnell Street, just on front of the Post Office where there is a caravan park sign. Next right into Skuthorpe Street for around 70 metres to caravan park entrance. Close to Warrumbungle National Park. 38 powered sites and large unpowered area. Drive through level green grassy sites.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $20 for 2A PN, unpowered. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, car wash, dump point, book swap available, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 2. Quiet, open & roomy park, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park.
Liked:- Friendly and welcoming hosts, pleasant environment, good venue for social interaction, or just sitting back with a cuppa. Large and very well provisioned communal area where the kettle is always ready for making a cuppa and a chat, and usually someone cooking morning or afternoon tea to share.. Extras in the bathroom, with it being well appointed, including the anti-static shower curtains and mats. Pets permitted.
Disliked:- If I have to be picky: This CP only fell short of 5/5 due to the lack of a disability access shower, with disability toilet only. The renovated bathroom has small shower cubicles, with inward opening doors. I discussed the convenience of making the to open outwards with David, so it may happen. $1 credit card fee, which I was happy to pay for the convenience.
Parking:- Room to park inside gate by office
Added Touches:- Free nibbles at undercover campfire and happy hour every afternoon. Camp oven roast dinners for $10 twice a week. All crockery and cutlery is provided in the communal area, and guests are welcome to make morning and afternoon teas. Great social interaction just happens.
Local Information:- Close to Warrumbungle NP. A small town that was dying. The trade at this happy caravan park is a boost for the whole town.

NSW, Molong, Molong Caravan Park

Date of Stay: August 2017 Rating: 5
Council owned small caravan park with a cheerful and helpful caretaker. Sixteen powered sites and a few unpowered tent sites. Level and well grassed sites, sullage points for hoses. Although close to the Mitchell Highway, being on town and on a bend, truck travel slowly and without using air brakes, so the location is surprisingly quiet. Indian Pacific railway line is across the highway, but trains were not noisy or not during the night. Old amenities block has been updated and is very well appointed with extras like shower curtain and mat in dressing area provided. Well designed with shower heads set sideways plus a ledge so there is no splashing into dressing area. Basins, large mirrors and power points. Key required for access to amenities to prevent public access due to location. Box for leaving key on departure if caretaker not there. Disability bathroom, but this was not inspected. Laundry with two washing machines, dryer, ironing board and iron, all fee free. Free electric barbecue in a roofed picnic area, with seating and a sink. Cabins. Dump point. Pets permitted. Molong has people who are approachable, friendly, and happy to talk to you; a pleasure to walk around this small town. Easy walk to main street alongside grocery store from the caravan park, and store is convenient for shopping being so close. We chose this pleasant environment rather than stay in Orange. $22.50 per night with a pay for two and get third night free offer. While booking in for two nights, we took up the offer and did stay the third night, touring the Orange area from this very pleasant small park.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $22.50 for 2A PN, powered. Paid $15, reduced for Stay three nights, pay for two offer. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, shade to most sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, no rec room, basic camp kitchen, disabled facilities, dump point, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 5. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. Clean UC electric BBQs are free, seating provided at bbq. No playground. No pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Cheerful welcome from caretaker to this pleasant park in a small town. Amenities very well designed and fitted out and kept clean. Laundry well equipped, and no cost to use machines or iron. Flat grassed sites. Some trees if shade preferred. Everything you need in this park. What more could you want?
Disliked:- Not really dislikes, but the only possible negatives would be: Being located on the Highway and near rail line, there is some traffic noise, but this is not loud. Remember to take your key to the amenities block.

NSW, White Cliffs, Opal Pioneer Caravan And Camping Tourist Park

Date of Stay: August 2017 Rating: 5
Older amenities block donga style, nicely set up and maintained. New brick amenities block also good. Shower cubicles small, with ledge and shower curtain, mat shelf and hooks in small dressing area. Disability bathroom was in older block, but this was locked and not inspected. Laundry with three washing machines $4 and two dryers $3, ironing board but no iron. Two troughs with hot and cold water. Lovely large fully enclosed camp kitchen with lots of benches with seating. Fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery and cutlery in kitchen area. Barbecues in picnic shelter with additional picnic shelters around the campground. Enclosed playground. Dump point. Pets permitted. $20 powered, $15 unpowered. Showers $1 for five minutes.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $20 for 2A PN, powered. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, extra charge for shower, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites are shaded, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, dump point, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 5. Quiet, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC BBQs. Good playground, in good condition. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Has all the conveniences needed; hot showers with shower curtains and mats, laundry with hot water in troughs (unusual), large and fully equipped fully enclosed camp kitchen/recreation room. Level sites with concrete tracks.
Disliked:- Only drawbacks, not dislikes as this is expected in this dry area. Sites are not grassed, and it is recommended not to drink the scheme water.
Road Conditions:- Sealed road from Wilcannia is excellent. Dirt roads in other directions were poorly maintained.

NSW, Coonamble, Riverside Caravan Park

Date of Stay: August 2017 Rating: 3.5
This small council owned caravan park has been refurbished with a large new amenities block and laundry (opened two years ago but kept looking like new). Park is next to a Castlereagh Highway, so traffic noise cannot be avoided. Level grassed sites. There are lots of old on-site vans giving a messy appearance. Power outlet, tap, and sullage point at powered site and bins and powered and unpowered sites. $25 powered and $18 unpowered for two. Amenities block and laundry have movement sensitive lights. Basins with large mirrors. Paper towels provided. A good number of showers and toilets, but showers have been constructed cheaply. With a large gap under walls between showers, water splashes and can flow into adjacent cubicles. No division, ledge or shower curtain to keep dressing area dry and no mat provided. Only one hook on door for clothes and towel. A nice large disability bathroom. New laundry is large and has bench space, two washing machines $4, two dryers $4, ironing board and iron, trolley and baskets. Clothes hoists are old and dilapidated at the rear of the park heavily shaded under trees. In addition to the older on site caravans, there were a few cabins. Dump point, which is also available for public access. Pets permitted.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $18 for 2A, unpowered. Amenities are close to all sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, shade to most sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, no rec room, no camp kitchen, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 4. Noisy, open & roomy park, adequate shade. No BBQs. No playground. No pool. Suitable for few days, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Large modern amenities block and well equipped large laundry room. Movement sensitive lights in each. Level sites. Dump point, open to public. Friendly and helpful caretaker.
Disliked:- Showers have no curtains or mats, and the design allows the water to splash into the dressing area and into the next shower cubicle. Old and dilapidated clothes hoists which are under very shady trees. Traffic noise from highway.

Qld, Charleville, Charleville Bush Caravan Park

Date of Stay: July 2017 Rating: 4.5
Manager's name is Cheryl and Jeff
A most enjoyable park. This is a park for non smokers and no pets, so it does not suit everyone.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff helped us at the site, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $30 for 2A, powered. Amenities are close to all sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, shade to some sites, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, dump point, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 3. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. No playground. No pool. Suitable for a week or more.
Liked:- Semi rural location, bush appearance and feel of campsite, friendly welcome and continued friendly interaction from camp hosts and helpers. Quality and clean amenities and facilities. A good social gathering each evening around the camp fire where damper is cooked each evening. Other meals such as a catered for meal at very reasonable cost or a pizza night (BYO) further enhance the social aspect. Roomy drive through sites.
Disliked:- Not a dislike, but some feel a little uncomfortable about the unisex amenities blocks, although the showers and toilets are fully enclosed; no gaps over or under doors. Just as a notification, payment is cash only, no card facilities.
Parking:- Plenty of room
Added Touches:- Damper by the campfire every night. Camp oven dinners and pizza nights.
Local Information:- Charleville has a lot of history. A visit to the Cosmos centre a mist and what brings many to Charleville.