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Reports by:- Shez

NSW, Wauchope, Wauchope Showgrounds

Date of Stay: July 2018 Rating: 2
Stayed here for the weekend for the annual Yesteryear Truck show. Plenty of room for all sorts of rigs. Power and water available to most of the grounds. No busy traffic noise. Dogs allowed. Hot showers but amenities are very old and in bad condition. When we were there one of the shower doors fell off because the wood was so rotten. So we were down to one shower in the ladies! But then the managers locked us out of that amenities because they thought someone had trashed the ladies! We were not impressed. I emailed the show grounds asking if it can be repaired. The Billabong Zoo is well worth a visit if staying here. Privately owned it’s a lovely zoo with a lovely collection of well cared for animals. Staff are lovely.

NSW, Nambucca Heads, Nambucca Headland Holiday Park

Date of Stay: September 2017 Rating: 3.5
Very friendly staff, no complaints. Very good value for money $33 for 2A PN, powered, shoulder season. Amenities are close to only some sites, were clean, condition is reasonable, 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 medium to large vans, very few annex slabs, very few sites are shaded, hard to negotiate into site, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, basic camp kitchen, dump point, secure entry, van parking, book swap available, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 2. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs, congenial bbq area atmosphere, seating provided at bbq. No playground. No pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families.
Liked:- Price per site is good compaired to other parks in area. Allows pets. Dog hydro bath near amenities. Close to the beach. Lovely peaceful setting with many trees.
Disliked:- Park is on different levels which may be difficult for mobility impaired people because amenities is a walk up a hill or steps. However if this is a problem for you ask for a powered site on same level as amenities. Unpowered sites quite a walk up the hill to amenities however this did not affect my stay. Park has mainly unsealed roads so car and van gets quite dusty. However we had not had much rain for weeks so everything was a dry.
Parking:- No problems with parking with a van on
Local Information:- Close to nice beach all be it a steep walk down to but has a large carpark to park your car. Short drive to supermarket and other shops. Great place to stay for Father's Day Rusty Iron Rally at Macksville only 20 minute drive away.

NSW, Yamba, Calypso Holiday Park

Date of Stay: May 2017 Rating: 3.5
This park is very old park. It sits on reclaimed land, where you park your van used to have boats and the walking track next to park was actually a break wall with a railway track on top of it to tend the boats. The amenities while old are very clean and everything works sits in the middle of the park. Cabins are roomy and clean. Sites are normal size. One end of the park has extra toilets and showers and the other has just some extra toilets. There a few BBQ huts placed around the park. The pool is simple, not shaded. Camp kitchen has only a fridge and microwave and a kettle. Laundry has a good number of washing machines. Because of the town being so close by the party goers at the local pub were a little noisy on the Saturday night but didn't cause too much of a problem.
$38 for 2A. Paid $33, reduced for Pension discount. Sites will accommodate medium to large vans. carrier used was Optus, reception quality was 4.
Liked:- Location and staff friendliness.
Disliked:- No security, no boom gates and there is a walkway along side of park that anyone can use.
Parking:- Plenty of parking for check in
Local Information:- Walking track next to park easy access to beach and break wall. Ferry leaves from wharf to Iluka. Walk to town centre from the entrance, camping shops and take aways only minutes walk from park.

NSW, Guyra, Guyra Summit Caravan Park

Date of Stay: November 2016 Rating: 2
Manager's name is Rebecca and Ash
Very old and run down park but is cheap. Park is for sale. On site managers are friendly but don't do much in the park. Cabins and bunk houses are full of itinerant workers but they are quiet. Mainly over night vans park at this park.
Very friendly staff, no complaints. Reasonable value for money $25 for 2A PN, powered. Paid $150, reduced for Long term stay $150 per week, to work in area for a few months. Ask for a discount for a week or more. Amenities are close to only some sites, were dirty, condition is poor, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation. Some unlevel sites, poor night lighting, sites will accommodate medium to large vans, very few annex slabs, shade to some sites, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Basic laundry, no rec room, basic camp kitchen, late checkout allowed, no wireless internet available., you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Optus, reception quality was 4. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Dirty UC gas BBQs are free, dismal bbq area atmosphere. No playground. No pool. Suitable for few days.
Liked:- Cheapest park in area. Quiet convenient to town and limited local attractions.
Disliked:- The amenities are so old and although they worked they were never cleaned. Showers have no where to put things other then a folding down piece of wood on the wall, there are small hooks on back of doors and a shower caddies in the cubical.
Parking:- Easy parking. Not a secure park but nothing to worry about.
Local Information:- Short drive into town where all basic services are provided.

NSW, Sydney, Lane Cove River Tourist Park - North Ryde

Date of Stay: August 2016 Rating: 3.5
Just a short report to let everyone know that this park has just put up its prices. $42 per night for a powered site, 2.5% booking fee plus NO 7th night free as it has been on ALL our other visits. Disgusted with this government owned park being so greedy like this!! Wont be staying as often as we did any more. Might look at other options too next time!

NSW, Port Stephens, BIG4 Koala Shores Holiday Parks - Lemon Tree Passage

Date of Stay: August 2016 Rating: 4.5
Well appointed park considering the price. Would expect to pay more.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $35 for 2A PN, powered, peak season. Paid $31.50, reduced for Big 4 membership. Amenities are close to only some 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, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, no rec room, good camp kitchen, kiosk, dump point, secure entry, book swap available, wireless internet is available costs , you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Optus, reception quality was 4. Quiet, open & roomy park, inadequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Good playground, in good condition. Clean pool, kid-safe pool area, tables and chairs provided, toddlers catered for. Suitable for month or longer, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe.
Liked:- Water front park. Excellent facilities in the park. Lovely pool, big camp kitchen and under cover BBQ area, Tennis court, volley ball court, mini golf, fenced off leash area for dogs to play. Spotless amenities block. Park is in quite location and has walking track by the water into town.
Disliked:- Water front sites are a fair walk from amenities block. An extra one should be built for those sites to use. Mini golf very basic. Laminate on bench in womens amenities is peeling.
Parking:- There is no room to park while checking in so you block the entrance. You could park back on side of the road the road goes no where apart from into the park so no traffic.
Added Touches:- Managers arrange communal fire pits and keep them stoked for visitors. Also wood fire in the camp kitchen also tended by managers. Park has own small jetty and boat ramp with fish cleaning table. On check in are given a list of places to get a meal and local information.

NSW, Seal Rocks, Seal Rocks Camping Reserve

Date of Stay: August 2016 Rating: 4
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Reasonable value for money $36 for 2A, off-peak season. Amenities are close to only some sites, were clean, condition is good, water pressure is bad / Variable pressure experienced, there was inadequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Some level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate medium to large vans, annex slabs to some sites, no sites are shaded, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Basic laundry, no rec room, good camp kitchen, disabled facilities, secure entry, wireless internet is available is free. Quiet, open & roomy park, inadequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. No playground. No pool. Suitable for few days.
Liked:- Location.
Disliked:- Timed shower which do not tell you how long the hot water will run for or when it is about to be shut off. Button can not be reset for god knows how long because it wont let you so you have to finish your shower with cold water. No mobile phone service in park and WIFI is sketchy.
Parking:- Plenty of parking for check in
Road Conditions:- All roads are now sealed to the park.

NSW, Tuncurry, Tuncurry Beach Caravan Park

Date of Stay: June 2016 Rating: 4
Manager's name is Helen
Lovely well maintained park a short walk to break wall and safe netted swimming rock pool
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $35 for 2A PN, 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, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate medium to large vans, annex slabs to most sites, shade to some sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, no rec room, basic camp kitchen, disabled facilities, dump point, secure entry, wireless internet is available is free. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, many permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting. Basic playground, in good condition. No pool. Suitable for month or longer, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Loved the park being next to the beach. Good sealed roads and well grassed and neatly mowed. Permanent vans are neat and tidy. Really lovely park. Will stay again. Very helpful managers. New double concrete slabs being put in while we were there.
Disliked:- Amenities maybe a little plain and boring but well maintained and very clean. Nothing to complain about really
Parking:- 2 lanes for check in.
Added Touches:- We were given excellent information about the area when we checked in.
Local Information:- 10 minute walk to new Woolworths store. Short walk to near by beach and break wall.

NSW, Gloucester, Gloucester Holiday Park

Date of Stay: June 2016 Rating: 2.5
Manager's name is Wendy
Friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. $35 for 2A, powered. Paid $31.50, reduced for group discount we supposed because there were 2 vans in our booking but we never found out why. Amenities are close to only some sites, were clean, condition is reasonable, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, very few annex slabs, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Basic laundry, no rec room, basic camp kitchen, disabled facilities, dump point, no wireless internet available., you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Optus, reception quality was 4. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere. No playground. No pool. Suitable for a week or more.
Liked:- Allows dogs and Fire drums with wood fires allowed. Gloucester river next to park great for dogs to play in.
Disliked:- Amenities are old and dated but worked ok. Park is not well maintained but didn't cause any problem for us. Mini golf is not well maintained but people were playing it when we were there. Very few annex slabs. Permanents are little shabby but there are not too many.
Parking:- Easy parking
Added Touches:- Fire drums for hire for wood fires
Local Information:- National parks a bit of a drive away on good dirt roads. Great lookouts, walks, picnic areas and drop toilets. Woolworths and IGA in town which is close by. Museum and info place in town. Thunderbolts café has an all day menu with yummy pizzas after 5.30. Good bakery.
Road Conditions:- Road from Wingham to Gloucester best avoided as it is narrow and windy. From Nabiac a bit better.

NSW, Singleton, Wyland Caravan Park

Date of Stay: June 2016 Rating: 1.5
Very old and tired park but the grass is all mowed and fairly tidy. Very basic cabins to hire also several old onsite vans to hire. looks like mainly seasonal workers or people working in the near by coal mines live here. No slabs to sites and are mostly un level. Amenities at the rear of the park. There was an old burnt out clothes dryer sitting outside the laundry, not a good look!