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Vic, Stawell, Stawell's Grampians Gate Caravan Park

Date of Stay: November 2022 Rating: 4
Manager's name is Marianne & Peter
This is a great caravan park, whether you are stopping for one night or one week. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Our booking arrangements for a group of 40 (caravans and cabins) was handled efficiently. Their kindness was above and beyond their responsibility when one of our members became unwell. The lake views are amazing with lots of water birds enjoying the environment.
Very friendly staff, good staff response to complaints, staff helped us at the site, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $110.00 for 2A PN, cabin. Amenities are close to all sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation. Good laundry, no rec room, good camp kitchen, late checkout allowed, dump point, van parking, book swap available, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 4. Quiet, open & roomy 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. Good playground, in good condition. No pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park.
Liked:- Friendliness of all staff. Two camp kitchens; one is enclosed and has a piano, the other is a huge structure with open side walls
Disliked:- Noisy corellas in trees early in the morning
Parking:- Parking bays opposite the office
Added Touches:- Owners supplied enough meat for 2 bbq nights (with a big group) Discounts available at local wineries. Advice and info for most tourist places in the region.
Local Information:- Lots of wineries; Halls Gap and the Grampians; gold history; the Stawell Gift museum. The Gift Hotel serves excellent meals and can cope with large groups.
Road Conditions:- Due to the recent heavy rain, the Western Highway from Bacchus Marsh onwards towards the South Australian border is deeply pot-holed.

Vic, Wangaratta, Painters Island Caravan Park

Date of Stay: March 2022 Rating: 4
What a fantastic caravan park! Just a quick walk across the suspension bridge lands you in the cafe/restaurant area. Everything that has been said in previous reports is true. The managers are friendly and helpful, ensuring that the traveller's time is a memorable one. We paid $35/night 2 adults grass site. At this time of the year, two backing sites are turned into one long drive through site, making a huge site. There are shady trees providing welcome shade from summer sun. The new BBQ area is fantastic. We were with a group and everyone intends to return soon. Don't forget the nearby wineries of King Valley and Rutherglen!

Vic, Beaufort, Beaufort Lake Caravan Park

Date of Stay: October 2021 Rating: 0.5
We were booked into this council owned caravan park, $210 stay for 7 pay for 6. Drive around the football oval to the reception building. Closed with no contact number for the manager, we went looking for assistance, noting long grass higher than car tyres and dead, rundown gardens. The cleaner advised that the manager wouldn't be back till much later, so we checked out the amenities, 2 showers with mould and moss growing in the corners. That was enough. We left. This park is in a pretty setting by the lake and within walking distance of the lovely town. What a shame the park was so rundown.

Vic, Ararat, Acacia Caravan Park

Date of Stay: October 2021 Rating: 4
Member of Family Parks group, we paid $120 for 5 nights, discount for membership and promotion. Owners, Kaylene and Matt, are welcoming, friendly and helpful. Amenities were spotless, lots of hot water, a heater and baths mats supplied. Enclosed camp kitchen had all essentials plus a swap library, a coffee machine and a vending machine, with Happy Hour drinks available from the office. BBQ area and fire pit. Sites are level with grass, concrete strips or gravel. Surrounding gardens are well kept. New to the park are two charging stations for electric cars (free to guests). Highly recommend this lovely caravan park.

Vic, Halls Gap, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park

Date of Stay: May 2021 Rating: 3
This is a huge park, 4km from town, in the G'day group, so there are bound to be lots of bells and whistles and family groups. In times of Covid, booking in is a computer and Q code based process . It is preferred that people do not enter the reception area. We paid $35.10 per night powered drive through site in the top section, with a noisy gravel road behind us. Site was sandy with some grass, covered in kangaroo poo. Amenities are modern with individual small bathrooms. But given their concern re Covid, why is there no hand towel or hand dryer? Lots to see and do in Halls Gap. Not one of my favorite caravan parks.

Vic, Casterton, Island Park Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2021 Rating: 2.5
This little community park is one street back from the man road and is set in the sporting precinct. You can book and pay at the Info Centre where you can use card or you can pay the caretaker when she visits, but that must be cash. We paid $28 per night powered site. Generally you choose your own site, but the numbering system is a bit hard to understand. Sites are grass, although there are 3 concrete slabs. The amenities block is small (2 showers, 2 toilets) and very clean. The cleaner visited twice a day. The washing machines and dryers are $1 per wash. There is no camp kitchen. The town of Casterton is the home of the kelpie - check out the museum. There are many drives through beautiful countryside surrounding the town.

Vic, Port Fairy, Gum Tree Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2021 Rating: 3
Gum Tree is about 4km out of town; watch out for the signs. A quiet park operated by a dynamic couple who are very welcoming and helpful. Sites are grass, some under shady trees. Water is either bore or rain water tank - there is no town water. Amenities are modern but water from the shower creeps out into the drying area. It takes a minute for hot water to come through the shower. The step up to the ladies is very difficult to see at night. The camp kitchen is well supplied and has a television. There is a massive dog run area at the back of the park. Historic Port Fairy is nearby and it's not much further to the Irish town of Koroit and then on to Warrnambool,

Vic, Camperdown, Lakes And Craters Holiday Park

Date of Stay: April 2021 Rating: 2.5
This caravan park is right on top of the hill looking out over the town and the lakes and craters district. There is no reception area, you check in by following the prompts on a screen and the machine only accepts card.. Check the sites first because many are quite steep and not suitable for large caravans. We paid $33 per night powered site. Rod works in the afternoons and is very helpful. Sites are mostly grass and many have huge old shady trees. Amenities are old but very clean and the hot water is instant. The camp kitchen is very well provided and has a television. Night lighting is very poor. Camperdown is a beaut little town with many eateries. Check out Timboon, Cobden and Port Campbell.

Vic, Wangaratta, BIG4 Wangaratta North Cedars Holiday Park

Date of Stay: November 2020 Rating: 4
Great park, about 3km out of city centre. With Big 4 discount, we paid $31.50 per night. Most sites have concrete drive strips for the wheels and a slab. There are huge shady trees, necessary when the weather heats up. Managers are very welcoming and helpful with tourist info. Amenities are very clean and central to most sites. Camp kitchen, pool and games room available. When staying, make sure you visit the historic Vines Hotel, just a short walk away - great food and fascinating history.

Vic, Dimboola, Dimboola Riverside Caravan Park

Date of Stay: October 2020 Rating: 3.5
A large council park, it is well run by the manager who takes great pride in the appearance of the park. The large grassy sites are well mown with some shady sites along the Wimmera River. The large modern amenities block is spotless and is currently cleaned twice a day. The camp kitchen and games room were closed due to COVID, but the open bbq area was available. We paid $120.00/4 nights drive through site - excellent value for this gem of a park. Dimboola can provide for most needs. It isn't far to Horsham for major shopping, but the little towns of Nhill, Kaniva, Jeparit and Rainbow are worth a visit. Of course, the Little Desert National Park is just around the corner.