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NSW, Bourke, Mitchell Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 3.5
This park is close to town and we have stayed at it before. A friendly young couple manage the park. Sites are large and level and surrounded by bottle trees. Some sites have grass and some are on road base. There is a small camp kitchen with free BBQ and TV. Amenities are a bit old but everything works well in them. They sell meals 6 nights/ week and vary the menu daily and light a large fire in the late afternoon. The park is dog friendly and when we stayed here there were a lot of dogs which was a bit noisy at times.

Qld, Cunnamulla, Warrego Riverside Tourist Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 4.5
This is a lovely park to stay at. The sites are watered so they have grass and there are lots of fruit trees at the park. The park is only 6 years old. Nice amenities, large camp kitchen with free BBQ's. They have a camp fire every day and entertainment some days. Very level sites. Need to book to ensure you get a site as they have only 30 powered sites.

NSW, Dubbo, Dubbo City Holiday Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 4
This is a nice park to stay at that overlooks the river. There are lot of sites of various sizes so they can cater to small and large vans. Some sites have cement slabs. The amenities have been nicely renovated. There is a camp kitchen and outdoor fire pit near the camp kitchen. There are trees around the sites so you can get some shade. The park is across the river from the CBD so you can walk to the CBD. There is a motel across the road that has a restaurant if you want to eat out. We would stay here again when next in Dubbo.

NSW, Orange, Colour City Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 3.5
This park is at the showground with an onsite manager. They have larger sites for bigger vans and at the moment there are not many permanent residents at this park. The park is close to the city and there appeared to be a public bus that went past the park but we did not use it. It is only $12 for a taxi to the city. The amenities have been renovated and there are 2 sets of amenities at the park. There is also a camp kitchen which has free BBQ's that are black steel. Some sites have cement slabs. It is a good place to stay at Orange.

ACT, Canberra, Exhibition Park In Canberra - Mitchell

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 2.5
This is a showground and the sites are quite large but the cost is expensive at $35/night for a standard powered site and $40 for a larger powered site. Most sites have water but some don't. The amenities are old and the windows are usually left open so it can be cold in winter showering as no heating is provided in the amenities. You now need a code to access the laundry. They have installed some BBQ's and tables under some shade cloth. At the moment the bus does not stop at EPIC as they are building the light rail on Flemington Road. It is quite a long walk to the bus stop on Northbourne Avenue. When the light rail is completed there will be a stop out the front of EPIC which will be good. This is probably one of the better places to stay in Canberra but it is expensive for what is provided.

Qld, Charleville, Charleville Bush Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 3.5
We stayed at this park 6 years ago. Sites are large and level but during this stay the sites were very dusty as they don't water the sites so there is no grass, just lots of fine dust. If the sites were not so dusty I would rate this park higher but the lower rating is due to the unpleasant nature of the amount of dust at the sites. The common area where the amenities, camp fire and camp kitchen are located is well watered so it was lovely and grassy. Amenities are very nice and clean. They have a large camp fire every day and vary activities. Sunday night is pizza night and they light a pizza oven and you can cook pizza in it. The sites would be more plesant if they have cement slabs or road base to provide a nice area to sit out on.

NSW, Tweed Heads, BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park

Date of Stay: July 2016 Rating: 1
Our rating for this park reflects the site we were allocated. When we booked we were advised our site was 8m x 10m. Our site was actually 5.5m x 8m and was too small for the size of our van. Our van was alongside a garden of palms and we had to park the car alongside the van to fit it on our site. We had difficulty accessing the side boots on our van and forget about putting out the awning. The caravan park has a large billabong and has one of the best camp kitchens we have seen. At one side of the camp kitchen is a lounge area with a large TV, the other side is the kitchen with a large TV, the balcony at the end of the building has free stainless steel BBQ's with a large TV, and the front of the building is an open verandah that overlooks the billabong and has nice outdoor furniture. There are 2 pools and play areas for children. The fence for the motorway runs alongside the park and it is also on the flight path for the airport. Staying at this park was very noisy due to the road and planes. It is easy to get to this park from the motorway. At $45/night we thought the park was expensive, especially given how small our site was. It is unlikely we would stay at this park again. Most sites at the park however were large enough to accommodation a large van, awning and car.

QLD, Gladstone, Gladstone City Caravan Park

Date of Stay: July 2016 Rating: 2
This is a small park with a lot of cabins and permanents. There are sites scattered around the park that are vacant that tourists can stay on at a cost of $35/night for power. The amenities are very run down and need renovating. Everything works OK in the amenities but they are very unsightly. The mens has a wall that needs to be patched and painted where it appears basins were removed. There are also cracked sinks and rusted sinks in both amenities. There is a small camp kitchen with a paid BBQ. There are no other facilities provided such as a swimming pool, play area, etc. We thought the price was expensive given how basic the park is. There is a railway line opposite the park but we hardly heard a train during our 3 night stay. There is a refinery nearby the park and you can hear a bit of noise from this but again it did not bother us. The park was quite so we enjoyed our stay here. Most sites have cement slabs and are level. TV and phone reception was good. Our site was close to a Telstra phone booth so we got free WIFI from this phone booth which was great as the service was quick (we could access this service as we are Telstra account holders).

QLD, Caboolture, Caboolture Showground

Date of Stay: July 2016 Rating: 3
This showground is more like a basic caravan park than a showground. They have set up the powered sites in a similar way to a caravan park. All sites have power and water and you are lined up along a fence. You are allocated a site. Some sites are large enough for the van, awning and car. But some sites are narrower and you need to park the car in front of the van. You can stay at this park on a 3 week in and 3 week out basis. It is $25/night for a powered site. Sites are level and we had road base on our site but the grass was trying to grow through. The amenities were in good condition. They were doing some work on a shelter while we stayed here so maybe they will install some BBQ's. You get some road and rail noise from this park.

QLD, Mundubbera, Mundubbera Showground

Date of Stay: July 2016 Rating: 3
This is a basic showground. You need to follow the signs to the camping area. When we stayed here there were only 2 vans so we each had a power pole with water. There are not a lot of water taps at this place so you may need to fill your tank if you cannot get a tap. The amenities are basic and the bins are quite a walk from where you park the van. The camping area was a long way from the main road so it was really quite staying here. The grounds were very dry and there was not a lot of grass as they had not had much rain. We would stay at this place if we were in the area again. It was cheap at only $19/night.