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Reports by:- Wendyv

Vic, Boort, Boort Lakes Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2017 Rating: 4
Paid $35 per night for powered site. Caravan sites have frontage to the lake and are a good size. The area we were in had lovely thick grass. Much of the park is permanently set up private holiday vans, with annexes and the like. I think the park could feel crowded at times like summer school holidays, and Easter, but when we were there was very pleasant - just a few travelers like ourselves, each night. There was a small, older, Atco type amenity block, near us and a much larger, proper block further along. Both were clean, though the Atco block was showing its age. New owners took over the park about Easter 2017 and I think they have plans for some upgrading and improvements. We loved the lakeside location, peacefulness, park being dog friendly. A very pleasant place to relax and a base for some exploring around the area. We will return to this park.

Vic, Daylesford, Daylesford Victoria Caravan Park

Date of Stay: September 2016 Rating: 3
We stayed one night, in adverse weather. Cost $34 for powered site. Had a level site, good size for 7.5 bus, with paved slab area, good parking for towed vehicle. Needed long hose and power cord to reach tap and electric box. No sullage point. Amenities were clean and adequate. Staff were friendly and helpful.There is a dump point at oval, across the road from park. Dogs can be exercised at that park area. There are many permanent vans/structures at this park - some holiday, some permanent residences. Many tall trees - mostly pines. I found it a dark and gloomy place, but it may be pleasant in summer.

Vic, Castlemaine, BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park

Date of Stay: September 2016 Rating: 3.5
Cost $34.20 for powered site, after discount. Site was a good length for 7.5m bus, but once awning area was set up, lacked easy parking for our towed vehicle. No slab. Grassed site became muddy. We had lovely outlook over creek and Botanical Gardens - would be very pleasant in good weather. Night lighting was inadequate for walk to amenities. We had convenient access to path to Gardens for dog walking. Because of Gardens, is a great park for dog owners. Amenities were clean and in good condition. We would return here, but would insist on viewing site before booking in to ensure a reasonably level one.

Vic, Marong, Big4 Bendigo Marong Holiday Park

Date of Stay: September 2016 Rating: 4.5
We stayed at an en-suite site. Cost $36 per night. Site was a good length for our 7.5m motorhome; good sized slab, level, gravelled parking area for caravan/motorhome, also gravelled parking area for vehicle. Ensuite adequate, clean. Excellent park facilities. Camp kitchen and undercover BBQ area very well set up and very clean. Dump point. Park is thoroughly maintained. Very helpful and friendly owners and staff. General store nearby - also serves take away fish and chips (good). Had very good counter meals at Marong Hotel. Is convenient to access Bendigo while still being in a place with a pleasant rural setting. This park is now our preferred park for our regular visits to Bendigo.

Vic, Yarram, Yarram Holiday Park

Date of Stay: March 2016 Rating: 3.5
Had en-suite site. $36 for two adults. Site was private, sheltered, with plant hedges between sites. En-suite clean, lovely large shower, bath mat supplied. Gas hot water service was noisy and intrusive at times, when sitting outside. Pleasant fire pit gathering area. Good playground. Dog friendly - were told we could exercise dog on grassed area at front of park. Helpful, friendly staff. Our site did not have a slab and became quite wet underfoot when we had heavy rain. Easy access to park. Would definitely stay here again. Worth noting that the sporting club in town serves excellent, great value meals.

Vic, Sale, Sale Motor Village

Date of Stay: March 2016 Rating: 3.5
Had drive through en-suite site - cost $40 for 2 adults. En-suite clean, glassed in shower recess, heater in light fitting, bath mat supplied. Site had slab. Dog friendly. Helpful staff. The park appeared quite full, but a number of the vans and motor homes on sites were not being used while we were there (3 nights) - maybe workers who were away? Boom gate security. Convenient park, easy to access.

Vic, Toora, Toora Tourist Park

Date of Stay: March 2016 Rating: 4
Excellent park. We had drive through en-suite site - cost $40 for 2 adults. En-suite clean, spacious, had shelf as well as small bench around basin, to keep toiletries etc. Bathmat supplied, also broom and mop. Several good BBQ areas around park. Tennis court, heated indoor pool and spa, jumping pillow. Could very faintly hear the wind turbine on hill at back, when outside, but not at all intrusive. Dog friendly.

Vic, Charlton, Charlton Travellers Rest Ensuite Caravan Park

Date of Stay: July 2015 Rating: 3.5
There is now a full time manager who is there for extended hours. Name is Phil - very helpful and friendly. Mobile 0402 144 866. There is an office building located at the entrance to the facility. It is signed quite adequately, coming from south, with standard blue caravan park signs, and also one on wall of building at entrance to road. You drive down past the parking area for the public toilets and picnic area, and the Travellers Rest is behind that. The office is also an information centre. The management of the Travellers Rest has been combined with that of the caravan park across the river from it. Between the two, they offer the ensuite sites, ordinary powered and unpowered sites, plus a free camping area. There is a camp kitchen building in the caravan park. We paid $28 for an ensuite site. Excellent value. Immaculately clean and spacious ensuite. We liked that we could take dog for good walk and run in area over the footbridge over the river. Our schedule meant we could only stay one night, but we will return for a longer stay next time.

NSW, Corowa, Rivergum Holiday Retreat

Date of Stay: November 2013 Rating: 3
We chose this park because it is a chain member and takes dogs. Powered site cost $33.30, after discount, and was probably a bit expensive for what we got. The front part of the park is a warren of permanent dwelling and holiday van structures - not attractive in appearance. The transient sites are at the back, down the hill, closest to the river reserve. Some of the powered sites have slabs and appear to once have had permanent units on - these have big slabs. There is a single row on one side of the access road that has a large grassed area behind them. There is some shade - but from tall gum trees. These are the pick of the sites. Over the road from them are smaller sites. We were allocated one of these for our bus, after clearly explaining need for level site and clearance - it was small, very sloping, with low overhanging tree. The man at reception clearly had no idea of the nature of his sites, but was quite helpful when we went back and asked for a site we had selected. We had to clean much duck poo from the slab on the large site. There was an amenity block near our site with adequately lit path at night. The block was rather dated, but clean and pleasant enough. There are walking tracks through the reserve to the river, good for dog walking. We would use this park again, for the sense of space and convenience to the Rutherglen area - but not in summer or school holidays because of the large number of permanent holiday structures.

NSW, Tathra, Tathra Beach Family Park

Date of Stay: November 2013 Rating: 4.5
We had an ensuite site - cost $60 a night. These sites are at the front end of the park and back onto the beach. The pool complex is opposite, so might be a bit noisy in summer. We were shaded by tall Norfolk Island pines. The ensuite was clean and quite adequate. Our site was level, once we were over a slight gutter to get onto it. A neighbor had some difficulty accessing his site, due to narrowness of access road to the ensuite ones, and the pine trees. There is room for 2 or 3 rigs to pull up in front of office when booking in, but one must then wait for the rigs in front to move off. The park has an excellent camp kitchen facility. We like that this park is very dog friendly, our site provided adequate room for tethered dog. The beach has an off leash area for dogs. There are some shops across the road from the park - bakery, small supermarket, pizza shop, ice creamery, and the like, although the main supermarket and shops are a walk or drive up the steep hill. It is a comfortable walk from the park to the bowls club, which does good meals and has a Seniors rate for lunch. For us, worth the money, we have stayed here several times and will do so again.