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NSW, Coonabarabran, John Oxley Caravan Park

Date of Stay: June 2015 Rating: 2.5
I read the last report submitted by Sue's two months earlier. Have to disagree on some aspects. The park is quite dated. In fact the amenities need a good refresh. It's very basic and I question the $28 PN for two. The lady at reception was nice enough and we simply parked where we liked. Park sits on a bend of the Newell Highway so you get road noise, but it's tolerable. Best part of this park is the easy walk into the main street. The Chinese Restaurant is a must. Awesome décor. For that and for that alone, I'd stay at the park again.

Qld, Goondiwindi, Goondiwindi Holiday Park

Date of Stay: June 2015 Rating: 4
Concur with all reports from last year. We were only going to stay two nights, but there was a festival on in town with T Model Fords, a Steam train, biplanes and motorbikes over the LWE so we stayed five nights instead. It's a great park. Fees are reasonable and discounts do apply. The hot spa is a must at a comfortable 34 degrees. Weeknights at 4.30 pm, manager Tony and Richelle put on a free damper with free tea/coffee. He does a chilli one, a garlic and onion one, a mixed fruit one and a date one. Really very nice. He'll even give you the recipe if you ask. We really enjoyed our five nights here. Amenities were unisex but ultra clean with each standalone cubicle having its own shower and toilet. My only concern was the BBQ area. There are two in the park and I'm referring to the one at the rear. The hot plate was extremely dirty. Probably no fault of management, rather couldn't care less campers. Took a while to clean it up for my rissoles. We left it spotless and hopefully other users will do same. Otherwise. Good park. Good people. Will stay here again on our next run through Goondiwindi.

NSW, Forbes, Forbes Rest Area

Date of Stay: June 2015 Rating: 4.5
There are a great many caravan parks in Forbes, but this free camp alongside Lake Forbes is by far the most attractive. This linear camp site is superb. Location is per the previous report. Admittedly, the toilets are located in an area where no camping is allowed, but most of us are fully self contained anyway. We did a circuit walk of around 5 km along the banks of Lake Forbes and it really is a million dollar site. No traffic noise at night. Peace and quiet with just the bird life getting up early. Felt very safe with lots of other like minded travellers parked along the lake. TV reception was good. Mobile reception excellent. Great way to save a dollars in lieu of a caravan park.

Qld, Sunshine Coast, Ingenia Holidays Noosa

Date of Stay: May 2015 Rating: 3.5
Whilst this park does have neat and clean facilities, looks great, everything in order - it's the little things that stuff it up for people. I liked most things about this park. Amenities, staff, lighting TV reception, mobile phone reception etc. All good, but what really does not impress is that if you're put on a corner site and happen to be on the outer edge, then you're at the junction of two major roads and the morning peak hour traffic is horrifically noisy. Another thing that irked me was that it advertised a heated pool. The water was cold. Bit of a play on words really. Then they advertised an outdoor cinema. Great we thought. Oops sorry only during summer! Yet the place was filling up with the obligatory migration of southerners. Surely you could have had an option? We were there for a whole week. Value for money? You get what you pay for. Nice but misses out on the little things.

Qld, Bundaberg, BIG4 Cane Village Holiday Park

Date of Stay: May 2015 Rating: 4
Friendly staff, no complaints. Good value for money $33 for 2A PN, powered. Amenities are close to most sites, cleanliness was average, condition is good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water. Good laundry, good camp kitchen, dump point, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 4. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting. No playground. Clean pool, kid-safe pool area. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families.
Liked:- Across the road from a major sporting club.

Qld, Biloela, Discovery Holiday Park

Date of Stay: May 2015 Rating: 2.5
Despite being called a Discovery Holiday Park. It isn't really. The park is home to many local miners. It does do breakfasts and dinners for the miners and anyone can join in. The park is tired. It's on-site suites are dated, leak and really need a good refresh. Good mobile phone reception. Poor TV reception, however each site has access to a TV antenna cable to hook direct into your van. At night, it's too dark. No real lighting of sorts. It has a nice pool and large BBQ area fort use as a camp kitchen. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, but at $35 PN, the park was overpriced for what you got. Holiday here? Nope. Not for us, at best - its an overnight stop - if you're prepared to pay the price.

Qld, Clermont, Theresa Creek Dam

Date of Stay: May 2015 Rating: 4
What a delight. Note the new price from May 2015. Now $15 PN. No powered sites. This park sits on the Theresa Creek Dam some 22 kms SW of Clermont. It is a beautiful and peaceful park. Great for boating, fishing and bird watching. Many various areas to park your van. Staff at the kiosk very helpful and friendly. Basic supplies available here. One of the many features here are the excellent shade structures alongside the lake. Each about six metres square, you pull up alongside and have a massive area to put your outdoor gear, BBQ's etc. Most of the areas alongside the dam are grassed and well maintained. Whilst there might not be power to each site, the amenities are very good and adequate. This is more or less a park for those that are self contained, nevertheless, the sheer ambience of the place is what appeals. At $15 PN, it is a great place to spend a week or so. Most people we spoke to had no negatives and on our next trip north, we'll make this a compulsory stop..

Qld, Charters Towers, Aussie Outback Oasis Cabin And Van Village

Date of Stay: May 2015 Rating: 4
Delightful park. All amenities good, adequate and clean. Staff all very friendly. Had a lovely band playing on the night we arrived. Were to stay two nights, ended up staying four. Charters Towers a delight to visit. Historic and outback - it was a very refreshing place. Rather dry, but much of Queensland suffering drought conditions. All previous reports about this site were justified. When back this way, will come back to this spot. No negatives at all.

Qld, Innot Hot Springs, Innot Hot Springs Leisure And Health Park

Date of Stay: May 2015 Rating: 3
As far as a caravan park goes, it doesn't rate for much. Very basic all around. The only thing going for this park is the Hot Springs. Awesome to say the least. Six pools of various temperatures to suit everyone. It's a $15 - $20 CP, but as it has the Hot Springs, it can ask and get $34.00 per night. Compare that with a mainstream Tourist Park or BIG 4, then the pricing is subjective. If you're looking for an overnight stop only. There are better options at Mt Garnet or Ravenshoe. But if its the Hot Springs experience you're after - then you're in for a treat.

Qld, Herberton, Wild River Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2015 Rating: 3.5
The park is dated. It obviously had a grand past. Railway carriages, Indian Tepee's, camp kitchen all were now just relics of an era gone. Sally the owner told me that the park once housed a restaurant, petrol bowsers and gift shop - all gone. All the same, the park is a delight. Herberton has a lot to offer- so much that we stayed a week. And at $150 per week (or $25 per night with the seventh night fee), we could not have gone wrong. We did the fire trails walks, the historic village, Atherton area, Millaa Millaa area and we had a ball. The facilities at the Wild River CP are good and clean. Lots of colourful birds frequent the park and the layout is good with lots of shady sites. Despite its failures, the park is a wonderful base and I would not hesitate staying here again when the opportunity comes round again.