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Reports by:- jeepjeepjim

Qld, Mount Isa, Sunset Top Tourist Park

Date of Stay: August 2018 Rating: 4
We had not intended to stay in Mt Isa this trip, but the car played up just as we entered town on the Friday of Rodeo Week, towing our 23ft van. The RACQ attended and confirmed that we could make it to a local van park. My wife rang all but none could help except the Sunset which rang back and said to bring the van in. We gratefully parked between reception and a unit. The place was packed because of the rodeo. We took a week (power and water) for $303, as we were not sure how long repairs to the car might take - reasonable value at this peak time of the peak season. That same afternoon on recommendation of the van park we rang Bears mechanical and they kindly offered to look at the car immediately. The car was back in action an hour later - excellent service and price. We stayed at this van park three years ago. The amenities are good and clean with no waiting, even at peak times. Lighting is sufficient. There is a dump point which we used. The camp kitchen is very good and clean. Some of the sites are a bit dusty, as many are out west, but we were not affected in our special park. You can walk into town in just over twenty minutes. Our repair place was a five minute walk around the corner, a real bonus. The swimming pool was clean and tested daily, and we enjoyed a very refreshing swim. We would highly recommend this park and will certainly stop here again when up this way.

NT, Cape Crawford, Heartbreak Hotel Caravan Park

Date of Stay: August 2018 Rating: 2.5
It was still just $28pn for powered site the night we stayed. Amenities are a bit stretched in peak times and flush is poor. Lots of leaves blowing around and into them. We enjoyed a swim in the pool, but it could be a bit cleaner. The grass and shade here is great. Diesel Fuel here was $1.89. We arrived in the morning from Borroloola and were given a good site on the edge of the trees next to unpowered. The place filled up in the afternoon. A new amenities block would see a higher rating.

Qld, Camooweal, Post Office Hotel Motel And Caravan Park

Date of Stay: August 2018 Rating: 3
Still only $32pn for a powered site, lighting adequate, dump point, clean pool, easy access to pub, which is also reception. At this time of year you need to arrive early as we were there before lunch and it filled up quickly in the afternoon. Sullage on ground. Bistro meals in pub reasonable prices. Amenities ok but a bit stretched at peak time with just two stalls and two showers in gents.

NT, Borroloola, McArthur River Caravan Park

Date of Stay: August 2018 Rating: 3
We had 3 nights here on a powered site ($30pn 2A - good value) as it is a good base to explore the region. Water pressure and lighting was fine, amenities clean and adequate, but main entry doors banged loudly. There is a dump point. Drive through site size was adequate. Staff friendly and provided local information. Park is located in a quiet part of town with a limited supermarket, a fuel service station and a motel restaurant all within easy walking distance. Other service stations and supermarkets are across the creek in the main part of town. A camp kitchen with reasonable facilities is located at the office end. Some noise control over the camp kitchen on a Saturday night would have been good. The office does carry a few necessities and also sells fish. Not much for children here but fine for just adults for a few days. Caranbirini conservation reserve is a must see just 40klms back towards Cape Crawford.

WA, Lake Argyle, Zebra Rock Mine Campground

Date of Stay: July 2018 Rating: 3.5
This place is a campground and not a caravan park as such, it is technically located in the Northern Territory, with access to Lake Argyle. We traveled there from Kununurra as we wished to do a sunset lake cruise. Duncan Road which is a public road off the main highway that you must use for about 5klms to access the campground road was badly corrugated in some parts. Their private road from Duncan road to the campground was in much better nick. The campground is good and flat with a limited number of shade trees, if you arrive later in the day you may be in full sun. There is no power available, so keep that in mind. Water is only available from one central point. The price of $20 is reasonable. No internet or tv was available in the campground - but that is not what you come to a place like this for. There are showers and flush toilets within a reasonable walk from the campground and cafe. Most of the cafe area is open air and an absolutely delightful setting with large stone tables, free tea and coffee and the best scones, jam and cream for just $3. The tours here are a bit on the expensive side, but we thoroughly enjoyed our sunset cruise and the fish and chips that we had on our return from the cruise. While we are not likely to return as we have done what we wanted to do there, we would highly recommend this camp for one or two nights. Communications with the Zebra Rock Mine can be hit and miss, so it would be better to plan on staying two nights as we did, if you wish to do a cruise as it did not run the first day we were there.

WA, Kununurra, Town Caravan Park

Date of Stay: July 2018 Rating: 3.5
We had previously stayed at Hidden Valley a few years ago but wanted something closer to town that was affordable. We rang and booked in the morning from Doon Doon. $40 p.n with power and water, reasonable value in this part of Australia during the season. Just as well that we booked as the full sign was put up as we entered just before lunch. We were shown to our shady and spacious site - very friendly staff. There is a cassette dump point in the park within the amenities block. The amenities were ample and clean. It is an easy walk to Woolworth and the pub. We could hear the loudspeakers from the pub one night due to bingo or similar. We were not there on the week end so cannot comment if there are noise or other issues with the pub so close. We did not get to try the pool, but it looked clean and is fully shaded. We would happily return here again.

NT, Timber Creek, Wirib Tourist Village

Date of Stay: July 2018 Rating: 3
We stayed one night on our way east to Katherine. No powered sites were available at midday. So we went unpowered for $15. We set up behind the swimming pool with a clear view down to the creek. Other vans gathered around the trees closer to the road. The amenities were ok. We enjoyed a swim in the clean pool. Lighting is poor at this end.

NT, Katherine, Shady Lane Tourist Park

Date of Stay: July 2018 Rating: 4
We had 3 nights at this van park and enjoyed it, despite the price being at the high end $47/pn powered. We made use of the swimming pool on each day. The amenities are good. Lighting is reasonable. Our site at the river bank end was generous in size. Television and internet reception (telstra) was fine. Dump point was well located and discreet. This park does not allow dogs, which is probably just as well due to Airforce traffic overhead during operation PitchBlack. This is a well managed park but we note that it is for sale.

NT, Daly Waters, Hi-way Inn Caravan Park

Date of Stay: July 2018 Rating: 3
Powered site for $28 with a free drink in the pub for my wife and I included, was good value. We stayed in the new section on the south side which has newish amenities and plenty of space within its corrugated iron perimeter fence. The sites themselves by number are very small, if full you could not put an awning out, we straddled two sites and had a couple of sites between us and our nearest neighbour, so no worries. The noise from a road train running an engine for half the night just outside the park did not help our sleep. Our previous stay a few years ago in the older section, is more sheltered from such noise and has much more shade. This area was full when we arrived. If we returned we would prefer the older area due to the road noise factor. The roadhouse has a pool but the roof provides excessive shade making it dark and not inviting, so we did not try it. The pool looked clean.

WA, Kulin, Kulin Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 4
Great modern park, well laid out with new large unisex style ensuite amenities. Unique park where you choose what you pay a night at the end of your stay, up to five nights. Beyond this period, a standard fee of $28 a night applies, we chose to pay $20 as we had just come down from the excellent Westonia park which charges a flat $15. We used this Kulin park as our base to visit Wave Rock, Hyden and surrounds. The only improvement I would like to see would a privacy screen across the entrance to the amenities which are elevated at one end of the park. While no dump point in the park, there is one just down the street and it is easy to access.