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NSW, Port Stephens, BIG4 Koala Shores Holiday Parks - Lemon Tree Passage

Date of Stay: November 2018 Rating: 3.5
Proximity to population centres is probably the reason this park can charge $40 or so per night for a powered site. You may need a map and traveller's cheques to reach the solitary ablutions block, if your site is at the other end of the park. Lower sites will be very sodden after rain and drainage under some cabins is poor. The peeling laminate, in the ablution block, mentioned below (over 2 years ago) is no longer peeling. It's coming off in chunks. Don't despair. They have their priorities right. The jumping pillow works and the chooks seem happy in their pen! No retail or services are within walking distance; get in the car for everything. Strong winds most afternoons on some exposed sites means fold up the awning frequently. Watercraft and fishing access is easy as the park fronts enclosed water.
Friendly staff. Reasonable value for money $40 for 2A PN, powered, shoulder season. Amenities are close to only some sites, cleanliness was average, condition is poor, water pressure is good, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, poor night lighting, sites will accommodate medium to large vans, annex slabs to some sites, shade to some sites, ensuite sites available, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Kiosk, dump point, secure entry, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Vodaphone, reception quality was 4. Open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Basic playground, in good condition. Clean pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, park is considered kid-safe.
Liked:- Good grass on sites. Nice water views from some sites.
Disliked:- Poor maintenance. Not what you expect from a Big4 park.
Parking:- Room for only one rig at reception. You can park in the very quiet street. Should be fun at Christmas!

NSW, Gundagai, Gundagai River Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 4.5
It was a pleasure to be back at this picturesque park after 4 years. Some minor site improvements were noted since our last visit. We were escorted to our roomy drive through site under falling autumn leaves knowing that we would not be awakened by traffic noise. This park has all the basics and no frills. It's a great Sydney/ Melb. stop over. At $30 for a powered site its good value.

Vic, Echuca, NRMA Echuca Holiday Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 4
Some sources state that this park is at 52 Crofton St. That is definitely wrong. It is at NUMBER 8 Crofton St. It is no longer a Top Tourist Park even though it is in their 2018 book. It is now part of the NRMA group. We paid $ 30.60 PN 2A powered. Many of the 200 plus sites in this enormous park are drive through and you can stay hitched up. There is only one dump point so to empty your toilet cassette you may need to take it for a sight seeing drive around this park. Echuca is serious about tourism and there is a heap on which to spend your dollars. River cruises are probably the best of that heap. There are multiple places to eat with levels to suit all tastes. During the present dry conditions this place is a dustbowl saved by the matting or slab at each site. Being two thirds full at this time of the year means booking would be essential at peak times. Walking to town is certainly feasible - allow five to ten mins.

Vic, Warracknabeal, Warracknabeal Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 3
Drive in and choose a site. There is no reception. Since the painting of silos started in 2015, (siloarttrail.com) this park has become an increasingly popular spot to either leave the van while you "do the silos" or to over night. At $ 25 per night for a good amenities block, power and water but no resident manager, this site is good value. There is a single electric barbeque under cover and illuminated at night, a dump point, a good laundry but no frills. Night lighting is barely adequate so blow the budget and shout yourself a head torch. The food is good at the pub at the far end of town. It's called the Creek View, Creek Bank or Creek Side

SA, Robe, Lakeside Tourist Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 3.5
The sites are a bit vague but there is room to move and spread out. Reception is housed in a 140 year old building with a wooden block floor. They do have a dump point but it's hard to find and in an inconvenient location. Being right on the shore of a lake, the location is low lying but, I think, the muddy conditions referred to below only occur during heavy rain.
Friendly staff. Good value for money $37 for 2A PN, powered. Paid $33.30, reduced for G'day card. Amenities are close to all sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, poor night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, very few sites are shaded, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, basic rec room, basic camp kitchen, dump point, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Vodaphone, reception quality was 3. Quiet, inadequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. No pool. Suitable for few days.
Liked:- Grassy.
Parking:- Only room for one rig but you wont get stuck as you can turn around inside the property.
Local Information:- It's too far to walk to town.

SA, Adelaide, Brownhill Creek Caravan Park - Mitcham

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 4.5
Back again after a year and small improvements are noted. The kid's playground and the swimming pool are well maintained. This must be the best of the Adelaide parks. The autumn leaves within the park and the approach are spectacular at this time of the year. The staff went to some additional trouble to accommodate us.
Very friendly staff. Good value for money $41 for 2A PN, powered. Paid $37, reduced for top parks. Amenities are close to all sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, very few annex slabs, shade to most sites, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good camp kitchen, dump point, secure entry, book swap available, wireless internet is available, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Vodaphone, reception quality was 3. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. Clean UC BBQs are free, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Good playground, in good condition. Clean pool, tables and chairs provided. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park.
Local Information:- Meals at the Edinburgh Hotel (700 metres) are nice and sensibly priced but the drinks are expensive.

SA, Keith, Keith Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 3.5
This is a small park, informal in appearance with a lot of well spread white crushed rock forming a good base. Grassed sites are also available. It is very open in appearance and has minimal shade trees. The lay out appears haphazard but not unpleasant. You can choose your own site.
Friendly staff. Good value for money $30 for 2A PN, powered. Amenities are close to all sites, were clean, condition is good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, very few sites are shaded, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Basic laundry, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Vodaphone, reception quality was 3. Quiet, open & roomy park, inadequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. No playground. No pool. Suitable for few days.
Liked:- Easy access to sites.
Parking:- Drive in and park near the office.

Vic, Elmore, Elmore Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2018 Rating: 3.5
The very friendly woman, who runs the place, is casual and amusing to talk to. This park is basic, to say the least, but it has the essentials. The park adjoins tennis courts and a community swimming pool but with a temperature of 7 degrees at 4 pm, in May, who cares? A 400m walk into town brings you to the Victoria Hotel (not the other two) for excellent pub food at sensible prices. The amenities block would not cope at peak time but I don't know if there is one. Do you know anyone who goes to Elmore for 3 weeks at Christmas?
Very friendly staff, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $25 for 2A PN, powered. Amenities are close to all sites, were clean, condition is good, water pressure is good, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate medium to large vans, no sites with annex slabs, very few sites are shaded, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. No wireless internet available. carrier used was Vodaphone, reception quality was 3. Quiet, open & roomy park, many permanent/annual vans. No playground. No pool. Suitable for few days.
Liked:- Friendly staff. Easy site to negotiate. Good cheap over night stop.
Parking:- Park out the front of the office.
Added Touches:- At $25 per night? No.
Local Information:- There are are a lot of historic and old houses to be seen on a walk or drive around town.

NSW, Budgewoi, Budgewoi Tourist Park

Date of Stay: March 2018 Rating: 4.5
Having checked a number of parks on the Central Coast this one seems to be the best for presentation, space and gardens. It is well run despite being council run. They are slowly removing the permanent vans. The park is large but does get busy at peak times. If you want a particular site, booking is essential.
Very friendly staff. Good value for money. Amenities are close to only some sites, were clean, condition is good, water pressure is good, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate medium to large vans, very few annex slabs, shade to some sites. Good camp kitchen, dump point, secure entry. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. Clean UC BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting. Good playground, in good condition. Suitable for a week or more.
Liked:- Gardens near office were excellent. Easy walk to coffee shop and neighborhood shops.

NSW, Merimbula, Sapphire Valley Caravan Park

Date of Stay: November 2017 Rating: 4.5
This well maintained park is well grassed, roomy and airy. It has reasonable protection from south coast winds and is within walking distance to the shops. They are installing cricket practice nets within the park! You don't see that every day.........or want to.
$35 for 2A. Paid $28.50, reduced for top parks. Sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers. carrier used was Vodaphone, reception quality was 2.
Parking:- Tons of room while waiting to book in.
Added Touches:- Gold coin donation for sausage sizzle Friday night was noisy and awful. Pancakes at 10am other 4 weekdays may be OK.
Local Information:- Oaklands coffee shop on highway and just out of town, at South Pambula, has excellent coffee and food. I dare you to eat all their serve of pancakes.