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Reports by:- Gerry P

NSW, Trentham Cliffs, Trentham Cliffs Caravan Village

Date of Stay: September 2014 Rating: 3
Inexpensive at $22 pn powered site. Park is well maintained and the manager was very friendly and helpful. Amenities clean and serviceable. No sullage (on our site in any case) so drain grey water onto the lawns. Also need to be aware that the water here is directly from the river and unsuitable for drinking, so you need to bring your own drinking water. Drive through sites available if you don't want to unhitch.

Qld, Dalby, Dalby Tourist Park

Date of Stay: August 2014 Rating: 4
Very friendly park. New owners are about to take over and they seem to be equally as nice. We stayed for a week (pay for 6 and get 7 nights) and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Very close to major shopping areas as well as a good pub and takeaway shops. Fantastic walking path along the Myall Creek - great for walking the dog. The highlight for us was the Thursday night free sausage sizzle around the campfire (eat as many as you want), while listening to a very talented live country and western singer. Great to mingle with the other campers. The better sites are along the back, on the grass and overlooking the Myall Creek, which incidentally has quite a lot of bird life, including pelicans.

Qld, Anakie, Gemfields Caravan Park

Date of Stay: August 2014 Rating: 4
Manager's name is Cheryl & Graham.
A small, but very friendly park.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $25 for 2A PN, powered. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, 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, shade to some sites, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Basic laundry, good camp kitchen, book swap available, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 2. Quiet, open & roomy park, a few permanents. No BBQs. No playground. No pool. Suitable for a week or more, well maintained park.
Liked:- Very friendly hosts and a great atmosphere. The park is in the gemfields area, so guests can purchase a bucket of wash (gravel) for $8 and you get to keep any gems you might be lucky enough to find.
Added Touches:- Nightly happy hour with hosts Cheryl & Graham and other camp guests.
Local Information:- Good pub next door. Easy drive to other gem field towns such as Rubyvale and Sapphire and other fossicking areas.

Qld, Home Hill, Home Hill Showground

Date of Stay: August 2014 Rating: 3.5
We initially booked for 2 nights but are extending our stay for another 2 or 3 nights. Cost has risen to $15 powered or $12 unpowered, but it's still a bargain. There's a Happy Hour for park guests at around 3.30pm every day which we found very pleasant and friendly. The park is very spacious and power and water is available to most sites. The amenities are currently being tidied up and painted. The manager and his wife are very friendly and only too keen to make your stay as pleasant as possible. It is close to a railway line, but the trains seem to come less frequently during the night and are not overly noisy in any case. Dogs welcome. Signs might say "self contained", but as long as you do the right thing with your grey water, there's not a problem. There's no dump point within the park, but there is one nearby a little closer to the town. Well worth a stay, either overnight or for a while longer.

Qld, Ravenswood, Ravenswood Showground

Date of Stay: July 2014 Rating: 3
We spent 3 very enjoyable days here. A lot of gold mining history in and around the town with some great examples of the old town's architecture, a lot of which has been restored over the years. The park is spacious with power and water to most sites. Camp fires allowed and pets welcome.

Qld, Julia Creek, Julia Creek Caravan Park

Date of Stay: July 2014 Rating: 4
A very clean, tidy and friendly park. A great place for a few days or even overnight. Amenities are not new, but certainly well maintained and looked after. There's a lot of effort going into this park to make it even better for visitors, including free wi-fi paid for by the local Council. There's currently a special on offer - 3 nights for $52 for a powered site - Bargain! The temporary managers here at the moment, Cheryl and Kevin, are really friendly and helpful. They are filling the park nearly every day, in spite of a a very good free camp only a km down the road.

NT, Alice Springs, Blatherskite Park

Date of Stay: July 2014 Rating: 3
A good park for a few night's stay. There are a couple of areas to choose from, one down the back, on the other side of the oval and away from the show grounds, or closer, alongside some permanents. Most visitors go down the back, but both areas are well catered for with power, water and amenities. Amenities were old, but clean. Staff at the office were very friendly and helpful. Gates are shut overnight, but you get a key for a $50 deposit and come and go as you please. We arrived a couple of days before the Camel Cup, which is run at this park, so we stayed on to enjoy the festivities and all of the excitement that was part of this very 'different' racing event. We had a great stay here.

SA, Port Neill, Port Neill Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2013 Rating: 5
It's been quite a while since anyone has reported on this great little park. The current managers are Kirk and Suzan Gibbons and are very friendly and helpful. I don't think the park has changed much, it's still fairly old, but very clean and well looked after. They do a free pancake breakfast every Sunday morning which is a great way to mingle with other guests while eating your fill. Takeaway food is available from the on-site shop and is very well prepared. Friday and Saturday evenings, the takeaway kitchen is open till late. Since the whole town basically revolves around fishing and with the jetty a short walk away, it was great to see a dedicated fish cleaning area for guests to use. There is even a freezer there if you wish to store your catch. You can hire anything from a kayak to a fishing boat (boat licence required) from the park. While the park may not have all the bells and whistles like a swimming pool or jumping castles, I would recommend this park for longer stays, particularly if you're into fishing or the beach.

SA, Crystal Brook, The Brook Caravan Park

Date of Stay: May 2013 Rating: 4
The park is once again managed by Peter and Tracey and things are on the improve after some not-so-good reports over the last year or so. Temporary managers Tony and Sue have been looking after the park since the previous managers and have done an excellent job with many improvements noticed in the park. The Camp Kitchen has been completed and features all new appliances as well as an under cover, weather protected outdoor BBQ area. Use of the BBQ is free. Overnight rate for a powered site is $23 and good value. Dog friendly. There are now large mats adjacent to caravan sites to keep your annexe or awning area clean. There are also plans to completely update the amenities block with work to commence very soon. A very pleasant park with a very friendly, country atmosphere.