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NSW, Ballina, Discovery Parks - Ballina

Date of Stay: February 2019 Rating: 3.5
We have been to this park a few times over the years and it now looks a bit ragged at the edges. Some small maintenance projects would help the overall look. This park is also partly a lifestyle village which is separate to the caravan park.
Very friendly staff, good staff response to complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $45 for 2A PN, powered, shoulder season. Paid $33.00, reduced for G'Day member. Amenities are close to only some sites, were clean, condition is reasonable, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, annex slabs to some sites, shade to some sites, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Basic laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, disabled facilities, dump point, secure entry, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 2. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, many permanent/annual vans. Clean UC electric BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Excellent playground, in good condition. Clean pool, kid-safe pool area, tables and chairs provided, toddlers catered for. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, park is considered kid-safe, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Close to the water and lots of things to do.
Disliked:- Maintenance needed.
Parking:- At the front.
Added Touches:- We had a leak in our caravan boot and rang BCMC RV Centre. They said to bring in the van and they'd take a look. Couldn't find anything after 2 hours and didn't charge us. Leak again 2 days later and took it back again. This time they found 2 leaks and repaired for a very reasonable price. Friendly service and efficient, considering you normally have to wait a few months to have your van serviced. Greg Wilkins is the Manager.
Local Information:- Cherry Street club is good for food and live music. Redwok Thai was delicious.
Road Conditions:- Good.

NSW, Nambucca Heads, Ingenia Holidays White Albatross

Date of Stay: February 2019 Rating: 4.5
The receptionist that helped us seemed to be in a hurry and rushed through our check in. This is also partly a Lifestyle Village, so there are quite a few cottages occupied by over 50's, however they are mainly at the back of the park and along one side. I have noted that the park is noisy, mainly because there are a lot of cars driving in and out.
Average staff friendliness, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $45 for 2A PN, powered, shoulder season. Paid $36, reduced for We paid in advance. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, annex slabs to most sites, shade to some sites, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, kiosk, disabled facilities, dump point, secure entry, book swap available, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 1. Noisy, open & roomy park, adequate shade, many permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Clean pool, pool is shaded, kid-safe pool area, tables and chairs provided, toddlers catered for. Suitable for month or longer, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- The location is fantastic. V Wall tavern out the front as well as a café/take away. Close to the beach and river. Long walking paths to other cafes and restaurants.
Disliked:- Sites opposite cabins are a bit tight to get into.
Parking:- At the side of the office.
Added Touches:- Fish cleaning table. Also a dog wash as it is dog friendly.
Local Information:- The Wharf Café is great. The meals at the Island Restaurant in the Golf Club are very good and reasonably priced. Their 'courtesy' bus collects you from the front of the park. They charge $2/person per trip.
Road Conditions:- Good

NSW, Taree, Dawson River Tourist Park

Date of Stay: February 2019 Rating: 2.5
This is quite a big park on the river. Sites were big. We had a drive through. Amenities were clean and had been renovated about 10 years ago (my guess). We paid $35 for a powered site overnight. There are quite a few very old motel rooms which didn't look inviting. They have a pool at the front of the park that looked clean. Also a large play area for the kids that looked in good condition. The camp kitchen was in average condition with free gas BBQ's. There was seating and lighting. There was also a boat ramp. Matt and Karen are the managers and were very friendly and welcoming. A courtesy bus picks up from the front of the park for the Taree Sports Club. The meals were average. Good for an overnighter.

NSW, Stuarts Point, Stuarts Point Holiday Park

Date of Stay: February 2019 Rating: 2.5
This is a small park along the river. We stopped here for two nights. As you enter the park, turn right towards the check in office. Friendly guy who explained layout of park. The sites are small and difficult to get into. The park was almost full when we arrived. There are two amenity blocks. The larger one looks quite good and clean. The smaller one, on the northern side, is unusual. The showers are in one building and the toilets are public ones. This town is very small, though they have a chemist, butcher, post office and grocer and a few placed to eat. The Tavern was great for a meal and a few drinks. The bowlo was very busy on the Friday night when they do Chinese. There is not much to do here except fishing. You can walk across the bridge through the dunes to the beach. We were advised not to swim in the river or at the beach, too dangerous. We paid $31/night for a powered site (pensioner). This is a council park.

NSW, Yass, Yass Caravan Park

Date of Stay: November 2018 Rating: 3
I forgot to mention some things in my previous report on this park. The television reception is bad. We were only able to get channel 7. Also the water quality wasn't so good. My husband said there was a taste to it and then the local barmaid said we shouldn't be drinking it! We were here for three nights and didn't have bad effects from drinking it.

NSW, Yass, Yass Caravan Park

Date of Stay: November 2018 Rating: 3.5
There is a sign when entering Yass that the Australian Pub is the best in town it's not! The Yass Hotel is lovely and their meals are great and reasonably priced.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $32 for 2A PN, powered, off-peak season. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, some unlevel sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, annex slabs to some sites, shade to some sites, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Basic laundry, no rec room, basic camp kitchen, disabled facilities, book swap available, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 2. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade. Clean UC gas BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Good playground, in good condition. No pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- The amenities are very clean.
Disliked:- Our site on the fence line was quite unlevel.
Parking:- At the front of the office.
Local Information:- Yass council have provided numerous footpaths so you can walk everywhere. It is only a 15 minute walk into town. There is a lovely walk along the river. We went for a drive to Wee Jasper. Beautiful scenery, however windy and narrow road. The cafe is along Caves Road and about 7km out of town.
Road Conditions:- Good.

NSW, Cowra, Cowra Van Park

Date of Stay: November 2018 Rating: 4.5
Manager's name is Nick
This park is one of the best in Australia. Nick is friendly and welcoming and is happy to help with whatever you need.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff helped us at the site, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $36 for 2A PN, powered, shoulder season. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, annex slabs to most sites, shade to some sites, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, no rec room, good camp kitchen, disabled facilities, dump point, wireless internet is available is free carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 5. Noisy, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC electric BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Good playground, in good condition. No pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- The green grass was good to see after driving through the dry landscape on the way here. The Managers are the most friendly we have come across. The neat and tidy appearance of the park is a compliment to the Managers.
Disliked:- The traffic noise. However it wasn't too bad and calmed down in the evening.
Parking:- At the front of the office.
Added Touches:- They have a separate ironing room - if you call that an added touch!
Local Information:- There is lots to see in and around Cowra. Just ask Nick and he will rattle off everything and supply a brochure. We had been to Cowra before, so had seen a fair bit. I would recommend the Japanese Gardens. The girls at reception and in the café were extremely courteous. The garden is beautiful and peaceful and the café make a great coffee!
Road Conditions:- Good.

NSW, Mudgee, Mudgee Riverside Tourist Park

Date of Stay: November 2018 Rating: 2.5
As per my previous report from 2015, we have been here a number of times. There have been no improvements at all and this will be the last time we come to this park. The amenities are old and showing their age, though clean. The roads are dusty and the wind blows that dust everywhere. There are only two washing machines in the laundry ($4, $1 coins). We paid $198 for our 7 night stay on a powered site. Mudgee is a great place to visit.

NSW, Denman, Denman Van Village

Date of Stay: November 2018 Rating: 2.5
This park is really for overnight stops. There seems to be a lot of mine workers living in this park. As per previous reports, all sites are ensuite. Very old, however clean. The showers had intermittent hot water. The park is about a 10 minute walk to town where there are two pubs, a number of cafes and other shops. Also a small grocery store. We paid $33 for the night for a powered site with ensuite. There were no discounts.

NSW, Jindabyne, Jindabyne Holiday Park

Date of Stay: November 2018 Rating: 3
This is now an NRMA park. I would have rated this park higher, however the size of most of the powered sites leaves no room to park your car. We were put on the tiered section and we just fit our 20' van on the site with barely enough room to put the awning out. We parked our car on the site next to us as you are not allowed to park on the road. They do have some larger sites at the front of the park. Otherwise this park has all the facilities and the amenities are clean and well maintained.
Friendly staff, average staff response to complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $42 for 2A PN, powered, off-peak season. Paid $31.35, reduced for We stayed 7 nights and are NRMA memers. Amenities are close to only some sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, some unlevel sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate medium to large vans, very few annex slabs, shade to some sites, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, disabled facilities, dump point, secure entry, book swap available, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 3. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, many permanent/annual vans. Clean UC electric BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Good playground, in good condition. No pool. Suitable for few days, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- It is across the road from the shopping centre and the amenities are clean and well maintained.
Disliked:- The size of our site.
Parking:- At the front of the office.
Added Touches:- There is a pizza oven.
Local Information:- It is about 1/2 an hour drive up to Thredbo where you can catch a chairlift up to the walkway to the top of Mt Kosciusko or to the look out which is 4km there and back. Remember to bring your warm clothes!
Road Conditions:- Good