A Few Campsite Tips

In the last two weeks we have stayed in a range of campsites

The first was at Warilla, the Lake Windemere caravan park – for $25.00 four of us stayed on a powered site. We had a tip from a couple who have been travelling very cheaply so we figured this might be the go and didn’t check anywhere else. It was pretty clean and close to everything with a lot of people living onsite permanently. If you thought Geraldton was the bogan capital of the world then you haven’t been to the Warilla Caravan Park. 

From here we drove straight thru to Pambula, but had we more time we would have probably stopped a number of times. Ulladulla, Narooma and a few other places looked cool but we were on a schedule so we had to keep moving. While in Pambula we stayed at the Pambula Beach Park and it was fantastic. We had been generously given two free nights by some friends, but the subsequent nights were only $36.00 a huge bargain for a campsite right on the beach. Some of the uuique features here were a free kids club, a big heated lounge room, an indoor heated pool and an outdoor pool, roos living onsite (one actually jumped into our camper when Danelle left the door open…), heated bathroom floors and a great surf beach 50m from our site. Normally it’s $56.00 for 2 +2 but even at that price I’d be happy to pay.

From Pambula we made the drive to the snow and stayed in Jindabyne Holiday Park. We had considered staying at Dalgety, but the slightly cheaper site was a trade off against a longer drive and better facilities. It was $55.00/night here and while it wasn’t a bad park it wasn’t super impressive either. One bonus was free wifi, but for some reason it didn’t work in our camper so that was no big gain.

After 2 nights in Jindabyne we hit the road hoping to get somewhere near Lakes Entrance. It was an easier drive than we expected and we rolled into town about 2pm. We like to get to our destination early rather than later as set up is much less pressured. Again we had a tip that a council run park was the place to stay and the Riviera turned out to be a good choice. The sign on the office window said it was $35.00 for 4, but she only charged us $25.00, good value for a site right on the river. The only thing you have to contend with here us that the site is also the local footy oval, so you might have a bit of noise from training and the guys after, but no big deal. We only stayed a night, but I’m sure it would be good for longer.

And now we are staying in a powered site in the Belgrave Heights Convention Centre up in the Dandenongs. Danelle wanted to take the kids on the Puffing Billy steam train so thus was a good location. For $20.00 a night it is good value, but don’t expect a pool or any of the fruit that dedicated parks have. While we have been here the wind has been gale force – and ironically it has also been 30 deg c – but we are tucked away in a little spot that us relatively untouched ( at ground level ) by the wind. We can hear it wooshing thru the trees and 3 branches have come down near us, but so far we have survived! Had we been in the mire open spaces last night I reckon the camper might gave tipped over with the strenght of the wind. The campsite is very basic but if you are on a budget then it does the job.

Anyway that’s my campground round up for the benefit of my fellow travellers who I know are reading

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