Cable Beach Caravan Park in Broome

Submitted: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 12:24
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Has anyone stayed at this park recently? We stayed there in 2004 and it was a good place to stay whilst in Broome. We have been told that Ron the owner in 2004 has sold it. Is it still an ok Caravan Park to stay in? If not any other recommendations will be appreciated (not Palm Grove) not really suitable for campers in a tent. We only plan to be in Broome 2-3 nights but it is always a very busy place and hard to get into anywhere? Also we plan to stay in Kununurra for 2-3 nights after a 2-3 week stint on the GRR. Last time we stayed at the Big 4 cvp but on the Saturday night nobody could sleep because loud music was played over the public address system by the local radio station. Does this still happen and if so which CVP would you recommend to stay in for camping for a couple of nights in Kununurra?
Don't know about your thoughts but bush camping is so much better that caravan parks although the parks are needed from time to time in the towns to get washing, stock up etc done.....
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Reply By: bruce - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 13:34

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 13:34
Have stayed twice at the Kimberlyland at Kununarra and enjoyed it both times....in my humble opinion a top park....cheers
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Follow Up By: Pete and Deb - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 19:50

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 19:50
We stayed at the Cable Beach CP in September/October 2005. It was still quite busy at the time but was starting to empty out. We were in the "new" part of the park so there was not as much shade as the "old" section. However, we did prefer the new section as the ground coverage was a hard white gravel base, where as the old section was lots of loose red dirt. As the park started to empty (although still at least two-thirds full, the management decided to shut down half the toilets, so then there was always a line up to use the shower and toilets. We complained, but they would not reopen them. Apart from that, we had no other problems with the park and would probably stay there again. Ron was still running the park when we were still there. As to Kununurra, we stayed at the Big 4 Ivanhoe Resort Village and found it to very good. (We actually stayed there twice in due to car problems at the Bungle Bungles). You could not fault the staff and the amenities and grounds were always spotless. At one stage, even Wendy in the office was cleaning down the walls and benches in the laundry!
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Reply By: NRE - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 13:57

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 13:57
We have just tried to book for NEXT year ie July 2007. Person we spoke to was very rude and basically told us that if you are not a "regular" you have to send name, address etc and you will be placed in a ballot for a site in February 2007. Also minimum booking was for two weeks and you comne in on a Friday and go out on a Saturday which doesn't quite work. Basically they couldn't care less.
Try Broome Vacation village who were most helpful and friendly.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 14:16

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 14:16
Broome is over rated and the treatment of visitors by some van parks is atrocious. They can afford to be as there are enough people out there happy to be treated like crap for the sake of staying in Broome for the "experience" of staying right in town...what ever.

We passed through there in 2003 and stayed at the Broome Caravan park which was 5 km (E) out of town. The staff were polite and helpful, the park was clean, grassy and well appointed. Most of all it wasn't crowed and peaceful. We enjoyed our stay there.

If we go back we're heading up the road the Cape Leveque and free camping on beaches. That way you get the glorious sunset without fear of being mowed down by a moron trying to get off Cable Beach.

The most important thing was it wasn't at the peak of the tourist season. We were there just after easter aroubnd Anzac Day. Most of the southerners had just started their northern migration. So if you want to avoid all the grief go very early after the wet or just before the build up.

We found the same thing in Karumba, heard these horror stories of the regulars having the monoploy on van sites and no one can get in unless you booked at birth. When we arrived in late October they were all on their way south. Had the pick of the spots right across from the beach....only goes to show its all in the timing.
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:33

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:33
Reckon Hidden Valley CP is the pick in Kununurra, especially for campers. Got large lawns and trees - don't seem to be as croded as the others. They are 4* though.

Max
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Reply By: GJL 13 - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:36

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:36
I am staying in the park at present and it is quite good, they are completing a new ablution block should be ready in acouple of weeks . Ron still owns it, if booking ask for Margie she is a gem would have to one of the nicest people that I have met working in a Caravan Park, they have plenty of sites at present but they are booked out for July and August,but is still worth trying as they always get cacellations.
In Kununurra We stayed at Kona Lakeside and found it to be great just the right distance from town if you know what I mean.

Regards
Greg
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Follow Up By: Atomnaki - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:54

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:54
Thanks we have just been on the phone to Margie and she booked us in ........Yep Margie is a gem she was to us a couple of years ago and so was Ron........Good news :-)
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Follow Up By: Alan H - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 16:29

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 16:29
I've stayed at the Cable Beach Park on a few occassions and always found them good to deal with. Booking has to be at least 5-6 months in advance but have never found any atitude prob. there. They did want our full names etc. and sent receipts and area map after we'd booked.
Got to agree little Margie is a nice lady who'll help whenever possible.

We used Broome as a base last year and went to Kunnunurra via Bungle Bungles and left the van in a secure storage place in Broome at very reasonable rates.

The park we'll not go back to unless desperate is the Roebuck Bay as the women on the front desk looked and acted as if she sucked lemons all day!

Broome does get busy but we've never had grumpy attitudes from anyone yet.
Have a good trip.
Alan.

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Reply By: maroni - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 19:31

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 19:31
what was wrong with palm grove ??
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Follow Up By: Atomnaki - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 21:12

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 21:12
The problem with Palm Grove was we had prebooked a site for a tent 2 mths in advance, when we got there we were put on a site which backed onto the campers kitchen area with all the backpackers who do quite often drink and are noisy well into the night. There was only matting to put the tent on which was torn, no shade and the it was the size of a coffin and the 4x4 had to be parked away from the tent. May be great park for people with a van but not for campers 50+. We didn't even bother putting the tent up. Went to Cable Beach caravan park saw Ron and he put us in straight away for 2 weeks and then back again after our trip up to Cape Leveque. So we worried when we heard (INCORRECTLY) that Ron had sold up. Anyway Margie today confirmed the old crew are still there and we are booked in for the end of July. If we pay for a powered site the same rate as a van site then we expect a good site not just a small plot big enough to put your tent up and that is all. Sharing with backpackers drinking and talking all night as they do and good luck to them but that is not for us. Bush camping is still preferred but you do need to do Caravan parks occasionally when you are on the road for a few months at a time.
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Follow Up By: maroni - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 22:49

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 22:49
thanks for feed back getting concerned we are booked in there end of july and worried we won't get a good site wondering if a phone call might be in order to cable beach caravan park, we are in a camper van.
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 20:13

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 20:13
Stayed at Cable Beach CP winter 1995 and it was very good.

Also while in the area book yourself into Barn Hill Station, about 130k south of Broome

Ivanhoe at Kununarra was VG
Pedro
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Reply By: Muzzgit (WA) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 23:33

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 23:33
We stayed at the Roebuck bay CP in September 2003. Good park, a mix of all sorts. We didn't book, we just rocked up.

Close to town, but not in town.
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Reply By: Steve - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 22:50

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 22:50
Broome and environs are the pits....you will be traumatised if u think they care about u and will charge like you wont believe...Broome as a whole is the arse end of the world ...except its near a nudist beash ..sorry Cable Beach ..where the Camels trot to make wonderful snaps to fool suckers ...aka alll theose Mexicans who race up there to say they been !!! As for the Caraven park...well its just a squat..no room to open th ewindows on the van ..bang against the neighbour ...and if ure lucky..they wont snore to keep u awake...imagine how much sleep u would get if they were affected by the sun...Derbt was best spot on our trip ( in that region ) ...a quiet town with a few things to see but what a treat ..
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