Caravan park in Darwin

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 11:32
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First of all let me say that I was thrilled with my previous thread on Caravan Parks in Alice Springs, as we are leaving in a few days, we are now looking at a medium/long term stay in Darwin, any recommendations???
thanks Carl
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Reply By: Maîneÿ [wa] - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 11:49

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 11:49
My first choiceImage Could Not Be FoundMainey . . .
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Follow Up By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:10

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:10
If the manager at Hidden Valley is Gina - you will have a great time there - she and her family managed the cp at Quilpie a couple of years back - she is an absolute gem.
Free Spirit cp is also good - but huge - and someone told me about mossies at Lee Point.
wish it was me going.
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:26

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:26
Mainey


Agree with you re Hidden Valley. Very good park and the management are very friendly and helpful.



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Follow Up By: Member - Carl S (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:29

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:29
Thank you so much
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Reply By: nickoff - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:00

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:00
Number of options.

Nothing in Darwin itself.

10 to 15 minutes from Darwin City

Casuarina area.

Lee Point Caravan park is supposed to be good. Out of town. Fishing nearby. ensuites.

Malak Caravan park & KOA on McMillan's Rd have lots of long termers and regulars. ensuites. Close to shops. Busy road. near Airport.

Winnellie area

Leprechaun Motel & Caravan Park , Main road. been there a long time. about 500m to local shops.

Shady Glen have some problems at the moment. Operator is being forced to sell up and move on as lease costs have quadrupled recently. Main Rd, No close shops. Around the back side of the airport

Just around the corner from the is the Hidden Valley Caravan Park (tourist resort) that is fairly new. ensuites. Quiet Rd, No close shops, Pub at the top of the hill.

No longer a caravan park at the Berrimah Rd area. Knocked down and replaced with a shopping centre.

20 Minutes from Darwin City

Old 11 Mile

What used to be the BP Palms is at the old 11 mile between Darwin and Palmerston. I think it is now the Free Spirit Resort. Main Rd between Darwin and the rest of Australia.

25 Minutes from Darwin City

Howard Springs

Howard Springs Caravan Park is out of town by about 25 Minutes, but is an award winner. Shops nearby. Nature park nearby.


there is also about three parks around the Coolalinga / Virginia area about 25 minutes out of Darwin, but i know even less about these. Almost next door to major shopping district. Main road out of Darwin to everywhere.

be aware that Darwin is experiencing as severe accommodation shortage at the moment and all these parks could be subject to high occupancy by long termers.



I have not stayed at any of these as I am a local.

Hope this gives you something to start with.

Nick.
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Follow Up By: Member - Carl S (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:32

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:32
Thank you too, much appreciated
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Reply By: charlie horse - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:09

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:09
We usually stay at the Big 4 FreeSpirit Resort in Darwin.

Pretty happy with the place. 6 months ago when we there, we noticed quite a few what appeared to be long term folk.

Give them a ring 1800 350 888 check out the rates etc

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Carl S (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:33

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:33
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:56

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:56
Bookings are essential:

Howard Springs CV Park (Big4) 08-89832907
Hidden Valley 08-89471422
Coolalinga CV Park 08-89831026
Free Spirit 1800350888
KOA 08-8989272651
(would not recomend Leprechaun, they regularly have problems)
Tumbling Waters Caravan Park Cox Peninsula Rd Berry Springs (a bit out of town but nice spot and close to Territory wildlife park) 08-89886255
Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Member - Carl S (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:33

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:33
Thank you too, much appreciated
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:07

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:07
We used the Lee Point CP for a few days back in July 06 (dry as a bone then) - prices quite fair and the standard of amenities good - being wet season now might be 'fun' up there - ready for a good drubbing :-o) ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Carl S (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:33

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:33
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Reply By: wendys - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:25

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:25
Hidden Valley fairly new and well done. We stayed en-suite site there in 2006 and it was $30 a night then. Also stayed at Howard Springs the same year. They had a deal for longer term stayers - paid "Normal rates" for 3 weeks - we paid $24 a night - then it changed to $16 a night. It is a pleasant park - nice pool - not as swish as Hidden Valley, more trees around though. At Hidden Valley you have to drive to everything, whereas at Howard Springs I could walk to the local shops - about 1km each way?? In April 2006 stayed a few days at Lee Point. Didn't like their layout and the numbers of bus tour groups using it - or the sandflies!
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Follow Up By: Member - Carl S (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:34

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 17:34
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Reply By: Member - Rick P (NT) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:12

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:12
Fred's telephone no.s will be handy for you, ring around and get a few prices. You will get good rates this time of the year after all it is our wet season. Free Spirit under the shady trees is fine. Only 5 minutes to Palmerston shopping centre with all the majors shops including Target, 15-20 minutes into town, but we don't like Hidden Valley because they kick everyone out when the V8's are on and double the price per night. Enjoy your time in Darwin and you will get wet at some time.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ [wa] - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:24

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:24
Naaahhhh,
I was there for the V8 supercar races, it was booked out but no price increase, I was there a few weeks, had the opportunity to drive the circuit, reckon them V8 guys got no nerves for the speeds they did !

Yes, was a tad noisy, but hey they are race cars not toy cars.

The 'circuit race cars' were faster, noisier and a pain when they were there.

Mainey . . .
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick P (NT) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:47

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:47
Well it did happen a couple of years ago to people we know but hopefully they have changed the way they operate
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:27

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:27
Gday,
We used to stay at Hidden Valley when we go up for the V8 supercars but found Free Spirit a lot kid friendlier. And its got a Pub!

Cheers
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Reply By: Roddesh - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 08:42

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 08:42
I stayed at the FreeSpirit park in Palmerston and it was great.

I moved there from another closer to Darwin city after one night due to aircraft noise. I can't remember the name of the first one I stayed in but you should have a look at which way the runways point from Darwin airport before choosing.

Cheers,

Rod
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Reply By: wendys - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 16:23

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 16:23
I should have mentioned that aircraft noise can be an issue at Hidden Valley. When we stayed there, the annual dry season war games were on and for a few days, the noise of the F-whatevers passing low overhead was really loud - sufficient to totally drown out the TV noise. But they seemed to have a curfew of about 9pm. Unfortunately, Jetstar/Virgin Blue/whoever, didn't - their comings and goings around 1am and 2am woke us up each time.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 20:49

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 20:49
Hi Carl

Where are you now? Looks a bit wet in NW of NT

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