Overflow Caravan Parks ?

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 22:30
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Hi all

I am not quite sure whether thats what they are really called but have noticed on our travels that in some places ie Broome, Kunnunara and more recently when we took a day trip down to Jurien Bay that there was caravans that seemed to be able to park on ovals when the other caravan parks in town where full. Does anyone know how this works? We recently met a couple who were "full time" on the road and they mentioned that they sort out scout camps as a place they could get cheap camping.

We love bush camping and are self suficient in our van, we do stop occasionally in caravan parks but have found that sometimes there are towns we cant stop in as we have told very old companion dogs that travel with us and sometimes places are booked out far far ahead. At the moment we take the van out for a week every couple of months and then 4 weeks when my husbands holidays come up but next year we are hoping to be able to spend up to a year away so I am trying to learn all the hints and tips in readiness.

I have been reading your forums for quite a while now and really enjoy all of your posts, plus have learned a far bit already.

Sorry I have a bad habit of rambling on once I get writing! :-)

Cheers all
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 22:36

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 22:36
Hi Sue

If you get to a major tourist centre and find all the parks full, contact the local tourist info centre.Show grounds or sporting club grounds may be available for caravanners.


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Reply By: psproule - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 05:43

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 05:43
Here in Wagga Wagga the nomads regularly make camp on the North Wagga river flats for days on end. There are several good caravan parks in town but avoiding them seems to be becommign more popular.
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Follow Up By: Ian & Sue - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:37

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:37
We are coming over to Wagga Wagga next Easter for the big 1st ever Geocachers event. The organizers have arranged for the scout ground to be available for a week before and after the event - we cant wait. My husband is going to take long service leave and we are thinking that we will leave Geraldton WA in February and take a slow leasurely cruise across then head up to Queensland after the event. This will be our longest trip so far and hopefully the start of something even bigger!! I love my caravan. LOL.
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Follow Up By: Ian & Sue - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:40

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:40
Whoops forgot a bit! I was going to say that you guys over there might want to be out of town for Easter as it looks like at the very minimum there will be 500 teams with some coming over from the USA! Even if only half are towing a van or camper trailer then thats a lot of people invading you!! :-)
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Reply By: Ray - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 10:59

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 10:59
Are not caravan parks oblidged to have so many bays available for overnighters???????
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Follow Up By: Ian & Sue - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:34

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:34
When we travelled up to the NT (May 08) we noticed that if you didnt get to a caravan park before midday you didnt stand a chance getting a spot. I dont think they hold many spots for overnighters in some of the more popular destinations and travellling with our little dogs means we have already narrowed the available spots down before we start. Wouldnt change that for the world though.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:47

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:47
Why If none turn up they dont get any revenue.
If you had a shop would you not sell articles in case passer thru people MIGHT come and buy them

Its "The Season up here and all are out to make a buck and there are literally hundreds of vans up here at present

Am in Kununurra and we are in a park in "the overflow"area and its better than the spots up the front. With our Big4 discount its $29.70 a day.
There are over 200 sites mostly all full One of 5 parks here with all the same occupany rates at the moment.

The showground across the road is $27 They have scruffy sites and not much in the way of amenities.
For the extra we have a pool and a spa, laundry and good clean amenities.

Going west its first in best dressed. Tried booking ahead and got told get here early and you will be OK we dont book..
Was very lucky to get a week in Broome. Had it been o/nite they wouldnt take it
Friends of ours were in Broome two years ago and had to line up outside a park at 7 am waiting for people to move out to get a site.
Would you hold back sites in view of that sort of demand. Get real

Do your maintenance before you come.

Had to get a plumber to look at the LPG Told me it was fine and charged me $90 for the privilege.

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