good caravan parks close to Brisbane northish side

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i folks,

I have to periodically travel from Bundaberg to Brisbane for ongoing reviews with a specialist at the Wesley Private Hospital. 5 hours x 2 on the Bruce highway for a 10 minute chat. He won't do a phone consult.

The hospital up here said we will send you by tilt train instead of paying a travel allowance on the next trip on Feb 11th. Great I said.

QR rang me yesterday.. The Rocky Brisbane tilts have been put off the rails for next 2 months... ongoing brakes problems and is being replaced by diesels (6 hours) and buses (8 hours).

Bit of lateral thinking going on...if I drive I get subsidized $110 for travel , why not tow the van and have a look at Brissy for a few days at our accommodation expense???

Can you recommend a good quality c/park on outskirts of Brisbane being in mind we are going and going from the north and even better one close to a rail line into the centre so we can leave the van and the towie at the c/park and do foot tourist days.

Thanks in Advance
Benny
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:23

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:23
Not many c/van parks on the nth side to begin with , one to KEEP AWAY from is at Aspley opposite HarveyNorman , is constantly in the news for drugs/fights ect ,is used as a halfway house for prisoner release.
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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:40

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:40
Ones close to rail to catch a train into the Doctor would be:

1.Burpengary Pine Village 764 Morayfield Rd Burpengary Ph 3888 2737

2. Arizona Pines Boundary Rd Cnr Old Gympie Rd Dakabin
Ph 3888 1343

Both of these are just a few Kms to Narangba rail station (car parks available at station) and close to the Bruce Highway for easy access.

Arizona looks a bit derelect but if its just a base for a short stay its probably Ok.


Cheers
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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:23

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:23
I have just stayed, in the last few days, at the Big 4

It was really clean and tidy and plenty of room to spread out if you wish. Apparently buses to the city almost outside and close to the Pick'n'Pay shopping centre and many other shops.

I actually spoke with a fellow who was traveling to the RGH each day.

Good luck
DW
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Follow Up By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:24

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:24
That was meant to RBH (Royal Brisbane Hospital)
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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 13:54

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 13:54
Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park in Ashgrove only a hop, step and a jump to the city. Ph: 07 3356 1458
Was 3 1/2 stars, but no longer participates in the AAAT Star rating Advantage Scheme and has also withdrawn from Family Parks.
My first choice of a Brisbane Park. as I've always found it reasonably cheap and spotlessly clean. The position offers easy access to the city.
ozjohn.
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Reply By: Member - Ray C1 (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 13:57

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 13:57
Hi

check out Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park Closest Caravan Park To The City
199 Ashgrove Ave Ashgrove QLD 4060 - get directions
ph: (07) 3356 1458

this is approx 10min to Wesley, Have not stayed there, but drive past the sign heading into town

HTH
Ray
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 15:12

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 15:12
The pick would have to be the Big4 at Aspley on Zillmere rd. Train available at Zillmere.

Aspley Big 4

Cheers

Alan
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Reply By: Les B (FNQ) - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 19:54

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 19:54
In October last year we stayed at Newmarket Gardens CP in Ashgrove it was clean and quiet for a place so close to the city. A short walk to the bustop.
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Reply By: Member - Carl- Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 20:16

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 20:16
Benny,

Northside BIg 4 is the best choice for several reasons.

Great people and a good size. It is right off the Bruce Hy. By that I mean one road and 200 yards from the Bruce. Every shop you might want almost within walking distance including Pick and Pay (which is now coles for fuel dockets). Chermside shopping centre is 3 kilometers away as well.

Check out their dump point. It is even better than the ones in "Top10 caravan parks" in New Zealand. The dump point has it's own room.

Newmarket gardens is quite some distance further into the city and a number of roads to drive along. This park is very popular with back packers because it is close to the city. Amenities are nowhere as good.

****STAY AWAY **** from Aspley Gardens Carvan Park. It is owned by the people that own Big 4 Northside but most of the people there are permanent and "trailer t-------". We went past one night and there were 11 police cars there.
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 22:40

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 22:40
Gooday,
Go to Newmarket Gardens, great, close to shopping centre, buses everything.
Stayed there on & off for almost 2 years, still go there occasionaly, live just down the road at Ashgrove, if you are in need of any help just send me a private message.
Cheers,
Booma604.
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Reply By: bennyzbit - Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 09:10

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 09:10
Thanks everybody for your help.

I booked 4 nights at the Big4 Northsideand & treated ourselves to an ensuit site and then move south for another month looking at some bits of Northern NSW

Just an observation no critism or crying poor. The Big4 charge will have dropped from holiday season by mid February but still is $48 a night. The night before my operation we stayed the night at the Colonial Motor Inn at Caboolture in a lovely room for $99. Their telly, aircon, coffee making facilities, left the dirtied laundry etc etc. It would have been $90 with their chain loyalty card which they gave me on departure

I wonder if the economics of travelling the populated coastal stip especially c/park staying justifies the expenditure on the towie, the van, the extra fuel needed to tow a van compared to a highway trip in a sedan and staying at motels.

Thanks again
Benny
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Follow Up By: Member - Carl- Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 09:59

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 09:59
Hi Benny

There have a mixture of both old and new cabins there. Check that you get a new cabin there is quite a bit of difference. New cabins are very sice.

Lone Star almost joins the park and we had dinner there one night. I nice place as well.
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Follow Up By: bennyzbit - Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:37

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:37
Hi Carl,

Sorry I cannot have explained myself well enough. We are going to tow he van down and stay 4 nights on an ensuit caravan site. The cost is $48 per night. I can become a Big 4 loyalty club member for $50 a year and get 10% off the $48 a night charge so it could be about $43. We are not staying in the cabin section.

I was comparing that charge $48 charge with the motel at Caboolture at $99 ($90 from here on in with the freely given loyalty card) and the ever increasing cost of caravanning in parks especially when you have to take into account up front cost the $90000 worth of hardware (towie and van) before you start to add in the hoses and the Tv etc etc.

As I said "I am not crying poor" cos we aint. But until the end of the school holidays it was a whopping $58 a night for the "with ensuit caravan park sites.

Regards
Benny
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Follow Up By: Member - Carl- Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 13:18

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 at 13:18
Hi Benny,

I know what you mean. They know how to charge there. We needed a cabin for a month and asked them to give us a rate. It was 30 times the day rate. No discount.


It is a bit tight backing into the ensuit sites. They have a tractor and will put your van on to it for you if you like. The manager might seem a bit grumpy at first but he is OK.
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