Caravan park fees....

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Hello everyone,
we recently started travelling around Oz with our 2 year old daughter.
Sometimes we don't need to pay for her, sometimes they charge us the same as say a teenager and sometimes an additional persons rate.
She is 2! Could someone tell me how we can go about not having to pay anything for her. It's not that she consumes much.

Thanks for your help and suggestions.

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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 14:13

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 14:13
It sounds harsh, but maybe from a park owners point of view, she contributes to laundry usage, rubbish disposal, play equipment etc.
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Reply By: fugwurgin - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 15:09

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 15:09
hi kloggie
we have just started our trip around oz 6 weeks ago, we also have a 2 year old. we have found the same thing- they charge us for him too. we have found a few parks that dont tho. we just check out other parks in the area to see if any dont charge. i guess a fee is justified as someone else mentioned, rubbish, hot water, play equipment.
we have just accepted it as part of the gig.

enjoy your trip
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Reply By: Cruiser 2091 - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 16:38

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 16:38
I travel on my own and usually get charged the 2 person rate. Such is life
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Follow Up By:- Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 09:38

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 09:38
same problem as you ask for afew dollars off usually they will not budge but will gladly charge for a third person some caravan parks are tkeir own worst enemy i gladley bush camp most of the time
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 10:31

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 10:31
Me too. Paying double really gets up my nose.
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Follow Up By:- Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 12:39

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 12:39
would be nice if there was a list available on where you could get a discount off the double price would use these places when needed would also help to put money into the local economy and an extra bonus be pet friendly
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 16:48

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 16:48
Hi Kloggie

If there are choices in the towns you plan to visit, find out ahead of time which is the best value for you.

Similarly, when there is no choice, we have to pay for swimming pools, playgrounds, spas, recreation rooms and any other facilities we don't use.

When we do stay in towns, we try and choose a CP that meets our needs - basic, low costs and most of all quiet and well away from the main traffic routes.

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Reply By: BuggerBoggedAgain - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 16:49

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 16:49
I am still trying to figure out how a child of 12 is classed as an adult.
Maybe the govt. is running out of volunteers.

Theatres Child $5, 12yrs and under, Adults $10

this also includes some babies whom cant even talk,I mean how can a 2 yo appreciate a movie,yet are charged $5

I've ever seen one theatre which allowed those babies under 3,free admission

I find the Easter show most offensive with their ridiculous pricing system,its murder for a family of 5-6 with 3 teenagers
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Follow Up By: DIO - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 19:27

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 19:27
Most theatres a re not the place for infant children. The excessive volume/noise will cause ear damage - often permanent. Should amount to child abuse with appropriate penalties.
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Follow Up By: BuggerBoggedAgain - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 20:36

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 20:36
Yeh right,I can just see the police going into every movie-theatre in Australia at every session hauling away every parent with an under 5 child for child abuse
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 20:41

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 20:41
Ive never seen an infant in a theatre - at least not for many years when they were show at the town hall.

many theatres have mums n bubs showings but otherwise all that ends up happening is the baby crys , other patrons get annoyed and the mother misses out on the movie because their out in the foyer
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Reply By: yakodi - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 20:31

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 20:31
Try calling ahead guys - often the caravan parks under certain banners have standard rates, often the smaller parks with the managers serving the clientele are a little more flexible with prices depending on how many days you are staying. Be honest and ask what their policy is on charging young kids. Better still - free camp or use the national parks.
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 20:47

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 20:47
G`day Kloggie,
We just dodge the "Bannered " ones, Big 4, Top Tourist, Family Park, etc. and the ones with "Resort" on their name.
You will find you pay much higher rates at these parks for the Tennis court, Gymnasium, Spar, pool, etc, all things we don`t use.

Shop(ask) around ,ring ahead if possible.

On a 20 week trip last winter we soon learned what to look for.
$6 per night for a powered site was the best we found.

Safe travels,

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:18

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:18
The 'Mango Farm' c/van park on the Daly river wanted an extra $10 per night for our young fella , asked why so much answer was "kids use and play with the toilet paper ,$10 extra per night take it or leave it "', we left.
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 11:39

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 11:39
I have yet to find a caravan park that offers a single rate for single travellers.
I find it absurd that the lowest rate is for 2 persons, when so many people travel on their own. I can understand it with motels, but not C/P's, when we are self contained and only want a bit of water and power.
Charging for a 2 year old child is nothing short of extortion.

Have a wonderful trip never the less Kloggie.

Fred.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 at 08:57

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 at 08:57
Fred G , Muttaburra + Aramac QLD c/van parks both do single rate if you can call a minimal flat rate "single rate" its the same rate for 1 as it is for a familly of 6 , stay 2 nights and get 3rd free ,
Muttaburra Motel rates are all single person rates and then $12 per person extra.
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:19

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:19
Hi Kloggie,

We have recently completed our "lap of the paddock" we were charged anywhere between $5 - $10 per child per night in all parks (we have 3 children) - this made the trip VERY difficult, we have a shower and loo in our van so we don't always use the amenities.

I feel it should be a one off site fee, especially in parks that have NO pool, playground, recreation room ect which in quite a few parks we stayed at was the case.

We did a LOT of free camping, buy camps 5 (available here at the shop) and do some free camping.

Cheers
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Reply By: jezza68 - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 18:48

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 18:48
We just completed a trip from broome to Nth QLD,

We founf the Coucil Parks the best value for money. We also used National Parks where available.

The best advice is to avoid the Franchise Parks. We the vanners and campers have to pay for the empty cabins and cottages. When are the Big 4 crowd going to realise that you stay cheaper in a 5 star hotel than their cabin rooms??
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Reply By: scoots68 - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 22:11

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 22:11
Just a quick note to add to this - we have 4 kids & planned a weekend away in our van on the Bellarine Pennisula, Vic. Were quoted $150 per night for a powered site! Needless to say we said thanks but no thanks & they suggested we come back in winter when it was 'only' $80 a night. Depending on where you go sometimes up to 4yo are free, its just a matter of finding the right park at the right price for you
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