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Submitted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:09
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hello everyone,
can anyone recommend a park in Dubbo (safe!!!!) for June and only a night or two at that. (on our way to Carnavon Gorge)
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GG
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:20

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:20
I think it is fair to say that ANY caravan park in Dubbo (or anywhere else for that matter) will be safe GG.

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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:40

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:40
Unfortunately it is sometimes not the case Peter, we had a very bad experience at the park in Dubbo beside the bridge in the centre of town a few years ago.
Also very noisy due to the main road traffic and the carousing locals in the park beside the river, the latter were part of the reason we vowed to never stay there again despite a few visits over the years and passing through every year.
Apart from the night noises of the wildlife the one near the zoo is supposed to be ok.
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Follow Up By: Fiona & Paul - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:05

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:05
Yep that one is a bit of a problem.

We had no problems at the Dubbo City Caravan Park which is on the Newell Hwy with really good facilities and very clean - recommended.

There is another CP out among the car sales yards, etc, we have not stayed there and it is a very narrow entrance but I think it opens out onto the river at the back end.

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Follow Up By: landed eagle - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 22:45

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 22:45
The park out near the car yards is called the mid city caravan park.
I stayed a night there last year. Seemed ok. Clean facilities etc.. is a bit tight getting in through the onsite cabins though. A big van would be tight squeeze.
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Reply By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:15

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:15
Hi GG
If you want a free camp, last year we stayed 3 nights at the free camp north of Dubbo on the Macquarie River. A quite spot, no problems, left vans there while we went to the zoo etc. I can't remember it's name, it was about 14 klm NW of Dubbo. (32 10.113S 148 35.086E)
While heading nth, leaving Dubbo, turn left (W) on Burroway Rd, then there is another signed rd down to the river.
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 14:40

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 14:40
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Follow Up By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 16:28

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 16:28
That sounds like it !!
Just couldn't remember, and don't have my CAW book with me.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 21:40

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 21:40
Gets a bit crowded as it is only a small area. Toilets only. A nice quiet alternative to Dubbo. We stayed a few days to see the Zoo and Dubbo because the parks in town looked too noisy for us. We left the caravan in safety for the day trips. A local considered this a 'safer' alternative to any of the in town parks.

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Reply By: sassenach.girl - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:39

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:39
We've just booked 4 nights at the Wellington Caves Caravan Park on a powered tent site, based on feedback from some friends who recently stayed there. Its about 30mins outside Dubbo and right near the Welling Caves (hence the name) and the Osawano Japanese Gardens.

$17 per unpowered site, or $22 powered.

http://www.familyparks.com.au/CaravanParkDetails.asp?ident=wechc

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 21:37

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 21:37
A really nice park with huge grassy sites.

If you don't need to be IN Dubbo, either Wellington Caves or Peak Hill are good choices.

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Reply By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:45

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:45
Hi GG,
It all depends on which way you are travelling, but Dunedoo is only 60 k's from Dubbo and is a quiet little town with a caravan park.
Like I said it depends on your travel direction.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warwick D (SA) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 20:00

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 20:00
Greetings, Dunedoo is on our return list, quite, all the facilities I want, easy access, easy to arrive/leave early/late. WD
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Reply By: Member - Angus E (NSW) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:53

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:53
We stayed for a few nights at the Big 4 Dubbo parklands ijn July last year, not far from the zoo. http://dubbo-cabin-caravan-parklands.nsw.big4.com.au/

The facilities were good and no problem with security.

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Follow Up By: Gazal Champion - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:33

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:33
I have stayed in that park on three occasions over 2 years recently and on all occasions there have been major thefts occur. Granted it is a nice park but if you are using a camper trailer or the wind up top caravan such as a Jayco Swan type van the security is a bit of a problem, the canvas sides affording no security against these sods. The offenders come across the park behind the van park and jump the fence. Lap tops, expensive cameras, handbags and wallets as well as anything else of value including car keys etc have been stolen during the middle of the night while the vans occupants were sleeping.
If you do stay in any of the parks close in to Dubbo be sure your valuables are under your pillow or under your bed so that they have to get you out of bed to get to them. No problems with full vans and poptops as far as I know.

This is personal experience, not second hand information
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Reply By: Wilko - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 14:08

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 14:08
Hi GG,

There is a Cvan park on the edge of town not far from the zoo. Its the pick

Cheers Wilko

PS there are good ones in Parkes if you wanna stop an hour earlier
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Follow Up By: Gazal Champion - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:40

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:40
Hi Wilco, read my follow up to Angus above. That is the true picture there.
I must admit that nothing was stolen from me but on all three occasions people directly behind me in the types of vans I mentioned were victims with the police being called in to get a full report of the incident. I saw this. It was not something I heard about.
But as I said, a nice park if you have a full van or perhaps a pop top.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 14:44

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 14:44
Over the years we have had a pretty good run staying at Big4 parks all over Australia there used to be one in Dubbo but I notice from Google Earth that it is now a Top Tourist Park. Either way we have stayed there a few times and it has always been good.

It is on the corner of the Newel Highway and Alfred St. Sorry I can't remember what it is called.

Also out near the Zoo is a historic home, an old slab house called Dundullimal, there used to be some camping available near the river behind the house. A friend stayed there years ago and said it was very good.

Like others have said the park on the east side of the river, virtually under the bridge is not fantastic.

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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 14:47

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 14:47
The Caravan Park in Nth Dubbo (Bourke street) is called
Midstate Caravan Park and although the entrance is small it is relative easily negotiated then down the rear there is a great area to set up just about any rig. There is a 15min walk to the Dubbo Railway Bowling Club where one can get meals etc.
I live in Nth Dubbo and can recommend both.
A for safety, it is just as safe as anywhere else. And this side of town sees little trouble.
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 16:38

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 16:38
Gps 32 14 09.41S 148 36 38.08E
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Reply By: happytravelers - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:13

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:13
We stayed at the Big 4 park just up the road from the Zoo last year. Like you we'd heard too many bad reports on Dubbo and didn't really want to stop there, but this park was great. Good amenities, well run, safe and secure. Would be happy to stay there again.

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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 06:49

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 06:49
We stayed in the Big 4 on the Newell Highway, close to the Zoo about 4 weeks ago. I was advised to stay there by a friend who lives and works in Dubbo and has access to crim' statistics in the area.

It was clean and there were no problems.

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Reply By: cobber - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 18:32

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 18:32
We also stayed at the Big 4 in Dubbo no problems and there is a Bowling Club walking distance up the road and you get a very nice meal at a reasonable price
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