North east new south wales

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 11:57
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Hi folks , thought i'd just make a few comments on where we've been staying after leaving sydney .
Landed around Sydney 2 days before xmas and with 3 kids and a dog we needed a place to stay . Ended up at the Canton Beach caravan park , it's council run which usually means reasonably cheap and laid back . Price was $28.00 per night for the first 2 nights then it jumped to $48.00 per night for xmas peak , we stayedabout 10 days , was reasonably good a big lake adjacent , part of the Tuggerah lakes system , campsites were a fair size some nice beaches ( Soldiers Beach , Cabbage tree beach ) Everything nice really apart from being tooo crowded.
Next we moved to Crescent Heads or more specifically Goolawah beach , very nice was a bit crowded in the camp site with surfy types and families , generally nice folk , also probably 20 from an aboriginal family native to the Kempsey area , they were quiet and nice . $23 a night ( toilets no power cold showers ) but only got collected 2 out of the 4 nights we were there so we didn't complain . Beach was magnificent , surfing waves and excellent fishing especially by spear , jewfish , kingfish , luderick and whiting off the beach . Very enjoyable stay , would be even better out of holiday season .
Next 2 nights in Saphire Beach caravan park Coffs Harbour . $70 a night phew , small sites nice park / beach but couldn't afford more than 2 nights .
To go cheaper we moved up to Bellingen about 30k south west . Stayed at the showgrounds a stonesthrow out of town . $30 a night , ( powered site ) Grassy and nice and flat , hot showers , rubbish collected. We happened to land at the same time as a "Camp Creative ' was happening around town so the park filled up after 2 nights , people were very friendly and nice . The area was beautiful rope swings in trees a short walk from the park on the lovely Bellinger river and a 15 minute drive through Glennifer took us to some absolutely blissful swimming holes on the Never, Never Creek . Sensational. Stayed about 8 days and moved on , even made a friend with a lovelyt family and visited their house twice for coffees and spirited chats .
Moved on to Mullumbmby also an Oval campground the Mullumbimby rugby teams oval also a golf course on site and you can have a beer in the club if your keen . $25/00 a night , powered site , hot showers , rain water in the taps grassy level sites on the Brunswick river which is a bit dirty /muddy but nice went fishing in the tinny but only with a lure , might try again today with bait . That's us so far , i'll get back on soon .
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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 18:49

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 18:49
Hi Ombo,

Thanks for the info. We'll be up that way before too long and might try one or two of the places you mention.

I sounds as if you go with the flow. If one area is too expensive, crowded etc. move in a different direction and it paid off with some nice surprises.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

John 'n' Min

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Follow Up By: ombo99 - Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 19:13

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 19:13
Hi John and Min ......Cheers yea , we've got the dog so we can't be too choosy and we basically miss out on National Parks , almost send him to the pound seeing as we intend travelling for about a year . We've got two of our kids Birthdays this week so it's a trip to the theme Parks on the Gold Coast but we're going to camp out Beaudesert way about an hour or so out , so it'll be interesting to check that out , then head slowly up to Cairns by about May and N.T around September.
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