camping in canberra

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 17:29
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Hi All, can anyone give details of camping experiences at caravan/tourist parks in Canberra. We have a camper trailer but thought this time we would be 'city slickers' and stay on the 'tarmac' and visit our nations capital. Crikey, we're even going to use powered sites!! With what i've heard so far from word and mouth none of them stand out from the crowd.
Many Thanx
tspoon
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Reply By: Rick Blaine - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 19:43

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 19:43
true none of them are worth a mention... the only one that I have heard is any good is at Eaglehawk... about 10km north on the federal Highway. Queanbeyan has a nice little park on the river may be worth a try. The Cotter has a reasonable camping ground... not sure though if it is open after the bushfires...
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Follow Up By: tspoon - Sunday, Jan 18, 2004 at 11:40

Sunday, Jan 18, 2004 at 11:40
Thanks Rick, much appreciated......tspoon
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Reply By: jemima puddle duck - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 20:50

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 20:50
gday tspoon.
not5 to sure of the name of the caravan park(thats how good it was)
but if your heading from sydney its the first one on the left before canbera near the big roundabout(just before from memory)
well it was nothing to write home about.
the powered sites were nearly under water.
cheers

you reckon your cute
richard(eskimo)
but im a lot cuter

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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 23:39

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 23:39
Yes the Cotter is still open, There's showers, toilets, firewood etc.

There is also a park "Motor village motel & Caravan park" in O'Connor.

Where are you coming from??? Do you have an area of Canberra in mind???All my friends have Nissans
I'm the rose amongst the thorns
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Follow Up By: tspoon - Sunday, Jan 18, 2004 at 11:50

Sunday, Jan 18, 2004 at 11:50
thanx puddle duck, didn't think i'd have to take my snorkel and flippers to camp!!! Sounds like the poor buugers at Tamworth on Saturday....

Hi Steve, will be coming from the Gold Coast via Dubbo. My 'Outlaws' have stayed at the o'connor site, but this was many years ago. They also mentioned the park at Symonston. Is this one any good?
What other info can you provide on The Cotter, ie. distance from Canberra etc.........
Thanx to you both......tspoon
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2004 at 16:09

Sunday, Jan 18, 2004 at 16:09
Haven't been to the one in Symonston, so not sure about that one!

The Cotter is a little burnt out in areas but the camping area is fine, we went past there a few weeks ago and there we quite a few campers there, it is a little out of the way, No shops etc, just basic facilities. Roughly half an hour out of the city, all depends on what you want to see.

O'Connor is in a good spot to get to most things, 5 mins and you're in the city.

All my friends have Nissans
I'm the rose amongst the thorns
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Follow Up By: tspoon - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 09:48

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 09:48
Thanks Steve, info taken on board and will check them out.
O'connor sounds nice and close to everything....
tspoon.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 07:53

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 07:53
Tspoon,
There is a lovely big area in front of Old Parliament House that has been long established as a popular campsite. You would be very welcome there. The price is right too.Bob
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Follow Up By: tspoon - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 09:50

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 09:50
Thanks Bob,
How stupid am I, should've thought about 'the embassy'. Couldn't get any closer to the action than there!!!!!!
tspoon
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 08:39

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 08:39
http://www.carotel.com.au
http://www.eaglehawk.contact.com.au/
http://www.crestview.contact.com.au

Here are some sites for caravan parks you might like to try!!!

All my friends have Nissans
I'm the rose amongst the thorns
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Reply By: flappan - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 09:20

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 09:20
The Carotel is probably the best of those. Some friends stayed there quite recently.

The other would be the Queanbeyan one. Wouldn't bother with the Symondston one , its mostly permenant residents.
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Follow Up By: tspoon - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 10:00

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 10:00
Thanks flappan,
might just get the darts out and throw them at the map and see where they land. sounds like a bit of a lottery.
tspoon.
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