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Caravan parks at Christmas
No, where did I hide her present?

It’s that time of the year when grey nomads share the country’ camping spots and caravan parks with holidaying families … and sometimes battle to find a spot at all.

With superb festive season weather predicted in many parts of the country, it’s a case of first in best, dressed at some locations.

South Australia’s Riverland region is a great example. With drought and then flood warnings scaring away visitors in 2010 and 2011, the region’s tourism comeback will be complete this year with visitors set to stay in record numbers.

Destination Riverland general manager Tony Sharley told that the region was in  for one of its biggest tourism Christmases ever.

Mr Sharley said there were about 700,000 visitor nights a year in the Riverland, with about 30% of them happening in the two months around Christmas.

He said most of the area’s 12 caravan parks would operate at close to 100% occupancy in January.

It’s a similar story in popular locations across the country. Most grey nomads know that it’s a time of the year when van park prices go up and the number of kids’ bicycles whizzing past their vans – and the queues at the laundry room – shoot up. Whether you’re in Margaret River or Coffs Harbour, camping at Christmas is going to be very different to camping there at other times of the year … but it has a very special atmosphere all of its own.

Where are you spending your Christmas … a remote and relatively quiet free camping area or a busy ‘family’ van park? What’s the best thing about camping at Christmas? Why did you choose to go where you are? How long ago did you start planning your Christmas camp? Comment below.

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11 Responses to No room at the caravan park or camping area?

  1. We are in Perth and hope to leave in Jan. go down the coast to Albany then onto Esperance. Have looked in the camp 6 book but it does not look like a lot of free camps for caravans. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to stay.
    Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • We have booked into Happy Days caravan park the 1st week in Jan. It’s on the King River, not sure how far into Albany. It’s $40 per night. It’s our first time there so hoping for a happy experience. Cheers Beth

  2. We stay home at Christmas, living on a small acreage property there is lots to do, just keeping up with the mowing for a start. However, with our own pool and tennis court it’s like being in an exclusive resort. and a great magnate for family to visit us.

  3. We are delighted with our solution! We are house sitting in the Snowy Mountains! We camped on the way along the Barry Way, and will be doing some more through the Victorian High Country on the way back to pick up our caravan! Stunning countryside!

  4. iam having xmas day with all my mob and wat a great day it will be
    I hope u all have a xmas day to remember also. enjoy pete

  5. Hey Dee we are with you we are house sitting near Sarina Queensland a bit warm but lovely and quiet as all the neighbours have gone away for Christmas/ new year perfect
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all xx

  6. We have lucked in to a CMCA party staying in a State School playground in Q with power, water, shower & toilet (even though we are fully self-contained it’s nice not to have to move the 5th Wheeler to pump out the loo as often). All this for $12/night! And on the Sunshine Coast! Close to so many attractions with so much to do, or do as little as yo wish. We had a fully catered brunch, D’Linner & Boxing Day Dinner for $25/head. 4 main organisers led a team of volunteers to provide 30 campers with :- nibblies, chips, nuts & lollies, Prawns, ham on the bone, BBQ chicken, potato salad, wombok salad, mixed green leaf tossed salad, coleslaw, ice-cream cake, drunken pudding, custard, mni pavs, brandy cream, fruit salad, plain ice-cream! Are you jealous yet? Of the group of 30 everyone had their input – either prepping, cooking, cleaning and all absolutely enjoying themselves. 🙂

    • It sounds like a great spot you have found to stay at. It’s great to have something to do with like minded people.

  7. We have found a 20000 acre sheep station to look after during school holidays while the young family managing the place holiday by the coast and see family. Keeps us busy but we are well away from the holiday crowds an high season costs.

  8. We are at the Hervey Bay Caravan Park (next to the Urangan Bowls Club). Well maintained park by friendly owner operated by Peter and Margy. This is a pet friendly park. We spent Christmas day with another full-time on the road couple Barb and Dave (thanks to you both) and next to Tony and Gladys. We are all big rig caravans enjoying the life. We are mixed here with some permanents, grey nomads, backpackers and families. A great park and great time of the year to make new acquaintances.

    • Stayed there last year and it is a great park, no jumping castles but a nice pool and spa, very friendly and we will go again one day, especially enjoyed the happy hours and sausage sizzles

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