Of a limited number of parks we stay at, only those that best met our criteria will appear here. Many more were kept clean and were satisfactory, but had less points from my criteria or more negatives so they rated lower. Those listed here are generally value for money caravan parks, not glossy over serviced high priced parks, and price is part of my scoring sytem. These have been scored between seven and ten out of ten.
Although our needs may be different to yours, these caravan parks score well on a points system which considers cleanliness, quality and features in the amenities block, price, pet friendly, disability access and location although they may not have all of these features. Check out the pros and cons on each park to see why they scored as they did. Prices quoted are from our visit and prices may have risen since that time. Updates being shown where known.
When touring, we are looking for somewhere for a quiet night with clean and serviceable amenities. They do not need to be sparkling new blocks so long as they are serviceable, kept clean, and there is adequate hot water for the showers. We are not looking for holiday extras such as children’s playgrounds, recreation rooms, spa baths or swimming pools. The needs of the typical 'grey nomad' tourists is very different for those looking for somewhere to spend their summer holiday with a young family.
We do not go to many caravan parks, preferring to be out in the bush, hence National Parks, free and community camps are generally our travel choice. Where possible we choose caravan parks that are away from highways for a quiet night; often on the outskirts of a small rural town. We do not choose 'up market' caravan parks. We prefer pet friendly parks, even though our dog stays at home, because people should have the choice. Those travelling with pets usually ensure their pets are very well behaved. Disability access bathrooms are also included in my score as this also makes it easier for people with mobility problems of varying degrees be able to travel.
In keeping with our holiday choices we do not often visit cities or coastal resort areas, so most of the parks featured here are in rural or remote areas .
To give up to date information, I have not gone back to trips prior to 2008. Where known changes have taken place since our visit, an update will be shown. These caravan parks range from what I found were above average, to those which were very good parks, and a score out of ten has been given accordingly. This list does not include National Parks campgrounds which are listed in the previous sections.
For more photos of some of these caravan parks see Flickr