Cundle Flat - Reviewed

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Cundle Flat - Reviewed

Postby John G » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:27 am

http://www.cundleflatfarm.com.au/

Location: Taree then west to Wingham then west to Mount George, then approx 25 minutes from Mount George. or Glouster then Bundook then Cundle flat

Getting there: Freeway to Taree, Tar roads to 10klm past Mount George, approx 25 klms of gravel/dirt roads. From Bundook to Cundle Flat road is approx 9klms gravel roads. Cundle flat road is a single lane gravel/dirt road. After rain it would be a slippery drive.
Office is a room on the back of the house, at the camp. Campsite is below the house on 2 levels. 'Upper' and 'lower' , the main difference being the distance to the river, and the upper camp site has the only large tree (see cons: re trees)

Who/What: Majority of people camped in tents/camper trailers. Caravans weren't popular.. probably because of the road in. Each site seems to be able to fit 2 large done tents, so large families would be comfortable.



What is there: River flats camping on 2 levels, though the only real differences are the upper camp area is smaller, has the only large tree, and is higher above the river level.The river itself is the Manning River.
This river flucuates heights alot more than the Nowendoc, so its worth checking the river levels at http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/midnorth.shtml
Cold water showers behind the house. Lights on all night. These showers fed by river water. Campsite has toddlers corner for toddlers swimming. Kids can do river rapid runs through the camp, if you bring your own tube, lilo or boogieboard. Deep river swimming is upriver of the camp, and a rock approx 5 metres high beside the river give 'risky' kids a further spot.
Each campsite has a firepit, rubbish and recycle bins.
There is a barn onsite converted to accomodation, but we did not look at that.

Hosts: The hosts are Oliver and ? They were rarely seen around the camp. They will sell you water and ice from a room at the back of the toilets. No groceries or drinks were seen for sale.


Pros: Every camp site is flat.
If you camp on the 'upper' or 'river' sites (3 sites right beside the river, in some swamp oaks from memory) you have trees for shade.
Each campsite has a rubbish and recycle bin.
The shower block has night lighting, cleaning times posted on door.
River water on tap not to far from most camps (with reminder signs to boil before use)
Some river bank for kids to explore
Fishing down river and up river, depending on flow
Told you can canoe over 9klms to the Tiri bridge from camp as an activity
Campsites are numbered, and all have a fireplace.
Toddlers corner makes swimming with small kids safe
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Cons: Every camp site except the upper and 'river' site are treeless. The main camping area has no shade, and on the day we were there it was very hot and still. 2 trees have been planted as a start, but at 6-8 feet high they did little for those camped near them
The shower block has only cold water
Shower block is small.
Shower/toilets are right beside house, nervous about a late night run or sick kid waking up the hosts.
When the river is low (as it was for us) small kids would be at risk doing 'rapids' from the shallow water over alot of rock.
The bins on each site sounded great, but when the sun heated them up, they began to smell, depending on what was in them last.
Cattle on the farm, as an attraction, so walking on the outer track meant dodging their piles.
22klms of rough dirt roads, with numerous cattle grids to cross.
No family cap - $81 per night to camp in tents for us compared to $38 for same family at knorrit flat
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Re: Cundle Flat - Reviewed

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:24 pm

Very thorough report, thanks John.
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Re: Cundle Flat - Reviewed

Postby John G » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:06 am

Trying to get some decent camping breaks this year, and visit a few sites. Figure what I write down in these notes/opinions might help someone out one day with a choice.
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Re: Cundle Flat - Reviewed

Postby GypsyLady » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:21 pm

That is very possible John....always good to hear/see some info on places one is not familiar with.

Good luck with the camping too. I am hoping to get out camping with a friend in the next couple weeks....feels like forever since I went camping.
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