We have just returned from spending 4 nights at Seaspray Caravan Park, in Seaspray, Victoria.
We camped on an unpowered site and were charged $40 a night for 2 adults and 3 children (youngest two were free). The park was absolutely packed, which of course took away from the relaxing weekend away part, however, being Easter, we were fully aware that this would be the case.
The park sits just behind the sand dunes about a 50m walk to the beach. The park office provides very basic items, such as ice and cold drinks and a gas bottle exchange program. They also have waste dump facilities for motor homes/vans at the site office. The managers appeared friendly and receptive.
The park is split into two main areas - caravans and camping, each serviced by their own amenities blocks. The amenities blocks provided toilets and showers and laundry facilities. Inside the laundry area there is a small fridge, kettle and toaster for the use of campers. Washing Machines are 4 x $1 coins, as are the dryers. Showers cost 20c per 4 minutes. Amenities blocks are secured and campers must be in possession of a proximity card to gain access. Proximity cards are given to campers on check in and a surety of $20 is taken in the form of a credit card pre-authorisation. Only 1 card is given per site. So for a stay of decent length, pack plenty of coins for amenities use. I found the requirement to pay for showers a bit of a pain considering we were paying $40 a night for an unpowered site.
Just across the road from the camping area there is a local general store, which provides everything from newspapers, gas bottles, firewood through to alcohol and fish n chips. They also stock plenty of ice for campers. We ordered fish and chips for Good Friday and were very happy with the service and quality of food provided. Servings were very large. Expect to pay for products (outside the fish n chips) in the general store, as you could expect from a remote town. There is also a surf club at the top of the sand dunes, about 50m from the camp grounds which appeared to open nightly and serve meals and drinks. We did not venture up there and can't comment on the facilities.
The beach is just the other side of the dunes and is patrolled by the local lifesaving club.
Sites for camping are 9m x 6m and are generally flat grassed sites, bounded by either short grass cutting or white posts. Powered sites seemed slightly larger and are grouped in 4 sites per power box. Campers are allowed 1 power lead per powered site. Camp fires are allowed, but only in raised fire pits, with some form of protection under the bottom of the pit so as not to burn the grass.
Overall we had a pleasant weekend, however, compared to some of the other places in Victoria that I have camped unpowered, with facilities, I felt this place was a touch expensive.
Unless you have mobile service from Telstra or Optus, you will not get coverage in Seaspray. A wireless internet service is provided by the park office, however I am not sure what the fee was.
As an aside, whilst down there we were introduced by a friend to a local. This introduction provided us with a little insight into the park and its occupants. Apparently, a lot of the permanent site occupants were packing up and moving due to a couple of issues recently experienced. One is that the the owners are moving the van sites across the road into a new property, and the van owners are not happy with it. Fair enough and each to their own. The next problem that the permanent site people were disgruntled about was that the owners of the park were not allowing owners to allow family and friends to use their vans on permanent sites. Not sure what the idea behind this was, but from what the local told me, van owners were talking with their feet and moving elsewhere
Local General Store
Grassed unpowered site
Our setup on the 9m x 6m site
The nearby beach
Overall, we had a great Easter weekend away, however, I think that I will probably look elsewhere in future. This was the first time we have camped in a park setup like this (caravan park setup) and we are not big fans. We would rather the serenity of bush camping (with or without facilities) rather than the packed in caravan parks.