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Best Camping/Caravan Guide for Australia

Postby familyadventure » Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:02 pm

Family of 4, two under 8yrs. travelling from perth to QLD and back. Is there a book that details camping spots, as well as caravan parks. I seem to remember mum and dad had one years ago.

Thanking you in anticipation
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Postby Scolers » Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:30 pm

There are many books with info on seperate states but I am not aware of a book that would give you a run down on every state and caravan park. Maybe someone else might know ...

Here's a link that details alot of van parks throughout Australia ... it gives reviews so once you've found a park you want to go to then check it out here:

http://home.vicnet.net.au/~badger04/

Be warned tho' as the reviews are done by you're average person and some ppl exepct 5 star ... I notice some of the whinges are things like "No Pool" etc.

We're possibley moving from Perth to QLD and most of the van parks I'm familiar with until we get to NSW. But it was easy enough to look at an old Lonely Planets guide of NSW to locate van parks.

Hope this helps a tad.

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Postby Activity_Dept » Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:30 pm

Hello FamilyAdventure and welcome.

You can purchase a comprehensive parks guide here:
http://trekkers.shop.camping.com.au/displayfiles/index.cfm?fuseaction=camping&prod_id=14485
this is the ring bound vrs. Or you can buy it at a number of bookshops.

Good luck with the trip.
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thanks for your reply

Postby familyadventure » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:02 pm

would you reccomend joining the caravan and camping assoc??
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Postby Activity_Dept » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:21 pm

You know I can't honestly say as I personally have not had any experience with them. Hopefully someone else here has had some dealings with them and could give you some advice in that direction.
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Re: thanks for your reply

Postby Scolers » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:45 pm

familyadventure wrote:would you reccomend joining the caravan and camping assoc??


I don't simply becuase that means you are confined to using the parks that come under the 'association' banner (eg. Big 4). However, you do get some so-so discounts BUT a lot of private caravan parks also have their own discounts eg. pay for 6 nights and get the 7th night free whereas Big 4 is only 10% discount.

Cheers ...

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Postby Blue Bravo » Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:53 pm

The motoring organisation RAC _ NRMA etc put out caravan park guides. For free camping sites there are some guides available such as the Explore Australia Camping in Australia (Savage and Lewis) which are pretty comprehensive :grin:
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Postby Jok » Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:53 pm

There is a book called Camps Australia 3, shows allsorts of rest/camp
sites all round Oz. Some are no more than slight detours off highways,
others are great spots. We used a combination of several books- above,
lonely planet,RAC(V,WA,etc),as well as big4 and top tourist mags etc.
Between all of these we managed to find the occassional good spot all
around the country-local tourist bureau was often very good for advice
as they usually knew prices etc and would ring parks for us to enquire.
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Postby Scolers » Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:55 pm

Jok wrote:There is a book called Camps Australia 3, shows allsorts of rest/camp
sites all round Oz. Some are no more than slight detours off highways,
others are great spots. We used a combination of several books- above,
lonely planet,RAC(V,WA,etc),as well as big4 and top tourist mags etc.
Between all of these we managed to find the occassional good spot all
around the country-local tourist bureau was often very good for advice
as they usually knew prices etc and would ring parks for us to enquire.
Jok


Activity Dept.'s link was to Camps Australia 4 ... ;)

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Postby Jok » Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:19 pm

Sorry, had a few beers, too hard to click a link at the moment :?
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Postby Scolers » Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:45 pm

Jok wrote:Sorry, had a few beers, too hard to click a link at the moment :?


... pfft ... what about all that training?!

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Postby Jok » Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:05 pm

Damn, it's not helping yet- I better just practice a bit harder :***
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Postby Derek Bullock » Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:22 am

I have a few different ones including some on CD but Camps Australia Wide 4, as mentioned above, seems to be the best. They have their own website at http://www.campsaustraliawide.com/index.php

Look at their links page and you will see my website. Although I don't know why they said I am a "king" ::()


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