Nooks, I wish you the very best. Hope you don't mind crowds
Anywhere near water, or not for that matter will be like pitching a tent in the middle of a Westfield. My wife takes the bookings for the recreational dept of the local council and it's the same every year unfortunately.
We did the Patonga things a few years back and really, it turned me off that place for life. Way too much alcohol being consumed to excess, especially with the number of families out for a quiet **chuckle** outing.
We soon after bought a 4wd and now make a point on the heavily populated times of the year to go bush where not too many venture.
All the best and Merry Christmas.