Being the first time out, and with limited time, we decided on a park that was relatively close to home and that had all the facilities, and being the last weekend of NSW school holidays our choices were limited, so we decided upon the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park (northern NSW). The park itself is on the foreshore - the ocean on one side of it and the main street of Kingscliff on the other. It is therefore extremely handy to everything - you just hop across the road for a wide choice of restaurants, gift shops, there's also a newsagent, hotel, Bowls club, banks, bakery etc. So basically once you're there you don't need to use the car again.
The facilities are a little on the old side, but clean and well maintained. There are a few electric style BBQ's scattered throughout the park, but no fires are permitted. There are only a handful of unpowered sites that are located at the very northern end of the park, however there are plenty of powered sites. The best feature of the park is that no site is more than 50 metres from the beach, and if you have children, there are no roads to cross to get there. their website states that pets are not permitted, however there was a labrador camped with a family opposite us, so not sure if the rules may have changed. We paid $26 per night for three adults.
A highlight of the weekend was the show about 6 whales put on for us directly in front of where we camped. A mother and baby were only about 200 metres out and were having a wonderful time playing and showing off to us. They stayed there for nearly and hour.
We managed to set the camper up pretty well for our first time. We made a couple of small mistakes, but now that we're aware of them we'll know for next time. I was very pleased with the amount of space we had, especially as it rained heavily for most of the time and at one point we had 8 adults sitting inside, along with all our gear, and weren't cramped or on top of one another. What can I say about the bed - heaven!!! That alone is enough to buy a CT. Anyway, everything went well despite the poor weather and we can't wait to get out in it again. Here are some pics of us getting set up:
You can't rush these things - let's just have a beer and figure out how we're going to go about this.
OK, that's the first part done - so far so good
And now the awning is done (better sit down for another beer to sort the next bit out)
Finally, the annexe is on and family and friends have arrived to celebrarte with champagne!