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Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby Lockyer » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:49 pm

Heading off to Goomburra Valley Campground soon - just waiting on our friends to give us the dates so I can book, here is a link to the website http://www.goomburravalleycampground.com.au/

Interested if anyone has camped here, we camp - many many years ago on a property nearby that was a 4wd place but from what I can see this isn't the same place and from some very old posts on the net the people who use to run this place are very strict with there rules.

Will do a full report when we get back..

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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:00 pm

Have been there several times over the years. Loved it when Dean owned and operated it but don't like the current owners, the hubby in particular and yes they are still there.

The 4WD park is still there, Janowen Hills and yes they are 2 different places. There is also Gordon Country up that way too and GVC is in between JH and GC. GVC is just on a little ways from the shop on the same side.

Have a friend who is actually camping at GVC this weekend.

Will be keen to hear your report on it when you return.

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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby Lockyer » Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:31 am

Thanks for that GL

Janowen Hills was the place we stayed at, OK if your into 4wding but for just camping.....well there where better places. Have also camped at GC even before going to JH - no showers and only a pit toilet back then, wonder what is like today - would be very busy, and have camped many times up at the state forest and have walked all there tracks, might have to pop up to the forest and have alittle look see.

Anyway if you wish you can reply via PM but what didn't you like about the new owners ??
Have been there several times over the years. Loved it when Dean owned and operated it but don't like the current owners, the hubby in particular and yes they are still there


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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby GypsyLady » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:57 am

GC does now have showers and flush toilets in 2 of their campgrounds, very basic and often not serviced regularly.

IMO GC is now way over the top fee wise at $13 per per per night normal times and I think that escalates to $17 p/p/p/n for peak periods....long weekends etc.

Re GVC...let me just say that the current owner is extreme in his management of the place....he has rules for his rules.

I also do not like being able to choose my own site even when I originally booked it before arriving. Got there and was told I had to go elsewhere because they had booked a group into the area nearby, he presumed that I would not want to be close to the group. Still did not give me the option, just told me to go 'on that site'.

I arrived mid week and was to meet a friend the next day there, so no one else in the campground but me. Figured seeing as it was quiet I'd go discreetly to the side of my camp to have a little ball play with one of my dogs (off leash) and was yelled at to get the dog back on the lead or pack up and leave!!!!!!! Can assure there was nothing polite in they way I was yelled at and nor was I given the right of reply to explain or apologise.

I have since read many stories on the internet of others having problems there as well....both dog owners and non dog owners. The campground is very flat and when it rains the water pools and one story was of a guy who dug a bit of a trench to direct the water from his tent...he was abused and told to leave. The stories go on and on.....people with vans told to disconnect their brake controller/WDH before entering the campground because the tandem wheels dig up the ground. Now personally I have no idea if this action is correct or not......BUT disconnecting the brake controller!!!!

These can't all be concocted stories....there must be some element of truth to at least some of them and then of course there was my own personal experience.

I have not been there is some time because of it and refuse to go back by choice.

Re Janowen Hills......you can actually go and just camp there, you don't have to be a 4WD enthusiast. It is my understanding that there are campgrounds available for campers only.

Not to go OT but another popular place out that way is Bestbrook.....there is a thread or 2 on this forum about it and no, I have not been there.

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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby Lockyer » Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:46 am

Thanks GL

Yes that is what I had read on some other forums about the rules at GVC but had no idea about the fact they tell you where you are to camp, sorry but that does wash with me so I don't think we'll be going there.
We went to JH with friends, who where into 4wding (long time ago- had only just opened) and we didn't have a 4wd vehicle and weren't interested in that side but I did do a bit of bush walking and found a few of the natives and grabbed some pic's.

Will go and reseach this "Bestbrook" and see if it has the right facilities for our friends (hot showers and power point in shower block)

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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby GypsyLady » Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:17 pm

Lockyer wrote: I did do a bit of bush walking and found a few of the natives and grabbed some pic's.


PICS....did you mention pics....can we see some please???
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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:37 pm

OK, my friend just returned from her camp at GVC and she is livid to say the least. She has stated that she will never go back there again.....here is what she said.

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He is a control freak. They (GVC) were told when the booking was made that it was a 30th party and 40 people were coming. It was a camp oven dinner and a full barby breakie the next day. He had a certain part of the park marked out for us. All the other campers were told when checking in that there was a 30th on. We were told that the music and noise should be off at 10pm but we were ALLOWED to continue the party and talk etc. to whatever time we liked. When my sister and I went to the loo before retiring, HE was hiding under a tree watching the party folk.
Friday night was a tad rowdy but when HE came down at 10 to tell them to quieten down they did and they carried on till 4.30 am...no probs. I went to bed at 11. During the Saturday he kept making threats that if anyone misbehaved he would throw them out. Dinner was ordinary and needed a chain saw to cut the taties. Didn't taste as tho it came from a camp oven at all.
We continued with drinkies down by the water and I went to bed at 10. I was about 2 metres from the party, however, I went to sleep. They were a tad noisy at first then the "Chief" came down and told them to be quiet which they did. Then a couple of our guys were sick of him and his antics and gave him a bit of 'back chat' but no swearing.......
HE replied that he'd get the blue light out because the noise was too great and there were too many smart arses. Well, lo and behold the cops did come from Allora. All was quiet when they came and they just laughed and said they enjoyed a drive in the country. HE didn't come down with them. The party finished at 1am.
We were told that breakie was at 8am so we checked over at the kitchen to see if there was any action...none. When a few went over to see him he turned his back when they approached. He said that there would be no breakie and he wanted us all out straight away.
Also said that 4 of the other campers complained about the noise. We went around to all the campers to ask them and they said they didn't hear a thing. They were very surprised that the cops had been called.
We paid $30 for dinner and breakie and he only refunded us $5. $25 for that crappy dinner!!!! Most had come without any food for breakie as it was to be provided....lot of hungry campers that morning.
I was so disgusted and felt so sorry for the woman who had arranged the whole thing. They had heard about a couple of bad reports about the place but chose there as they catered for functions.
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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby Candace B » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:21 pm

We also were in the group celebrating the 30th birthday at Gomburra last night, mentioned in the previous comment. The way we were treated was appalling and we were made to feel incredibly unwelcome.

We as a group understood that there was to be no noise after 10pm. After dinner, we moved from the communal dining area back to our camp before this time. We were told we could socialise in our own area, away from the other campers.

I was sleeping 5 meters away from the group that was sitting around the fire after dinner and slept soundly. I am a very light sleeper and was not woken once, except by the police who were called to attend the noise complaint of said group. The fact that the officers confirmed there was no issue proves we were not causing an problem.

To wake up in the morning and be told that we are refused breakfast because of our behaviour just baffled us. When our friend who organised the event went up to speak with the owner, she was treated rudley. Her father in law then went to see if we could cook the food ourselves and was refused, and also insulted.

It was such a shame for our friends that spent a lot of time and energy organising what should have been a great weekend but ended on such a sour note. The site is really beautiful and we would love to visit again if the ownership ever changes hands. I implore anyone thinking of going to this site to choose elsewhere and refuse to support this kind of management.
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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby Cheryl R » Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:44 am

He was horrid Candace and I don't know how he is still in business. The lovely person who organised it is my niece and she was devastated on how it panned out. We were the last ones to check out. The wife was on the phone and she just handed our bonds back without a word. We objected when she only refunded $5 for breakie. Of course the Big Man disappeared as we drove off...what a man to leave his wife face the music. :x
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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby Lockyer » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:17 am

Well I spoke with our friends yesterday morning about some of the reports I had been seeing and they would still like to go, me I'm not that keen as I don't tolerate fools so lightly ! But we are not going to get a free weekend this month and next month were camping up at Cressbrook Dam for the Hampton High Country Food & Art Festival and after that I think we have planned a trip to Brunswick....I think, so looks like a few more months before we might head there.

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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby GypsyLady » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:35 am

It is very disappointing to hear that after all these years HE is still behaving so badly. My last trip there was in 2007 from memory.

His hiding by the tree spying on the group does not surprise me. When I was there he walked around the campground every arvo with a beer in his hand under the guise of social chat with the campers.....he was really checking up on everyone and I heard him chastise a couple camped near to me who had arrived on the Friday evening.

BTW.....WELCOME to our forum Candace, it is lovely to have to join us and please come back and visit us regularly. A great bunch of people here, all happy and willing to chat and swap stories.

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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby Lockyer » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:43 am

GypsyLady wrote:
Lockyer wrote: I did do a bit of bush walking and found a few of the natives and grabbed some pic's.


PICS....did you mention pics....can we see some please???



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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby GypsyLady » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:47 pm

LOVE the frogs Locky....what sort are they??
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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby Cheryl R » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:05 pm

Beautiful pics.
GypsyL, you would think that he'd improve over the years after mega complaints but he'll keep insulting people as long as they camp there.
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Re: Goomburra Valley Campground

Postby GypsyLady » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:05 pm

Cheryl R wrote:Beautiful pics.
GypsyL, you would think that he'd improve over the years after mega complaints but he'll keep insulting people as long as they camp there.



Like I said Cheryl......it never ceases to amaze me that he is still in business. The only way I can fathom it is that people still keep going there even when they are told what he is like......so much for the old adage 'word of mouth'.

It's been almost 5 years since I last camped there and in that time I have only seen one report where the camper was happy about the place....ALL the others have been negative. Go figure!!

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