Arriving by the back road, we saw a kangaroo under a tree in the field, just as we arrived at Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park. Very nice!.....
A powered site for our 2-berth campervan, pre-booked by phone for 2 nights - and possibly 4 to take in New Year. Expensive at $38pn (£25), being the last week in December.
Lady in Reception was not the nice lady i had spoken to on the ‘phone, and we both thought she had an unpleasant sarcastic manner. She did not make us feel welcome. (We had chosen this Park because the reviews for Mission Beach Top Tourist park said the man there was rude!)
The first site she told us to park on, site 4, had someone’s car parked there - because their own site was only wide enough for their caravan and awning.
The second site, site 7, we couldn’t get parked level, because one side of the campervan had to be up on the raised narrow concrete area, and one side off. Each site has 2 strips of grass with a raised concrete platform in between, and all between 2 trees.
We parked in site 9, which seemed more level, but were still parked at a slight tilt! - I went to tell the woman where we had parked, and she seemed put out that we had chosen our own pitch!
Ablutions: Only 3 shower cubicles, 3 toilets and 2 wash basins for all the females in the whole park (same as facilities for men) , so unsurprisingly not very clean. (There seem to be 43 campsites in the Park, in addition to about 11 cabins.). I had to wipe out the wash-basin each time before I used it! Small children run in and out of both gents and ladies toilets, unaccompanied, and often the toilet is not flushed. Quite a good shower cubicle, however, with a 15cm wall to step over into the shower, curtain doesn’t billow, and water doesn’t go out into changing area. There were insects though, which come in through openwork concrete blocks.
The Laundry, between the gent's and ladies’, has 2 washers and 2 driers, and there is a small area for pegging washing out.
Next to the Amenities block is the Dog Wash : a mini laundry with a dog bath and a washing machine for washing dog bedding.
Didn’t use the camp kitchen, but there seemed very few facilities : one microwave, 2 BBQ plates, a full cooker, one electric frypan, although there are lots of plastic tables and chairs. (One review mentioned social events at the park, but we were not told of any, even though we planned to stay for 4 nights over New year.)
Leisure area : An outdoor draughts set is next to reception. The pool water looks a horrible colour, but it turns out the tiles are painted khaki green – so that is why! Never seen such huge water floats and toys, nor so many, in a pool, but there was still a quiet corner at the top, where adults could float, if not swim, quite happily in the sun, or in the shade. There seemed to be an imaginative play area for children, alongside, and a playground, and a small jumping pillow.
By Reception, there is a small covered area with a table tennis table. Inside a door, is a rumpus/play-room full of big toys, and another door to a storage room which has a large flat-screen TV and a couple of plastic chairs.
No phone coverage here, or any TV reception in our campervan.
The public beach, maybe 5 mins walk from the Park, is long and narrow, and quite attractive, but there is no stinger enclosure - or life guards, being a very small place. The King Reef Hotel, maybe 5 mins drive from the Park, appears to be the local shop as well.
On leaving after 2 nights (definitely didn’t want to stay for 4!), we stopped at reception to say we were vacating site 9 - and it wasn’t the sarky lady, but a nice smiley one! Pity she wasn’t on duty when we arrived!
You will either love this park, or you will hate it! To be fair, large family groups seemed to be very happy there, as it is definitely child-friendly and dog-friendly – both are everywhere, but if you have neither, I would suggest you stay elsewhere. The sites are too small and close together, and the amenities are simply shameful. (The Big4 park at South Mission Beach is perfectly located, on a beautiful swimming beach....)
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Thank you for your review. I was very disappointed to read that you were not made to feel welcome on your arrival, please accept my most sincere apologies. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and have even won a prestigious Customer Service Award from Tourism Queensland.
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Our holiday park has two very distinct seasons attracting different types of guests. We have our dry season between (April and October) during which time our park is occupied by travelling seniors (grey nomads) who travel from the southern states for the warmer winter. It during this time of year that we hold regular social activities – BBQ’s, morning teas, walks to the reef, etc.
During our wet season (November – March) our park accommodates local families from Cairns, Townsville and the Atherton Tablelands looking for a family getaway. You chose to travel during this time and so we did have a lot of families with young children staying at the park. Lots of families choose to stay with us as we have great play facilities for children and offer a safe environment allowing their children the type of freedom to play outdoors that we experienced as children.
We are a pet friendly park, as you say we even have a doggy bath and a special washing machine for pets bedding. We do ask that all pets are kept on leads and be cleaned up after as do most caravan parks. Unfortunately some pet owners do not believe that the rules apply to them but we try to keep on top of this as much as possible.
We are aware that our amenities block can get very busy during peak family periods. We have further toilets available for use in the pool area. We are also installing a separate self-contained, wheelchair friendly bathroom for families in the early part of this year which will also help to remedy this situation.
With regards to Kurrimine Beach itself we are a small fishing hamlet but we do have all the facilities available for a relaxing holiday. We have a stinger net and for the first time this year we have had a lifeguard on duty. We have two boat ramps, very important facilities for a fishing village. We also have two general stores, a café and an excellent pub. The pub is a five minute walk from our park and we are one block back from the beach (approximately 70 metres). In a five minute drive you can tour our whole town. What we love about our beach is that it is not touristy, in fact quite the opposite; there are not a lot of businesses in town wanting tourist dollars. It is free to walk out explore the reef on certain tides, we have seen freshly caught fish and even crays change hands for the price of a beer at the local pub. As with many small towns in Australia we only have Telstra service for our mobile phones and internet we do however have excellent TV reception picking up about 23 channels.
Once again we were very sorry to hear that you did not feel welcome here and would love the opportunity to remedy the situation. If you are ever in our part of the world again please be assured you would be very welcome at our park.
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