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Gateway Lifestyle Beachfront Hallidays Point
Maitland, Australia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Over priced...To many rules”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We have stayed here a few times in their surf villas...I really think this park is way over priced for what you get... And Yes the staff are not very friendly at all...I have however always found the park to be very clean... We have since our last stay bought a van so not sure we would look at camping there as there sites are small copared to other parks....

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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5 Thank Muddlefam
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Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

A group of us camped on the powered sites here over Xmas-New Year. I had been looking forward to this holiday all year and was a little disappointed with the park.
The sites are small and we felt crammed in with our tent, shade, car and trailer.
The amenities were often very dirty and floors were dangerously slippery. Definitely a 'wear thongs in the community showers' affair.
The camp kitchen is good in theory, but one night the oven took 1.5hours to heat up some frozen chicken nuggets for the kids. And I saw all community bbqs out of order some nights (lucky we had our own).
During most of our stay a Christian mission group had set up a huge camp at the other end of the park and would 'visit' our site daily which was very irritating. They would also walk up and down singing loudly and on one occasion woke our yound children up at 3pm.
The pool area was always busy, but the kids really enjoyed it. The playground was excellent, as were the daily craft activities.
We were a 2min walk from the beach which is gorgeous.
The kids had some fun, but we won't be going back here..

  • Stayed December 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Arrived early was allowed to check in early which was great as we have a young baby. Office staff wasnt the friendliest. Cabin clean and basic, location amazing, perfect spot for our older children.
Cafe could have been staffed better, and office staff when leaving could have AGAIN been more friendly. Wouldn't stop me from coming back, maybe next time I will be over friendly so they can't help but smile?? V

  • Stayed October 2012
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5 Thank Mizfriendly
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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2012

This park was our last stop on a three week holiday. It is a 5-10 min drive north of Forster which is a lovely seaside town. The park is right on a beautiful stretch of beach. There is a small shopping centre a 2 min drive away. Facilities at park are excellent - I would imagine that it would be a great location for families during the summer months however we were there mid-winter. Cabins were quite spacious however furniture was a little worn in our room. Our only criticism would be that cabins did not have any air-conditioning. We would have used it for heating !!

Room Tip: If you are looking for a venue in Forster itself this may not be for you !! The 10min drive into tow...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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5 Thank Peter J
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

My husband and I recently spent a night here while travelling from Sydney to Brisbane in a Motorhome. Arrived late at night, and although office was closed. A staff member pointed us in the right direction to a large reasonably flat night. And said to see office in the morning. Camp was quite empty. But what a set up, plenty for young children to do, pools etc. Beach was just through a path behind motorhome. Excellent facilities. Lovely to see all the birds, especially kookaburras in trees being fed by someone in one of the units. Gee what a racket they can make. And such good priced sites, much cheaper than in NZ and twice the facilities provided. Very impressed with this holiday park.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Strickes
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2012

The park's location is fantastic and it is smack on one of the few dog friendly beaches in NSW, but dogs are banned by the park owner?!?!? The park is beach front, but the surf & ocean villas are army style cabins tucked in behind caravans and campers. The lady manager is totally obnoxious and other staff were about as people friendly as a weasel with piles. I believe this family park is owned by the Roche Family, but is managed in absentia by roaches. Best park location/worst management. What a shame!

Room Tip: Best if you bring your own van and ask for ocean front site near beach access gate.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2011

We just got back from a weekend at Hallidays, lovely park, expecially for the kids with great access to beach - just one thing to say and that is shame about the staff at this resort - VERY unfriendly, unhelpful - this was my second and LAST time to stay here as i feel a smile and friendliness costs nothing - twice I left reception area in bad humour due to the staff - never again!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Gateway Lifestyle Beachfront Hallidays Point
Address: 21 Red Head Rd, Hallidays Point, New South Wales 2430, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Hallidays Point
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Hallidays Point
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gateway Lifestyle Beachfront Hallidays Point 3.5*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gateway Lifestyle Beachfront Hallidays Point is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, only minutes to the local shopping precinct and a short drive to the bustling townships of Forster and Taree. Superbly situated right next door to beautiful Black Head Beach a 1.6 km stretch of sand long regarded as one of the best swimming beaches in the Manning Valley, it also offers great fishing and surfing opportunities. Nature lovers and photographers will love walking through the rare tracts of littoral rainforest and marvel at the magnificent Norfolk Island Pines. Gateway Lifestyle Beachfront Hallidays Point is set in a quiet beachside location with a great range of activities for holidaymakers of all ages and offers a variety of accommodation options for your next beach holiday. Only 3.5 hours north of Sydney, Hallidays Point is a popular tourist destination with spectacular coastlines, stunning beaches, the only double delta river system in Australia and 9 National Parks to explore! Gateway Lifestyle Holiday Parks are dedicated to providing you with the best holidays possible and wish to advise some locations are undergoing development as we continue to improve our parks. You may experience some noise during your stay, for further details, please contact our friendly park managers. ... more   less 
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