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Gateway Lifestyle Beachfront Hallidays Point
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
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“Swimming pool or duck pond?”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Ignoring the obvious, bad management and great position ... lets not forget the dark matter in the swimming pools, duck waste I believe. I was amazed to see large numbers of native ducks roosting in and about the swimming pools in the evenings.

Furthermore, it would appear the trees are all on the other side of the fence. The Beachfront would have to be the closest thing to a WW2 concentration camp in Australia. No trees, just rows of huts, mowed grass, trimmed hedges, derelict caravans and patches of worn-out turf.

The best of location, the worst Big4 caravan park parading as a resort.

Room Tip: Go to the beach, swim in the sea, it is 50m from your front door. Avoid the swimming pools. Get the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Bernie W
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Helen C, Manager at Gateway Lifestyle Beachfront Hallidays Point, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you for your comments regarding Beachfront Holiday Resort. Unfortunately Bernie, we do not seem to have any record of your having stayed with us. If you would like to discuss your comments, please contact me on 6559 2630 and I would be happy to speak with you.
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

At Easter time last year we were visiting Tasmania and we decided to take out a Big 4 membership. Our family was really happy with the cabins we stayed in during that time.

We decided to use our Big 4 membership for our holiday this Easter, 2013 - this time staying at Forster. We chose to stay at the Beachfront Holiday Resort. It has been a disappointment for our family for the following reasons -
Value for money - for the 4 nights the cost has been $1,116.00 (inc $40 Big 4 membership discount) for 3 adults and 1 two year old in an Ocean Villa.
Our family are really keen tennis players so choosing this park with a synthetic tennis surface was one of our big priorities. Before arriving at the park, we had pre-booked the tennis court each day of our stay. On inspection of the tennis court on our first day of our holiday, we found that the tennis court was in dangerous disrepair.

We note the follow were not up to our standard during our stay -
On arrival at night, the entrance lights were not working - we found it difficult to find our destination in the dark.


Our villa had the following deficiencies -
broken screen door
outside chair broken
gas stove ignition not working
kitchen setting rusted
one lounge has tears and both lounges very worn
hot water - below expectations.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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4 Thank Peg J
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Helen C, Manager at Gateway Lifestyle Beachfront Hallidays Point, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Thank you for your comments regarding your stay with us during Christmas.
We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay.
Although Christmas is our busiest time of year, we do ensure that staffing levels are increased to accommodate the number of guests we have.
Our smallest powered site measures 9m x 9m .
Our amenity blocks are cleaned three times a day during the Christmas holidays.
The Christian mission has been at Beachfront for more than 20 years and in the majority well received by guests.
It is great to read that your children enjoyed the activities we try extremely hard to source to keep our younger guests entertained.
Once again, thank you for your feedback.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We were disappointed in the value for money. The ocean villa we stayed it seemed tired and run-down. The tennis court was in dangerous disrepair.
The grounds were well kept and the pool and playground area were in good condition.
We would not stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Helen C, Manager at Gateway Lifestyle Beachfront Hallidays Point, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Thank you for your comments in relation to your recent stay with us at Beachfront Holiday Resort.
Our tennis court is looking at a refurbishment during the winter months.
We are pleased you enjoyed our other facilities and sorry that you will not be joining us again in the future.
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Maitland, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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5 Thank Lou88009
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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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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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