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“This is the place to stay if you're in Katherine!”

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Shady Lane Tourist Park
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

I could call myself a tourist park connoisseur, having stayed in dozens and dozens of them over the years, all around Australia. While it may sound cliche, this is by far the absolute best I've stayed at, and that's not something I would say lightly. While on a holiday in Katherine with my family (2 adults and 2 teenagers), we opted for the Shady Lane Tourist Park as it was recommended by a work colleague who lives in the town.
Upon arrival, we checked in and booked our Katherine Gorge Tour for the next morning through the friendly male receptionist. We visited our cabin, one which is actually about 4 meters off the ground (as they are on stilts) - and as we opened the door, our jaws dropped at the amazing cleanliness and condition that these places of accommodation are kept in. The floor was shining, the window were clean, everything was immaculate. It was truly visible how much pride is put into the park by its owners/managers. Air conditioning is in every major room and lovely 12 metre pool to cool down in on a hot day.
The only one thing which may deter some people is the park's distance from the Katherine town centre. It's a good 5-10 minute drive, but this is more than easily manageable if you have a form of road transport with you. The proximity, however, lies on the route to the gorge which is great as this is only a 15 minute drive from the park.

Such immaculate cleanliness, it's no surprise this park has so many positive reviews, they are all very deserving. I can certainly say I'll be back one day and I think you should also choose to stay here if you're heading to Katherine! :)

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Marianne B, Owner at Shady Lane Tourist Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2013

Thank you for your kind review of our property, we do put a lot of effort into cleaning and maintaining our facilities so it is good to know that it is appreciated. I do have to say that our cabins are not quite 4 metres off the ground though, the clearance is 2.1metres so there are only 12 stairs. Hopefully you will return to Katherine in the future and visit some of the attractions you may have missed due to their seasonal operations.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

The owners/managers obviously take pride in their caravan park. The park is very clean and tidy and they seem to be always moving around tending to stuff. The bathroom facilities were particularly well maintained by NT standards.

We booked a Gorge breakfast tour for 9 people thru reception and was impressed by Maryannes determination to assist with our requirements.

One issue with the selection of mango trees though in the park....as with the lack of rain the fruit is falling off the trees ... do you know how noisy it is when a mango falls on the roof of your van in the middle of the night? I do.

Overall a very nice park and would stay again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Marianne B, Owner at Shady Lane Tourist Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

I am happy to have been able to assist with your Gorge Tour bookings, all part of my job.
We hope that you will return in the future and are happy to know that you appreciate our efforts.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Well spaced-out camp sites set amongst beautiful and established trees. Immaculately clean and well designed facilities. Friendly and extremely helpful owners plus a nice swimming pool. A joy to return to after a hot day of travelling! Would highly recommend!

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marianne B, Owner at Shady Lane Tourist Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

Thank you for your review, I am pleased to know that you have enjoyed your stay with us, hope you will return.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This camper park was a nice size compared to some of the enormous and crowded ones we stayed in. The laundry and showers were the best of all as well, clean, modern, plentiful. Lovely location, friendly staff. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marianne B, Owner at Shady Lane Tourist Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

It gives us great pleasure to have been able to provide you with facilities which you have enjoyed. Hope to see you again.

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

On our self-drive tour of the Top End, our elevated cabin at Shady Lane Tourist Park was unusual by being on stilts! But it was one of the most thoughtfully arranged and appointed self-catering units we stayed in and convenient to Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park). We also enjoyed the peace and quiet (except for what we think were dingoes howling one night). The proprietors, John and Marianne, have given good thought to these units - the beds are excellent, the bedrooms are separated from one another (nice when travelling with children or another couple), and there's a separate toilet making the shower/toilet routine faster in the morning. And the frozen mango, available in the front office, was delicious!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Marianne B, Owner at Shady Lane Tourist Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Philip & I are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in one of our 2 bedroom Villa's, we have tried to design them with your comfort in mind. It may have been dingoes that you heard one evening, perhaps you may also have heard the Curlews or any of several other night birds. Thank you for your kind comments, we hope you will return.

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

These are lovely cabins- we stayed in a 2 bed (number 10) cabin, which was very nicely presented and clean, and tidy. One of the best cabins I have seen! The location is good, a few minutes drive away from the centre of Katherine, and very near "Marksie's camp tucker night" (the reason why we stayed in Katherine.) it is a nice setting, and the swimming pool was very well maintained and nice to swim in.
Thank you for our stay! x

Room Tip: All the cabins are lovely, and the caravans are near very well maintained bathrooms!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Marianne B, Owner at Shady Lane Tourist Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Thank you for your kind comments, nice to know that you have enjoyed your stay in one of our elevated cabins, hope you had time to relax on the balcony after a busy day touring. Marksie's Stockman's Camp Tucker Night would have been one of the highlights of your stay, a great night out.

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We had been told by fellow caravanners to stay at another park, but we are so happy we chose "Shady Lane". It is only a short distance out of town and convenient to do the Gorge cruise. The lady at reception was so polite and helpful, asking if we wanted to be close to amenities. The amenities block were relatively new and were always spotless. There is so much room in between sites which is rare these days in caravan parks, plenty of room for the van, awning and car and still room in between sites. We would definitely stay here again. Overall, a great park - congratulations to the owners.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marianne B, Owner at Shady Lane Tourist Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2013

We are very pleased that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again.

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Additional Information about Shady Lane Tourist Park

Address: 257 Gorge Road, Katherine, Northern Territory 0851, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Katherine
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Katherine
Price Range: $91 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12

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