We have camped here with our friends for the last 4 years - 2 families, 2 sites, 4 adults and 5 kids. For the last 3 years, we have had a great time, and while management is not so friendly, once you get past reception and to your site, we never saw them. Not this year! Extremely unfriendly, and they have suddenly pulled out a 'law', quoting some caravan tenancies Act or some other rubbish, stating that you are not allowed to erect marquees or gazeebos on your campsite. The owner states that people have been putting as much as they can on their sites, and not paying him for the privelidge of having a tent, gazeebo car, trailer, extra tent etc. For the price they charge for a 5 night stay on an UNGRASSED powered site, I should be allowed to put up as much as I like, as long as I am within my site boundary.
We usually set up our 2 tents on opposite sides of our adjoining sites, and have the gazeebo in the middle as our 'dining room' all the kids sit together to eat, and the adults sit and talk when the children are in bed. He basically said no gazeebo, no socialising - you have a tent, sit in that!
He was also inconsistent with his 'law' we were targeted and told to remove our gazeebo or he would have us evicted from the park, while other campers (a policeman) were allowed to have their gazeebos.
We had some guests come and visit us, and for 2 adults and 1 baby (3 weeks old) they were charged $15 to use the facilies. They had to sign in and sign out, and took their details etc, with no car access.
The toilet blocks are both in major need of attention, the recreation hall is empty, the outdoor dishwashing faciltiies are appalling and the only BBQ's located in the park are old and dirty. On the upside, there is an oven, fridge and microwave (key with deposit) that campers can use.
Children's facilites are limited to a gate enclosed play equipment, which is sufficient for 3-10yo, and the beach.
Location is fab, being only a 15-20 walk into town, and you can walk the entire way on the beach, which is nice. At low tide you can also walk on the rocks right out the front of the park. One thing that puts me off about this beach, is the massive drain pipe that opens onto the beach, right in the middle of the access way - have seen eels in here.
So while the last 3 out of 4 visits have been great, we wont be back.
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