I was slightly concerned after reading the reviews on here just before leaving for our family holiday. We are a family of 7 so finding quality accommodation at a reasonable price is extremely difficult. We stayed at The Marion Bay Caravan Park in Cabin 16 from the 17th to 20th April 2013. The cabin was around $200 per night which I believe was very reasonable for 7 people in the school holiday. Upon check in we were given our key and code to access the boom gate. I was happy to know that only people staying at the Caravan Park had vehicle access to the grounds. The accommodation was extremely clean and there were provisions for coffee including milk and a couple of biscuits.
Being self contained and feeding a large family we took everything that we would need for making meals during the stay. Kitchen was well stocked with most items required for preparing meals (except the missing tongs...). Perhaps a water purifier jug would have been nice since the water on tap is from the desalination plant. Instantaneous gas hot water meant that bath time with 5 children was quick and easy not having to wait for the hot water to heat up between showers. Dishwasher in kitchen was a big plus due to the number of dishes used in a sitting.
We were very lucky that the cabin we has was right on the beach, we had a path at our front door that led straight to the beach. I was a bit disappointed with the playground as it is probably suitable for under fives (not the 5 to 12 age bracket that we have). Easy walk to Marion jetty, every morning we went for a walk. Cabin had television in the lounge room and in the adults bedroom which all adapted to use media boxes, usb etc so you can take movies with you for the family to watch.
We had a really good time an I am glad that I read the negative reviews after booking the accommodation as we probably would have missed out on a wonderful holiday experience if I had read the reviews prior to booking. Management of the caravan park were friendly enough. I offered to send my children up to work for them during the day which they declined... I'm not sure why why...
Over all excellent value for money, we were extremely happy overall. One Queen bed, two sets of bunks, one with double bed underneath and a double sofa bed. accommodates large number of people comfortably. Will use the facility again
Laundry facilities washing machine $3 dryer $1
BBQ $1 for 15 minutes.
Manager will give change to use on site.