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Kookaburra Holiday Park
Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
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153 reviews
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“Great little place for a break”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Stayed here for one night on a trip from the Gold Coast to Port Douglas, the people in reception were very friendly and helpful, we travel with 3 boys, so the little cabin for a great rate was wellcome. Everything you needed was supplied, across the road from the beach, and a short walk to the shops. Cardwell is probably somewhere for a long stay, but the Kookaburra had plenty to keep you happy, although the internet was very poor so some work needed there ! all in all a good choice,

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Glenhaven, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

I cannot fault the facilities at Kookaburra holiday park, however, the owners are disgraceful, ill mannered individuals with a vulgar vocabulary intended to insult people! As a backpacker, I decided to stay at Kookaburra holiday park as it was clean, had good facilities and they were willing to help us find work! This was ideal for the 1st 4 weeks of my stay. They then decided to become awkward, dishonest and highly insulting!!! Situations in Cardwell changed and a lot of people were looking for long term accommodation, so the owners of Kookaburra Holiday Park decided that these workers would bring them more business than the backpackers so began making up excuses and scenarios as reason to make us backpackers HOMELESS! They swore repeatedly, branded some of us as 'troublemakers', threatened us and threw money in our faces when we demanded a refund. As Backpackers, yes at times we were noisey and playful but always moved along when requested as we were aware, at times, there were families staying at the park. We always paid our rent on time, kept the facilities clean and tidy and generally respected Kookaburra and it's idyllic location. We were treated disgustingly and regret bringing business their way by talking so highly of them to fellow backpackers. Yes Kookaburra may come across very helpful and always provide service with a smile but don't be fooled because as soon as something better comes along and they can get their greedy little paws on more money they will not think twice to discard you like an old newspaper!!!!!!!! These people do not deserve the kindness of travellers looking for a little home comfort. As any other backpacker will tell you, everywhere you visit is based on experience and what has been experienced by myself and others at Kookaburra Holiday Park is one to be forgotten and NEVER re-visited!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

We have spent most of the Winters for the last seven years at the Kookaburra Holiday Park in Cardwell which has everything you need whether it's fishing,bowling,golfing or relaxing. The park is beautifully maintained and the owners create a friendly family atmosphere . We have met some great people there and look forward to catching up each Winter.The weather is a great improvement on Adelaide's at that time so come and join us. We keep coming back !

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

I love going to stay at the Kookaburra Holiday Park in Cardwell. The staff are very friendly, helpful and make your feel very welcome. The park is clean and tidy and has variety of rooms to suit every need.
Cardwell is a beautiful area. It has a variety of different activities for the adventurers as well as plenty of beach to sit and relax. I would recommend everyone to visit and stay at the Park with Denise, Peter, Heidi and Leon (owners).
Cant wait to visit again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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murray bridge
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

we have stayed at this park the last 2 winters,coming from the cold south and we love it there. the lush tropical grounds are a delight to wander around in. We fish Hinchinbrook with good success and filleting at the well set up filleting area is so easy.Happy hour is great
to catch up with all the friends made there.The owners could not be more helpful or friendly and often join us all at the Happy area.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

I spent a week at Kookaburra Holiday Park not long ago and had an absolutely wonderful time. That's why I'm going back again soon... It is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday in a truly welcoming and family environment. There is various styles of accommodation to suit all types of needs. Ours was a family room - clean, spacious and able to accommodate up to 6 people. There's an inviting pool to cool down in, opportunities to go boating and fishing and the owners ensure that guests are welcome at gatherings or special occasions in the park. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

I've been going to Cardwell for a few years now, i choose to stay at 'Kookaburra Holiday Park' because its comfortable, clean and a great place to relax.....i quiet enjoy getting back up there to catch up wth Leon, Heidi, Peter & Denise ( Owners ) i find them friendly and very helpful with knowledge of things to do in and around Cardwell....
I would happily recommend ' The Kookaburra' to anyone visiting Cardwell or passing through !!
Cheers, Steve.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Kookaburra Holiday Park

Property: Kookaburra Holiday Park
Address: 175 Victoria Street, Cardwell, Queensland 4849, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cardwell
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Cardwell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kookaburra Holiday Park 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kookaburra Holiday Park is situated on 3 acres of lush tropical gardens and has villas, motel units, camping, backpacker rooms and cabins with free high-speed WIFI, pool, free BBQ areas, laundry. Clean, quality accommodation at an affordable price. ... more   less 
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