We purchased this “weekend getaway” deal from the Scoopon site and had no expectations set at all. What we really wanted was to do as little as possible and possibly perform a couple of outdoor activities (like 4wd, walking etc) if we felt like it.
When we arrived on Friday around 2pm we were greeted by Rikki, who was very nice to us. Rikki provided us with the cabin keys and explained a couple of things about the place.
The cabin was very nice (to be honest, it very much exceeded our expectations). The only one thing I'd change is the shower head. I know that water is purified on-premises and it is important to conserve it, but it was somehow challenging to have a shower. However, this is not a real show stopper...The site is located with an easy access to the beach, 4wding and numerous fishing spots. The place is also pet friendly. We do not have a dog, but it seemed that both dogs and their owners behaved themselves :-)
On the first day we had a 4wd trip and then relaxed for the rest of the evening. On the second day we took a longer 4wd trip (what a truly beautiful place) and then hired a bicycle for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, there were not many places where you can cycle, but with our level of fitness and willingness to take things easy it was sufficient enough for the rest of the day. In the evening we had a couple of drinks and relaxed on the patio of the cabin listening to the live band and watching the fire twirler.
On Sunday we cleaned up our cabin and left around 9am with an extremely positive feeling.
I was reading other reviews on the TripAdvisor before we left and after we arrived back home. Some of them are positive reviews, some of them felt like they were left by people whom are really hard to please...
The reality is... this is NOT a Hilton or any other 5 star hotels... But I have travelled a lot in Australia and can easily say it is by FAR the best place (park) where I’ve spent a weekend in the last 5 years.
All facilities are exceptional. The BBQ area is well maintained and clean, cabins not only well maintained but also equipped with all necessary gear e.g. fridge, tv, toaster, oven, stove, cutlery, kettle, I can go on and on and on, the list is very impressive.
I'm not sure what the real price for the cabin is, but if scoopon deal could be repeated for the price we originally purchased it I can see my partner and I staying at the Ballina village resort at least a couple of times a year.
Thank you Rikky and the rest of the management of Ballina Village resort for the amazing experience.
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