Having stayed at this park numerous times during the 80's and 90's, I looked forward to a week during the Xmas season with my wife and 5 year old daughter. The c/park hasn't changed much in 30 years with the amenities still the same, the beach and parkland the same and more trees than I remember.
What has changed is attitude and why wouldn't we be surprised when we learn that the park is owned by the local Council who like most councils, revel in ripping people off. It would seem that the leasee/management can match the council in this regard as well.
In an age where value seems hard to come by, Bargara Beach Caravan Park is right up there for greed. $5 for a bag of ice. (poor ice at that) $2.50 pint/500ml of milk $7.30 for 2 ice creams etc etc Lucky there's a shopping center close by. I wonder what do you charge for a bag of ice during off peak?
We understand that business operates on profits, but knocking everyone off with exorbitant camping fees during the festive season and double dipping us with ridiculously high charges at the shop/kiosk adds insult to injury. Be ashamed. Your thieves.
They open the non powered sites to hordes of people. Pay at the office and off you go. Here's a map. Find somewhere to park your van or pitch your tent....if you can! It was ridiculous. Ropes and tent pegs intertwining everywhere, dangerous trip hazards and tree roots abound. Try and sleep when those around you are 5 and 10 feet away snoring? OHS safety is non existent and perhaps the council might undertake a safety audit before they end up with a law suit. Perhaps management also might like to consider their clients before their profits, because the people I spoke to at the park were less than impressed with your overcharging and lack of concern. In fact, staff attitude was pretty ordinary throughout, which I can understand considering the amount of people they had to cater for during Xmas.
How about you don't overbook the place hey? You know families bring kids and kids have new bikes for Xmas. Someone's child will get killed there one Xmas and you will be sued for negligence if you continue packing us in like sardines in pursuit of the almighty dollar. I cannot tell you how many kids I saw have a bingle avoiding cars during the week I stayed.
Oh!.... as in a previous post. It would make sense to clean the amenities blocks outside peak hour 7am-8am and 6pm to 7pm. You know, kinda like when roadwork signs appear on major roads between 6 and 8am weekdays. It really pisses people off, literally.
We'll visit Coral Coast again for sure, but it wont be at this caravan park. Very, very ordinary management. I wished I'd have come at a different time of year. It would be quite lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the shores of Bargara Beach along the Coral Coast this tropical holiday park is the perfect place offering everything you need and every accommodation option, for the perfect getaway. Bargara Beach Caravan Park has the best affordable beachside accommodation on offer in South East Queensland at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. With cool ocean breezes and stunning views this is the ideal destination to relax and unwind. You can choose from 1 or 2 bedroom cabins or a number of powered and unpowered sites which offer shade or sun, grassed or concrete slabs and are suitable for all sized caravans, RV's and tents. Located only minutes from bustling cafes and restaurants, golf courses, fishing and surfing spots this holiday destination caters for every type of tourist. A few minutes drive is the world famous Mon Repos, the largest Loggerhead Turtle nesting site on Australia's east coast. The coastal fringe offers fantastic dive sites and access to Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave islands where you can explore some of the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. ... more less
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