GoSeeAustralia enjoyed an Easts experience in May on the unspoilt South Coast of NSW. GSA stayed at BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park, BIG4 Moruya Heads Easts Dolphin Beach Holiday Park, BIG4 Batemans Bay at Easts Riverside Holiday Park.
The East family has been proudly associated with holiday parks since Bruce East started Easts Beach Kiama in 1935. His son, Phillip, and wife, Dianne, have continued the tradition, running parks on the unspoilt South Coast of NSW - at Narooma, Moruya Heads and Batemans Bay and welcome you as a valued guest of the East family.
Sunrise in Narooma
BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park - "how life should be"
Managed by Jayne, Steve and staff.
It is a well set out park with a beautiful outlook over Wagonga Inlet, the Wharf, Wagonga Head and Bar Beach where the Inlet empties into the Tasman Sea. It is a photographer's paradise with idyllic sunset and sunrise photo opportunities and home to many birds of the area.
Narooma is situated on the Princes Highway on the south coast of NSW and has a population of around 7,500 people. The name is said to be derived from the Aboriginal word meaning 'clear blue waters' and we can certainly agree with that.
It's a great overnight stopover location if you are en-route north or south, but there is so much to see and do in the area, one night will extend to more and the park has attractive special offers available to encourage longer stays.
It's a perfect spot for your annual holiday break too. There are many well grassed powered sites with concrete slabs or enjoy your own private ensuite.
The grassed waterfront sites offer spectacular views of the Inlet and passing fishing and tour boats.
Their valet service ensures all guests are assisted onto site the by staff.
The park has a dump point located near the clean and well-appointed amenities block and Laundry facility.
GSA enjoyed the pool, Jumping Pillow, TV, games and recreation room where on Wednesday mornings at 10am guests are treated to Morning Tea.
A gold coin donation is appreciated with funds being donated to selected charities.
We were told by Glenda from Batemans Bay, who regularly stays at Easts BIG4 Narooma that she enjoys visiting the nearby Narooma Heated Pool Complex during her stay.
The park has a wide array of cabins to suit your requirements including Condo Spa Units, Deluxe Spa Units, Waterfront Family Cabins and Ensuite cabins. Management is particularly aware of the special needs of some guests so a number of Cabins feature ramp access, wheelchair access and or mobility rails. They also provide assistance for solo travellers.
The park is not Pet-Friendly but provides additional services such as gas refills, Free WiFi connection (conditions apply), vending machines, local area information and even freezer facilities to store your big catch!
There are extensive bike and walking tracks graded "easy" and suitable for road bikes, to grade "hard" for fit and experienced riders. They are well signed and GSA's favourite was NAR1, Narooma to Dalmeny and return.
It's a stunning 21 km ride following the shores of Wagonga Inlet, the Tasman Sea and Mummaga Lake.
Most facilities required such as takeaway foods, coffee, shops and supermarket facilities are located opposite the park or just a short walk to Club Narooma at the Bowling Club, Information Centre and Heated Pool Complex. There are restaurants, takeaway and fresh seafood outlets located at the Marina.
BIG4 Members can take advantage of generous discounts from local tour operators and their National Partners.
If you are not a BIG4 member, then sign up upon arrival and ask about the special offers.
Things to do in the area:
Take a 20-minute boat trip to Montague Island, the home to some of the best wildlife in NSW. Once you have landed you can explore the Island including the spectacular lighthouse and other history.
There are a number of boat and fishing charters available from the wharf near the park
Mount Gulaga, until recently also known as Mt. Dromedary was given the name by Captain Cook for its resemblance to the Dromedary Came. It can be reached from the village of Tilba Tilba. There are eight rainforest types on the mountain, and rock sites of significance to the local indigenous population.
Wagonga Inlet Cruises. “100 years of history on a 100-year-old electric ferry”. Glide around Wagonga Inlet marvelling at the reflections, the historic sites and listening to the birds on our eco tour.
Australia Rock is found at the bar crossing (where the inlet empties into the sea). The shape of Australia cut into the rock wall was accidental and was created many years ago when a ship was tied to the rock with large chains to prevent it from washing away. The chains wore the shape into the rock during rough seas and it has been known as Australia Rock ever since.
You can hire pedal boats, canoes, single seat kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, boogie boards or surf boards at Narooma Marina nearby.
What's on in Narooma?
The Narooma Oyster Festival is in May each year.
The Blues Festival is on each October.
The Princes Highway from Narooma to Moruya Heads is 49 kms of good road winding through the hills and lush green farmlands travelling through Bodalla and Coila bypassing coastal settlements such as Tuross Head.
There are many picturesque rivers, lakes and waterways,ideal for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
BIG4 Moruya Heads Easts Dolphin Beach Holiday Park – "make yourself at home"
Managed by Lyndal, Tony and staff.
Dolphin Beach Holiday Park is situated on South Head Road, Moruya Heads, adjacent to the beach and only 8km from Moruya township, headquarters for Eurobodalla Shire Council. It's a "family" park, a seaside park in a natural bush setting where you may even spot a kangaroo in the evenings.
It has great facilities for kids with jumping pillows, adventure playground, tennis court and beach volleyball, pool and spa and pedal Go Kart hire. It is securely fenced and provides boom gate access for your family's security.
Outside peak holiday periods, Dolphin Beach Holiday Park is ideal for overnight or longer stays as well and the park provides attractive "special offers" to encourage longer stays. Please check upon arrival.
The park caters for all accommodation requirements, with three different types of spa cabins, there are Deluxe, Villa, Ensuite and Bungalow cabins as well.
There are Ensuite powered sites, caravan powered sites and camping powered sites along with unpowered sites and their unique "bush camping" sites set amongst the ferns and bush surrounding the park. In peak periods, there are offsite parking areas for boats and trailers.
Other facilities include BBQ's, shady sites, and dump point, two amenities buildings with laundries, camp kitchens and TV room. A well-stocked kiosk provides some groceries, confectionary, ice creams, bait, Ice, gas bottle exchange or refills, newspapers and drinks during office hours.
During the holiday periods, there may be Trivia Nights, a band or even a food stall.
All the action happens in the camp kitchen.
Camp kitchen in Moruya
The park is Pet-Friendly in off-peak times. Acceptance of Pets is subject to manager’s discretion and BIG4 Pet Policy applies. There are nine powered sites used specifically for visitors travelling with their pets.
Moruya Heads beach is patrolled by the local Surf Club during summer and the endless stretches of sand and surf to swim, walk, read, relax or sit and just marvel at the waves. Try your hand at surf fishing, surfing or long board paddling.
Things to Do:
Moruya Country Markets, Riverside Park every Saturday morning 8am till noon.
Sage Farmers Markets, Riverside Park every Tuesday from 3pm.
South Coast Seaplanes provide a 5% discount for BIG4 members.
Visit Mogo Zoo at feeding time for an animal encounter. It's only 25kms.
Explore Mogo's quirky shops, galleries and eateries or Pan for gold or explore the maze at The Original Gold Rush Colony Mogo.
Moruya Bowling & Recreation Club.
Moruya Golf Club.
Visit North Head and South Head or take a short drive to Congo, Tilba or Central Tilba towns steeped in history and local craft.
Diving, snorkelling at nearby Guerilla Point.
Coffee at nearby Mossy Point.
What's on in Moruya?
Granite Town, Moruya's Jazz, Food & Funk Festival on in October every year.
Just 35 kms further north along the Princes Highway is Batemans Bay situated on the mouth of the Clyde River.
It has a population of around 16,000 people. Batemans Bay is 151 kms via Kings Highway to Canberra and is their closest seaside town.
Sydney to the north is 280 kms and Melbourne to the south is 760 kms. Batemans Bay's annual rainfall is 956mm with the mean maximum temperature of 20.5 degrees and mean minimum temperature of 11.2 degrees making it a popular tourist destination for those from the southern states escaping the cold winter months.
BIG4 Batemans Bay at Easts Riverside Holiday Park –"a place to take it easy"
Managed by Brad and Cheryl, an enthusiastic and "customer friendly" couple who have worked with East's Holiday Parks for many years.
On arrival check the whiteboard outside the office to see if they have any special offers. They will be sure to tempt you to stay longer. It's not hard to feel at home when you arrive and pass through boom gate security.
Cabins sites in Batemans Bay
Brad will walk you and your rig to your site and provide accurate and easy directions to guide you into the exact position . . . to the millimetre!
He skites, "I haven't lost a van over the edge of the river yet!"
It was the first time we have closed our eyes and just reversed as instructed. Featuring concrete slab /grass sites you are guaranteed a level site.
The view over Clyde River from their waterfront sites is one of the best we have had with blue waterways, yachts, boats, the bridge and the shopping precinct opposite, lighting up at night with spectacular colours and reflections over the waters. Waves gently lap the banks quickly sending you into "dreamland".
Attractive waterfront accommodation includes three bedroom Condos with or without a spa, two bedroom Superior Ocean spa, two bedroom Holiday Ocean Spa, deluxe and bungalow cabins. You can see the cabins lining the riverfront when approaching Clyde River Bridge from the south.
At the rear of the park are elevated ensuite and executive cabins overlooking the green sites and blue waterway.
The park provides a comprehensive Camp Kitchen with BBQ's, two gas wok burners and even the woks, drink and chocolate bar vending machine, coffee machine, stove, fridges, and friendly table and bar seating.
Next door is an upstairs TV and Internet room with comfy couch seating providing a comfortable, quiet and sunny reading area overlooking the park and river. There are power points available for your laptops and IT gadgets.
The two amenities blocks are spotlessly clean as is the laundry and camp kitchen. Other features include dump point, swimming pool, playground and outside chess board.
Many sites have access to ensuite facilities. The kiosk provides bait, ice creams and LPG refills. The park does not accept pets or allow campfires.
Morning tea is provided every Wednesday morning at 10am. (outside school holiday periods) Just bring your cup and enjoy some of Helen's treats while chatting with fellow campers.
Things to do:
Visit nearby Mogo Zoo and take time to explore "trendy" Mogo village and their wide array of shops with interesting and crafty products.
Putt Putt mini golf.
Visit Soldiers Club or Catalina Country Club, both provide a courtesy bus to the park.
Batemans Bay Riverside Holiday Park is a family park during peak holiday periods where kids can play cricket on the riverbank at low tide, try their luck at fishing or splash around in the shallows.
Being only three hours from Sydney, it's an ideal destination for family and grandparents to holiday together and explore the areas attractions.
For the remaining times of the year it is popular with seniors who catch up with friends at the same time each year for extended stays or make new friendships. Take a ride along the bike path's or across the bridge into town. GSA fished, talked, walked and relaxed in comfortable surrounds and temperate weather.
You can certainly feel at home at East's Holiday Parks with friendly and welcoming atmosphere, helpful and knowledgeable staff providing visitor information and recommendations of what to see and do and where to go or eat, all adding value to your stay.
Join BIG4 for 10% off to a maximum of $40 per stay. The more times you stay at BIG4 can help earn Gold Membership providing greater discounts.
Check out local BIG4 Partners who provide special discounts for BIG4 Members as well. Ask for more details when booking.
Note: GoSeeAustralia visited and stayed at each park in May 2015
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