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GSA looks at Canberra Caravan Park and Camping Reserve profiles

September 17, 2014
GSA looks at Canberra Caravan Park and Camping Reserve profiles

This GSA Caravan and Camping Canberra research is based on visits to park and camping options. It specificially addresses:

Where are they?

How easy are they to access?

What do they charge?

What can they handle in terms of RVs?

What do they offer in terms of amenities and campsites?

These practical, informed answers, are based on a hypothetical big caravan (21ft) and Jeep Grand Cherokee tow vehicle.

Editors note: A GSA Multi-search on Canberra brings up all related caravan parks Only GSA Participating park Eaglehawk Holiday Park is on the first page.

Eaglehawk Holiday Park.

Pet Friendly.

GSA participating park:

Eaglehawk brings park up on GSA Multi-search.

1246 Federal Highway. Eaglehawk Hill, Sutton, NSW 2660.

10 min from Canberra CBD.

GSA Multi-search responds to Eaglehawk.

Phone 02.6241.6411.

Do not look for Eaglehawk Holiday Park or nearby no pets Capital Country Holiday Village (formerly White Ibis Holiday Village) in Sutton.

They are both off the service road at Eagle Hawk Hill near the colourful hotel which sits on the rise.

They are accessed heading north toward Sydney from Canberra by the Eaglehawk Hill turnoff.

Coming from Sydney slow down, keep left and keep a sharp eye for the hard to spot left turn off the Federal Highway after passing under the Sutton interchange.

The Sutton address for the parks is entirely postal and the result is many GPS units dont find the Eaglehawk Hill parks.

Powered en-suite caravan sites are $40.

Family 2 adults x 2 children $56.

Powered sites are $32.

Family $48.

Eaglehawk Holiday Park is about 10 minutes drive from Canberra CBD.

The Eaglehawk Hill Park has plenty of space for big rigs. No camp kitchen.

Pet Friendly Parks:

Queanbeyan Riverside Tourist Park.

GSA Multi-search requires Queanbeyan to find free GSA listing.

Pet Friendly.

Unpowered site $25 per night.

Non-participating park GSA.

41a Morisset St Queanbeyan NSW 2620.

Pet friendly and easy access park closely related to the Canberra CBD is Queanbeyan Riverside Tourist Park. Cost flat $30 a double powered per night all year. Unpowered $25.

Pet Friendly controlled dogs with caring owners welcome regardless of the dogs size.

92 sites. There is no site 13. There are no drive through sites. Plenty of room to manoeuvre caravans. Barbecue, pool.

Big riverside sites are the most popular.

Some cabins. Particularly clean amenities. Laundry block. Dump point. Barbecue area. Close to shopping. No camp kitchen.

Easy flat towing access from Canberras Northbourne Ave via State Circle veering onto Canberra Ave and travelling to Queanbeyan through the town to a well signposted left semi loop turn to the Tourist Park.

Eaglehawk Holiday Park campsites.
Eaglehawk Holiday Park campsites.

The park can be subject to the flooding of the Queanbeyan River.

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC).

GSA Multi-search responds to Exhibition and EPIC.

Unpowered site $25 per night.

Non-participating park GSA.

10 Flemington Rd Mitchell ACT 2911.

5 Minutes from Canberra CBD.

Left turn at end of Barton Highway into Northbourne Ave (Federal Highway). Flemington Rd comes up quickly on the left. Entrance is through the main EPIC gates. Main gate closes 9pm and re-opens at 7am but two subsidiary gates, 1 of Flemington Rd and 4 off Northbourne Ave are open all hours.

Late arrivals should take an instruction sheet from the box outside the camping office inside the main gate and proceed to the campground. Site instructions are on the back of the instructions sheet. Do not camp under high voltage power lines.

Spacious EPIC is pet friendly and also the best option GSA saw for big rigs. There is little protection from the weather.

There is easy access from Flemington Rd and onto the campsites via wide towing road.

Many campsites are not level. There are drive through site options. There is also the choice of powered or unpowered. Clean amenities with showers, toilets, laundry, basic camp kitchen and disabled facilities.

Events at EPIC can affect camping availability.

Clean amenities Riverside Queanbeyan.
Clean amenities Riverside Queanbeyan.

There are 119 powered sites. Of these 69 are drive-through and 50 not. White disks on the road indicate the site number and perimeter. Costs are Powered site $30 per night. Powered site extra-large (Over 7.5m 24ft) $35. Unpowered site $25 per night. Storage (Accessible only during office hours) $5 per night.

There are black and grey water dump points.

Price are according to the length of the RV-caravan and are based on two people.

An extra person is $5 per night (5 years and above).

TV aerials should be turned towards Black Mountain.

Transport is required for shopping. A Farmers Market is held each week on Saturday morning.

Fresh produce is available but the Loop Road is closed during the market.

Canberras best designed parks:

All No pets.

Capital Country Holiday Village is one of the best designed of the parks close to the Canberra CBD.

Non-participating park GSA.

47 Bidges Road SuttonNSW2620

Big rig  at EPIC.
Big rig at EPIC.

This Family Parks member is not in Sutton.The same location directions as apply to Eaglehawk Holiday Park must be used to locate this park which is set off the highway and completely hidden from travellers by undulating country.

Formerly White Ibis this park is on 10ha, the park accommodation varies from park cabins with en-suites to drive-through sites, caravan and camping sites. It has an ornamental lake, barbecue areas, a swimming pool, tennis courts, playgrounds and a jumping pillow.

The amenities blocks include showers, toilets, handicapped facilities, washing machines and dryers. The entire park has been fully landscaped.

Facilities in the Park have been designed with the traveller in mind.

These facilities include: Jumping pillow, Convenience shop and mini market, BBQ's, Mini

golf course, Swimming pool, Tennis court, Volley ball court, Basketball practice court.

Powered Sites

Level Sites.

Ample drive through sites.

Grassed and concrete slabs available.

Many sites are close to amenities.

Large motorhomes are welcome.


Many sites are close to amenities.

Undercover BBQ area, swimming pool and well equipped camp kitchen.

Many grassy sites, some with concrete slabs.

Powered sites drive through and grassed $32. Camping sites unpowered grassed sites $32.

Extra person 5 years and over $8.50 1-4 years $3.

Eaglehawk Hill is  not Sutton.
Eaglehawk Hill is not Sutton.

Alivio Tourist Park Canberra

(Formerly Canberra Motor Village.)

Non-participating park GSA.

Kunzea St, O'Connor ACT

No pets

This park is the closest to the Canberra CBD (About 5 minutes) in Kunzea St, OConnor but it is quite hard to find as it is difficult to see from the Dryandra St roundabout approach road and there is no prominent signage. The route from the Barton and Federal Highways is via Northbourne Ave travelling towards the Canberra CBD.

From Northbourne heading towards the CBD turn right into Macarthur Ave at the lights opposite the ABC. Then it is a short run along Macarthur, which becomes Fairfax St, on route to Belconnen Way.

Turn right around the roundabout at Dryandra St. There is a hard to spot small blue caravan park sign, then take a left into Kunzea St. The Alivio entrance is a short way along on the right.

Alivio is in the process of a major upgrade (June-July 2014) which will include a camping area when works are complete.

Alivio has drive-through sites. GSA suggests pre-planning to access them. Liaison with reception and a clear understanding of the number and location of the allocated site is recommended.

Approach to the drive-through sites is up a slope from reception to a ridge access road which takes a tight right swing to line up the caravan and RV campsite choices. There is a dump point which is on route to the drive through and en-suite sites. The dump point is on the way in rather than on the way out of the park.

Alivio has a powered drive-through site range from $38 to $42.

Cabins range from $120 to $420 in an exceptional quality villa - cabin accommodation inventory.

There is a licensed restaurant, bar, spa, laundry, barbecue facilities, kiosk, playground and pool area, but no camp kitchen.

Reception opens from 7.30am to 10.30pm.

Really BIG parks in Canberra:

All no pets.

Campsites Alivio Tourist Park.
Campsites Alivio Tourist Park.

Canberra South Motor Park is 4km from Canberra Parliamentary Triangle on 25 acres of surrounds.

Non-participating park GSA.

250 Canberra Ave Symonston ACT.

(Across the road from Fyshwick).

Campers Kitchen.

This long established park needs some refurbishment but it is well located, central to Canberra and easily accessed via Northbourne Ave. The route from the Barton and Federal Highways is head for the Canberra CBD to State Circle, veer onto Canberra Ave, follow signs to Fyshwick and turn right into the caravan park immediately after going under the Canberra Ave, Fyshwick motorway overpass.

It is easy to drive into Canberra CBD and attractions, as well as depart towards Queanbeyan, Byron Bay and the coast. The parks location provides fairly easy access to Namadgi National Park and the many attractions of the Tidbinbilla Circuit via Hindmarsh Drive. Hindmarsh Drive allows a quick, direct run across Canberra to Eucumbene Drive which feeds into Cotter Road.

Canberra South Motor Park entrance.
Canberra South Motor Park entrance.

Cotter Rd leads to the extensive Cotter Picnic Reserve which is the one of the most popular family attractions in Canberra.

Cotter Road also provides access to Canberras only beach on the Murrumbidgee River at Casuarina Sands Picnic Reserve past Mount Stromlo.

Campers might care to note that there is a low cost camping area in delightful surroundings alongside the Murrumbidgee River, located between Casuarina Sands and Cotter Reserve. The camping fees are low and are paid into an 'honesty box'.

In addition to Canberra South Motor Parks limited Tourist Sites there are powered tent sites near a barbecue and playground. There is another barbecue and extensive unpowered camping area at the back of the park.

Levelling RVs for comfort will be required but this extensive area looks good for self-contained Recreational Vehicles and could handle many big rigs.

The limited number of (about 12) Powered Tourist Sites are in 3rd, 4th and 5th Ave.

Standard rate $36. Peak Rate $40. Extra person $6.

Unfortunately the website quotes the rate at this park as $105.

This obviously does not refer to powered campsites.

GSA assumes $105 refers to Budget En-suite Cabins which are: Standard Rate $105 and Peak

$110 with a flat $10 Extra Person charge.

Some of the powered campsite concrete slabs need attention to address cracking.

There is a Campers Kitchen. The washrooms and showers are clean and functional. There are

cheap washers and dryers. Baby bathroom. There is a shop for essentials. Grassed areas for cricket and

soccer and Aussie rules and also fenced playground.

It is five minutes to Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets and other shopping.

Canberra South Motor Park has a licensed restaurant/tavern with a slow combustion wood fire in cold weather. Canberra South Motor Park offers comfortable budget cabin accommodation. GSA found the front desk helpful and professional.

The parks location makes it good value among Canberras limited caravan park accommodation options. It has clearly visible signage and is easily spotted from the Canberra Ave approach. This ease of identification is unfortunately uncommon among Canberra related caravan parks visited by GSA.

Canberras Beach at Casuarina Sands.
Canberras Beach at Casuarina Sands.

Canberra Carotel Motel and Caravan Park.

Non-participating GSA park.

Cnr Aspinall and Zelling Streets.

Watson ACT.

6km from Canberra CBD.

Monday Friday, 7.00am 9.00pm

Saturday Sunday, 7.00am 8.00pm

This particularly spacious, long established family owned and operated park on 20 acres was opened in 1964, it is well located, central to Canberra and easily accessed via the Federal Highway and Northbourne Ave.

Spotting signage for this budget accommodation option requires concentration, particularly coming into Canberra from NSW on the Federal Highway. The left turn comes up quickly at the Antill St roundabout, then right into Aspinall St with the park on the left.

There is also left turn access off the Federal Highway into Zelling St. Dont give up, the caravan park is set well back from the highway and the reception and park signage is low key.

From the Barton Hwy inbound turn left into Northbourne Ave (Federal Highway A23). Continue past Exhibition Park in Canberra. At the Stirling Ave lights turn right into Stirling Ave and then left into Aspinall St. Continue to the Zelling St roundabout. The park receptionis on the right.

Canberra Carotel Motel and Caravan Park has an impressive inventory of Bungalows, Cabins, Villas and Lodges, includingaddedcabins and ongoing refurbishments.

There is a huge amount of space for unpowered camping and big rigs. This park could accommodate a fleet of buses. Getting RVs level on some sites will be an issue.

Bungalow rates start at $95 a night. Alllinen is provided.

Camp and Caravan site rates start unpowered at $17 a night.

There are limited powered sites.

A powered site for one adult is $22.

A powered site for two is $34.

A powered site for a family of two adults and two children is $46.

Powered Campsites 706 to 721 are one to seven day stay sites close to the barbecue area.

Opposite are powered sites 701 to 705.

Drive through powered sites to suit caravans, motorhomes and camper trailers with water are about 6m x 16m 601 to 611 are 1 to 7 day, 611 to 643 are plus seven days.

Unpowered camping sites 722 to 737 are close to an amenities block.

Powered Grassed sites to suit camper trailers and tents with water about 8m by 12m sites 701 to 705.

Powered sites with water suitable for large buses converted to motorhomes mid 500s, the park says.

The unallocated camping area is huge. There is a dump point.

Motel rooms and Family Cabins are from $125 a night. All linen is provided.

There is a licensed convenience shop, barbecue facilities and pool.

The Canberra Carotels, forte is accommodation and catering for school excursions from all over Australia. Sporting, senior citizens, club or special event groups are also catered for. There are a wide variety ofwalking andmountain biketrails on Mount Majura, located at the Carotels back door.

Comments on the room accommodation include: Clean. Well priced option for staying in Canberra, especially for a large family. Quiet at night.

GSA timed a guests shower at 26 minutes while charging a camera battery at the park. We think this might some kind of record. But it did show the hot water system has staying power.

Park with a view:

Crestview Tourist Park

81 Donald Road,

Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Crestview is 13km from Canberra CBD which is easily accessed via Canberra Ave coming from the Barton and Federal Highways. The park is convenient for travelers coming from or heading to Byron Bay via the Kings Highway.

There are easily seen caravan park indicator signs on the approach to Queanbeyan.

The quiet, private, landscaped park on a hill is on the southern entrance to Canberra.

Canberra airport is close, as well as Canberras restaurant and caf destinations in Kingston and Manuka.

The parks caravan and camping sites are level, sheltered and close to the amenities and covered barbecue area. Sites cater for caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers and tents.

Cost is Powered site $39 a night double. There are no unpowered sites.

Crestview offers more privacy than average when compared to other Canberra parks.

Crestview has an accommodation range from villas to smaller more basic cabins, as well as powered and en-suite powered sites.

The park has fully self-contained air-conditioned cabins with bathroom, toilet, color TV, kitchen with stovette, microwave, fridge, crockery, cutlery and electric blanket.

The modern amenities include Laundromat and babies bath. There is a solar heated swimming pool. GPS in-car systems are available for free loan while staying at the park.

There is a childrens playground plus boom gate security. Free tour bookings can be arranged. There is a city bus stop at the entrance.

Crestview is close to the Queanbeyan shops and clubs. Free Wireless internet access is available.

Crestview guests can make use of free access to Alive Health and Fitness gym facilities.

Canberra Carotel campsite.
Canberra Carotel campsite.

Traditional bush camping:

ACT Parks and Conservation Service says the most popular and most Canberra accessible traditional bush campsite, Cotter Camping Reserve does not allow dogs. But it is easily accessed on a good sealed surface via Cotter Road. The Cotter provides a good, clean amenities block with hot water.

Cotter Camping Reserve is a left turn into the Reserve after crossing the Murrumbidgee River on a traffic light controlled single-lane bridge.

Campsites at Cotter Camping Reserve will easily handle a 21ft plus caravan.

Fees are $12 per person per night. Seniors $10. Concession $8. There is an honour box when the Ranger is not about. There are excellent fireplaces but it is BYO own wood or bags of firewood are available from the Ranger at $12 a bag.

In the Murrumbidgee River Corridor about 40min from Canberra only two campsites allow dogs.

They are Blue Range Hut off Uriarra Road and Woods Reserve off the Tidbinbilla Ring Road.

There are toilets, shelter, picnic tables, wheelchair access and a dog exercise area on lead only. BYO own drinking water.

Campsite conference Cotter Camping Reserve.
Campsite conference Cotter Camping Reserve.

Namadgi National Park Information Centre, Naas Road Canberra 02 6207 2900 (free entry) about 32 km (45 min drive) from Canberra, says campsites at Honeysuckle, Orroral and Mt Clear are car based camping.

This Canberra experience is all real camping, there is no power. Booking are essential for these campsites. Fees are $8 per person. Children under 15 free. There is a three night limit.

Namadgi National Park is only 32km from Canberra CBD, but it covers about half of the ACT.

Editors Note: Rates will change. Please check when booking.

Deep Space Communications Complex.
Deep Space Communications Complex.