Cotter Road also provides access to Canberras only beach on the Murrumbidgee River at Casuarina Sands Picnic Reserve past Mount Stromlo.
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 www.visitcanberra.com.au 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.
Canberra Carotel campsite.
Canberra Carotel Motel and Caravan Park.
Non-participating GSA park.
Cnr Aspinall and Zelling Streets.
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.
Campsite conference Cotter Camping Reserve.
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.
Deep Space Communications Complex.
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.