Pursuant to my earlier post on caravan parks, we have become quite acquainted with the likes of these travel stops as the weeks have progressed on our World Nomads Whirlwind Trip. And no two parks are the same, which is part of the charm of such travel.
This post was originally published in 2008. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.
When you check in at a big name chain hotel or motel, you know exactly what you’re going to get, right down to the brand of mints on the pillow. But even among franchised caravan parks (which are a rarity), you will get some terrific variety. Everything from the amenities, to the scenery, to the surroundings; it’s a crap shoot.
And unlike the variety of accommodations we saw in the guesthouses of Bangkok, the variations are all relatively appealing; it just depends on what you are looking for.
Like Forrest Gump said, “Caravan Parks are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Wait a minute. He didn’t say that. Ah well – something like that, I’m sure.
Since we are constantly on the move while in the World Nomads van, and since we enjoy the great outdoors, we tend to gravitate towards parks that are a little secluded and scenic. Not to say that our times smack dab in the middle of some of the towns we visited were bad – but it’s just not our idea of camping. For the permanent or long term residents of those parks though (and there are those in almost every caravan park), I’m sure being close to town is heaven on earth.
So when we rolled into the town of Mildura, we got a list of caravan parks, almost all of them directly across from the mall. Wireless internet access was a need since we hadn’t been online for a few days. So that alone became a deciding factor and brought forth a range of candidates. And the cost of the wireless internet ranged from $6/hour to over $20/hour.
While getting overwhelmed weighing options, nightly costs, and internet fees, we decided to fill up on petrol (that’s “gas” for non-Aussie readers). While crossing the bridge over the pretty river, we saw a small sign for another caravan park, right on the river. We looked at each other.
…And I’m sure you want to know what happened. If so, then check out the rest of this post on our World Nomads Ambassador trip journal! The trip is coming to an end, but our adventures aren’t!