Time of stay: September 2022
For our latest camping adventure we went to a town called Bonny Hills in NSW, about 20min south of Port Macquarie. The caravan park is located next to the beach in a quiet area. We stayed for 2 nights and stayed with friends, all with kids. We had booked 2 ensuite sites and one drive through.
Overall we were extremely impressed with the park. The sites are a great size, and the park has a 2 pools (one heated), a water park, jumping pillow, playground and games room. It is well located as a base to lots of attractions in the area, especially if you don’t want to stay in Port Macquarie, but want to see some of the surrounding things. Unfortunately it was poring with rain the whole weekend so our adventures were limited.
We booked an ensuite site. The cost was $89 per night so $178 in total for 2 nights. This included 2 adults and 2 kids. They also offer standard, drive through and premium ensuite sites. All of the sites are powered.
The price is quite high, but it is becoming standard in NSW coastal towns to charge upwards of $70 per night for a patch of dirt, so $89 for an ensuite and a level fake grass site is probably expected.
We booked 1 sites for 2 nights. It was a fake grass site on the outer edge of the park that overlooked the Myall River. The sites were were fairly flat (we did have to use a leveller on one wheel) with heaps of room. In fact, they are probably some of the biggest sites we’ve stayed on at a caravan park. There was plenty of space for our camper, car and between each site so you don’t feel like you’re on top of your neighbour.
The park is medium sized, with about 120 campsites. They had a mixture of sites, with some concreate van sites as well. They also have cabins available.
There is one block with toilets and showers in the middle of the park.
The amenities were clean. We had the ensuite site so didn’t use the main block, however our ensuite was spotless. It even had a heater! It was a basic set up with a shower, toilet and sink but there was plenty of room. I could get the kids in and out of the shower with ease.
Our friends used the laundry and noted that the machines have a card tap and pay system as well as coins, which is great because we rarely have coins (or any cash) with us anymore.
There is an outdoor, undercover camp kitchen with 4 bbq’s and a stovetop (that wasn’t currently working). There is also a refrigerator, two sinks, microwave, kettle and toaster. There were multiple picnic tables so you could cook, eat and wash up.
There was also a smaller indoor kitchen with 2 stovetops/oven, sink and microwave. All the kitchens were clean and well looked after and made for very easy dinner making and eating with 3 families.
The caravan park is in a quiet location. It backs onto the beach so you can easily head for a day on the beach with a short walk. There isn’t a lot around within walking distance, but there is plenty within a short drive, including a pub which did a great meal in the bistro for lunch.
There is plenty of things to see and do in the area, or you can spend your day doing the multitude of kids activities in the park or head to the beach.
Playground / Kids Entertainment
There is a playground that is well suited for young kids. There is also a jumping pillow, games room and mini golf. Our kids had a great time with the playground and heated pool, even thought it was raining.
The park has two pool sections. One of the pools is located at the front of the park and has a pool and small water park. There is a small block of toilets as well.
The other pool is located in the middle of the park with a heated pool and separate toddler pool. Unlike other caravan parks which say the pool is heated but turns out to still be freezing, this pool was actually warm. The kids desperately wanted to swim but it was cold and raining. They were still able to get into the pool and have a great time (getting out into the cold air wasn’t as much fun).
Coffee and Food
The park has a small kiosk at reception and a coffee van that is open in the mornings.
If you’re planning on spending time exploring the region around Port Macquarie, this park is a great option if you want to stay in a smaller town. It is a great place to relax for a few days and you wouldn’t even need to leave to keep the kids entertained in the park or at the beach.
Unfortunately it rained (heavily) while we were there so we didn’t get to enjoy as much of the caravan park as we would have liked. We did venture off to a winery and maze and had lunch at the local pub and they were all enjoyable experiences, even in the wet.
We are definitely planning to head back here again in nicer weather.
– Oven or stovetop
– Shared fridge
|Yes x2 + water park|
|Other kids entertainment||Yes|
|Mobile phone reception||Yes|
|Maximum people per campsite||6|
|Extra charge for children||Yes|
Port Macquarie, Wineries, Queens Lake, Billabong Zoo, Bago Maze.
BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Bonny Hills
24 Beach St, Bonny Hills NSW