Our review of Dawson River Tourist Park, Taree, NSW.
12 October 2013
Dates of Stay
4 – 8 October 2013
Will We Return
Rates for Off Peak: $30.00 per night
July Holidays: $35.00 per night
Easter, September & Christmas Holidays: $40.00 per night
Extra Adults: $10.00 each per night
Extra Child: $8.00 each per night
Value for money: Good.
9:00 – 5:00pm.
After Hours Check-in
Speak to the managers if you think you might arrive late.
Friendliness: Very friendly
Responsiveness to complaints: We had no complaints.
Helpfulness: Very helpful. We had a long chat about how they came to be there, local attractions, history of the park, etc.
Amenities are closed between 10:00 – 11:00am each day for cleaning.
After Hours Manager
2-bed self-contained cabins
Powered and unpowered sites
The park is quite a reasonable size and somewhat spread out.
Drive Through Sites
The park is bushy, with lots of big trees and warning signs about the possibility of falling branches. Set right on the banks of the Dawson River, some of the waterfront sites have concrete slabs but most are gravel. The roads are either gravel or dirt.
The park is not bright at night, so you might need a torch if you have to use the amenities. The amenities are on sensor lights inside, so don’t panic at night if you get to the door and it’s dark inside.
There are undercover BBQ facilities.
Shower and Toilet Facilities
Adequate to cope with number of people: Yes
Proximity to sites: The park is spread out so there is a little bit of a walk depending on where your site is
Cleanliness: Very clean
Size: 4 toilets and 5 showers
Water pressure: Good
Adequate hot water: No issues with men’s. The women’s was a little temperamental.
Disabled facilities: Yes
Doggy bath: No
On-site laundry with iron and ironing board
Swimming Pool – No
Tennis Court – No
Mini golf – No
Gym – No
Kids Club – No
Activities for Kids – No
Games Room – Yes
While there are no formal activities for kids, they can make use of the games room and river for fishing, etc. There is also plenty of paddock space to kick a ball.
While the park is set on the river, it is located near the highway and on the main road into Taree. In saying that, we had no issues with traffic noise and the convenience of location was superb.
The park has plenty of trees for shade but sites are on a number of levels so you don’t feel cramped in at all. Sites right on the riverfront are the pick.
There are a few permanents, but these are kept tidy and the managers are very conscious of their image so you won’t have any trouble with any of the permanents.
We found it suitable for both short and long-term stopovers, and if we hadn’t had to head to a Sydney so soon we could have easily stayed there for a few weeks.
The park is located right by the Highway on the main road into Taree. The park itself has dirt and gravel roads, and there are plenty of trees on-site, so keep an eye out for these when parking and reversing.
On-site boat ramp
Canoeing/Kayaking (watch out for the dolphins!)
Cafés (check out the Cupcake Cafe as you drive in!)
Manning Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Taree heritage walk
1 Manning River Drive, Cundletown NSW 2430
Phone: (02) 6553 9237
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