Australia Day 2018 ….. a weekend camping trip to Percy’s Place Caravan Park at Pitt Town.

Percy’s Place is located on a 110 acre property right on the Hawkesbury River.  We couldn’t have found a more perfect relaxing place to spend a few days.  In fact, this caravan park is only 30 minutes from home, but it felt like we were a million miles away.

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We joined good friends, Emma & Jono and Lauren & Liam and their children for a fun long weekend filled with plenty of swimming and relaxing.

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The weekend started Friday morning when we met Fiona from Cub Campers at the caravan park as she had asked to film and interview us as part of their Cub Stories web series.  We spent a few hours chatting with Fiona and filming (amongst being laughed at and heckled by our fellow camping buddies!).

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It was great chatting with Fiona and learning a little more about the history of Cub Campers as it’s actually her family business.  Fiona had approached us a couple of months ago after seeing our photos and adventures on Instagram and asked if we’d be interested in taking part and we thought why not!

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This trip was also the first camping trip with the dogs.  We weren’t sure how we’d go as we knew there was another dog coming with our group so we really didn’t have high hopes of it all going to plan!  Well they surprised us and lasted longer than we thought they would, they survived the first day and night and then ruined it mid-way through Saturday.  Unfortunately as much as they enjoyed being with us and swimming and running around, they also seemed to enjoy terrorising poor Milo and so they were packed up and taken back home …. See, camping locally does have its advantages!

We will have to take them out again by themselves and maybe get their dog trainer back and have some lessons on how to be nice to other dogs!

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We had plenty of room!  That is our campsites in the background and the track to the right of the photo leads down to the water.

Our campsites had a great view and as we were camping on the last two sites, we had no-one else near us.  A small walk down the hill and we were swimming in the river, on our own private little beach (ok calling it a beach is stretching the imagination a little, but there was sand and water!).

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The river was a hive of activity all weekend, starting early in the morning and going to early evening, there were boats, jet skis and water skiers everywhere, it was like a highway out there!

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Pitt Town was originally known for its market gardens and orchards and nowadays the fertile land around the area is covered with turf farms.  Pitt Town is one of the five ‘Macquarie Towns’ established by Governor Macquarie at a dinner at Government Cottage, Windsor on 6 December 1810.  Pitt Town was named in honour of William Pitt, a member of the British parliament.

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In 1981, Pitt Town became recognised for the setting of ‘Wandin Valley’ in the long-running television series ‘A Country Practice’.  Our friend Emma did make us aware of this and showed us the church which was used in the show.  I’ve since looked in to this and found that much of the outdoor filming was done around the Pitt Town and Ebenezer areas.  Although not excited about this adventure in the slightest, George will be joining Shelly on an ‘A Country Practice’ exploration one day soon and we will be finding all the buildings which were used in the show!

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It’s not Australia Day without Pavlova!

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Review: Discovery Parks Forster

If you read our last blog you will recall that we were recently invited to visit one of the Discovery Parks and give our feedback.  We decided that we would head up to Forster, a few hours north of Sydney.  This park is located right on the shores of Wallamba River and this makes for beautiful tranquil surroundings and a great location.

This is a great part of NSW, offering a range of activities.  For the adventurous, there is fishing, kayaking, water skiing and bush walking.  For the not as adventurous there are beautiful beaches, cafes and shopping and for the kids you can’t go past the Big Buzz Fun Park.

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The park itself is quite large and very picturesque with many trees and of course the Wallamba River.  Plenty of tables and chairs around to take in the views and enjoy a BBQ by the river.

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If you are into boating, jet skiing or water skiing, you really need to get yourself up to this caravan park.  This place is heaven on earth if you are into water sports.

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From the moment we arrived we were impressed.  The check-in process was easy and the staff were friendly and helpful, giving us maps and brochures for the area, including some discount coupons to use in town.  There was a lot of tourist information on display at reception as well and the staff seemed very knowledgable about the area.

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As far as the park itself is concerned, below is a list of the various park facilities.

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PARK FACILITIES

-Boat ramps offering access to the river

-Resort style swimming pool

-Onsite Café

-Jumping Pillow

-Free Wi-Fi

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CAMPING/CARAVAN FACILITIES

-Large modern camp kitchen .

-BBQ areas with undercover seating

-Large sites, some with concrete slabs, some grassed sites (and Ensuite sites available aswell)

-Amenities, including disabled bathrooms, and full laundry facilities

FOR THE KIDDIES

-Playground

-Jumping Pillow

-Games room

-Resort style swimming pool

-Holiday activity programs

We chose to stay in a Superior Riverfront Villa.  These cabins sleep 5 people.  Our cabin consisted of a double bed in one room and a double bed with single bunk above it in the other.  We believe some of their other cabins have slightly different sleeping configurations.

These particular cabins have complete river frontage and large outdoor balcony areas to take in the views.  It’s the perfect place to sit and relax with a beer in hand and watch the sunset or just watch the world pass by.

Perfect spot to take in the view with a beer in hand!

Contact Details
Discovery Parks – Forster
Freecall: 1800 268 176
Phone: (02) 6554 3123
Address: 99 Aquatic Road, Darawank (Forster)
Website:  www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/nsw/wallamba_river/forster
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Off to relive childhood memories at Forster

We are lucky enough to have been asked if we would like to visit one of the Discovery Holiday Parks and give our feedback, of course we jumped at the chance …… a $250 voucher to spend at any park we like, who wouldn’t accept that offer!

With $250 to spend we thought that rather than taking the camper trailer, we’d make the most of the money and book a cabin and invite the in-laws to join us. So tomorrow morning we head off up to Forster for the weekend.

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Spent many a day swimming in this pool

Forster is a coastal town on the mid north coast of NSW, about 3 1/2 hours north of Sydney. It’s a very popular destination for families in particular and summer holidays are when this place explodes with people.

Forster holds a lot of memories for me (Shelly) as it’s the place of all of our childhood family vacations. Every year we would take the last few weeks off school and head up to Forster for a 3 week holiday, returning home just in time for Christmas. We stayed in the same unit every year in a block one street from the beach called, Carinya Gardens, which is still there today.  We would meet the same people up there each year, we played on the beach, went shopping and spent plenty of time exploring the arts and craft centre that used to be next to the pool.  I remember the early morning walks along the beach and breakwall with dad to buy the paper, even remember one time we were forced back by police as there was a crazed gunman over near the other breakwall at Tuncurry, that was scary and big news at the time as nothing like that ever happened up there!

I remember buying fish and chips for dinner and eating it by the lake and the special dscn3976occasions where we could go for a night walk along the beach and visit the ice creamery for dessert! We’d hire a boat for the day and go fishing and always remember dad complaining that he hated it because his whole day was spent putting prawns on the hook and untangling line from the seaweed or anchor!  Apparently fishing with the wife and his two girls wasn’t his idea of fun!  I do remember one day fishing off the island and after being annoyed that I hadn’t caught anything I was bringing the line in for the last time and to my surprise, as I dragged it in there was a flathead connected to it …. I caught a fish and didn’t even know it!  Then there was the pub with the pool at Tuncurry, it was always a fun day to head over for lunch at the pub and a swim in the pool, that was always a novelty as we’d never seen a pub with a pool before!  Of course who could forget the year we went to have breakfast with Santa at the local shopping centre, for my sister and I at the time, this was just amazing!  I’m sure i still have my personalised invitation from Santa somewhere!

So many memories from many years of holiday times spent with the family.

The last time we both visited Forster as a couple was back in 2009, so it will be nice to see the place again, albeit only for a very short weekend stay.

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