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For as long as I remember, Pambula caravan park has been the destination for most of our family holidays from when I was growing up. Fast forward 15 or 20 years and add a new generation visiting Pambula for the first time and take a look at what the latest generation thought of their holiday to Pambula Beach.
From the small road that enters into the Big 4 caravan that takes you past a horse paddock on the left that's filled with kangaroos and the small general store that's opposite, it pretty much hasn't changed in years, well from the outside anyway.
When you pull up to the office it's hard to miss all the new additions, including the Sapphire Soaker water park, an outdoor pool, an undercover heated pool, a spa, jumping mat, mini golf, playground, trampolines, kids club, camp kitchen, lounge, not to mention caravan sites with their own toilet and shower facilities for a few extra dollars a night.
As for accommodation options, there is a wide variety starting at the minimalist end with small campsites, to powered sites, caravan sites with a full concrete pad with some sites having a private bathroom.
Self contained accommodation varies greatly with the bottom of the range being very old and basic which would be fine if you're just in it to sleep. Next up is the 'Bush Villas' located furthermost from the water. The Deluxe Villa is the one we chose to stay in, the decor is very 90's with grey lino and floral curtains but it has air conditioning, washing machine, clothes line, LCD T.V, a good size balcony and is really comfortable and clean.
The top of the range is the Oceanview Villas which weren't built when we booked 6 months ago but are now finished and operating. I was slightly disappointed when I found out there was only a few dollars difference between the Deluxe Villa and Oceanview Villa.
As for the facilities of this park, this is where it comes into it's own. As mentioned above the newly opened Sapphire Soaker was the biggest hit with my children and on the warm days they wanted to spend hours there before wanting to go on the jumping pillow before a round of putt putt as well as a stop over at the playground then down to the beach.
Between 10am - 12pm is the free kids club that's packed with toys and activities (craft sessions cost $4). Night movies are held at the kids club area at 8pm and are free. As you can see the kids don't get a chance to get bored but the adults find it hard to keep up with them.
camp kitchen down the bottom and lounge on the second floor
The set out is fantastic and is family orientated, and if you want to know just how close the beach is from the camping and caravan sites then the photo below will give you a good idea (it's roughly 30 metres or less from the nearest sites).
Overall, this park is a winner in many areas, especially with the kids. Prices seem a bit expensive but the facilities more than make up for it along with a beautiful beach. The park is clean, friendly, fun and a great family holiday park. I recommend you check it out on your next holiday but try to keep out over the peak summer times as it gets really busy and is at it's most expensive but perfect for the rest of the year.