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Love camping by the water? Here's the place for you! Pack the car and head south - just one and a half hours drive and you'll arrive at your Pottsville destination. Situated on the banks of Mooball Creek, is a little caravan park with great facilities and the most beautiful view. The park offers a range of accommodation, from tent sites to luxury cabins and is a very popular spot, so make sure you ring and book if you're planning a Pottsville escape.
Cabins are located on the waterfront, as well as some caravan and tent sites. Two camp kitchens are well set up: one close to tent sites with fridges, a microwave, BBQs, tables, chairs and washing up area; the other closer to the cabins has 4 BBQs, tables, chairs and a washing up area. Fishermen and women are catered for with a fish cleaning and filleting area provided on the waterfront. This is where you'll find the pelicans, hopeful of being provided with an easy meal! At low tide, the yabby pumps come out and bait is gathered ready for fishing. If you're feeling really energetic there's a beach volleyball court and a basketball hoop just waiting for a slam dunk! A well set up laundry and clothesline area are also provided.
What else can you do here? Well, this is a great place to kayak, swim, paddleboard, putt around in your tinny, take walks, surf or just do nothing. Once you've exhausted all those options, why not take a stroll through the small township? If you're fond of a good coffee, the White Jade Cafe is a good place to start, with other cafés offering tempting fare too. There are also some pretty scenic drives you can do if all this relaxing just gets too much!
In town you'll also find an organic supermarket, newsagent, butcher, IGA, bakery, bait and tackle shop, doctor's surgery, post office, real estate agents, cafés/restaurants, bottlo, pub, pizza shop, fish and chip shop and hamburger joint - what more could you want?
Delicious Thai cuisine on your doorstep
Don't feel like cooking dinner? No problem! We had the most delicious Thai Green Chicken Curry and Coconut Rice from Tong's Thai (dine in or takeaway). Tong's prices are very reasonable and there are a lot of tempting options on the menu.
If it's fish and chips or fresh prawns you're after, give Hooked on Seafood a go and ask for the value-for-money pensioner deal (no, you don't need to be a pensioner!). This shop is in Phillip Street, a short walk straight across the road from the caravan park or phone your order through to 66762299.
In case you're lucky enough to catch your own .......
We were fortunate to be camping here on a weekend when the Pottsville Markets were on, so enjoyed a morning soaking up the sun and strolling through the many stalls. These markets have a good variety of stalls and live entertainment and were very well supported - a sure sign that they're worth a look.
For nature lovers and keen photographers, there are seagulls, pelicans and other shorebirds aplenty. Late afternoon sees the trees in the park come to life with chattering of rainbow lorikeets, busily feeding. At the moment banksias and hibiscus are in bloom and just waiting to be photographed, whilst the beach, creek and sunsets make this a shutterbug's paradise.
For us the real selling point for this caravan park is the fact that you camp right on the water. Hubby couldn't have had it much easier when it came to getting his kayak into the water and paddling, he tells me, was a real pleasure. It is worth noting that on the outgoing tide there are dangerous currents in the creek, so care should be taken as the tide runs out. The water in the creek is crystal clear and when we camped here recently, fish were continually jumping out of the water. With the naked eye it was easy to spot large mullet, bream and black bream. Obviously it was easier to spot them than catch them as we only saw one successful fisherman! From the waterfront sites and cabins you look up Mooball Creek to the ocean. At night you can hear the waves crashing on the shore of the surf beach, a pretty good way to drift off to sleep.