- Be friendly, clear and descriptive with the reception staff. Tell them exactly how many days you’ll be staying and what you want out of your camping spot – quiet, close to the bathrooms, private, close to the beach etc.
- Ask reception staff to mark any spots that are available for your stay on a park map (and ask them which they think would suit your needs/description above).
- Have a good look at the (most likely unreadable and badly photocopied) map and work out:- Where the toilets are (it’s nice to be close but not TOO close or you’ll be woken by people all night).
- Where the tent area is (these are often groups of ‘younger’ people or backpackers who are likely to be noisier, try to keep away).
- Where the main roads are (try to avoid parking near main roads or roads that visitors use to enter/exit the park).
- Where the playground is (some kids get up super early, if you want to sleep in stay away!).
4. If you are staying more an a few nights you might take the time to scope out the park/spots on the map on foot or with your van BEFORE you commit to one at reception when checking in. Most staff will let you take a look around and come back once you’ve decided on a spot that you like.
5. Once you’ve decided on your spot check that your neighbours look good (read: quiet!). We avoid: anyone with a baby, P plater cars or younger groups of people.
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