Last weekend Drew had to be on the South Coast for an appointment. Rather than battle the two-three hour drive there and back in one day, he suggested we have a mini-break and enjoy a night away.
Drew’s appointment on the Sunday morning was in Nowra so it made sense we stay either in Nowra or near by. Let me tell you now, finding accommodation on the South Coast isn’t easy. It’s almost impossible. There are surprisingly very few hotels, resorts or apartments. There are houses or cottages available for holiday accommodation however they insist on a minimum two-night stay. Our only options were seriously dated motels or a cabin in a caravan park.
Not far from Nowra is a tiny town on a river called Greenwell Point. I had never heard of it before. In Greenwell Point there is a small caravan park that provides accommodation in cabins or in safari-styled glamping tents. I did like the sound of the glamping tents and thought that would be a fun experience for the little guy however, accommodation in the tents was fully booked.
They did have a two-bedroom cabin available. I wasn’t overly excited about it as from the photos it looked rather ordinary but it did seem adequate for our needs. What shocked me though was the price. I couldn’t understand how a tiny cabin in a caravan park could possibly cost $275.00 per night. I was sure Drew must have made a mistake and paid for two nights instead of one but no, that was the price.
We arrived after 5pm on the Saturday. The office shuts at five so there wasn’t anyone to greet us and instead we found a piece of paper attached to the door of the office advising where we could find our cabin and how to gain access. The cabin was attached to another cabin like a pair of semis. The two cabins were elevated off the ground providing under cover parking below.
We climbed the stairs to the cabin and noticed that from the deck we had a view of the laundry and toilet block but if we leaned over the railing and looked right, we had water views of the river.
The cabin was very compact with paper-thin walls where it was impossible not to hear every word being said by the occupants in the adjoining cabin. All the rooms were tiny which I guess is typical of the camping experience.
The cabin slept four/five however there was only one two-seater sofa in the living room. Sitting on the couch with a glass of mineral water it became obvious there was no coffee table or side table to place your drink or book or computer or bowl of chips. I thought a rug on the floor might have given the room a less spartan look.
The cabin was clean and it did seem to have everything we needed in terms of crockery and cutlery and glassware, if you don’t mind that no two wine glasses matched. There was little privacy from any of the windows but limited privacy is fairly typical of staying in a caravan park. Wifi is complimentary but you do need the password. We weren’t given the password but Drew sent a text to the owners and they very quickly texted back the necessary details.
In the bathroom basic toiletries are provided and in the kitchen, there are provisions to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. The sheets and towels are of good quality and the beds comfortable. When Alfie saw his room he had a big decision to make; he couldn’t decide between the fun of sleeping on the top bunk or the thrill of having lots of space in a double bed.
As much as the cabin was clean and comfortable, I still struggled to understand how the cost of $275.00 per night was justified. It’s a very compact cabin devoid of any charm or character that’s been cheaply constructed with minimal furnishings and not a great outlook and is situated in a caravan park. It wasn’t peak season, school holidays or even a public holiday, and it’s located in a fairly remote part of the South Coast. The price does vary depending on the length of your stay but we were there for one night and for the amount we had to pay, it wasn’t good value for money.
Angler’s Rest is a small caravan park that is being very well run by fairly new owners who are ex-Sydney. The glamping tents they are adding to the park are a fantastic addition to the site and would make for a fun family holiday. The tents have a queen-sized bed, two day beds and a small kitchenette and bathroom. AT $165.00 per night these represent much better value for money.
Verdict: Go glamping not cabining.
Angler’s Rest: 119a Greenwell Point Rd, Greenwell Point, Shoalhaven, NSW, 2540
Telephone: 02 4447 1207