Story by Anthony Hayden
Highway Dreams- A Family of 4 Around OZ
A small coastal fishing town nestled on the coast of the Eyre Peninsula; halfway between Whyalla and Port Lincoln boasts one of the best holiday parks we have ever had the pleasure of staying.
The Arno Bay Caravan Park is proudly owned and operated by Steve and Belinda Dunn. As soon as you arrive you will notice that Steve and Belinda go to a lot of effort to ensure your stay at their park is enjoyable. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly service this park offered convinced us to extend our stay from originally just 2 days to staying a full week (we would have loved to have stayed longer but we had places to be).
The caravan park is located right near the water and provides easy access to the jetty that was extremely popular with those who loved to wet a line. Squid and whiting seemed to be the most common catch. The park’s facilities included an aging amenities block but it was always clean with plenty of hot water and good shower pressures, a modern laundry, free BBQ’s and a roomy outdoor seating area. TV reception is available via coaxial cable to most sites (small bond required). A fish cleaning table, a dump point and a well-stocked kiosk are all located within the park. This park is also dog friendly (at manager’s discretion) and even has its own dog wash area.
There are plenty of roomy grassed camping sites and caravan sites (some with concrete slabs). They also have a selection of deluxe ensuite beach-houses on the waterfront right down to basic budget holiday cabins for those who just want a place to lay their head at night whilst they spend their days out fishing for a Snapper or a King George Whiting or perhaps spending the days out sightseeing the nearby tourist towns of Cleve and Cowell.
But when you think it can’t get any better- When Sunday morning arrives you are treated to a BBQ pancake breakfast ($3 all you can eat), for $2 on Thursday nights you are treated to a sausage sizzle and from time to time a marinated Snapper is thrown on the BBQ for good measure (I begged Steve for the recipe but he preferred to keep that a secret).
Arno Bay itself is a great place to spend a few days too with lots to see and do like a stroll along the nearby timber boardwalk over the mangroves or join a fishing charter or just do as we did and just relax. We found the amenities; the facilities and the service at this holiday park all of great standard and can’t wait to go back again one day.
Their website has all the details including season specials. This caravan park is a member of the Family Parks Association.
Arno Bay Caravan Park
Address: Cnr Creek Rd & Park Lane, Arno Bay, South Australia
Phone: (08) 8628 0157