by Heather F
Heywood, Victoria, Australia
October 30, 2001
Even though the park is on a 330 hectare working beef and sheep farm, its facilities are excellent. Lush green lawns and tall gum trees are located throughout the park resulting in shady, grassed bays. Another related feature is the presence of drive through bays for caravans, especially handy for people who are only staying overnight.
The facilities at this park, which is a member of the "Big Four" group, are excellent as is indicated by its 4 star RAC rating. It is also Quality Accredited which is attained by a business committed to professionalism in operational practices and to providing quality products and services.
There is a large heated shearing shed-style recreation shed with a log fire, ideal for those cold winter nights. It also has a camp kitchen and outside are free gas barbeques. Just turn the knob and the sausages and chops will be sizzling.
Outside this is a large grassed outdoor recreation area and playground. If this is not enough to entertain the kids they can go and talk to the animals, or feed them, or pat them.
The adjoining paddock is home to an old Clydesdale horse, a couple of cows, sheep and goats; all of whom are quiet and friendly towards visitors.
In the centre of the park is an excellent ablutions block including laundry (with dryers). Outside are a number of rotary clotheslines which are ideal to use most times of the year.
Just a short walk across the paddock is one the Margaret River area’s well-known attractions - Fonti Farm, open from 9.30 am to 5 pm. At this cheese factory it is possible to see cheese being made some mornings or alternatively sample their cheeses and yoghurt.
Taunton Farm Caravan Park is also central to most other attractions in the area. There are more than 15 wineries within 20 kilometres and the recently opened chocolate factory is only 4 kilometres away. Then there are the beaches, historic Ellensbrook Homestead, Eagles Heritage - a bird of prey wildlife centre, potteries and craft galleries, a number of limestone caves and the spectacular spring wildflowers.
Powered sites cost A$19 a double. Six cabins are also available which cost A$70-80 per double.
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