Tacoma, New South Wales, Australia
January 12, 2006
Hawks Nest Camping Ground is located within 100m walking distance of the shores of the Hawks Nest Beach.
A corner shop is conveniently located at the entrance to the park, opposite the reception office. This shop sells some basic requirements, like milk, bread, shampoo, eggs, soap, and the like, as well as sweets, ice blocks, and soft drinks.
Across the road from the main entrance to the campground is a motel that has a Thai restaurant, which anyone can go in and enjoy, and an art gallery. Sorry, but I can’t really tell you what it’s like, as we didn’t go there.
The back fence of the camping ground has a small gateway that allows you access to the back street and the Hawks Nest Golf Club, which is just opposite, handy if you feel like a nice, inexpensive dinner, a refreshing drink, and a gamble on the pokies (slot machines). The Bistro and TV viewing area are open to adults and children, but the bar and pokies areas are only open to adults.
The campground is looked after by the local council, and they have provided a paved walkway through the council parkland leading from the campground's access gate to the beach. Also located on the strip of park land is a children’s play area (great if you’ve got small children) and several covered picnic tables.
Other than the above-mentioned playground and a beach volleyball net, it is up to campground visitors to make their own fun, but, hey, isn’t that what camping is about? Bicycles, tricycles, and the like are permitted but are not to be used after 7:30pm to prevent possible accidents.
There are a number of cabins and tent sites that are available for hire on a daily, weekly, or weekend basis. We managed to secure a standard cabin that was available for a week (7 days) for the price of $460, not bad for the Christmas season.
The standard cabins are equipped with three bunk beds, a double bed, a lounge seat, a table and chairs, a small kitchenette (complete with a sink, cook top, griller, microwave, fridge, toaster, jug, plates, cutlery, cups, and cooking utensils). There is no bathroom--you have to use the amenity blocks.
You must bring your own food, drinks, bedding (in the way of linen and pillows), and towels.
Deluxe cabins are available. These come complete with bathroom inside but are more expensive. All the tent sites appeared to have some shade for at least part of the day, and there were plenty of large trees spaced around the tent areas.
There are 2 blocks of amenities, one near the center of the ground and the other near the back. Both have male and female showers, toilets and wash areas, laundry areas, and clotheslines. All the amenities are cleaned daily. Large rubbish bins are provided at a number of locations within the campground.
From journal Christmas in Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens