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Autumn Camping trip @ Ballina

We are camping at South Ballina Beach Park for 3 days from Thu 25th April (ANZAC Day) with another family friendly meetup group. The Camping ground is situated in an unsurpassed location of natural seclusion with a complement of wonderful recreational facilities and miles of priceless ocean beaches and saltwater fishing at its best.


How to reach: Ballina is about 200km from Brisbane towards south. From Brisbane/Gold Coast take Pacific Hwy up to the new Ballina Bypass that has just opened. The quickest way to get now is to stay on the freeway, and take the 2nd Ballina Exit - River Street Exit (not Tamarind Drive that will take you through Ballina). Take the left hand exit at the roundabout interchange as you come off the freeway and head north. You will come to the first roundabout, and take the right hand road into Burns Point Ferry Road (you will be able to see the Big Prawn on your left one block up). Drive on to the Ferry (leaves every few minutes, drive on - drive off, $4.40 per vehicle). Take the first left hand turn into South Ballina Beach Road, campsite is the last place on the right, look for the flags on the fence.

Facilities: Toilets and hot showers, laundry, kiosk/shop, gas refills, ice, camp kitchen, barbecues, pool, playground, boat ramp, pets. For more information visit: http://www.ballinabeachpark.com.au

Campsite booking: You will book your own site by ringing (02) 6686 3347. Tell them to book under group name 'Brij' or 'Social Walkers & Campers' so they can put us in our separate area for non-powered site. Normally they book a site for 2 people ($42) but for our group the fee is $21/p/night for un-powered site (un-powered sites have no number). If you want powered site ($52/night/2ppl) then ask them to put you in Gazebo area reserved for 'SE Queensland Campers', which is close by.

Carpooling will be arranged a week before the event based on the answer to the carpool question when you click RSVP. Please offer $25 to your driver for the return trip.

Things to do:

There is range of activities available at the venue. And for Anzac day long weekend, they have some special ones (see their email sent to me below). Beside that, beach swimming and beach walk is close by.

ANZAC DAY LONG WEEKEND – THE GREAT AUSSIE WEEKEND ESCAPE ANZAC Day long weekend is very popular with our regulars – lots of great music, kids entertainment and a festival vibe having fun in the sun. Plus we are doing 'two up' this weekend – this is a lot of fun for everyone.

Also see this link for other activities available close by: http://www.ballinabeachvillage.com.au/activities

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  • Brij

    It was a jam packed trip along with another meetup group with range of activities from fishing, metal detecting, trapeze jump, playing cricket, dog training, dolphin watching, beach walk, chat around fire to evening blues, jazz, dance etc etc.

    April 28, 2013

  • Deb

    Shoulder still not fixed no camping for me. Have a wonderful time everyone.

    April 24, 2013

  • Sandy

    I'm pissed ... paid etc but Mums taking ill and cant attend .. hope you all have a great weekend ... Andrew

    April 24, 2013

  • Robert

    Hi, I plan to leave West End Thurs mid morning and have room for 1 or 2 others. I'm doing light weight camping.

    April 23, 2013

  • Liz

    Hi Brij
    Plans changed a bit. Not arriving until Fri Morning. Still looking forward to camping for the first time with the furry beast!

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, bring your fishing rod and join me for some beach fishing. It's a great way of mixing with everyone, especially if you are new to the group and it's fun too!

    April 23, 2013

  • Sandy B

    Leaving Thurs AM, Back Sunday Mid Day, Car Pool or take extra 1-2 person in my car-Manly Area

    April 15, 2013

  • Laura P.

    Not sure about who will be coming with me, but I am interested. Keep me posted.

    Thanks Laura

    April 11, 2013

    • Laura P.

      Hi Brij,

      April 12, 2013

    • Laura P.

      Sorry I am not coming to Ballina as my sister lived there and I have been there many times, when I originally RSVP'd there was no venue. Have a fun weekend

      April 12, 2013

  • Sandy

    Dog & I will be heading down to Ballina on Thurs am .. back Sun pm .. from North Brisbane .. in Ute (1 seat spare). Booked for unpowered .. have full bush camp kit (+ extra swag if wanted) .. Interested?[masked]

    April 11, 2013

  • Peter L

    Unfortunately things have changes and I was so looking forward to this but I can't make it :(

    April 7, 2013

  • Isabell

    hi i would like to car pool

    April 4, 2013

  • Liz

    Hi Bridj
    Do we finish up on the Sat or Sun? cheers I'm just making my booking.

    April 2, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Liz, as per event blurb, it is for 3 days (starting Thu) and it is all up to the members when they can can come and when they leave. But I believe most of us would leave on Sunday.

      April 2, 2013

  • Melissa W.

    Want girraween

    April 2, 2013

  • Peter M.

    Sounds great, ATM I have no tent (can purchase before event) but almost everything else. ATM I am single person. Is this group about lightweight camping or the other extreme?

    April 2, 2013

  • Liz

    Looking foreword to my first Meetup!
    Is anyone taking a dog as it is dog friendly??

    March 26, 2013

    • Mary T.

      I'm waiting to respond but if I do go would love to take my Cavalier King Charles with me

      March 26, 2013

    • Liz

      Hi! I'm also not sure about taking my toy poodle. It is pet friendly, but may restrict some activities??

      April 1, 2013

  • Melissa C.

    Hi I am currently doing a tafe course and found out my times for vocational placement which is all day Thursdays and Fridays. So Unfortunately we are unable to camp at this time however I do look forward to the next kid friendly camping trip. Mel.

    March 29, 2013

  • Gael N.

    Hi Brij, are non powered sites able to take more than one tent? It's quite expensive for one person to camp otherwise. Thanks.

    March 26, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Gael, I rang and asked your question, un-powered sites are not numbered, it is $21/night/person. Powered sites are numbered, size is 8mx8m for tents and car, $52/night/2ppl. Expensive than other campsites they are but I was told they have special 2 days entertainment including in the price on that weekend.

      March 26, 2013

    • Gael N.

      Thanks Brij.

      March 26, 2013

  • Isabell

    iam looking to carpool from slackscreek and put $25 for petrol

    March 24, 2013

    • Brij

      We will organize carpool a week before the trip. It is bit early as people's plan can change by that time. Don't forget to update RSVP and fill in carpool details there.

      March 24, 2013

  • Liz

    I would love to, but am probably heading to Melbourne for a few days.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would be great to go somewhere that would welcome the furkid, if possible.

    1 · January 11, 2013

    • Mary T.

      By this I take it you mean dog, I'd like to be able to take mine as well. He's a Cavalier King Charles so friendly as.

      March 23, 2013

  • Kirsty J.

    Girraween is beautiful as is Binnaburra is cool you can light fires in these old wheel rims always a great socail thing to do and the food tastes great, Fingal is awesome lots to do there.

    March 23, 2013

  • Andrew R.

    Very interested, particularly in option 2

    March 20, 2013

  • Justin W.

    The timing looks good - I will RSVP once I know the final destination.

    March 18, 2013

  • Mary T.

    Would like to join this event but would like to know the finalised place before I confirm and will not be able to join until Friday afternoon.

    March 17, 2013

  • Suzette

    I had to look up 2 - it sounded good or 1. Thanks

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make this - so others should get the opportunity to go.

    March 11, 2013

  • vincenzo r.

    yes i will attend

    March 3, 2013

  • vincenzo r.

    i lake to no when is the nex meeting point

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have changed my RSVP to not attending, opening a spot for someone else.

    February 26, 2013

  • Deb

    Number one looks good to me avenue to kayak as well

    February 12, 2013

  • Laura P.

    Not sure about who will be coming with me, but I am interested. Keep me posted.

    Thanks Laura

    January 14, 2013

  • Melissa C.

    hi id love to come with my 2 kids and partner if that's ok?

    January 9, 2013

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