On a recent trip to Mount Gambier on South Australia’s Limestone Coast we chose to stay at the Pine Country Caravan Park. Here’s what we thought of the park and our stay.
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Pine Country Caravan Park Glamping Tents
Pine Country Caravan Park is one of five caravan parks in Mount Gambier. They are located on the southern outskirts of the town, in a semi-rural location. Two years ago Pine Country was a rundown, tired caravan park, but under new management, it is slowly being transformed. It’s not all the way there yet, but already they have one thing that differentiates them from the other parks, and that’s their new, luxurious, glamping tents.
I was excited to see the beautiful glamping tents, and they were the catalyst for our visit – I just had to experience them for myself! There are currently two glamping tents available at Pine Country, with three more to be added as demand increases. Unlike some other glamping tents, these are connected to mains power to provide a more luxurious experience rather than “roughing it” with bush camping. That means this really is a comfortable break without giving up those little necessities we have become used to.
We spent two nights enjoying the incredibly comfy tents in one of the most relaxed locations possible. The tents are located in the back corner of this spacious park, away from other accommodation areas. With the second tent empty on our first night, our closest neighbours were the alpacas and sheep that call Pine Country home.
The interior of the tents are muted, natural colours and it was warm and inviting as soon as we stepped inside. Besides the very comfy queen size bed with electric blanket, and more blankets than anyone could possibly need, there were chairs, a small cupboard with all our kitchen essentials, a heater, and a fan. As part of the “kitchen” we found a fridge, microwave, kettle and a Nespresso machine (with pods). There were coffee and tea supplies with a small milk in the fridge. Included are plates and cutlery, water and wine glasses. There are other extras too, such as a makeup mirror, dustpan and broom, torch and picnic blanket. There was even a bocce set if you are keen for a game.
Also supplied with the glamping tent is some wood to allow a cosy campfire on those days when it is possible (if a fire ban is in place fires are not allowed by law). Enjoy lounging in the supplied chairs and toasting marshmallows as the sun goes down.
The glamping tents have their own BBQ and cleanup area, and we ate our meals at the picnic table outside our own tent. If you are planning a more elaborate meal, then there is always the main camp kitchen available for use.
The glamping tents have been set up in such a way that they can be locked during the day, so there is no concern about the security of your belongings while out exploring the local area.
If there is one downside to the glamping tents, it’s the distance to the amenities block, but in my opinion that is more than made up for by the quiet location away from the rest of the park. There are plans to build a closer amenities block in the future which will overcome this issue.
I just loved my stay in the glamping tent, and would happily recommend these for even the most non-camping people. They are perfect for those on their honeymoon looking for something a little different or for other couples just looking for some time out to relax. The glamping tents are not appropriate for children.
The Rest of Pine Country Caravan Park
Our plans for this trip were very loose. We thought maybe we would go across into Victoria but didn’t want to book too far in advance since state borders can snap shut in an instant at the moment. So when we moved out of the glamping tents, we had to make a choice as to what we were going to do next.
We decided to stay another two nights in Mount Gambier so pitched our own way less glamorous and comfortable tent on one of the leafy lawned sites. In the end that two nights became six nights, and all up we were at Pine Country Caravan Park for more than a week.
If camping in a tent is not your style, Pine Country Caravan Park has all sorts of other accommodation options available. There are plenty of one and two bedroom cabins with ensuites throughout the park. There are also powered sites with ensuite available for those in caravans and tents – perfect for those who do not want to use the shared facilities. For the other powered sites there are a choice between drive-through sites with a concrete pad, or choose one of the grassed areas, perfect for campers and RVs. Then there is so much open space that can be used as unpowered sites that visitors can be as near or as far from their neighbours as they want.
Dog owners can take advantage of the dog-friendly cabin which comes with its own fenced yard and dog kennel for your pooch. Pine Country also offer a doggy daycare service, where dog owners staying in any form of accommodation can leave their dog in the kennel area, knowing they are safe while they do some of the less dog-friendly activities in the area. When back at the park, take your dog to the huge off-lead dog paddock to give them a run.
Children are not forgotten with a playground with some really cute little cubby houses available. There is plenty of space to run and play. A jumping pillow is on its way and will be installed soon.
For those colder nights, fire pits are available to hire with plenty of wood supplied to keep burning for the evening.
Visitors to the park have use of clean and updated bathroom facilities which had great water pressure and no limits on hot water. There are some secondary toilets available near the playground too for the busier times of the year. The laundry is small, but with four washers and two dryers, was readily available when I wanted to use it.
The camp kitchen has all we needed to cook our meals. There are three BBQs plus a traditional stove top and oven. There are fridges, microwaves, toasters, kettles and some pots, pans and cooking implements available for guest use. Eat your BBQ at one of the picnic tables available or relax with friends in the the outdoor beanbags (which I can confirm are surprisingly comfortable!)
Overall I loved my stay at Pine Country Caravan Park. I loved the leafy, quiet location that lead to a relaxed and easy stay. Even though we were at the park over a long weekend and it was very busy, it did not feel crowded because there is so much space. I recommend anyone travelling to Mount Gambier and staying in a caravan park book at Pine Country – you will not be disappointed.
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Josie Kelsh is South Australian, born and bred. She has lived in the state for almost her whole life, just one short stint away as a teenager with her family. Travelling all over the world has shown her exactly how amazing South Australia is to live and travel in and she uses her passion to show it to you the way a local sees it.