Finally … a place where the parents get to relax whilst the children go wild.
Cobdogla in South Australia's Riverland is a place of fertile soil which is perfect for growing grapes, oranges, olives and almonds. Just 220 people live in this farming community on the Murray River.
Charles Sturt first set foot in the area in 1830 and 16 years later a pastoral lease for the Cobdogla Station was signed. The property spread across the New South Wales border and enjoyed 320 kilometres of river frontage.
Cobdogla's small population is well catered for. They have a school, community club, general store, several shops, a post office, motor mechanic, playground, tennis courts, sports oval, drive-in theatre and boat launch. Other services are in the town of Barmera, just five minutes away.
Cobdogla Caravan Park is spread over 12 hectares of the original station. It has a tranquil setting of lawns, garden beds and camp sites shaded by trees. The park has been running for 25 years. Current owners Ian and Wendy Willcourt have retained many popular activities from the old days.
There are 14 cabins in the park eight with ensuites. The ensuite cabins have two rooms, one with a queen bed and the other with bunks. Cabins have a television, air-conditioning and a full kitchen. Crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are provided but you need to bring your own linen. All cabins have lagoon views and there is a pay phone at reception.
Most of the camping sites measure 14x10 metres. Family pets are welcome. Facilities seem to be endless there is a pool, adventure playground, barbecue, and a fauna park which you can enter to pat the animals and meet the two lovable donkeys, Zac and Barney, who pull a cart.
There are mountain bikes, aqua bikes, paddle boats and canoes. You can fish, bushwalk and birdwatch. A fun thing for older children is playing with the tubes in the lagoon. Some people like to float along the river in a beanbag or small inflatable pool!
The fire pit is lit each night, and people tend to congregate and socialise there and possibly meet up with friends they made on earlier holidays.