Denham Seaside Tourist Village can be found on the westerly side of Denham. It is one of the few camping resorts that has trees, which offer much needed protection from the sun and the wind.
Due to some complications with our accommodation, the Denham staff were able to fit us in at the last minute. Of course, my concerns were more in the lines of getting a camp site. However, Scott (whom I soon learnt was the owner) was more interested in ensuring we had a pleasant stay and thus went out of his way to make sure we had a great site and tools to help set up camp.
As Denham is known to have wind, especially late afternoon and evening, he made sure we we had a site that was protected from the wind. He also offered us a drill, which at first was a little confusing, but soon learnt the need to have one!
The park itself, is in prime location. Being right next to the beach means kids can swim and kayak without us walking a marathon distance to do so.
There is a local grocery outlet where you can purchase almost anything. Due to the intense heat, we ended up purchasing Aloe Vera After Sun and were so happy to see they had this in stock.
Denham Seaside Tourist Village has clean showers, toilets and laundry. They use desalinized water which good to wash dishes, brush teeth, shower and wash clothes, but it is not suitable for drinking. It has a salty taste.
Drinking water can be found at the at taps at each camp site. Because it does not often rain in this area, drinking water is a valuable commodity. Therefore, using the drinking water to wash cars is not allowed. However, you can fill as many bottles for drinking that you wish. As regards to its taste – it is tasteless which for me, is a sign that this water is in its purest form. And if you asking if anyone become sick from drinking it? The answer is no. Everyone is happy and healthy! However, when it is 40 degrees plus (Celsius), one very rarely thinks about how the water will taste….just that it is drinking water!
Another feature the park has is a jumping pillow. The kids had a lot of fun on this. I had a few jumps, and left the acrobat moves to the kids.
The staff at the park are exceptional. Each one had a unique story and each one was friendly. On our last day in Denham, our car broke down. Although we have RAC insurance, the RAC road side assistance was unavailable. We had a huge problem on our hands as our radiator was losing a lot of fluid. Luckily for us, one of the staff on site was a knowledgeable mechanic and came to see if he could help. Thankful, the problem was a result of a faulty hose which her reconnected so that we could travel home. If this was in any other park, we would be left stranded trying to solve this one all by ourselves. #grateful
The grounds at the park are made out of sand and shells. Over time, this simulates concrete and pegs for tents will not budge with a normal hammer. Scott explained that I should drill a hole, add a little water and then drill again. When the hole is created, put the peg in, and then cover with sand. Hearing this for the first time was a little confusing because it is a situation that I have ever experienced before. However, I soon learnt what he meant. Because the shell and sand simulate concrete (but are NOT concrete), the water helps soften the mixture which allows one to drill deeper. As a result, you have a tent that is secure. #yipee
Of course, after looking at reviews I found that many campers wrote a negative review because of this experience. However, there are very few, if any, place in this area that have different ground conditions. As a result, this park found a solution but offering guests a very expensive drill to help them set up camp. I can guarantee that packing a drill with a very long drill-bit into the car was not on my list. I am sure it is not on many lists out there. So, if you are planning to go north I would add drill and very LONG drill bit to your list of things to take.
Another feature I would like to point out is that the camp sites are generous We were able to put up an 8 man tent and a 6 man tent with plenty room to park the car. Some sites, especially at Monkey Mia, are not this big.
Overall, the experience at Denham Seaside Tourist Village was outstanding. We had exceptional sunrises and sunsets, we were protected from the wind, had access to drinking water, we could access wifi which is located near the main office, the showers and toilets were cleaned everyday, water in the shower had hot and cold options, the laundry rooms were clean and we had access to clothing lines, there was plenty of things kids could do, and while I could go on – I know what made our stay amazing was the fantastic staff.
So on this note: A BIG thank you to the staff for going above and beyond to make our stay amazing!
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