Caravaning is cheaper if yo have the van and tow it, I would look in to those short term rentals. There are plenty of them on here. I dont know if they do them for that short a term, but it would probably be cheaper or the same than the price of a carvan for a week and far more comfortable!
The caravan parks do seem expensive - we looked for some clients recently and were quite shocked at how pricey they were - and they weren't interested in negotiating off-season discounts either! Have a look at apartments either here...
and be prepared to bargain! Remember, it's off season in June, not school holidays, no major festivals - go for it!
Hi sorry to sound grim,
Just to warn you we stayed at Bay Beach Front 2 years ago. It was nice until we found a drug addict in our bedroom one night whilst we were in bed. We had lots of things stolen including passports, credit cards, cash. Had to raid the kids' pocket money to scrape together enough cash to get the tram into town so the UK consul could help us. Had no identity documents left. The police confirmed it is a robbery hotspot due to the bay attracting addicts into some of the lower grade housing in some pockets of Glenelg. The same intruder returned a night later smashed a window in a downstairs apartment and broke into another apartment. They caught him because he left finger prints.
The management did absolutely nothing to help us.
Last edited by Aussie pat; 06-05-2008 at 07:24 PM.
OMG, how awful. I shall definately avoid that one then and perhaps look more towards the outer suburbs as that's where we think we're hoping to settle anyway.
God, its a minefield isn't it!
Try to avoid the Anzac Highway area near Kurralta Pk as well if you change your mind as it is full of flats with a very mobile population. A friend of mine lives in a house in that area and she says there are problems, usually theft and not violent. Someone even stole her handbag from her car that was parked in her long drive whilst she carried her sleeping toddler into the house. She only left it a minute or 2.
Hope I don't sound too negative but it's best if you are warned. It's probably best to be in an area where families who own their own home tend to live if you can. By the way I lived in Adelaide until I was 34 and it is not a crime den. It's just the same as any city you get unsavoury people targeting vulnerable people such as tourists who have less control over security.
Originally Posted by Aussie pat
Well, thanks again. I was looking at a motel on the Anzac Highway and thought it didn't look too bad and not too expensive. I'm pleased you've warned me now. I hear what you're saying about unsavoury people etc and being in an family orientated area but without knowing Adelaide (this will be our first visit) it's hard to know which these areas are. I was starting to look more at motels as hotels and caravan sites just seem so expensive and we're trying to do this visit on a budget as it's a reccie.
Following on from that, any reccommendations (perhaps a house-sit maybe then if this is going to cheaper and safer) would be greatly received.
Thank you all for your comments and I've taken them on board and I know you're only warning me of the 'possible' dangers not scaremongering, but I've been totally thrown. I'm not sure which way to turn now.
I'm worried I may have sounded really negative and put you off. Please don't be. We are moving to Adelaide in Nov and will also be using short term accomodation. Our experience hasn't put us off though. What we have done this time is look at pricing, area and what sort of security there is. This time we have booked an apartment in a block where access to the complex is thru an office rather than straight off the street. Unfortunately as this is going to be our home for 3 months it will be more expensive than you are probably going to want to pay for a quick reccie. Hopefully someone else on PIA may be able to suggest a good option. So please don't feel it puts you off. It's just a matter of spending the time finding the right place so you have an enjoyable stay.
Originally Posted by Aussie pat
No, please don't think that. What you've saids really just made me stop and think a bit more thats all. You're right anyway and all places have the desireable and not so desirable areas - the problem for us is knowing which is which. I do have a couple of people I can contact. It may just mean paying more than what we had hoped to but if thats what it takes for peace of mind, its worth it. At least we won't be bringing the kids on this visit.
Try here. Its in South Adelaide off Main South road and convenient to McLaren Vale and Southern Express Way.
I've never stayed in the hotel but go regularly with my family for a meal there.
Originally Posted by Roo1
Thanks Judi, this looks a real good compromise. Really reasonably priced too. Looking hopeful!!
You say you go there regularly yourselves; you're in Hallet Cove aren't you. When we come for our reccie we'd like to explore the arch of outer suburbs ranging from Reynella/Woodcroft sort of area, through the eastern subs upto the northern subs such as Athelston and Highbury. Roughly speaking what would you say the travelling time is from mickosheas?