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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Coronation St - Yamba Style


Yamba has it's own Coronation St deep in the heart of the Council owned waterfront Calypso Caravan Park. Instead of cobbles it has a bitumen, tents not terraces, bikinis and fishing rods shorts instead of flat caps and mops (definitely Corrie in the 60's), but there are also a few similarities. Just like those classic Manchester terraces people live 'cheek by jowl' and get to know lots about their neighbours, and of course there are the unforgettable characters, laughter and the odd squabble.


A campground is a friendly spot that still offers an affordable and egalitarian waterfront family summer holiday.
There is the on-going pressure/threat to replace sites with cabins (which are cheaper and make more money), however there are still some many Australians who love to pitch a tent or lug a caravan about as long as it's a classic location. The caravan park holiday is an Australian institution that is disappearing fast to rapacious developers and cash poor local government.



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13 comments:

  1. Wow, I am touched by your dedication Mark- it brings a tear to my eye. I love your Coronation Street and wish I was near that one and the sunshine and not the cold and wet original. You may be interested to know that the Corrie Street set is currently being rebuilt at Media City for when ITV join the BBC there at some point soonish. I will try and sneak in to get some photos...

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  2. Good shots, Mark. Definitely looks like a nice place to have a relaxing holiday!

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  3. Great holiday destination it seems.

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  4. I'm sorry to hear this type of destination is becoming scarce. Very sad, I think.

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  5. Not a lot of privacy here! But it looks like a fun place. I have spent many summers as a kid in a trailer park and loved the idea that so many people were close by. But was also glad to get home to our bigger house with the big yard.

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  6. There is probably a lot of the same drama as in the original Corrie! (One of my favourite shows - never miss it)

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  7. looks like a fun place to visit

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  8. Beautiful photos Mark, capturing the essence of the Australian seaside summer holiday.

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  9. I would hate to see this replaced with cabins. It is so traditional and vintage...why change when everything is just fine. Love the communal nature of the camp site. genie

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  10. I hope the drama at this Corrie St is a little less... murderous!

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  11. As a regular caravaner I like places like this but generally avoid the high season when it is too crushed and the prices too high. Caravan parks are wonderfully friendly places, with lots of people to chat too and to lend a hand when necessary. The most interesting time at the beachside places is around 2-3pm when people come in an begin pitching their tents ... so many are first timers (or annual campers who forget which bit goes with what). Polite domestic disputes are the order of the day.

    A cabin simply does not deliver the same experience as a tent or caravan. I think tents are best but a pain when on the move.

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  12. I'll be devastated when all the prime location campsites disappear - but with caravanning making a comeback, courtesy of the ever increasing 'grey nomad' market, it'll be delayed. With any luck!!

    (Belated) Happy New Year - look forward to much more virtual visiting in 2012!

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  13. A wonderful post Mark - and a Coronation Street of a different kind but I'm sure the same dynamics happen in this close knit community of campers.

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