Darrell and Lisa Monk have taken the helm as the new managers of the Dunbogan Caravan Park

MAKE IT SPECIAL: Dunbogan Caravan Park managers Darrell and Lisa Monk.
MAKE IT SPECIAL: Dunbogan Caravan Park managers Darrell and Lisa Monk.

Holidays in the Camden Haven should be relaxing and just a bit special, according to Darrell and Lisa Monk.

The South West Rocks couple has taken the helm as new managers of the Dunbogan Caravan Park.

The park, in the heart of Dunbogan on the Camden Haven River, was inundated by flood water earlier this year and rebuild work is ongoing.

"We've come to the park a few times just as guests. It always had great fishing, was relaxing and was close to Newcastle. It always had a lovely vibe," Mrs Monk said.

"We had our caravan parked at site 40 in the park when the recent floods hit, it was a write off but we have insurance.

"During the aftermath we saw the community pull together and it made us more happy to settle here."

DUNBOGAN CARAVAN PARK: Darrell and Lisa Monk with photos of the March floods.

DUNBOGAN CARAVAN PARK: Darrell and Lisa Monk with photos of the March floods.

The pair has a wealth of experience in holiday accommodation as previous managers of the Sea Shanties resort at North Stradbroke Island.

They have also travelled extensively around Australia as a relief management team for accommodation parks.

"The children grew up, went to university and did their own things. We moved to Sea Shanties to retire but we got a bit bored," Mr Monk said.

"After travelling for a few years we saw what would make accommodation memorable in each place. I think parks have to try to change things year to year and keep it exciting all the time.

"The climate in Camden Haven is the best up the coast and also the fishing. We have a great community, great area for kids and great surf.

"This can be a home away from home for visitors. We want people who are regulars, they come for holidays and their kids come for holidays.

"I want to make it a special experience in Dunbogan, because when I go on holidays I want it to be special too."

The pair said they are also now closer to their daughter, Gabby, son-in-law Marc and first grandchild, Poppy, living in Newcastle. They are awaiting the birth of a second grandchild in Sydney in December this year.