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We stumbled upon The Broken Head Holiday Park by chance during a frantic attempt to get a camping site after the New Year period. Luck must have been on our side because we managed to secure four glorious nights at this much-sought after park 7km south of the world famous Byron Bay in Northern NSW.

Armed with a 10-man tent, lots of board games for predicted rain and plenty of towels, we pitched on a non-powered site and got familiar with our surroundings. The first thing we noticed was how quiet and safe it was for children.

Bikes and scooters aren’t allowed, which actually isn’t a bad thing for the kids despite what we originally thought. Instead we spent mornings collecting treasures and exploring our surroundings and discovering incredible views in and around the Broken Head area.

Just minutes from the spectacular beauty of Broken Head Nature Reserve, it offers the Three Sister’s Walking track and a rainforest walk and native wildlife. Our five, seven, and eight-year-old walked the track without difficulty and were blown away with the uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean.

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It would be the best place to watch whales during migration and for those fishers, there’s a few sheltered spots to throw a line in. At night from the beach you can see the Cape Lighthouse doing its thing, the kids got a real kick out of counting how long it took for the light to whirl around.

If you’ve never visited the lighthouse then you must, it sits on Australia’s most easterly point and at night the light emanates from the tower in a stunning fashion. Operated by keepers until 1989, its now automated light is clearly visible from Broken Head beach.

The holiday park itself is run by the Arakwal people, they have lived in the area for more than 22,000 and are the official custodians of the area of Bryon Bay and Broken Head areas. But what makes the park extra special is it subscribes to Aboriginal cultural values, one of which is to make it affordable and therefore attainable for the majority of holidaymakers.

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You are literally just a short stroll to Broken Head beach, a spot that teaming with tourists and surfers making the most of the fabulous breaks. It’s a patrolled beach with plenty of foreshore for making sandcastles or relaxing in the sun as the kids catch a wave.

When the tide is out take a torch down to the southern end of the beach and you can spot crabs hiding in the rocks. At night the crabs can be seen scuttling along the shore, which your kids will either love or loathe depending on their love of critters.

The amenities block is bright, clean and while we were just across from it, it’s relatively central to all sites. Just give older kids a walkie talkie if you aren’t going with them. There are washing machines and dryers but to save funds I’d suggest you pack more clothes and wash when you get home.

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As for cooking facilities, there’s barbecues, a fridge, a toasters, power to charge phones and most importantly a jug for that all important coffee to help you get through those 5am camping starts.

While you’re off the beaten track and away from the chaos of Byron, you’re also just a short drive to Lennox Heads and many other tourist-type activities if it’s raining or you need a break from the beach.

Leave your pets at home and be prepared for a peaceful camping holiday in a secluded spot that you won’t want to leave. To find out more about The Broken Head Holiday Park visit here.

When former journalist Emily Toxward isn't wrangling her three kids she's juggling the demands of writing and failing fabulously at being a domestic goddess. A writer for 20 years, she's always on the go and looking for an adventure. She lives on the Gold Coast, the ocean is her happy place and she keeps parenting real on her blog Have A Laugh On Me.

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