No matter where you are looking to travel this summer, there’s sure to be a great holiday park just around the corner. So why not check them out and book your family in for a stay. With a fantastic range of accommodation options from powered and unpowered sites right up to two bedroom cabins with air conditioning, kitchenette and bathroom, there is a level of comfort to suit everyone’s tastes and budget. Best of all, they are a great base from which to visit and explore some of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
To help out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Holiday Parks right around the country, and have even sorted them out into a state by state guide. So what are you waiting for? Decide on an area, visit the park websites below and make a booking – and like me you could be spending a week sitting down to a million dollar beach view this summer.
New South Wales
Sydney and Surrounds
Activity Hint: If you’re staying around Sydney, there’s always plenty to do at Darling Harbour in the holidays with loads of free entertainment in addition to family favourites such as Sydney Aquarium, the Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum and the Imax Theatre.
Activity Hint: The North Coast has a whole range of incredible attractions. The kids can get kissed by dolphins at Coffs Harbour’s Dolphin Marine Magic, explore the history of our pioneers at Wauchope’s Timbertown and stroll amongst hundreds of fluttering tropical butterflies in the indoors rainforest at Butterfly House in Bonville.
Activity Hint: Having a base on the South Coast gives you incredible access to some amazing local attractions. Jamberoo Action Park has a huge collection of rides, and the Kiama Hinterland Trail boasts incredible views. Afterwards, a detour to Merimbula’s Magic Mountain will add a bit of enchantment to everyone’s day.
Activity Hint: Alongside its beautiful scenery Country NSW hosts some fantastic attractions; Dubbo’s renowned Taronga Western Plains Zoo has over 700 animals while Oxley Wild Rivers National Park has Australia’s highest waterfall, Wollomombi Falls. If you’re exploring the southern end around February, be sure and take part in the Deniliquin annual fishing classic. You can compete for the longest Murray Cod or Golden Perch and even if you don't win, you will enjoy fresh cooked fish every night!
Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
Activity Hint: Known as Australia’s biggest playground, the attractions on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts are endless. The whole family can get their thrill on at Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld and Underwater World. The kids will adore the huge range of exotic animals at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Australia Zoo and everyone can tickle their tastebuds at the multi award winning Ginger Factory.
Activity Hint: The Fraser Coast offers dozens of wonderful Whale Watching cruises, as well as fantastic fishing opportunities. The whole family will have fun 4WDing around Fraser Island, too. It’s an absolute seaside paradise, and the perfect base for a relaxed sub-tropical holiday.
Far North Queensland
Activity Hint: Live the life of an adventurer in Far North Queensland, with Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, exotic island cruises and the awe-inspiring views from the Kuranda railway as it swoops through lush rainforests and historical towns.
City and Gippsland
Activity Hint: From the atmospheric city of Melbourne to the scenic Gippsland, there’s plenty to do and see. You can discover your wild side at Phillip Island Nature Parks, where you can watch little penguins waddle past in a black and white parade, marvel at the wonderful Melbourne Aquarium and swim with flipper at Moonraker Dolphin Swims.
Activity Hint: The Grampians have an incredible mix of things to do and see; climb the sky-high Mt Abrupt, pan for gold at the open air museum, Sovereign Hill, and interact with Australian native animals at Ballarat Wildlife Park.
Barwon & South West
Activity Hint: Barwon and the South West of Victoria have plenty to do for the whole family. The National Wool Museum combines the amazing story of the Australian wool industry alongside contemporary exhibitions and there is a ridiculous amount of fun to be had at Adventure Park.
Activity Hint: Why not check out the only Giant Pandas in the southern hemisphere at Adelaide Zoo, or be patriotic and pat a kangaroo or cuddle a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park? And while most people think of Victoria when the mighty Murray River is mentioned, there are some fantastic Murray River locations in South Australia too.
- Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges - www.rawnsleypark.com.au
Adelaide and Surrounds
Activity Hint: The beaches in Tasmania are legendary, as are the incredible views and wildlife. The Overland Trail is a must do trekking experience that kids will remember forever. There’s a rich variety of man-made attractions too, everyone will love the step back in time provided by Tasmania’s numerous historical convict sites such as Port Arthur.
Activity Hint: Huge, diverse and beautiful, Western Australia is choc-a-bloc with things to experience. Jump into the clear coastal water and pat the dolphins at Monkey Mia or explore the raw and dusty beauty of the outback up in the Kimberleys. If heading south, Margaret River and Busselton and fantastic family destinations.
Activity Hint: Visiting the Northern Territory is a quintessential Australian experience and its best done on the road. Be sure and visit Kakadu National Park, spend a day or two in Alice Springs and of course drive out to see the incredible Olgas and Uluru.
Darwin and Surrounds