Growing up in Australia, it was a rite of passage to spend many school holidays staying in the caravan parks dotted around the country. The parks are a more affordable option for families, whether you’re camping out or staying in cabins. Plus they usually have facilities aimed at children, whether it’s a playground, swimming pool or aviary of parrots. However, caravan parks are increasingly looking to stretch their appeal, with more upmarket options, such as villas that offer comparable standards to a self-contained apartment or hotel suite, and other special extras. No wonder some have even been highly ranked on the yearly TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice list of Top Hotels in Australia! Here are four awesome caravan parks in Australia that you should bookmark to visit.
Note: Not all of these locations are pet-friendly.
1. Cairns Coconut Beach Resort, QLD
The top ranking hotels each year in the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Top 25 Hotels in Australia list are usually plush resorts such as Qualia and the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort, alongside luxury hotels such as the Park Hyatt in Sydney and Melbourne. However, for the last few years the Cairns Coconut Beach Resort has managed to maintain a Top 5 placing. It came in at #3 on the 2016 list.
The park is located just south of the tropical mecca of Cairns, famous as a jumping off point for tours to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. It also has a plethora of activities if you just want to chill out. Options include three swimming pools and an adult-only spa, a waterpark for the kids, two jumping pillows, a gym, outdoor movie screenings, mini golf, tennis, cafe and more. There’s also a courtesy bus into the Cairns CBD and free wi-fi spots.
Prices: Low season prices range from $43 for tent sites for 2 adults through to $265 for the Sun Lagoon Condos that sleep 8.
More Info: http://www.coconut.com.au
2. BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park, NSW
Both this caravan park and and the Cairns Coconut Beach Resort are members of the BIG4 chain of holiday parks (which you can join for special member-only discounts). Late 2015 they were declared the joint winners of the inaugural BIG4 People’s Choice Award. While Cairns is located on the coast of Australia, Deniliquin is inland in the Riverina region of souther NSW. It offers a very different holiday experience. (Although it can get equally hot in summer time in both locations despite the different latitudes!)
Located directly on a river, the Big4 Deniliquin Holiday Park offers water skiing, a slalom course, a boat ramp and good fishing spots, all in a peaceful bush setting. There’s also two swimming pools, a splash park, a giant jumping pillow, go-karts and mini golf. There’s even a pontoon hire boat, for spending lazy days chilling on the river.
Prices: Low season prices range from $35 for powered sites for 2 adults through to $170 for the brand-new 3 Bedroom Resort Villas that sleep 8.
More Info: http://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/nsw/riverina/deniliquin-holiday-park
3. BIG4 Beacon Resort, VIC
The winner of the award for the best caravan and camping park at the latest Victorian tourism awards was the BIG4 Beacon Resort. The resort is located in Queenscliff, a small town on the Bellarine Peninsula. It’s a 90 minute drive south-west of Melbourne or just 50 minutes from Avalon Airport.
What stands out about this resort are the facilities aimed at an older audience. Firstly, there’s the Mud Day Spa located within the resort. It offers a wide variety of massages and beauty treatments. Plus there’s free yoga every Saturday morning. You can also choose to order local Ready Made Meals and have them stocked in your cabin on arrival. Or if you’d prefer to order your own groceries, just order them online with Woolworths or Coles with a delivery time after 1pm and they’ll be packed into your cabin.
The swimming pool is both indoor and heated, making it perfect for year-round enjoyment. Perhaps after visiting one of the local wineries. There’s also plenty for the kids, with both indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds, and even a children’s activity program that runs 364 days a year. Plus it’s directly across the road from the beach!
Prices: Low season prices range from $45 for powered sites through to $203 for the Curlewis 3 Bedroom Resort Villas that sleep 10.
More Info: http://www.beaconresort.com.au
4. Lake Argyle Resort & Caravan Park, WA
Lake Argyle is a lot more remote than any of the other destinations included here. It’s located in northern Western Australia, part of the vast Kimberley region, which is larger than many countries. The Lake Argyle Resort and Caravan Park is 70km south of the township of Kununurra (the closest airport) or over 800km by road from Darwin. It’s situated 35km south via sealed road from the Victoria Highway, next to the vast man-made Lake Argyle.
The stand-out feature of this park is its stunning infinity pool with a view. Relax with a dip and enjoy the magnificent outback scenery, from the rugged red ranges to the sparkling blue lake waters, especially as the sun sets in a blaze of colours. Alternatively in the late afternoon, head out for one of the local sunset cruises on the lake. Other activities include fishing, water sports or swimming in the lake itself. Water temperatures range from 21 to 30C.
Facilities at the park are basic but cover all the necessities. There’s a restaurant and store, a shop with basic supplies from bread to ice to ice creams, a camp kitchen, picnic/BBQ facilities and a boat ramp.
Prices: Outside of the peak season (June to August) prices are $17.50 per adult for unpowered sites through to $959 for the Lake View Grand Villa sleeping up to 8 adults or $359 for a Lake View 1-Bedroom Villa sleeping 2 adults.
More Info: http://www.lakeargyle.com
(All accomodation photos from their respective websites)
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