Caravan Parks Lifestyle

July 2018: 3 we love, 3 we long for

1. Love

Gracetown Caravan Park, WA

At Gracetown Caravan Park, you will be surrounded by the best attractions that the south west region of WA has to offer, including wineries, breweries, the chocolate factory, and, of course, Gracetown Beach, just 2km away, where you can swim, surf and fish. In the park itself, enjoy a free game of mini golf, tennis or volleyball, while the kids play on the bouncy castle, waterslide and playground. You can see the kangaroos and possums up close in their natural habitat, and observe the wildflowers in full bloom during spring on one of the many walking trails around.

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There are plenty of large, shady sites where you can park your caravan or pitch a tent; they are close to amenities and the well-equipped camp kitchen. There’s also barbecues, WiFi, boat parking and a convenience shop. Or, you could opt for something a little different: glamping. The fully set-up tents (complete with comfy beds) fit up to six people, so you won’t need to lift a finger.

2. Love

Swansea Holiday Park, Tas

Swansea is a laidback seaside town on the east coast of Tassie. Home to Swansea Holiday Park, which is only a one minute jaunt from the beach,it’s a 10-minute walk from Swansea’s town centre and less than an hours’ drive from Coles Bay, so you will be surrounded by places to explore, and things to do.

The park offers large, grassy powered sites for caravans, motorhomes, camper-trailers and tents, close to amenities and an air-conditioned communal kitchen, which has two full kitchens, dining seating, coffee machine and a big flat-screen TV.

Be sure to take a stroll through the town centre and enjoy some fresh jam and scones or berry pancakes at Kate’s Berry Farm on Addison Street, or enjoy freshly harvested oysters at Melshell Oyster Farm while you take in the views of Swan River.

When you return to the park, you can relax in the lounge area, which has comfy couches and a book exchange. A coin-operated laundry and a barbecue hut with gas barbecues and a large fridge are available to use. Pets are welcome, however, you must keep them on a leash and clean up after them.

3. Love

Hidden Valley Holiday Park, Nt

A park as good as the award-winning Hidden Valley Holiday Park was never going to stay hidden for very long. Just a 10-minute drive south of the Darwin CBD, tucked away between the Stuart Highway and Tiger Brennen, is where you will find this peaceful, tropical haven. There are an impressive range of accommodation options for campers and caravanners, including ensuite, powered and premium, supersize and grassed camping sites. The Premium Slab Sites have an eco-slab, which offers a firm yet softer surface than the usual cement slabs.

The sites are located close to the amenities and camp kitchen, which has everything you need to cook up a storm, including fridges, hotplates, microwave, toaster and undercover seating, plus a TV. There’s also a poolside sun lounge, and a barbecue and picnic area. A visit to the on-site Hidden Delights Café for a delicious meal is a must-do.

1. Long

DC on the Lake, NSW

You don’t need to stay in a fancy five-star hotel to get a taste of luxury – at just $25 for a powered site for two, DC on the Lake is a holiday park that offers it all. This waterfront park is right by Lake Mulwala and its infamously dipping bridge, an ideal spot for water skiing, kayaking, fishing and cruising around on a boat at sunset while you sip on a glass of wine. Within the park itself, there’s free WiFi, barbecues, a jumping pillow, swimming pool, tennis court and basketball hoop for your amusement.

There are 38 powered sites, most of which are roughly 10m x 10m, and there’s also a couple of larger sites (12m x 18m) for big rigs, plus a small number of drive-thru sites available only during off-peak periods. If you prefer to sleep under the stars, there is a small non-powered camping area in the middle of the park. There’s a new amenities block, sewer dump point, laundry and clothesline for your use. Friendly dogs are welcome.

2. Long

Discovery Parks – Fraser Coast, Qld

If you’re only going on one family vacation this year, make it this one. Set on eight acres of subtropical gardens on the beautiful sand and sea oasis that is Fraser Island, the Fraser Coast Discovery Park has all the usual features of a caravan park, and then some: a tennis court, playground, games room, gigantic bouncing pillow and not one but two swimming pools, as well as barbecues, guest laundries, and camp kitchens complete with hotplates, fridges and microwaves. There’s plenty of picturesque picnic spots to choose from as well.

Whether you’re in a caravan, camper-trailer, tent or motorhome, you’ll have your pick of large and level concrete slab sites, whether you prefer to be in the shade, by the pond, or under the sun. Pick an ensuite site and you’ll have your very own bathroom, too. Outside of the confines of the park, you can go cycling, swimming, meander through the botanical gardens as you listen out for the lorikeets, watch the whales migrating (in season) or go fishing off Urangan Pier. Pets are allowed – enquire on booking.

3. Long

Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park, SA

Looking for a place to base yourself while you explore the Fleurieu Peninsula? Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park is only an hour’s drive from Adelaide, and offers large, shady sites for caravans and camping, including ensuite, powered or unpowered. During school holidays the kids will be treated to a range of fun activities organised by the park, otherwise there’s always plenty of fun to be had on the jumping pillows, in the waterpark and at the playground.

With two camp kitchens, a barbecue area, library, TV and games room, heated pool, kiosk and free WiFi, all your living needs will be met. You will be a five-minute stroll away from the beach, and 10 minutes from the town centre. Be sure to explore the McLaren Vale Wineries, Granite Island and the charming towns of Port Elliot and Goolwa.

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