Looking to squeeze in one last holiday before the cooler weather hits? We’ve narrowed down some great destinations for you
PARK 1: Cotton Tree Holiday Park, Qld
Within Bouddi National Park, located on the NSW Central Coast, are a few lovely camping spots. Our pick is Little Beach Campground, where you can pitch your tent on the sand and wake up to the sound of waves lapping at the shore. Swimming, surfing, fishing and hiking are just some of the activities you can enjoy here. At this campground, you will have access to non-flush toilets, picnic tables and free gas barbecues.
The carpark is 750 metres from the campground via an easy bushpath, so make sure you have the means by which to carry all your camping gear down to the beach. Beaches in this area are not patrolled, so little ones must be supervised at all times. It gets popular in summertime, so bookings are essential.
PARK 2: Outback Caravan Park Tennant Creek, NT
Experience the ultimate Aussie outback setting at Outback Caravan Park Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. It’s not all red dust and desert plains though – if you pull up your van here, you’ll be shaded by trees and bordered by tropical gardens. It’s the perfect stopover after a long drive through the outback. Cool down in the shaded swimming pool or chill out with a cold drink at the licensed garden bar and café, which has nightly entertainment during peak season.
With spacious drive-through sites and grassy camping areas, you will have somewhere safe and comfortable to rest your head at night. You can expect nothing but the best service from the staff at this family-owned park, plus great facilities including camp kitchen and barbecues, amenities blocks, laundry facilities, a dump point, fuel and LPG, free WiFi and a mini-mart. Pets are welcome
PARK 3: Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park, Vic
The scenic Great Ocean Road is something every Aussie should experience at least once in their lifetime; the ocean views are simply unrivalled. Before you pack the van or trailer up and head out though, book a few nights at the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park in the lovely coastal town of Lorne, located along the Great Ocean Road and just a stone’s throw from the beach. It’s also a short stroll to the shopping promenade, and the beautiful sights of the Great Otway National Park. Conveniently, there’s even a supermarket right by the park.
There are five parks to choose from within the Lorne Foreshore, including Erskine River, Kia Ora, Ocean Road, Top Bank and Queens Park, each with facilities to keep you comfortable while you stay. Whether you are keen on fishing, bushwalking, 4WDing, surfing or just wining and dining, everyone will find something they enjoy here.
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PARK 1: Bunbury Glade Caravan Park, WA
Surrounded on three sides by water, Bunbury is a port city just one-and-a-half-hours south of Perth, and it promises to deliver the ultimate summer holiday experience. One of Bunbury’s stand-out features is Koombana Bay, perfect for families with its sheltered waters and wild bottlenose dolphins that swim close to the shore. Bunbury Glade Caravan Park is the place to stay here, with over 40 shady and spacious caravan sites and grassy camping areas, where you will have access to all the usual facilities, as well as a games room, a fenced children’s playground and a kiosk.
Make sure you pack your cozzies, because there is endless fun to be had in the huge lagoon pool complete with waterfall and spray fountain. The park is just 3km from the Bunbury CBD, which makes it within walking distance from the shops, pub, restaurants and takeaway.
PARK 2: Middleton Caravan Park, SA
If you’re craving a great holiday minus the long drive, you are sure to be tempted by Middleton Caravan Park, only a one hour drive from Adelaide and centrally located on the South Coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula between Goolwa and Victor Harbor. Middleton lays claim to some of WA’s best surfing beaches and whale-watching vantage points – all just a five-minute walk from the park. To really get an appreciation of the coastal views, enjoy a steam train ride from Middleton Station.
At the caravan park, you will find shady powered and unpowered grassy sites, a camp kitchen, laundry and clean amenities, as well as a park with barbecues and a brand new kids’ playground and cubby. There is a general store and café adjacent to the park, and the Middleton Tavern and bakery are nearby. Dogs are permitted at manager’s discretion.
PARK 3: Shelly Beach Holiday Park, NSW
Another great beach destination that you won’t want to pass up, Shelley Beach on the NSW Central Coast is just an hour’s drive north of Sydney. It’s a haven for surfers, beach lovers and anyone just looking to get away from it all. Shelly Beach Holiday Park is where you will want to stay while you are here. With its new waterpark and swimming pool that includes waterslides, spray zones and a tipping bucket, the kids will never complain of boredom here, and nor will you!
There are a number of powered caravan and tent sites that are well-positioned near amenities and the beach. Everything is within easy walking distance, from the fully patrolled Shelly Beach, to local clubs, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. Set away from busy roads, the park is quiet and secure, and has outdoor barbecues, a camp kitchen and great ocean views. No pets allowed.