Experience the best of autumn at these postcard-worthy holiday parks
Park 1: Colour City Caravan Park, NSW
Nicknamed ‘Colour City’ for its beauty in autumn, Orange is located in the central-west region of NSW, around 250km west of Sydney. Here, you will be surrounded by lovely wineries like Bloodwood Wines, as well as a smorgasbord of cosy cafés, including The Good Eddy, Factory Espresso and Bills Beans. You can also soak in the scenery at Lake Canobolas, which has playgrounds, barbecue facilities and walking tracks. Settle in at Colour City Caravan Park on a powered caravan site, or an unpowered tent site, where you will be within walking distance of Orange CBD. The park offers clean amenities, a laundry and a campers’ kitchen, and pets are allowed. Just make sure you bring plenty of warm clothes, as it can get rather chilly here in late autumn!
PARK 2: Beechworth Lake Sambell Caravan Park, Vic
The historical town of Beechworth in north-east Victoria draws in travellers with its heritage architecture, natural attractions and wonderful wineries and restaurants. We reckon autumn is the best time to visit, with its golden hues and crisp weather – perfect for a relaxing day of sight-seeing. There are plenty of opportunities to get active too, with an abundance of walking and mountain bike tracks, and swimming and fishing in Lake Sambell.
You’ll want to stay at Beechworth Lake Sambell Caravan Park; it’s the only caravan park in central Beechworth, and it’s a pretty good one at that. With a selection of shaded powered and unpowered sites, two undercover barbecue areas, a children’s playground, mini-golf, volleyball court, LPG and a well-stocked kiosk, you will find it easy to satisfy all your holidaying needs here.
PARK 3: Nannup Caravan Park, WA
The Blackwood River Valley region in south-west WA offers a stunning showcase of autumn colours and plenty to see and do. Park the van at the pet-friendly Nannup Caravan Park while you explore. With over 95 sites, both powered and unpowered, there’s room for anything from a single-person swag right up to a massive fifth-wheeler. Visitors have access to the modern amenities, a rustic camp kitchen and barbecue facilities. Take a stroll through the streets of Nannup and check out all the arts, crafts and antique galleries, or get a taste of adventure by taking off on a scenic drive, pedalling up a mountain bike trail, or embarking on a bush walk; you can also go trout fishing or kayaking on the river. Blackwood River Valley Food Trail is a must-do for foodies, where you can taste sweet chestnuts, local honey, local cider, ales and wines, and more.
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PARK 1: Jamieson Caravan Park, Vic
Jamieson River, which winds its way through the alpine region of Victoria, could hardly be a more picturesque setting for an autumn getaway – and there just so happens to be a caravan park right on its banks. Jamieson River Caravan Park has been running for over 70 years, and offers powered and unpowered sites spread over six acres of park-like gardens. You will be perfectly positioned to explore the historic township of Jamieson. Be sure to bring your walking shoes so you can take the self-guided heritage walk or one of the challenging bushwalks like the Mitchell’s Bridle Trail. There’s plenty of action to be had with horse riding, kayaking, swimming, fishing, 4WDing, dirt bike riding, and more. Get lost in the beautiful High Country Maze, hand-feed the wildlife at Mansfield Zoo, and check out the vintage cars at Bimbi Car & Memorabilia Museum.
PARK 2: BIG4 Hahndorf Resort, SA
Adelaide Hills is home to some impressive scenery year round (think rolling hills and lush valleys), but it’s especially beautiful in autumn. The quaint little villages of Stirling and Hahndorf are particularly popular with visitors, where autumn trees line the streets as well as old-fashioned lolly shops, large playgrounds and plenty of places to eat. You can park the RV at the BIG4 Hahndorf Resort, sprawled over 13 hectares that offer breathtaking views of Adelaide Hills. The resort is just 20 minutes from Adelaide but in this peaceful German village, you’ll feel much further away. There’s plenty here to keep both kids and adults entertained, including mini-golf, a shaded jumping cushion, giant chess, swimming pool, first-class camp kitchen and on-site bistro. Make the most of your time here by visiting the surrounding wineries and taking the unforgettable scenic drive through the nearby Piccadilly Valley.
PARK 3: Discovery Parks – Hobart, Tas
At Discovery Parks – Hobart, RVers have the option of parking on a powered ensuite site, or a regular powered site; you will have barbecues, laundry, kiosk, beach volleyball court and internet access at your disposal, as well as the usual amenities. Of course, there are plenty of places around Hobart you will want to tick off your ‘must-see’ list, including the historic Port Arthur and Richmond, and the gorgeous Huon Trail, known for its huon pine, apple orchards and boutique wineries. When it comes to seeing the most brilliant displays of autumn foliage though, you will want to spend a day relaxing at the Cascade Gardens in South Hobart, just 10 minutes from the CBD. Situated among a woodland setting with Mt Wellington towering in the background, you can enjoy a picnic on the sweeping green lawns of the park, and visit the Cascade Brewery with its Gothic architecture and award-winning brews.