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September 2018: Caravan Parks

With mild weather and sunny days, this is perhaps the best time of year to enjoy an RV escape

Batchelor Holiday Park, NT

Can’t wait for summer? Just head up to the Top End, where you will be greeted with tropical, sunny weather – and we know just the spot. Located 100km south of Darwin, at the gateway to the Litchfield National Park, is the Batchelor Holiday Park. Batchelor is a town filled with natural wonders, including beautiful waterfalls, rainforest, natural pools, 4WD and walking tracks, and WWII historic sites.

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Within the park itself, you can feed the wild birds, play a game of mini golf, and jump in the pool. If you want your stay to be an easy one, opt for a powered site, which includes electricity, water, sullage and a concrete slab; most have shade and are suitable for large caravans. If you are self-sufficient and prefer to be in a natural bush setting, the non-powered sites with grass and shade are suitable for smaller caravans, motorhomes and camper-trailers, as well as tents.

Port Arthur Holiday Park, Tas

Awarded the Gold Medal in the 2017 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park is the perfect place to stay while you explore Port Arthur and its surrounds. Port Arthur is filled with things to see, including the Port Arthur Historic Site, Remarkable Cave, Point Puer, and you can even go on a lantern-lit ‘ghost tour’ of the 1800s penal colony. The park has a newly renovated camp kitchen with pizza oven, a kiosk for basic supplies, modern amenities and a coin-operated laundry.

Powered sites allow a choice of grass or concrete slab and are suitable for caravans, campervans and motorhomes. You will have access to power, water, firepit, camp kitchen and a barbecue area. Unpowered sites are spacious and grassy, and best-suited to tents, campervans and motorhomes. The park runs free kids activities during the school holidays, otherwise kids can enjoy the playground and pedal go-karts all year round.

Jacobs Well Tourist Park, Qld

A fun-filled holiday on the Gold Coast doesn’t mean you need to stay in the hustle and bustle of the city. Jacobs Well is a peaceful, waterfront town with a tourist park perfectly situated for you to enjoy southern Moreton Bay, plus be close to the Gold Coast’s biggest attractions, including Surfer’s Paradise (just a half-hour away), and Dreamworld, Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild, only 15 minutes away. The fishing is great, and if you have a boat, the surrounding water is dotted with islands that are just begging to be explored.

At the park, there are plenty of sites to choose from, including eight premium powered sites, 44 powered sites, 12 premium unpowered sites, and six unpowered sites. There is a special dog-friendly area for caravanners who wish to bring their four-legged friend.

The park offers all the facilities you could need, as well as a boat ramp and netted swimming enclosure, free WiFi, and DVDs and board games are available for hire. Keep an eye out for the colourful lorikeets who visit every day for a feed.

Wairo Beach Holiday Park, NSW

Wairo is a five-kilometre long beach in the beautiful Shoalhaven region, which you will find 200km south of Sydney. Surrounded by coastal villages, great fishing spots and cafes and restaurants, the sprawling 15-acre beachfront holiday park is the ideal place to settle in for a long, leisurely break. The park offers spacious powered and ensuite sites, barbecues, a camp kitchen, childrens’ playground, inflatable trampoline, games facilities and a pool.

You will be just a short walk away from the beach, which backs onto many kilometres of bushland, and a 10-minute drive from Warden Head Lighthouse, a prime whale-spotting location.

Enjoy a family game of 10-pin bowling at the Dunn Lewis Centre, also just a 10-minute drive, or follow the Coomee Nulunga Cultural Trail, where you can explore the area’s Aboriginal heritage and learn about native flora and fauna.

Mandalay Holiday Resort & Tourist Park, WA

Busselton is a great family holiday destination, known for its sheltered beach and situated on the southwest tip of WA in the Margaret River region. The Mandalay Holiday Resort & Tourist Park is where you will want to stay – and for at least a good week, there’s simply so much to do both within the park and around Busselton. The heritage-listed Busselton Jetty and Cape Naturaliste Whitehouse are both must-see attractions.

This park goes above and beyond your standard caravan park. Think heated amenity block floors, three guest laundromats with dryers, heaps of boat parking, and not one but four adventure playgrounds. If that’s not enough, there’s also a resort shop plus fishing gear shop, heated indoor and outdoor pools complete with waterslide, games room with fireplace, giant jumping pillow and more. Powered sites (with water) are on a cement slab that can accommodate even the largest set-ups. All pets welcome.

Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park, SA

If you’re seeking spectacular ocean views, Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park, located on the shores of Murat Bay on the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula, should go straight to the top of your destination list.

It’s not just about the scenery though – there’s also great fishing, world-famous whale watching, and the best oysters grown in all of Australia. The Ceduna’s Coastal Walking Trail is a two-hour walk along the foreshore of Murat Bay, highly recommended as a great way to explore the area.

Park your rig on a powered site, and you will be just a 100m walk from the main shopping area and close to the boat ramp and jetty. There’s all the usual amenities you would expect, plus a fish-cleaning station, crab cooker and free crab net hire, which makes life easier if you want to catch your own seafood. Speaking of seafood, King George whiting, snapper and blue swimmer crabs are abundant in the area.

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