West Wyalong Caravan Park, NSW
Friendly, affordable and peaceful, this caravan park is ideal if you’re looking for a quiet weekend away in the central west region of NSW. West Wyalong is the largest town in the Bland Shire, but it’s anything but bland – with origins in gold discovery and a thriving hub of pubs, clubs, cafes and stores, it’s also the meeting place of two major routes where the Newell and Mid-Western Highways converge. At the caravan park, you’ll be a short walk away from the town’s centre.
There are 53 powered drive-through sites that go from $29 a night for two adults, as well as ensuite cabins and on-site caravans. Facilities include laundries, free barbecues and a well-equipped, fully-enclosed camp kitchen. There’s an undercover seating area next to the kitchen where you can enjoy your meals. Dogs are sometimes permitted, but you need to check with management first.
Robe Lakeside Tourist Park, SA
If you fancy a bit of beach driving, Robe Long Beach is the perfect beach for it in summer, when the sand is extremely firm. In fact, you’ll see hundreds of other cars parked up on the 17km long beach in January. If the beach isn’t for you though, there’s always Lake Fellmongery, where you can enjoy a variety of water sports on this picturesque freshwater lake, including kayaking and water-skiing.
Close to both of these natural attractions is Robe Lakeside Tourist Park, winner of ‘Excellence in Tourism Awards’, sheltered among the trees on the shores of the lake. The park has lush green lawn sites where you can park your van, or set up your tent. You’ll be close to amenities, the camp kitchen, barbecues, laundry and a playground. Pets are allowed except during the Easter and Christmas periods.
Darwin Boomerang Motel & Caravan Park, NT
This park offers travellers a peaceful six-acre oasis just 20 minutes from Darwin CBD, and only five from a large shopping centre and movie theatre; it is also close to many of Darwin’s attractions, including Berry Springs Nature Reserve, where you can picnic and take a dip in the warm, clear swimming holes, and Jumping Crocodile boat tours, where you can see the crocodiles of the Adelaide River up close. You can book this activity, plus more, at the park.
The park is easily accessed from Stuart Highway, and has powered, grassy or concrete sites that are bordered by shady trees and tropical gardens. The staff are friendly and accommodating, and they even offer to park your caravan on the site if you need assistance. There’s good TV reception and town water supply with individual taps on all sites. There are two toilet blocks, laundry facilities, an undercover barbecue area, camp kitchen and a saltwater swimming pool. You can even enjoy a meal at the licensed restaurant, on site.
Lazy Acres Caravan Park, QLD
Fancy a breezy holiday in tranquil Hervey Bay? Pull up your rig at the Lazy Acres Caravan Park. It’s just a kilometre from the beach at Torquay and two and a half kilometres from the town centre, which boasts plenty of shopping and a fun nightlife. Lazy Acres Caravan Park is pet friendly and offers spacious powered and unpowered sites, along with all the facilities you could need, including a modern amenities block, laundromat, free gas barbecues and a camp kitchen. There’s also a large saltwater swimming pool.
Let the park take care of all your sight-seeing needs including activity bookings, complimentary pick-ups and return trips. There is no shortage of things to see, with whale-watching tours taking place from July to October, and day tours of Fraser Island. For great ocean views, head out to the 800-metre long Urangan Pier – and don’t forget the fishing gear. If you have kids, they’ll love the nearby Wetside Water Park.
Lake Navarino Holiday Park, WA
Just one-and-a-half hour’s drive south of Perth is Lake Navarino Holiday Park, hidden among the bushland of the Jarrah Forest. It’s the ideal spot to stay if you want to get active in the outdoors, whether it be bushwalking, canoeing, white water rafting, mountain biking, horse riding or fishing. Wildflowers bloom after winter rains, brightening the landscape, and there are many bird species to try and spot, including parrots, honey-eaters, finches and raptors, plus plenty of kangaroos.
There are shady powered and unpowered sites for caravans as well as lakeside campsites if you really want to get in touch with nature. There’s a small camp kitchen with a large gas barbecue, shared wood-fired barbecues, amenities block and laundry area, and dump point. The park also stocks fuel and ice and basic groceries, including bread, milk, drinks and ice creams. For anything else, pay a visit to IGA in Waroona, only 8.5 kilometres away.
Bicheno Caravan Park, TAS
If you’re holidaying in Tasmania (we recommend it), consider staying in Bicheno on the sunny east coast, where you’ll have your pick of beaches, restaurants and fishing spots. Bicheno Caravan Park has a selection of powered and unpowered sites for caravans, campers and tents, as well as six low-cost cabins. There’s even an onsite mini supermarket and takeaway shop, as well as the usual amenities (including hot showers), barbecues and a kiosk. Pets are welcome, too.
Given that Bicheno is surrounded by the Douglas Apsley and Freycinet national parks, there are plenty of outdoor activities to have a go at, including fishing, sailing, golf, tennis and many scenic walking tracks. Watch the unmissable nightly penguin parade, where you can see the penguins return to their burrows for the night, and see the Tasmanian devils at the East Coast Natureworld.