CARAVAN PARKS: 3 WE LOVE, 3 WE LONG FOR
There is so much to see and do out there; the trick is to find the time to explore this amazing land. Here are a few parks to add to your list
- We Love Wycliffe Well Holiday Park, NT
If you are in the mood for a more eccentric adventure, the kind that has stories of war and UFOs, then head over to Wycliffe Well Holiday park as this is allegedly the best place to spot a shiny unidentified flying object.
Commanding a prominent location on the Stuart highway, Wycliffe Well Holiday Park has welcomed tired travellers for over 150 years. First as a watering point along the Overland Telegraph Line stock route, then as a market garden centre for passing soldiers during World War II, and now as a refuelling station for holidaying tourists. UFO sightings have been common here since WWII.
With as many as 200 unpowered sites, 60 powered sites, and 25 on-site caravans you will be able to find room to set up camp. Just make sure your eyes rarely stray from the night sky and keep them peeled for any flying saucers.
With modern toilets and showers with wheelchair access, dump points, laundry facilities, a camp kitchen and barbecues, TV and Wi-Fi. Other perks include a fuel station, convenience store and souvenir shop, and tons of alien paraphernalia all around.
- We Love Adels Grove Camping Ground, Qld
This beautiful shaded area was once the botanical gardens and is down by the river in an open-plan area. There are no designated sites, you just find a spot you like on arrival. There are fireplaces and communal taps with a short walk to the camp kitchen and to the amenities. Dogs and generators are not permitted in the Grove.
Canoes are available for hire at Adels Grove. With no fast water it is a relaxing, alternative way of viewing the gorge or creek.
All roads in this immediate area are either dirt or gravel and conditions can change rapidly week-by-week depending upon weather and/or traffic density. Between May and October these roads are generally suitable for conventional vehicles towing vans but care needs to be exercised since there will still be some rough patches.
This caravan park has a good range of facilities and accommodation options.
- We Love Khancoban Lakeside, Vic
Surrounded by nature’s stunning display of life and colour there is much to see and do all year round here. Khancoban Lakeside Caravan Park is a pet-friendly caravan park, located on more than six acres of land with magnificent lake and snowy mountains views.
The picturesque location makes for an ideal central base accommodation to explore Kosciuszko National Park and the surrounding high-county region. Take a day to go and find some wild Brumbies in the park or swim in chilly rivers.
During the winter months, Khancoban makes for an ideal and a much cheaper accommodation alternative if you want to explore snow-covered peaks of Kosciuszko National Park or go snow skiing and snow boarding at Thredbo. Khancoban really does offer an abundance of outdoor activities to suit just about everyone.
Khancoban Lakeside Caravan Park has cabins as well as powered and unpowered camp sites with beautiful lake views.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast or just looking for a relaxing country getaway, Khancoban Lakeside Caravan Park offers a variety of accommodation options to suite your needs.
- We Long For Poona Palm Caravan Park, Qld
Nestled along the Great Sandy Strait, 30km south east of Maryborough on the beautiful Fraser Coast, and adjacent to Fraser Island, is Poona Palm Caravan Park.
The area of water separating the mainland from Fraser Island is called the The Great Sandy Straits; a sheltered waterway still very much the way nature designed it, creating a stunning marine wonderland – fish, dugong, turtles, dolphins, mangroves, sea grass pastures and birdlife. Many fish species are in abundance, along with sand and mud crabs. Mangrove-lined creeks can be explored or you can try your luck in the deep holes along Fraser Island. Yabbies can be pumped on tidal flats.
Poona Palms Caravan Park is set on five grassed acres with plenty of space to park up all size vans. Pets are allowed, conditionally. Poona has retained its charm and relaxed lifestyle and is popular with those who enjoy the quiet life, and good fishing.
- We Long For Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, SA
Arkaroola is a 63,000-hectare wilderness sanctuary-providing caravan, camping, and accommodation.
Located 600km north of Adelaide and 130km east of Leigh Creek, in the ruggedly spectacular northern Flinders Ranges, this 610km2 multi award-winning Wilderness Sanctuary is operated by the Sprigg family. It contains some of Australia’s most sensational mountain views.
There are no dump facilities at the Arkaroola Caravan Park or Camping Grounds – the nearest is at Copley, 130km to the east. In addition to camping sites (powered and unpowered) within the caravan park, there is approximately 300ha of bush-setting camping grounds available.
Bookings are not necessary at this site and there are 50 powered and a large number of non-powered sites. Camping in other areas of Arkaroola is not permitted because of the impact such activity would have on wildlife and the environment.
Pets are permitted at owners’ risk as poison baits are laid for wild dogs and foxes.
- We Long For Kioloa Beach Holiday Park, NSW
When you stay at Kioloa Beach Holiday Park in Kioloa, you’ll be right on the beach which is closely convenient to Murramarang National Park – Pretty Beach Access Point.
Kioloa Beach Holiday Park is situated on the south coast of New South Wales midway between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla. This NSW camping and caravan park offers you the ultimate beach holiday.
The beautiful snorkelling beach is literally on your doorstep and you can head down to the beach without the hassles of crossing any roads.
The fishing in the area is pretty good as well and if you don’t feel like getting wet then there is the national park nearby to go and do some long walks in. For the campers and caravanners the park has large, grassed, powered and unpowered sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and Easter.
There are plenty of options for you to find a quieter spot in peak season.