Reach for the stars
Feel like a road trip and a few nights under the stars? Head for one of these top camping spots. There are facilities for caravans and motor homes too, just in case you like your creature comforts!
The long weekend is a great time to pack up the car, hit the open road, set up a tent and get camping. So where to go? Here are some ideas:
NEW SOUTH WALES
Where: Tweed Coast
Find long stretches of sandy beaches and tidal estuaries to paddle in and picnic in the area’s beautiful National Parks.
Stay at: BIG 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park
For adults: This holiday park feels like a posh hotel, reflective of its five star rating. Swim in the lovely pool before booking in for a relaxing massage in the on-site Seascape Leisure and Day Spa.
For the kids: Neptune’s Castle is the brilliant kid’s club that includes a huge ball pit, indoor slides and an indoor flying fox.
Extras: Novice caravan drivers can brush up on their skills at the park’s Caravan Training School.
Where: Airlie beach
Perfect for day trips around the Whitsundays as well as sailing and snorkeling around the area’s biggest attraction, the Great Barrier Reef.
Stay at: Adventure Whitsunday Resort. This 4.5 star resort has plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets, with powered campsites and cabins.
For adults: Heavenly beaches, mini-golf course, tennis and outdoor movies.
For kids: You’ll find Airlie Beach’s largest resort pool (waterslides included), a playground and dedicated kids club.
Where: The foodie’s destination as some of the best ingredients in the world found here, like ocean trout, mussels and oysters fished fresh from sparkling waters. Add to that picturesque sweeping ocean views, rambling and cycling for outdoorsy types and remote spots for keen campers. Tasmania is a complete getaway.
Stay at: BIG 4 St Helens Holiday Park. Close to Tasmania’s wineries and the spectacular Bay of Fires.
For adults: This place is flanked by National Parks, making it the perfect base for nature lovers, with villas and campsites, for every budget.
For kids: Shallow bays nearby and playgrounds with slide shoots.
Where: The seaside town of Queenscliff is just 90 minutes drive south of Melbourne (or catch the ferry from Sorrento). This is a great base for exploring the Great Ocean Road and its surroundings. Local attractions include Fort Queenscliff, built to defend Port Phillip Bay in 1860.
Stay at: BIG4 Beacon Resort. Campsites and villas are both available.
For adults: The Bellarine Taste trail where you can sample local olives and cheeses washed down with local drops at winning wineries.
For the kids: This resort has an indoor pool and spa and giant jumping pillows. You can also take a ride on a steam train nearby or head to Adventure Park, Victoria’s first water park.
Where: Mix a beach holiday with a city break with direct access to West Beach. The big city buzz of Adelaide’s city centre is nearby.
Stay at: BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park: 4-star eco-tents, ideal for those who want the camping experience without the hassle of having to set up and pack down. Campsites and cabins are also available.
For adults: Golf, boating and horse-riding.
For kids: Mini golf, skate and BMX facilities.
Where: Imagine 500-metres of pristine beach on your doorstep. Enjoy scenic walks, whale watching, eat and drink at old taverns and great restaurants. Explore convict jails, and settlers’ cottages as well as wandering around the gardens of National Trust homes.
Stay at: Middleton Beach Holiday Park. Get under canvas or upgrade into spa suites in villas.
For adults: Relax in the hydro spa and enjoy candle-lit baths in the villas.
For kids: There’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained with a kid’s club, ping-pong and children’s movies.
Extras: Teatime treats every Wednesday with home-cooked scones and freshly brewed coffee.
Where: Discover the red centre and enjoy a slice of the outback in the picturesque surroundings of the MacDonnell Ranges.
Stay at: MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, away from the traffic and noise, just 4.5kms south of Alice Springs. The major attraction of this resort is the entertainment. It is action-packed.
For adults: From Sunday morning pancake breakfasts, didgeridoo shows and 4WD information nights, there’s something for everyone.
For kids: Jumping pillows, BMX track and two swimming pools.