The humble caravan park can be a paradise of fun and adventure for kids. Here’s our pick of the best.
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, Cairns, Qld
Topping our list and for very good reason, the Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort is a seriously cool holiday park. Located in stunning Tropical North Queensland on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll have a hard time dragging your kids out the front gate thanks to the huge range of activities on offer. There’s a splashdown waterpark, two resort swimming pools, hot and cold spas, an 18-hole mini golf course, an outdoor family-friendly cinema, an Adventure Playground, a BMX track, a tennis court, giant chess, an ‘interactive play hub’ with electronic games – and the list goes on.
Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park, Busselton, WA
Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park is located in the heart of the Margaret River wine region and situated opposite the sheltered waters of Busselton’s Geographe Bay, where children can swim and play safely. You can expect WA’s trademark snowy white sand and dazzling blue water here, of course. The park itself has been designed with families in mind, offering an awesome outdoor adventure playground, a giant jumping pillow, a heated indoor pool with a shallow beach, a heated outdoor resort-style pool and a giant waterslide.
Big4 North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings Point, NSW
For adventurous kids and parents who like a little time alone, Big4 North Star Hastings Resort will be the ultimate family holiday park. It offers a free kids club that runs throughout the school holidays and every off-peak weekend, leaving mum and dad free to explore the on-site Seascape Leisure Centre or the attractions further afield on the stunning Tweed Coast. The kids will have the time of their lives enjoying the ‘Sammy’s Adventure Lagoon’ waterpark featuring three storeys of slides, water cannons and even a water piano. There’s also a huge playground including a ball pit, a littlies playground for kids under three and a games room.
Big 4 Beacon Resort, Queenscliff, VIC
Located on Victoria’s beautiful Bellarine Peninsula just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Big4 Beacon Resort has your kids’ interests in mind. It runs a free year-round kids’ club where children over four years can partake without adult supervision, giving mum and dad some time alone. There are indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds including an awesome ball pit, an indoor pool and spa, a giant jumping pillow, kids’ fitness classes (and an adults’ 24/7 gym), bike hire, a tennis court and more.
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Shark Bay, WA
While RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort has excellent facilities for the family including a swimming pool, an artesian hot tub, a tennis court, a playground and a kids’ club, its inclusion on this list is due in large part to its stunning location at one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Australia, Shark Bay.
Where the outback meets the sea, this breathtaking landscape of contrasting red dirt and turquoise water is home to creatures great and small, most notably a pod of friendly dolphins who have been visiting the beach at Monkey Mia every day since the 1960s.
A magical wildlife encounter, guests are invited to watch the dolphins come into the beach and a lucky few people are selected to feed them a fish or two. The resort enjoys total beach frontage onto ‘Dolphin Beach’, so this is the place to stay if you want to see these beautiful creatures in the wild.
Big4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park, Adelaide, SA
The most fun you can have within a stone’s throw of a capital city, Big4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park enjoys 1.2km of total beach frontage at West Beach, making this an enormous holiday park with something for everyone.
There’s a resort-style lagoon swimming pool, a ‘SplashZone’ waterpark including a zero depth area suitable for toddlers, a daring aerial adventure park, jumping pillows, go kart and bike hire, a games room, a summer kids’ club, a toddlers’ ‘Imagination Room’ and, of course, access to an enormous stretch of beach where the only limit to the fun is their imaginations. There’s even an on-site café where mum and dad can get their morning brew while the kiddies burn off some energy.