Camping and caravanning with the kids can become a bit tiring as we try to keep the little loves busy and entertained. The ideal family getaway gives the opportunity for all the family to bond, the kids to blow off some steam and give Mum and Dad a bit of a break. So with that in mind, we’d love to share 10 family-friendly spots that will not only keep the kids smiling but will give Mum and Dad an opportunity to relax.
The perfect family playground, where you’ll feel the fun holiday vibes take over the moment you arrive.
The quaint seaside village of Wooli is located on the NSW Northern Rivers, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the banks of the Wooli Wooli River. Bordered by Yuraygir National Park with its striking headlands, isolated beaches and quiet lakes it is also part of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, boasting turtles, coral reefs, migrating humpback whales and some of the best fishing on the Eastern coast.Both the little and the big kids will be wowed by the giant Wooli Wedgie slide, will laugh under the tipping buckets in the Splash Park and hopefully exhaust themselves playing mini-golf, swimming in the pools or bouncing on the jumping pillow.
You’ll be spoilt with our accommodation options ranging from our luxury riverfront cabins to our beach huts and large riverfront, ensuite and shady caravan and camping sites all set in beautiful tropical gardens.
Solitary Islands Marine Park Resort is a place where the sound of bird song or water lapping the riverbanks will awaken you, and the hardest choice of the day being whether to drop a line, explore the walking tracks, swim in one of the resort pools or play in the pristine waters at your doorstep.
This family-owned and operated resort is the ideal destination to relax and immerse yourself in the untamed beauty that is Wooli and its surrounds. Bring your caravan, your tent or just your family. You’ll never want to leave Solitary Islands Marine Park Resort, but you will want to return year after year.
An idyllic family-friendly paradise and natural playground, located in Australia’s favourite swimming spot.
Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park is set on the banks of a tranquil, sparkling creek, making it a favourite for family holidays but water lovers of all ages will be smitten with this special spot. The unique location provides easy access to the creek with many cabins and powered sites enjoying a waterfront view – some are mere metres from the shore.
Voted Australia’s Best Swimming Spot in Wotif’s 2019 Uniquely Aussie Awards, Tallebudgera Creek is ideal for any water-related activity – swimming, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing and boating.
he creek is framed by Palm Beach on one side and Burleigh Heads on the other. Surfers won’t have to go far, with a choice of world-class waves a stone’s throw from the caravan park and there’s a patrolled surf beach located across the highway.
A short stroll across the bridge will take you to the beautiful Burleigh Heads National Park where you can explore scenic walking tracks through lush rainforest and visit the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the local indigenous history and culture of the Gold Coast. There are plenty of places to explore nearby but no-one will blame you if you remain creekside for your entire stay!
Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit everyone from families, large groups, couples to campers and caravans. Options include 31 waterfront and garden view cabins, two bunk houses and three lodging rooms as well as powered, unpowered and ensuite sites with picturesque views.
Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort is the ultimate family holiday destination situated on the sandy shores of the Clarence River in Yamba, NSW amongst 15 acres of lush landscaped gardens.
Two resort pools, superb fishing on the river or private boat ramp, playgrounds and kids activities keep you as busy as you want to be! Accommodation to suit every budget range from waterfront 2 bedroom spa villas or family-friendly cabins to fully self-contained units. With 150 sites, choose from our spacious waterfront ensuite sites with you own private bathroom to unpowered grassy sites. The perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy your holiday.
The water fun park will keep the kids busy for hours whilst you relax with a drink or six and by dinnertime, they’ll be ready for bed to sleep it off in readiness for tomorrow.
The best of both worlds awaits you at Cotton Tree Holiday Park, two-holiday destinations in one. There is direct access to the Maroochy River and the stunning Maroochydore Beach.
Surf the waves at the beach or make use of the calmer waters of the river by windsurfing or sailing. Maroochy River is an angler’s delight with great fishing all year round. And if that doesn’t tempt you, the Cotton Tree Swimming Pool complex, with 50m and 25m pools, is located right next door to the holiday park. Dine or shop at one of Cotton Tree’s many local cafes, restaurants or boutiques.
Enjoy a riverside barbecue with family and friends on one of the BBQs
whilst watching the sunset over the Maroochy River or retreat to a quiet spot to relax and enjoy the tranquillity. With over eight hectares of the manicured beach and riverfront land, there is a spacious and shady place for everyone.
Woody Head is a campground with the lot – you can pitch your tent, park your caravan or book a cabin to enjoy a pleasure-packed beach escape for the weekend or longer.
It’s a great place for a family holiday, with a protected sandy beach that’s ideal for swimming and fishing, a boat ramp and the spectacular rock platform.
There are heaps of other things to do as well and children and adults alike will love exploring the rainforest and shallow reefs around the campground. There’s also a boat ramp for those who’ve brought their boat along, great places for fishing and water babies will love being so close to the beach.
There is one designated group camping area and the campground is wheelchair accessible.
Of course, with the number of attractions on offer, it’s no wonder Woody Head is a popular north coast campground. You’ll need to book with plenty of time to secure your campsite.
On the glistening shores of Pumicestone Passage, a stone’s throw from the iconic Bribie Island is the brand new BIG4 Sandstone Point Holiday Resort. Located directly in between Brisbane CBD and the Sunshine Coast, there is plenty to do with magnificent beaches and scenic bushland showcasing the best of South East Queensland escapes.
Whether your stay is an adventurous one with family or simply a relaxing weekend away, their aim is to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons.
Make the most of the Resort’s facilities including the Waterplay Park, 500sqm pool, playground, jumping pillow, tennis court, and more.
When it comes to heavenly holidays it’s hard to go past Reflections Holiday Parks Evans Head. Big, beautiful and perfect for groups, this is an ideal spot to gather the gang, enjoy the stunning surrounds and spend quality time doing things that make your soul sing. Just two hours from Brisbane and 10 minutes off the Pacific Highway, this lovely park is close to everything, yet a million miles from the daily grind. And when it comes to heavenly pursuits, Evans Head has plenty to choose from. Kayaking and paddling in the crystal-clear waters of Evans River. Fishing the surf or the sandy river flats. Taking the surfboard out for a spin or walking the dogs on Airforce Beach. Exploring some of the nearby national parks or just kicking back with a drink at the adjacent clubs or hotels.
Only 5km from Surfers Paradise and conveniently close to public transport, this holiday park is the perfect base from which to explore all the Gold Coast has to offer.
This park is right on the shores of the Broadwater – a protected waterway that’s one big playground for kids and adults alike. Choose from an array of water sports, great places to swim, fish, relax and socialise. Walk or cycle along waterfront pathways and take the children to cool off at The Rockpools splash park in nearby Broadwater Parklands.
After a day of activities you can return to your caravan, cabin or campsite, cool off with a swim in one of two pools and enjoy a sundowner and BBQ as the sunset skies are reflected in the Broadwater. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are plenty of quality restaurants and bars within walking distance. Great shopping too!
First-class facilities include a tennis court, bouncing pillow, playground, recreation room, tennis court, camp kitchen, BBQ areas and boat ramp. Broadwater Tourist Park is spacious and immaculately maintained and run regular family-friendly events like outdoor movie nights and kids’ discos during the holidays.
Situated about halfway between Coffs Harbour and Grafton and about 13klms off the Pacific Hwy and follow the signs. 4WD ACCESS ONLY as it can become a bit boggy in bad weather but well worth the trip. The kids can really get back to nature here.
Station Creek campground is a peaceful campground conveniently situated on Station Creek estuary, offering superb fishing, canoeing and swimming. It’s a gentle 600m stroll to the local beach, following a lovely walking track lined with scribbly gum and corkwood trees.
The campground is particularly popular with families. It offers a safe environment where kids can go swimming while the grown-ups fish or simply relax in the shade, nearby.
Keep your eyes open for the striking brolga around the water’s edge. Also known as the Australian crane, it’s a tall, upright wetland bird with a small head, long beak, slender neck and long legs often seen hunting in shallow waters. If you’re really lucky, you might even spot one of the emus that visit the area now and again throughout the year.
Trial Bay Gaol campground offers campsites for tents, caravans and camper trailers in an enviable position beside Front Beach.
Pack your snorkels, swimmers, fishing rod, walking shoes and surfboard, because you’ll have time to use all of these when you’re enjoying this delightful campground and picnic area. And if you’re too tired after a day exploring the park to cook up a feast, treat yourself to a meal at the Trial Bay Kiosk Restaurant. It’s the ideal place for families to take a weekend break in the beautiful Arakoon National Park.
Thinking of going in winter? Make sure you take your binoculars – Arakoon is a great place to see whales making their annual migration north. And even better in spring as they make their way south hugging the coast and resting with their calves in Trial Bay, just off the campground.
The Old Gaol is a must-see and the walking tracks have breathtakingly beautiful views and many historical landmarks