CAMPING & GLAMPING: OUR FAVE AUSSIE HOLIDAY PARKS


What’s your idea of camping? Is it a swag on a slab or some grins while glamping? Whatever your style, Australia’s awesome range of holiday parks has got you covered. Here are some of our favourites.

NSW

THOU WALLA SUNSET RETREAT

PORT STEPHENS

Did someone say ‘glamping’? Take the Tent option and sprawl out on your private balcony, while taking in incredible views of Port Stephens. As the sun sets, come on in and get cozy with your very own fireplace.

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NRMA MERIMBULA BEACH HOLIDAY RESORT

MERIMBULA

Surrounded by perfect beaches, NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort is somewhere the whole family can relax. The park has recently had a facelift and we’re big fans of the new features. Cool down at the Whale’s Tail water park, lounge around on a banana chair by the pool, or hire a bike and explore the town.

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VIC

TORQUAY FORESHORE CARAVAN PARK

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Location, location, location! Plant yourself in Torquay and discover the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road. Learn to surf at iconic Bells Beach or hop in the car and head to the Split Point Lighthouse from Round the Twist (ah, memories). The best part? After you’ve finished exploring, come back and relax in your beachside cabin… or in Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park’s year-round heated spa and pool.

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QLD

BIG4 ADVENTURE WHITSUNDAY RESORT

THE WHITSUNDAYS

Resort? More like WORLD. With a private lagoon pool (the biggest in Airlie Beach), a mini golf course, an animal park, and an epic 13-slide water park all onsite, you won’t ever want to leave. After you’re done with the jumping pillows, tennis courts, and go-karts, wind down with a stroll on one of the nearby scenic walking trails or book in for a poolside massage.

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CAIRNS COCONUT HOLIDAY RESORT

CAIRNS

Set amid lush Cairns greenery and just a stone’s throw from some of Tropical North Queensland’s must-dos (Great Barrier Reef, anyone?), Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort is perfect for campers of all ages. From the Mini Coconuts kids’ club to the aqua aerobic classes, it’s a fun stay for the whole family.

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GOLD COAST HOLIDAY PARK

GOLD COAST

We all know that the Gold Coast is home to Australia’s best theme parks. So why not wake up across the road from one (well, two, actually)? Yep, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild are just a short stroll away. Rides not your thing? Don’t worry, Gold Coast Holiday Park has other thrills too, including an onsite BMX track and a petting zoo.

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SA

DISCOVERY PARKS – BAROSSA VALLEY

BAROSSA VALLEY

There are plenty of reasons why we rate this Barossa Valley holiday park and it’s not just because of how close it is to some of the region’s most loved wineries (although that helps). Discovery Parks – Barossa Valley guests can cool down at the new on-site water park (complete with a tipping bucket and THREE slides, of course), hire a bike and go see the sights of Tanunda, or – if they’re feeling fancy – try out one of park’s newly opened Deluxe Tents, which come with exclusive access to a private pool. How’s that for glamping?

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DISCOVERY PARKS ROBE

ROBE

Fishing fanatics, this one’s for you. Set up camp at one of Australia’s most beloved fishing spots, where you can cook up your daily catch on the on-site barbecue and enjoy a feed on the beach. With their indoor swimming pool (perfect for the cooler months), nearby 4WD tracks, and on-site playground, there’s something for everyone.

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WA

DISCOVERY PARKS SWAN VALLEY

PERTH

Two words: DOG FRIENDLY

Bring your pawfect camping buddy and head out west for an awesome getaway. We love Discovery Parks Swan Valley’s close proximity to some of WA’s most delicious (and also pet-friendly) wineries and breweries. If you feel like you need some exercise after all that indulgence, check out the nearby walking trails.

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