Whether you’re a ‘grey nomad’, an empty nester or you love taking your family on holiday with you, caravan trips are an increasingly popular way to explore Australia. You may have been caravaning for years, or you may be new to this great way of holidaying. Unless you’re one of those people who honks when you get stuck behind one on the road. In which case, this might not be your cup of tea!
But if you’re thinking of trying a caravan out for size, try hiring one first to see how you get on with it. It can take a little while to get used to towing a caravan – particularly in terms of parking and reversing.
Your local caravan dealer may well let you practice at their lot – particularly if it helps them secure a sale. Then you can view their range of new and second hand caravans at the same time. Or, try visiting a caravan show and getting some help from a professional instructor.
Once you’ve bought your van, how do you decide where to go? You may have a specific destination in mind, or you may just fancy taking to the open road and seeing where you end up. Here is a list of some of Australia’s best caravan parks.
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Victoria Great Ocean Tourist Park
Recently voted as the top Australian Caravan Park in Australia, this coastal resort is a perfect place to stop and explore Victoria’s rugged coastline. For example, the Twelve Apostles. The park is approximately 250km south-west of Melbourne, and close to many spectacular coastal attractions.
BIG4 Forster-Tuncurry Great Lakes Holiday Park
You can park your caravan right on the shore of Wallis Lake at this idyllic holiday oasis, with plenty of on-site attractions to keep the whole family entertained. And at just a 3.5 hour drive North of Sydney, it won’t take long to get there either.
Port Arthur Holiday Park, Tasmania
If you fancy a little history with your holiday, head to Tasmania. The Port Arthur Holiday park is close to unique and iconic historic sites. You can choose from en-suite, powered and unpowered pitches depending on your preferences.
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Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park
Only an hour’s drive from Adelaide on the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula, this family friendly park has both ocean views and a pool. It’s also a great base for exploring the wineries at Mclaren Vale and for visiting Kangaroo Island.
Ayres Rock Campground
Set deep in the North Territory, this park is close to Uluru and is surrounded by a beautiful cultural landscape. You can explore Anangu and Aboriginal historical sites, laze by the pool or enjoy luxury spa treatments. And you’ll experience some jaw-dropping sunsets too.
Amity Point North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island is within easy driving distance of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Amity Point hosts several beachfront camping grounds which give superb views of the annual humpback whale migration. You can also enjoy lots of physical activities too, such as sandboarding, scuba diving and kayaking.