Are you looking for a family holiday park on the east coast? Here are the ones on our must-visit list.
7 East Coast holiday parks our must-visit list
Are you looking for a family holiday park on the east coast? Here are a few that are on our must-visit list.
Where: Airlie Beach, Queensland
Set on 10.5 hectares of beautifully landscaped grounds in pretty Airlie Beach, BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort has won more than 40 major tourism awards and has a reputation for providing a relaxed holiday experience that draws families back year after year.
The resort boasts Airlie Beach’s largest resort lagoon-style swimming pool (heated through winter), jumping pillows, a full-size floodlit tennis court, mini-golf, pedal karts, an adventure playground, outdoor movie cinema, table tennis and animal park. BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort also offers the only mainland kids’ club in Airlie Beach and a full-time Activities Coordinator, meaning the kids will find plenty to stay busy.
The resort’s biggest thrills, though, can be found at its enormous water park, built especially for young families. The water park’s 13 slides shoot off a two-metre-high platform and are linked by bridges and stairways, all overlooked by a massive tipping bucket. And if all that hasn’t exhausted the kids, families can enjoy organised games nights, discos, movies at the outdoor cinema and barbecues by the pool.
The resort offers a choice of designer self-contained cabins as well as powered caravan and camping sites, all set among lush tropical gardens.
The resort’s excellent location means families have easy access to adventures on the Great Barrier Reef, island cruises and a vast array of water activities.
Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks
Where: Seal Rocks, New South Wales
Just a 45-minute drive from Forster, Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with family and friends. Nestled in a pristine pocket of paradise, between lush forest and Number One beach, guests of the park can enjoy a taste of authentic seaside village life as they make memories to last a lifetime. Having recently completed an extensive six-million-dollar redevelopment, the park boasts an impressive range of facilities and activities for families including a camp kitchen and a brand-new guest lounge and barbecue area, plus a playground for the kids that promotes a more natural style of exploration and play.
Also part of the new guest offering is an architecturally designed cabin and luxury beach tent precinct. There’s also Wi-Fi access throughout the park so you can stay connected. The park’s waterfront position means fast access to the water for fishing, boating, swimming and other popular beachside activities, and easy access to many of the area’s most popular natural attractions. Whether you want to kick back or are craving adventure, Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks has you covered.
The resort offers ensuite, standard and family economy cabins through to more deluxe offerings. There are self-contained premium beach tents and larger-than-average powered sites.
Head underwater to explore some of the state’s best dive sites, take a hike to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, or explore some of the region’s great mountain bike tracks.
Where: Cairns, Queensland
When it comes to exceptional accommodation in Cairns, it’s hard to go past Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut. A friendly and beautifully landscaped oasis for families, this popular destination is located just seven minutes from the centre of town.
A range of deluxe holiday accommodation is on offer, including three-bedroom Superior Condos, Luxury Villas and Cabins, which can sleep up to eight. For those seeking peace and quiet, the caravan and camping sites set among lush tropical gardens are bound to impress. And with a multitude of on-site facilities and activities available, including a licensed restaurant, full campers’ kitchen and pet-friendly sites, it’s easy to see why this holiday park took out fourth place in our Top 10 Holiday Parks last year.
But what about the fun factor? Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut has got the kids covered with a range of unique facilities, such as the amazing SPLASH water park, the biggest jumping pillow in the Southern Hemisphere and the NEOS 360: Australia’s first interactive electronic playground. There are also two resort pools (complete with new, dual water slide), plus mini-golf, day and night tennis, beach volleyball and an enormous adventure playground. If you’re able to drag the kids away, the on-site tour desk can organise tickets and courtesy bus transfers to the area’s most iconic attractions.
Choose from self-contained condos, villas, units and cabins or ensuite, powered slab and grass camping sites.
Take a Great Barrier Reef cruise, ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or marvel at an underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.
Where: Coolangatta, Queensland
Set on 10.5 hectares of landscaped grounds within walking distance of the world-famous Kirra Beach, and close to iconic surf beaches such as Coolangatta and Snappers Rock, this sprawling park achieved sixth place in the 2017 Holidays with Kids Top 10 Awards and a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Overlooking a peaceful lake on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, Kirra Beach Tourist Park caters for every member of the family, even the four-legged ones, with dog-friendly areas on powered sites.
Guests can choose from a wide range of accommodation, including six villas and seven lodging rooms with beautiful lake views, as well as a variety of powered and unpowered sites. Wi-Fi is available throughout the park and the large open lawn is perfect for outdoor barbecues and picnics. Kids can enjoy kayaking on the lake, swimming in the heated pool, clambering over the playground and a recreation room with games. There’s also go kart hire, organised school holiday activity programs and a bouncing pillow where the kids can burn off all their remaining energy after a busy day of exploring the best of the area.
Kirra Beach Tourist Park offers a variety of accommodation options including villas and lodging rooms boasting lake views, plus powered and unpowered sites.
Queensland’s theme parks are a half-hour’s drive away, and active families can take advantage of the resort’s proximity to the Tweed River and some of the East Coast’s most iconic beaches.
Where: Hawkesbury River, New South Wales
With three kilometres of Hawkesbury River frontage right on your doorstep and a backdrop of magnificent mountains, Del Rio Riverside Resort at Wisemans Ferry is the perfect getaway for your next family holiday, and all just an hour-and-a-half from Sydney’s CBD.
Experience the natural beauty of the Hawkesbury in absolute comfort in a Villa, Cabin or Lodge with water or park views. Or if you prefer sitting around a campfire with family and friends, dinner cooking on the barbecue and the serene sounds of nature all around, then the range of powered and unpowered camping sites might be more your speed. A camp kitchen with a fridge, toaster and kettle is available, as well as a range of other amenities.
There’s a stack of activities to keep the whole family happy, but kids in particular will be over the moon. Little daredevils can race up and down the purpose-built BMX track, while parents enjoy some time on the bordering golf course. There’s also a swimming pool, putt putt golf, jumping pillow and sports courts, as well 10 kilometres of bushwalking tracks, waterskiing and fishing. Top off your day with a meal and some live entertainment at the fully licensed Del Rio Sports and Recreation Club.
Del Rio Riverside Resort offers a variety of villas, cabins and lodges with water and park views, as well as powered and unpowered camping sites.
Take a bush walk through the beautiful national parks, forests and reserves in the Hawkesbury region, or cruise along the river on a genuine paddle wheeler from historic Windsor.
Where: Tweed Coast, New South Wales
Whether your family is after a peaceful holiday retreat or action-packed getaway, the multi-award-winning North Star, located just 30 minutes south of Gold Coast Airport and 30 minutes north of Byron Bay, is for you. Surrounded by national parkland, the resort spreads over 10 hectares of subtropical garden nestled between a serene beach and pristine tidal estuary, making it the perfect place to unwind while the little ones float about in the calm waters.
North Star has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes. Immerse yourself in nature with a leafy campsite or caravan spot, or a well-equipped holiday cabin or a spacious villa.
The kids will have a blast splashing around at Sammy’s Adventure Lagoon water park, or at the resort’s tennis court, games room, pool table or outdoor playground. Neptune’s Castle Kids’ Club guarantees a day of fun and is fully supervised on weekends and school holidays. Parents can make use of the day spa, hairdresser, heated lap pool, gym, spa and sauna.
Fuel up at Ripples Licensed Café, an on-site restaurant offering a range of affordable snacks, lunch and dinner options. North Star also offers a range of scheduled activities, school holiday theme nights, outdoor cinemas and special events.
North Star offers campsites and caravan sites, well-equipped holiday cabins and spacious villas.
Head south to Byron Bay for a day trip and soak in the ambiance of the town and its beaches, or head north to the Gold Coast and explore the many family-friendly amusement parks.
NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park
Where: Capricorn Coast, Queensland
Your family will have everything at their fingertips at NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park, with the renowned Southern Great Barrier Reef as the backdrop. Located 40 minutes east of Rockhampton and just 15 minutes from Yeppoon, the holiday park sits on a stunning slice of Capricorn Coast.
There is a range of accommodation options to satisfy the needs of all families ranging from two- and three-bedroom villas to cosy cottages, studios, group accommodation for up to 24 people and powered and unpowered sites.
Kids will love sliding down the double-loop water slide, splashing around in the pool and soaring high on the jumping pillow. There’s also a games room, pedal karts and two playgrounds and open-air theatre. The camp kitchen, on-site barbecues and kiosk make for convenient dining options, or for those wishing to venture out for a meal, Rockhampton and Yeppoon are a short drive away.
The unbeatable backdrop, range of family-friendly facilities and activities on-and off-site give families the freedom to curate their own memorable holiday.
NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park offers an excellent choice of two-and three-bedroom villas, group accommodation, small cottages, studios, as well as powered and unpowered sites.
Explore the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Great Keppel Island and the beauty of the surrounding beaches and hinterlands.
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