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18 of our Favourite Top Parks Across Australia: Camplify

Monday 9th October 2017
By Jess Brooks
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By Jess Brooks
Did you know there are over 200 Top Park holiday and caravan parks across Australia? When we heard this, we thought to ourselves ‘how would you ever choose’! That’s why we decided to put together 18 of our favourite Top Parks across Australia, state by state. We’ve listed the park facilities and things to do in the region, so you shouldn't have any trouble choosing which Top Park will be your next home away from home!


New South Wales


1. Toowoon Bay Holiday Park

(Powered sites from $31)



Toowoon Bay Holiday Park is within minutes of the great beaches, dining, and parklands of The Entrance and Tuggerah Lake, making it the ideal holiday location for your family (and your pets!). The park features a resort style pool, camp kitchen, jumping pillow, playground and free school holiday activities. With it’s absolute beachfront location to one of the safest and most picturesque beaches on the Central Coast, we can guarantee you won’t want to go home!


Things to do nearby:

  • Toowoon Bay Holiday Park is set against a protected beach with crystal clear water and small waves, making it the perfect place to learn to stand up paddleboard! In the summer months you can take a private SUP lesson, go for a paddle tour or hire your own SUP board.
  • If you’ve got bikes with you, enjoy the flat paths and great views from Long Jetty to The Entrance. Feed the family at one of the eclectic Long Jetty cafes before feeding some pelicans at the Entrance waterfront (held at 3:30 daily).
  • Spend a morning exploring Norah Head Lighthouse and the beautiful surrounding beaches including Cabbage Tree Bay and Soldiers Beach.

2. Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks

(Powered sites from $40)



Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks is situated along the banks of a scenic tidal waterway and is just a short walk to the town centre and local beaches, the perfect spot for an activity-filled or relaxing break. The holiday park features a children's playground, a swimming pool, games room, camp kitchen and is pet-friendly!


Things to do nearby:

  • Check out the historic ruins of Trial Bay Goal, one of Australia’s most scenic prisons!
  • Give surfing or snorkelling a go in Trial Bay, one of the most pristine, protected, shallow bays on Australia’s East Coast.
  • In the late afternoon, you’ll find hundreds of kangaroos hanging out in Little Bay, a 10-minute drive from Ingenia Holiday Park. With plenty of BBQ’s and tables by the beach, it’s the perfect place to have a BBQ and take some photos with your new found friends!

3. Discovery Park Ballina

(Powered sites from $32)



Source: Booking.com

Once you arrive at Discovery Parks Ballina you won’t want to leave, and you won’t need to! Nestled between the beach and Richmond River, Discovery Parks Ballina has everything you need to keep the family busy, including a fantastic swimming pool, 18 hole mini golf, playground with jumping pillow, games room and a gym. Oh, and it’s dog friendly!


Things to do nearby:

  • With the holiday park situated right on the bank Richmond River, why not hire a kayak and explore the waterways?
  • If you would prefer to stay high and dry, you can easily hire a bike from Transitional Cycles and explore some of the 25km of bicycle paths along the waterfront.
  • If you pick the right time of year, you might just stumble across one of Ballina’s many festivals and markets, including the Ballina Food & Wine Festival and the Ballina Prawn Festival.

4. Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park

(Powered sites from $40)



Source: Booking.com

Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park is ideally located in the town of Gerroa on the NSW South Coast, a mere 1.5 hours from Sydney. The park itself offers a variety of family-friendly (and pooch-friendly) facilities, including 2 swimming pools, 3 camp kitchens, a tennis court, playgrounds, bike/ kayak/ surfboard/ paddleboard hire and kids club. Our favourite features are the community vegetable/ herb gardens as well as an aviary and friendship farm (how cool is that!).


Things to do nearby:

  • Water sports are popular in Gerroa, from fishing to kiteboarding to kayaking. Surf Camp Australia also offers surfing lessons for all ages on Seven Mile Beach, which is patrolled in the warmer months.
  • Gerroa is only located just 15 minutes from the town of Kiama. Be sure to stock up on fresh produce at Kiama Farmers Markets every Wednesday or check out the impressive Kiama blowhole which blows water 20 metres into the air.

Queensland


1. Noosa Caravan Park

(Powered sites from $41)



Source: Visit Noosa

When you think of Noosa you automatically think of sun, surf and sand, right? That’s what makes Noosa Caravan Park one of our favourite Top Parks in Queensland! It’s not all about the beaches though, the surrounding hinterland is just as spectacular with tranquil rainforests and waterfalls only a bushwalk away.

Noosa Caravan Park certainly suites the tropical vibe, with lush campgrounds and cabins surrounded by palm trees. The park has a variety of features, including a heated swimming pool, games room, camp kitchen and pizza oven, and is located only 800m from the nearest boat ramp!


Things to do nearby:

  • Eumundi markets, one of Australia’s largest and well-known artisan markets, are held every Wednesday and Saturday. From hand-crafted goods, fashion and jewellery to fresh produce and locally grown and made foods, we can guarantee you won’t leave empty handed!
  • Take a day trip to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and one of Australia’s World Heritage Listed sites. Drive amongst incredible sand formations, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes, and walk amongst ancient rainforests. The island is 4wd access only, but there are plenty of tours available. Alternatively, why not hire a 4wd from Camplify like this one here >

2. Cairns Holiday Park

(Powered sites from $37)



If you plan on going out on the Great Barrier Reef, day tripping to nearby waterfalls, or exploring the colourful city of Cairns; this is the place to stay. Not only is it one of the cheapest accommodation options you’ll find so close to the city centre, Cairns Holiday Park has all the facilities you could need including a swimming pool, camp kitchen, kiosk and games room.


Things to do nearby:

  • Cairns has an abundance of things to see and do. In between reef tours and waterfall visits, be sure to spend some time at Cairns Esplanade, a recreational park where you’ll find locals and visitors having picnics, sunbathing and swimming in the huge lagoon pool.
  • Take a ride on the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Cableway, which both lead up to Kuranda Village. The village is well known for its local market selling unique gift items and the variety of vibrant cafes.

3.Cardwell Beachcomber Motel & Tourist Park

(Powered sites from $38)



Source: Booking.com

The Cardwell Beachcomber Motel & Tourist Park is conveniently located on the beachfront midway between Cairns and Townsville. Cardwell is a boaties paradise, with miles of sheltered creeks and waterways to explore and numerous reefs and islands offshore. The park not only accommodates for boats, but your furry friends are welcome too!


Things to do nearby:

  • There are a variety of unique attractions close to Cardwell Beachcomber Park including Cardwell Spa Pool, Attie Creek Falls and the historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station.
  • Cardwell is the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island, the largest national park island in Australia. The best way to explore the island: by foot. Hiking trails will lead you to freshwater holes, waterfalls, stunnings beaches and tranquil rainforests.

4. Nobby Beach Holiday Village

(Powered sites from $42)



Nobby Beach Holiday Village, ideally located on the main Gold Coast stretch, is just walking distance from various cafes, markets, first-class restaurants and patrolled beaches. Why is it one of our favourites? With a short drive or bus ride to all the exhilarating theme parks, shopping centres, stunning hinterlands and major sporting and entertainment venues, can you blame us? The park has plenty of features inducing a great swimming pool and waterslide, kids playground, camp kitchen and kiosk.


Things to do nearby:

  • If you’re up for a drive, be sure to visit Tambourine Mountain, a 50-minute drive from Nobby Beach Holiday Village. You’ll find quaint cafes, art galleries and stunning views around every corner. The mountain also has some of the best rainforest walks in Australia (did you know ‘Kong Skull Island’ was filmed there!?).
  • A bit closer to home is Tallebudgera Creek, a crystal clear estuary that flows into Tallebudgera surf beach. The creek is the perfect place for swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, kayaking or just relaxing with a good book!

Victoria


1. Anchor Belle Holiday Park:

(Powered sites from $38)



Anchor Belle Holiday Park is a leading Phillip Island holiday park and is set amongst 2.5 hectares of unique bushland. It is the ultimate family-friendly park, featuring a jumping cushion, basketball court, kids playground, games room, kiosk, and a fully enclosed camp kitchen.


Things to do nearby:

  • If there’s one thing Phillip Island is known for, it’s the abundance of wildlife present on the island. From playful penguins and seals to laid-back koalas and whales. There are a variety of tours available for families, such as the full day Penguin Parade and Koala Highlights tour.
  • Cowes, the town centre, is the perfect place to enjoy an ice cream and stroll along the waterfront. The protect beach also provides the ideal place to take a dip.

2. Torquay Holiday Park

(Powered sites from $34)



Torquay is the official start of the Great Ocean Road and has served as a popular holiday destination for many years. Torquay Holiday Park, only a short stroll from the nearest beach, features a heated swimming pool and spa, mini golf, tennis courts, convenience store, games room, and an outdoor cinema. We’ve added this to our top 20 favourite Top Parks because it is the perfect base from which to explore the Torquay, Great Ocean Road and Surf Coast regions.


Things to do nearby:

  • Torquay is known as the surfing hub of Australia, so you should definitely check out the Australian Surfing World Museum. As the World's Largest Surfing Museum, every sort of surfing collection and memorabilia can be found here!
  • Surfing isn’t the only water activity you can do in Torquay- Point Danger Marine Sanctuary (despite its scary name) provides an ideal snorkelling spot. You can also explore the diverse marine life from the beach at low tide when the reef is exposed.

3. Porekunkah Pines Holiday Park

(Powered sites from $33)



Source: Hotels.com

Porepunkah Pines Holiday Park is a colourful park situated on the Ovens River at the foot of Mount Buffalo. Along with its scenic location, the park has everything you could need for a relaxing getaway including a camp kitchen, playground, heated swimming pool, kiosk, and games facilities. It’s pet-friendly too!


Things to do nearby:

  • Porekunkah Pines Holiday Park adjoins the famous and very popular Rail Trail bike paths which offer safe and flat bike riding for the entire family. Why not ride into the beautiful Bright Township to visit some of the great Cafes, unique shopping, festivals and markets.
  • Located only 1 hour from two major ski resorts, the park can easily serve as a base from which to explore the Victorian Alpine landscape.

South Australia


1. Victor Harbour Beachfront Holiday Park

(Powered sites from $32)



The whole family will be sure to love Victor Harbour Holiday Park (including your furry family members). Set on absolute beachfront, the park features a waterpark, jumping pillow, heated pool, camp kitchens, TV and games room, library, playground, and kiosk. Last year the park undertook huge renovations, introducing new facilities and features including a modular track suitable for bike, skateboard and scooter riders.


Things to do nearby:

  • Embrace your sense of adventure at Wiatpinga Farm! Take a guided quad bike tour through 400 acres of beautiful farming country with views of the ocean, local farm animals and possible sightings of native animals.
  • After the tour, be sure to spend some time at Wiatpinga beach. Although it is not suitable for swimming, the beach is frequently voted one of the best in Australia with wild and unspoilt beauty from the shoreline to the desert backdrop.

2. Brownhill Creek Tourist Park

(Powered sites from $41)



Source: Booking.com

The Brownhill Creek Tourist Park is one of our favourite Top Parks due to its ideal location; only 15 minutes to Adelaide city and beaches, 60 minutes to Barossa Valley, and 35 minutes to the Fleurieu Peninsula. The park is set on 25 Acres and is the perfect place to relax and unwind in tranquil surroundings.


Things to do nearby:

  • If you’re a foodie, you simply cannot miss the Adelaide Central Market. The market has been a thriving hub of food and culture for over 148 years, now with over 80 traders under one roof. There’s always something on, such as kids activities in school holiday and live music events, so be sure to check out their website.
  • Ride the historic Tram from the city to the beachside suburb of Glenelg to check out the charming heritage buildings and bustling cafes.

Western Australia


1. Fremantle Village

(Powered sites from $38)



With its incredible beaches and unique shopping, as well as its close proximity to Perth city and Rottnest Island, the city of Fremantle has so much to offer! Fremantle Village is only 400m from one of these incredible beaches, just 3km from the city centre, and offers a free shuttle service to Rottnest Island! Did we mention it’s pet-friendly?


Things to do nearby:

  • There’s no denying it, Western Australia has some of the best beaches and clearest water in Australia. If you don’t believe me, spend a day out exploring South Beach, Bathers Beach or of course, Rottnest Island.
  • While you’re in Fremantle, be sure to take the family to Jus Burgers. You can thank us later

2. Gracetown Caravan Park

(Powered sites from $35)



Source: Tripadvisor

Set in a natural, peaceful bush setting on 13 acres, Gracetown Caravan Park is a haven for wildlife and home to a large variety of wildflowers. While you’re enjoying the peace and tranquillity, the kids can keep entertained with a playground, ball court, volleyball area, mini golf, outdoor movies, and a jumping castle.


Things to do nearby:

  • How does learning to surf at a 4WD access only beach or kayaking a remote stretch of the Blackwood River sound? You can do this and more with Surf ‘N’ Dirt Adventure Tours from Margaret River.
  • Western Australia has Australia’s longest whale watching season, and Gracetown bay provides the perfect place for whales to play! Take your favourite bottle of wine, a cheese platter and your deck chair to enjoy the magical experience of a Gracetown sunset and let the whales entertain you.

3. Cheynes Beach Caravan Park, Albany

(Powered sites from $40)



Source: Booking.com

Cheynes Beach Caravan Park is a well shaded, grassed park with large campsites, a camp kitchen, modern amenities, and a kiosk. The caravan park is set in the incredible Waychinicup National Park and is popular for its peaceful and relaxed atmosphere and abundance of local wildlife (bird watching and whale watching are highly recommended) 


Things to do nearby: 

  • If you want to take a day trip, head one hour West and you'll find 'Greens Pool'. The pool is famous for its turquoise green waters, pristine white sandy beach, and large granite boulders which create a protected pool great for swimming or stand up paddleboarding.  
  • On your way back be sure to stop by the Denmark Chocolate shop. Both the chocolate and the scenery are divine! 

Northern Territory


1. Discovery Parks- Darwin

(Powered sites from $40)



Discovery Parks- Darwin is the perfect place for a holiday in the Top End. Not only is it adjacent to Darwin International Airport, it’s the closest park to Darwin city centre. The park features lush, landscaped gardens, swimming pools, BBQ areas and a kiosk.


Things to do nearby:

  • Crocosaurus Cove, located in Darwin city, allows visitors a unique, up close and personal experience with Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles. If you’re feeling brave, try the ‘Cage of Death’!
  • 30 minutes from Discovery Parks- Darwin is Berry Springs Nature Park, a great spot with shaded picnic and barbeque areas close to clear swimming pools surrounded by trees and aquatic life.

2. Riverview Tourist Village, Katherine

(Powered Sites from $43)



Source: Tripadvisor

Once you arrive at Riverview Tourist Village, you won't want to leave! Although, with everything at your doorstep, including a kiosk, swimming pool, on-site cafe, and access to Katherine Hot Springs, you don’t need to!


Things to do nearby:

  • The Katherine Hot Springs are just a short walk from the back gate. If you have a fishing rod with you, be sure to head 150m down river where you can catch Barramundi or Yabbies.
  • Experience Katherine Gorge in all its beauty with a full-day river cruise or an evening cruise, where the setting sun brings out the astonishing colours of the red rock.
So that’s it! Our 18 favourite Top Parks across Australia. Choosing only 18 was tough, as there are over 200 Top Parks across the country. If you want to check out anymore you can see them here >


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