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Want to go camping these school holidays but have no idea where to go that will be suitable for the kids? We've found a few gems that will have you and the family adventuring on beaches, lakes, rivers, national parks or water parks, there's a little something for everyone... even the glampers! At Springfree, we're big fans of heading outdoors whether for a weekend getaway, or for longer... so our team have also shared their favourite spots to getaway!
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1. BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park, Wye River
Flanked by bush and beach, BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park is the best of both worlds sprawled across 10 hectares on the Great Ocean Road. The luxury beach house is a great option for an extended family vacation sleeping up to 12 people, while two-bedroom family units and both powered and unpowered camping sites provide a serene location for a post-sun slumber.
Explore the park on pedal go karts or hop aboard a canoe for a different view.
Regardless, you’re sure to spot some native wildlife where the eucalyptus meets the waves.
Classic Family Resorts
2. BIG4 Beacon Resort, Queenscliff
This is the kind of holiday park where you’ll never have to go far to enjoy your holiday. The CoutaKidz Clubhouse runs 364 days a year with supervised activities that include everything from cooking lessons to yoga classes. And while the kids are busy, parents can relax at Mud Day Spa, which offers a full range of body and beauty treatments including facials, massages and wraps, and is open seven days a week. If you do decide to leave the confines of the resort, you’re only a short walk away from the beach and the Point Lonsdale Market.
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3. BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park, Inverloch
A 90-minute drive from Melbourne, BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park is the perfect base camp for exploring Wilsons Promontory and penguin-packed Phillip Island. With a heated indoor pool with a shallow end just for toddlers, full-size tennis courts and a TV room with air hockey, there’s plenty to do once you return from your day of adventure. Stay in one of the park’s spacious cabins and villas, or set up shop on a powered or ensuite site … the choice is yours.
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4. BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park, Ballarat
You’ve well and truly struck gold with the discovery of BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park. Among the many treasures there is a solar heated swimming pool, jumping pillow, giant checkers, go karts, kids’ club, indoor heated spa, games room, adventure playground and a tiny tots indoor playground to top it all off. One-, two- and three-bedroom accommodation options as well as caravan and camping sites make for a perfect home base for your gold-fuelled escapades.
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5. Anglesea Family Caravan Park, Anglesea
Nestled beside Anglesea River and Surf Beach, the Anglesea Family Caravan Park has entertainment for kids (and kids at heart) in spades. Splash into the heated swimming pool, zip around the children’s playground and channel your inner golfing champ at the on-site mini-golf course. Your four-legged friend can also join in on the fun with dog-friendly cabins and sites available.
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6. Yarrawonga Holiday Park, Yarrawonga
Yarrawonga Holiday Park is a water-lover’s dream owing not only to it’s riverside location and proximity to Yarrawonga Weir, but also to the on-site splash park and playground with four water slides, tipping bucket and 28 water play activities. Camp riverside or bring along the whole family in superior three-bedroom villas that sleep nine.
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National Parks + Beachside
7. Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park
Here, outdoors lovers can set up camp on the edge of the beach, while remaining sheltered among the coastal scrub. Toilets are long drop, there is no drinking water or cooking facilities, but there are hot showers. With 55 camping sites, fees are only $11.70 per night. The spot is a 40-minute drive from the local town of Sale. Dogs are permitted, so take advantage of this pet-friendly locale.
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8. Johanna Beach, Great Otway National Park
Nestled behind the dunes at remote Johanna Beach sits this generous campground on an open grassy area. Dogs on leads are permitted. There are non-flush toilets, no drinking water and fuel stoves and gas barbecues must be used for cooking. Book one of the 25 sites for $34 per night. Johanna is located a 90-minute drive south from Lorne.
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9. Rye Foreshore, Mornington Peninsula
Enjoy the pristine beaches and turquoise waters at Rye Foreshore Reserve, home to 174 sites, both powered and unpowered, with tents and caravan access. Facilities include showers and toilets, kids’ playgrounds and barbecues. Foreshore camping is only permitted from the last weekend of October until April. Bookings for campsites are taken. Rye is a one-hour drive from Melbourne.
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10. Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park
Mention camping to a Victorian and Wilsons Promontory National Park will come up. Picture granite mountains, thick rainforest and rugged beaches. Pitch a tent at Tidal River, where there are a whopping 484 sites.
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11. Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, Halls Gap
Getting back to nature at the foot of the Grampians has never looked so good. Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park offers glamping, camping and cabin stays all spaciously set among nature – here it isn’t out of the ordinary to see the occasional kangaroo or emu passing by your tent. After a day of hiking, relax in the heated pool or grab some marshmallows and set up next to one of the park’s campfires. As an added bonus there are eight Springfree trampolines for the kids to enjoy as well!
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