5 key tips when fishing with children

Guest blogger, managing director of CH Smith Marine, and former president of the Boating Industry Association, Rod Smith, gives his expert opinion on having a safe and fun adventure when fishing with children.

Fishing requires preparation, patience, and concentration at the best of times. So you can imagine that by bringing children into the mix, it’s suddenly a whole new ball game!

But this shouldn’t deter you from introducing your child to such a wonderful pastime – fishing teaches kids many important skills and is a great way to bond with your little ones.

Simply follow these tips for fishing with kids and your child will be hooked in no time.

Father and children fishing in the lake
Fishing is a great activity for bonding with your children.

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9 irresistible Australian food and wine festivals

BIG4’s Taste for Travel theme is cooking up a storm throughout autumn, but why should the indulgence stop there? Allow tastebud-tempting travels to linger by checking out these upcoming food and wine festivals held throughout the country.

You can’t beat a food and wine festival. It brings out all the elements we love in life: good food, good wine, good company, and good times. And where there is a superb food and wine festival, there’s bound to be a BIG4 park nearby. It’s time to get a taste for what is on offer…

City Wine festival, PerthWine and Food Events WA
City Wine festival, Perth. Credit: Wine and Food Events WA.

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Jumping for joy!

Want a sure-fire way to keep kids entertained? Need a cure for a child with a sugar high? Then turn to the trusty jumping pillow or inflatable trampoline. These great products provide children with endless entertainment, while parents can simply supervise from the sidelines.

To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of all the BIG4 parks around Australia that have jumping pillows or inflatable trampolines installed at their park.

This is jumping for joy at its most literal.

Bounce away at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, Alice Springs.
Bounce away at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, Alice Springs.

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Top 5 child-friendly holiday parks in Queensland

Blog contribution by Jennifer Adams, presenter of the popular TV travel series Places We Go.

Quintessential Queensland!
Quintessential Queensland!

Queensland has long been a favourite destination for Australian families. There just doesn’t seem to be a limit on the fun that can be had in the Sunshine State; from thousands of kilometres of spectacular coastline to theme parks, World Heritage rainforest, reef, and, of course, the weather – beautiful one day, perfect the next.

I have to admit, Queensland is probably my go-to state for our family holidays. Noosa is a perennial favourite but we have explored the entire coast and found treasures along the whole stretch that we would return to time and time again. We can trust the weather at all times of the year, we love the fresh seafood, and nothing beats the world-class sea and sand.

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7 compelling reasons to buy a camper trailer

Presented by Trading Post – Australia’s favourite way to buy and sell caravans, campervans, and motorhomes.

You can’t beat an upgrade, and if you’re a fan of camping you may have thought about a step up in your holiday accommodation – buying a camper trailer.

Camper trailers make a great home away from home when travelling around the countryside. They are compact yet open up or fold out to create a comfy camping space, as well as allow for the addition of several creature comforts.

Is a camper trailer right for you? Find out, as we explore the positives of camper trailer travel.

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Hit the road with a camper trailer in tow.

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7 amazing Australian places to visit this autumn

Australia teems with vibrant holiday destinations that are captivating year round. However, some locations stand out from the crowd at autumn, displaying beauty of gob-smacking proportions.

Autumn delivers the right ingredients that allow these destinations to be at their blooming best, and trees, vineyards, and other natural features explode with colour. This aesthetic awesomeness is often backed by humming seasonal events that lure visitors year after year.

With autumn in full swing, we’re delivering you seven Australian places to visit right now. It’s best to start planning…

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Top 5 child-friendly holiday parks in New South Wales

Blog contribution by Jennifer Adams, presenter of the popular TV travel series Places We Go.

One of my favorite drives in the country is following the coastline of New South Wales: there are so many idyllic places to stay along the way that it feels unfair to name drop.

The magic of New South Wales.
The magic of New South Wales.

But let’s start with Southern NSW – the way the lush rolling green hills literally meet the ocean as you make your way through towns like Kiama, Jervis Bay, Pambula, and Merimbula. Mind you, how can you go past the Snowy Mountains of inland Kosciuszko National Park, home to our country’s five highest peaks?

And then, in northern New South Wales, I love the way you can weave your way through the lush hinterland and river valleys. Meanwhile, up the road you can enjoy some of the most iconic beaches in Australia, known for both their sparkling beauty and chilled-out vibe: Byron Bay, Wategos, Lennox Heads… shall I continue?

Boogie board? Check. Surfboard? Check. Swimmers? Check.

So now that we’ve established it’s a beautiful part of the world, let’s narrow it down to some brilliant places to base yourself that are child friendly – both the holiday park and the destination.

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BIG4 parks with veggie and herb gardens

Go on, be picky. We strongly encourage it.

If you haven’t already heard, BIG4 parks are starting a growing trend. Vegetable and herb gardens are sprouting up in our parks all over the land.

And these veggie and herb gardens have fresh goodies that are all for you. That’s right, BIG4 guests are free to pick tasty produce from these gardens to complement their delicious camp kitchen creations.

Fresh, wholesome vegetables and herbs are the ideal accompaniment to any meal, particularly when you are on the road and are searching for healthy additions.

What’s more, there’s no need to do any digging to find BIG4 parks that have veggie and herb gardens – we’ve listed them all below.

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Treat yourself to some fresh herbs and veggies on your next BIG4 holiday. Image credit: BIG4 MacDonnell Range in Alice Springs.

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6 mouth-watering Australian gourmet food regions

Australia serves up a feast of first-rate gourmet food regions that are all cherry ripe for an indulgent break.

Whether it’s sampling abundant local produce at its absolute freshest or dining in style at a top-class restaurant, these gourmet food regions deliver a plethora of palate-pleasing options.

We’ve highlighted half-a-dozen of the best of them. It’s time to unleash your tastebuds.

Fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers market

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