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5 compelling reasons to take a mid-week break

There is no such thing as a bad time to take a break. You’re on holidays – what could be better? While it makes sense that weekends are popular for escapes, it shouldn’t be the only time to consider going away.

The benefits of mid-week travel are many and varied, offering the chance for you to save time, money, and hassle.

We’ve put together a few great reasons why you should travel mid-week.

Location: BIG4 Solitary Islands Resort, Wooli, New South Wales.

Location: BIG4 Solitary Islands Resort, Wooli, New South Wales.

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10 handy tips for your first caravanning adventure

You’re going on your first caravanning trip. Excellent! It’s an exciting time of freedom, fun, and the thrill of a new experience. It’s also a big step.

Towing a caravan is a lot tougher than having to ‘carry’ an underperforming doubles partner during the social tennis season; it adds a whole new dimension to any holiday. Factors such as what to bring, time spent on the road, and where to park suddenly have much greater importance.

Here at BIG4 Holiday Parks, we want to help. So we’ve put together a bunch of great tips for first-time caravan users to allow a smooth journey and an enjoyable holiday.

A caravanning adventure is a great way to see the country.

A caravanning adventure is a great way to see the country.

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Australia’s best whale-watching locations

Watching whales at play is a breathtaking experience. The sheer size of whales is almost unfathomable and their obvious power and grace is remarkable.

Fortunately, there are many whale-watching hotspots around Australia, and now is the peak viewing time. Australia’s east coast is lined with prime viewing spots. From late April to August, whales  journey from Antarctica in search of the warmer waters of Queensland. Then, during spring, these majestic animals make their way back to Antarctica. This means there’s double the chance to spot them!

It’s not just the east coast of Australia that receives all the attention – read on and you’ll discover that whales have a strong affinity with many of our waters.

Humpback and southern right whales are the main species to watch for, although there are opportunities to view other varieties.

And where there are up-close encounters with whales, you’ll almost always find a BIG4 park nearby. It’s time to uncover Australia’s best whale-watching locations.

Whales at play, like this one near Busselton, make for an inspiring sight. Credit: David Ashley

Whales at play make for a remarkable sight. Credit: David Ashley.

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The key to fishing in Inverloch

Whether taking the boat out on treasure-filled Anderson Inlet or fishing from the shore, Inverloch offers versatility for anglers of all levels. Inverloch is a seaside resort in Victoria’s Gippsland region that boasts an enviable location: spotted at the mouth of Anderson Inlet in Venus Bay. The town’s relaxing vibe ensures it’s the perfect place to dangle a line when on holidays. BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park reveals its top tips from the local fishing form guide.

Take the boat out in Anderson Inlet and you're sure to land a catch.

Take the boat out in Anderson Inlet and you’re sure to land a catch.

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BIG4 parks that permit camp fires

Think back to your childhood camping experiences and no doubt you’ll be warmed by memories of the time spent around a camp fire.

There’s a sense of romanticism attached to a camp fire as you relax with a hot drink in hand and swap stories. It’s a great way to meet and bond with fellow travellers. And let’s not forget the chance to toast marshmallows!

With winter upon us, now is the perfect time to book a camping holiday – and BIG4 can help you to create new memories.

There are more than 25 BIG4 parks that permit camp fires, which are detailed below. So gather the family and head along to a BIG4 park this winter.

The fire pits at BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park are always popular amongst guests.

The fire pits at BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park are always popular among guests.

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5 essential tips for entertaining kids when on rainy holidays

Holidaying when it’s raining can be a challenge, and that hurdle is only enhanced if you are travelling with children. While cabin fever can strike us all, it certainly has a greater impact on kids: they appear armed with boundless energy.

Being denied access to all the fun ‘stuff’ outside can lead to a nightmare situation for you and your kids. However, with the right preparation, you can make your wet-weather holiday a memorable one.

We’ve put together a bunch of top tips to keep kids entertained when it’s raining on your holiday.

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7 essential tips for wet-weather camping

Rain. We know it does wonderful things and is essential to our survival, but sometimes it feels like the relative that you had to invite to your wedding. It’s unwelcome, makes for an awkward situation, and kills the mood.

One instance where rain can have a negative impact is when you’re camping. And as we reach the heart of winter, it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter rain when on a camping trip (in many parts of Australia, at least).

Instead of letting a downpour deter you from exploring this incredible country of ours; simply take time to prepare yourself for wet-weather camping. This way, you can eliminate any issues that arise when rain drops by to say hello.

To help you out, we’ve put together a series of great tips for camping in wet weather.

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