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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, like this one near Busselton in Western Australia, 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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Biting bream makes the Manning River a mighty choice

Are you looking for a great fishing spot in the North Coast of New South Wales? Then mark down the Manning River. The team at East’s Ocean Shores Holiday Park has put together a few tips for those looking to hook a catch when on holidays in the area. And they should know these parts well – their park can be found at the picturesque village of Manning Point, which provides the easiest of access to the Manning River.

There's plenty of fish to catch in the Manning River.
There’s plenty of fish to catch in the Manning River.

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8 essential tips for travelling with pets

For many people, the thought of travelling without their pet is like travelling without an arm. A holiday just isn’t the same unless their furry friend is coming along for the ride.

If this sounds like you, you’ll be glad to know that there has never been a better time to hit the road with your pet. Many BIG4 parks now accept dogs, and this pet-friendly accommodation is scattered throughout Australia.

While taking a break with your pet can be a fun and memorable experience, it’s important that you’re prepared. So we’ve put together a list of handy tips when travelling with your dog to ensure you have a smooth journey and a relaxing break.

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