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6 essential tips for safe travel during bushfire season

As most of us would be aware, Australia is prone to experiencing bushfires. And as BIG4 has parks dotted all over the country, it’s a given that we have a presence in regions where bushfires can hit.

Whether you’re travelling to, from, or within your holiday destination, we want you to have fun and enjoy your travels but to be safe at the same time. And while the safety of our guests is paramount at any time of year, the need to stress vigilance is heightened during bushfire season.

Yet there’s no need to be alarmed; rather, it’s about preparation and education. So we’ve put together a list of essential bushfire safety tips for you to follow, with important input from fire authorities.

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5 useful tips for avoiding insects when on holidays

When taking a break, it’s hard to beat the feeling of chilling on the balcony of your BIG4 cabin or around the campsite on a balmy night. The combination of warm weather, a drink in hand, and great conversation is irresistible.

However, sometimes a few unwanted guests will invariably spoil the party, and we’re not talking about Uncle Brian and his inappropriate jokes. Instead, we mean those pesky bugs. Insects that bite and sting and make us itch and scratch. Insects that make us look silly when we slap ourselves repeatedly as if we have a horrible, involuntarily affliction.

Insects can be annoying, but they don’t have to spoil your holiday fun. To help you avoid these pests, we’ve put together several great tips for your next holiday adventure.

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21 standout travel gifts: the ultimate collection

We’ve all heard these well-worn words at some stage or another: the gift for someone who has everything. To us, it sounds a tad boring.

When you’re looking for a Christmas or birthday present or something special for that someone special, your gift should stand out from the crowd. It should be creative.

Stuck for ideas? Simply check out our ultimate collection of travel gifts. From the practical to the downright ridiculous; the quirky to the outrageous, this list truly caters to all travellers. And if the thought really does count, then you’re about to become the king or queen of thoughtfulness.

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Caravan holiday packing hacks: top tips to make your next caravan holiday easier!

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

Caravanning is one of my favorite forms of travel. I will never forget when we did the ‘big lap’ of Australia in our ‘pop-up’ campervan – we often commented about how we never wanted the adventure to end. I loved how, after a day exploring the outback, we would set up our cosy home-away-from-home and have everything we needed. I never took those luxuries for granted (especially my coffee machine in the middle of the desert), and typing this from my home office makes me long for that trip…I’m sure you know the feeling!

Our trip of a lifetime, caravanning around Australia.
Our trip of a lifetime, caravanning around Australia.

But it doesn’t matter if you are travelling all the way around Australia or just heading down the road for a much-loved great Australian break – let’s face it, the ‘packing part’ can be overwhelming.

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Top tips for driving holidays with kids

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

“Are we there yet????”

These are the words we do not want to be hearing over and over again from the kids while we’re on a driving holiday. Children can be a hard audience to please on a long drive. We all know these kinds of holidays are totally worth it, though – the freedom of having your car on tour, the fact you can pack it up with as much stuff as you can fit, and the exhilaration of hitting the open road and getting a change of scenery…not to mention how economical and practical they are with a family.

Our family on the road.
Our family on the road.

So how do we please the little ones in the back to make the journey as fun as the destination?

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The best dive sites in Australia to see marine life

Heading underwater provides an extraordinary thrill. Scuba diving – and snorkelling – allows you to embark on a surreal journey where you enter a world bursting with incredible interactions and amazing colours.

Whether you’re being wowed by marine life or marvelling at colourful coral, each dive warrants endless superlatives: captivating, enthralling, exciting, fascinating…

Fortunately, Australia’s extensive coastline allows for ample underwater exploration, and the many BIG4 parks lined along the coast means we can easily put you at the heart of the action. Grab your wetsuit and flippers – it’s time to explore the best dive sites in Australia.

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Diving with seals at Montague Island, near Narooma in New South Wales, is bucket-list material. Image credit: Sebastian Goldhorn.

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6 underrated Australian wine regions you shouldn’t miss

The Barossa, the Yarra Valley, Margaret River – it’s easy to reel off famous Australian wine regions. While they all warrant endless praise, Australia has dozens more wine regions that deserve a slice of attention, too.

Scratch below the surface and you’ll discover a wealth of magnificent vineyard-cloaked areas that demand the attention of your eyes, nose, and palate and are perfect for a weekend away.

Don’t know where to start? Not to worry – we’ll help you on your way with our handpicked selection of underrated wine regions. There’s one for each of the six states of Australia.

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Making friends while on holidays – a guide for parents

With thanks to guest blogger Janelle Boynton of Feathertop Family Adventures.

Think back to your time as a kid on holidays and it’s likely fond memories of meeting new friends will come flooding back. From riding bikes for hours, playing Frisbee until you could no longer see it, or simply laughing and telling jokes, these activities are likely to be at the heart of some of the happiest times of your childhood.

The ability to meet new friends with such ease is one of the greatest things about visiting a holiday park. The many shared areas of a BIG4 park – such as splash parks, play areas, and camp kitchens – make it easy to strike up a conversation and connect with fellow travellers.

For children, it is important and rewarding for them to socialise and meet new people. It provides them with confidence and a new perspective. Just as important, it greatly enhances the fun of their holiday.

Children tend to have a habit of breaking the ice quite easily, but I thought I’d share my thoughts about what I do as a parent – and used to do as a child – to ensure my children easily make friends when at holiday parks.

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Important tips for purchasing a used caravan

Caravans can be expensive to buy. This comment will hardly make the shortlist for ‘Most Profound Statement of the Year’ but it does demonstrate why so many people opt to purchase a used caravan instead of a brand new model.

However, it can be catastrophic if your bargain second-hand purchase turns out to be a ‘lemon’ and your savings end up in the caravan repairer’s pocket, or worse, your new toy is unsafe.

To avoid this scenario, it’s important to know what to look for when buying a second-hand caravan. That’s why we have put together a handy and comprehensive checklist to guide you along the right path. Arm yourself with this knowledge and you’ll be a thrifty van shopper in no time.

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Top tips when bringing your dog to a BIG4

If you’re a pet lover you’ll appreciate the joys of holidaying with your dog. When your pet joins you on a break it produces a feeling of completeness and ultimate happiness – as if the whole family is together. Conversely, a dog-less trip evokes a sad feeling; like a part of you has been left behind.

Considering that roughly 70 BIG4 parks now offer pet-friendly accommodation, there’s so much choice for those who wish to holiday with dogs. However, travelling with pets can have its challenges: unfamiliar surrounds, a change in routine, and other factors ensure that good preparation is essential. Then there’s the need to be prepared when on the road with your pet.

That’s why we have put together a bunch of helpful tips when staying at your pet-friendly BIG4 accommodation that will ensure you, your dog, and other park guests have a relaxing, fun, and memorable break.

Holidaying with dogs provides pet owners with plenty of joy.
Holidaying with dogs provides pet owners with plenty of joy.

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