Category Archives: Attractions and experiences

Uncover a wealth of breathtaking Australian attractions – from hidden gems to spotlight stealers – and discover unforgettable travel experiences.

21 incredible Australian caves

Sometimes it pays to do a bit of digging…

Australia has a wealth of fascinating cave systems, many of which are easily accessible to the public and often complete with guided tours. And thanks to BIG4’s extensive coverage, quality accommodation is never far away.

With the cooler months now setting in, there is no better time to escape the elements and explore these natural wonders. It’s time to head underground to discover 21 incredible Australian cave systems.

Hastings Caves State Reserve, Hastings, Tasmania.
Hastings Caves State Reserve, Hastings, Tasmania. Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett.

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Australia’s Hidden Secrets Revealed

Australia has a multitude of sights of beauty and interest across its length and breadth. Most travellers seek to enjoy these, but as they are widely scattered what is the most effective way to find them?

Colin McFarlane and his wife have attempted to answer this through their book Travelling Australia by Road. It leads travellers by way of 60 interlinking routes and destinations to reveal secrets hidden around Australia’s regional cities and towns. During a 10-year period, they have covered more than 200,000km and gathered the details for this 260-page, full colour book.

The striking Bunda Cliffs of the Great Australian Bight.
The striking Bunda Cliffs of the Great Australian Bight.

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7 quirky Australian rock formations that will blow your mind

When it comes to funky formations, Australia rocks. This country is full of big, bizarre, and baffling natural wonders that make for enthralling viewing and incredible photos.

Whether craning your neck to marvel at a towering creation or scratching your head at how the earth has carved out such a formation, Australia’s great rock collection makes for excellent exploration.

We’re shining the light on seven unusual rock formations that you must see for yourself. Don’t forget the camera…

Sawn Rocks, Mt Kaputar National Park credit Mike Newling; Destination NSW
Sawn Rocks, Mount Kaputar National Park, New South Wales. Credit: Mike Newling/Destination NSW.

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Explore Australia’s World Heritage attractions

Australia has a wonderful collection of natural, cultural, and historical attractions. And it’s not just us who thinks as much – loads of these goodies are cemented on the famous UNESCO World Heritage List.

There’s better news – most of these iconic Australian attractions are easily accessible to visitors. What’s more,  has top quality accommodation that puts you at the heart of many of these landmarks. It’s time to start exploring Australia’s World Heritage-listed sites…

Sea turtle, Great Barrier Reef
Sea turtle, Great Barrier Reef.

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BIG4’s Great Australian Bucket List

Australia is bursting with jaw-dropping sights and experiences equal of any the world over. On our doorstep is an enviable assortment of mind-boggling natural features, enthralling up-close encounters with marine life, and rare attractions.

This has inspired us to create a Great Australian Bucket List that captures the essential, iconic experiences. And as there are 180 BIG4 Holiday Parks planted around the country, you can enjoy top quality accommodation while exploring these unforgettable sights.

Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park
Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

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Experience Australia’s famous landmarks with BIG4 Holiday Parks

There are so many remarkable landmarks to discover around Australia. With 180 holiday parks across the country, a BIG4 Holiday Park is sure to be nearby and the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring. Here are just a few must-see Australian landmarks with BIG4 Holiday Parks nearby.

Dog on the Tucker Box – BIG4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park, NSW

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Mighty Murray Adventure – Dogs Welcome Travelling Itinerary (781km)

Do you want to explore the Mighty Murray River from Albury-Wodonga all the way along to Loxton in South Australia but you can’t bear to leave man’s best friend behind? Well this BIG4 Holiday Parks travel itinerary may be just what you need to conquer the Murray.

The Mighty Murray River at Echuca-Moama.
The Mighty Murray River at Echuca-Moama.

Forty million years ago, through the forces of water and geophysical uplifting, the valley that cradles Australia’s greatest river began to take shape. It is a river whose character encompasses environmental beauty, rich in heritage and history, busy townships and major regional centres, with amazing tourism and recreation opportunities, and a continuing bounty of produce – commonly referred to as the “Food Bowl of Australia”. Continue reading

The best of Australia’s wine regions

With more than 60 wine regions scattered across the country, Australia not only has a reputation for producing award-winning wines but is also one of the few countries that can create every major type of wine. With so many amazing wineries on our doorstep, there has never been a better time to get lost among the vineyards.

From scenic Tasmania to the deserts of Western Australia, there are wine growing regions in almost every part of Australia and with over 180 parks across Australia, BIG4 has you covered for accommodation.

Tamar Valley, Tasmania.
Tamar Valley, Tasmania.

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5 great reasons to visit Tamworth

With thanks to Guest Blogger Scott Podmore.

If you love your country music, Tamworth is the place to visit. If you love a good road trip with a fantastic BIG4 park to stay at, then BIG4 Paradise Tourist Park is the place to park your wheels.

In fact, Tamworth, in the New England region of New South Wales and straddling the Peel River, is and all round fantastic Aussie city to visit if you’re a caravanner and camper. Giant golden guitars, great music, stunning scenery, water sports and beautiful native bird life are just some of the reasons to spend some time in the popular tourism hotspot.

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Take a walk on the wild side

Bush walking is a much-loved Australian activity.  It is an adventure sport that promotes self-reliance, friendship and refreshingly uninhibited good times away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The benefits of bush walking are endless! Not only is it free, it is also one of the best forms of exercise you can do, all while connecting with nature and exploring the world you live in.

Bushwalking
Bush walking is a much loved Australian activity! Connect with nature and explore the world that you live in.

Even though it is at times physically challenging; bush walking is great for cardiovascular and muscular health, reducing risks of heart disease and strokes, building energy and endurance and is a fun way in assisting with weight loss. The greatest part is it doesn’t feel like exercise at all when you’re taking in all the flora, fauna and scenery around you.

Bushwalking captivates young people, getting them outside exploring nature and learning about wild animals. Bush walking with your family enables you to communicate with one another more easily, building a strong family bond and creating everlasting memories.

We in Australia are blessed with living in a country that boasts many beautiful parks, reserves and bushland corridors. Whether you’re out for a short nature stroll or a five-day hike, or exploring the world famous ‘Overland Track’ at Cradle Mountain to Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory – Australia has bush walking trails to suit all abilities and a BIG4 Holiday Park nearby to rest your weary head and tired legs at night.

Established in 1986 and covering around 1500 sq km, breathtaking Litchfield National Park features tropical waterfalls, swimming holes, monsoon rainforests, historical sites and 4WD  tracks into some of the more remote areas within the park. Stay at BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park near Darwin and plan your trek.

Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory (Photo – ntacc.com)

The Heysen Trail is South Australia’s premier long distance walking trail. It stretches over 1200km between Cape Jervis in the Fleurieu Peninsula and is known to be quite a difficult track to tackle, however worth the effort. Base yourself at either BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park or BIG4 Port Elliot Holiday Park and enjoy one of the world’s greatest long distance walking trails.

Discover the fabulous Victorian High Country by bike and try the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail. Anchor yourself at BIG4 Bright Holiday Park or BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park and pedal your way through natural bushland, hidden valleys, picturesque mountain ranges and finish off with some of the finest gourmet food and wine in the region.

Murray to Mountains Rail Trail
Pedal through the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail and enjoy open farmland and historic railway bridges along the way. (Photo – murraytomountains.com.au)

Looking to explore the south coast of Western Australia by foot? The Denmark-Nornalup Heritage Rail Trail snakes along the south coast, offering a magnificent variety of coastal, forest, farmland and coast heathland views. Station yourself at BIG4 Denmark Ocean Beach Holiday Park overlooking the ocean and Wilson Inlet.

Deniliquin is at the centre of Riverina sheep-station country and on the fringe of one of the world’s largest red gum forests, where birds and wildlife abound in the Barmah National Park.  Discover ‘Deni’ whilst staying at BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park – a multiple award winning resort style holiday park featuring a water play park, tennis and basketball courts, mini golf, pedal go karts and a second pool.

Base yourself at BIG4 Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain, the only holiday park on the mountain and witness Mother Nature at her finest with a 65km trek through the heart of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. Recharge and rejuvenate in a warm and cosy, self-contained cabin after conquering one of Australia’s iconic ‘must-do’ long-distance bush walks.

Get in touch with nature and experience the joys of bush walking and camping at 180 Holiday Parks across Australia.