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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 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.

Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park Alice Spinqs
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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13 of the tastiest chocolate attractions in Australia

Holidays are all about indulgence, and nothing says indulgence more than chocolate. This delectable treat creates a feeling of absolute euphoria. We call it love at first bite.

Fortunately, there’s a wonderful assortment of chocolatiers and factories sprinkled throughout Australia, so you can get your fix with ease while on the road and even learn a few fun facts along the way.

We’d hate for you to miss out on sampling delicious goodies when on your next adventure, so we’ve moulded a list of Australia’s best chocolate attractions.

You’re welcome.

Australia has many delicious chocolate outlets to enjoy.
Chocolate, delicious chocolate. Australia will tempt your tastebuds with ease.

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10 first-rate farmers markets you must attend

The smells of a sizzling barbecue; the temptation of hot coffee; rows of fresh, seasonal produce and home-grown delights; a lively and communal atmosphere – welcome to the local farmers’ market.

There’s something alluring about visiting a farmers’ or produce market, especially when you’re on holidays. These lively events provide the tastebuds with an opportunity to experience the culinary strengths of the region you’re visiting.

On any given weekend, you’ll find dozens of first-class farmers’ markets somewhere around the country. Don’t miss these beauties on your travels.

Sampling the array of fresh fruit, vegetables and sweet treats at farmers' market throughout your travels is a must.
Sampling the array of fresh fruit, vegetables, and sweet treats at farmers’ market throughout your travels is a must.

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21 Australian pubs you must visit

Name the best country pub in Australia? When it comes to tough questions, this is up there with the best of them.

Let’s be honest – it’s impossible to nominate just one standout watering hole, so we decided to create an Aussie pubs bucket list instead.

With the BIG4 footprint scattered far and wide, there were plenty of staff members keen to put in their two bob’s worth. Eventually, we decided on a list that features iconic inns and quirky ones; pubs with a unique claim to fame and those as famous for their historical façades as they are for their welcoming interiors.

How many of these pubs have you visited on your travels?

Stroll down the garden path at the Overland Corner Hotel in the Riverland. Image credit: SATC.
Stroll down the garden path at South Australia’s Overland Corner Hotel. Image credit: SATC.

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Top 5 child-friendly holiday parks in Victoria

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

Before we go any further, let me declare my bias towards Victoria, for I am a very proud Victorian.

Victoria is not only home to some of the most stunning coastline, bushland, and national parks in the country; it also has a wonderfully rich food, wine, and coffee culture that’s celebrated far and wide.

Victoria’s magnificent backyard
Victoria’s magnificent backyard

The list of places to visit is endless, from taking a drive along the iconic Great Ocean Road to one of my favourites, Wilson’s Promontory National Park, where the bush meets the ocean. A day trip to Daylesford is a go-to for many Melburnians; or there is always a weekend in the city for one of our enthralling sports or cultural events.

And as a family with a young daughter, we are always searching for child-friendly holiday parks where we can base ourselves and explore from there. Happy kids equal relaxed parents!

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