There are many BIG4 Holiday Parks that are placed perfectly for access to nearby Alpine regions. Whether you’re a first-timer seeking a toboggan experience or a seasoned skier who enjoys downhill or x-country skiing, it’s time to pack your waterproof pants and jacket, grab the family and hit the Alps this winter. Continue reading →
MARGARET RIVER is a world away from the rest of Australia in one direction, and about 10,000km of Indian Ocean before you hit South Africa in the other. Charmed with some of the world’s best beaches and famous vineyards, its isolation is what lends it so much charm in that there’s a big dose of tranquility served with its natural beauty.
Roll your finger up and down a map of Australia’s east coast above Brisbane and star attractions include the Sunshine Coast, the Whitsundays, Bundaberg and Cairns. It’s all about sunshine, beach and some amazing aquatic activities for anyone on a road trip.
Even beautiful Fraser Island trumps its mainland brothers for luring visitors, while Hervey Bay, right opposite the World Heritage-listed sand island, often slips under the radar.
But the truth is, Hervey Bay holds the aces as far as being an ideal destination for visitors on the road, especially families. With a fully fuelled Brisbane campervan rental snapped up for no more than $70 a day through DriveNow , I set off north on a three-hour road trip with the family aboard, and 290km later along the Bruce Highway we arrived.
After spending time at this wonderful location, I have five great reasons why you should explore Hervey Bay:
Check out the mighty Humpback whales. Each year thousands of humpbacks migrate 5000km to the eastern coast of Australia and Hervey Bay’s protected waters means it’s like a holiday hotspot for the “Humpies” each year from mid June to November as they stop off and socialize. Get there in August for the muggings, it’s breathtaking! Try http://www.tasmanventure.com.au for a cool whale watching tour.
The food. Hervey Bay may be regional but it’s dishing up a melting pot of great eating options that rival those of the bigger capital cities. Try Café Balaena on the Marina for super brekkies and lunches, while Coast is a standout for fine dining and Thai Yum Yum in Bideford St is, ahem, yum yum on the takeaway front.
Jump on a camel. Fraser Coast Camel Safaris provide an awesome way to explore the beach and learn a little about Hervey Bay while hanging with your new furry friends including Elvis, Jimmy, Gobe, and Karbull. Book the tour here.
Wetside Water Education Park is an absolute blast if you’re keen to entertain the kids!
Speaking of water, you can’t stay in Hervey Bay and not visit Aquavue Café Watersports – for the café and also to jump in a jetboat or hire a jetski or kayak.
From lush tropics to desert landscapes, Australia is never short of providing that perfect holiday backdrop. And to provide some inspiration for that next holiday, our friends at Tourism Australia have captured some of the most dramatic and stunning sceneries our country has to offer.
Be sure to take a peak at their new video and discover your next Australian hot spot. There is even more inspiration below to help you find some of Australia’s most unique experiences and attractions – all the while staying with BIG4!
Exmouth exists because in the 1960s the USA chose it as a site for a military base. Thirteen low frequency radio towers sit on the edge of town. These used to be used to send signals to submarines as far away as San Francisco. Exmouth used to be like a little USA, with imported left hand drive cars, baseball diamond, bowling alley and various other American entertainments. This was all shut down as a result of September 11.
But Exmouth has survived the US abandonment for one main reason; it is literally the gateway to the brilliant Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. The biodiversity of the park is amazing, considering its size. It is also the only place in the world you are practically guaranteed to see the wonderfully mysterious whale sharks from March to July.
As we are heading further up the coast of Western Australia and inland to national parks, Carnarvon will probably be the last biggish town we pass through for close to a month. We decided to stop here at BIG4 Plantation Caravan Park for several days to relax, enjoy the facilities and stock up on essentials.
When planning this trip around Australia, one of the major highlights for me was South Western Australia. Growing up in NSW, most of my friends and family rarely travelled outside its borders, so I learned nothing about WA. I assumed that besides the desert, it was all pretty much the same as home.
For an authentic Australian outdoor holiday experience, tour the Capricorn region of Queensland. From unspoiled beaches and sparkling azure seas to the breathtaking scenery of Cania Gorge National Park, experience a laid back holiday in what is described as a country-coast-reef smorgasbord. Make sure you pack the fishing rods along with your sense of adventure!
What better way to ward off the post-holiday blues than to start thinking about your next holiday. It’s also a good time to reflect on how we can help communities in flood-affected areas. After the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, communities made it clear that people could help by visiting the region and helping to get business back on track. There is barely a state in Australia that has not been affected by flooding in some way, so your support will be welcome in any region, especially Queensland which has been hit the hardest. Fortunately, as BIG4 Parks remained high and dry, many were able to provide a safe haven for displaced travellers, locals and volunteers.
For now, I thought I would tell you about one of my personal favourite holiday destinations, and that’s Tasmania.