Category Archives: Tips and travel advice

Whether on road or off road, we have plenty of great tips and sound advice to make your break easier, smoother, and more enjoyable.

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 compelling reasons to buy a camper trailer

Presented by Trading Post – Australia’s favourite way to buy and sell caravans, campervans, and motorhomes.

You can’t beat an upgrade, and if you’re a fan of camping you may have thought about a step up in your holiday accommodation – buying a camper trailer.

Camper trailers make a great home away from home when travelling around the countryside. They are compact yet open up or fold out to create a comfy camping space, as well as allow for the addition of several creature comforts.

Is a camper trailer right for you? Find out, as we explore the positives of camper trailer travel.

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Hit the road with a camper trailer in tow.

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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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Caravan versus motorhome – which one should you buy?

Presented by Trading Post – Australia’s favourite way to buy and sell caravans, campervans, and motorhomes.

Ford or Holden. Liberal or Labor. NRL or AFL. B1 or B2. There are some things that really polarise us Aussies.

You can add another category to that list: caravan or motorhome. This is a duo that divides a nation, resulting in fervent debate on discussion forums, around water coolers, and in pub front bars.

If you’re deciding between purchasing a caravan or a motorhome, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the passionate arguments put forward by those in the corner of Team Caravan or Team Motorhome.

While these comments are mostly helpful, it’s best to back up the truck (or caravan or motorhome) and begin at the beginning. Let’s consider the key points when looking to purchase each mode of transport and allow the journey to take its course from there.

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It’s an argument that divides the nation. We explore which vehicle is superior.

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Vital tips for setting up a tent

We have you figured out. You’re someone who flirts with the idea of camping but – as it wasn’t a part of your childhood – you’ve consigned it to the ‘I’ll do it one day’ category. It’s sitting alongside ‘go skydiving’ and ‘try karaoke sober’.

And we also know what most terrifies you about camping: you don’t know how to set up a tent. We get it – it’s like admitting that you’ve never seen Star Wars. You expect to be judged, ridiculed, and de-friended.

There’s no need to worry – we’re here to help. Our top tips for setting up a tent will ensure you’re an expert at it in no time.

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Going camping and setting up a tent for the first time isn’t as scary as it may seem.

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Tips for extended travel with your child during the school term

Should you take your child or children out of school to go travelling? Guest blogger Janelle Boynton explores this interesting topic in her latest article.

To travel or not to travel with kids during the school term? This is a question you may have grappled with as a parent. I’ll declare my position straight away – I’m definitely in the pro-travel corner.

Recently, my husband and I took our children out of school for a whole term to go travelling. I believe the experience of travel provided our children with a host of benefits.

However, if you are going to take your children away for an extended time, you need to be prepared. So here is my guide to giving children an education on the road.

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7 useful tips for travelling with an infant

How do you prepare for travel with an infant? Recently, this tough query came across our desks from a BIGNews reader, Christie, who was preparing for her first holiday adventure with a small child in tow.

Christie wrote: “Hoping to get some advice for holidaying with a baby. We are about to head away for the first time with our eight month old.”

We put Christie’s question to our Facebook audience, and the response was overwhelming. And as there must be a lot more Christies out there, we decided to bundle up this cot-load of great advice to share with a wider audience.

Because there’s no better guidance for what to do when travelling with a small child than listening to those who have first-hand experience.

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8 healthy road-trip snacks

A pie and sauce washed down with soft drink from a roadhouse. Or maybe a burger and fries at a fast-food joint. Do these sound like your go-to options when on a road trip?

It might seem like a hassle to eat healthy food when you’re on the road, but it’s actually a breeze. Simply check out our list of healthy road-trip snacks and you can start your journey off on the right foot (or wheel).

These goodies are simple to prepare, or to grab on the go, and won’t hammer the holiday budget. Enjoy!

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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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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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