BIG4 parks with mini-golf facilities

State of Origin. Bledisloe Cup. Olympic Games. FIFA World Cup. While all are epic sporting contests, none compares to the feeling of competing in the BIG4 Mini-Golf Masters*.

Mini-golf is a superb holiday activity: it’s fun and easy to play for families, groups, and couples. You can’t beat the convenience of having these facilities at the doorstep of your holiday accommodation, and fortunately BIG4 parks throughout Australia have on-site mini-golf courses.

Tee up your own friendly competition by booking your next stay at a BIG4 park with mini-golf facilities. They’re all listed below.

Location: BIG4 Port Fairy Holiday Park, VIC.
Location: BIG4 Port Fairy Holiday Park, VIC.

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Best places in Australia to experience water sports

We might live in the driest inhabited continent on earth but look all around and you’ll spot water. Lots of it. Australia is encircled by thousands of kilometres of breathtaking coastline, which gifts us with an incredible aquatic playground.

Yet with so much coastline to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start or where to go to next for an unforgettable scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, or kayaking experience.

Don’t be sunk by information overload. We’ve done the hard work for you and found the best places to indulge in water-based leisure. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, there are plenty of world-class locations scattered all across the country.

It’s time to hit the water…

Australia has a wealth of magnificent spots to enjoy abundant water sports.

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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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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.

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

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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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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.

Portrait of a man setting up a tent on a camping trip
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.

two happy kids in the car

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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.

baby  on the shores of the sea

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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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