Enjoy the fabulous South Coast – Limited Mobility Travelling Itinerary (350km)

If you are looking to explore the fabulous South Coast of New South Wales and you or one of your travelling companions has reduced or limited mobility, we have prepared a travel itinerary that will help you choose accommodation at BIG4 Holiday Parks to suit your needs.

***When booking your reduced or limited mobility accommodation, please phone the individual Parks and discuss your requirements to make sure they have accommodation available that will suit your needs.***

Rock formations in Kiama on the New South Wales South Coast.

Rock formations in Kiama on the New South Wales South Coast.

If you’re feeling like a breath of fresh air or a short break to recharge your batteries, the beautiful South Coast of NSW beckons with some spectacular scenery and adventure experiences. Crystal-clear bays and lakes, uncrowded beaches and beautiful rivers are perfect year-round for fishing, diving, canoeing and boating while the pristine bushland is enjoyed by bush walkers, bird-lovers and cycling enthusiasts.

The South Coast takes pride in the richness of their cultural assets. From their many festivals; their extensive and quality artistic scene; their several craft and artisan villages as well as their unique indigenous and European heritage, the region offers a much broader dimension to the visitor, to complement the attractions of our beautiful natural environment.

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The Pacific Ocean Coastline – from Gold Coast to Sydney – Limited Mobility Travelling Itinerary (1069km)

Do you want to discover the Pacific Ocean Coastline from The Gold Coast to Sydney but you or one of your travelling companion’s requires limited mobility access on accommodation? Well this BIG4 Holiday Parks travel itinerary may be just what you need to conquer the Pacific Coast.

***When booking your reduced or limited mobility accommodation, please phone the individual Parks and discuss your requirements to make sure they have accommodation available that will suit your needs.***

Bouddi Point on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Bouddi Point on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Heading south from the Gold Coast along the Pacific Ocean coastline to the Central Coast, this scenic drive takes you through some of the most striking landscapes in NSW. An almost continuous line of surf beaches, national parks and a hinterland of rolling green hills and friendly villages make this a great drive. There are plenty of attractions, adventures and fun for the whole family. The North Coast has some of the best, and most well-known, beaches in Australia at Byron Bay, Lennox Head, the Mid North Coast with Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, Port Stephens and Newcastle.

Whale watching is popular at many locations along the North Coast. During their northern migration, most whales come within 3km of the NSW coast so you can see them from headlands and lookouts in national parks. Some popular spots on the North Coast are Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Bundjalung National Park (Iluka Bluff), Yuraygir National Park (Angourie Point), Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve (Coffs Harbour), Hat Head National Park (Smoky Head), Tomaree National Park (Tomaree Head at Port Stephens) and Wyrrabalong National Park (Crackneck Lookout).

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Explore Perth and surrounds – Limited Mobility Travelling Itinerary (378km)

This travel itinerary will help you discover the wonders of Southern Western Australia. If you or one of your companions has reduced or limited mobility, check out the accommodation options at BIG4 Holiday Parks along the way.

***When booking your reduced or limited mobility accommodation, please phone the individual Parks and discuss your requirements to make sure they have accommodation available that will suit your needs.***

Busselton Jetty in Busselton, Western Australia. The longest  timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere

Busselton Jetty in Western Australia. The longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere

For an extraordinary holiday, you need to go to an extraordinary destination. So if you’re looking to step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on earth, you’ve come to the right place – Western Australia. With Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth embraces a relaxed outdoor lifestyle. Explore the 400 hectares of Kings Park in the city or the inviting clear waters and spectacular sunsets at Cottesloe Beach.

Head south to the port city of Fremantle where the fascinating maritime history blends with an open, multicultural energy. Take a short ferry ride to Rottnest Island, a city escape for swimming, snorkelling, fishing and relaxing. Further down the coast, you’ll find Rockingham, home to an abundant array of marine life including pods of wild dolphins that regularly visit.

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Tour the Top End – Limited Mobility Travelling Itinerary (757km)

Are you looking to tour the Top End but you or one of your companions has reduced or limited mobility? We have designed this BIG4 Holiday Parks travel itinerary which will take your from Batchelor to Lake Kununurra where you can discover the desert delights of Northern Australia.

***When booking your reduced or limited mobility accommodation, please phone the individual Parks and discuss your requirements to make sure they have accommodation available that will suit your needs.***

Katherine, Northern Territory

Katherine, Northern Territory

From scenic flights, crocodile cruises and fishing charters to camel rides, overnight walks and waterhole swims, you’re spoilt for choice in the NT. Travel from laidback Darwin and through the amazing wilderness of Kakadu National Park. Along the way tap into Aboriginal art and culture, swim in the cool, clear waterholes of Litchfield National Park, spot cranky crocs on the banks of Katherine Gorge and camp beneath a blanket of stars. There’s something for everyone on this ultimate Top End adventure – a land of natural beauty, mysticism and wonder.

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Jumping for joy!

It’s time to bring fun back with bounce!  Enjoyed by all ages, Jumping Pillows and Inflatable Trampolines are an absolute hit at BIG4 Holiday Parks!

Kids and adults alike will love playing together on Jumping Pillows or Inflatable Trampolines all day long. Kids will stay on the Jumping Pillows/Inflatable Trampolines for hours and hours – they just keep jumping and inventing new games! The bounce from one child (or adult) has very little effect on any other person making it a safe and fun activity for all ages.

We have taken the time to put together a list of all of the BIG4 Holiday Parks that have Jumping Pillows or Inflatable Trampolines installed at their park, to help you choose your next family holiday.

Children enjoying the Jumping Pillow at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

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BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park raises heart rates with new interactive playground

Guests at BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park in Busselton WA can look forward to an exciting and action-packed stay with the introduction of the NEOS 360 electronic play-system.

The NEOS is 360 degrees of head-spinning, body-twisting, heart-pounding competitive fun, combining the speed and fun of electronic games with the explosive movement of aerobic exercise to create an exciting playground attraction for all ages.

Kids get their work out on the NEOS 360 electronic play-system at BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park in Busselton WA.

Kids get their work out on the NEOS 360 electronic play-system at BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park in Busselton WA.

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Make a splash at BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park this winter

The new water complex has a large swimming pool, a toddler splash area with interactive ground sprays, a slide and an impressive waterfall topped with rainforest plants.

The new water complex has a large swimming pool, a toddler splash area with interactive ground sprays, a slide and an impressive waterfall topped with rainforest plants.

Visitors to BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park have a new way to warm up this winter, with the opening of a brand new $1 million indoor heated pool complex. Custom designed for BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park, the new facility opened just in time for families to enjoy a splash in the cooler months.

The new water complex, located just off Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, boasts a large swimming pool, a toddler splash area with interactive ground sprays, a slide and an impressive waterfall topped with rainforest plants. Suitable for all ages, the water temperature is heated to 30 degrees year round, so guests can enjoy a day at the pool no matter how chilly the weather is outside.

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BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park celebrates their 30th anniversary in true Northern Territory style

BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park have just celebrated their 30th birthday! To celebrate 30 years of providing the ultimate Alice Springs holiday experience, they put on a huge free family fun day attended by more than 600 people! To mark the occasion, parks owner Brendan and Bev Heenan, along with a team of park staff, whipped up more than 550 pancakes and cooked more than 500 snags for the hungry crowd of well-wishers.

Park owner, Brennan Heanan flick pancakes for eager guests on their 30th anniversary

Park owner, Brendan Heenan flipping pancakes for eager guests on their 30th anniversary

In true Northern Territory style, visitors were also treated to camel rides, a didgeridoo performance, face painting for kids, a bouncy castle and live entertainment. Guests of the slithering kind also made an appearance thanks to a presentation from the local Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Continue reading

Camp like a champ with BIG4 Holiday Park these school holidays – 5 easy tips to make your next camping trip a breeze

School is out, the car is packed, the kids are loaded in the back and you’re about to head off on a long awaited camping trip. Camping with kids can be a great bonding experience and you can create lifetime family memories. To make sure those memories are unforgettable for the right reasons (and not because you left the tent pegs behind) follow these simple camping tips from BIG4 Holiday Parks to camp like a champ.

1. Make a list, check it twice

Making a listThere is nothing worse that arriving at your destination, only to find that you’ve left something at home. Chances are it will be a crucial component of your trip like tent pegs or torches too.

Prepare a list of camping essentials to make sure everything is packed. Sticking to the list will also mean you don’t over pack and end up digging through a bag at midnight searching for your toothbrush. Do you really need to pack that hair straightener? Strike it off the list.

2. Research activities before you go

Kayaking at InverlochIf you’re heading to a destination for the first time, research the area and local attractions before you leave. Get kids involved with the planning and pick out some attractions you can enjoy as a family.

If you single out destinations you want to visit, you can save time trawling through brochures when you arrive at your holiday destination. When booking tours, make sure you book through a tour company with positive reviews and book well in advance to avoid disappointment. The last thing you want to do is turn up and be denied entry because you don’t have a booking.

3. Set up your campsite in daylight

Depending your attitude, setting up your tent and camp site can be a breeze or a nightmare, so it’s best to tackle it in daylight to avoid anyone getting frazzled and cranky. Tents can be tricky enough on their own so make it easy on yourself by putting yours up in full light.

If you’re not a traditional camper at heart, book a cabin where you’ll enjoy a comfy bed, your own bathroom and the luxury of air-conditioning.

4. Plan for wet weather

Swimming, beach cricket, kayaking, fishing, sandcastle building…the list of holiday activities goes on, but it can get infinitely smaller if rain clouds roll in.

Pack some board games and toys to keep the little ones entertained. Older kids might enjoy brain teaser game books, crossword puzzles or sketch books. Card games are great for passing the time on rainy days, with the added bonus of family bonding thrown in.

Many BIG4 Holiday Parks host kids clubs throughout the school holidays with craft activities, cooking classes, movie nights and more. The clubs are great boredom busters and they give Mum and Dad a change to enjoy some downtime too, so make use of them.

5. Keep food simple

Camp fire cookingWhen you’re enjoying time with family and friends in a beautiful holiday destination, the last thing you want to do is spend time aimlessly wandering supermarket aisles wondering what to cook. Make sure you can create fulfilling, healthy meals for the duration of your trip by creating a meal plan before you leave home. It’s nice to eat out occasionally while holidaying, but it can get expensive when travelling as a family so cooking your own meals will save budget for fun holiday activities.

BIG4 have created a book full of quick and healthy camping recipes to tackle this challenge. All recipes can be recreated in BIG4’s fully equipped camp kitchens. Visit www.BIG4.com.au to download a copy in time for the Easter break.

For many people, a holiday is a once a year treat that can’t come soon enough. With a little preparation, you’ll enjoy a stress-free holiday making great family memories in Australia’s stunning outdoors.

To plan your next trip, visit www.BIG4.com.au and experience Australia by BIG4.

BIG4 Taunton Farm rescues two historic buildings!

The renovated Congregational Church and School

The renovated Congregational Church and School

The owners of BIG4 Taunton Farm Holiday Park in Margaret River have recently “rescued” two historic buildings from around the town of Cowaramup – a former school and an old church – and have transported them to Taunton Farm. They did this largely because they did not want to see the buildings fall in ruin.

Over the past 4 years, park owners, Rob and Julie Saunders have been restoring the two buildings – the Cowaramup School 1924 and Congregational Church 1928. They have done a stunning job bringing back the old timber floors and window frames and have also found a few treasures along the way, such as historic coins, which have been mounted with resin in the floor.

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