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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BIG4 Tweed Billabong opens ‘Green Cauldron Kitchen and Lounge’

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new camp kitchen – ‘Australia’s Green Cauldron Kitchen and Lounge’.

The brand new kitchen and lounge is themed and named after the local area – ‘Australia’s Green Cauldron’ – which has been recognised for its outstanding natural beauty and cultural significance under the National Landscapes Program. Through the opening of the kitchen and lounge, the park aims to help spread the word about the beauty and diversity of Australia’s Green Cauldron and encourages guests to explore the whole region.

BIG4 Tweed Billabong’s Green Cauldron Kitchen and Lounge

Through the opening of the kitchen and lounge, the park aims to help spread the word about the beauty and diversity of Australia’s Green Cauldron and encourages guests to explore the whole region.

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BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park hosts doggy day out

Doggy Day at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

Put on your best collar and paint your paw-nails, BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is gearing up for the canine event of the year to celebrate their new dog play park, the first of its kind for the BIG4 group nationally.

Put on your best collar and paint your paw-nails, BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is gearing up for the canine event of the year to celebrate their new dog play park, the first of its kind for the BIG4 group nationally.

BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is opening their gates to the local community on Saturday 29 March, welcoming guests of the two and four-legged kind to enjoy a day of doggy themed activities including a sausage sizzle hosted by the RSPCA. Continue reading

Plan your next adventure through South Australia with BIG4′s suggested travel itinerary

The Breakaways near Coober Pedy in South Australia

Visit The Breakaway in Coober Pedy while staying at BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort

There’s a state where a 130 million year old river lazily winds its way through grape vines heavy with fruit waiting to be turned into rich wine with deep soul and character. It’s a place where sea lions bask on white sands, pelicans soar over pristine lagoons and koalas doze in lofty eucalypts. It’s home to 3,800 kilometres of rugged coastlines, humming urban centres, ancient ranges and a vast, peaceful outback. The perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, South Australia offers travellers the experience of a lifetime, and by following this BIG4 Holiday Parks itinerary, you won’t miss a moment. Continue reading

A new addition to the BIG4 family –
BIG4 Solitary Islands Resort in Wooli

Aerial view of BIG4 Solitary Islands Resort
Aerial view of BIG4 Solitary Islands Resort

BIG4 Solitary Islands Resort is a picturesque park situated on 18 landscaped acres on the banks of the Wooli River, just more than 100 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour. The family friendly resort boasts access to a huge range of resort-style facilities including a 12 metre heated pool with waterslide and spa, toddlers’ pool, 18 hole mini golf course, giant jumping pillow, go-karts and a brand new interactive playground that kids absolutely adore. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boats are also available for free hire from the resort so guests can explore the peaceful Wooli River region from the water. Continue reading

Get inspired with travel ideas at the 2014 Caravan & Camping Shows

 

Are you looking for travel inspiration for your next Australian holiday?

Then, you simply can’t miss this year’s Caravan & Camping Shows coming to a city near you. Showcasing the latest in caravan and camping, each show will demonstrate everything you need to plan your next Australian holiday all in the one location. And what’s more, we’ll be there to inspire you with travel ideas, advice, tips and your chance to win neat prizes from BIG4 and BIG4 Loyalty Partners including Continue reading