BIG4′s Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

BIG4's Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie is a pastry or crumbed biscuit based dessert that originated from England in the early 1970′s and is a combination of banana and toffee. This classic dessert is sure to satisfy the sweetest tooth and only takes 30 minutes to prepare.

This recipe comprises of a biscuit crust however it is possible to use shortcrust pastry if you prefer.

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There’s nothing like Australia

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!

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Australian food bloggers create healthier style of camp cooking

While the sausage sizzle is a family favourite, BIG4 challenged bloggers Christie from Fig & Cherry and Sheryl from One Bite More to explore some healthier camp meal alternatives.

Using the Park facilities at BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park, the challenge resulted in mouth-watering Cajun Chicken with Grilled Vegetables and Polenta as well as Healthy Chicken Sausage Rolls and Sweet Potato Oven Chips.

Healthy and low cost meals from Australian food bloggers

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Clean sweep for BIG4 Holiday Parks at State Tourism Awards

Clean sweep for BIG4 Holiday Parks at State Tourism Awards

BIG4 Holiday Parks can verify its claim of being Australia’s favourite holiday park provider, after a clean sweep at the 2011 State Tourism Awards held across the country throughout November.

At each of the seven awards nights, BIG4 Holiday Parks were recognised as the best in the sector, taking out the highly competitive ‘Caravan and Tourist Park’ category, which recognises holiday parks that offer the best overall tourism experience.

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BIG4 goes Mobile!

BIG4 Holiday Parks is excited to announce the launch of the perfect on-road companion – the BIG4 mobile website.

BIG4.com.au has been customised to suit most mobile smartphones. The site is fully integrated with email, social media, GPS and more, giving you the option to contact Parks, share with your friends and even find directions to BIG4 Parks via Google Maps.

BIG4 Mobile

BIG4's brand new mobile website

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Water fun for everyone

I’m very lucky to be able to visit BIG4 Holiday Parks around Australia as part of my job at BIG4. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of staying at BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park in New South Wales. The trip from Melbourne is relatively easy – just over 3.5 hours – and the destination is definitely worthwhile!

As you come through the entrance of BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park, it’s easy to slip into holiday mode, but as you drive around the corner it’s the unexpected beauty of the Edward River that really takes visitors by surprise. You’re immediately ready to relax on a private balcony when you see the gorgeous cabins lining the riverfront.

The sun rising over the Edward River, viewed from the balcony of a Riverfront Deluxe Cabin

The sun rising over the Edward River, viewed from the balcony of a Riverfront Deluxe Cabin

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Rob Mills has a ‘taste’ for mussels at Queenscliff

BIG4 Beacon Resort had some special guests for lunch in June. Rob Mills and the crew from What’s Up Downunder (Channel 7) visited Queenscliff in Victoria to film an interview with BIG4 Beacon Resort owner Lorraine. “We chose the sunny balcony of our new Port Phillip Villa and introduced presenter, Rob Mills, to some local treats,” says Lorraine.

Rob Mills and Lorraine enjoying the afternoon sunshine at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Rob Mills and Lorraine enjoying the afternoon sunshine at BIG4 Beacon Resort

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Exmouth, a snorkellers delight

With thanks to guest blogger Sharon Smith

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.

Snorkelling in Turquoise Bay, photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Snorkelling in Turquoise Bay, photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

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Vine-ripened bananas are not just for kids

With thanks to guest blogger Sharon Smith

As we are heading further up the coast of Western Australia and inland to some 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.

BIG4 Plantation Caravan Park playground

Our kids had fun on the playground

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Must have camping essentials

Some time ago Time magazine published a list of the best travel gadgets, but I have to confess that none of the items on the list would make it onto mine. And that begs the question – what would be on your list?

So let’s focus on camping … and find something we can all identify with. When we asked people to let us know their must have camping essentials, we received some great tips. A list was high on the list and so was a sense of adventure.

Camping at BIG4 Katherine Low Level Caravan Park

Camping at BIG4 Katherine Low Level Caravan Park

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