7 of the best holiday parks to stay at sans kids
Kids and camping are a great combination, but unless you want to spend your holidays listening to other people’s children having fun, you’ll need to get off the beaten track when it comes to holiday parks.
Save kid-friendly parks with waterslides and swing sets for when you have children in tow or low season when they all should be at school.
Instead, join other grey nomads and take the less-beaten path where the rewards are still plentiful and quiet reigns supreme.
Palm Cove Holiday Park, Palm Cove
This is the sort of place you’ll never want to leave. Perfectly positioned close to a long stretch of beach and an enviable selection of restaurants and cafes, Palm Cove tops it all off with a jetty where the fish queue up for a date with your hook.
Settle in for a sunset viewing here, and all other spots are going to look a little less shiny. Palm Cove Holiday Park has affordable sites, free Wi-Fi and you can bring your dog. Find it just a few clicks up the highway from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.
Noosa River Holiday Park, Noosaville
Grab onto that Noosa feeling with a relaxed stay at Noosa River Holiday Park at Noosaville. With the glorious Noosa River on your doorstep, you can wander the tree-shaded riverwalk, enjoy a riverside barbeque with friends or throw in a line and catch your dinner.
Perfect for boaties, the river offers plenty of offshore options including fishing and crabbing. Nothing like steaming your own mud crab. Noosa’s famous beaches, Hastings Street and National Park are all only a ferry ride away, and the Wi-Fi is free.
Julia Creek Caravan Park, Julia Creek
They breed ‘em tough in Julia Creek, just like the town’s feisty little marsupial dunnart, and there’s a real community spirit here. At Julia Creek Caravan Park, you will be welcomed like family and treated to a bush dinner on Monday nights where fine local produce is part of the menu and a local yarn around the campfire mandatory.
Did you know this is beef and red claw country? Expect some fine eating and don’t forget to bring your furry friend along for the ride, as this park is pet-friendly. Find it on the Flinders Highway between Mount Isa and Townsville.
Blue Gem Tourist Park, Sapphire
If you’re not hooked on the thrill of finding a fine coloured sapphire hiding in the dirt, you will be after a visit to Queensland’s Sapphire Gemfields near Emerald in Central Queensland. Head out to the hills with your pick, shovel and sieve or pull up at Blue Gem Tourist Park in Sapphire, on the banks of Retreat Creek.
This is where some of the area’s first sapphires were discovered, and regular rainfall means the creek banks are still revealing prizes regularly. The Blue Gem makes it easy to fossick with help from staff and equipment on hand. Perhaps you’ll find your fortune here.
Cape York Camping, Punsand Bay
Cape York Camping Punsand Bay is the place to watch the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean and sunset over the Indian Ocean, spot some birds or just relax on the beach. It’s also a legendary fishing spot so be prepared to eat your fill of barramundi, coral trout and trevally.
You’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to get to this beachfront camping ground, but the wood-fired pizzas are worth the drive. Your pet is welcome too.
Goondiwindi Holiday Park, Goondiwindi
Say goodbye to your aches and pains with a long session in the mineral-rich waters of the artesian spa at Goondiwindi Holiday Park.
You’ll feel as though you are relaxing at a five-star resort after a session in the pool. People and pet-friendly, the free internet, damper hot from the coals and regular friendly sausage sizzles make this park a must-stop.
Yarraman Caravan Park, South Burnett
This tree-filled park is a great base from which to explore the tall rainforest-clad slopes of the Bunyas and the open plains around Kingaroy with a wine and food trail map. Don’t forget to take an Esky for all your local food purchases.