Australia’s Top Holiday Parks for Kids, State by State
November 15, 2022 • Campermate
10 min read
Looking to take the family on a vacation?
Picking the right place to stay is vital when planning a family holiday away with your kids. Both time off and money is precious, so you want to make sure you get it right.
You need the right facilities, the right location and the right vibe. With thousands of Holiday Parks available, we thought we would help you narrow down some options with these award winning, family-friendly Holiday Parks that you can add to your accommodation shortlist.
If you're looking to have some fun new adventures with your kids on your holiday, check out our Guide to Fishing with Kids!
In the mean time, here are some awesome places to stay - all award winners with "Holidays with Kids" and Travellers Choice Awards.
Award Winning Family Friendly Parks
Every year our mates at Holidays with Kids ask their readers to vote for their favourite holiday parks across the country. The awards are an opportunity to recognise holiday parks in each state that offer something extra special – whether that’s impeccable guest services, outstanding facilities, a jam-packed calendar of kids events, an unbeatable holiday location, or in most cases, a combination of all these things.
What’s clear is these parks all go the extra mile to accommodate families, with many investing in a range of facilities that’ll leave your kids’ eyes bulging. Think waterslides, cinemas, flying foxes, bike tracks, mini golf, kids’ club activities, go-karting, petting zoos and arcade games to name just a few. And all this in addition to imaginative accommodation options such as safari tents, pods and onsite vintage caravans.
We’ve rounded up some of best holiday parks in each state below.
New South Wales
Big4 Easts Beach Holiday Park
One of Australia’s best family holiday destinations and caravan parks. They have a stunning location right on the beach, quality accommodation and great facilities, including a new pool complex, indoor games room, jumping pillow and kids playground.
This multi-award winning park is just 30 minutes from the beautiful Byron Bay. It is packed with things to do for the kids including an onsite waterpark and huge indoor playground and games room
Located in Umina Beach on the NSW Central Coast, just 90 minutes from Sydney, but a world away from the hustle and bustle. This park has a stunning beachfront location that sets the scene for an unforgettable stay. They have a daily kids club, resort-style pools, a waterpark plus an onsite café!
You’ll have an extra spring in your step at Reflections Holiday Parks Urunga - and who can blame you when you’re staying in one of the prettiest places on the Coffs Coast? Take some time away from the everyday and feel rejuvenated and refreshed in this relaxing riverside sanctuary complete with beach walks and a playground to keep the littlies busy1
Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut Holiday Park
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort has developed an enviable reputation as one of the state's leading family resort holiday parks complete with a massive pool and water park complex, mini golf, games area and giant playground. It offers an atmosphere that is genuinely warm, friendly, relaxed and welcoming with an incredibly dedicated team of staff to ensure an unforgettable holiday for you and your family,
BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is located in prime position when looking for Gold Coast tourist parks. It is the nearest caravan park to the Gold Coast Theme Parks with family and pooch friendly accommodation. With a monster Water Park and outdoor pool area, located next to an onsite café, it's the perfect place to base yourself.
Few holiday parks compare in popularity to this award-winning Holiday Park in Tropical North Queensland. In fact, if you looked up the definition of ‘kid’s paradise’, you’re likely to see it's description. Sure, World Heritage-listed icons might lure you out of the park’s surrounds but you can expect to walk away with holiday memories of what’s inside the park’s gates too; between the two swimming pools, slides, splash park and pedal cars. If timing your visit for school holidays, be sure to call ahead to find out what activities are planned in-park – so parents can have some well earnt downtime and kids can burn off energy.
Ingenia Holidays Beacon Resort
Looking for a touch of luxe during your next family getaway? Set your sights on Ingenia Holidays Queenscliff Beacon for a dose of relaxation and rejuvenation on the Bellarine Peninsula. In less than 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne CBD, you can be checking into a little slicew of coastal paradise complete with games room, tennis court and a stunning beach.
You’ll find this stunning holiday park located on Anderson Inlet, close to nearby natural attractions of Phillip Island and Wilson’s Promontory, a short 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne’s CBD. Spend your days exploring the seaside village of Inverloch, which is nestled at the mouth of Anderson Inlet, a protected bay where the Tarwin River enters the Bass Strait. Swim at the region’s turquoise beaches or enjoy a picnic along its foreshore. Onsite there is a massive play ground and indoor pool and water park, while they also have a skate park, sports courts and other things to keep the kids busy!
Camp in comfort at Ballarat’s award winning boutique holiday park. An easy 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne and located 300m from Sovereign Hill. This Holiday Park is a complete experience offering a choice family friendly facilities including indoor playland, jumping pillow, sensory room, pool, spa and huge playground.
Marion Holiday Park
This multi award winning Holiday Park is situated on the banks of the mighty Murray River in Renmark, South Australia and has almost 1km of gorgeous river frontage where you can enjoy uninterrupted river views from your chosen accommodation, Onsite it has a massive pool complex along with spa, games room, tennis court and more.
Nestled within 1.2km of stunning coastline, BIG4 West Beach Parks is a holiday destination loved by families, couples, friends, groups and just about everyone else! With a lovely pool and water play area to go along with its huge indoor games room, mini golf and other activities, its a family favourite.
Marion Holiday Park offers the complete holiday experience with resort-style accommodation, lush tropical gardens, and world-class facilities – it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. It has a massive lagoon-style pool along with a spa, waterpark, heated indoor pool, jumping pillow, playgropund and more. There is so much to do here, it's a holiday in itself and you won't want to leave!
- Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park, Busselton Mandalay Holiday Resort
Mandalay Holiday Resort & Tourist Park, situated between Busselton and Dunsborough in Western Australia, is your perfect destination. It is a unique beach resort with a range of facilities, perfect for everyone, whether you just want to relax at the resort or use it as a base for your adventures. It has a pool complex, massive playground and giant slides all onsite.
Busselton is 'kool for kids, fun for families and perfect for parents'! With a reputation built on providing a truly memorable experience that is friendly and relaxed. At Busselton, their focus is on providing family friendly facilities and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy while dad and mum relax. Their outdoor pool with a splash and play zone is a big hit with kids of all ages. The giant jumping pillow, adventure playground and NEOS360 playzone provide great opportunities for the kids to burn off some excess energy.
Set in a relaxed natural environment, BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park is a gorgeous holiday destination 10 minutes from the center of Albany, Western Australia. Surrounded by native Peppermint trees and just meters from the beach. There are plenty of facilities and activities for the entire family to enjoy including a playground, BBQ areas, jumping pillow, and mini golf, as well as being just a short walk from the pristine Emu Beach.
Darwin FreeSpirit Resort
Located just 5 minutes from Alice Springs, this is a convenient spot to base yourself on your next adventure to the Northern Territory. Central to many of the NT’s natural wonders and attractions like Kings Canyon (approximately 332km) and Glen Helen (133km), Discovery Parks – Alice Springs provides travellers a home away from home to rest and recharge for the next day, perfect for travelling with kids. While at the park, the onsite swimming pool and indoor games room give you plenty of places to escape the NT heat,
- Darwin FreeSpirit Resort, Holtze
Nestled amongst tropical gardens, swaying palms and situated just 15 minutes drive south of the Darwin CBD, you’ll discover our idyllic tropical haven that is a favourite amongst families. With its massive pool complex, shaded jumping pillows and games area, the kids will love it here - and the onsite bar makes it just as fun for the parents!
Camp amongst the forest at hidden valley, a lovely off the beaten track Holiday Park to get the kids off the grid. With a pool and playground, there is plenty at the park to entertain the kids while the surrounding area has some great local experiences to try.
Captain Cook Holiday Park
This holiday park is in a great central location for travelling families wanting to explore Northern Tasmania, an area packed with local attractions and things to do. That being said, there will be plenty to keep the family occupied at your home away from home, with the holiday park siutated on a 16 acre elevated city retreat boasting the most stunning views of the Launceston city and Tamar Valley and a sandy playground for the young ones to play in.
Accessible by vehicular ferry from Kettering in South East Tasmania, Captain Cook is located in the heart of Adventure Bay, directly opposite a beautiful, safe beach and within walking distance of the National Parks. While the park has a playground and covered area for indoor games, it is the perfect picturesque location to base yourself at whilst exploring the many attractions Bruny Island has to offer and its wonderful wildlife.
Located directly opposite the beach and just 15 minutes to the Spirit of Tasmania Devonport terminal, it's the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the scenic Cradle Mountain, Leven Canyon, Penguin, Burnie, Devonport, Sheffield and seaside town of Stanley while it does also have a playground on site for the times you just want to relax at your home away from home.
It goes without saying that these parks represent only a fraction of the winners from over the years, with plenty of other fantastic accommodation options out there for families. Be sure to head to Holidays with Kids after your own travels to cast your vote for your favourite parks.
Have a family favourite that isn't on this list? Get in touch so we can look into it!