IF you love the great outdoors and the idea of pitching a tent or parking your wheels in a caravan holiday park somewhere on our great land Down Under, it makes perfect sense that many of you will also love the idea of chasing a little white ball around the fairways. Head south and the great thing about Barwon Heads Caravan Park on the Great Ocean Road is not only is the venue a five minute drive from the lush fairways of Barwon Heads Golf Club (or a 15-20 minute walk), there’s also a great IGA supermarket nearby for shopping and a pub across the road so you can drown your sorrows after all those mulligans your wife allowed you on the fifth hole. Oh yeah, and there are little drawcards right nearby called the beach and Barwon River. It’s where the river meets the sea.
This beachside golf course gets quite challenging with the windy conditions and is very cold in winter, but the views and location more than make up for that. It’s complemented by a terrific clubhouse, too, which overlooks the course.
Kuranda Rainforest and Accommodation Park, QLD
Some like it rough in paradise, and Paradise Palms certainly delivers on both fronts: there’s some outstanding scenery thanks to the McAlister Ranges lining this course, but navigating the fairways is extremely challenging with more than 90 bunkers preying on your golf shots when you find away to elude the water. Arguably Tropical North Queensland’s most beautiful course, Paradise Palms is only half an hour drive from Kuranda Rainforest and Accommodation Park, a beauty with poolside units, rainforest cabins, a backpackers and ample camping sites.
BIG4 NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Park, NSW
Set on dazzling Arrawarra Beach on the NSW Mid North Coast, this eco-friendly park spans 110 acres of coastal forest overflowing with native wildlife. So when you’re not slamming a hole in one the nine-hole beach front golf course, this is a perfect place to take time out and relax with the family, partner or friends.
The four-star tropical getaway provides accommodation to suit all comers, including brand new Plantation Villas, modern three bedroom Gumnut Villas, family cabins on the lagoon and an almost endless supply of large caravan, RV and camping sites.
If the golf’s not treating you well, you can always head back to the park and turn your hand to a game of tennis or lawn bowls. Darlington Beach is also known for it’s excellent heated pool with water-slides, go-karts, BMX track and arcade games along with table tennis and air hockey in the games area.
Discovery Parks Kalgoorlie, WA
If beachside locations and rain forests don’t tickle your fancy, maybe some desert views out west will inspire you to hit that next hole in one. Kalgoorlie Golf Course is an 18-hole pearler designed by the legendary Graham Marsh with its rugged desert layout in the heart of the Outback in Western Australia. Only 10km away is Discovery Parks Kalgoorlie in Burt St with its great range of untis, A-framed chalets and cabins, and a range of sites, powered and some with ensuites.
When you’re not hitting the fairways or relaxing in the park, head into town and check out the Royal Flying Doctors Visitor Centre and take a look at Australia’s largest open cut mine at the Golden Mile Super Pit Lookout.
BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park, SA
Many South Aussies will tell you the best place to test your swing and let rip with some big hits on the fairways at the nearby Adelaide Shores 18-hole public golf course – it’s clearly one of the best golf facilities in the state. Literally a five to 10 minute walk up the road is BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park, a multi-award winning 4.5-star venue in perched right by the seaside right on West Beach in Adelaide. After you’ve smacked a few winning drives down the fairways of the public course, take a short drive around the corner for a relaxing day exploring the charming seaside resort of Glenelg on the shores of Holdfast Bay – well worth a visit is the The Beachouse family entertainment centre. For those looking for a little retail therapy, the Adelaide city centre and Harbour Town shopping districts offer a unique shopping experience just five minutes from the park.
Practice your putting with a game of minigolf or tennis at the park where cosy cabins and spacious ensuite campsites are some of the best in the country. The park even offers eco-tents for those really wanting an outdoor experience while camping. These permanent, furnished tents are ideal for those who enjoy the camping experience but would like to simplify the packing and set up of a normal tent to make the most of their time on holiday.