Regional cities may not have as much on offer as their capital cousins, but these five, with recommended caravan parks to park your wheels, pack a punch for great things to do when you’re road-tripping in a hire car or campervan throughout Australia.
BIG4 Shepparton East Holiday Park (pictured)
DO you enjoy a hit of golf? How about one of Australia’s best adventure parks for the kids? Shepparton East Holiday Park is the perfect place to plant your wheels or step it up in style and stay in a beautifully designed cedar cabin in the heart of town and close to all the action in the Goulburn Valley’s hub city.
“Shepp”, as the locals call it, also has the mod cons to complement it’s country charms by way of a cinema centre, big shopping strip, malls, arcades and markets to explore, and the mighty KidsTown – the largest outdoor adventure playground in Australia. While you’re there be sure to slip over to SPC Ardmona Factory Sales for up to 70% off on all sorts of canned fruits.
If you don’t want to venture far and simply want some R&R, Shepparton East Holiday Park has everything you need in one spot including a solar heated pool, jumping pillow, wireless internet, rec room, tennis court, barbecues, cute little country-fied playground, kiosk and camp kitchen. The cabins are exceptionally pretty, well equipped with ensuites and cleverly designed kitchens, while there are ample sites for vans and campers in great surrounds.
Discovery Holiday Parks Devonport
SET on the banks of the beautiful Mersey River in Tasmania is this excellent park as part of the Discovery Holiday Parks accommodation chain. Devonport is a coastal city of 25,000 people in the centre of Tassie’s north coast and a great location for setting up camp and exploring some of the state’s best food and wine experiences, history and beautiful national parks. The caravan park caters for caravanners and campers with en-suite powered camping and caravan sites to several cottages and cabins. A self-contained cottage sleeps five to six people and has gas log-heated fires and an en-suite bathroom, while the standard cabins are perfect for bigger families or groups. Some of the highlights of this regional city include the National Trust-listed Home Hill, the historical home of Tassie’s only Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Lyons, as well as the Don River Railway, and Christmas Hills Rasberry Farm only 15 minutes away.
BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park
IN the west, Busselton is a regional city less than an hour by car from Margaret River. BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park is right nearby the sandy beaches and beautiful ocean views of Geographe Bay. Busselton is best known for the Jetty, the longest wooden pier in the southern hemisphere. Try your hand at fishing, water skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking or sailing and after hitting the beach, wander through the main street and browse boutique fashion houses, and shops comprising homewares, surf gear and antiques. Take a detour down Fig Tree Lane and you’ll find yourself in a quaint little retail district featuring restaurants specialising in fresh local produce. BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park has a range of chalets, spa villas, jacuzzi bungalows and camping and caravan sites. Don’t forget to unwind with a glass of Margaret River-produced wine in a seriously relaxing environment.
VICTOR HARBOR, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park
AS one of the bigger coastal cities only 80km from Adelaide, Victor Harbor has no shortage of activities for travellers including whale and dolphin watching cruises, penguin spotting, McLaren Vale wineries and Greenhill Adventure Park where the kids can go wild. Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park is a popular one for caravanners and campers with a great camp kitchen, playground, jumping pillow, laundry facilities and pool/recreation room. In addition to a range of cabin accommodation there are powered sites and one and two bedroom units.
BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park
A FEW hours west of Sydney is Bathurst, a vibrant regional city that combines the best of country life with a splash of what you would expect in bigger cities. Only 4km from the city centre, BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park is a handy base for exploring all the wonders of the central west. With its historic buildings and country charm, Bathurst is one of the NSW’s most eye-catching regional cities and Australia’s oldest inland settlement. Based in the Central Tablelands of NSW, Bathurst is surrounded by former gold-rush towns and rugged scenery that has inspired many Australian painters. The town is perhaps best know to Aussies as the home of one of our biggest motor sport events – the Bathurst 1000. Make sure you check out the National Motor Racing Museum and, for the fans, you can even drive on Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit. BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park has several types of accommodation options to suit all budgets with one and two bedroom cabins, ensuite caravan sites, powered caravan sites or camping sites and shady unpowered camping sites.