Expert Tips


Visit the Sydney Flower Market for a splash of colour and sweet scents

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

The Sydney Flower Market in Flemington is without a doubt one of the most colourful markets you’ll come across in Sydney, perhaps even Australia. Get out of bed at the crack of dawn and make your way to Flemington to make sure you don’t miss out on the market’s beautiful colours and the sweet, flowery scents that fill the air.

Address: 250-318 Parramatta Rd, Flemington

Trading hours: Open Monday to Saturday, 5am – 11am but most stores start closing around 10am

About the market: The Sydney Flower Market is Australia’s largest market for fresh cut flowers. While the market supplies flowers to florists across the city, it’s also open to the general public. The Sydney Flower Market has been a part of the city since the First Fleet arrived in the 18th century and today the market is home to around 170 stalls selling pretty flowers of every colour imaginable.

The flowers sold here come from growers from all over the state. New South Wales has a wide range of climates, meaning you’ll be able to find all your favourite flower species plus flowers you probably didn’t even know existed. The main growing areas are around the central coast, with growers travelling up to three hours each morning to bring you Australian grown, high quality, fresh cut flowers.

You’ll be able to find all the different varieties of flowers you would find in a florist shop, but for a fraction of the price! The Sydney Flower Market has a lively atmosphere and is a wonderful place to wander around in the morning, but why stroll without the intention of buying when there are so many beautiful flowers available for only a few dollars? Choose from an incredible range of species, including rows upon rows of beautiful peonies, carnations, blue delphiniums, gerberas, lilies, orchids, roses and many other native Australian flowers. The Sydney Flower Market really is a sight for sore eyes, lit up with every colour from vibrant blues, pinks, yellows and reds. Simply amazing.

Hints: Get there early, especially if you’re visiting the flower market on a Friday as that’s when most florists stock up for Saturday, their busiest day.


10 fun things to do in Melbourne this summer

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

MELBOURNE is one of the world’s most liveable cities. Some say THE world’s most liveable city. So, where to go in Melbourne? There’s an endless list of places to go in Melbourne, with exciting things to see and experience at any time of day.

Here are 10 fun things to do in Melbourne recommended by the DriveNow team.

1. Climb the 1000 Steps, Mt Dandenong

Experience a fraction of the exhaustion felt by Australian soldiers following the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in WWII. Appreciate the surrounding tree ferns, manna gum trees and plaques in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives on the trail.

2. Block Arcade for high tea, CBD

The Block Arcade’s stunning 19th century architecture is a sight for sore eyes, while the delicious treats at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms inside the Arcade are scrumptious delights for hungry tummies!

3. Visit the Vic Market, CBD

The lively and colourful Queen Victoria Market has existed for more than a century. Open every day of the week except Monday and Wednesday, shop for everything from clothing, souvenirs and cosmetics to fruit and vegetables.

4. Get up close with animals at Werribee Open Range Zoo

One of Melbourne’s most exciting places to go, the Werribee Zoo is home to zebras, lions, giraffes, rhinos and kangaroos. Experience your very own African adventure with an Off Road Safari, taking you closer to these magnificent animals.

5. Watch a movie in the moonlight, St Kilda

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is the place to be from dusk in summer. Located on the South Beach Reserve next to the St Kilda Sea Baths, watch the latest movies or the good old classics. Bring your own food and blankets or hire a comfy beanbag.

6. Go ice skating, Docklands

You can still escape to a winter wonderland in a city with no snow. The whole family will enjoy ice skating. Saturday nights is Glow Night, where you skate around to some of the best dance tunes while wearing white and glowing in the dark.

7. Check out world-class graffiti art, CBD

Take some time to experience Melbourne’s vibrant urban culture. Unique, colourful stencils and murals line Melbounre’s alleyways, with some of the most popular art located in Hosier and Rutledge Lane (opposite Federation Square) and Union Lane (off Bourke Street Mall).

8. Grab some pizza or gelati, Carlton

Experience a taste of Italy by with a mouthwatering pizza from the first pizzeria established in Australia, Toto’s Pizza House. If you feel like some desert, enjoy ice cream from a nearby gelateria while walking along Melbourne’s famous Lygon St.

9. Cycle the Main Yarra Trail, northeast Melbourne

The scenic riverside path follows the Yarra River, running from Melbourne’s northeast suburbs to the CBD. Relax as you follow the windy path, which is touted as one of Melbourne’s best bike rides.

10. Shop until you drop, inner Melbourne

Melbourne is famously labelled Australia’s fashion capital. Explore the quirky shops along Brunswick St, grab a bargain at one of the several factory outlets in Smith St, find stunning clothes for upcoming events in Chapel St or Bridge Rd.



Campervan Hire in the Top End – Travel Tips

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

If you are planning a campervan holiday in the Top End of the Northern Territory and exploring more remote locations, here are some tips from our experience on the road. Much of this applies to travel any way in remote Australia. If you have ideas and tips you’d like to share, please send them into


    • Walk round and thoroughly check your Campervan rental before you leave the branch. Take photos of any existing external scratches or damage. Check inside that everything is working. Your campervan supplier will be helpful and will work with you on this but photos are the easiest and clearest way to document and record


    • If your Campervan comes with a TV you may need to use the auto-tune feature when you move between locations to pick up digital signals. In the Top End these appeared to change between Darwin, Jabiru, Katherine and Batchelor


    • If your campervan has a toilet cartridge you will find sewage dump points close to most caravan parks


    • Whilst you’ll find Supermarkets in most locations stock up with food before leaving Darwin – cheaper and easier


    • Purchase multi-packs of water bottles and keep the Campervan’s fridge well stocked with them for daily excursions


    • Tap water at campgrounds may be unsuitable for drinking water – best to use your own


    • Fuel in the Top End is expensive – that is a fact. Top up whenever you can and expect to pay up to $0.40 more per litre in remote locations. Cheapest location we found was the BP in Katherine, cheaper than even Darwin


    • You’ll get mobile phone reception near most locations but on highways such as the central stretch of the Kakadu Highway between Jabiru and Pine Creek this will drop out


    • Avoid driving at night or sunrise and sunset when animals are at their most active and more likely to stray on the road


    • Never take your Campervan off sealed roads other than short distances (sub 5kms) to designated campervan parks. To do so will void all your insurance cover and make you liable for the cost of any damage. This rules out Jim Jim Falls and twin Falls.


    • Road Trains – for those new to Outback roads, Road Trains are trucks with multiple trailers up to 53 metres (174 feet) long and are a common site on Northern Territory highways


    • Observe the warning signs about not lingering around water holes or fishing – crocodiles may be present and you don’t want to become lunch



5 Resources For Planning A Road Trip In Australia


ROAD trips in Australia. It’s the new black for tourism Down Under where caravanning, campervanning, cabin stays and camping is booming. In fact, the industry has always conquered any economic challenges. It’s an affordable, fun and down-to-earth way to experience this great country.

DriveNow’s CEO Russell Matters is only all too aware of it, claiming the rise in people either grabbing a rental car and heading for a caravan park cabin or the increase in campervan rentals in Australia is surging. “Definitely on the rise,” he said. “It’s an affordable way to have a holiday and I guess the big advantage for people who don’t own a campervan is that they can hire one from DriveNow at a great price and hand it back when they’re finished. It opens up a world of possibilities and we’re noticing some people doing it every year now for that one Australian road trip experience somewhere different. I’ve talked with a few customers who have rented cars after flying interstate and they have headed straight for a cabin in one of the Family Parks venues or Big4 parks.”

“It’s about escapism, getting back to basics and family values,” says Stuart Lamont, CEO of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia. “We’re time poor and this type of holiday experience gives us the opportunity to discover more of our beautiful country and get our hands dirty,” Lamont continued, when I interviewed him for an article in News Limited’s Escape magazine.

So while there’s a will to do a road trip, there are plenty of ways to plan one. That may be through a book, a website, an app or a TV show. Here are 5 resources to help plan your next dream road trip anywhere in – or all around – Australia.


Perfect size, spiral bound and 328 pages of goodness thanks to Explore Australia’s latest release which has well travelled writer Lee Atkinson offering up all her pearls of wisdom when it comes to finding a road trip to suit. It has recommendations for eats, stays, sidetracks, maps, driver ratings and so much more. It’s only $39.95 and you can find out details at her website


The Family Parks crew are building a terrific army of caravan parks on its list all over the country so find out more at – in fact, they have more than 120 unique destinations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Find out how you can join up as a member for next to nothing to receive great discounts on park stays and with associated partners.  and are other chains well worth looking into.


Click into the iTunes app store or go the Android option for this beauty that just coasts $4.49. There are loads of itineraries and destinations, including family friendly options to more hardcore 4WD trips. Yep, it’s another Lee Atkinson special. She knows her stuff!


Why not plug the country’s biggest travel magazine I contribute to? Okay then. Circulated to 5million+ readers every Sunday in News Ltd publications, there’s always a great road trip story to peruse whether it be Spida Everitt, from The Great Australian Doorstep fame, or my Park Life page that appears once a month suggesting five great caravan parks around the nation to park your campervan or pitch a tent. Found in major metropolitan newspapers around Australia including the Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), Sunday Mail (QLD), Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Tasmanian (TAS), Sunday Times (WA), The Sunday Mail (SA).


There are plenty of road trip TV shows doing the rounds, but this one is excellent and it’s well worth popping into the official website for a humungus amount of resources for road trippers, product specials, videos, and recommended places to stay. Visit



Five awesome markets on the Sunshine Coast to make you remember the simple things in life

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE Sunshine Coast in Queensland has just about every reason why you would want to jump in a Brisbane airport campervan rental and have a holiday in the sand, sun and explore the region’s beaches.

While it has a very cosmopolitan cafe scene, and opportunities for such adventures as swimming with the whales with the gang at Sunreef Diving, have an almighty feast at Spice Bar, and visit Australia Zoo, the one thing that is always underrated when you’re on a campervanning adventure is hitting the local markets. Problem is, there’s so many of them in this part of Australia.

Which are best? After spending a patch of time in one of Australia’s hottest destinations, here are five you simply won’t be able to resist.

1. Eumundi Markets (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Yep, this one’s the king of them all so you’d better allow a full day to meander around checking out fresh food, homewares, artworks, skincare products, awesome stalls offering foodie delights including churros, pizzas, Asian food, paella and so much more. There’s also no shortage of tarot card readers and mediums if you want to know what’s in store for the future, otherwise kick back and relax with a massage, take the kids on pony rides and check out some of the coolest music at various points on the vast Eumundi Markets grounds.

2. Caloundra Country and Farmers Market
From 6am at the Currimundi State School in Buderim St you’re in for a treat for fresh fruit and vegies, plants, pastries and collectables. It’s a pretty simple offering but a beauty.

3. Noosa Farmers Markets (Sundays)
Footies are locked up in the clubrooms, while market stalls invade the Noosa Aussie Rules footy club facilities at Noosaville every Sunday. Freshly landed seafood is a specialty as well as fresh organic produce, freshly squeezed juices, tasty marinades and sauces, beautiful and aromatic skin care products, nuts, freshly baked bread and creamy cheeses among many more treats for the senses. More

4. Big Pineapple Market (Saturdays)
Deli products, meats, fresh fruit and vegies and loads of other goodies can be snapped up for a bargain at the Big Pineapple Market from 6.30am to 1pm at Nambour Connection Rd in Woombye. More

5. Nights On Ocean (every second Friday night of the month)
Now here’s one with a point of difference that brings Ocean Street in Mooloolaba to life every second Friday with artists, designer stalls, pop-up bars, musicians, and all sorts of gourmet food on offer. It’s an artistic, crafty and cultural event that must be experienced. More


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Early Christmas Tip #1: Booking a 7 Seater


If you are in the market to hire a people mover for Christmas, here’s a hot tip ….. book now. Get in early and get a cheaper rate and more importantly secure a vehicle.

Of all rental cars in Australia, 7 seaters and people movers sell out more quickly and earlier than any other at Christmas. Every year DriveNow has to turn away travellers looking for these vehicles as suppliers across the country book out.

There’s no deposit required and with no booking or cancellation fees charged by DriveNow you’ve nothing to lose by booking now and locking down a 7 seater for your Christmas holiday.
DriveNow Reservations Team


3 great new gadgets to help tech-savvy road-tripping diehards stay connected


Life on the road when you’ve rented a campervan in Australia can be loads of fun, but those with gadgets have a hunger for more. So what’s new in the world of digital enhancements and clever gadgets to make your road-tripping all the more special? Try these three.

1. Say hello to Lenny (pictured). If you have music in your smartphone, ipod or subscribe to an online music provider like Spotify, you want to make sure your tunes sound the goods in that camper! Audio Dynamics in Melbourne have the best portable Bluetooth mobile speaker units going around. For music on the go, the portable speaker, called “Lenny”, is essential for the holidays and the Elipson Lenny sets a new standard for portable wireless speakers both for design and sound quality. Lenny, a foghorn-shaped portable speaker, connects with devices equipped with the Bluetooth 2.1 protocol and is compatible with Android and IOS smartphones, tablets, computers and any other device equipped with Bluetooth connectivity so you have access to your music library anywhere you have Lenny by your side. Check out Audio Dynamics ?at for more info.

2. Cool camera from Canon. Designed for travellers wanting to zoom into their subjects with ease, the new PowerShot SX520HS features a 42x Optical Zoom lens and Zoom Framing Assist so you can get closer to the action. Fully equipped with a DiG!C 4+ processor and 16 MegaPixel sensor, this SuperZoom is the ideal travel companion when you’re taking snaps on your campervan journey throughout Australia. An optical image stabilizer means you can capture sharp, crisp images and smooth, steady movies without shake.

3. Smartphone value! King Kong Kogan! The big question is, do you really need to fork out four times as much as the new Kogan Agora 4G smartphone for smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung? Especially when we’re always being urged to upgrade every year? This recently launched unit is a beautiful, fast, and powerful new phone for just $229, which changes the smartphone industry and consumer expectations. Just a fraction of the cost of other phones with similar specs, it’s beautiful to hold, has a solid build and feel, a big bright screen, is very snappy, runs the latest version of Android, and of course, fast 4G LTE connectivity. The Kogan Agora 4G launches in Australia first, available exclusively at


7 amazing things to do in Australia’s great outdoors before your croak it

By Melbourne / Northern Territory / Perth / Port Douglas / Queensland /

AUSTRALIA’S landscapes are so vast and diverse, with so much to offer travellers who love an unforgettable outdoor experience. Hit the road and explore the great outdoors (and underground!) with one of these exciting adventures.

1. Hang gliding in one of Queensland’s popular seaside towns

Where: Port Douglas, 67km north of Cairns

Hang gliding is probably the closest you’ll ever come to experiencing what it’s like to fly like a bird. Admire Port Douglas’ stunning beaches and blue waters from above, while enjoying the thrill of take off and landing.

2. Horse riding in the Snowy Mountains

Where: Bago State Forest, 240 km south west of Canberra

Explore a stunning landscape on horseback with Mountain Ash Trails’ half day and full day rides. Ride through the gorgeous Tumbarumba region and spot kangaroos, brumbies and kookaburras along the way.

3. Cave exploring in Gippsland

Where: Buchan, 355km east of Melbourne

Underground a wonderland of ancient caves awaits, formed nearly 400 million years ago as rivers cut through limestone rock. Guided tours take you to see some of the amazing limestone formations, including Fairy Cave’s decorative stalactites and stalagmites, and the Royal Caves calcite-rimmed pools.

4. Walk the Bay of Fires (pictured)

Where: 275km north east of Hobart

Famous for its white beaches, turquoise waters and large boulders dusted with orange, Tasmania’s Bay of Fires is a must see on every traveller’s list. Take your time to stop and admire the breathtaking views of this untouched wilderness at every opportunity, because you’ll never see anything like it again.

5. Canoe along the Coorong

Where: Coorong Wetlands, 85 km south west of Adelaide

Take in the natural beauty of the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong with a kayak trip through the Coorong Wetlands, one of South Australia’s ‘best kept secrets’. You’ll also learn about the area’s fascinating wildlife and its importance to Indigenous culture.

6. Snorkelling in crystal clear waters

Where: Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, 47 km south of Perth

This marine park’s beautiful limestone islands, shipwrecks, reefs and sea life provide for excellent snorkeling and diving. Swim near bottlenose dolphins, spot little penguins, sea lions and also seabirds, which are rarely seen on the mainland.

7. Camel trekking in the Red Centre

Where: Alice Springs, 1,500 km south of Darwin

Marvel at the unique beauty of the Red Centre with Pyndan Camel Tracks’ sunset camel ride. Trek along the intriguing Ilparpa Valley, looking out for some of Australia’s iconic animals such as dingoes and kangaroos. All against a backdrop of stunning mountain ranges.




99 experiences for road trippers that have the rest of the world jealous of Australia

By Adelaide / Australia / Great Ocean Road / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria /

JEALOUS? you bet they are. But anyone who lives beyond Australia’s coastline is more than welcome to head down to the Southern Hemisphere and experience the places that make we Aussies spoilt for choice.

We live in a big, bold land, an entire continent in fact, and relish the fact we have different worlds of discovery around every corner, inland and along our vast coastline of Oz. To pick up a campervan or rental car in Australia and hit the road is magical, especially when you have no plans and open your eyes to real exploration and stop off at a random place knowing you’re about to discover something new.

Road trips in Australia are in. It’s the buzz style of travel Down Under especially given the large amount of caravan holiday parks at just about every city, town or hamlet you drive through.

So what are five recommendations from the bunch of fantastic experiences in every state of our great southern land we’ve written about? Try these for size:

1. Go nude on the Granite Belt in Queensland

NUDE food is just as nature intended it to be – fresh food that’s in season and food that belongs to the region. The Granite Belt Nude Food Trail has food at every corner along this scenic stretch of the Great Dividing Range.

The Granite Belt is also home to some of Australia’s (and the world’s) best wine growing regions. Winery tours and traditional concerts in the vineyard are held at Granite Belt and Stanthorpe throughout the year and include everything from Jazz and Opera to Bollywood.

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2. Fairytale wonderland for the kids in New South Wales

COME Springtime when the sun starts making its and the Hunter Valley Gardens in NSW come to life.

Set in the historic district of Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, it’s truly like stepping into another world. In the rose garden meander past up to Italian Grotto enchanting you with stunning views of red Bougainvillea, pink wisterias and cascading geraniums that line the Mediterranean Garden.

But perhaps the biggest drawcard, and indeed the most unique, is the Storybook Gardens. The enchantment begins with topiary animals such as teddy bears and horses. The kids will love having their photo taken next to giant sized world-famous nursery rhyme characters such as Humpty Dumpty on his wall, the characters around the table at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with Alice in Wonderland, or laying about on the hill next to Jack and Jill as they prepare to tumble down.

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3. Get on your bike along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria

TUCKED away in the Otways rainforest not far from the beach is a mountain biker’s paradise.

The sleepy town of Forrest, 45 minutes from Apollo Bay, has some of the best mountain bike trails in the southern hemisphere.

There’s more than 60km of single track surrounding this charming township, with trails for riders of all skill levels. Whether you want to take the gentle 3km Forrest Town Loop or brace yourself for the more breathtaking valley views are just reward.

Towering trees and the beautiful Lake Elizabeth captivate visitors every time. An abundance of native wildlife including king parrots, crimson rosellas, koalas and even grey swamp wallabies, can be seen and heard along every trail. Riders can hire Giant Anthem and Trance model bikes on these world-class trails. There’s also a handful of riding events throughout the year, such as the Forrest Festival and Otway Odyssey.


47platypuss4. Platypuss spotting in Tasmania

OUR world-famous platypus is widely considered to be one of the world’s most unusual creatures. Believe it or not, it’s also one of the few venomous mammals in existence.

A visit to the Platypus Interpretation Centre at the Australian Axeman’s Hall of Fame is a chance to see a platypus in its natural environment and learn so much more about them. With a bit of luck, he or she won’t be sleeping – they’re said to snooze for 14 hours on average each day.


5. Discover a German village in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia

HAHNDORF, described as “the jewel of the Adelaide Hills”, is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Few villages in Australia ooze such charm and elegance, with elm and plane trees more than a 100-years-old lining the streets.

Hahndorf is home to many German bakeries, pubs and cafes – not to mention the craft stores, galleries and souvenir shops. Its buildings, which are beautifully maintained, give Hahndorf a charming village feel. It’s also the perfect place to spend a day with the family.

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Three of the worst places to visit in Victoria if you’re trying to give up chocolate

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

WILLY Wonka and his chocolate factory started the rot for many chocaholics, and the sprouting of chocolate factories throughout Australia means there’s no escaping the lure of the cocoa bean. Let’s face it – good chocolate is worth the drive! And Victoria in Australia is as good as place as any for unforgettable chocky experiences.

So, you’ve flown into Melbourne airport and picked up a hire car but not sure where all the oompa loompas are plying their craft? Here are five destinations worth the road trip …and the sugar hit, among other reasons to stay around and explore Melbourne and surrounds.

Sweet road trip No.1: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
Talk about a treat for the senses! Best of all it’s only about 45 minutes drive from the airport on a good traffic flow when you head east on the M80, Eltham Road and Old Healesville Road before you enter choc heaven for free chocolate tastings, thousands of premium chocolates and European chocolatiers at work handcrafting some sweet creations. There’s huge showroom and café nestled amongst sweeping valley vistas while you chomp into Ice creams, decadent sweet treats or lunch while the venue’s lawns, orchard and sculptures are great for kids to play and explore. Better still, spend some extra time in the Yarra Valley and go ballooning, check out some terrific cold climate wineries and even scoot over to Healesville Sanctuary to check out the Aussie wildlife.

Sweet road trip No.2:Panny’s Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. Looking to go a bit further? Head south and to the charms of a little coastal paradise known as Phillip Island. Take an exit on the West Gate Freeway and head for the South Gippsland and Bass highways for close to two hours before rolling up to the “sweetest and addictive tourist attraction” Phillip Island has to offer. Open every day, it’s difficult to leave this hotspot the minute you get a sniff of Belgian premium handmade chocolate. Then the kid in you takes control for all the activities at Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate exhibitions, sideshow alley, galleries – including a 2m tall statue of Michelangelo’s David – and a giant chocolate waterfall. Stay at the nearby Ramada Resort Phillip Island if you’re planning to discover some more of this popular tourist destination.

Sweet road trip No.3: Chocoholic Tours Melbourne is for those wanting to get into the city quickly (20 minutes from the airport), park at their city hotel, hit the footpath and get set for some of the best chocky tasting experiences on the planet. Chocoholic Tours Melbourne has  chocolate-themed walking tours, including an afternoon chocolate and historical treats walk, a chocoholic brunch walk and a chocolate treats walk. There’s a tour on Fridays and a choice of five on Saturdays, but remember to book in advance.


5 Great Camping Tips From Big4 Holiday Parks

By Australia /

Looking for some easy tips to make your next camping trip a breeze in your DriveNow campervan rental? We talk to the gang at Big4 Holiday Parks.

School is out, the campervan is packed, the kids are loaded in the back and you’re about to head off on a long awaited camping trip. Camping with kids can be a great bonding experience and you can create lifetime family memories. To make sure those memories are unforgettable for the right reasons follow these simple camping tips from BIG4 Holiday Parks to camp like a champ.

Make a list, check it twice
There is nothing worse that arriving at your destination, only to find that you’ve left something at home. Chances are it will be a crucial component of your trip like eskie or flashlights.

Prepare a list of camping essentials to make sure everything is packed. Sticking to the list will also mean you don’t over pack and end up digging through a bag at midnight searching for your toothbrush. Do you really need to pack that hair straightener? Strike it off the list.

Research activities before you go
If you’re heading to a destination for the first time, research the area and local attractions before you leave. Get kids involved with the planning and pick out some attractions you can enjoy as a family.

If you single out destinations you want to visit, you can save time trawling through brochures when you arrive at your holiday destination. When booking tours, make sure you book through a tour company with positive reviews and book well in advance to avoid disappointment. The last thing you want to do is turn up and be denied entry because you don’t have a booking.
Set up your site in daylight
Depending your attitude, setting up camp can be a breeze or a nightmare, so it’s best to tackle it in daylight to avoid anyone getting frazzled and cranky.  Make it easy on yourself by setting in full light.

Plan for wet weather
Swimming, beach cricket, kayaking, fishing, sandcastle building…the list of holiday activities goes on, but it can get infinitely smaller if rain clouds roll in.

Pack some board games and toys to keep the little ones entertained. Older kids might enjoy brain teaser game books, crossword puzzles or sketch books. Card games are great for passing the time on rainy days, with the added bonus of family bonding thrown in.

Many BIG4 Holiday Parks host kids clubs throughout the school holidays with craft activities, cooking classes, movie nights and more. The clubs are great boredom busters and they give Mum and Dad a change to enjoy some downtime too, so make use of them.

Keep food simple
When you’re enjoying time with family and friends in a beautiful holiday destination, the last thing you want to do is spend time aimlessly wandering supermarket aisles wondering what to cook. Make sure you can create fulfilling, healthy meals for the duration of your trip by creating a meal plan before you leave home. It’s nice to eat out occasionally while holidaying, but it can get expensive when travelling as a family so cooking your own meals will save budget for fun holiday activities.

BIG4 have created a book full of quick and healthy camping recipes to tackle this challenge. All recipes can be recreated in BIG4’s fully equipped camp kitchens. Visit to download a copy in time for the Easter break.

For many people, a holiday is a once a year treat that can’t come soon enough. With a little preparation, you’ll enjoy a stress-free holiday making great family memories in Australia’s stunning outdoors.