In case you haven’t checked the calendar, it’s August, aka the last winter frontier before the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. This is your cue to start planning your springtime holiday.
Spring signals the final school holiday break for the year and your last chance for an extended family escape before the Christmas season. Whether you prefer to secure the tent pegs, put down the trailer legs or enjoy the comforts of home in a cabin, put these regions on your to-travel list from Brisbane or Sydney.
South East Queensland
For those living in the Sunshine State, plan your springtime adventure less than three hours’ drive from Brisbane CBD.
To get in holiday mode with the shortest commute (read: 13 kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre) head to Ingenia Holidays Taigum. Perfect for when you need a change of scenery but don’t want the driving miles, this holiday park offers all the holiday essentials, including an onsite café, swimming pool and barbeque facilities.
Head a little further north to the Sunshine Coast and choose from two-holiday parks Ingenia Holidays Rivershore or BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa for your sand between-your-toes moment, with Queensland’s famous golden beaches less than 10 kilometres’ drive from either holiday park.
For a prime riverside location on the Maroochy River, choose Ingenia Holidays Rivershore. With an on-site restaurant, mini-golf course and playground, all you need to do is check-in, unpack and relax.
Make the most of the longer days poolside at BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa while the kids entertain themselves in the games room or on the jumping cushion. Make sure you put these beach games on the itinerary too and make the most of Noosa’s Main Beach.
Learn more about both locations with this holiday guide.
Mid-North Coast, NSW
With longer, warmer days on the agenda, choose a destination that pairs beaches with rainforests and national parks, along the New South Wales’ Mid North Coast.
With the Pacific Ocean, Nambucca River inlet and Gordon Park Rainforest all on its doorstep, you won’t have to worry about the kids being bored at Ingenia Holidays White Albatross. Make sure you read this guide before tackling the five-hour drive north of Sydney to avoid the dreaded ‘are we there yet’ question. With 20 acres of holiday park to explore – from a swimming pool and water play zone to a tidal swimming lagoon – there’s no shortage of activities to make the most of the warmer weather.
For a coastal escape, a little closer to your Sydney home (read: 60 kilometres closer) choose Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks. While South West Rocks might be best known for its surf beaches, it’s also home to two national parks close by – Hat Head National Park and Arakoon National Park – making it the perfect escape for those who like to keep active while on holidays. Make sure you add these nature play activities to your holiday plans.
Enjoy the shade of towering palm trees with a stay at BIG4 Bonny Hills. Spread over five acres, this holiday park provides a quiet nature escape with direct beach access to Rainbow Beach. With Port Macquarie 20 minutes’ drive away, take the family to Billabong Zoo to see up to 200 animals across the 10 acres Koala and Wildlife Park or book a tour of Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
South Coast, NSW
Looking for springtime getaway served with secluded beaches, lakes and some of the best fishing spots along Australia’s east coast? Put the South Coast on your itinerary.
Check into BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Broulee to be unpacked and unfurling the beach towel in just over four hours’ drive from Sydney CBD. While the jumping cushion, playground and Kids Club will keep the little ones busy within the holiday park grounds, Broulee Beach provides the perfect escape when you need to stretch the legs before lunch or dinner.
If you prefer a shorter commute to your holiday park (read: three hours’ drive of Sydney), book BIG4 Lake Conjola. Not only does this holiday park offer a lakeside location with its own private boat ramp – perfect for swimming, fishing and water sports – it’s also surrounded by national parks. When you can drag the kids away from the resort-style pool, splash park or jumping cushion, step it out along the local walking tracks or join a bush safari.
If you don’t mind five hours of bitumen miles to get to your destination, head to Ingenia Holidays Ocean Lake in Bermagui. With the luxury of secluded surf beaches at Camel Rock and Horse Head Rock both less than two kilometres away, as well as Wallaga Lake on your doorstep, there’s plenty of ways to soak up the sun while staying at this holiday park. Explore the local rock pools, step it out along the 15 kilometres of coastal walkway or relax on the banks of the lake while the kids splash about.