Best Holiday Parks for Kids Around Melbourne
- Mums & Bubs
Camping with kids can be...testing, shall we say; but it can also be a wonderful way to bond with your family. Fortunately for us, Victoria has some fantastic holiday destinations (budget-friendly, too!) which cater to parents and kids—and sometimes even pets—which are super-close to Melbourne.
Whether you're happy to DIY on a tent site or prefer things a bit more luxe in a cabin, here are some of our favourite places to set up camp around Melbourne.
The Big4 Bellarine Holiday Park is super family-centric, and their aim is to revolutionise the way we holiday with kids. The campsites are enormous, the cabins comfortable and there is a huge jumping pillow that just about every kid is obsessed with! There's an indoor heated pool, a playground complete with a flying fox, and even a BMX track. Plus, there are family bathrooms and just about everything you could possibly need for a camping trip, where you don't have to bring everything plus the kitchen sink.
Cumberland River Holiday Park
For the nature lovers, Cumberland River Holiday Park is nestled on the Great Ocean Road along the water’s edge, with plenty of cabins and safari tents on offer. Spend your days exploring the Castle Rock and Langdale Pike lookouts, hike the walking trails through the Great Otway National Parks, or take your pick of waterfalls: you’re right near Cumberland, Kalimna, and Erskine Falls. If it’s a swim you’re after, dip into the Cumberland River swimming hole or the nearby surf beach, or try your hand in the trout stream or fishing off the rocks. Kids will absolutely adore the huge range of nature-based pursuits on offer!
The park has two amenity blocks (the showers require 20c for 5 minutes of hot water), a playground for kids and super-well-stocked on-site store. Pets welcome! Lorne and Apollo Bay are close by and full of great things to see, do and eat.
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Big 4 Inverloch Holiday Park
Just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park is the perfect springboard for a holiday spent exploring Wilsons Promontory and penguin-packed Phillip Island. The park boasts a full-size tennis court, a well-equipped TV room and a heated indoor pool with a shallow end just for toddlers, a pump track for all ages, meaning there's never an end to the activities the kids can engage with during their stay. The park has a range of accommodation options; from spacious villas and cabins to ensuite or powered sites.
Big4 Ballarat Goldfields
For history buffs, this is a great spot to have a fun family getaway in a historic gold rush era environment - it's only 300m from Sovereign Hill. Accommodation options include a choice of cabins or powered and unpowered campsite. When it comes to entertainment Big4 Ballarat Goldfields is a veritable goldmine with an adventure playground, a pool, manmade toddler beach, jumping pillow, indoor playland, kids movies, pedal bikes, and even a giant chess board!
There are more awesome ways to learn about Ballarat's colourful history at Kryal Castle, Ballarat Gold Museum, Museum of Australian Democracy, Prime Ministers walk, walking tours and the memorial wall project. You can also check out the sculptures in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
Torquay Holiday Park, Torquay
You'll have a tonne of fun at Torquay Holiday Park. Not only is the accommodation clean, comfortable and big enough for families, but the entertainment is epic! There's the ubiquitous jumping pillow, pools, spa, games and tv room, BBQs, playgrounds and even a cricket net and mini-golf. You're right near larger adventures too - head to A Maze'n Games, Adventure Park, the Bellarine Railway or Cape Otway lighthouse for something different, or go to the beach, ride a horse, or even go skydiving.
Eildon Riverside Holiday Park
For those who love packing an overnighter and having everything else catered for at the other end, Eildon Riverside Holiday Park has got everything you need to camp with a family (and even your furry canine family member). Grab a one or three-bedroom cabin with fully equipped kitchens, air-conditioning and heating, and TVs and DVD players. For the more getting-back-to-nature kind, there are powered and unpowered camping and caravan sites. Facilities include three amenities blocks with family bathrooms, plus you’ll find a family recreation room, camp kitchens with gas BBQs,basketball hoops, volleyball nets and two swimming pools.
If you can tear yourself away from this family camping kids’ paradise, there’s also kayaking, canoeing and rafting in the nearby Howqua, Goulburn and Delatite rivers, or boat, fish and swim in Lake Eildon. Hike the Alpine National Park, The Mt Stirling to Mt Buller Trail, or try your hand at horse riding in the High Country.
Crystal Brook Tourist Park, Warrandyte
Deluxe villas? Check. Pet-friendly cabins? Check. Roaming wildlife? Check. Indoor and outdoor kids' entertainment? Check! Crystal Brook Tourist Park has absolutely set itself up as a family camping oasis. With clean and modern facilities, guests have access to a kitchen fully equipped with TV and everything else you need, as well as free BBQs in a large covered alfresco dining space. The giant jumping pillow is a hit with all ages, too!
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