Best Holiday Parks for Kids Around Melbourne
- Mums & Bubs
Camping with kids can be an absolute nightmare... or it can be one of the coolest and best ways 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 it a bit more lux in a cabin, here are some of our favourite places to set up camp around Melbourne
The Big4 Bellarine Holiday Park is 100% kid-focused, and their aim is to revolutionise the way families 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 are loads of creational activities for kids including cool pools, playgrounds, sandpits, basketball court and gyms, 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.
Address: 1801 Bellarine Highway Marcus Hill Victoria
Phone: 1800 455 591
Cumberland River Holiday Park
For the nature lovers, Cumberland River Holiday Park is nestled along the water’s edge, with plenty of cabins and safari tents on offer. The other 95 campsites are a little further away in the gorgeous scenic valley where the mountains meet the cliffs. 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.
The park has two amenity blocks (the showers require 20c for 5 minutes of hot water), a washing machine and dryer, payphone, playground, free BBQs, washing up sinks with HOT AND COLD WATER (now is that camping luxury or what). For stories by the campfire, there are half-barrel drums available for hire, with hotplates to turn them into your own BBQs. There is also a 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.
Address: 2680 Great Ocean Rd, Cumberland River
Phone Number: (03) 5289 1790
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.
Address: 55 Surfcoast Highway, Torquay VIC
Phone Number: 03 5261 2493
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.
Address: 108 Clayton Street, Ballarat
Phone Number:1800 632 237
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. Bless them, they have even heated their outdoor BBQ areas... absolute genius. There's a guest laundry too!
Address: 182 Heidelberg-Warrandyte Rd, Doncaster East, VIC
Phone: 03 9844 3637
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, two laundries with washers and dryers, basketball hoops, volleyball nets and two swimming pools. If you run out of necessities, you can also get ice, gas cylinders, wood and fire drum hire at the fully-stocked convenience store.
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.
Address: 746 Back Eildon Rd, Eildon
Phone Number: (03) 5774 2567
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