Best Holiday Parks For Kids And Families Near Sydney

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If there's one thing we can't get enough of at ellaslist, it's holiday parks! They’re inexpensive and often boast gorgeous natural surroundings and, most importantly, a heap of kid-friendly activities to keep boredom at bay and let parents have a relaxing break. Here are our top 10 holiday parks, most just a short drive from Sydney.

1. Seal Rocks Holiday Park

Seal Rocks Holiday Park
Seal Rocks Holiday Park is just three hours drive north of Sydney.


At the Seal Rocks Holiday Park, "you’re only a stranger once". For family-friendly accommodation and a great community vibe, check out Seal Rocks, an idyllic and largely undeveloped coastal fishing town - think open spaces, friendly people and plenty of ocean. You’ll be mere metres away from Number One Beach, which is great for surfing, a short walk to Sugar Loaf Lighthouse with its signature design, and close to nearby Myall National Park for some fresh air and a bushwalk.

Like the sound of it? Find out more at Seal Rocks Holiday Park

Seal Rocks Holiday Park
Go bushwalking with stunning views of the ocean at Seal Rocks.

2. NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort

Five hours drive south of Sydney

Positioned along the Sapphire Coast and with sweeping ocean views, this holiday park is famous for its kid-friendly offerings. Kids will love the all-year-round Kids Korner full of activities to keep them occupied including a jumping pillow, kids waterpark with waterslide and dumping bucket, playground, games room, tennis courts and a heated pool. 90% of the accommodation sites come with water views and all within easy access to sparkling clean beaches for a spot of whale watching. You can frequent the Cheeky Mango Cafe for all your coffee, fish and chips and milkshake needs.

Ready to book? Check out NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort for more information. 

NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort
Enjoy sweeping views of the Sapphire Coast from Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort.

3. BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point

Two and a half hours drive North from Sydney

This family accommodation is like one big adventure playground in Port Stephens! Parents can relax in lush, tropical style gardens while the kids go crazy at the indoor soft play area, the games room with FREE X-Box use, the trampolines, movie room, giant chessboard, playground or the kid's pool with water slides. Tour the Murray Boutique Brewery, go parasailing, spot some dolphins, or just relax in the picturesque gardens. There are so many reasons parents just love this holiday park as much as the kids do.

Get more information at BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point.

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point
Kids activities come easy with BIG4 Soldiers Point's outdoor pool & water slides. Image via Holidays With Kids.

4. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park

Nine hours drive north of Sydney or fly to the Gold Coast and it’s only a 10-minute drive from the airport.

Nestled on the Queensland border, BIG4 Tweed Billabong is heaven for kids and parents. Families can opt for camping or cabin-style accommodation, and enjoy the resort pools, epic water park, jumping pillow, TV room, and Coral Cove Room and playground for under 5s. During school holidays, the Schools Out Kids Club offers arts and crafts, cooking, face painting and treasure hunts. Make the most of the diverse flora and fauna of the area with a day of snorkelling among the turtles, or rent a kayak or paddleboard and head to one of the many waterways nearby. We recommend the Tweed Billabong, a man-made saltwater billabong joining the Tweed River. 

Want to see more? For more information, visit BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park 

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park
Could this be the best holiday park waterslide in Australia?!

5. Discovery Parks, Lake Hume

Five hours drive south-west from Sydney or fly to Albury and it’s only a 10-minute drive from the airport.

Formerly called Boathaven Holiday Park, here you can do it all. Lake Hume is an ideal spot for swimming, fishing, jet skiing, sailing and just about anything else. Rich in history, this place has it all for families including resort-style pools, tennis courts, a jumping pillow, and plenty of green spaces. You can visit the Gold Rush town of Beechworth, check out where Ned Kelly went down at Glenrowan, check out military relics at Bandiana Army Museum or escape from the kids and have a chilled glass of dessert wine at the Rutherglen Wine Region. Accommodation ranges from garden villas to economy cabins, so there’s something for every budget.

Find out more about Discovery Parks Lake Hume.

Discovery Parks, Lake Hume
Relax at their resort-style pool after a day of water sports on Lake Hume. 

6. NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort

One and a half hours drive to the Central Coast from Sydney

Kids will LOVE Splashaway Bay - the water park, heated pool with slide and spa, the adventure playground, two giant jumping pillows, games room, TV room, entertainment barn, Kidz Korner activities, or get away from the grounds and go horse riding or visit the Australian Reptile Park. There’s plenty on the agenda to occupy kids, or relax and do as little as you like. Surrounded by natural bushland, you’ll feel a million miles away.

For more information, visit their website NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort.

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort
Splashaway Bay at Ocean Beach Holiday Resort is a guaranteed winner with the kids.

7. North Star Holiday Resort

Nine hours drive north of Sydney or fly to Coolangatta and it’s only a 20-minute drive from the airport

From 5-star poolside spa villas to cabins, caravans and camping sites- this place has it all. Sammy’s Adventure Lagoon water park is the stuff of kid’s dreams, and where you’ll usually find them when they aren’t at Neptune’s Castle Kid’s Club. Parents are known to hide away in the parents retreat – the Seascape Leisure Centre, which offers beauty and spa treatment and you can meet up with the kids for dinner at the onsite Ripples Licensed Cafe. There’s also a playground, national parks nearby, a games room, toddler pool, tennis courts and outdoor movie screenings.

Intrigued? Get all the details at North Star Holiday Resort

North Star Holiday Resort
You won't be able to tear the kids away from Neptune’s Castle Kid’s Club. Image via Kids and Places Australia.

8. NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park

Depending on where you are in Sydney, could take up to about 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive; 17kms from the CBD

Bordered by Narrabeen Lakes and a patrolled surf beach, found in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. There is no end to the facilities at this holiday park, including children’s playground, water park, TV and games room, and all kinds of accommodation options including camping, caravans and self-contained 4-star cabins. This is a perfect one for families who love the water- there is no end to the water sports and beach and lake activities you can get involved in, or just simply tan on the beach or by the pool! Rent a kayak, play golf or mini-golf, learn to surf or just chill-out knowing the kids will have plenty of fun with the organised activities during school holiday periods.

Find out more about NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park.

9. Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads

Just a two-hour drive from Sydney

Holiday Haven is made up of 12 unique locations in the Shoalhaven region with beachfront, lakefront or riverfront properties. Bordered by Seven Mile Beach Coastline and the Shoalhaven River, families staying at a Holiday Haven resort can enjoy a plethora of nearby attractions including Jamberoo Action Park, Shoalhaven Trees Adventure Park, The Treat Factory, Shoalhaven Zoo and Adventure World, Illawarra Fly, Flip Out Trampoline park & so much more!

There are all kinds of renovated cabins available positioned on the water, as well as a jumping pillow, outdoor cinema, multiple kids’ playgrounds, water play park, heated pool, mini-golf, tennis court, and games and entertainment area. Small dogs are even welcome - so this is really one for the whole family!

Book your holiday at Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads now!

Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads
The kids will be entertained for hours on Holiday Haven's jumping pillow. 

10. Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley

A two-hour drive from Sydney

Centrally located in the Hunter Valley, this is a property that parents will love too! You will be in prime position to explore the vineyards, cheese factories, chocolate shop and galleries of this famous wine region, plus see Hunter Valley Gardens, have hot air balloon rides, dine out in great restaurants & oh so much more. Entertainment abounds for children at the Kids Club, as well as enjoying the swimming pool, giant chessboard, jumping cushion- and even a wood-fired pizza oven! There’s always something happening at the Hunter Valley- including a live Hi-5 show this summer and endless market days where you can pick up fresh local produce and artisan goodies.

Get more information about Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley 

Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley
From budget camping and caravanning options to luxurious poolside villas, the accommodation options suit all budgets.

Main image via NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort

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