Best Holiday Parks For Kids And Families Near Sydney
By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist
We just love holiday parks. They’re inexpensive, and often boast gorgeous natural surrounds & most importantly, a heap of kid-friendly activities to keep boredom at bay and let parents have a break. Here are some of our favourites, with some of them just a short drive from Sydney.
1. Seal Rocks Holiday Park
3 hours drive north of Sydney
At this one, the motto is “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. You’ll be a mere few metres away from Number One Beach beach which is GREAT for surfing as well as 3 other beaches, a short walk to Sugar Loaf Lighthouse with its signature design, and nearby is Myall National Park for some fresh air and a bush walk. Think open spaces, friendly people and plenty of ocean.
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2. Merimbula Beach Holiday Park
5 hours drive south of Sydney
Positioned along the Sapphire Coast, with full ocean views, this holiday park is famous its kid-friendly offerings. Kids will love the all-year-round Kids Korner full of activities to keep them occupied – a jumping pillow, kids waterpark with waterslide and dumping bucket, playground, games room, tennis courts and a heated pool. Ocean views come with 90% of the accommodation and they are all within easy access to sparkling clean beaches for a spot of whale watching. You’ll be frequenting the Cheeky Mango Cafe for all your coffee, fish & chips and milkshake needs. Tickling your fancy? Check out their website for more information.
3. BIG4 Soldiers Point
2 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 for under 5s, in the games room with FREE X-Box use, bouncing on trampolines, movies on the big screen, giant chess board, playground and a kids 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 here.
4. BIG4 Tweed Billabong
9 hours drive north of Sydney or fly to Gold Coast and it’s only a 10-minute drive from the airport
Super close to the Queensland border, you’ll find this great one for kids and families. Families can opt for camping or cabin style accommodation, and enjoy the resort style pools, epic water park, jumping pillow, TV room, Coral Cove room and playground for under 5s, and Schools Out Kids Club during holiday periods where kids can do 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 amongst the turtles, or rent a kayak or paddle board and head to one of the many rivers, lakes and waterways nearby. We recommend the Tweed Billabong, a man-made saltwater Billabong fed off the Tweed River. There is just so much to see and do here. For more information, visit their website.
5. Discovery Parks, Lake Hume
5 hours drive south-west from Sydney or fly to Albury and it’s only a 10-minute drive from the airport
It’s over a 5-hour drive from Sydney, so maybe you’d prefer to fly to this one- but it’s worth it! 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. Check out more on their website.
via BIG4 Lake Hume
6. NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park, Central Coast
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, 2 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.
via Visit NSW
7. BIG4 North Star Holiday Park
9 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 some more information on their website.
8. Sydney Lakeside NRMA 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.
9. Shoalhaven Heads
Just a two-hour drive from Sydney
Bordered by Seven Mile Beach Coastline and the Shoalhaven River. Families often enjoy the plethora of nearby attractions if they stay at Shoalhaven Heads 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 (newly 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 a games and entertainment area. Small dogs are even welcome- so this is really one for the whole family!
via Shoalhaven Heads
10. BIG4 Hunter Valley Holiday Park
Around a 2 hour drive from Sydney
One that parents will love too- centrally located in the Hunter Valley, you will be in prime position to explore the vineyards, cheese factories, chocolate shops, galleries, Hunter Valley Gardens, hot air balloon rides, restaurants & oh so much more. From budget style camping and caravanning options to more luxurious poolside villas, there’s accommodation to suit every budget. Entertainment abounds for children at the Kids Club, as well as enjoying the swimming pool, giant chess board, 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. More information here.
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