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Of course, you’ll want to know where the best Queensland campsites and holiday parks are along the way. To help you get your road trip itinerary planner sorted, we’ve done the research for you (you’re welcome!). In this blog, we’ll share some of the best family-friendly campsites in Queensland.
Is Queensland a good place for families to visit?
From its incredible theme parks to its sublime beaches and rainforests, Queensland tops the list for many families as the ultimate Australian road trip destination. This tropical paradise is Australia’s second-largest state and has something unique to offer every traveller, age, and budget.
You’ll never be short of things to do in Queensland. Spend one-day discovering beautiful islands and wonderful wildlife. Spend the next day enjoying the great shopping and restaurants. Take in some of Queensland’s amazing arts and culture, experience unique adventures, and make amazing memories with your family. Best of all, there are loads of great campsites and holiday parks that make for amazing destinations themselves.
In this blog, we share some of the best family-friendly campsites and holiday parks in Queensland.
Why families should explore Queensland in a campervan
There are many great reasons to take your kids on a campervan holiday. And with so many things to do in Queensland, it makes for the ideal family destination! Here are just some of the great benefits of a family campervan holiday:
- With your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom facilities all on board, you can travel in comfort! You’ll never need to worry about finding a public restroom, booking a motel, or paying to eat out (unless you want to!)
- If you’ve got little ones on board, they can enjoy the comfort of sleeping in their ‘own’ bed each night. They can even bring their favourite pillows, blankets, and toys.
- There’s plenty of room for all the kids camping supplies. And best of all, no need to pack and unpack as you move between destinations.
- You can bring the family dog with you! Holidays just aren’t the same without your best furry friend. But with Britz campers, dogs are welcome!
- You can be spontaneous. Explore off-the-beaten-track roads, take a diversion to somewhere new, and stay longer in places you love. There’s no strict schedule to worry about when you explore Australia by campervan. Relax and enjoy the drive!
- Keep your budget in check – campervan travel is an economical way to have a family holiday. You can cook your own meals, and not worry about expensive accommodation. The fun of van travel and seeing new sights is priceless. And with so many great beaches, reserves, and forests in Queensland, there are loads you can do for free!
- Queensland has some awesome holiday parks and campsites for families. Let’s take a look at some of the best:
Best family-friendly campsites and holiday parks in Queensland
BIG 4 Gold Coast Holiday Park
BIG4 is Australia’s premier holiday park and campground group. They have 170-holiday parks located throughout the country. Each offers a complete range of affordable self-catering holiday accommodations and camping facilities.
The BIG 4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is a kids’ dream destination! This holiday park is in the perfect location for families wanting to visit the Gold Coast’s theme parks. It’s located across the road from Movie World, Wet'n'Wild, Outback Spectacular, and Topgolf and is just a few minute's drive from DreamWorld and White Water World.
Even better, this holiday park even has its own water park onsite! The park has over 40 interactive play features including aqua tubes, tipping buckets, and a combined total of 317 metres of water slides!
Don’t forget to bring along your four-legged friends too – BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is dog friendly!
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BIG 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
When you park your campervan at the BIG 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, you won’t want to leave. This awesome holiday park is packed full of fun for families. The kids will be kept well and truly busy from dawn till dusk with a huge water park, mini golf, tennis courts, an outdoor cinema, and even an animal park. Don’t worry, parents are catered for too with poolside massages and a babysitting service.
This slice of Australian paradise is just five minutes drive from the town centre of Airlie beach. And of course, the star attraction is the Great Barrier Reef – a must-do for snorkelling enthusiasts. To make the most of this natural wonder, we recommend booking a day tour.
BIG 4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut Holiday Park
Another of BIG 4’s great holiday parks, the BIG 4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut Holiday Park is a tropical oasis. The kids will be kept well occupied with the onsite Splash Park, Sun Lagoon Pool, jumping pillows, adventure playground and more. Dogs are welcome here too, there’s even a dog agility park for your best friend to enjoy!
And when you need a break from all the activity at the holiday park, there’s plenty to see and do locally. Book a Fitzroy Island adventure, a jungle tour, or a Wooroonooran Safari! If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try skydiving or jet boating.
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NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park
With the Southern Great Barrier Reef and lush tropical rainforests at your doorstep, the NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park is another dream destination for families.
Water-loving kids have a tough decision to make – the pool, or the beach? Heck, they can go from one to the other. And when they’ve had a full day of play, they can unwind on a blanket under the stars and watch an outdoor movie.
There are plenty of great activities nearby too including the Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, Koorana Crocodile Farm, and Emu Park. And if you fancy a bike ride, hire one of the park’s e-bikes and explore the 12 km bike path.
NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort, Gold Coast
If you’ve got kids that love shows like Survivor and think Bear Grylls is the bomb, then this is the holiday park for you! The NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort has all the usual awesome facilities like pools and pedal cars. But it also has something just a bit different – the Bear Grylls Survival Academy! Yep, the kids can go full ‘survivor’ mode with a four-part survival and adventure program! They’ll build confidence, make friends, and learn some valuable new skills too. In the meantime, you can enjoy some delicious food and special cocktails at the licenced bistro – bliss!
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BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park
With its year-round relaxed holiday vibe, the seaside village of Port Douglas makes for an idyllic family getaway. And for families, BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park is our top recommendation for parking up the campervan. The holiday park is just 7 km from town and the famous Four Mile Beach. Spend the morning perusing the markets, then head back to the holiday park for some fun. The kids can while away the hours on the water playground while mum and dad cool off in the lagoon-style pool. There are lots to see and do nearby too including Spring Creek Falls, diving and fishing tours, the Kuranda Koala Gardens, cruises and safaris, and heaps more.
Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park
Set on the banks of a beautiful Creek, the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park is a favourite for families. If you’ve got water-loving kids or keen surfers in the family, this is definitely the place to be. With Palm Beach on one side of the creek and Burleigh Heads on the other, the surf is always up! If you’re into scenic walks, just head across the bridge to the Burleigh Heads National Park. Wander through the rainforest and visit the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the local indigenous history and culture of the Gold Coast.
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BIG4 Caloundra Holiday Park
With its beautiful beaches, awesome surf, and activities aplenty, Caloundra is another of Queensland’s top destinations for families. The BIG4 Caloundra Holiday Park has the whole family covered. There’s an espresso van for mum’s morning coffee, a pizza bar for family lunches, and a fab new pool and entertainment precinct. During school holidays the kids can enjoy movie nights, dance classes, rock climbing, and pool games. And for fun nearby, there’s the Queensland Air Museum, a skatepark and trampoline park, Aussie World, Australia Zoo and heaps more.
Ready for a family trip to Queensland?
So there you have our top eight campsites and holiday parks in Queensland. Now that you’ve got a list of great places to stay, it’s time to plan your ultimate Queensland road trip itinerary! Take the first step and book your Britz campervan online and then pick it up from our Queensland branches in either Brisbane or Cairns.
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