Our trip to South West Rocks last school holidays was a big success. The only issue? Too brief.
I had LEAPT at the kind offer to stay at Big4 Sunshine South West Rocks as I had heard that it was a great holiday park with its own water playground, Shipwreck Island.
PLUS… a holiday park is such a marvellous environment for kids. Whether you camp or stay in a caravan or motorhome or cabin or villa, holiday parks are tops for families.
The kids are so safe, they can charge around once they’re old enough, cars move slowly and are careful.
The standout thing though is that there are loads of other kids to play with. What’s better for a kid than making friends and being able to roam, jump, cycle, play, splash… and watch the kangaroos… all with your brand new friends?
And so it was, the twins made friends and played and played.
Big4 Sunshine has so many things for families to do. Some are structured and some are not. There are organised activities with characters who play with the kids. There’s no kids club as such, but you don’t need one.
Here’s a visual tour of some of the activities at Big4 Sunshine plus a look at the cabin we stayed in.
Old-fashioned Retro Games
These were organised by staff who were like the Pied Piper, followed by kids wherever they went. There were balloon races, egg and spoon races and giant football. Hilarious.
Swim in the Pools
You might need a wetsuit in winter but the pools and waterfalls are there all year round to be enjoyed.
Shipwreck Island Water Park
This is a real ship which has been turned into a huge water playground, there’s a massive water bucket that pours out and all sorts of sprays and paddling places.
A bonfire is lit each night and all guests start their stay with a big bag of marshmallows to toast over it. A very mellow place to hang out and meet people.
The Pirate Show
This was such a hoot, very entertaining for all the family. A theatrical pirate show features Capn’ Black and Capn’ Sharkeye battling to find treasure. Blood may be shed.
The families follow the pirates to find the buried treasure.
And are rewarded with little lollies too.
Art, Craft and Face Painting
Most mornings in school holidays there are some craft activities or other. My kids claimed to be too old for it, at ten, then sat down and really enjoyed making some seashell craft.
There are three little items for the wee kids, the trampoline, the cubby house and the little play set. All very cute and only for the littlies.
There’s also a playground for the older kids.
The Jumping Pillow
Yeah for the jumping pillow, this is my kids absolute favourite and they spent hours leaping about. I tried for about three minutes and thought my knees would give out.
The Putt Putt Course
Don’t panic, that shark won’t bite. It’s just the entrance to the free putt puttcourse!
The Games Room
You’ll find table tennis, a pool table and air hockey, a movie room and some electronic games too. And just a few chances to be silly. Quite right.
Ride the Go Karts
Just collect them from reception and whizz around the park. And yes, adults can have a turn too.
Meet A Fairy
The park staff create the most wonderful characters and little kids adore meeting them in the Fairy Garden and having photos taken with them.
And There’s More!
Yes, there is, but I’m not going to tell you about it. This has been plenty to whet your appetite, you will have to visit yourself to learn about the rest of the fun things to do!
Oh all right, I’ll tell you that we enjoyed the Family Trivia night very much… and doing the Hunt Around The Rocks treasure map challenge was fun too.
Here’s The Lovely Cabin We Stayed In
Loved the red leather sofas in the sitting room area.
Here’s the galley kitchen and there’s a laundry tucked away in the wall behind.
The verandah was a lovely place to sit and watch the birds and kangaroos.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom Saltwater Luxury Retreat cabin, there are also 3 bedroom family cottages plus other family villas. There are powered van sites and powered and unpowered campsites, some with ensuite facilities too.
Read all about the accommodation options here.
Big4 Sunshine South West Rocks has a lovely cafe onsite which I’ll show you in the next post.
So there you go, we had a laugh and a half at this holiday park and we think any family would.
It’s so good to step out of our daily lives, be surrounded by nature and to chatter, talk, play games and… connect.
PS We stayed as guests of Big4 Sunshine South West Rocks and thank them for their hospitality. All opinions are my own, of course.