Welcome readers, so you are looking to research the best family holiday parks NSW?
Why not? You and the family deserve a break.
Our family has enjoyed some great holidays and family weekends away at many of NSW’s best holiday parks over the years. So let us tell you all about the places we have stayed in and point you towards others which are on our holiday bucket list.
This is a long post, so do check out the table of contents below. It starts you off with our Top 5 Holidays Parks in NSW, then lists other great places to visit in different areas of the state, such as Sydney holiday parks (more will be added in next few weeks too.)
NB this post is definitely best viewed on desktop or laptop rather than on your phone – just sayin’.
We hope you’ll find something that works for you in this post and we hope your holidays will be as fun as ours have been.
Contents of this post
- Our Top 5 Holiday Parks NSW
- Holiday Parks NSW: Best Caravan Parks NSW
- More Fab NSW Holiday Parks Coming Soon: The List
Our Top 5 Holiday Parks NSW
This was the first holiday resort we stayed in after my big boys were safe swimmers. It was heaven! I could lie by the pool and watch the boys play in the amazing resort pool, I even read my book!
Ocean Beach in Umina is one of the best holiday resorts NSW, it really is a luxurious and relaxing place to stay.
On the first trip we did here, myself and the kids stayed in a very nice villa, it felt spacious and was set amongst trees, lovely. But we have also camped and enjoyed it just as much.
Umina Beach is just 90km north of Sydney so is a very easy drive of around 90 minutes, but do avoid peak hour traffic heading north out of Sydney.
Highlights at Ocean Beach for families include:
- Resort heated pool complex with spa and water slide, plus toddler pool
- Fantastic water playground
- Adventure playground, basketball courts, half tennis courts
- Kids activities on weekends and in school holidays
- Beach wheelchair
- Top quality accommodation from three-bedroom villas that sleep 8 people, through smaller villas and cottages to the caravan and camp site.
- Beachfront but beach is not so good as at Murramurang Caravan Park NSW
Find lots more photos of Ocean Beach Holiday Park and read about our two stays there on this post here.
Check Ocean Beach Dates + Prices here
Check Ocean Beach Dates + Prices here
We loved our stay at Murramurang for the location by the beach, for the pool and especially for the many kangaroos who came to visit. This is our favourite of the caravan parks South Coast NSW.
Murramurang is in the little seaside town of South Durras, a short 15 minute drive from Batemans Bay.
We stayed in a pretty basic villa, rather like a large fixed caravan. It was tight with the six of us all in together, I would definitely get something bigger next time.
Here’s why families love Murramurang:
- absolute beach front
- beautiful beautiful location, gorgeous Beagle Bay seascapes and surrounded by National Park
- terrific resort pool
- splash playground for the kids
- bistro and bar is good so no need to cook all the time
- kids club runs during some school holidays
- great accommodation ranging from beach houses sleeping up to seven, villas, and safari tents to caravan and camp sites
This is the Byron Bay holiday park NSW which has the best facilities. The swimming pools and water playground really are great for families and make this one of the top parks NSW. However this holiday park is not right on the beach, see below for two that are right on the beach if that’s what your trip to Byron is all about.
Families love Discovery Parks Byron Bay for its kid-friendly features including:
- two terrific swimming pools
- water playground
- jumping pillow
- full tennis court
- restaurant on site
- accommodation includes luxury cabins, luxurious safari tents, budget cabins, backpacker bunk room, powered and unpowered sites for tents and caravans
Discovery Parks Byron Bay
Check Discovery Byron Prices + Availability Here
Absolute beachfront Byron Bay holiday parks include the First Sun Holiday Park on Belongil Beach.
Reflections Holiday Park Clarkes Beach is right on Clarkes Beach so an easy walk to Wategos Beach and the Cape Byron Walking Track.
This is a fantastic holiday park on the mid-north coast of NSW, it used to be called Big4 Sunshine but has been rebranded. Our family had a most excellent stay there taking full advantage of the broad range of activities within the park. The gigantic water playground by the pool, Shipwreck Island, really is a wonderland for kids. The shows and free kids activities were also a huge hit for us.
- pool and enormous water playground
- Kids activities organised by the staff like egg and spoon and sack races
- the Pirate Show put on by the staff
- arts, craft and face painting in school holidays
- kids playground and large jumping pillow
- putt putt course, games room, free go-karts
- communal bonfires and free marshmallows
- lots of wildlife to watch, lots of lovely kangaroos
- like the other top notch parks mentioned here, there are many options at Big4 Sunshine. We stayed in a pretty luxurious cabin, there are smaller and more economical cabins too, plus space for tents and caravans at this highlight of the holiday parks north coast NSW.
South West Rocks itself is a magical destination, read out top tips on Things To Do at South West Rocks with kids here.
Check NRMA South West Rocks Prices + Availability Here
Just 4km from the city centre, Alivio Tourist Park Canberra makes a great base for visiting Australia’s capital city and is the best of the caravan parks Canberra. Spend your day visiting the sights you love (read our top-rated posts called 15 Things To Do In Canberra With Kids here) and then let the kids play and run wild and free at the best Canberra holiday park afterwards.
There are so many fun things to do with the kids at this king of the Canberra caravan parks:
- accommodation ranges from top of the line 3 bedroom villas sleeping up to 8 people to motel rooms to caravan sites
- The Ridge Cafe and Bar is open for breakfast and dinner
- resort pool, not huge but handy
- basketball and volleyball courts
- tennis court
- outdoor table tennis and foosball tables
- mountain bike trails nearby
- bush walks from the holiday park in the Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve which surround the holiday park
- playground for little kids
Alivio Tourist Park Canberra
20 Kunzea Street, O’Connor ACT 2602Find Alivio Canberra prices and check dates here.
So that’s the top 5 holiday parks NSW, our list covering coastal and inland resorts.
Holiday Parks NSW: Best Caravan Parks NSW
Now for the rest of NSW, well starting with one of the top tourist parks NSW that is very popular with visitors to Sydney and with Sydneysiders on staycation. It is the very best of the caravan parks Sydney.
This Sydney holiday park is in such a great location, close to North Narrabeen beach and the iconic North Narrabeen Ocean Pool.
Enjoy all the benefits of Sydney’s beach culture, then hop on a bus to Manly to catch the ferry to Sydney or just take the B-line bus all the way into town.
This park has a fantastic location, by a lagoon which is great for kids to play in, plus –
- cabins, bungalows and villas available, sleeping up to six people, camp sites and caravan sites too
- excellent water playground for the kids
- nice playground too
- store on-site, cafes and restaurants within walking distance
- kids activities in most school holidays
- so many cool activities in and close to Narrabeen
Read about my family’s camping trip to NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park here.Check prices and availability at NRMA Sydney Lakeside here
Right on the shores of beautiful Lake Jindabyne, this Snowy Mountains holiday park is a top spot for families and is one of the top caravan parks NSW.
It’s a matter of location, location, location, this tourist park in Jindabyne is so close to the snow fields in winter and great walking and mountain biking in the spring, summer and autumn.
Then right alongside there are walks and bike rides around the lake plus swimming. fishing and kayaking fun too.
Here’s what you can enjoy at Lake Jindabyne:
- villas and cabins sleep up to six people, there are powered and unpowered sites for caravans and camping
- playground, multipurpose court, games room and library
- boat ramp and fish freezer
- drying room and ski tuning table
- convenience store on site, cafes and restaurants close by
More Fab NSW Holiday Parks Coming Soon: The List
Here are some that are definitely on the list to write up:
North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings – the far north coast of NSW is a superb spot to get some warm weather most of the year.
BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park, Kiama – A fantastic spot on the south coast with plenty to do in Kiama plus picturesque villages like Berry nearby.
Big4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, Australia – Tweed Heads gives you easy access to all the entertainment of the Gold Coast without the crowds.
Discovery Parks Dubbo – The waterpark here is great fun for the kids and of course don’t miss the zoo!
NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Park – Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast south of Sydney has long been a popular holiday spot, with good reason! The kids will love the pools plus the close proximity of the beach.
Big4 Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley – Hunter Valley Gardens often has kid-friendly events like the Christmas lights to visit in between wineries.
Reflections Seal Rocks Holiday Park – Seal Rocks is a beautiful spot, not too far north of Sydney, with stunning beaches surrounded by national park.
Can you help with other great places to stay?
Always very keen to hear from readers about places they’d recommend to other families.
PS This post is updated regularly so please do check back for the latest info.
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