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Holiday Parks Within Easy Reach of Sydney

by Brydie (follow)
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For that staycation, mini break or proper holiday with the kids.

Have you been to ALDI lately? The middle aisles are full of camping gear, so they must be trying to tell us something. It's camping season! This is one of the most perfect times of the year to consider a camping trip with the family - not too hot and not too cold.

Holiday parks are known for awesome pools (Ocean Beach, Umina)

And when I say camping, I mean getting away to a holiday park, often the most practical and affordable accommodation option for young families. Holiday parks offer a range of experiences from unpowered/powered sites for tents and caravans (some with ensuites), self-contained cabins and glamping options.

A holiday park is an awesome way to test the waters travelling with young kids (and even babies if you're brave and have a good travel cot). There are so many reputable sites, within easy reach of Sydney, that have good family facilities and you shouldn't have to break the bank to stay there.

Jumping pillow mania (image c/o- BIG4 Holiday Parks Facebook)

Having said that, with popularity comes demand, and you will pay premium prices during school holiday season, especially for sites with the best reputations and the most hospitality awards. So, take a tip from me, if your kids aren't at school yet, take advantage of this precious time and sample a holiday park in between peak seasons (autumn and spring school terms are great times). Or, take a mini break on an average weekend throughout the year. Availability and rates will be better, and you may even have some park facilities to yourselves.

Toddler heaven (image c/o- BIG4 Holiday Parks Facebook)

On Sydney Mums Group discussion page, we've heard your calls for getaways not too far from Sydney, and have done the research for you.

Below are our recommendations for 8 great holiday parks (from the BIG4, NRMA and Discovery Parks chains) within 3.5 hours drive of Sydney, catering to north, south and west of the bridge dwellers.

Sydney Staycation Suggestions

The big holiday park chains tend to set up shop out of the big cities, but the good news is that there are two options for Sydney families looking for a staycation. Or, you might need accommodation suggestions for visiting friends.

Narrabeen: NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park

Multi award-winning
Located on Narrabeen Lake, in the heart of the Northern Beaches
Affordable cabins and campsite accommodation
Very close to the beach, cafes and shops

Distance: Up to 50mins NORTH of Sydney CBD
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 out of 5
Pet-Friendly: No

Wildlife! (image c/o- NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park Facebook)

Nepean River: Ingenia Holidays BIG4

Located at the foot of the Blue Mountains
Only 2kms from Penrith and all its shops and facilities
Offers a range of campsite and cabin accommodation to suit 2 to 12 guests, all boasting modern décor and exceptional facilities

Distance: 1hr15mins WEST of Sydney CBD
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 out of 5
Pet-Friendly: No

Comfortable Driving Distance - Weekend Away Suggestions

Umina, Central Coast: NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort

Stunning beachfront location
Consistently top-rated with family travel magazines
In high-demand in peak season (can be expensive)
Surrounded by natural bushland
Kids' play and pool facilities to the max
Onsite cafe
Campsites (ensuites available) and self-contained cabins, villas and glamping
A great one to visit in off-season. Here's why...

Distance: 1hr45mins NORTH of Sydney CBD
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Pet-Friendly: No

Ahh... (image c/o- NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park Facebook)

Toowoon Bay, Central Coast: Discovery Parks Holiday Park

Just a step away from The Entrance township
Sparkling blue beaches nearby, for water sports or fishing
Cycling trails for recreation
Absolute beachfront cabin and caravan sites

Distance: 2hrs NORTH of Sydney CBD
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 out of 5
Pet-Friendly: Yes (dogs allowed)

Slightly Further Afield - School Holiday Suggestions

Kangaroo Valley: Kangaroo Valley Holiday Park (BIG4 Affiliate)

Nestled below Barrengarry and Cambewarra Mountains and on the picturesque Kangaroo River
Self-contained holiday cabins are fitted with all the creature comforts you need for a country getaway
Powered and unpowered campsites
Ample leisure facilities and activities including BBQ facilities and animal farm

Distance: 2.5hrs SOUTH of Sydney CBD
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 out of 5
Pet-Friendly: Yes (with restrictions)

Modern-day camping (image c/o- BIG4 Holiday Parks Facebook)

Kiama: BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park

BIG4 'Premier' park and consistent award winner
Beautiful beachfront location, close to Kiama and famous Blowhole
Quality accommodation - deluxe cabins and villas, plus traditional campsites
Great facilities including Sunny's Aquaventure Park, games room, jumping pillow and kids' playground
Clean and well-maintained facilities
Prides itself on customer service

Distance: 2.5hrs SOUTH of Sydney CBD
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Pet-Friendly: No

Hunter Valley: Ingenia Holidays BIG4

Centrally located in the Hunter - the perfect base from which to explore Wine Country
Onsite BYO Thai restaurant
BBQ facilities and wood-fired pizza oven
Relax by the resort-style pool and spa
Jumping pillow and seasonal Kids' Club
Villas, cabins (at different price points) and campsites

Distance: 3hr drive NORTH of Sydney CBD
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 out of 5
Pet-Friendly: Yes

Water views (image c/o- BIG4 Holiday Parks Facebook)

Port Stephens: Koala Shores Holiday Park (BIG4)

On the waterfront at Lemon Tree Passage
Enjoy fishing, kayaking, paddle boating or birdwatching
Large jumping pillow and pedal kart racing
Bike hire, beach volleyball, mini golf and resort-style saltwater pool
Cosy cabins, spacious villas, holiday homes and budget-friendly campsites (some with waterfront views)

Distance: 3.5hr drive NORTH of Sydney CBD
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 out of 5
Pet-Friendly: enquire with reception

Cute! (image c/o- BIG4 Holiday Parks Facebook)

Your Verdict

In the interests of building the best information possible for Sydney Mums Group readers, let us know your opinions and ratings on these holiday parks. We'd love your comments about past experiences, or more recent, particularly if you try out one of our suggestions for your next break.

Happy camping, Sydney mums!!

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