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)
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.
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)
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.