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Best Family Caravan Parks: Hidden Gems on the East Coast of Australia

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Australia's east coast is a treasure trove of natural beauty and exciting destinations, making it the perfect place for a family caravan adventure. Whether you're a seasoned traveller or just beginning to explore the world of caravanning, there are some truly remarkable caravan parks waiting to be discovered. 

Here, we'll take you on a journey to the best family caravan parks, the hidden gems, along the stunning east coast of Australia. Some we’ve chosen for facilities, some we’ve chosen for nature, and all we’ve chosen for an awesome family adventure. 

Airlie Beach Holiday and Caravan Park, Discovery Parks, QLD:

City view of Airlie Beach

Located in the heart of the Whitsundays, this caravan park offers an incredible blend of coastal beauty and family-friendly amenities. You'll find spacious sites, a fantastic water park for the kids, and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef for unforgettable snorkelling and diving adventures.

Coolwaters Discovery Park, Yeppoon, QLD:

Nestled along the Capricorn Coast, Coolwaters Discovery Park is a haven for families seeking relaxation and adventure. With its tropical pool, water park, jumping pillow, easy access for kayaking and boating, and proximity to the Great Keppel Island, it's a paradise for both parents and kids.

Note that while there is a fantastic beach here, it’s best to swim at the parks as you are pretty far north here. But there are beautiful walks in the area and it is not too far a drive to the caves near Rockhampton.

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Cania Gorge (near Monto, QLD):

Cania Gorge

If you're in search of a tranquil retreat surrounded by nature, look no further than Cania Gorge Breeze Holiday Park. This park is perfect for families who enjoy bushwalking, birdwatching, animal spotting and stargazing. The Cania Gorge National Park offers plenty of hiking trails and opportunities to spot wildlife.

Highlights for us here were the very tame kangaroos that wandered into our campsite and the lack of mobile coverage that meant everyone was off-screen. The jumping pillow and water park make this an easy win for parents but do choose your time to visit by the season as it can be very hot in summer.

Bird feeding a cockatoo at Cania Gorge holiday park

Girraween National Park (near Stanthorpe, QLD):

While not a traditional caravan park, Girraween National Park is a must-visit destination for adventurous families. The camping grounds are well-equipped, and you'll be surrounded by the striking landscapes of granite outcrops, wildflowers, and unique rock formations.

This is a great spot if you are really wanting to get out in to nature, limit access to the internet and be somewhere unique. 

North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings Point, NSW:

This award-winning resort is a family haven with an extensive list of activities. From water parks and a tropical pool to tennis courts and a movie room, there's never a dull moment here. It’s a great spot to swim with waves or a calm tidal pool for little ones and a great spot for families to relax.

Discovery Parks, Emerald Beach (near Coffs Harbour, NSW):

New South Wales Beach

For those seeking a coastal getaway, this caravan park offers a serene location just steps away from the beach. This park is kept beautifully but also has lots of goodies for the kids including jumping pillow, pool, indoor clubhouse and more. 

Enjoy swimming, surfing, and exploring nearby attractions like the Big Banana or Coffs Harbour markets and jetty.

Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort, NSW:

Overlooking the sapphire waters of Merimbula Bay, this resort is an ideal choice for families looking to unwind in a park with great kid's activities. With its water slides, mini-golf, and jumping pillow, kids will have a blast while parents can soak in the views.

While this park isn’t directly on the water, it is pet friendly and is a close jaunt down to the river or the beach. A great spot if you are looking in the southern end of New South Wales.

Disovery Parks, Dubbo (NSW):

Zebras at Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo

This one may take you by surprise but did you know that Dubbo is home to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo? This amazing drive or bike-around zoo has no fences (they use gullies and other natural barriers) and is an inland highlight. 

Discover Parks Dubbo is close by with great facilities and location and very family friendly. View giraffes by day and then hang out in the jumping pillow, pool and waterpark to cool off. 

When planning your family caravan adventure along the east coast of Australia, any of these family caravan parks will set you up for an amazing vacation. Each one offers a unique experience, whether it's connecting with nature, enjoying coastal wonders, or indulging in family-friendly amenities. 

Before you go, be sure to check out our family caravan guide or our new and used caravans if you are in the Wide Bay area. 

All that’s left to do is pack up the caravan, hit the open road, and make memories that will last a lifetime in these fantastic destinations. Happy travels!

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