Top 5 child-friendly holiday parks in New South Wales

Blog contribution by Jennifer Adams, presenter of the popular TV travel series Places We Go.

Rock formations reflected on water at Kiama

Kiama exemplifies the vast beauty of New South Wales.

One of my favorite drives in the country is following the coastline of New South Wales: there are so many idyllic places to stay along the way that it feels unfair to name drop.

But let’s start with Southern NSW – the way the lush rolling green hills literally meet the ocean as you make your way through towns like Kiama, Jervis Bay, Pambula, and Merimbula. Mind you, how can you go past the Snowy Mountains of inland Kosciuszko National Park, home to our country's five highest peaks?

And then, in northern New South Wales, I love the way you can weave your way through the lush hinterland and river valleys. Meanwhile, up the road you can enjoy some of the most iconic beaches in Australia, known for both their sparkling beauty and chilled-out vibe: Byron Bay, Wategos, Lennox Heads… shall I continue?

Boogie board? Check. Surfboard? Check. Swimmers? Check.

So now that we’ve established it’s a beautiful part of the world, let’s narrow it down to some brilliant places to base yourself that are child friendly – both the holiday park and the destination.

Cabin overlooking beach on sunny day

Beachfront views at BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama.

My top five child-friendly holiday parks in New South Wales:

1. BIG4 Easts Beach, Kiama 

BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama typifies what I love about the South Coast of New South Wales. It sits proudly on 35 acres where the rolling green hills meet the family-friendly 400m-long Easts Beach.

It’s one of the largest and most historical parks in the country, having been in the same family for 80-plus years. We have stayed there twice: once in a caravan, the other time in a beachfront cabin.

The park has beautifully tended gardens and palm trees swaying in the wind, and both times we woke to the sun rising over the water and enjoyed a morning stroll along the tranquil beach.

After action-packed adventures hanging out enjoying the facilities and everything the South Coast has to offer, our days were capped off with fresh prawns (and a cold ale!) while children played happily back at the beach.

Water spouts out of rocks at Kiama Blowhole

The Kiama Blowhole is a must-visit attraction.

Reasons to stay at BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama:

  • Caravan/campsites and cabins ranging from studios to two and three-bedroom units to fit everyone, including beachfront cabins.
  • Resort swimming pool, heated spa, and kids' pool.
  • Tennis courts.
  • Enjoy Easts Beach on your doorstep (including fishing and surfing).
  • On-site café/general store.
  • Massage studio.
  • Games room.
  • Children’s playground.

Nearby activities:

  • Explore the historical town of Kiama (4km from BIG4).
  • Visit historical Kiama lighthouse and the Captain's Cottage.
  • Marvel at the famous Kiama Blowhole, the largest in the world.
  • Join the scenic 22km Kiama Coast Walk, which passes by the property.
  • Stop by the seafood shop: eat in or pick up goods for your camp.
  • Visit the Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park (10km from BIG4)
Cabin surrounded by pink flowering trees

Discovery Holiday Parks – Jindabyne is beautiful no matter the time of year.

2. Discovery Holiday Parks, Jindabyne 

Sitting on the banks of Lake Jindabyne, Discovery Holiday Parks - Jindabyne is a cracker for me. The gateway to the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park, it has a whopping big lake that is calling for families to get out and have fun on all year round. And for this reason, it makes my list.

I will never forget the time we hired kayaks from the Mountains Adventure Centre (on site) and took to the lake with our daughter, who was five at the time. Little did we know she would be paddling along as much as we were, with a smile that took days to wipe off her face.

Then, in true The Man from Snowy River spirit, we headed to the hills and took a horse ride at Snowy Wilderness, which is also a sanctuary to the wild brumby. Seeing them gallop in the wild was a sight to behold.

The sun reflects off Lake Jindabyne

Discovery Holiday Parks – Jindabyne is set on the banks of beautiful Lake Jindabyne. 

Reasons to stay at Discovery Holiday Parks – Jindabyne.

  • Prime position by the banks of Lake Jindabyne.
  • Tennis courts.
  • Spa/sauna.
  • Jumping pillow.
  • Games room, table tennis, etc.
  • TV/video room.
  • Movie nights.
  • Kayak/canoe/paddle boat hire.
  • WiFi.

Nearby activities:

  • Horse riding.
  • Skiing in the nearby snowfields in winter (Thredbo and Perisher).
  • Bike riding in the snowfields in summer.
  • Bush walking.
  • White-water rafting.
  • Fishing.
Excited children explore outdoor splash park

The kids will be entertained for hours on the outdoor splash park at BIG4 Pambula Beach.

3. Discovery Holiday Parks – Pambula Beach 

Pambula is an old favorite of mine (we grew up camping here) and has a holiday park that all my friends stay at every Christmas for its prime location right on the beach. But if you are going try it out over peak periods, make sure you book ahead. Like at all quality parks, holidaymakers commonly book a year ahead.

Discovery Holiday Parks - Pambula Beach enjoys a prime position right on the beach on the stunning Sapphire Coast, making it the perfect place for a good old-fashioned family holiday with games of beach cricket followed by lazy barbies by your camp, or sitting out the front of your beachfront cabin. You will even find yourself greeted by the local wildlife, with kangaroos hopping about.

Rows of cabins surrounded by trees overlook the ocean and coastline under a sunny blue sky.

There is nothing better than listening to the ocean as you go to sleep at night.

Reasons to stay at Discovery Holiday Parks – Pambula Beach

  • Prime position on 500m beachfront.
  • Ocean view cabins, including deluxe spa villas.
  • Powered ensuite camping sites.
  • Powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites.
  • Three-pool aquatic centre.
  • Outdoor movie centre.
  • Games room.
  • Kids' club.
  • Jumping pillow.
  • Mini-golf.
  • Sports equipment hire.

Nearby activities:

  • Easy access to several beaches.
  • Go kayaking and fishing on Pambula Lake.
  • Visit Ben Boyd National Park (about 10km from Pambula).
  • Panboola Wetlands.
  • Enjoy bike and walking tracks.
  • Local market (second Sunday of every month)
Cabins under a clear blue sky

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park exudes a wonderful, relaxing vibe.

4. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park 

The waterpark at BIG4 Tweed Billabong provides endless fun.

When we first arrived at BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, I must admit it felt like we were in Queensland. The park is smack bang on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, and everyone pretty much refers to it as the Gold Coast.

But it’s officially south of the border and certainly makes my list as not only one of the leading family-friendly holiday parks in New South Wales, but in my opinion, Australia. It is also just minutes from the airport, which makes it a convenient place to stay if you are flying in.

As soon as you arrive at BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park you are greeted by palm trees that beautifully sway over the heated resort pools on one side and the play equipment on the other.

As you wind your way past the caravan and camping sites, your eyes are immediately drawn to the enormous billabong that not only sits as the centrepiece of the holiday park, but also has a gigantic trampoline in the middle of it (as well as kayaks ready at the banks). And I can’t forget to mention the state-of-the-art camp kitchen – it even has TV screens so you can watch the footy while you cook your snags on the barbecue.

But wait, it doesn’t stop there. As you pass the luxury cabins (ours had a wonderful spa), you will find your way to the gigantic new water park with slides that are being enjoyed by all kids, young and old.

If you are looking for family-friendly accommodation, I would have to say this one takes the cake.

Sitting right on the edge of the Gold Coast, you are spoilt for choice on things to do with the kids. Theme parks, water parks, long stretches of white sandy beaches, picnics, barbies – it's pretty much endless.

Well-lit restaurant area with green armchairs and brown circular tables on floorboards.

Relax in style in the brand new camp kitchen overlooking the billabong.

Reasons to stay at BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park:

  • Giant waterslide and Green Cauldron Water Park.
  • Heated resort swimming pools.
  • Billabong with water activities.
  • Trampoline in billabong.
  • Jumping pillow.
  • Outdoor movies.
  • TV room.
  • Pedal-carts.
  • Camp kitchen.
  • Deck by the billabong (wonderful in the late arvo with a drink).

Nearby facilities:

  • Theme parks: Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld.
  • Wet’n’Wild.
  • Whitewater World.
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Enjoy one of the many surrounding beaches.
  • Hike in Burleigh Heads National Park (20 minutes from the park).
Person walks through crashing waves along a sandy beach towards a grass hill.

BIG4 Ballina Headlands is walking distance from spectacular beaches and headlands.

5. BIG4 Ballina Headlands Holiday Park 

Another beauty is BIG4 Ballina Headlands Holiday Park. It sits just behind the headlands, and is only a 10-minute walk to Sharpes Beach (that’s two minutes by car).

It’s an eight-minute drive north of Ballina, just a four-minute zip up the road to Lennox Heads, and a 20-minute drive to the much-loved town of Byron Bay. I'm sure you are getting my point; it’s in a region known to many around the world as absolute paradise.

There is so much to do for the kids that you are only limited to your imagination; but on holidays like this we find the simpler the better.

Family rides quad bikes around caravan park

BIG4 Ballina Headlands has strong appeal for families.

Reasons to stay at BIG4 Ballina Headlands Holiday Park.

  • Walking distance to beach and headlands.
  • Solar-heated pool and spa.
  • Games room; kids' activities.
  • Jumping pillow, Playrope climbing.
  • Camp kitchen.
  • Convenience store/kiosk.
  • Free WiFi.
  • Sports equipment available.
  • A full range of cabins, including spa cabins.
  • Ensuite sites.

Nearby facilities:

  • 32km of pristine beaches.
  • Lush sub-tropical rainforests.
  • Visit nearby villages; local art shops and tea rooms.
  • Macadamia Castle.
  • Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum.
  • Visit nearby Byron Bay and Lennox Head.

I hope you found some of my favourite spots helpful. I would love to know yours, so please leave a comment below.

Jen x

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