Top 5 child-friendly holiday parks in Victoria

Colourful painted bathing boxes on the beach

The Mornington Peninsula’s famous colourful bathing boxes.

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

Before we go any further, let me declare my bias towards Victoria, for I am a very proud Victorian.

Victoria is not only home to some of the most stunning coastline, bushland, and national parks in the country; it also has a wonderfully rich food, wine, and coffee culture that’s celebrated far and wide.

The list of places to visit is endless, from taking a drive along the iconic Great Ocean Road to one of my favourites, Wilson’s Promontory National Park, where the bush meets the ocean. A day trip to Daylesford is a go-to for many Melburnians; or there is always a weekend in the city for one of our enthralling sports or cultural events.

And as a family with a young daughter, we are always searching for child-friendly holiday parks where we can base ourselves and explore from there. Happy kids equal relaxed parents!

Sunset over the grampians

BIG4 Grampians Parkgate Resort is just a stone’s throw to unforgettable scenery like this.

My top 5 child-friendly holiday parks in Victoria are...

1. BIG4 Parkgate Resort, Halls Gap

BIG4 Grampians Parkgate Resort is just a stone’s throw to unforgettable scenery like this.

With a backdrop of imposing sandstone boulders and craggy peaks of majestic Grampians National Park, BIG4 Grampians Parkgate Resort in Halls Gap has the child-pleasing sight of bouncing kangaroos each morning and afternoon as well as the crisp smell of gum trees and an overwhelming calling to put on your trekking boots!

Kangaroo stands up outside camper van

The kangaroos come up to your campsite or cabin at BIG4 Grampians Parkgate Resort.

The park is just a couple of minutes' walk from town in a region that has so much to keep kids occupied, including exploring myriad walking trails. But the extraordinary amount of things that are on offer at the BIG4 park must be noted for all kids, big and small.

Child-friendly park facilities include:

  • Caravan/camp sites and cabins ranging from studios to family spa units and two and three-bedroom units
  • A huge boulder where you can learn to abseil with an instructor
  • A free kids' club (seasonal) with craft, sporting events, and more
  • Kangaroos and wildlife on the property
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Pedal carts
  • Jumping pillow
  • Playground
  • Free WiFi
  • Communal fire pit – kids love roasting marshmallows (so do big kids!)
  • Family-rated movies on a big screen during peak periods
  • Sporting equipment hire

Nearby activities include:

  • Walking trails in Grampians National Park
  • The Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre
  • Abseiling in Grampians National Park
Laughing children bounce on jumping pillow

The jumping pillow is a big hit at BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park.

2. BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park

The jumping pillow is a big hit at BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park.

Every time we have been to BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park we have found ourselves excitedly queuing up with our plates ready for a delicious, freshly flipped pancake breakfast, drizzled in maple syrup straight from the heavens. Located on the beach, the park allows you to hear the sounds of the ocean as kids ride around on their pedal carts and squeal with excitement on the giant jumping pillow.

Penguin runs through sand

The little penguins are practically A-grade celebrities on Phillip Island.

Phillip Island holds treasured memories for our family; of visits to the famous Penguin Parade and balmy summer evenings at the Cowes market down by the pier. There is so much for kids to do here that you really are spoilt for choice.

Child-friendly park facilities include:

  • Caravan/camp sites and studio, one, two, and three-bedroom cabins and villas
  • Pancake breakfasts on the weekend and school holidays
  • Open-air cinema
  • Games room
  • Non-powered go-karts for hire
  • Playground
  • TV and video room
  • Giant jumping pillow
  • Basketball ring

Nearby activities include:

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Koala Conservation Centre (Phillip Island Nature Parks)
  • Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Laughing children jump into pool

The new $1 million indoor water complex at BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park.

3. BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park

Right by the Anglesea River and sitting along Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road and Victoria’s Surf Coast, Anglesea is one of those small, relaxed beachside villages that is reminiscent of the quintessential Aussie beach holiday. Kick around in your thongs and shorts and play beach cricket with friends you’ve met at the holiday park.

And if BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park didn’t already have enough going for it with its spectacular backyard made up of beach and bush with kangaroos hopping around, the addition of a brand new indoor water complex, new jumping pillow, and even a giant new chess set should grab kids' attention! In fact, it was impossible to get my daughter to leave the grounds to explore the region.

Child-friendly park facilities include:

  • Caravan/camp sites, and studio, two, and three-bedroom units and suites
  • Brand new, $1 million indoor water complex
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Activities centre
  • Tennis court
  • Basketball ring
  • Indoor toddler playroom
  • Cinema room
  • Giant chess set
  • Jumping pillow
Tagged kangaroo next to jumping pillow

Friendly kangaroos are frequent guests at BIG4 Anglesea.

Nearby activities include:

  • Point Addis Marine National Park includes the world-famous surfing venue of Bells Beach
  • Enjoy swimming at Anglesea River
  • Drive the Great Ocean Road and check out the nearby towns of Torquay, Aireys Inlet, and Lorne.
  • Explore Great Otway National Park
Colourful indoor play centre

The indoor play centre at BIG4 Bendigo Park Lane is sure to keep the kids entertained.

4. BIG4 Bendigo Park Lane Holiday Park

A trip to the Goldfields region of Victoria is a must for any family. Its incredible history can be appreciated by all members of the family through such attractions as the famous vintage talking tram tour, gold-mine experiences, and the galleries of Bendigo, a beautiful city just waiting to be explored.

BIG4 Bendigo Park Lane Holiday Park is the perfect base for the whole family with a plethora of attractions to keep the kids entertained. Your only problem will be getting them to leave!

Child-friendly park facilities include:

  • Caravan/camp sites (some with ensuite) and studio, two, and three-bedroom cabins and villas
  • Parky’s Wonderland indoor play centre – a giant four-level play centre complete with giant slides, a soft ball cannon play zone, trampolines, ball pit, flying fox, and much more
  • Swimming pool, spa, and barbecue area
  • Jumping cushion
  • Outdoor playground
  • Dogs welcome upon application

Historical Bendigo has so much to offer visitors.

Nearby activities include:

  • Bendigo Vintage Talking Tram Tour
  • Create your own ceramics at Australia’s oldest-working pottery, Bendigo Pottery
  • Discovery Science & Technology Centre – home to the southern hemisphere’s tallest vertical slide
  • Fossick for gold at nearby Maldon
  • Go underground in an original miner's cage at the Central Deborah Gold Mine
Laughing boy holds up ball in pool

BIG4 Mildura Deakin has a shaded pool and toddler pool.

5. BIG4 Mildura Deakin Holiday Park

Mildura is renowned for its Mediterranean climate, a laid-back lifestyle revolving around the Murray River, and its reputation as a premier food and wine bowl. Take the kids for days of fun under the Mildura sun, exploring this beautiful city and all its treasures.

Water-skiing, canoeing, wakeboarding, fishing, and kayaking are all popular activities on the mighty Murray. And you might be surprised to find dozens of white, sandy beaches along the river that offer great places to swim (with supervision, of course).

River on sunny day

The mighty Murray River provides a bounty of photo ops.

Or go down the historic route with a cruise on board one of the heritage paddlesteamers. Parents will love the award-winning wine and food opportunities that abound here: Langtree Avenue is the place to go, known otherwise as ‘Feastreet’. BIG4 Mildura Deakin Holiday Park is the perfect base while staying in Mildura.

Child-friendly park facilities include:

  • Caravan/camp sites, and studio, one, two, and three-bedroom cabins and villas
  • A shaded swimming pool and a toddler pool means you and the kids can spend all day splashing around
  • Playground and jumping pillow
  • Games room with table tennis and pool table
  • Bike hire
  • Non-powered go-karts

Nearby activities include:

  • Mildura Paddlesteamers offers cruises of the Murray River on board three historical paddle steamers
  • Explore the region's bountiful citrus industry from a miniature train with a tour of Orange World
  • Hire a tinnie, canoe, or pedal boat and explore the mighty Murray
  • Visit Trentham Estate Winery where you can enjoy a fully-catered barbecue for the whole family (as well as the cellar door!)

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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