Believe it or not: Cabins that break the mould

Exterior of one of the Ngurra Lodges at NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort

It’s time we debunked the myth of cabins in holiday parks. Whilst they started out basic, over the years they have morphed into truly superb examples of architecture and styling.

BIG4 Holiday parks are always looking for innovation and new designs to surprise and delight their customers, so we’d thought we’d share these best-in-show examples from our network.


Invisible Cabins: NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort, NSW

Can a cabin really be a work of art? Indeed, it can. In this beautiful example, award-winning Crescent Head photographer Adam Williams shot 200 images of the surrounding bushland, photoshopped them together, then painstakingly applied the decals to these new buildings in 1m strips.

The result is an almost seamless blending into the natural environment.

“We were very conscious of the setting when we designed the lodges. In fact they are so ‘harmonious’ that the local kangaroos can be found right next to the verandas,” said Tony Mayne, the then owner of NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort where the lodges have been constructed.

“We think that South West Rocks is a very special destination, so we wanted these new Ngurra Lodges to be very special too, adding a new level of luxury while complementing the local landscape.”

Where: NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort, NSW

Need to know: The lodges have been named ‘Ngurra’ meaning ‘place of home’.

First review:

“An absolute must stay destination - thoroughly enjoyed, sadly too brief! Kids had an awesome time, fantastic service, amenities and facilities. Highly recommend new accommodation Ngurra Lodge, modern and well-appointed lodge (more like luxury villa) that accommodates a family of six perfectly. Love the design and thoughtful indigenous connection - fantastic accommodation.”

Interior of one of the Ngurra Lodges at BIG4 Sunshine South West Rocks Holiday Park

King safari tents: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Inverloch, VIC

Who said staying in a tent couldn’t be fresh or sexy? In these stunning king safari tents at BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Inverloch in Victoria, you sort of camp, and sort of live in luxury – which is a very cool combination for any family getaway.

If you haven’t been to BIG4 Inverloch, you will also be surprised by the stunning seascapes, including the family-friendly Anderson Inlet where a wealth of water sports are available throughout the year. This includes winter thanks to the heated, indoor waterpark available at BIG4 Inverloch.

These tents boast modern appliances, large leather lounge suites, quality bedding and linen, outdoor decks with barbeques and open plan living with spacious areas for all the family.

The views across the inlet compliment what is one of the best contemporary holiday styles on offer in Australia.

Where: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Inverloch, Victoria

Need to know: You will be the envy of everyone at the park.

Guest reviews:

“Stayed for 2 nights in an eco tent with family. The tent itself was great. It was very clean, comfortable and the furnishings were modern. The built in ensuite was also great. There were a lot of little things too that made the accommodation comfortable + smart - plenty of plates and cutlery, indoor/outdoor lights, power points, camping chairs, an outdoor setting.”

“Wow - so impressed with this holiday park. Stayed 2 nights in one of their new glamping tents with ensuite. The whole park is so clean and well maintained. The facilities on site are very impressive. It is clear the owners take a lot of pride in their establishment. Would recommend a visit.

“Very spoilt at this park, as the beach is just across the road, & the town, a short stroll. Will continue to be a regular. A resort lifestyle not far from home. WOW. Doesn't get any better.”

Inside the spacious safari tent at BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park.

Oz shacks: BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park, SA

With just a double bed and small front porch, these wooden shacks are perfect for overnight stays in the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula in Adelaide.

The park describes the accommodation as a modern wooden tent with the basics provided. A single roomed tent-styled cabin with a double bed. Linen for the bed is provided, but excludes towels. It comes with two chairs and an esky. The OzShack is only a short walk to the shared facilities and camp kitchen.

It’s also very close to the incredible marine offerings of St Vincent Gulf whilst also being within easy day trips of the spectacular Barossa wine region and Victor Harbor.

Where: BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park, South Australia

Need to know: You will feel like you are eight years old again.

Guest reviews:

“Stayed here for the weekend and loved it. Friendly staff and the cabin was nice and clean as was the park. Nice and quiet as it isn't on a main road. Will stay again for sure. Next time hopefully longer.”

“Port Willunga caravan park is great, nice and quiet, no car traffic and only a few meters to the beach. Staff were very friendly, and we could also take the dog who had a great time, with plenty of poo bags when we went for walks.”

“Fantastic spot near Port Willunga and Aldinga township. Plenty to do for the kids at the park with great amenities and facilities. We stayed in a cabin which was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. Would definitely stay here again. Thank you to all the staff. Great job!”

The quirky wooden OzShack at BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.

Poolside apartments: Marion Holiday Park, SA

Okay, okay – we know an apartment with a view over a pool deck is nothing new. But have you seen one like this before?

This accommodation style and its interaction with the pool deck at Marion Bay BIG4 isn’t what we expect from holiday parks, right? Where’s the tin cladding, the plastic chairs, the cheapie furnishings and flouro lights?

This could be Bondi or the Gold Coast. But it’s Marion Bay only 12km south of the Adelaide city centre. And this is one example of quality cabins available throughout the BIG4 network.

The fact that you can explore wineries, beach activities and the city CBD is an added bonus – presuming of course that you can drag yourself and family away from that stunning pool for a few hours.

Where: Marion Holiday Park, SA

Need to know: It also has a pretty epic water park.

Guest reviews:

“We only stayed for the one night in a Lagoon Unit overlooking the pool and waterpark. The unit was beautiful as well as very clean. Great facilities for kids and adults. Would definitely stay here again.”

“Our experience for my wife, myself and my 2 boys 3 and 1 was amazing! The cabin has plenty of space the rooms have bunk beds for the kids. The use of a water proof watch to get into facilities was a great idea. Our eldest loved the indoor swimming pool the indoor gymnasium and games and the playground and even the ducks came up to our front door to say hello over all we loved it and would recommend to anyone!”

“Love staying here with family, so much for the kids to enjoy and gives parents a chance to relax. Would recommend staying at lagoon units or retreat for the ultimate luxurious stay.”

Poolside apartments at Marion Holiday Park.

Oceanside luxury: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Queenscliff Beacon, VIC

There’s a reason why BIG4 Beacon gets so much attention, its location near the spectacular entrance to Port Phillip Bay is just the start.

But it’s when you peruse the accommodation options that you begin to understand why the term ‘resort’ is in its name. Every cabin is luxury, beautifully-appointed with high-quality facilities, bedding, linen fireplaces and bathrooms.

You think you are in a five-star hotel, until you hear the waves crashing and realise you are in one of Australia’s best holiday parks in one of Australia’s best locations.

Where: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Queenscliff Beacon, VIC

Need to know: You can spend hours marvelling at the swirling waters of the famous Rip, which is the dangerous entrance to Port Phillip Bay.


“We were looking for accommodation for family birthday celebration and noticed great reviews for Beacon Resort BIG4. They lived up to their high ratings as the 3 bedroom and 2 bedroom premier villas were lovely – and very inviting with the cosy gas log fires which had been put on for our arrival by the thoughtful staff. Clean, modern, TVs in each bedroom, split system plus electric blankets for our cool weather. The youngsters and adults had a ball in the heated indoor pool. Kids loved the indoor and outdoor play areas and morning workshops plus the massive jumping pillow. They wanted to stay there! We highly recommend and look forward to a return visit. Thanks again to the wonderful crew.”

“We've been its members for over 10 years so tried out almost all types of rooms. The best is the newest one by far. Winter time, or the quieter season is the time to travel. It offers you the home away from home feel. We love it.”

“We stayed here with a group of 45. They put us in cabins near each other. The new villa we stayed in was amazing, we wanted to take it home with us. It was immaculately clean, and positioned in a way that we weren't looking into the cabins either side of us. The staff were friendly and helpful. We have been coming here for over 10 years, and it just keeps getting better and is always being updated and improved. We have been coming here since our kids were small, and now they drive themselves here and enjoy it just as much as always. We walked to Point Lonsdale, drove into Queenscliff, although you could easily bike ride if you prefer.”

Inside one of the oceanside apartments at BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Queenscliff Beacon

Notable mentions

Two-storey villas: BIG4 Bright Holiday Park, Vic

Freestanding two-storey villas in the heart of Victoria’s alpine region are highly valued – especially for those large groups seeking a winter or summer escape.

Bright is the gateway to Victoria’s snowfields and a magnet for nature-lovers in summer. With the luxury and comfort of these stunning villas, you will be feel right at home regardless of the season you prefer.


“Fantastic location close to town and facilities really first rate. The new cabins were really well set up. Really enjoyed our stay in a quiet environment and the boys loved it. Definitely coming back next time we can get away for a few days.”

“Lovely cabin in the old brewery overlooking the park. Well equipped and comfortable. Electric blankets and heating much appreciated as we had some snow fall while we were there. Easy access to town and walks along the river. A beautiful area to visit in early spring as long as you rug up!”

“Enjoyed the stay. The cabins where very nice, plenty of room, beds where comfortable and great kitchen with everything you need. The stuff were great and very friendly, helping us out and made our stay very enjoyable. Excellent and well done. Will come back and stay again.”

A two-storey villa at BIG4 Bright Holiday Park.

African safari glamping: BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park, NSW

This article might be about cabins, but we had to also add this glamping option at Nelligen on the NSW South Coast.

The park’s African Safari tent is located right on the bank of the Nelligen Creek, providing accommodation for four people and a style that defies the traditional camping holiday. It’s not a cabin, it’s not a tent. It‘s modern and progressive and certainly worthy of consideration for your next holiday.


“After driving all day, to reach this fantastic spot felt like a tonic..Very helpful, despite us arriving after closing time, we were upgraded to a Villa for standard cabin price. Then there were the couple of complimentary stubbies in the fridge. Bliss! Superb fitout with even a coffee machine. Coming back for sure.”

“We stayed for two nights in a Safari Tent and could not fault it. The accommodation was great and clean, private bbq was great and location was perfect.
The park attractions were also great, with a big pool, lots of open space and kayaks for hire. We will definitely be back!”

Safari tent at BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park.

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