Top 5 child-friendly holiday parks in Victoria

BIG4 Anglesea warrants a place on this list thanks to its plethora of kid-friendly fun.

By Jennifer Adams from Places We Go.

Let me declare my bias towards Victoria, for I am a very proud Victorian.

Victoria is home to some of the most stunning coastline, bushland, and national parks in the country.

The list of places to visit is endless. And as a family, we are always searching for child-friendly holiday parks where we can base ourselves and explore from there. Happy kids equal relaxed parents!

With that in mind, my top five child-friendly holiday parks in Victoria are...

A family getaway equals precious memories. Location: Phillip Island.

1. BIG4 NRMA Halls Gap Holiday Park

With a backdrop of imposing sandstone boulders and craggy peaks of majestic Grampians National Park, BIG4 NRMA Halls Gap Holiday Park sure has an enviable location.

Then there's 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!

Tame kangaroos will delight young ones.

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
  • Games room
  • 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
  • Communal fire pit – kids love roasting marshmallows (so do big kids!)
  • Family-rated movies on a big screen during peak periods
  • Sporting equipment hire

A swimming pool is among BIG4 NRMA Halls Gap's many family-friendly facilities.

Nearby activities include:

  • Walking trails in Grampians National Park
  • The Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre
  • Abseiling in Grampians National Park

Incredible natural attractions like MacKenzie Falls are relatively easy to reach, even with children.

2. 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.

Beautiful beach is just a stone's throw from the park.

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 (seasonal)
  • Games room
  • Non-powered go-karts for hire
  • Playground
  • TV and video room
  • Giant jumping pillow
  • Basketball ring

Kick goals with a visit to this family-friendly park.

Nearby activities include:

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Koala Conservation Centre (Phillip Island Nature Parks)
  • Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
  • A Maze 'N Things
Kids will love witnessing the island's prized penguins.

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.

BIG4 Anglesea is next level for families.

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 new adventure playground, indoor water complex, jumping pillow, and even a giant 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
  • Indoor water complex
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Huge adventure playground
  • Games room
  • Tennis court
  • Basketball ring
  • Indoor toddler playroom
  • Cinema room
  • Giant chess set
  • Jumping pillow

The adventure playground will keep kids easily occupied.

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

See all BIG4 parks in the Great Ocean Road region

Enhancing Anglesea's appeal is the easy access to stunning coastline.

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 art galleries. And Bendigo is a beautiful city.

BIG4 Bendigo Park Lane is gold for families.

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
  • Non-powered go-karts for hire
You'll be hard-pressed to prise kids away from Parky's Wonderland indoor play centre.

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

More BIG4 parks in Bendigo

A ride on Bendigo's trams are a great way to explore the city.

5. BIG4 Mildura Getaway 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).

Fun zone - welcome to BIG4 Mildura Getaway.

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 Getaway 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
  • Indoor play room for young ones
  • Bike hire
  • Non-powered go-karts

There's plenty of quality accommodation for resting after a busy day.

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!)

Or visit BIG4 Golden River Holiday Park

Clearly there is ample opportunity for aquatic fun in Mildura and its surrounds.

I hope you found some of my favourite spots helpful.

Jen x

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