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8 weekend ideas for the best summer

Summer's not over yet!

Are you already back at work after a summer break that felt all too short? Hold up, summer isn't over yet! 

It's time to squeeze every drop of adventure out of the season and plan your next weekend escapade. Need some inspiration? Fear not, we've got you covered. Check out these eight great weekend ideas that'll make your summer shine brighter than the Aussie sun in the outback. So put that mundane routine on hold, check the calendar and grab your buddies, partner, family or pooch (or all of the above) and get ready to make some more amazing summer memories!

Get me to a pool pronto!

Group bookings

Want to create epic memories with your crew? Gather your friends and get set for a weekend away to remember with a group booking at a BIG4 park. Think laughter-filled barbies, late-night campfire chats, and a few bevvies around the fire pit or campsite. Round up your mates (or extended fam!), pack your gear, and get ready for a weekend of fun.

With spacious cabins, communal BBQ areas, and plenty of recreational facilities, our parks are ideal for getting away together and offer much more room to spread out and have your own space than many other accommodation options. Plan group activities, share delicious meals, and enjoy the vibrant summer atmosphere together.

BIG4.com.au has plenty of parks that can handle big groups. Whether you’re keen to be all under one roof in a big cabin or thinking of getting a few close together or even snagging a few sites in the one park to pitch your tent or park your van on, there’s a park for you to do it at BIG4.

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Camping trip with your mates

Calling all adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts! It’s time to leave the concrete jungle of tall buildings and gridlocked traffic behind. Round up your mates and embark on a camping trip you'll be talking about for years to come.

Pitch a tent under star-studded skies and roast some marshmallows by the campfire or fire pit. The stories and laughter together are sure to be a summer highlight. Whether you're exploring hidden trails or taking a dip in crystal-clear lakes and beaches, the great outdoors can be your playground.

Clear your schedule, find a park, locate your lilo, book your stay and get your besties on the blower!

Remote working to extend the weekend

Tired of working from the same old spot? Shake things up and take your work on the road! With remote work becoming so normalised these days, why not turn your weekend getaway into an extended escape? Instead of having to head home on Sunday or Monday, extend your trip and take that morning Zoom call from the balcony while sipping on a cup of joe overlooking a breathtaking view. Learn more about how to work on the road.

Many of our parks have Wi-Fi, while others have dedicated remote working spaces. But if your laptop has a fresh charge, you can work anywhere the Wi-Fi or your mobile hotspot will roam. Only question is where to work? The beach? A park? On the balcony of your cabin? Or perhaps inside your van or cabin if you’re feeling more traditional.

When the work is done, take a plunge in the pool, explore the surroundings, and allow yourself to switch back into holiday mode to continue your getaway. It's the ultimate blend of work and play, allowing you to make the most of your precious free time. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and let the good times roll. Just don’t forget to pack your laptop!

Locate a park and prove that business and pleasure don’t need to always be mutually exclusive.

Midweek Escapes

Yes, we know we’re being a little cheeky including midweek escapes in an article literally called ‘8 weekend ideas for the best summer’, but who said weekends were the only time for adventure? Why not shake up your work routine with a midweek escape to one of our top-notch BIG4 parks?

Break free from the daily grind and inject some thrill into your workweek with a midweek escape. Swap your office chair for the great outdoors, soak up the sunshine, and feel the stress melt away.

Imagine waking up to the sounds of nature, enjoying breathtaking hikes, and lounging by the pool with a cold one. It's a surefire recipe for rejuvenation, providing a much-needed break from the rat race. 

So why wait for the weekend when you can embrace the midweek madness and GO BIG on some quality 'me' time? Parks are often a little quieter during the week as well, so you, and any lucky people you choose to join you, will be sure to have a relaxing break.

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Avoid the crowds and queues with a midweek escape.

Glamping with your partner

Are you and your partner craving a romantic retreat? Stoke the flames of romance on a glamping getaway with your special someone. Ditch the traditional tent and opt for a luxurious, yet nature-infused experience.

Snuggle up in a cosy glamping tent (that also has all the mod cons you’d expect), sip champagne under the stars, and switch off from the outside world together whilst being surrounded by breathtaking scenery. From candlelit dinners to sunset walks hand in hand, a glamping getaway is the ideal way to create lasting memories with your significant other. Soak up some inspiration on the best places to go glamping at BIG4.

So pamper yourselves, ignite the spark, and let the beauty of nature provide the backdrop for your romantic adventure. Grab your lucky partner, find a park that has glamping, pack your bags and get ready to add a splash of luxury to your next couple’s retreat.

Opt for in-park entertainment

Parents, listen up! We've got the secret to surviving summer with a smile on your face. Our parks are a haven of fun and entertainment for the little ones. From playgrounds that'll unleash their imagination to splash-tastic splash parks and swimming pools, you can sit back, relax, and let the kids have a blast.

Say goodbye to being the official entertainment director and hello to a little downtime for yourself. While the kids run wild on everything from pedal karts, Jumping Pillows and mini golf you can unwind and enjoy a well-deserved break. 

There’s so much to do at BIG4 parks that you don’t even need to leave the park. One of our parks even has a bowling alley, but we’ll spare you (pun intended) too many details, just know it’s awesome. There’s also games rooms, basketball courts, outdoor movie nights and so much more. Have a look at these things you wouldn't expect to find at a holiday park. Some attractions, like the golf-sim and brewery, are even for adults!

GO BIG on some rest and relaxation, and let the kids go wild with fun! Find a park perfect for the kids to have fun in and for you to get a much-needed breather as well.

Hire a van if you don't own one

Dreaming of a weekend road trip? You’ve got your crew ready, sleeping bags and torches packed, a clear schedule but you’re just lacking that one important thing you need... a van! Fear not, it’s no van, no problem because thanks to our good friends at Camplify, you can hire a range of amazing vans!

Whether you’re after a retro camper, a luxurious motorhome, a traditional nuts’n’bolts van, you’ll find it with Camplify. You can pick up your van or arrange to have it dropped off to you or the BIG4 park you want to stay at. If it were any easier it’d be child’s play!

Now that you know finding a vehicle is sorted, you can get back to deciding where and when you want to take this road trip, who you want to bring along for the ride, and more importantly, creating the all important road trip playlist! Browse vans and find a park and let’s get this show on the road.

Finley the Franklin Caravan, Agnes Water, QLD

Pet-Friendly Getaways

Your furry friend deserves a break too! With over 120 pet-friendly parks available to book at BIG4.com.au, leaving "Mr Drool" behind is a thing of the past. Pack your pup's favourite toys, load up the car, and embark on a pet-friendly getaway where the whole family is welcome, whether they wear a collar or not!

Explore dog-friendly trails, splash in the surf, or simply relax with your best friend. After all, adventures are always better when shared with your four-legged companion.

As well as plenty allowing dogs, some BIG4 parks have dog washes, designated off-lead areas and agility courses to let your favourite furry pal burn off some energy. Look out for pet-friendly cabins at some parks as well. It’s always best to check directly with the park to see what your doggo can and can’t do. They’ll be sure to make sure that guests on two legs and four have a great stay. Not to mention what you'll save on pet-sitters.

So get ready to have a pawesome time and create memories sure to make tails wag by locating a pet-friendly park for your next stay!

'Where's my cocktail?'

Make the most of summer

The moral of the story is that there’s still plenty of time to enjoy summer. So why not make the most of it? With these eight weekend ideas for the best summer yet, you'll be able to transform an ordinary weekend (or midweek) into a memorable adventure.

Whether you're seeking quality time with loved ones, a break from the work week routine, or a chance to embrace the great outdoors, there's something for everyone at BIG4.

So don't let summer pass you by – gather your friends'n'fam, pack your bags, and book your epic BIG4 weekend getaway, and let the good times roll. Remember, life's too short, so let's make this summer one for the books!

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