We’ve heard it all before…
You can’t do this; you can’t do that. Caravan parks are stuck in the 80s.
Well, we can’t speak for all brands out there, but we’re pretty chuffed with how far our parks have come.
We’re about to bust some myths to demonstrate the exciting evolution.
And btw, that’s holiday parks, thank you. Not caravan parks.
Sure, young families and retirees love to stay with us. And with a wealth of handy amenities and entertainment and a relaxing, communal vibe at their fingertips, what’s not to like?
But our parks are constantly innovating and evolving to deliver widespread appeal for all ages and interests.
And cute and cosy accommodation to go along with it all.
We do still hear this from time to time: You need a van – or a tent – to stay at a holiday park.
And pitching a tent remains a park staple, too.
That’s only part of the story, though. BIG4 parks have a massive variety of cabin accommodation for singles, couples, and groups.
Wrong again, sunshine. Most parks have a generous assortment of cabin accommodation that has evolved over time – and which differs greatly from park to park.
There are villas, cottages, multi-level townhouses, and even huge houses and other unique options. The range is extraordinary.
However, you can still access some pretty basic setups if that’s what you’re after.
Well…have you seen our glamping tents?! Some are next-level lux.
They’re armed with creature comforts and cute extras like bar fridges, claw baths, and private decks.
And some of those cabins we mentioned before – well, they’re sure to wow the other half.
In select cases, several BIG4 parks take some time to reach. Those who really want to get away from it all love that about us. Here’s just one example.
Mostly, though, you’ll find somewhere to stay that’s a comfortable drive from all state capitals and the country’s biggest regional centres – as well as within them.
And these parks have nabbed prime land in some of the best locations in Australia.
And many are within walking distance of town or only a short drive away.
Granted, you’re probably not going to a holiday park for a hatted dining experience. But you shouldn’t feel as if you’re eating cardboard all weekend, either.
We do need to make it clear that, in many cases, you’ll have to head out of the park to be fed, or you can bring your own food. We have camp kitchens, BBQs, and cabins suitable for cooking.
However, there is a growing trend at BIG4 parks to feature on-site food vans and coffee carts; some permanent, others seasonal or open on weekends.
Select parks have on-site cafés or restaurants. And we did mention that brewery, right?
With a ton of options at your doorstep – including those vibrant weekend farmers’ markets – your tastebuds should be happy with a BIG4 stay.
This is definitively false. All BIG4 parks are individually owned and operated, so there is wide variety among them all.
In our case, BIG4 parks are united by a high standard of accommodation and facilities, cleanliness, and excellence in customer service. But they certainly look different from one to another.
In fact, this variation can cause confusion. So, now, our parks fall into three distinct categories that make it easier for guests to find the right park for them. You can read more here.
We don’t mean to blow our own trumpet again (ok, that’s a lie), but BIG4 parks pride themselves on innovations that are all-encompassing.
And in a first for holiday parks in Australia, a handful of BIG4s have created sensory rooms specifically dedicated to guests on the autism spectrum.
Let’s not stop there.
We’ve arguably left the biggest myth of all to the tail of this yarn (hehe). Contrary to the thoughts of many, dish lickers are indeed welcome at plenty of BIG4 parks.
In fact, at last count, more than 70% of our parks were officially rated as pet-friendly.
We love dogs!!
Acceptance varies from park to park. Some welcome dogs only on caravan and camping sites while others have dedicated pet-friendly cabins.
More excitingly, several BIG4 parks have amazing canine-centric facilities like off-leash agility areas, dog washes, and even pet-minding services.
So, yes, you can bring your dog.