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Wow! 10 things you might not expect to find at a holiday park

No.2 on the list has its own brewery.

Really?!

You might find yourself asking this question when visiting the following BIG4 parks and experiencing their unique guest offerings.

Innovative. Fun. Historical. Quirky even. And sometimes these facilities have an interesting backstory, too.

Check out what makes these 10 BIG4 parks something special.

This adventure-packed park in VIC roars to life (no.3).

1. Historical function centre, BIG4 Taunton Farm, WA

Disrepair, threats of being demolished, and a church with a $1 price tag – the function centre at this Margaret River park sure has a colourful past. And that’s only in more recent times.

This facility includes the original school house and congregational church from the neighbouring township of Cowaramup, both of which were built in the 1920s.

A few years ago, the historical structures faced a bleak future: The church had a demolition order approved and the school was decaying. Enter BIG4 Taunton Farm’s owners – long-time locals who built the park from scratch and opened it on Christmas Day in 1992 – who stepped in to save this slice of local heritage.

Incredibly, the church was purchased by the park owners for just a single dollar during a 5min negotiation period! The story behind acquiring the school is intriguing, too, as much investigation was required to determine its original owners.

Today, the function centre suits all manner of events, including weddings, parties, family reunions, and get-togethers for large groups.

And when coupled with the working farm that surrounds it, a stay at BIG4 Taunton Farm makes for an incredibly unique and memorable guest experience.

Book now: BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River.

Holy moly: BIG4 Taunton Farm’s function centre is in a class of its own.

2. Brewery, BIG4 Wallaga Lake, NSW

A holiday park with its own brewery? Yep, that’s what you’ll stumble upon at this South Coast NSW park.

Opened in mid-2017, Camel Rock Brewery is housed inside a spacious century-old building and produces a variable selection of delicious lagers and ales, including seasonal releases.

The craft brews are coupled with local and other Australian wines, a food menu boasting a strong American barbecue-style flavour, and live music on Sundays and other selected times. And it’s all just a short stroll from your accommodation. How good is this life?

Book now: BIG4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park.

Brewtiful: The onsite brewery at BIG4 Wallaga Lake is a huge hit with park guests.

3. Adventure ropes course, BIG4 Traralgon, VIC

Billed as the first of its kind in Australia, this action-packed attraction is a must for thrill-seekers visiting the Gippsland region.

The course features a series of enthralling obstacles and elements set across three levels that test participants’ climbing, swinging, and zip-lining skills. And the multi-level layout provides great variation and the ability to cater to children and adults alike.

It’s all backed by other family-friendly facilities, including a mini-golf course complete with dinosaur and safari animal models.

Book now: BIG4 Traralgon Park Lane Holiday Park.

Roped in: BIG4 Traralgon is loaded with all-age appeal.

4. Billabong, BIG4 Tweed Billabong, NSW

The name doesn’t lie: This popular Tweed Heads park literally has a giant billabong at its heart.

And it makes for a whole lot of aquatic fun. Swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing can all be enjoyed at guests’ fingertips.

There’s also floating aqua equipment to try out, or sit on the deck of the kitchen and lounge area with a drink in hand and simply admire the beautiful view.

Book now: BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park.

BIG4 Tweed Billabong is a well-named and much-loved park.

5. Wildlife park, BIG4 Kelso Sands, TAS

Animal lovers should add this picturesque park to their itinerary. BIG4 Kelso Sands includes a native wildlife park within its grounds, allowing visitors up-close encounters with a wealth of cute creatures in natural surrounds.

Spot the likes of wombats and wallabies, possums and potoroos, and even Tasmanian devils with a bit of luck. Bird life includes tawny frogmouths. And an easy stroll to the beach often leads to the sight of seals basking in the sun.

Better yet, the park is located within the prized Tamar Valley wine region.

Book now: BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday and Native Wildlife Park.

Spot wombats and other wildlife with ease at BIG4 Kelso Sands.

6. National park, BIG4 Cania Gorge, QLD

This example doesn’t quite fit the brief, but it definitely deserves a mention. Here, the appeal lies with what’s directly outside the park rather than within it.

Right on the doorstep of this accommodation option is jewel-laden Cania Gorge National Park. Its centrepiece is the spectacular sandstone gorge its named after, which makes for breathtaking exploration and photo ops aplenty.

The park’s immense treasure extends to wildlife that includes rock wallabies, almost 100 different bird species, and ancient Aboriginal rock art.

Of course, the holiday park has plenty to enjoy as well, including an epic water play area and a par-three golf course.

Book now: BIG4 Cania Gorge Holiday Park.

Awe-inspiring Cania Gorge is within easy reach of your holiday park accommodation.

7. Train rides, BIG4 Happy Hallidays, NSW

All aboard for a fun family adventure at Hallidays Point in the NSW North Coast region. The park has a mini bright-red train called Happy 01 that runs frequently each day.

The train fits in perfectly with the fun atmosphere of this family-friendly accommodation option, which has plenty to keep all ages entertained a 3.5-hour drive north of Sydney. Toot toot!

Book now: BIG4 Happy Hallidays.

Red, red line: It's express to Funville with a stay at BIG4 Happy Hallidays.

8. Mud day spa, BIG4 Beacon Resort, VIC

Relax in style during your Bellarine Peninsula escape. BIG4 Beacon’s mud day spa provides guests with a wide variety of treatments for men and women that include massages, facials, body wraps, and more.

Couple this with simple access to the likes of prized wineries and restaurants, boutique produce outlets, and farmers’ markets, and you have an indulgent getaway within easy reach of Melbourne.

Book now: BIG4 Beacon Resort.

BIG4 Beacon’s mud day spa sets the tone for an indulgent escape.

9. Motor-racing circuit, BIG4 The Bend, SA

This new BIG4 park certainly occupies a unique position, planted within a world-class motorsport precinct. The Bend Motorsport Park hosts several major annual racing events, and outside these times holiday park guests can still enjoy a raft of petrol-head-related activities.

The park is located just minutes from the town of Tailem Bend and close to the mighty Murray River.

Learn more here.

Book now: BIG4 The Bend Holiday Park.

BIG4 The Bend is located within a first-rate motorsport precinct.

10. Oyster Shed, BIG4 Sandstone Point, QLD

There’s a great backstory to this historical facility, built in 1875 by a prominent oyster farmer. In fact, BIG4 Sandstone Point now occupies land that was once home to this successful oyster farm, about an hour’s drive north of Brisbane.

The Oyster Shed has since been restored by the holiday resort’s owners and dishes up delicious local seafood each day from its delightful waterfront location.

Book now: BIG4 Sandstone Point Holiday Resort.

BIG4 Sandstone Point's historically significant Oyster Shed dishes up delicious seafood.

Have you experienced any of these facilities? If so, we’d love to read your thoughts about them, so please leave a comment below.

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