Summer along Australia’s east coast is perfect for camping holidays, and we all know it. Given the chance to unwind for a few weeks at the beach, who wouldn’t want to work on their tan, perfect their barbecuing skills and spend a lot of time in the water?
But with so many heading to the coast, campsites filling up quickly and all of us living in such close proximity in houses made of fabric, it’s really important to be good neighbours, because as television drama has told us, ‘good neighbours become good friends’. So here’s our five top tips on being a great camping neighbour.
- Spread out, but don’t spawl. In most campsites over summer you’re allotted a defined space. There might be lines, and there might not be. Either way, set up your campsite so that you’re conscious of the space others might need, even if that means leaving a path down your border or keeping guy ropes tidy. Make sure everything fits, including your car or trailer.
- Say hello and introduce yourself. Getting friendly with your temporary neighbour early is not only a great way to be invited to join them around their esky, but a good relationship will help both of you consider the other’s needs.
- Remember that tents, campers and caravans are poor noise insulators. The people trying to sleep literally right next to you probably aren’t that impressed with your snoring, your crying baby, the argument over who did or didn’t inflate the air mattress, or maybe even your more intimate moments. Some of these are avoidable, others less so, but try your best to keep things quiet in the quiet of night.
- Avoid noisy activities late at night. Not just in the tent, but out of it, be aware that noise travels. Starting your car to charge your phone is a terrible idea, as are the loud conversations late into the night. Most campsites agree that once 10pm hits, its time for quiet conversations or lights out.
- Offer to help. Whether it’s holding a tent pole as your new neighbour sets up his tarp city, or passing camping gear up onto the roof racks, or even keeping an eye on some kids, an early offer of help during the potentially stressful time of setting up or packing down camp can be a real game changer.
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Merimbula Beach Holiday Park is renowned as one of the best family holiday parks, it boasts a range of facilities including a new waterpark and waterslide, kids club, jumping pillow, beach volley ball and a new pizza oven to cook up a storm after an action packed day.
Voted QLD’s best family holiday park, Treasure Island features a huge range of facilities including a kids waterpark, 3 pools, waterslides, putt putt, jumping pillow, kids club and more! Located just minutes from the theme parks, beaches, Surfers Paradise and with outlet shopping next door at Harbour Town Shopping Centre, this is the ultimate location for an action packed family getaway.
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Sydney might not seem like the typical caravan or camping destination, but tucked away on it’s northern beaches NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park has all the charm of a more regional destination, and all the convenience of urban surrounds.
Set on shores of the Narrabeen Lagoon and just across from North Narrabeen beach, the holiday park is perfect for summer adventures and families who can’t get enough of the water. Typical of Sydney’s northern beaches, its also surrounded by very good places to get a caffeine hit in the morning.
Big and flat, the grassy camping area is perfect for spreading out and relaxing in the sun, or under the shade of your awning. And it doesn’t matter how epic or humble your camping set-up is, you’re never far away from one of the five camp kitchens or two large amenity blocks. Plus, there’s the option of powered and unpowered camping sites, so if you’re self-sufficient, there’s no need to pay for facilities you just don’t need.
Even if sleeping in a tent or caravan isn’t your idea of a great escape, Sydney Lakeside’s cabins are top-notch, with options for all family sizes and budgets. For the ultimate family holiday, you shouldn’t pass up the Lakeview Villas right over the lagoon’s foreshore. Bigger families will love the two-bedroom Narrabeen Cabins, which sleep six, are air-conditioned and have Foxtel.
However you ‘camp’, though, the kids will have a ball around the park. With a big splash-pad waterpark, a playground, a games room and a kids club program through school holidays, there’ll be nothing for parents to do but sit back and enjoy some quality time in a terrific part of Sydney.
Make these summer holidays one to remember
It’s not too late to book!
Don’t miss out on summer fun these holidays. We’ve still got great accommodation options available for stays throughout the summer holiday period, whether it be camping, caravanning or in one of our well-appointed, self-contained cabins. With a huge line-up of kids activities, top notch facilities and an unbeatable location, your stay with us will be one to remember!
NRMA Holiday Parks were recognised as two of the best, with NRMA Merimbula Beach and NRMA Treasure Island holiday parks both taking silver in the Caravan and Holiday Park segment at NSW and QLD State Tourism Awards.
NRMA Holiday Parks, General Manager David Birch said placing in the 2016 NSW Tourism Awards and the 2016 Queensland Tourism Awards follows a huge year for the parks.
“We’re thrilled to take home silver across two states, which validates our commitment not only to our guests, but also the wider community, sustainability and tourism,” he said.
“We’re continually looking at ways to improve our offering through improved facilities and customer service to ensure we are meeting the changing tastes in Australian holidays.”
New Caravan Industry Association of Australia figures reveal camping and caravanning is the hottest new tourist trend with holiday parks enjoying the highest visitor numbers ever recorded.
Around 50,000 visitors pass through Treasure Island and Merimbula Beach Holiday Parks each year. The parks offer a large range of caravan and tent sites along with well-appointed self-contained cabins, plus multiple in park activities catering for a broad range of holiday makers.
NRMA Holiday Parks are taking advantage of the boom, said Mr Birch, and ensuring the guest experience is always at an award winning level.
“Guests are looking for great value holidays and we aim to cater for this with the implementation of big ticket features such as waterparks, modern cabins and a wide range of kid and adult friendly activities,” he said.
Your break with nature awaits…
Looking for a place to switch off and get back to nature? NRMA Myall Shores Holiday Park is it! Only 1.5 hours from Newcastle, you’ll find one of the east coast’s best nature escapes, the Myall Lakes system which is a series of freshwater lakes and one of the few Ramsar conservation sites in the state.
This near natural coastal lake system spreads for kilometres with extensive interconnected lake and river systems within the forested wetlands that fringe the waterways and sandy shores making it a haven for native wildlife. Over the dunes from the lakes you’ll find kilometres of untouched beaches to explore, teaming with marine life including fish, dolphins and whales.
The best of these experiences are all within a short distance from the holiday park with many starting from within its boundaries.