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Alyssa Tresider
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Top 10 Family Campervan Spots in Australia.

Here at Apollo, we’re all about making van travel easy (and loads of fun!). To help you create a memorable, family-friendly road trip itinerary planner, we’ve researched 10 of the best campsites in Australia

Planning to book a campervan hire for a family road trip around Australia? Great idea! From wildlife encounters to campfire stories under the stars, an Australian road trip captures the essence of freedom and family bonding. 

With an Apollo campervan rental, you can tailor your Australian road trip to see and do as much (or as little!) as you like. Apollo has 10 branches nationwide, so you can even pick up your camper at one branch and drop it off at the other.

But before you hit the road, you’ll need to book a campsite or two. The good news is, wherever you travel on your Australian road trip, you’ll find a great selection of fantastic campsites and holiday parks that cater to families. 

Here at Apollo, we’re all about making van travel easy (and loads of fun!). To help you create a memorable, family-friendly road trip itinerary planner, we’ve researched 10 of the best campsites in Australia. But first …

Is Australia a good place for families to visit?

Australia is packed with family-friendly destinations waiting to be explored. With its diverse landscape, this vast country offers an exciting playground - from sun-kissed beaches for sandcastle enthusiasts to lush rainforests for budding adventurers. 

Water-based activities such as swimming, surfing, and snorkelling are also on offer at every turn. Yep, Australia is a magnificent canvas for a family road trip, teeming with places and activities that cater to every age and interest.

 

Image: South Australia Tourism Commission

 

Why families should explore Australia in a campervan

A family holiday in a campervan hire is the ticket to a hassle-free, unforgettable Australian adventure. When you rent a travel van, you’ve got the opportunity to create a bespoke road trip itinerary planner. Combine exploration, adventure, and comfort into one unique experience. Let’s take a look at more top reasons to take a family campervan holiday:

  • With a campervan, there’s no need to pack and unpack as you travel between destinations. 

  • On-the-go naps for the little ones (and tired parents!) are super easy. 

  • The convenience of having an onboard kitchen and bathroom makes van travel ideal for families.

  • Travelling in a campervan is budget-friendly, saving on accommodation costs and allowing you to allocate more to family activities that will create those treasured memories. 

  • With Apollo's dog-friendly campers, even your furry family member can join the fun. 

  • Spontaneous detours and unplanned stops become part of the journey, contributing to the joy of van travel. 

HELPFUL GUIDE: Check out our 10 helpful tips for a campervan road trip with kids. 

 

The best 10 family-friendly campervan spots in Australia

Ready to check out the best family-friendly campsites Australia has to offer? From vibrant coastal paradises to serene outback retreats, these top ten locations are the ultimate combination of fun, relaxation, and stunning natural beauty. 

 

Sheralee Tourist Caravan Park, New South Wales

First on our list is the Sheralee Tourist Caravan Park. Located in the heart of Sydney, the caravan park’s unbeatable location is perfect for exploring the city. 

Facilities include fully equipped kitchens, shower blocks, and a convenient laundry room – everything needed for a comfortable stay. Once settled, you're a short drive from the dynamic Darling Harbour, a hotspot for family adventures. Attractions like SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, and the Australian National Maritime Museum make for a fun day out for all ages. 

INSPIRING READ: First timer campervanners: A Sydney to Broken Hill Outback adventure (plus pup!)

 

BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park, Victoria

Next up, we're heading south to the BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park, located in the vibrant city of Melbourne. 

This fantastic holiday park is your launchpad to a dynamic mix of relaxation and cultural exploration. A haven for families, the campsite boasts an array of superb amenities. Picture yourself unwinding in the solar-heated pools and spa after an action-packed day, while the kids enjoy the games room and playground.

But the fun doesn't stop within the park. You're on the doorstep of Australia's culture capital - Melbourne. A short drive takes you to the city's heart, where the National Gallery of Victoria hosts world-class exhibitions. Younger minds will love the interactive exhibits at the Melbourne Museum. And don't forget a stroll down Degraves Street, Melbourne's bustling lane of cafes and boutiques. 

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NRMA Cairns Holiday Park, Queensland

Located in Queensland's tropical north, the city of Cairns is next on our road trip planner. 

Park your campervan up at the NRMA Cairns Holiday Park. Take a refreshing dip in the saltwater pool, prepare a family feast in the camp kitchen, or enjoy some quality time in the communal outdoor area.

The park's location is ideal for those looking to explore the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef or have a picnic at the picturesque Cairns Esplanade. Additionally, the ancient rainforests of Daintree, a World Heritage site, is less than two hours’ drive. Offering breathtaking views, unique wildlife, and rich Aboriginal culture, it's an experience not to be missed. Plus, NRMA Cairns Holiday Park is a dog-friendly campsite, making it perfect for the whole family.

INSPIRING READ: Why a camper hire from Cairns will give you the full tropical experience

 

Image: Visit Victoria

 

BIG4 West Beach Parks, South Australia

Looking for a great holiday park in South Australia? Set your GPS for BIG4 West Beach Parks. This great campsite has it all including a heated swimming pool for a relaxing swim and a specially designed sensory room for calming experiences. For fitness enthusiasts, there's a gym for working out while the younger ones can enjoy the Splash Zone, skate and BMX park and jumping pillows.

Situated in Adelaide, this family-friendly holiday park is just a short drive away from a host of local attractions. Explore the enchanting Botanic Gardens, meet diverse wildlife at the Adelaide Zoo, or indulge in some retail therapy at Rundle Mall. 

INSPIRING READ: South Australia’s wineries, beaches, golden sunsets, and good people

 

Discovery Holiday Park Hobart, Tasmania

Thanks to its compact size, Tasmania is the ideal place to explore by campervan. And the perfect place for families to stay is at Discovery Holiday Park Hobart

Facilities include a barbecue area for family grilling sessions, a bouncing pillow for playful afternoons, and a playground where children can let off some steam. Dog lovers will appreciate the dog-friendly policy, so your furry family members won't be left behind.

In the vicinity, you'll find loads of great family attractions. Take an invigorating hike along Mount Wellington's walking tracks where you can admire cascading waterfalls, and feast your eyes on panoramic views from the lookout. If you're seeking tranquillity, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offers a peaceful retreat. A visit to historic Port Arthur is a must-do for culture enthusiasts.

INSPIRING READ: Exploring Bicheno, Tasmania

 

BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park, Northern Territory

Perfect for campervanners, BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park boasts a myriad of family-friendly facilities. Kids will be kept busy with the splash and play of the water park, pedal go-karts, and playground. In the evenings, unwind in the spa then relax together for a family movie night in the dedicated movies room.

Just a short drive away, the city of Darwin has an array of attractions to choose from. Face your fears at the Crocosaurus Cove, where the bravest might dare the Cage of Death. Don't miss the vibrant Mindil Beach Sunset Market, a perfect spot to pick up souvenirs and try local delicacies. And for a dose of culture and art, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory offers fascinating exhibits that will captivate kids and adults alike. 

INSPIRING READ: 8 Ultimate Northern Territory family experiences

 

Discovery Holiday Park Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Take your Apollo campervan on a road trip through the landscapes of Central Australia to the Discovery Holiday Park Alice Springs

The park features an array of amenities that cater to all, including an activity room perfect for family games and a bouncing pillow for some fun. And when you need to cool down, take a dip in the swimming pool. Your furry friends are welcome too, thanks to the park’s dog-friendly policy.

Beyond the park, venture out to discover the remarkable attractions that surround Alice Springs. Visit the Kangaroo Sanctuary to meet Australia's iconic marsupials, or make a day trip to the breathtaking Uluru, one of Australia's most famous landmarks. With such unique and incredible sights nearby, the Discovery Holiday Park in Alice Springs promises an unforgettable family campervan holiday.

INSPIRING READ: Top 10 things to do in the Northern Territory

 

Alivio Tourist Park, Australian Capital Territory

Hop into your campervan and make your way to the Alivio Tourist Park, located in the heart of the Australian Capital Territory. This family-friendly campsite is the perfect base to explore the nation's capital. The park is bursting with amenities to keep the family entertained such as playgrounds, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and basketball and volleyball courts. Not to mention, bush walks that offer an intimate experience with Australia's unique flora and fauna.

Beyond the park, Canberra's iconic attractions are just a stone's throw away. Visit the poignant Australian War Memorial, explore the halls of Parliament House, or get up close and personal with the creatures at the National Zoo & Aquarium

 

Cable Beach Caravan Park, Western Australia

Looking for pure white sand and crystal clear water as far as the eye can see? Head directly to Broome’s beautiful Cable Beach. And to make the most of your stay, park up at Cable Beach Caravan Park

Just five minutes’ walk from the beach, this awesome holiday park is the most popular caravan park in Broome – so be sure to book in early. The park's facilities include a swimming pool for fun and relaxation, barbecues and picnic tables for outdoor dining, free WiFi, and a fish cleaning area for the catch of the day. And if you’re looking for a quick snack, the onsite Millie Café has a great selection of goodies. 

Immerse yourself in the area's rich culture and natural beauty by taking a sunset camel ride on Cable Beach, touring Willie Creek Pearl Farm, or visiting Broome Museum

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Discovery Holiday Park Perth Airport, Western Australia

Set in the foothills of the Darling Ranges, and just 25 minutes’ drive from Perth’s CBD, Discovery Holiday Park – Perth Airport has it all on offer for families. The park boasts an activity room for family fun, a swimming pool for cooling off, a dog-friendly policy, and a well-equipped camp kitchen.

Around the city, countless family-friendly adventures await. Get drenched at Perth Outback Splash, compete in a round of Supa Golf mini-golf, or wander the serene paths of the Wanneroo Botanic Gardens

INSPIRING READ: A Western Australia road trip is a dream for wildlife lovers

 

Image: Destination NSW

 

Ready for a family trip to Australia?

Exploring Australia in an Apollo campervan allows families to experience the unparalleled beauty, vibrant culture, and diverse wildlife on offer. 

Ready to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones? Start planning your Australian road trip adventure today. Visit our website and book your Apollo campervan online. Then, simply pick it up from your local branch and hit the road towards your first family-friendly campsite. Your family road trip awaits!

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