South Australia offers an abundance of holiday parks from the beach to the outback and everywhere in between. They are the kind of accommodation that can cater for pretty much anyone. I have woken up in many of these stylish yet pocket-friendly places as I road-tripped my own backyard and here are four of my favourites.
Barossa Valley Discovery Park
Barossa Valley Discovery Park is the spot for an incredible glamping experience. Its two-person deluxe safari tents, set amongst native gums, are nestled within an exclusive adult-only area of the park. King-sized bedding, modern ensuite bathroom, efficient heating/cooling as well as a premium BBQ space and outdoor lounge have set me up in lavish comfort. Although the experience provides a temporary sense of escape from reality, Tanunda town centre is actually just a five-minute walk away.
Port Hughes Tourist Park
Directly connected to the beautiful South Beach, Port Hughes Tourist Park is a true family-friendly holiday destination with plenty for the kids to do. Its well-maintained facilities include a swimming pool, basketball ring, beach volleyball, jumping pillow, mini-golf and playground. Families can literally spend their stays on-site enjoying time by the pool or trying many of the activities. And, as evening approaches, it's easy to head to the beach via the boardwalk to witness a magnificent sunset.
Port Augusta Discovery Park
Up north, I am very happy with the size, cleanliness and affordability of the motel-style accommodation at Port Augusta Discovery Park. The park has a variety of well-equipped motel rooms ranging from two to six beds. In addition, you also get continental breakfast each morning plus access to the activity room, playground, camp kitchen, bbq, laundry and swimming pools. It's nice to have the advantages of both worlds - motel and holiday park - in one location.
Riverbend Caravan Park
When in the Riverland region, I consider Riverbend Caravan Park my home away from home. It offers both cabins and sites with absolute riverfront views only metres from the banks of the picturesque Murray River. There's trailer parking and a boat ramp nearby for those seeking some adventure, but I'm content just sitting back and relaxing in the shaded outdoor area of my fully self-contained two-bedroom cabin.
Where else have you stayed in South Australia? Do let us know your thoughts.