Big 4 Holiday Resort @ Forest Glen

Big 4 Holiday Resort @ Forest Glen


Posted 2014-04-25 by kirsten bazfollow
The word on the street was that Big 4 holiday resorts were great for families. Bearing this in mind we booked a cabin at Big 4 Forest Glen over the Easter long weekend.

There was a bit of traffic on the drive from Brisbane so we were looking forward to arriving and relaxing. Check in was quick and easy. I was given a map of the park and a schedule of events over the weekend. The kids were excited to hear about the movies on offer each night at the outdoor cinema and of course the Easter egg hunt.

Our cabin had two bedrooms, kitchen, lounge/dining and a big bathroom which could accommodate someone in a wheelchair. There was no bath. We had our own BBQ on the deck and an outdoor table and chairs. There was no oven but a stovetop and convection microwave which I wasn't sure that I could operate and no instructions in sight. Luckily for me a friend who came to visit on Saturday showed me the ropes.

After checking out their room and loving the bunk beds the kids were keen to explore the park. The grounds are green and lush with lots of open spaces to kick balls or throw the frisbee. There is a big jumping pillow which was a hit with the kids. It did get very hot though as it was not shaded. Next to the jumping pillow is the mini golf course and two recently resurfaced tennis courts. Initially we thought the mini golf would be a bit quick and easy however after a couple of rounds it proved entertaining and quite challenging. This did include having to get a couple of stuck balls out with the end of the golf club.

There is a voucher system used for hiring of golf and tennis equipment. Initially you pay $5 per set of gear then when you return it you get $5 vouchers to use the next time. When you are leaving you redeem the vouchers for your initial $5.

The pool area was well used over the weekend. The waterslide was pretty popular as was the spa. The whole pool area could do with an upgrade as it was quite small for the number of patrons and did get pretty crowded. On the upside the water was a lovely temperature - around 24 degrees we were told, there was always a sun lounge available and the resort supplied some balls and noodles.

Another highlight was the nightly outdoor movies. It was great to have dinner then snuggle up under a blanket on the grass outside and watch a movie on the big screen. A good idea to take a picnic rug for this purpose. There were also two movies per day shown in the mini indoor cinema and a good selection of DVDs for hire to watch in your cabin.

We came prepared in terms of bringing lots of food for the weekend so we didn't have to shop when we arrived. There were a few shops in Forest Glen including a fantastic huge organic marketplace, a bakery and a fish shop that looked pretty good.

When we arrived we were told about the on site restaurant which had opened just the night before. It serves Tibetan food and is fantastic - look out for my upcoming article. There is also a kiosk selling bread, milk and a few snacks. If you bring a few essentials there is no need to leave the park at all although it is close to all the Sunshine Coast attractions.

We will certainly be going back to this resort and might even bring the dog next time.

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