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Published August 3rd 2016
Calling all nature lovers
If you're looking for holiday accommodation on the Coffs Coast of New South Wales look no further than the Darlington Beach NRMA Holiday Park. It has many accommodation options to suit every family and budget, fantastic facilities and is teeming with local wildlife such as kangaroos and wallabies, ducks and possums.
On arrival at Darlington Beach Holiday Park, the first thing you will notice is the space. The park is spread over 100 acres and is a green, leafy, bushland paradise. The next thing you will probably notice is the wildlife, lots and lots of kangaroos and wallabies. There is a large population of kangaroos who call this place home, enjoying the quiet and peaceful bushland setting of coastal and subtropical forest. For nature lovers, this holiday park is a dream come true.
It won't be long before you meet the local wildlife
The park is located around 25 minutes drive north of Coffs Harbour and offers a wide range of accommodation options, from bush camping to powered sites, en suite sites, a variety of villas and even a glamping option in the form of the Lagoon Safari Tents. For accommodation options and prices click here.
We had the pleasure of staying here for a few nights on our way north to Queensland. The only problem we had was that we loved it so much we wanted to stay longer. We were travelling with our caravan and had booked in to stay in one of the en suite powered sites. Best decision ever!
The powered sites are the largest I have ever come across with plenty of room in between guests allowing more privacy than most caravan parks. There is also an option to choose a drive-through site which is convenient if you are only planning a short stay.
We were pleasantly surprised with the size of the en suite, which was quite roomy and included a large shower, toilet and basin. I loved the convenience of the en suite site and thought the addition of an outdoor sensor light was fantastic for those late night visits to the bathroom. For those using one of the communal amenities blocks I did have a look to check it out and it was large, clean and modern.
Once you have settled in to your accommodation you will want to check out all the facilities on offer at the park, and there are tonnes!
In the main reception building you will find the Ponds Café restaurant and bar. It is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The café is fully licensed and offers both dine in or takeaway which is great if you're not bothered to drive back in to Coffs Harbour for lunch or dinner. They also serve coffee and sweet treats all day.
My tip for an easy dinner option is the pizza from the restaurant. However, if you are planning to cook while staying in your van or villa it is a good idea to buy your groceries before you arrive. However if you do run out of basics, such as bread or milk, you can buy them, and a small range of other groceries, from the café store. Also located in the reception building is the Kids Activities Room, games room and camp kitchen.
The park offers all of the facilities you would expect from a Big4 or NRMA park and the kids will be happy exploring and playing for hours. Facilities include pools, a heated spa, jumping pillows, a fenced playground for children under 6 years old, games room, a kids indoor activities room, pedal karts, bikes, tennis courts and much more.
My family loved having a leisurely game of golf at Darlington. A small fee is payable for your game at reception and you can hire clubs and buggies if required. The course wasn't crowded (apart from kangaroos) and it was a great way to spend an afternoon.
All of the facilities are very well maintained and if you need to hire gear the staff members at reception are always friendly and helpful. We used the tennis courts, sports fields, pedal karts and had two games of golf. There are small fees to hire some equipment such as the pedal karts and to play golf, however NRMA members receive a 50% discount off all activities.
Nature lovers like myself will not be disappointed at Darlington Beach Holiday Park. Apart from all the kangaroos there are also ducks and bush turkeys wandering around. We also saw lorikeets, kookaburras and some possums.
If you want to venture further afield Arrawarra Beach is just a short walk from the park. There is also a short boardwalk you can enjoy through the trees within the park (tropical strength insect repellent is highly recommended for all outdoor activities).