With school holidays and the long, sultry days of summer now upon us, it's time to follow that longstanding Canberra tradition of heading to the coast to enjoy some sun, sand, surf and fish n chips with the family.
My family and I enjoy long weekend and week-long stays at the coast, and like many other Canberra families, we love staying at holiday parks that are absolutely family-friendly. Whether it's a long weekend away, or a week or more, here are four holiday parks that are close to the beach, have different accommodation options to suit your family size and budget, and have plenty of facilities to keep the kids occupied.
1. Murramarang Beach Front Holiday Resort. Located just two hours away from Canberra in South Durras, north of Bateman's Bay. Murramarang resort overlooks Beagle Bay and is surrounded by National Park.
Accommodation options include unpowered and powered sites suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campervans and tents, to one-bedroom and two-bedroom beachfront villas and two-bedroom forest villas nestled amongst the resort's gardens and close to the resort's facilities. All villas and the two-bedroom beach house have full kitchens or kitchenettes.
Resort facilities include a heated swimming pool, mini waterpark, children's playground, a fully licensed restaurant, poolside cocktail bar and snack bar, on-site kiosk selling essential camping and grocery items, as well as bikes and go-karts for hire. You and your kids will also love the friendly kangaroos that seem to call the resort home!
Murramarang resort belongs to the NRMA network of parks and resorts so if you're a member of the NRMA, you can enjoy some exclusive savings.
For more information, visit the resort's website here or contact NRMA Parks and Resorts on 1300 414 448.
2. Kioloa Beach Holiday Park. Not far from Murramarang, Kioloa Beach Holiday Park is located at Kioloa Beach, halfway between Bateman's Bay and Ulladulla. It also offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from spacious two-storey retreats and family cabins to powered and unpowered sites for camping and caravans.
The holiday park's facilities include a pool and toddler's pool, amenities block, BBQ facilities, children's playground, tennis court and trampoline.
Kioloa Beach is a dog-friendly holiday park.
Kioloa Beach Holiday Park is at 635 Murramarang Rd, Kioloa, NSW, 2539. Telephone 02 4457 1072 or visit their website for more information.
3. Racecourse Beach Tourist Park. Also located not far from Murramarang at Bawley Point is the Racecourse Beach Tourist Park. Accommodation options include poolside cabins, beachfront villas ideal for large families and groups, bunkhouse cabins for the budget traveller, and powered sites perfect for caravans, motorhomes and campers.
There's also a wide range of park facilities including a pool and toddlers' pool, children's playground, jumping pillows, mini golf, basketball court, table tennis, giant chessboard, arcade games, amenities block, BBQ facilities, camp kitchen, and a kiosk and internet station.
Racecourse Beach Tourist Park is at 381 Murramarang Road, Bawley Point, NSW, 2539. For further details, freecall 1800 659 545 or visit their website.
4. Big 4 Bateman's Bay Beach Resort. Located at Bateman's Bay, with easy beach access as well as easy access to all the dining, shopping and entertainment of the town of Bateman's Bay. Accommodation includes 3 bedroom cabins overlooking the resort lake, deluxe beachfront cabins that can sleep up to five people, 2 bedroom two-storey cabins, pet-friendly deluxe cabins, and powered and unpowered sites.
Family fun resort facilities include a heated swimming pool, children's playground, jumping pillow, go kart hire, games room and tennis court.
Big 4 Bateman's Bay beach resort is located at 51 Beach Road
Batehaven, Batemans Bay. Tel: 1800 217 533 for more information or visit their website here.