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Published January 9th 2017
Winter Fun at Ocean Beach
With the summer holidays in full swing for many, your winter break may appear as a distant speck on the horizon. It will creep up on you, though, and just when you are planning your holiday by the fireside, I will be holidaying with my family at the beach, preferably in off-season.
With the soon-to-disappear advantage of having a pre-school age child, we do our best to avoid the peak season crowds and grab a weekend deal here and there in the cooler months, when many holiday parks are under capacity.
Consistently rated one of the best family holiday parks in NSW, NRMA's Ocean Beach at Umina is popular with good reason, and only a stone's throw from Sydney's North, it's my pick for winter fun with the kids.
The park has all the traditional accommodation options for geared-up family campers but if you're just stopping in for a night or two, you might prefer the ease of booking a self-contained cabin (with air-con!) or a Safari Palm Tent for a little more luxury.
There are so many options to choose from and the best thing is you won't be struggling for a car space, or queuing for the amenities, as everything in low-season is just that little bit more spacious and comfortable.
But why the beach in winter, you might ask? I could write a book on this but just to shortlist my favourite reasons: you can eat your fish and chips without a swarm of flies or mosquitos; your kids can play on the sand, in the pool or at the playground without having to slip, slop and slap every two seconds; and littlies can run amok on the skateboard and bike paths without the danger of high volumes of traffic moving around the holiday park.
There are bike and scooter ways aplenty throughout the holiday park
What's the thing we love most, though? Well, it is just being by the water. The Central Coast is such a magical example of what makes Australian winters on the coast so special. It never really gets that cold compared to the northern hemisphere and most of the time we are blessed with sunny days. Umina Beach, in the beautiful Brisbane Water National Park, is literally on the doorstep of the holiday park's camp site and, there is simply no better thing than an afternoon in the sun and brisk, clean air to clear the cobwebs of the city from your head. And ever the intrepid explorer, my four-year-old loves going off-road with his balance bike and riding on the sand before dipping his toes in the ever so chilly water.
Kids love being outdoors whatever the weather and though we as adults might prefer to cosy up in the Blue Mountains in the winter months, it's not as fun for the junior members of the family. Ocean Beach Holiday Park offers good value, excellent accommodation and facilities, all year round. With discos, movie nights and go-karting activities, to name but a few, the kids will never get bored. Just rug them up warm with beanies and coats, and she'll be right!