If you’ve got the time for a quick getaway from the Goldie, take a tour down south for some amazing seaside towns and campgrounds. Ann Wason Moore tells of her family frolic
TEN nights, two toddlers, two parents… and one vehicle.
Fortunately for our family, the car in question was not just a motorhome, but a motor-mansion – and so our fears of a Griswold-style family vacation were transformed into a dream holiday.
There’s nothing better than camping (OK, this was more “glamping”) with kids – they can run free with the packs of littlies while the adults can drink freely with other unpressured parents. It’s win-win. Or should that be win-wine?
Campgrounds are like a little village. A village where every neighbour is happily on holiday, there’s no traffic and, depending where you go, enough entertainment for the kids to rival a theme park. And the golden rule of family holidays is: happy kids = happy parents.
With this in mind, we hit the road south in five-star style, armed with our GPS as we endeavoured to explore the coast away from the Coast. YAMBA
Driving distance: about 2.5 hours south of the Gold Coast
Campground: Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort AS soon as we pulled up at our riverfront site, complete with private ensuite bathroom (essentially your own little toilet/shower block at the back of the site), we were greeted by the neighbouring family – also Gold Coasters.
“This is your first stop? Don’t bother going anywhere else, this is the best,” they said.
The weather wasn’t in agreement, but that didn’t matter to the kids. From go-karts to a giant jumping pillow, swimming pools and playrooms, this was their idea of heaven. And the resultant peace at our campsite was our idea of bliss.
About 20 minutes out of town (or two hours if accompanied by a two and four year old), there is plenty to do in the Yamba area – from beautiful beaches to cool cafes. NAMBUCCA HEADS
Driving distance: about 4.5 hours south of the Gold Coast
Campground: White Albatross Caravan and Holiday Park A GREEN, grassy campground on the banks of a swimming lagoon, the natural features of this park are enhanced by its man-made neighbours – the pub and restaurant.
Again, private ensuite facilities are available, fantastic kids’ features abound and there are some great walks, which start from the park.
Make sure you venture out on the Vee Wall and check out the colourful graffiti. From family murals to personal tributes, it makes for hours of entertaining – as well as a spectacular sea view.
SOUTH WEST ROCKS
Driving distance: about 5.5 hours south of the Gold Coast
Campground: Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park THERE’S no pool and no kids’ club…but in this location you couldn’t care less.
This was an absolutely amazing spot that apparently we were lucky to get into. There can be long waiting lists to get a site at this olderstyle campground and some grey nomads stay for months.
Set at the top of a protected bay, it takes just moments to walk from any site to the sand. It gives you a feeling of how it must feel to reside on Hedges Ave…just sans the mansion.
First-time fishing at a riverfront campsite in Yamba.