For a vine time, stop here awhile

Where there’s a win­ery, there’s a way. So say scores of car­a­van­ners and campers look­ing to en­joy a tip­ple or two among the vines Down Un­der. And ev­ery great wine re­gion has a nearby hol­i­day park where you can park your wheels or set up camp, dis­cover Scot

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BIG4 Badger Creek Hol­i­day Park, Vic­to­ria

Fine wine in hand, crack­ling fire, bab­bling brook, stars in a clear night sky – life can’t get much bet­ter than that, can it? Un­less you’re go­ing to have a cham­pagne break­fast the next day in a hot-air bal­loon ride, that is.

Vic­to­ria’s Yarra Val­ley has rolling hills and green­ery, and over­flows with some of the world’s finest pinot noirs and chardon­nays, thanks to its cooler cli­mate. BIG4 Badger Creek, a park on the out­skirts of Healesville, just over an hour from Mel­bourne’s CBD, pro­vides the per­fect launchpad to ex­plore the re­gion’s spoils.

This hol­i­day park’s charms lie with its down-to-earth nat­u­ral vibe, as op­posed to some of the big­ger, ren­o­vated and more com­mer­cial BIG4 venues. Campers score the best seat in the house be­cause the un­pow­ered sites back on to well-main­tained campfire pits right be­side the cas­cad­ing lit­tle stream known as Badger Creek, which is lined by beau­ti­ful ghost gums.

There are pop­u­lar winer­ies big and small nearby, in­clud­ing Do­maine Chan­don, Rochford Wines, Oakridge Wines and the In­no­cent By­stander cel­lar door and res­tau­rant only a hop, skip and a jump up the road. Park high­lights in­clude ter­rific bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties, a well-equipped games room and an old-fash­ioned lolly shop with the best bar­gains Down Un­der – a sure-fire hit with the kids. Wait un­til you see what you can get for $1.

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Barossa Val­ley Tourist Park, SA

The rolling hills of the Barossa Val­ley are as rich and var­ied as the wines the re­gion pro­duces. The Barossa Val­ley Tourist Park, 70km north of Ade­laide, is close to all the ac­tion when tour­ing the re­gion, in­clud­ing winer­ies such as Wolf Blass, Pen­folds, Elder­ton Wines and Chateau Dor­rien. At­trac­tions at the park in­clude a sports com­plex and func­tion cen­tre, an ar­ti­fi­cial lake with a va­ri­ety of na­tive birds and wildlife, two chil­dren’s play­grounds and bike hire fa­cil­i­ties.

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Riverview Tourist Park, WA

Mar­garet River, home to 20 per cent of Aus­tralia’s pre­mium wines, is an al­lur­ing blend of first-class vine­yards, ma­jes­tic beaches and forests that could come from a fairy­tale.

Riverview Tourist Park (280km south of Perth) takes in a bush at­mos­phere near the river’s edge, of­fer­ing vis­i­tors close contact with win­ery and scenic tours, the lo­cal cheese fac­tory, as well as ho­tels, pubs, restau­rants, cafes, craft gal­leries and shops.

Don’t know where to start? The Mar­garet River Re­gional Wine Cen­tre, man­aged and owned by lo­cal wine iden­ti­ties, of­fers a solid col­lec­tion of the finest wines in the area and is a handy first port of call.

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BIG4 Val­ley Vine­yard Tourist Park, NSW

Aus­tralia’s old­est wine-grow­ing re­gion, the Hunter Val­ley, lays claim to be­ing the toast of NSW’’ and is only two hours’ drive from Sydney.

Bro­ken­wood, Lin­de­mans, McGuigan, Dray­ton and Wyn­d­ham Es­tate are just some of the fa­mous winer­ies nearby. Val­ley Vine­yard Tourist Park is a cork’s pop away from the ac­tion.

Fea­tur­ing a har­vest of its own, this park is an ideal place to set up camp and ex­plore the re­gion, and is close also to cheese fac­to­ries, choco­late shops, gal­leries, Hunter Val­ley Gar­dens, restau­rants and the his­tor­i­cal vil­lages of Wol­lombi and Mor­peth.

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Dis­cov­ery Hol­i­day Parks – Had­spen, Tas­ma­nia

Ab­sorb the beauty of the Ta­mar Val­ley, home to some of Aus­tralia’s pre­mium cool-cli­mate wines such as pinot noir, sparkling wines, ries­ling, chardon­nay, sauvi­gnon blanc, caber­net sauvi­gnon and pinot gris, in this gor­geous part of Tas­ma­nia.

From Dis­cov­ery Hol­i­day Parks – Had­spen, tour the Tas­ma­nian wine routes eas­ily by car, or leave your wheels at home and go on one of many guided tours. The is­land’s wine routes in­clude the Ta­mar Val­ley, north of Launce­s­ton, along both sides of the Ta­mar River and east to Pipers River and the Der­went, Coal River and Huon val­leys, an easy drive from Ho­bart. See dis­cov­ery­hol­i­day­ /tas/ta­mar val­ley/had­spen

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