NRMA Dar­ling­ton Beach

HA­LEY PERKINS, the first lucky win­ner in our BIG4 hol­i­day com­pe­ti­tion, got ad­ven­tur­ous with her three lit­tlies on a trip to one of Coffs Har­bour’s most-loved camp­ing spots.

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A lucky win­ner from our BIG4 com­pe­ti­tion takes you in­side her fam­ily’s camp­ing adventure to Coffs Har­bour

As a sin­gle mother with three kids un­der five, all I want in a hol­i­day is an af­ford­able chance to get away with my chil­dren. To help this hap­pen, I bought a pop-top car­a­van to as­sist our ad­ven­tures. Hav­ing not camped for some 18 years, with no tow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and three tod­dlers along for the ride, I was be­gin­ning to feel I was set for dis­as­ter. The kids were so ex­cited to try out the new “cubby house on wheels”… so the pres­sure was re­ally on.

NRMA Dar­ling­ton Beach Hol­i­day Park ticked all the boxes for us. It had a play­ground and jump­ing pil­low for the kids, games room, pool for ev­ery­one, a restau­rant/café for easy meals, a lovely nat­u­ral bush set­ting with abun­dant wildlife and won­der­ful sites and fa­cil­i­ties.

A warm wel­come

Right from the start I was im­pressed with the help­ful­ness of the lady that took my book­ing. She sug­gested I get the groundsper­son to as­sist with re­vers­ing the van onto the site – some­thing I hadn’t even con­sid­ered.

Upon ar­rival, staff be­hind the desk made me – and more im­por­tantly, my chil­dren – feel very wel­come. The ar­ranged grounds­man went far be­yond the call of duty, of­fer­ing to help me set up the pop top and also bring­ing over a pic­nic ta­ble for us to use on our site. I didn’t take him up on his of­fer to help set up the van, how­ever, he in­sisted that he’d come back in half an hour to see how we were go­ing with it. Sure enough, half an hour later he re­turned to see how we were go­ing… and much to my sur­prise, we were do­ing very well!

An­i­mal king­dom

Within mo­ments of fin­ish­ing setup we were vis­ited by at least 30 lori­keets, an amaz­ing event for the kids. The birds were very friendly and sat well-be­haved on the kids’ heads and hands… the lit­tle ones were over the moon, declar­ing it the best place ever.

The kids grabbed their bikes and we headed off to check out the sights and fa­cil­i­ties, but only me­tres away we were greeted by a large group of kan­ga­roos, just ly­ing there un­fazed by our pres­ence.

I was start­ing to re­lax by this point. The van was parked and went up with­out a hitch, and the kids were happy and hav­ing a great time. We had a lovely shady en­suite site which was much larger than I thought it would be.

We stayed a to­tal of three nights, and it was never a strug­gle to find things to keep the kids en­ter­tained. It was all there: the games and ac­tiv­ity room, the night-time movies, jump­ing pil­low and play­ground, and a mas­sive pool.

I can hon­estly say this make- or-break adventure for our lit­tle fam­ily was a big ‘MAKE’ thanks to the won­der­ful team at Dar­ling­ton Beach. They helped us fall in love with our lit­tle cubby house on wheels – and it will now be a yearly es­cape for our fam­ily – our lit­tle piece of par­adise away from home.

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