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Camping in the city

Thursday, April 29, 2010
If you live in one of the big cities but hanker for some time in the open air, Kelly Landry, Jules Lund and Jason Dundas have found you can camp and caravan in Australia's major cities and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Brisbane Holiday Village

Ten minutes from the CBD, Brisbane Holiday Village is an award-winning caravan park with self-contained cabin accommodation, powered tourist caravan sites, ensuite sites, campsites, camp grounds, short- and long-term accommodation, group packages and resort-style facilities. New Vogue Cabins have all the trimmings of a city apartment, including plasma televisions.

Perfect for family entertainment, The Inca Trail is a themed 18-hole mini golf course. Lagoon of the Sun is an Inca-themed pool area with two landscaped swimming lagoons and a mini water park. There's a playground area, full-sized lit tennis court, undercover barbecue areas and a convenience shop.

The Sunset Lagoon Café is open every day and has a limited liquor licence and live entertainment every fortnight.

Check out their special Vogue Cabin offer for Getaway viewers.

Big4 Holiday Park, Coburg

Nine kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, this Big4 Holiday Park has one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodation, powered, unpowered and ensuite sites. Air-conditioned cabins have cooking facilities, heating, televisions, electric blankets and pretty much everything you need for a comfortable stay.

There are 115 sites and 60 cabins, chalets and bungalows, a playground and beautiful shade trees.

Its central position makes it the ideal jump off point to Melbourne's attractions, events, sporting venues, theatres, restaurants and shopping precincts.

Big4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Adelaide's Big4 135-hectare site is chock full of fun for the family. Fifteen minutes from the city and with direct access to the West Beach, Adelaide Shores' two accommodation properties are both South Australian Tourism Award-winners.

There are caravan and camping sites (powered and unpowered), budget to deluxe cabins and new eco-tents. Whatever you choose there are so many outdoor activities you will probably just go back to your accommodation to catch some sleep.

There are two pools, tennis court, games centre, jumping pillows, playgrounds and bikes for hire. There are two 18-hole public golf courses, a golf academy, practice and driving range. Westward Ho Golf Club has bistro, bar and function area. No wonder families have been getting together at Adelaide Shore for generations.

Lane Cove River Tourist Park

Ten kilometres from the centre of Australia's largest city, Lane Cove River Tourist Park is 635 hectares of pristine bushland and eucalypt forests, home to native birds, bandicoots, tawny frogmouths, lace monitor lizards and brush turkeys.

Visitors are close to nature in serviced and comfortable cabins — ensuite are available — or their own caravan, campervan or tent in a powered or unpowered site. There are four top-class amenities blocks within the tourist park so you're never far from one.

There are onsite laundries, a recreation room and bush camp kitchen, sheltered barbecues, pool and bicycle hire. Camping costs cover entry to the Lane Cove National Park.

It's all very green with solar power and recycled water and every dollar spent in the park goes towards maintaining the environment.


Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.


Brisbane Holiday Village unpowered tent sites are $33 a double a night. Powered caravan sites are $46 a double night. Vogue Cabins are $250 a double a night. As a special introductory offer for Getaway viewers, you can stay in a Vogue Cabin for $150 a night with a minimum of four nights with two adults. The offer is valid between April 29 and June 15, 2010, subject to availability.

Melbourne Big4 Holiday Park camping is $35 a night for an unpowered site and $37 for a powered site. Studio cabins start at $90 a night, one-bedroom spa cottages $125 a night and a three-bedroom villa which sleeps seven is from $145 a night, based on two occupants.

Big4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park camping costs between $34 and $44 a night for two people. Cabins range between $104 and $129 a night twin share and deluxe cabins $170 to $219 a night twin share. Eco tents range between $87 and $108 per night twin share. Go-karts cost $10 to $15 an hour and bicycles are $20 for a half-day and $40 for a full day. Helmets are provided.

Lane Cove River Tourist Park camping starts at $35 for an unpowered site a night and $37 for a powered site. Cabins start at $121 a night.

For further information

Brisbane Holiday Village
10 Holmead Road
Eight Mile Plains 4113
Ph: (07) 3341 6133
Fax: (07) 3341 0274

Melbourne Big4 Holiday Park
265 Elizabeth Street
Coburg North 3058
Ph: (03) 9354 3533

Big4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park
West Beach
Ph: 1800 444 567

Lane Cove River Tourist Park
Plassey Road
Macquarie Park 2113
Ph: (02) 9888 9133

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