Planning a family camping trip? You’re not alone. Camping is a great way to spend some much-needed quality time together, with the added bonus of being amongst some of the country’s most jaw-dropping natural spaces, too. But if this is your first time venturing out into the wilderness with the family in tow, there are a few additional things you’ll need to consider when organising your trip.
If you’re travelling with kids, you have probably already thought about packing wipes - and lots of them! And you definitely won’t have forgotten about toys, or kid-friendly camping gear like portable high chairs and child-size life jackets if you will be heading out on the water. But there’s more to planning a successful family camping trip than meets the eye. Below, we take a look at some of the less obvious things to think about that can really help to turn your family camping trip into a fantastic holiday that you will never forget.
At-Home Security – Protect your high-value items while away
A family camping trip doesn’t just have to mean bringing the kids along. In fact, more young adults are joining their parents on holiday than ever before, which means you might be planning to bring the grandparents or other family members along for the ride, too. If you’re all going away together and there’s no one nearby to keep an eye on your property, make sure you’re taking the right measures to keep your valuables secure. A storage rental service can be ideal for protecting high-value items such as computers, laptops, jewellery and any other valuables that you don’t want to bring camping with you.
Accessibility – what to look for
If you’re going to be bringing a pram or stroller for the kids, or if you’re travelling with family members who use wheelchairs, it’s definitely worth checking out some accessible camping sites across Australia that can make things much easier for everyone. Some important things to look out for are wide berth parking spaces right near your accommodation, accessible cabins with stroller-friendly layouts, and local activities that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of mobility. Accessible sites are probably a lot easier to find than you think. There are some great options like Evans Head and Seal Rocks.
Rainy Day Entertainment
Fingers crossed that the weather is on your side! But the occasional downpour can happen. And it’s important to be prepared. While you may be content to spend a rainy day cosied up inside with a bottle of wine (or two!), kids typically aren’t known for enjoying the peace and quiet! Choose a campsite that’s close to some great indoor activities and look for accommodation that’s geared up for family getaways. Even though you might be dreaming of a screen-free holiday, having a TV can be a lifesaver for those rare occasions when the weather doesn’t seem to want to cooperate with your plans!
Food – camp kitchen recipes for the kids
If you’ve been camping before - either with a partner or as a solo traveller - you’ve probably found that you’re able to fill up with a big breakfast that will keep you going all day until your evening campfire dinner. But if you’re planning a trip with the kids, keep in mind that they get hungry often. It’s worth planning to create a mobile ‘camp kitchen’, ensuring that the little ones have the essential fuel they need when they need it. Consider packing plenty of on-the-go finger foods that you can take with you on days out, like pre-made pikelets, veggie sticks, little packs of popcorn, and freshly sliced fruit.
The Journey – have some games on hand
When there are little ones involved, camping doesn’t start when you reach your destination: it begins the moment you hop in the car! Even if you’re only travelling a short distance on your first trip just to ‘test the waters ’, it’s always a good idea to plan some family road trip activities to stop the kids from becoming bored and get them excited about their getaway. There are lots of games you could try out, like 20 questions or backseat bingo. Playing games together is also a good way to keep the kids off their iPads or phones for a little while, especially if it can be difficult to peel them away from the screen.
First Aid – learn how to use your first aid kit
You’ve probably already got a first aid kit in readiness for your trip. But do you know how to use it? The good news is that a first aid kit is usually just a precaution, and it’s not something that’s regularly needed. But remember that kids are especially skilled at getting themselves into all sorts of situations! When they’re off having fun in the great Australian outdoors, there’s definitely going to be the odd scraped knee from time to time. And learning how to use a first aid kit now can save you a lot of time when you’re faced with a boo-boo. Read up on some first aid trips for camping before leaving home.
Go with the Flow – Don’t Worry, Be Happy
If you’ve only ever taken camping trips as a couple, or as a solo traveller, extending the invitation to the kids, the grandparents and other members of the family can be a nerve-wracking experience! It’s never easy to know exactly what to expect when you’ve never done this before, so try not to pigeonhole what a family camping trip should look like; be flexible. Go with the flow. And most importantly, don’t worry.
If you think about these extra details when organising your first family camping trip, you can help to ensure that your holiday goes as smoothly as possible and that everyone has a fantastic experience.
Holidays are all about relaxing, but can also be a time to rediscover your health and vitality. Whether it be a swim in NSW's beautiful beaches, a stroll along the magnificent bushwalking trails or that perfect putt on the golfing greens, there are so many activities to enjoy while taking in our incredible state.
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Moonee Beach Holiday Park
Moonee Beach, NSW
Drift with the tranquil tide at Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee Beach, where the lush green surrounds, neighbouring estuary and fresh ocean breezes seem to magic away the stresses and strife of the daily grind.
Just 10 minutes from Coffs Harbour and a stone’s throw from the fishing and surfing haven of Moonee Beach, this dog-friendly caravan park is a welcoming and serene oasis on the Coffs Coast. Gather some of your nearest and dearest and get back to life’s simple pleasures.
Take the dog for an early morning beach walk. Watch the kids as they paddle in the safe waters of the estuary or hire a kayak for an explore. Get out the fishing rod or challenge your friends to a hit on the tennis court. Then when the sun goes down gather the crew around the campfire, toast a marshmallow or two and prepare to do it all again. Find more fun things to do near Moonee Beach here
Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee Beach boasts plenty of large dog-friendly sites beside the calm waters of Moonee Creek, perfect for your caravan or RV. Set up camp on a powered site, or choose unpowered for more of a bush-camping experience. There are also cabins if you prefer the comforts of home and all visitors appreciate the parks’ facilities and activities.
Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee Beach is also an ideal base for exploring the Coffs Coast. Head to Coffs Harbour for its famous tourist attractions, thriving food and wine scene and unique shopping boutiques, or visit regional gems such as Dorrigo and Bellingen.
*We are proud to say we are dog-friendly! Dogs are currently welcome all year round on selected dog-friendly sites and cabins. Up to 2 dogs can be booked online, by phone, or in park.
Tuncurry Holiday Park
Flat, dog-friendly and with direct access to Nine Mile Beach and the famous Tuncurry Rockpool, Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry is an idyllic spot to slow down, chill out and spend time in stunning surrounds.
Whether you’re looking to wet a line in the waterways of Wallis Lake, or simply need some quality beach therapy, Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry is a beautiful place to feel the sand between your toes, smell the salt in the air and feel your cares melt away.
Take the dog for a walk on the leash-free Nine Mile Beach. Enjoy breakfast at the Tuncurry Rockpool Café, followed by a swim in its calm blue waters. Jump on a bike and cross the bridge to Forster, or head out onto Wallis Lake and see what’s biting. Clubs, restaurants and supermarkets are all within walking distance so once you’re here it’s easy to stay put. Find more things to do at Tuncurry here.
Tuncurry Beach Holiday Park offers plenty of flat, powered sites, all within easy reach of the park’s facilities and activities, with a dedicated area especially for travellers with pets. Pick either grass or slab and make yourself at home in your tent, caravan or RV. Extra-large sites are also available and there are a range of cabins if you prefer to travel light.
Stay a day, a week or a month. Bring your pup, your partner, or make some pals while you’re here. Explore the broader Great Lakes area, or stay close to home. However you like to holiday, Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry is the ideal backdrop for cherished holiday memories.
*We are proud to say we are dog-friendly! Dogs are currently welcome all year round on selected sites and cabins. Up to 2 dogs can be booked online, by phone, or in park.
Byron Bay Holiday Park
Byron Bay, NSW
If you’re looking for a Byron Bay holiday that’s light on commotion, but big on convenience and charm, then Reflections Holiday Parks Byron Bay, previously known as Reflections Clarkes Beach, is the place for you.
An easy 10-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay, Reflections Holiday Parks Byron Bay Holiday Park is a calming oasis, a lush and lovely paradise with direct access to one of the most photographed beaches in Australia.
Enjoy peaceful walks along Clarkes Beach. Bring the board for a surfing session or two, or book a lesson with one of the local surf schools. Dine in award-winning restaurants and cafes, browse quirky boutiques, then visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse and watch for the migrating whales. Find more things to do near Byron Bay here
With everything within walking distance, you won’t need to move your car or van. Just pull up your caravan, put up your tent, and make yourself at home in stunning natural surroundings. A variety of cabins are also available and all visitors enjoy the park’s facilities and activities.
*Unfortunately our park is not dog-friendly. For a full list of dog friendly parks head here.