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Best New South Wales family holiday parks for 2024

Holiday parks are the ultimate choice for family fun in New South Wales! In this guide, we reveal our readers’ favourite family holiday parks across the state for 2024

An aerial view of BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama © NEG photography
An aerial view of BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama © NEG photography

Each year, we ask Aussie parents to share their best-loved holiday parks for the annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Now, the results are in, and it’s time to reveal this year’s kid-friendly favourites in New South Wales, as voted by you – Out & About with Kids readers.

From breezy beachfront caravan stays to bush glamping adventures, the ten holiday parks on this list are more than a place to rest your head. These holiday havens have something special that’s captured the hearts of our readers (and their kids, and sometimes even the family dog – don’t miss our pet-friendly shortlist at the end!)

Ready to find your next weekend getaway or holiday escape? Dive into our readers’ favourite family holiday parks in New South Wales below.

10 best family-friendly holiday parks in New South Wales

BIG4 Easts Beach Kiama Kids on Beach
BIG4 Easts Beach Kiama Kids on Beach

Here are this year’s winners and finalists for the best NSW holiday parks to visit with kids:

1. BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park - Kiama, South Coast

Sunny's Aquaventure Park
Sunny's Aquaventure Park

The votes are in! BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park is the state’s best family-friendly holiday park for 2024, according to Out & About with Kids readers. 

It’s easy to see why kids and parents love this coastal holiday park: picture waking up to the beautiful Easts Beach right on your doorstep, minutes from family-friendly Kiama attractions like Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures and Jamberoo Action Park. 

But the water park fun doesn’t stop there – BIG4 Easts Beach’s heated Aquaventure Park will delight kids for hours with slides, a giant tipping bucket and shaded toddler’s area. Add two outdoor playgrounds, an on-site cafe and fabulous kids’ club, and this may just be the perfect South Coast getaway. 

Whatever your budget, you’ll find accommodation options to suit, from beachfront caravan and camping sites to family villas that sleep up to eight, complete with a barbecue and ocean-view verandah.

2. NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort - Umina Beach, Central Coast

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort
NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort © NRMA Parks and Resorts

Only 90 minutes from Sydney, NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort has a plethora of family-friendly accommodation options. Stay your way in a self-contained loft, villa, cottage or pet-friendly van site – or for something different, take your clan clamping in a Safari Tent, Treehouse, or luxe ‘Glamtainer’ (all of which sleep a family of four). After all, who says a kid-friendly ‘adventure holiday’ can’t have all the modern mod cons? 

At NRMA Ocean Beach, the perks just keep coming: a year-round kids’ club, heated pool and spa, waterslide, adventure playground, jumping pillows and games room. The calm, shallow waters of Umina Beach are made for paddling, and with the Ocean Breeze café on hand, this is a destination that parents will adore too. 

The park is a fantastic base to explore the Central Coast: the towns of Ettalong and Gosford, the Australian Reptile Park, Treetops Adventure Park and Glenworth Valley Adventures.

Book your stay at the NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort here!

3. Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort - Yamba, Clarence Valley

Aerial shot of the pools and water park
Aerial shot of the pools and water park

Looking for a peaceful riverside getaway? Head to family favourite Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort in the laid-back northern NSW town of Yamba to spend your days fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking and bushwalking. 

It’s almost the Yamba beach holiday from your childhood memories, with more than a few modern perks: a pump track, 18 holes of mini golf, climbing wall and water park, complete with a billabong slide and giant tipping bucket. All this is just a short stroll from Yamba’s beach, shops and cafes. 

And speaking of convenience – the pool complex includes a swim-up bar overlooking the kids’ water park, ensuring everybody has a great time.

Book your stay at the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort here!

4. North Star Holiday Resort - Hastings Point, Tweed Coast

The view from the top of the super slides at North Star Holiday Resort
The view from the top of the super slides at North Star Holiday Resort

Between the tranquil Hastings Point beach, crystal-clear tidal estuary, and plenty of kid-friendly activities, you’ll have no trouble filling your days at North Star Holiday Resort

Of course, this eco-resort in the Tweed delivers what every kid wants on holiday: an absolutely enormous water park. But there are more family-friendly delights to discover across the 10-hectare park, like the educational Marine Discovery Centre, full of interactive exhibits about our ocean ecosystems. 

School holiday activities at Neptune’s Kids’ Club let parents take their choice of ‘vacation vacation’ – a relaxed meal at licensed restaurant Ripples, or an afternoon relaxing at Seascape, the resort’s adults-only retreat (featuring a 25-metre lap pool, temperature-controlled spas, sauna and gym).

5. Holiday Haven Culburra Beach - Shoalhaven Region, South Coast

An aerial view of Culburra © Andy Hutchinson
An aerial view of Culburra © Andy Hutchinson

Deciding between a family camping trip and hassle-free resort stay? You’ll find the right balance of outdoor fun and convenience at Holiday Haven Culburra Beach, about 22 kilometres southeast of Nowra. 

Nestled between Culburra Beach and the waters of Lake Wollumboola, it’s one of 12 Shoalhaven region holiday parks under the Holiday Haven umbrella. The park’s peaceful bush surroundings guarantee a refreshing family getaway. 

Kids can stay active from dawn to dusk with sandy shores just steps away, a playground with flying foxes, mini golf, cricket pitch and a heated pool complex to enjoy year-round. 

And if you’re keen on family fishing trips, take note – the park has unbeatable access to some of Australia’s best deepwater and estuarine fishing areas.

6. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park - Tweed Heads, North Coast

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park
BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park

Discover the natural beauty of Australia’s ‘Green Cauldron’ at BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park. The park’s tidal saltwater billabong is a stunning natural centrepiece – one where kids can swim, paddle and fish to their hearts’ content.

A themed water park also lets families interact with local Tweed landmarks in a whole new way; junior guests can waterslide down Mt Warning-Wollumbin, get drenched by a tipping bucket inspired by rocky Fingal Head, and splash in the toddler zone featuring colourful Cook Island marine life.

When it’s time for a break, the modern camp kitchen and lounge is a great place to relax (while kids run amok on the nearby adventure playground). Not your average amenities block, it even features a fireplace and stunning waterfront deck.

7. BIG4 NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort - Mid North Coast

NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort
NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort

There are countless ways for families to reconnect at BIG4 NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort, about an hour from Port Macquarie. Gather your crew for a round of Sharkey’s Putt Putt mini golf, go canoeing on the lagoon, visit historic Trial Bay Goal, or take a walk to family-friendly Trial Bay, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.  

Shipwreck Island Water Park provides hours of fun as kids climb the crow’s nest, dodge the water cannons, and hide out in towering Skull Cave. For more immersive outdoor fun, sign up for SHIPWRECKED by Bear Grylls Survival Academy, a kid-friendly adventure program exclusive to NRMA Holiday Parks.

Make your booking at NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Park right away!

8. NRMA Darlington Holiday Resort - Coffs Coast

A family toasting marshmallows at NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Park near Coffs Harbour
A family toasting marshmallows at NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Park near Coffs Harbour

Kids will love waking up to kangaroos and wallabies on their doorstep at eco-friendly NRMA Darlington Beach Resort & Holiday Park. Spanning almost 45 hectares of coastal rainforest, it’s the ideal base to explore Gumbaynggirr country. 

Once you’ve settled into your comfortable cabin, caravan or campsite, yilaami (come along) on a bush tucker SUP adventure or walking tour with First Nations guides, take in the views from Niigi Niigi (Sealy Lookout) and try traditional crafts at the Yarrawarra Cultural Centre, just 10 minutes from the resort. 

As well as pristine Arrawarra Beach, NRMA Darlington Beach boasts an archery range, water park, pump track, licensed on-site café, year-round kids’ club and a nine-hole golf course.

9. Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads - South Coast

Shoalhaven Heads © Peter Izzard Photography
Shoalhaven Heads © Peter Izzard Photography

Bordered by Seven Mile Beach and the Shoalhaven River, Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads might be the ‘tree change’ you need this year. This South Coast destination near Jervis Bay is the kind of place where treasured memories are made; little ones learn to fish, surf and kayak, and evenings end with outdoor movies under the stars. 

Take your pick of shady riverbank campsites and self-contained waterfront villas, each with a private deck to soak up all that natural serenity. All kinds of families are accommodated here – the Dunes complex of ten two-bedroom cabins is perfect for reunion trips, and pets are welcome outside peak seasons.

10. NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Park - Sapphire Coast

Splash park fun at NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort
Splash park fun at NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort

It’s no wonder that NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort is a magnet for families – for one, it’s only three hours’ drive from Canberra. Kids’ club activities run all year round here, which is a major win for parents too. But it’s the great selection of family-friendly accommodation that makes this park truly special.  

Big families will love the ocean-view villas that sleep up to eight people, while glamping-style Safari Tents are perfect for a family of four. Wherever you stay, you can make the most of the resort’s fabulous amenities: a pool, playground, jumping pillow, pedal karts, and even a pizza oven. E-bikes are available to hire, so you can explore Merimbula’s family attractions in eco-friendly style.

Ensure your stay at NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort by booking now!

NSW’s best pet-friendly holiday parks

Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads
Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads

Travelling with your furry family members? Dog-friendly caravan and camping sites are available at Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads and select NRMA holiday resorts, including Ocean Beach, Merimbula Beach, South West Rocks and Darlington Beach. 

For pet-friendly cabins and villas, head to Blue Dolphin Yamba, NRMA Darlington Beach, BIG4 NRMA South West Rocks or Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads. 

Note: Check each park’s pet policy, as conditions apply, including restrictions during peak times (like school holidays).

More New South Wales holiday park highlights

NRMA Ocean Beach
NRMA Ocean Beach

Beachfront caravan sites and ocean views

No need to strain your neck to catch a glimpse of these ocean views! If you’re looking for a beachfront caravan or cabin stay in NSW, you can’t go past Beach Retreats and Seabreeze Villas at BIG4 Easts Beach Kiama, which have a private deck overlooking the sand and sea. 

Clifftop cabins at NRMA Merimbula Beach also have unbeatable ocean views from private verandahs, including The Point, situated right on the headland.

NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort from above
NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort from above

Best NSW holiday parks with water parks

Some of Australia’s best water parks can be found within splashing distance of caravan and camping accommodation. That includes several themed water parks, which add a whole new level of imaginative fun – we love Shipwreck Island at BIG4 NRMA South West Rocks and the nature-inspired water play zones at BIG4 Tweed Billabong. 

Sunny’s Aquaventure Park at BIG4 Easts Beach Kiama has something for all ages: slides and multi-level platforms for big kids, a splash pad for the younger crowd, and a shaded water journey perfect for babies and toddlers.

BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park Water Park
BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park Water Park

Family glamping spots in New South Wales

NRMA Holiday Parks have really invested in family-friendly glamping accommodation, like cosy Safari Tents. Each location offers a unique experience: stay right on the lagoon at NRMA Darlington, or take adorable family photos in the outdoor bathtub at NRMA Merimbula Beach. NRMA Ocean Beach also features luxe one- and two-bedroom glamping containers with a kitchenette, deck, outdoor barbeque and resort-style bathroom.

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