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6 Reasons Why You Should Go Camping With Kids 

Making your next family holiday a camping trip will bring enormous rewards, creating memories that will last a lifetime

A family playing cricket at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park
A family playing cricket at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

Playing beach cricket, sitting around a campfire toasting marshmallows at night, waking to the sound of kookaburras laughing in the gum trees outside your tent… is there anything more Australian than a family camping holiday?   

Many parents have fond memories of such trips from their own childhood and are eager for their children to have similar experiences growing up. It’s a chance to get them away from the screens, get back to nature and connect as a family away from the everyday. Often it involves a road trip, which adds a whole other dimension of fun. You can organise to go with a group of friends, or go as a family unit and you’re sure to make new ones.   

Discover 6 great benefits of camping with family below: 

1. Meeting like-minded holidaymakers 

Camping at BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama © NEG photography
Camping at BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama © NEG photography

Many people head to the same campground or holiday park year after year, encountering the same like-minded holidaymakers each time. And with the rising cost of living, it’s a more affordable and arguably equally as rewarding option.   

When it comes down to it, what would kids rather be doing – traipsing through museums in Europe or riding bikes through bushland and building sandcastles on the beach? In an age where we are more time poor than ever, all they really want is quality time with their parents and to play with friends.   

With concerns about the future of our planet at fever pitch, it’s also about as low impact as it gets. You can head deep into the wilderness if you are so inclined, but there are also plenty of more comfortable options, with holiday parks offering facilities like undercover barbecue areas, water parks and kids’ clubs during school holidays.    

2. Prioritise connections over commodities

A family roasting marshmallows on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour © Destination NSW
A family roasting marshmallows on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour © Destination NSW

Let’s Go Caravan and Camping spokesman Keelan Howard says camping allows families to step away from their routines and embrace the beauty of nature together, prioritising connections over commodities.   

“In our fast-paced lives, it’s easy to forget the joy of being present,” he says. “Camping offers a chance to disconnect from screens and distractions, allowing families to focus on each other and the beauty of the natural world. It encourages families to step out of their comfort zones and embrace adventure. It’s a fantastic way to inspire a spirit of exploration in children.”  

3. Making new friends 

Playing games at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park
Playing games at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park business development manager Candy Workman has fond memories of her time spent camping as a child, and loves seeing families having similar experiences at her ‘office’. “It’s how I grew up and it’s an awesome way to travel,” she says.  

“We went all over the place camping. It’s a nice way to travel around Australia and see different parts of the country. We made friends that we kept in touch with for years. It’s a great way for kids to develop new friendships and build their confidence meeting new people. One of our guests said that you can go to the campsite next door and introduce yourself and invite them for a beer. You can’t do that in a hotel – it feels weird.”  

4. State-of-the-art facilities

The camp kitchen at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park
The camp kitchen at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

Set on nearly 13 hectares of land, BIG4 Gold Coast has 156 campsites, ranging from unpowered sites to sites with ensuite bathrooms. “Camping definitely has changed since I was a kid with all the facilities we have now,” Candy says.   

“We have a first-class camp kitchen with three barbecues along with a stovetop, oven and microwave. We have fridges and freezers in there where people can store their food. They just have to bring their own crockery and cutlery. There’s a big tropical fish tank in there for the kids to find Nemo and Dory and large wooden tables, so families and groups of friends can sit together. There’s a TV that they can watch as well, especially if there’s a game on like the State of Origin.”  

The playground at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park
The playground at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

The Park also offers outdoor games like foot pool and frisbee golf and has a sustainable playground and an off-leash dog park. “There’s a lot of room for kids to just run around and exhaust themselves,” Candy says. “Our cafe, Nibbles Terrace, is also dog-friendly. There’s a saltwater creek that runs through the park where people can go fishing. We also have a lot of wildlife and birds in the park, so it’s an opportunity for kids to get in touch with nature. It’s a really great family bonding experience.”   

5. School holiday bonuses keeping kids off screens 

Candy says many guests return year after year. “A lot of people like to come during the school holidays because it’s nice and busy and their kids can meet other kids,” she says. “We also have more activities in our kids’ club then. With everything going on, the kids don’t worry about their screens.” 

6. Experiencing the outdoors 

Kids playing in the sand at Easts Beach in Kiama © BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park
Kids playing in the sand at Easts Beach in Kiama © BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park

Leanne Williams, who is managing director of BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama, sees similar things play out at her park, two hours’ drive south of Sydney. “We find it’s an easy way for groups to come together, especially in our park because it’s so big,” she says. “It provides the freedom for kids to have space, run around, ride their bikes and experience the outdoors.”  

“We have spots that basically have uninterrupted views of the beach, which is pretty nice. The beach is a big thing for us, but BIG4 Easts Beach also has a pool, water park and playgrounds. We have entertainment during holiday periods, like discos and movie nights.”  

Leanne says she often sees families playing cricket together, fishing and surfing. “There’s great walks around here like the Kiama Coastal Walk, which is amazing,” she says. “You often get grandparents, parents and kids all camping together. That’s a really good thing to see – that interaction between the different generations.”   

In partnership with BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park and BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park Kiama  

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