I can’t really say that I’m much of a ‘camping’ kind of gal. Dad took my sisters and I camping a couple of times when we were kids, I loved it back then but there’s something about having a running toilet that is a necessity for me now. Precious? Maybe, but at least I’m honest! Haha.
As a single mum, I find it hard to do activities like camping on my own. Setting up the caravan and pitching a tent with two adults is hard enough let alone trying it with an eight, seven and five year old.
Aside from all that some of my fondest memories growing up were staying in caravan parks. Every year we would stay for 10 days at the same caravan park at the same time of year and through the years we got to know all the other families that came also. Some of these friends I still hold dear to my heart to this day! I wanted to start making these memories for my kids also. Just because I was on my own didn’t mean that they were going to miss out.
Last school holidays we booked 5 nights at the Big 4 Caravan Park in Ledge Point. We stayed in a cabin which was perfect!!! After getting through the stress of packing up a family of four for a weeks holiday, walking into a cabin with everything you could possibly need already waiting for you was heaven.
It didn’t’ take long for the kids to jump on their bikes and head out exploring. They found a games room, go-carts, swimming pool, playground but probably their favourite find would have to be the massive bouncy pillow at the entrance of the holiday park. It seemed to be ‘the’ place to be to make friends of all ages and in true kid fashion, it’s wasn’t long before I had them back, knocking on the door introducing me to their new friends and inviting them in for a milo.
Our cabin was really close to all the action so I could pull up a chair and work whilst keeping an eye on them and still giving them some rope. Being able to make friends and work out the hierarchy of the playground is important for them to do on their own, or at least not feel like I’m hovering anyway.
We swam, BBQ’d in the park, made friends, watching ‘concerts’ and raced each other on go-carts and even managed to head into Lancilan to tackle the sand dunes. The sand dunes were only a ten-minute drive north and everything you need to tackle the massive hills is there at your disposal. If you stay in Ledge Point then make sure you give this a go, just pick a day that isn’t very windy, the sand can be really nasty whipping into your face.
If you’re looking for a fun, clean, outback holiday that still has the basic homely luxuries, then this is the holiday for you. There are lots of Big 4 Caravan Parks all around Australia. You can find out where they are and what they have to offer you and your family here.