When you’re short on time, a three-day break is sometimes all you can afford. But don’t be fooled: weekend getaways can be just as fulfilling as months or years on the road.
The key is to find somewhere accessible and convenient that satisfies the holiday needs of you and your family. Whether it's a powered site for luxury, the peace and quiet of a remote bush camp, or the play-time features of a family-friendly park, we want to know your favourite place to spend a short getaway.
This award is presented by Australian Geographic, supporters of science, environment and the spirit of aventure.
Voting for Australia's Favourite holiday park has now closed.
Congratulations to all the nominees in this category: Best holiday park for a weekend away.
The best park for a weekend away is... 1. Shoalhaven Heads Tourist Park
Shoalhaven Heads Tourist Park says: "With absolute water frontage to Shoalhaven River and Seven Mile Beach, Shoalhaven Heads Tourist Park keeps families entertained with putt-putt golf, a jumping pillow, 2 pools & more. Situated 2 hours south of Sydney & 15 minutes from historic Berry, it makes for a perfect weekend getaway! Our camp kitchen and holiday activities make camping with the family a whole lot of fun."
Gold Coast Holiday Park & Motel says: "From the huge water-slide through to the 3 metre aquarium in the amenities, we offer a truly family friendly venue plus you can bring the family dog as well. Our staff are friendly, happy and helpful. Also the cafe caters for all age groups."
BIG4 Karuah Jetty says: "We have just completed a major upgrade program including new playground and work out area, renovation of our amenities block and new ensuite sites. We offer the rare facility of a private jetty so you can fish, paddle or bring your boat. Offering a range of accommodation and sites too!"
Brooms Head Caravan Park says: "Our park is the prettiest park on the North Coast. Quiet and relaxed, it boasts total beach frontage for 1.5km. We cater for caravans, tents and villa accommodation. a great place to reconnect with family and friends and the great outdoors."
Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park says: "Located on the beautiful Erskine River and just steps from the beach, Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or family holiday. It's the perfect place to stay while exploring the Great Ocean Road, Lorne and all the nearby attractions the region has to offer."