Many Aussie families spend Christmas on the beach, enjoying a feast of fresh seafood and a round of cricket. It’s often the one time of year when the family can get together, kick back and enjoy summer. So rather than trying to keep the kids entertained at home, why not head out on the road for a hassle-free Christmas holiday?
If you haven’t visited a holiday park for a while, you may be surprised by the range of first class facilities on offer. For instance, the popular Airlie Beach holiday park Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort boasts a 32m swimming pool with water slides and “raining mushrooms”, an 18-hole mini-golf course, jumping pillow, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, an outdoor movie theatre and a kids’ club that runs craft and educational activities. Operations manager Chris Sergent says kids can enjoy the holiday activities while parents relax with activities such as garden walks or full-body massages.
RACV Cobram Resort, Vic, is another holiday park offering a luxurious getaway for less. Manager Gary Hunt says that it’s important to ensure that parents, other guests and children all enjoy the break they deserve. “We often host farmers’ markets where local produce is available to taste and purchase. The markets are complemented by wine tasting sessions so you can sample a platter of local cheeses and wash it down with a drop of the locals’ finest,” he says. “Lawn bowls is also a favourite for visiting guests, who enjoy the relaxed contest well into the night under the lights of the tennis court.”
As any parent knows, the Christmas holidays can turn into a nightmare if the kids aren’t entertained. Children stuck at home can become bored, leading to complaints and too much time in front of the television.Thankfully, holiday parks provide an affordable and active alternative. With many holiday parks offering special school holiday activities in addition to their regular events and facilities, there are always plenty of things for the kids to do.
Many holiday parks find that the majority of visitors enjoy the accommodation so much that they come back year after year, creating a close-knit community who look forward to reconnecting each time they visit their park. RACV Cobram Resort’s Gary Hunt says many of the children who stay at his park keep in contact throughout the year, often through emails and social networking websites such as FaceBook.“Holiday parks are a great place for both friends and family to come together,” he says. So to get the most out of your Christmas break this year, take a vacation to a holiday park. You’ll never turn back.
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