Holiday parks are similar to caravan parks but have a greater range of facilities and activities available. Located throughout Australia, usually in the more well-known tourist areas, holiday parks are particularly popular with families looking for cheap holiday deals. Accommodation can be in guests' own caravans or tents, or in on-site self-contained cabins. Some parks also have apartments available. Powered caravan/tent sites will often have their own en-suite.
It's generally the facilities and activities on offer that sets a holiday park aside from a caravan park. Facilities at holiday parks can include such things as swimming pool, spa, recreation room, internet café, playground, tennis court, camp kitchen, and on-site store. There are usually plenty of activities to keep children occupied, with some holiday parks even providing a kids' club.
Holiday parks will take advantage of the environment in which they're set. Many are located by a beach or river. If this is the case, there will usually be aquatic equipment, such as paddle boats, canoes or small yachts, for hire.
There may also be boat mooring or fishing facilities. If located in a bush area, there may be bushwalking tracks and the opportunity to get close to wildlife, such as birds or kangaroos. Some parks will also have bicycle hire available.
Holiday parks are a good place for a family holiday as there's plenty for the kids to do, so mum and dad also get a chance to relax. However, for anyone looking for a quiet holiday, they may not the best choice.
Per night rates for two people start from around $20 for a powered site without en-suite, up to more than $60 for some en-suite sites. Cabins can range from $60 up to $280 per night. Charges can depend on the time of year, with holiday periods being at the higher end of these ranges. There may also be a minimum three night stay in holiday times. Many parks offer discounted rates for stays of a week or more.