Planning a camping holiday

My family live in the UK, so most years we have a three or four week holiday back in the UK, visiting family and friends. It’s both wonderful and exhausting, the flight, the jet lag, moving around every few days, constantly trying to see as many people as we can.  I come back to Sydney tired and needing a proper rest.  Now both my kids are over two, the trip back to the UK is becoming too expensive to do each year. So this year we are going to try a different type of holiday.  Before we had kids both my husband and I had some fantastic holidays travelling around Australia and New Zealand backpacking, staying in youth hostels, camping and driving around in a camper van.  So we thought maybe it’s time to try camping with the kids. Doing some online research I came across a fantastic website where you can plan a camping or caravan parks type holiday, its called and it allowed me to search on family holiday accommodation on campsites throughout Australia, but best of all I could filter on ones that had kids playgrounds and swimming pools. I could also see pictures of the campsite and any user reviews other campers have left.

I do not want to stay in a tent, so I need to make sure the campsites have powered plots, again this was very simple to do on So why not let the kids experience staying in tents?.. I could say spiders and snakes – but I have done it before and enjoyed it – I even did a horse riding / camping holiday in in North Queensland about ten years ago. And that was really roughing it, we crossed rivers and billabongs on horse back.  Camped when it started getting dark.  There were no campsites facilities, no toilets, no showers etc,… So I have roughed it. But not now, now I want a little bit of comfort, but I also want to be able to go to different places and let the kids experience the type of holiday I used to go on with my family when I was a kid.

I have also been trying to think up activities for the kids – we won’t have many toys, no TV and we will hide the iphone, I found The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature to be a great book, filled with great ideas.

I will let you know how it goes and if we will ever consider doing it again!…Watch this space!


You can buy The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids from Amazon uk