The great attraction and enjoyment of the caravan lifestyle is the freedom and ease of visiting so many great places across Australia. While many travellers like to return to the favourites, others prefer to constantly seek out new destinations to explore. When you arrive at a caravan park or holiday destination that you’ve not visited previously, most travellers ask the locals for the best sights and secret places to visit.
We haven’t had the pleasure of travelling the country to check out every secret location, but we have sourced some suggestions for you. In this first ‘locals’ article we cover NSW. If you have any secret places you would like us to know about and share, send in your destination suggestions.
Mid North NSW Coast
- The mid-north coast of NSW has some absolutely idyllic scenery and locations.
- NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort could be a great place for you to stay.
- Smoky Cape Lighthouse offers spectacular views across the Pacific and into the hinterland and makes a great place to take a picnic and watch the whales.
- Arakoon National Park has a lookout and plenty of bushwalking paths to keep you fit.
Central Coast NSW
- The Central Coast is a perennial favourite with holidaymakers. Plenty of caravan parks, recreational facilities, entertainment and dining options and major town centres for the all essential shopping.
- For a nature hit, head for to Bouddi Coastal Walk which runs from Putty Beach at Killcare at the southern end of the central coast, across the headland and through the bush to MacMasters Beach. There’s refreshments at both ends so it doesn’t matter where you choose to start.
Coffs Coast NSW
Coffs Harbour is a well-known and well-resourced regional centre and a major stopover for caravan travellers en route to Queensland via the Pacific Highway. Landmarked by The Big Banana the town centre is bustling with activities and entertainment and dining options. But for those that head slightly north, south or west of the town, there are many delights to explore.
- Sealy Lookout at Forest Sky Pier is easily accessible and a great outing.
- Wedding Bells State Forest: if you have bikes in your toy hauler, get them out and head to this forest for some mountain bike action.
- Isolated beaches are dotted along the coast with kilometres of sand. But – safety first. It is never advisable to swim on unpatrolled beaches.
South Coast NSW
- The south coast was devastated by bushfires in 2020 and local businesses can definitely do with your support. When you take time out from shopping up a storm in town, there are many delights to explore in nature.
- Wasp Head is on the edge of the Murramarang National Park and offers sensational coastal views, scenic walks and fabulous beaches. But more importantly, the area has a rich Aboriginal heritage to explore.
- Mogo Zoo, inland from the far south coastline was saved by brave keepers and staff from the bushfires. This is a great place to visit.
- Western NSW has a load of great offerings and Dubbo is a very popular stopover for caravan travellers either on their way to somewhere else or as destination in itself.
- The NRMA has a holiday park in Dubbo which may present you a great site option.
- Royal Flying Doctor Service experience is worth a visit. The exhibit has educational and informational resources and elements which should be interesting for all ages.
- The Western Plains Zoo is must-visit location!
- Wellington Caves includes a historic mine which can be explored and reveals fossils and megafauna.
- Even if you’re not a skier or snowboarder, the alpine areas of NSW offer plenty of interesting places to see and explore. You can book a site at the NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park as your base.
- Jindabyne is a quite a well-resourced town with a supermarket, theatre and plenty of shops and dining options.
- On the Alpine Way to Thredbo you’ll find the Wild Brumby Distillery, famous for its schnapps and other spirits. Of course, don’t sample the merchandise and drive.
- Lake Jindabyne offers sailing (yes it has a sailing club) as well as fishing in quite a different style of environment.
- The Snowy Hydro Visitor Centre in Cooma is an interesting place to visit to update on the latest developments.
Getting Set for Travel
Of course, in order to enjoy all these and more adventures, you’ll need a suitable caravan and the best caravan finance. We’ve posted articles on many manufacturers so you can review what caravans are available and contact Jade Caravan Finance to organise a cheap caravan loan to match your van.
To discuss cheap caravan finance, contact Jade Caravan Finance and speak with one of our consultants 1300 000 003
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