It’s done it again for the second year in a row – Big4’s Airlie Beach outpost has taken out the title for its prime location on the doorstep of the Whitsundays, as well as its array of facilities.
Set amongst 26 acres of subtropical gardens, the holiday park has been operating for some 40 years, and is just a short drive from Pioneer Bay where much of Airlie’s action takes place.
But it’s not just the surroundings that make it an award-winning campsite. As one reader commented, “there are just so many attractions to keep the whole family amused”. With a 32-metre lagoon pool, tennis courts, mini golf course, playground, pedal karts and a Kids’ Club, there’s plenty to keep little ones entertained so mum and dad get a proper break. Oh, and did we mention the outdoor movies and poolside massages too?
Where you rest your head at night isn’t bad either, with accommodation options ranging from budget camp sites to self-contained three-bedroom cabins. Happily, it seems Adventure Whitsunday Resort is more ‘village’ than ‘campsite’. See adventurewhitsunday.com.au
Tasmania’s Bay of Fires proved popular in second place, described as “the most beautiful spot in Australia”. Wilson’s Prom in Victoria also received many votes for its “stunning location” and “fantastic walks”, followed by Green Patch in Jervis Bay, with “beautiful white sands, aqua blue water and kangaroos”. Then there was Clarkes Beach Holiday Park in Byron Bay which, after winning in 2011 and being voted a finalist in 2012, is again a strong favourite.