Trip Planning Tips

For your next getaway, it’s important to book your cabin or camp site well in advance, particularly if you’re travelling during NSW school holidays. A popular choice for families is staying in holiday parks as they often come with amenities such as swimming pools and fun activities for the kids.

When booking, remember to specify whether you have any special requirements, such as an accessible cabin or a powered campsite. Make a checklist of holiday necessities, too. Sleeping bags, pillows and airbeds are all good options to think about when you’re camping in a tent. 

A family enjoying a sunny day at Kendalls Beach, Kiama

Make sure there is plenty to keep the kids (and you) occupied on the trip. Pack plenty of snacks and water. Don't forget appropriate clothing, and any toiletries or medications you might need. If you are taking phones or electronic devices, don’t forget to pack your chargers.

Caravan Towing Tips

If you’re towing a caravan, make sure that everything is in place for a smooth journey. Check the towing capacity of your car in the owner's manual and read the NSW towing guide. If your car is not strong enough to tow the weight of a caravan or camper trailer, consider hiring one for your holiday.

A family fishing at the Big4 Koala Shores holiday park, Port Stephens

Read up on your road safety and be mindful of your extra length when overtaking and entering traffic. Always make sure you have plenty of room in front and behind to manoeuvre. The same applies for parking, as reversing can be especially tricky with a trailer attached to your vehicle.

Take the swaying of your caravan or camper trailer into account. With so much extra weight, your driving may be affected by crosswinds from larger vehicles or high-wind areas. Combat this by installing a weight distribution hitch to even out the load distribution for smoother handling.

Travelling With Children

With a sense of adventure, and being prepared, camping is extremely fun and rewarding. When planning your trip allow for frequent stops, establish a daily routine and involve your kids in planning the itinerary. Visit the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW for more information.

A campervan driving on the Sea Cliff Bridge, near Clifton

Travelling With Your Pet

Plan on taking an additional family member on your getaway? There are many pet-friendly holiday parks, but double-check any restrictions with the holiday park you intend to visit. Visit the CCIA’s Take Your Pets page to make sure you have all information you need to know before heading off.