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How To Have a Stress Free Family Holiday

How To Have a Stress Free Family Holiday

When it comes to Holidays, it can sometimes feel like you need a holiday after your holiday! The truth is, while holidays are a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends, you need to lay the groundwork before you go. Once you have the details down, the big stuff begins to take care […]

How To Have a Stress Free Family Holiday

When it comes to Holidays, it can sometimes feel like you need a holiday after your holiday!

The truth is, while holidays are a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends, you need to lay the groundwork before you go.

Once you have the details down, the big stuff begins to take care of itself. After all – You deserve a stress free holiday too!

 

Do you remember the family holidays you went on when you were a kid?

The excitement of packing all your holiday clothes; the car, plane or train ride there; your parents setting up the tent or organising the rooms of your cabin – and then the fun! Totally stress free right?

Well… maybe for you!

 

Don’t worry. We’ve got some great tips for making your next family holiday as stress free as possible!

 

Location, Location, Location

There is a holiday for everyone – you just need to find it!

While it seems like an obvious starting point, deciding where to take the family can be half the battle.

Should we go somewhere new? Somewhere that is renown for being family friendly? Sandy beaches or lush mountains?

The old saying is true – Location matters!

To keep the stress free vibes flowing, make sure to consider:

1. The Weather

  • Do the kids have any allergies or sensitivities to the sun?
  • What about the cold?
  • Many families try to holiday in places with similar weather or temperature to where they live – just with a bit more sun (or a bit less)

2. What will the Kids Learn?

  • There’s always an opportunity to learn something new when on holidays, and there’s no better place to start then when choosing your destination!
  • Think about the things you loved to learn about when you were little
    • Did you like exploring? Maybe pick a place where your kids can explore
    • Enjoy learning new skills? What about a place that offers local attractions or fun facilities?
  • Mixing in some new culture, a local language or a new experience, can not only be fun, but while the kids are entertained you don’t need to stress!

3. Are we nearly there yet?

  • Travel time can put a huge dent in the idea of ‘stress free’. The last thing you want is to arrive at your holiday destination after a tense car ride of ‘don’t make me turn this car around’.
  • This will depend on your children – their ages and temperaments.
  • Ask yourself:
    • Will they stay entertained throughout the journey? Or should you look closer to home?

4. Local Amenities

 

Check that off the list

The last thing you want to do is panic halfway down the driveway, thinking that you have forgotten something!

To keep things stress free, we recommend making a list of all essential items required for your holiday.

Here are some essentials that often get forgotten in the excitement of preparing for your holiday:

  • Charger cables – phones, tablets, camera
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bug repellents
  • Wet wipes
  • Shampoo / conditioner / body wash
  • Sun lotion
  • Bandaids
  • Sanitary products
  • Aftersun (just in case)
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Antihistamines, Antiseptics and other essential or prescription medicines
  • For glasses or contact wearers:  lens cleaning wipes, contact solution and contact cases

 

Home Safety

Worrying about the safety of your home while you’re away definitely isn’t something you want to do!

Setting up a light switch on a timer may be enough to convince bad guys that someone is home for a couple days, but criminals can be rather savvy and if you’re going on holidays for more than a couple nights you may want to consider:

  • Having someone you know and trust keep an eye on your house, put your bins in and out and check your mail.
  • Call them from time to time for peace of mind that your home is safe and secure.

 

Forget about Work

You’ve got your destination chosen, your list of holiday essentials packed, your home is looked after, you’re one foot out the door.. and you’re thinking about.. work.

Nothing ruins a holiday faster than the sudden realisation that you forgot to submit your annual leave form at work.

  • While you’re planning your holiday, don’t forget to plan your work schedule too.
    • You may not be able to complete all your current projects before you leave, so remember to:
      • Prioritise your tasks – make sure you can tick off everything you’d hoped to have done.
      • Delegate the things that will need doing while you’re away.
  • Set up an auto reply on your emails
    • This will not only help you feel like you are actually on holiday, it will let your colleagues know too.
    • Invite the sender to contact another person in your department if the enquiry is urgent, or wait until you get back.
  • Submit your annual leave form ASAP.
    • We’re not kidding!
    • The more notice you give your colleagues, associates and team members, the easier it will be to keep them briefed about projects and tasks that need to be completed while you are enjoying your stress free holiday!

 

On the Road

Earlier, we mentioned the consideration of travel time. Wherever you choose to holiday – be it near or far – we have some tips to keep the little ones from turning your family holiday into a horror-day:

Babies

  • Try to time your departure, and as much driving as possible, with your bub’s regular sleeps.
  • Pack a thermos for tea and coffee, as well as some snacks for the adults – that way if the baby stays asleep you can just keep driving.

Toddlers

  • Leaving an hour or two before a toddler’s day sleep can work well – they get into the rhythm of travel and then they sleep.

Older Kids

  • For kids who are beyond the need for day naps (although, who’s really too old to nap?) have a selection of the following on hand:
    • Audio books (or books in general)
    • iPad stocked (for travel use only – this sucker goes away when you arrive at your destination)
    • Toys
    • Car Games
    • consider a ‘stable table’ for craft, toy cars, and generally ensuring you don’t have to stop too often to pick things up off the floor.
    • Snacks and drinks to eliminate the “I’m hungrys” 10 minutes into the trip.
    • Remember, stopping for a picnic lunch at a playground is still mandatory.

Enjoy your Holiday!

Not only does Brisbane Holiday Village offer a great range of holiday cabinscaravan sites, and camping accommodation, but we’re here for your health! We offer amazing facilities and a tropical resort-style feel to your holiday that will leave you refreshed, stress free and ready to take on the world again!

Grab a great holiday deal by booking directly with us! OR give our friendly reception staff a call on (07) 3341 6133.

– The BHV Team

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Impromptu Adventures – Quick Tips for a Last-Minute Trip

Impromptu Adventures – Quick Tips for a Last-Minute Trip

Feeling spontaneous? Need to skip town? The need for a holiday can strike at any time… The world is your oyster, but where to start? Putting a together last-minute trip – whether out of impulse or necessity – doesn’t have to break the bank… or you! Ever decided to simply pack the car and head […]

Impromptu Adventures – Quick Tips for a Last-Minute Trip

Feeling spontaneous? Need to skip town?

The need for a holiday can strike at any time…

The world is your oyster, but where to start?

Putting a together last-minute trip – whether out of impulse or necessity – doesn’t have to break the bank… or you!

Ever decided to simply pack the car and head to your favourite holiday cabin in Brisbane for a quick time-out? Or maybe a a desire to head out to some faraway place, find a caravan park or campground and relax for the weekend?

Studies show that at nearly 15% of Aussies have planned a last-minute trip just one week prior to their departure. Stress at work, the need for a break, and wanting to spend time with family often drives our decisions to get away from it all – and FAST!

Planning a last-minute trip might sound like an oxymoron, but all travel requires at least a small amount of consideration.

Consider this…

Think local (ish)…

Australian cities are always popular for a last-minute trip. They are accessible, affordable, don’t require a visa or a passport (unless you’re travelling to Australia.. in which case, you’ve clearly by-passed the ‘pack-your-car’ section), offer a great respite from the everyday grind and there are always great things to do with friends, family and even solo!

Look for Deals and Best Rates

Before you pack your bags and fly out the door, jump online and check for last-minute deals.

Quite often caravan parks and holiday villages will have discounts available – which you can take advantage of and save some money to spend on your quick getaway.

If you prefer to book online, always compare rates quoted on 3rd party sites and booking apps to those on the hotel’s own site. There are some amazing deals out there, but by checking a hotel’s website it’s often cheeper to simply book direct!

For example: Brisbane Holiday Village offers the best rates of all 3rd party bookings sites that list our accommodation – with 10% off daily rates for booking direct!

Bang for your Buck

While you’re checking out the best rates, high and low seasons, and generally stalking the internet for the best deal, make sure you don’t forget about what it is you’re actually getting.

You may secure a room for a week at a cool hotel for $450.. But, your room may also be right above the restaurant that hosts open-mic karaoke from 6 – 10 every night, charges $25 for 5 minutes of dial-up internet and requires a VIP swipe card in order to use any of the facilities – which conveniently (or inconveniently), wasn’t part of your package.

The point is: Check the facilities on offer!

At Brisbane Holiday Village, we have a huge range of facilities and nearly all of them are FREE!

  • 18-hole Mini Golf (small fee to hire putter)
  • BBQ Area
  • Tennis Court (small fee to hire tennis racket and balls, but you can use your own for free if you have them)
  • On-Site Restaurant – Lagoona Resort Restaurant
  • Resort-style Pool
  • Kid’s Splash Pool
  • Multi-purpose Sports Field
  • Playgrounds
  • Instant PhotoBooth
  • Table Tennis (small fee to hire paddles and balls, but you can use your own for free if you have them)
  • Bike Track
  • Bird Feeding
  • Amenity Blocks
  • Laundries (coin operated machines)
  • Welcome Lounge

 

Check Social Media and Sign-up for Newsletters

Social Media has everything these days. It can often be a bit of a hassle for a hotel or resort to update their whole website for just a few spare rooms – So check the Socials! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc, can be a haven of last-minute trip deals. You don’t have to see their posts all the time – but they’ll be there when you need them!

Another good idea is to sign up to a few online newsletters (like ours)– there may be a last-minute trip with your name on it! Most holiday parks aren’t spammy with their emails (we’re not) – once a month you’ll receive deals, specials, prizes, tips and tricks for all your holiday needs!

Check the Bank Balance

This one seems fairly obvious.. but you don’t want to plan a last-minute trip without ensuring that you do, in fact, have enough money to get you there and back!

Make sure that your everyday transaction account has enough money in it to get you to through your trip.

  • Remember that not everywhere accepts cards (and some places even levy a surcharge).
  • Have a back-up plan: it might be worth transferring some money across from your savings just to make sure that you’re covered.

The best way to ensure that your last-minute trip is budget friendly, is to ensure that it does fit in your budget!

 

Don’t Forget the Essentials

Again with the obviousness.. but once you’ve booked your trip – don’t run out the door just yet!

While it can be tempting to rush and pack quickly, this can lead to inconvenience when you arrive and find that all your underwear (or that very important medication) was left back at home, sitting on the kitchen bench.

Save yourself the hassle of being without your essentials, and the spending needless money to replace them, and double check to make sure that you’ve packed your toiletries, medications and other things that you just can’t live without.

If you do happen to forget things (because you’ll, of course, be staying with us #shameless), Brisbane Holiday Village has its very own convenience store that’s chock full of essential toiletries and food!

Fuel in the Tank?

There’s nothing worse than a getaway car that breaks down before your house leaves your review mirror..

That’s not to say ‘get a full service done’ before you leave.

Simply stop at a servo on the way, fill the tank, check your oil, water and coolant levels and make sure that your ride has the best chance of leaving your worries in the dust!

Think of the money you’ll save if you take 3 minutes to fill the coolant up or top up the water. Better spending 3 minutes and $6 on coolant, than a 4 hour walk, a new radiator hose and getting heatstroke whilst waiting for a truck to tow your car!

 

Get travelling!

Go forth and book your last-minute trip!

– The BHV Team

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Top tips for summer camping trips

Top tips for summer camping trips

Think OUTside the box! Winter is OUT, Summer is IN and we have some awesome tips for your next camping trip! There are lots of different holiday styles. You can hop on a plane to another country, stay in a holiday cabin a few hours from your home, head to a resort or jump in […]

Top tips for summer camping trips

Think OUTside the box!

Winter is OUT, Summer is IN and we have some awesome tips for your next camping trip!

There are lots of different holiday styles. You can hop on a plane to another country, stay in a holiday cabin a few hours from your home, head to a resort or jump in your car and go camping –  we are very fortunate in this country to have a plethora of amazing holiday choices. However, the limiting factor for most people is balancing the cost of the holiday and where you go/what you do. Unless you’ve found a tree in your backyard that sprouts dollar bills (please hook me up if you have!), you’ll have to do the finance dance like the rest of us.

OR… you could go camping.

Camping – The poor man’s holiday?

What?? No Way!

Exempting your die-hard, best-of-everything campers with waayyyy too much money to spend on completely ridiculous gear (portable solar-powered oven anyone?), camping is fairly inexpensive on the finance front. However, in terms of actual holiday experiences, camping ranks pretty high on the awesome scale.

So what’s great about camping?

Well: It’s outdoors. It’s a novelty. And it offers perfect family time. As someone who relished the family road trips and even slept out in a homemade tent in the backyard, I’m shocked to hear that some camping is often pushed into too-hard basket when it comes to families.

There’s something amazing about camping – it’s an adventure in itself. You don’t need to pay for entertainment – the world is your entertainment! Setting tents up, sleeping under the stars, sitting around and telling ghost stories, daytime fishing, exploring the surrounding area and appreciating the wildlife is what makes camping such a great experience!

While camping and preparation sounds like lots of work is required, it can be surprisingly easy (assuming you don’t try to go professional on your first time out). Remember: you must learn to walk before you run!

Check out our Top Tips for summer camping trips:

1.   Safety First

  • Prepare for all climates
    Bring wet weather gear no matter what, including raincoats and a weatherproof fly for the tent. A warm jumper is a good idea too.
  • Pack a repair kit
    Some gaffer/duct tape, extra rope, a sewing kit and even spare poles will seem like dead weight in the boot of your car until you need them. Then, one day, they suddenly become your saviour.
    The last thing you want to deal with is that cheap tent you skimped out on (see – 2. Equipment) snapping a tent-pole and the rain you thought you avoided, unloads 2 weeks worth of water onto your campsite while you and the taller of your children take turns holding the tent up as your wife watches sullenly and rather wetly from the family car. Heavy-duty tape would have been a much quicker fix.
  • Prioritise First Aid
    Check your First Aid kit is fully stocked and replenished before leaving as it will come in handy for emergencies big and small.

2.   Equipment:

  • Check all your equipment before you go
    Make sure all the bits and pieces are there before you take off to avoid nasty surprises upon arrival. If equipment is new, give it a trial run at home – specially tents and stoves
  • Borrow equipment
    This is a good one for first-timers. If you’re not sure how much you’ll love your first camping adventure, borrow gear from your friends and family (or rent it). This way you won’t skip on buying a cheap tent and end up sleeping in your car while your tent slowly fills with water, hating the experience.
  • Choose the right equipment
    When it does come time to buy, think carefully about what your family needs. Choose a tent that is big enough and easy enough to put up and pack away. Buy good quality gear, once. And don’t compromise on quality. Research the products before you buy them, get good value for money and a quality product and you’ll have it for years to come.

3.   Accommodation:

  • Choose the right spot
    First-time campers: If you’ve never camped before, consider opting for a Holiday Park where you have access to electricity, shower blocks, camp kitchens, laundries and convenience stores. Holiday Parks (such as Brisbane Holiday Village) also offer a range of facilities and activities for the whole family and are a great way to ease kids into the idea of ‘roughing it’.
    Camping should be simple and straightforward, and the cost of camping reflects this. Take the time to find economical campgrounds or plan to travel outside of school holidays and public holidays, as this will save you a substantial amount of money in caravan park fees as many campsites will have a peak and off-peak season with different pricing.
  • Arrive at your campsite in daylight
    This makes setting up much easier and allows you to get your bearings. Locate the toilets if there are any and set out bedding before dark.

4.   Food

  • Pack extra food and plenty of water
    A spare day’s food and drinking water is important in an emergency, especially on overnight hikes or in remote areas.
  • Keep meals simple but yummy
    Pre-made meals are easy to heat up on a stove, and sausages and veggies or bacon and eggs are easily cooked on a barbie. Aim for few ingredients and short preparation time. Don’t forget tea and coffee and definitely don’t forget the chocolate.

5.   General

  • Keep your campsite tidy
    Store your food in a dry bag or sealed container, and keep rubbish away from where you sleep. Avoid attracting unwanted insect or animal guests.
  • Pack some creature comforts
    After a few weekend trips, you will build up your list of essentials. Some of them may seem like luxuries but they will make the experience ten times easier.
    Bring:

    • a hammer or small mallet to push tent pegs in and a doormat for the tent entrance;
    • a dustpan and broom to sweep away sand and dirt;
    • a ground sheet to lay under your tent;
    • a pump for airbeds;
    • individual torches for everyone including kids (we recommend head torches to keep your hands free for board games)

 

Happy Camping!
– The Brisbane Holiday Village Team

Benefits of a Caravan Holiday

Benefits of a Caravan Holiday

Caravan Holiday – One of the best decisions you’ll ever make! If you’re new to the caravan and camping game, buying of hiring a caravan to explore Australia is an exciting time of freedom, fun, and the thrill of a new experience!   Not quite sold on the idea? That’s ok – we’ll fix you […]

Benefits of a Caravan Holiday

Caravan Holiday – One of the best decisions you’ll ever make!

If you’re new to the caravan and camping game, buying of hiring a caravan to explore Australia is an exciting time of freedom, fun, and the thrill of a new experience!

 

Not quite sold on the idea?

That’s ok – we’ll fix you nay-sayers soon! Check out some of the great benefits of going on a caravan holiday adventure:

  • You don’t have to settle into a hotel room and then pack up and repeat from place to place

    • The most annoying part of travelling is probably unpacking and packing every few days. Once you finally start feeling settled in your accommodation, before you know it you will be repacking your life into your bags and continuing your trip. The beauty of a caravan is that you don’t need to worry about constantly do this, as your accommodation travels with you and you will feel settled for the whole duration of your trip.
  • Closer to nature

    • You have access to views on your doorstep rather than a window from afar! You can step straight from your front door into nature, so you will spend the majority of your time soaking up the fresh air and enjoying the facilities on offer!
  • It’s more social – you meet people!

    • Making friends is easier when you feel a part of a community in a caravan park. With stories and experiences to share, the amount of social interaction you experience will be vastly greater than in a hotel! You also still have the option to remove yourself from all the commotion when you need some solitude.  At Brisbane Holiday Village, we offer a large variety of tropical resort-style facilities including a lagoon pool, kiddies splash pool (with water fountains), on-site restaurant, mini-golf, tennis court, multi-purpose sports field and more – to keep you occupied and social – for as long as you want!
    • While we can’t guarantee that all caravan holiday enthusiasts are nice and sociable, we can assure you that a huge percentage of people you meet in the majority of Holiday Resorts and Caravan Parks are just that. Caravanning attracts mostly sociable and helpful people, ready to help you in troubles. Among the “caravanners” you can find many friends. You can also score some handy recommendations and tips along your trip.
  • It’s affordable

    • Caravan holiday sites are much more affordable than hotel rooms every night, especially if you have invested in your own caravan. For example, our powered caravan sites at Brisbane Holiday Village start from only $51 per night.
    • Not only is the cost of a camping space much more reasonable than a hotel room, you also have everything you need at your disposal. You can even stock up on groceries and cook your own meals, saving a fortune on restaurant bills.
  • Do something different

    • Rather than do the same annual holiday of catching a plane and staying in a hotel, do something different and hire a caravan and experience something new – you won’t regret it!
  • A sense of independence

    • Call it as you want – spontaneity, freedom, independence. Most important, however, is that at any time you can take the motorhome, or hook the caravan up to the car and go wherever you want. You can change your plans and nothing would happen if, instead of in Rome, you suddenly find yourself in Saint-Tropez. You are not dependent on hotel reservations, the rigid tour programs, etc.
    • Caravanning is the perfect option for independent people, for restless spirits, who value freedom over comfort. Though let’s not exaggerate – the modern camping vehicles allow you to combine the hotel’s or house’s convenience with an extraordinary mobility!
  •  It’s environmentally friendly
    • Since you spend most of your time outdoors, utilising the amazing facilities on offer, or getting back to basics with books and board games, you don’t drain energy using electrical appliances!
    • Garbage and recycling areas are available for you at most environmentally aware / sustainable holiday parks (like Brisbane Holiday Village) to easily dispose of waste in a sustainable way.
  • It brings you and your travel companions closer

    • There’s nothing like spending 24/7 with your friends or family to help build your relationships. You learn how to be patient and accepting of each other’s annoying habits. You also learn so much more about them. Especially when you’re in a confined space and don’t have the distractions of TV, you fall into a pattern of deep and meaningful conversations and silly games that pass the time but provide plenty of entertainment.

 

When you stay at Brisbane Holiday Village you will see a big difference from other parks.

You will enjoy and appreciate the superior quality and cleanliness of our amenities, BBQ and entertainment area, facilities and cabins.

You will appreciate our staff who go the extra mile to give you the very best of service. Some of the many reasons we are the best caravan park in Brisbane!

Book with Brisbane Holiday Village

We are friendly community and love welcoming all new and previous guests to enjoy their holiday here!

We have a variety of Holiday Cabins and caravan sites available (including powered sites, ensuite sites and XL ensuite sites) as well as powered and unpowered camping grounds.

Our village offers a huge variety of tropical resort-style facilities including FREE WIFI, a lagoon pool, kiddies splash pool (with water fountains), on-site restaurant, mini-golf, tennis court, multi-purpose sports field, and free parking.

We are conveniently located – a short 15 minute drive from Brisbane CBD, 20 minutes drive from iconic Gold Coast theme parks and 40 minutes drive from the scenic Sunshine Coast!

 

Grab a great holiday deal by booking directly with us OR give our friendly reception staff a call on (07) 3341 6133.

 

Take the leap and book your Caravan Holiday at Brisbane’s Best Holiday Park!

– The BHV Team

 

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Caravanning for Beginners: 7 Things to Consider Before You Hit the Open Road

Caravanning for Beginners: 7 Things to Consider Before You Hit the Open Road

Caravanning can be a super exciting time – offering freedom, fun, and the thrill of a new experience! BUT there are a number of pitfalls that can spoil the fun of your first family journey. While you’re sure to have done your research on most aspects of the caravanning experience, there will always be an oversight or […]

Caravanning for Beginners: 7 Things to Consider Before You Hit the Open Road

Caravanning can be a super exciting time – offering freedom, fun, and the thrill of a new experience! BUT there are a number of pitfalls that can spoil the fun of your first family journey.

While you’re sure to have done your research on most aspects of the caravanning experience, there will always be an oversight or two.

Follow these 7 tips for caravanning for beginners to ensure that your first journey is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible!

 

1.   Get Your Equipment Sorted

Caravanning for beginners isn’t cheap, but there is a list of essentials you really must have before you set off.

You’ll need:

  • a towing aid
  • caravan jack
  • sway control equipment
  • towing mirrors
  • a fire extinguisher
  • engine oils and fluids
  • wheel blocks
  • other gear depending on your caravan.

2.   Consider Safety Hazards Before You Leave

Everyone knows to check all lights and tyre inflation levels before setting off, but there are other safety checks that can be made. Before you start your journey, always ensure:

  • The jockey wheel is secure
  • Your caravan steps are raised
  • The towing aid is correctly fitted
  • Check that everything inside your caravan is secured down (so that it doesn’t roll around) 
  • Check the doors and windows are locked

3.   Don’t Overdo It

Nobody wants to be the motorist who holds up traffic, but it’s best to err on the side of caution when you’re getting started. Use slow vehicle turnouts and allow motorists to pass you when safe. Your focus should always be on safe towing rather than speed!

Driving at highway speeds while towing a caravan can also lead to very poor fuel consumption, especially in windy conditions.

4.   Start at the Crack of Dawn

You’ll feel more confident in the early stages of your first caravan adventure if you hit the road early. The traffic will be much lighter, and you’ll be able to get a feel for the handling of your caravan without having to navigate roads full of motorists.

5.   Make the Most of the Space You Have

If you’re caravanning with your young family, it’s hard to know how you’ll all take to the confined living areas. Be mindful of everyone’s personal space, try to be as patient as you can and spend as much time outdoors as possible to start with, until you get used to each other!

Caravanning for beginners can be stressful enough without family arguments putting a dampener on your trip.

6.   Prepare a Routine for Setting Up

There’s a lot to do when you arrive at your overnight stop, and time is not always on your side. Practising beforehand can help to streamline your setup routine and give you extra leisure time. Depending on your van, you’ll need to unhitch your caravan and move your vehicle, level the caravan, drop the corner steadies, set up gas and water and connect the electricity. You don’t want to be doing all of this for the first time in the dark.

7.   Work as a Team When Parking

There aren’t that many opportunities to practice reverse-parking your caravan, and it can be daunting the first time you make an attempt.

You’ll likely have an audience when you arrive at your overnight stop – so make sure you choose the shortest possible path for reversing. Use your mirrors, take it slowly and communicate clearly with your partner as you bring your van into park.

Brisbane Caravan Parks woman sitting peacfully

Book a Stopover at Brisbane Holiday Village

Part of the appeal of caravanning for beginners is getting to visit great holiday parks and tourist attractions. We recommend starting your caravanning experience at a Holiday Park – and the best one we know is our own!

Brisbane Holiday Village offers a friendly community to caravanning newbies! We love welcoming guests of all camping, and caravanning skilling levels to enjoy their holiday here!

We have a variety of Holiday Cabins and caravan sites available (including powered sites, ensuite sites and XL ensuite sites) as well as powered and unpowered camping grounds.

Our village offers a huge variety of tropical resort-style facilities including FREE WIFI, a lagoon pool, kiddies splash pool (with water fountains), on-site restaurant, mini-golf, tennis court, multi-purpose sports field, and free parking.

We are conveniently located – a short 15 minute drive from Brisbane CBD, 20 minutes drive from iconic Gold Coast theme parks and 40 minutes drive from the scenic Sunshine Coast!

 

Grab a great holiday deal by booking directly with us OR give our friendly reception staff a call on (07) 3341 6133.

 

Take the leap and book your Caravan Holiday at Brisbane’s Best Holiday Park!

– The BHV Team

 

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Enjoy Winter in Queensland: 5 Benefits of Cold-Weather Camping at Brisbane Holiday Village

Enjoy Winter in Queensland: 5 Benefits of Cold-Weather Camping at Brisbane Holiday Village

Winter in Queensland is one of the most beautiful times of year. Chilly mornings shouldn’t stop you from planning a getaway in the great outdoors this winter. We think our camping sites are a great option for holidaymakers looking to enjoy winter in Queensland. Consider these 5 benefits of cold-weather camping at Brisbane Holiday Village […]

Enjoy Winter in Queensland: 5 Benefits of Cold-Weather Camping at Brisbane Holiday Village

Family Outing To The Snow

Winter in Queensland is one of the most beautiful times of year. Chilly mornings shouldn’t stop you from planning a getaway in the great outdoors this winter.

We think our camping sites are a great option for holidaymakers looking to enjoy winter in Queensland. Consider these 5 benefits of cold-weather camping at Brisbane Holiday Village when planning your mid-year holiday.

It’s Just as Comfortable as Summer Camping with the Right Preparation

You can be just as cozy camping in winter provided you do your research on clothing and bedding beforehand. You’ll rarely see the overnight temperature in Brisbane drop below 10 degrees in the winter months, so use that as a guide when preparing sleeping arrangements.

Consider the 3 layer clothing rule for camping in winter – wear a close-fitting base layer for warmth and moisture control, a mid-layer for insulation and an outer layer for weather protection. That should be more than enough to protect your from the chill.

You Can Take Advantage of Australia’s Driest Months

Brisbane is known for generally dry and mild conditions in winter, making it ideal for comfortable camping trips. We aren’t subjected to the unpredictable storms and downpours that are often a feature of Brisbane summers, so you can plan your trip safely according to long-term forecasts.

The dry weather is also helpful when it comes to planning day-trips during your Brisbane Holiday Village stay. The natural beauty of Queensland’s beaches and national parks are arguably at their peak in the middle of the year.

There Are Less Insects to Deal With

Mozzie bites and persistent flies can be a blight on your summer camping adventures, but most creepy crawlies will leave you alone during winter. Brisbane’s subtropical climate is far milder during winter, allowing you enjoy your time outdoors without constantly reaching for the bug spray.

Roughing It, with a Few Creature Comforts

If you’re travelling with a young family or those new to camping, it is nice to have the added comfort of Brisbane Holiday Village’s amenities and resort facilities. We offer coin-operated laundries and plentiful amenity blocks for all visitors, in addition to 18-hole mini golf, playgrounds, tennis court, bike track, a multi-purpose sports field and much more to keep the young ones occupied.

Millions of Stars to Enjoy

The generally clear weather and earlier sunsets makes winter a great time for family stargazing. Many stars are brighter and easier to discern in winter, so you can use your family getaway at Brisbane Holiday Village to introduce the major constellations to your children.

Celebrate Winter in Queensland at Brisbane Holiday Village

Our winter accommodation options at Brisbane Holiday Village are not limited to our camping sites. We offer five different styles of holiday cabins to suit all budgets, in addition to a range of caravan and powered camping sites for mobile travellers. To stay up to date on our specials with winter approaching, don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter on the Brisbane Holiday Village homepage.

For more information about our Brisbane accommodation options or to make a booking, give our team a call on 61 7 3341 6133 or contact us online.

5 Reasons You Should Choose a Holiday Village over Airbnb

5 Reasons You Should Choose a Holiday Village over Airbnb

Your holiday time is precious and passes far too soon. Making the right accommodation choice will set you up for a relaxing and stress-free break from your everyday life. Travellers looking to save a few dollars often choose Airbnb. While you can have a positive experience using the online service, there is always a risk […]

5 Reasons You Should Choose a Holiday Village over Airbnb

Your holiday time is precious and passes far too soon. Making the right accommodation choice will set you up for a relaxing and stress-free break from your everyday life.

Travellers looking to save a few dollars often choose Airbnb. While you can have a positive experience using the online service, there is always a risk that your plans can go badly wrong through no fault of your own.

Here are five reasons why holiday parks outweigh Airbnb for short or long term brisbane accommodation needs:

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Facilities to entertain and relax

Most holiday parks usually offer a range of facilities that can accommodate both the adults and the kids. Playgrounds, tennis courts, water parks, 18 hole mini golf and barbeque areas are just some of the amenities that guests at holiday parks can expect to find during their stay.

While you can see photographs and read reviews on your chosen Airbnb accommodation, there is no guarantee that everything will be exactly as it appears. Having a range of facilities to entertain the kids ensures that there is no time for boredom.

Sense of Community

Many travellers enjoy the freedom to be alone that Airbnb might offer, but this isolation can be a problem in certain circumstances. Finding like-minded travellers and sharing experiences is one of the joys of staying at holiday parks whilst travelling to new and uncharted territories.

You Can Communicate with a Dedicated Customer Service Team

One of Airbnb’s disadvantages is inflexibility when it comes to making last minute changes. If your arrival time or something similar has to be changed at the last minute, there is no guarantee your Airbnb owner will be amenable to your situation.

Holiday parks deal with a high volume of customers every day, and are used to finding a solution to a range of issues. Holiday parks have on-site customer service options to deal with these unforeseen circumstances, which can offer you a bit of extra peace of mind.   

You can rely on guaranteed, on-site assistance.

With a dedicated maintenance and housekeeping team, you can expect a high standard of cleanliness, and for all appliances and features to be fully functional. With both linen and towel services provided, there is no need to do the washing yourself, when you can get it professionally done.

Long Term Accommodation Is Often Available

Whether you’re looking for short-term accommodation or an extended holiday, most holiday parks offer long term caravan parks brisbane options.  This is perfect for when you are looking for a home away from home.  Guests to holiday parks have access to a range of facilities and 24/7 professional service ensuring that your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

To inquire about accommodation, give us a call today on 61 7 3341 6133, or email us at sales@brisbaneholidayvillage.com.au.

6 Common Tourist Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

6 Common Tourist Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

When you’re a tourist in another state or country, there are always some mistakes you can make. These mistakes can lead to stress and disappointment. They might even interfere with you seeing all the local attractions you wanted to visit. If you know what the most common tourist mistakes are, then you’ll also know how to avoid […]

6 Common Tourist Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

When you’re a tourist in another state or country, there are always some mistakes you can make. These mistakes can lead to stress and disappointment. They might even interfere with you seeing all the local attractions you wanted to visit.

If you know what the most common tourist mistakes are, then you’ll also know how to avoid them. Let’s explore a few of the bigger ones now.

  1. Over Packing

Last minute packing almost always results in over packing. Check the weather forecast before you leave and pack to the weather with only a couple of ‘just in case the weather changes’ outfits. Write a list of all the items you want to bring too, and cross them off as you go. This way you won’t end up with all your favourite shirts in your wardrobe but no jacket.

Over packing creates worry on the return trip that you’ll exceed your baggage weight requirements and has you feeling like you can’t shop freely. You definitely want to avoid that on your next trip.

  1. Not Checking Your Phone Plan

If you’re coming from overseas, you’ll need to check your international roaming settings are switched on and find out what your fees will be with your current provider. If you’re travelling interstate, you want to make sure you have a decent data package so that you can use your mobile when you aren’t within an area that has free Wi-Fi.

  1. Forgetting to Tell Your Bank about Your Travelling Plans

Banks are pretty switched on when it comes to fraud. If they notice that your bank account suddenly has numerous transactions from a foreign country, they may freeze it until they get in contact with you. Reduce the likelihood of this happening by letting them know about your travel plans before you depart. 

  1. Forgetting to Charge Your Phone Regularly

Just when you think your phone is fine, suddenly you’ve been out and about for half the day and its gone flat. The best way to avoid this is by putting it on charge, even when it’s ¾ full in battery life. In fact, you can recharge your phone every time you are near a power point if necessary. This will stop you from being stuck without it when you need it most. You can also carry car chargers and portable chargers if you’re worried about losing charge while you’re on the move.

  1. Doing Only Minimal Research on Your Destination

It’s good to be spontaneous when you’re heading somewhere new, but that doesn’t mean you can’t familiarise yourself with the area before you go. Avoid missing places you really wanted to see by making sure you know they exist before you get there. You don’t want to come home and realise you actually missed attractions that you know you would have really enjoyed.

  1. Make Sure You Stay in the Perfect Accommodation

Don’t make the mistake of staying in a stuffy hotel or somewhere that doesn’t offer you the comfort of your own home. For the perfect all-in-one accommodation package, you can’t go past Brisbane Holiday Village. Unwind, take a swim, have something to eat, play some mini golf and enjoy yourself all in the one place! Contact us today to find out more.

5 Reasons to Choose Brisbane Holiday Village for Your Affordable Brisbane Accommodation

5 Reasons to Choose Brisbane Holiday Village for Your Affordable Brisbane Accommodation

At Brisbane Holiday Village, our main objective is to change the game when it comes to caravan, camping and cabin accommodation standards. We provide the budget-friendly accommodation and affordability of a caravan park with the facilities of a resort. Here are 5 reasons to choose us for your affordable Brisbane accommodation: We’re a Holiday Village […]

5 Reasons to Choose Brisbane Holiday Village for Your Affordable Brisbane Accommodation

At Brisbane Holiday Village, our main objective is to change the game when it comes to caravan, camping and cabin accommodation standards. We provide the budget-friendly accommodation and affordability of a caravan park with the facilities of a resort. Here are 5 reasons to choose us for your affordable Brisbane accommodation:

We’re a Holiday Village

We started out as a fairly basic caravan park – however, over the years, we have transformed into an award-winning holiday village. This change involved a number of drastic improvements, including:

  • Installing luxury holiday cabins
  • Adding powered and unpowered campsites
  • Building new and modern amenity blocks and laundries
  • Adding resort-style facilities and services
  • Updating our available activities
  • Developing an on-site restaurant and convenience store

These changes have made us one of the most luxurious holiday villages in Queensland.

We Have Resort-Style Facilities and Cleanliness

Our resort-style facilities are what set us apart from many other caravan parks in Australia. We have an extensive range of modern facilities and activities available to our residents, including:

  • BBQs
  • Salt water lagoon
  • Kids pool
  • Minigolf
  • Bike track
  • Multi-purpose sports field with basketball, netball, soccer and hockey
  • Tennis court
  • Clean and modern amenity blocks and laundries
  • On-site restaurant
  • Free Wifi
  • Playgrounds
  • Photo booth
  • Bird feeding

Our well-maintained facilities make us the ultimate location for kids and adults alike. But don’t just take our word for it, read our Google Reviews.

We Provide Numerous Accommodation Options

At Brisbane Holiday Village, we have more than 300 sites comprised of budget to 5-star accommodation, including:

Our Quality is Certified!

Our accommodation and facilities have earned us numerous awards – just some of these include:

  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 6 years in a row!
  • HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence Award 2017
  • Top Ten Holiday Parks for 2016 with Holidays with Kids
  • Top ten on the Gold List of Australian accommodation through Star Ratings Australia

These awards acknowledge and cement our commitment to providing the best camping, caravan and cabin accommodation in Brisbane.

We’re Close to the CBD

Brisbane Holiday Village is located just 15 minutes from Brisbane CBD and 20 minutes from Gold Coast Theme Parks. This is an ideal location for short-term and long-term visitors who want to get the most out of what Brisbane has to offer.

Visiting Brisbane?

If you are looking for affordable Brisbane accommodation, make sure to check out our sites, cabins and facilities. If you have any questions about Brisbane Holiday Village, don’t hesitate to contact us on +61 7 3341 6133.

Benefits of Meeting New People When Travelling

Benefits of Meeting New People When Travelling

To travel is to learn, to experience new things, to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people! There are plenty of positives to adding new people to your friendship group. With shared BBQ areas, sports facilities and swimming pools, Brisbane Holiday Village offers the perfect setting for socialising and making new friends. From […]

Benefits of Meeting New People When Travelling

To travel is to learn, to experience new things, to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people!

There are plenty of positives to adding new people to your friendship group. With shared BBQ areas, sports facilities and swimming pools, Brisbane Holiday Village offers the perfect setting for socialising and making new friends.

From new adventures to support, we’ve got five awesome reasons why you should try to make new friends on your next trip!

1.   You Might Learn Something New

Sometimes we can get too comfortable in our own world, so it’s good to get out there and hear different opinions and perspectives. There are takeaways we can get from talking to new people – we may learn something new or get fresh new ideas.

The things you learn from others may range from cultural interests to travel tips, tasty recipes to random facts. At the very least, you’ll be better equipped for your next trivia night or party conversation! 

2.   Enhance Your Communication Skills

Talking to new people is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. When you interact with people from diverse backgrounds, you practice your verbal communication skills.

The more comfortable you get communicating, the more open you’ll be to trying new things in your life. This can lead to benefits in your personal and professional life, providing advantages that last long after your holiday is over. 

3.   Teach Your Kids the Value of Friendship

For social and emotional learning, it’s important for our children to make new friends. Friendships enable kids to learn more about empathy, communication and self-esteem, as well as turn-taking and sharing. Brisbane Holiday Village offers a safe and friendly environment for children from diverse backgrounds and ages to interact with each other.

4.   You Might Feel Positive and Happy

Making new friends can be an enriching and rewarding experience, no matter how old you are. When you connect with someone, laugh about something together or share the same interests, there can be something really fun and exciting about it. Meeting new people might make your holiday getaway even more happy and positive!

5.   Be Introduced to New Opportunities

New friends may encourage you to try new activities and expose you to things that you would never have thought you’d like before. Never thought you’d ride that rollercoaster? Your enthusiastic new friend might change your mind, giving you a great experience you’ll never forget. Instead of feeling nervous, it’s good to embrace challenges. After all, what have you got to lose? 

 

Travel A Bit Closer to Home!

Looking for friendly accommodation in Brisbane? We’ve got a great range of holiday cabins, caravan sites, and camping accommodation to suit everyone!

Contact us today on 07 3341 6133, via our online form, or email our friendly team at sales@brisbaneholidayvillage.com.au.

 

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