1 May 2014
Here's one for the more adventurous amongst us. Five of our holiday parks have been named by Holidays With Kids Magazine as being perfectly located for holidayers looking to go Adventure Caving! These holidays aren't just for extreme sports people, there are plenty of family friendly caving options across Australia, imagine seeing your children discover a long lost world!
Here's the tips from Holidays With Kids Magazine:
CAPRICORN CAVES, QLD
Just 23km north of Australia's 'Beef Capital' you'll find the Capricorn Caves. This award-winning limestone system has been welcoming visitors since 1884, making it one of Queensland's longest-running tourist attractions. Nowadays you'll find more abseiling and rock climbing than bustled ladies and handlebar moustaches, although the caves themselves remain just as fantastical as ever. Enjoy the popular Cathedral Cave Tour (suitable for children over five years), a one-hour guided journey among the stalactites and stalagmites.
Discovery Parks - Rockhampton, North Rockhampton
On the banks of the Fitzroy River less than half-an-hour's drive from the 33-hectare Capricorn Caves, this kid-friendly 4.5-star property offers a variety of accommodation from luxury villas to powered sites. A newly refurbished games room stocked with enough goodies to keep the kids entertained for hours and close proximity to the town centre make it perfectly located, and the beautiful views of Mount Archer aren't too shabby either.
YARRANGOBILLY CAVES, NSW
Under Kosciuszko National Park's picturesque northern peaks is a limestone belt, moulded over millions of years into the five caves of Yarrangobilly. Formations of shawls and cave corals fill these caverns with charm, and guided or self-guided tours below the vaulted chambers of South Glory are offered. Don't forget swimmers, as the nearby above-ground thermal pool remains 27°C all year round.
Discovery Parks - Jindabyne, Snowy Mountains
Kids will have the time of their life at this lakeside retreat, whether summer or winter. Boasting a jumping pillow, games room, movie room, playground and dedicated children's bathroom, Discovery Parks - Jindabyne gives parents plenty of time to relax and enjoy the on-site spa and sauna. It's close to town as well, and if you feel like a day-trip, Yarrangobilly and its beautiful thermal pool is only a couple of hours away.
GUNNS PLAINS CAVE, TAS
Gunns Plains might not look mysterious, but underneath its pastoral surface you'll find colourful calcite shawls, flowstones, sinkholes and underground streams populated with fish, eel and crayfish. If you like critters, among the ten-hectare complex you'll also find a magical display of glow-worms, all just 30km west of Ulverstone. That'll light up the visit.
Discovery Parks - Devonport, Devonport
On the banks of the Mersey River lies the ideal base for exploring the Gunns Plains Cave. With Spirit of Tasmania ferry services departing daily to Melbourne, Devonport is Tasmania's gateway to the mainland, making Discovery Parks - Devonport perfectly situated to welcome adventurers to the Apple Isle. Kids will be thrilled with the jumping pillow and playground, while parents will love the range of accommodation from campsites to selfcontained cottages with gas log-heated fires.
NGILGI CAVE, WA
Not many caves can claim to have a battle between ancient spirits honoured in their monikers. Ngilgi Cave takes its name from the good ocean spirit who ousted the evil spirit, Wolgine, restoring water and food to the local Wardandi people. Families first enjoyed the cave in 1900, but even modern families will love the cafe, playground and barbecue facilities, and watching Aboriginal history coming to life.
Discovery Parks - Bunbury Village
Western Australia's third largest city is awash with family-friendly delights, from swimming with dolphins to handfeeding parrots at Big Swamp Wildlife Park (plus the adult-friendly wine delight of the Margaret River). Immerse yourself in south-west WA's charm at Discovery Parks - Bunbury Village, just outside Bunbury's town centre and little over an hour to Yallingup and the Ngilgi Cave. Everything from cabins to campsites are on offer, with a fun-filled kids' club and jumping pillow for nonstop excitement.
Discovery Parks - Koombana Bay
Enjoy the coastal majesty of Bunbury from Discovery Parks - Koombana Bay, just five minutes' walk from the Bunbury town centre. Families will feel at home among fully equipped villas, cabins and chalets or at one with nature in a camping or caravan site. As well as a jumping pillow, kids will love being able to explore the nearby mangroves, delve into the depths of the Indian Ocean and, of course, walk among the ancient limestone of Ngilgi Cave.
Who's ready to go exploring?!
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