The 2018 Hotlist: Holiday Park Heaven – caravans are making a comeback

With caravan parks enjoying some of the most spectacular waterfront locations in Lake Macquarie, the region might as well have been made for those with a caravan in tow. Combine superb lakefront and coastal sites with nature-inspired activities including fishing, surfing, bushwalking, mountain-biking and more and it’s easy to see why the new breed of holiday park is reinventing caravan travel.

With IBISWorld analysts estimating growth of 4.2 per cent across the caravan rental sector in the next five years, together with revenue of $2 billion for caravan retailers, the future for one of the nation’s favourite ways to travel looks rosy.

Australia is home to 1,320 businesses in the caravan and camping ground industry, 27.8% of which are based in New South Wales – with Lake Macquarie boasting some of the best, including:

Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie

Just 70 minutes north of Hornsby on the serene southern shores of the lake, Ingenia offers accommodation options for a broad range of budgets, from luxury waterfront villas to cosy cabins and grassy powered sites. Take a dip in the pool, enjoy a short drive to some of the state’s most beautiful beaches, or take advantage of easy access to the jetty and waterfront, perfect for boating, fishing and swimming.

Swansea Gardens Lakeside Holiday Park

Centrally located on the shores of lovely Lake Macquarie, Swansea Gardens Lakeside Holiday Park enjoys a prime location in a tranquil, tree-studded park close to unspoilt patrolled surf beaches, restaurants and cafes, local shopping and licensed clubs. There’s action aplenty with windsurfing, fishing, scuba diving, kiteboarding, sailing and swimming, as well as tennis, mini-golf, basketball, a playground, barbeques, a boat ramp, camp kitchen and a recreation room all on site. Accommodation options range from roomy unpowered tent sites to air-conditioned two-bedroom villas with cable TV.

Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park

Just a short stroll from one of New South Wales’ best-loved beaches, and boasting a variety of accommodation options catering to all budgets, Blacksmiths is the perfect base for lengthy strolls on pristine white sand, taking a refreshing dip under the watchful eye of the local surf lifesaving patrol or just listening to the sounds of the Pacific Ocean rolling in. Boating enthusiasts will love the nearby launch facilities, offering easy access to both the open ocean and the tranquil lake where you can swim, surf, fish and sail for days on end before heading back to the park to enjoy a dip in the pool or a late afternoon turn in the playground with the kids.

Belmont Bayview Park

Idyllically tucked between pristine beaches and serene Lake Macquarie and close to the delights of the nearby Hunter Valley – Belmont Bayview Park is exceptionally located for creating a fabulous family adventure. Choose from powered sites and cosy cabins, enjoy free wifi and access to a barbeque, outdoor dining area and private pool – and pick up supplies for the raft of nearby cafes.

Paradise Palms Caravan Park

Perched on the western shores of Lake Macquarie at Carey Bay, easily accessible just off the Sydney to Newcastle freeway, Paradise Palms Caravan Park is home to poolside cabins and campsites, both enjoying a peaceful location and access to waterfront barbeques and a convenient boat ramp for plenty of action out and about on the Lake.

Wangi Point Lakeside Holiday Park heated resort style pool!

Situated between Lake Macquarie and Wangi Point Flora and Fauna Reserve, Wangi Point Lakeside Holiday Park enjoys a beautiful bush setting on the foreshore with easy access to a nearby public boat ramp providing the perfect launch point for fishing, canoeing, swimming, windsurfing, kiteboarding and more. Accommodation options range from spacious unpowered camp sites to air-conditioned two-bedroom luxury villas with all the mod-cons, including Foxtel.

To book your 2018 trip to Lake Macquarie, visit or call 1800 802 044.

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