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    We booked a week at a holiday park in January - so peak season. Yes it’s pricy but DS is an only child and a busy family-friendly park means he can make friends and have a good play in a safe environment. We are looking forward to it. I can’t imagine it will be the type of holiday we will be doing in 10 years, but for now it’s great. We don’t travel often enough to justify buying a caravan and running a newer towing vehicle year round, so for now the on site cabins suit us well. It’s not a cheap holiday, but for our circumstances it’s good value. Each to their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    as i said, ds has been too young so far for us to get any use from these additional facilities so for the same cost, or less, i’d rather bypass paying for an add-on we won’t use. i’m totally open to caravanning (buying one is my geek obsession in fact lol) so perhaps as he gets bigger, it’s something we can look into.

    as i said, we’ve always gone away with a purpose, never just because. again, i’m sure that’ll change as ds (and belly babe eventually) get older.
    We have stayed at Big 4. It was the best. Espevially with multiple kids of different ages. It was great for a few days of pure relaxation for the adults and absolutely ideal for the kids to have have fun onsite. Everything is there and you don't have to venture out of the park. Sort of like a resort holiday in a way. Sometimes my family needs this sort of holiday so everyone gets a bit of what they like : )

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    love big4 caravan parks. such an aussie family local getaway. all our kids love it (ages 3,6 &9) and so do we. dont feel we have to keep them all quiet and inside a hotel room when we're back at accommodation, they run off and play (except youngest is chaperoned) but generally we can have a few drinks and relax and they know the rules

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    We usually stay in cabins in big 4s.
    Our kids co-sleep, and we like the flexibility they usually offer with regards to bedding.
    I like that we have our own "space", and don't feel like I need to keep the kids quiet because on the other side of a paper thin wall there's another person trying desperately to sleep.
    The kids love the playgrounds, and some even offer "kids club" activities over school holidays, family movie night's etc. One we stayed at even offered rock climbing, on a small rock face, in the park with qualified instructors.

    We have also stayed in motel/hotels and I've hated it.

    We did however stay in a luxury apartment a few months ago and our 3yo is STILL talking about it. I did like the washing machine etc

    If I know we are going somewhere I look for deals and usually get it 20-40% off. One big 4 gave me an extra 15% discount over the phone because we were members and had stayed there a few times before, then when we got there, someone had mixed up our booking so we got upgraded
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    I like Big 4 parks, mainly because I like the cabins and I am definitely NOT a 'camper'. Hate tents, hate bugs, hate camping in general. I have more than 3 kids, so often motels arent an option because my husband isnt keen on holidays, so it is usually me alone with the kids. Im a bit paranoid about holiday houses like Airbnb's because if they had hidden cameras, would you know? I dont like that the 'owners' have keys and could show up and let themselves in at 3am.
    I feel safe in caravan parks and at least you know they get cleaned.

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    We haven’t stayed in a big 4 yet. Just last week I booked a 4 night stay at one up north, and I’m excited. It will be at the end of our 3 week holiday and the intention is to not move out of the caravan park 🤣
    The first few pages of this thread had me wondering if we’d made a bad choice but the later responses have me relieved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyDaysAllRound View Post
    We haven’t stayed in a big 4 yet. Just last week I booked a 4 night stay at one up north, and I’m excited. It will be at the end of our 3 week holiday and the intention is to not move out of the caravan park 🤣
    The first few pages of this thread had me wondering if we’d made a bad choice but the later responses have me relieved!
    I think it really just depends on what type of holiday you prefer. The people who like it seem to be more of the “hang out at the accommodation, relax by the pool” type whereas the ones who see it as a waste as the ones who leave in the morning and come back at night and just use it as a place to sleep and keep their stuff. So they don’t get as much use out of the facilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahalfdozen View Post
    I think it really just depends on what type of holiday you prefer. The people who like it seem to be more of the “hang out at the accommodation, relax by the pool” type whereas the ones who see it as a waste as the ones who leave in the morning and come back at night and just use it as a place to sleep and keep their stuff. So they don’t get as much use out of the facilities.
    Agree. The nights we are spending at the big 4 are planned to be exactly that. Whereas the few weeks beforehand during our holiday will be out and about.
    I’m thinking of it as our holiday after the holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyDaysAllRound View Post
    We haven’t stayed in a big 4 yet. Just last week I booked a 4 night stay at one up north, and I’m excited. It will be at the end of our 3 week holiday and the intention is to not move out of the caravan park 🤣
    The first few pages of this thread had me wondering if we’d made a bad choice but the later responses have me relieved!
    It really is dependent on what you plan to do there. When we stay at Big 4’s, it’s the holiday we choose where we never leave the premises as it’s our relaxing type of holidays. We bring all our food (whether cabin stay or camping) and we never spend a cent as the kids amuse themselves with the myriad of activities and water play/playgrounds etc. The one we go to has a big waterpark area with slides, tipping bucket etc, plus a swimming pool. There’s a flying fox, plenty of fields to ride bikes, wander and even a river with free canoes to use, and we fish there too.

    In the evenings (during the school holidays) there’s outdoor movies and disco night.
    The kids have an absolute blast making friends, having some independence and they are so active, not a technological device in sight.
    It’s a holiday where Dh and I feel we’ve actually had a proper ‘break’.

    We went overseas in June and whilst it was a wonderful time, it was go, go, go to make the most of the time, and wasn’t a break so to speak.

    Apart from the cost, I’ve yet to hear anyone I know irl regret a Big 4 stay.

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