For the budget minded-traveler who loves animals, consider camping grounds such as the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort in Denham, WA. The dolphins of Monkey Mia visit the beach daily and interact with visitors. Best of all there is no charge for the dolphin experience! Visitors can also expect to see manta rays and whale sharks. Don't miss nearby Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, one of the few places in the world where you can view living marine stromatolites. Admission to the nature reserve is also free. If you prefer animal interaction on land, you can ride a camel on the beach! Aboriginal Eco Tours are also available. These are just a few of the local attractions available near this outstanding resort. Budget-minded travelers will appreciate the cost at the tent sites starting at just $15. (Caravan sites are also available from $39, while lodging begins at $248.)
|Dolphin at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort|
|Camel rides on the beach|
Or maybe you're looking for a bit more variety? Among Australia's outstanding caravan parks, one of the best choices is the Kirra Beach Tourist Park in Brisbane, QLD. This resort is situated near a host of attractions, among them something sure to appeal to every member of the family. The beach is a short walk away, with local surf conditions offering waves suitable for beginners as well as world-class surfing for experts. The resort sports a salt-water pool, heated during the cold season to provide year-round enjoyment. The onsite playground features a jumping pillow, and plenty of children's activities are available during holiday seasons. Wet 'n Wild Water World, Warner Brothers Movie World, and Goanna Adventures Tour are nearby to provide even more entertainment and thrills. As a special treat, view orchids and ferns growing in the rainforest canopy on the Gold Coast Hinterland Tree Top Walk. The Tree Top Walk is made up of nine suspension bridges winding through the forest canopy with observation decks in a strangler fig - one 30 meters high in the treetops. If that isn't high enough for you, there are sky-high sightseeing tours available in hot air balloons, helicopters, and sea planes. To enjoy a slower-paced day, visit Paradise Country or Melaleuca Station to immerse yourself in farm living and bottle-feed baby animals, or spend the day on the nearby lake. The local nightlife is always exciting, and nearby outlet and boutique shopping is an experience in itself. These are just a few of the attractions of the famed Gold Coast. Experience all of this and more from the convenience of your caravan site, starting at just $33. (Tent sites also available from $27 and lodging from $59)
These are just a two of Australia's outstanding resorts (although the are two of our favorites!). There are hundreds more available to suit every family and every taste. Start planning your Australia vacation today!