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Top 10 Tips for Camping With Kids

In Australia most of us have memories of childhood camping trips and adventures in the great outdoors. For some it’s long weeks of bare feet, sun and sand at the beach and sleeping under the stars, for other it might be the memory of riding bikes, making some new friends and eating ice cream and marshmallows. But some things are for sure, they nearly all involve the simple pleasure of being together as a family and being surrounded by those you love. Because the truth is kids mostly remember the feelings more so than the details and what seems ordinary to adults can be wondrous, exciting and amazing to a child.

So if you’ve never had the opportunity to take your kids camping (or your last attempt was disastrous and left you vowing never, never again) let our guide to camping with kids inspire you to set off on your own camping adventure and create some new family memories.

1. Choosing Your Location

Before you trek off, stop and consider how experienced you and your kids are at camping. Decide ahead of time what facilities you want and what luxuries you are prepared to do without. Pitch a tent, bring a van or unhitch your caravan.

2. Make a List and Check it Twice (with the Kids)

This technique doesn’t just work for Santa, it makes sense and can be a fun way to get everyone involved in preparing and thinking about your family holiday. It’s the small things that are often more important and they make a HUGE difference to your comfort and happiness once you arrive. Getting kids to have their own backpack also helps them think about what they need.

Some must-haves include:

  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Esky for cold food
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Torches for everyone
  • Marshmallows + healthy snacks
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Multiple changes of clothes (kids have a habit of getting wet and filthy in the blink of an eye)
  • Warm clothes (it can always get cold)
  • Plastic zip lock bags for wet clothes and various collected “treasures” from the beach
  • Closed-in shoes – for bush walking, bike riding etc.
  • Thongs
  • Bikes
  • Card games
  • Lots of towels
  • Beach toys

3. Fun, Healthy Food

Little bodies playing all day need good fuel to keep them going. Camping is the perfect time to make healthy food fun and easy. Try simple recipes that the kids can be involved in preparing like damper, spuds cooked in foil, baked beans, fresh fruit salad, a trail mix of seeds, nuts and dried fruit and veggie ‘snack packs’ of cut up carrot, cucumber, celery and cherry tomatoes. As with everything, moderation is the key – so make sure you do include some fun treats like marshmallows or pancakes.

4. Helpers Hats On

Kids are great helpers and love to feel they are part of the whole experience. Choosing a campsite, sweeping the tent site, washing up pots and carrying the torch are just some of the jobs that you can get kids to do. Not only does this keep them out of mischief it helps build essential life skills. Feeling part of the family decisions also lets them experience responsibility with your guiding hands for reassurance. Many hands make light work so it will also remind them gently that Mum and Dad are here to have some fun and relax too.

5. I’m bored!

If camping and the outdoors is brand new to your kids and they are pining for their iPods or devices, then be patient. The whinging and whining will pass especially if they see you getting in and trying new things. Swimming, fishing, bike riding, bird watching and bush walking are the obvious camping things to do, but think outside the box and invent your own list of outdoor games and fun. Set up a treasure hunt with clues, invent stories about the pirates and dinosaurs that used to live at your camp site (this will spark a wave of imagination and a host of games), bring a small pack of pencils and a blank sketch book and encourage your “little artists” to draw what they see and hear around them, explore rock pools and creeks, go bug catching, build sand castles, fly kites on the beach, get up early and watch the sunrise over the ocean…the list is endless.

6. Keep it Clean, Keep it Green

Keeping your campsite clean and organised will not only help things go smoothly, it will also teach your children the importance of protecting our environment. Have clearly designated rubbish bags or recycling buckets and have regular clean ups where the family work together. Discuss the animals and plants that call the area home and how they would feel if you left rubbish about and destroyed their home. Being a good camper involves caring about the world we live in.

7. Rain Rain Go Away

So you’ve planned your family camping getaway for months, the time has finally arrived and low and behold down comes the rain. All is not lost. If you’re well prepared with spare clothes let the kids go out and get wet. The feeling of summer rain, giggling and running free will stay with them always. Clothes, hair and towels can all be dried. If you’ve chosen to stay at First Sun Holiday Park you will be grateful, as having undercover eating areas, washing machines and the “real world” just minutes away can keep your sanity intact and with so much to do in Byron Bay the family is guaranteed to still have a great time. Click here to read our guide on things to do in Byron Bay. 

8. Take Baby Camping

Many mums are put off by camping while babies are small, but if you are well prepared it can actually be a very rewarding experience for mum, dad and bub alike. The peace and quiet of nature can often sooth restless babies and when the food source is mum you can travel light. Choosing a campsite not too far from town with good facilities can also help if anything goes astray.

9. Don’t be Afraid of Dirt

Dirt is part and parcel with any camping adventure, but it need not mean a constant state of panic for mum if you remember that dirt means FUN! Relax a little while you are away even if you love having your children and home spotlessly and germ free. Allowing kids a healthy dose of outside play including dirt, sand, sunshine and fresh air is good for them and helps kids build a resistance to bugs and illnesses.

10. Record Your Experience

When you return home, the gear is packed away and the washing is all done, take some time to relive the fun with your kids by creating a camping book or journal. Include pictures you have taken, maps, stories and mementos. Also make a list of things you realised you needed but forgot, some fun facts you learnt and start planning your next trip! With school-age kids it’s important to book early as many holiday parks fill up quickly over the school holidays.

Looking for accommodation these school holidays? Plan ahead and book your accommodation NOW. Places fill fast and we want you here for all the fun! 

Top Tips for a Byron Bay Family “Glamping” Getaway

You want to take the family on a Byron Bay holiday with all the sights, sounds and feelings of being close to nature? You want to relax, take your time and soak up the culture of being free and to take each day as it rolls? You want to be comfortable and indulge in some of life’s little luxuries without all the hard work of setting up a campsite? Then you want to go GLAMPING – and with our helpful tips you’ll get back to nature without sacrificing any of your creature comforts!

1. Less Is More (work that is)

When it comes to glamping in Byron Bay, the less you have to do the better. Book ready-to-go accommodation such as our safari tents or self-contained cabins. These good glamping options can provide you with kitchen facilities, bathrooms, bedding with linen and more! All you need to do is bring the family! Click here to view all our beachfront accommodation options.

2. Location Is Everything

Whether you love the beach, the hinterland or the forest, location is everything and Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is located a handy 5 minutes from the centre of Byron Bay and only a short drive from the Byron Hinterland. Bush walking, biking, fishing, swimming and surfing all heighten the glamping experience and by having them close at hand, you and your family will be encouraged to get active together, creating lifelong memories.

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3. Get The Right Gear

There are so many amazing glamping accessories to be found and you really ought to set aside some time prior to your holiday for a fun shopping trip. From those found at traditional outdoor and adventure stores to stylish vintage glamour pieces. Gone are the days when spending time in the great outdoors meant going without the comforts of home. Some essentials to look for include picnic wear and baskets, luxurious small rugs and throws and classic retro cases and glass wear.

Great Fishing

4. Going Gourmet

Fine food and wine compliment every glamping experience and you’re spoilt for choice when staying in Byron Bay. There is no shortage of excellent fresh local produce and cuisine available all year round which you can buy pre-prepared, or try gathering a delicious bounty of ingredients from the local farmers markets. We can also recommend stopping off at some of these locations to find exactly what it is you’ve been craving – for authentic Asian foods including superb yum cha and dumplings you can’t go past Red Ginger on Jonson Street. Those of you who love deli delights will need to include a visit to Citrus, the ultimate delicatessen also on Jonson Street. Locals and tourists alike all love the Green Garage in Tennyson Street for all things fresh and local.

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5. The Special Touches

Every holiday can be made even more special by having a few surprises and delights arranged for ahead of time. In Byron Bay the choice of options is incredible. An adventure tour or experience is easy to arrange online before you come. We can recommend some amazing options for you like Byron Bay Adventure Tours who operate a range of tours to suit all ages, Byron Bay Ballooning for a lofty look at the natural beauty of this area or arrange for a Gourmet Byron Bay Hamper to be delivered directly to your glampsite.

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6. Remember To Have Fun

Style, accessories, food and luxury are all important parts of glamping but not at the expense of having fun and enjoying your beautiful family time. Glamping is about brining all the elements of comfort together to create the best of all worlds combined into one. If you can’t find marinated goats curd then relax – it’s better to get some Greek fetta from the supermarket than to turn into “Glampzilla”.

7. Capture The Moments

Happy snaps are a staple of all family holidays, but with awe-inspiring Byron Bay scenery you will want to let your inner photographer run wild and free. Fully inspired, relaxed and armed with a plethora of magazine-worthy images, it’s now time to add your family Byron Bay glamping interlude to your blog, Facebook, Instagram or other fav social media site. Share your glamorous time away including your glamping ideas, creativity and newly honed ‘mobile’ interior design skills with family and friends!

Recommended by TripAdvisor – The World’s Largest Travel Site

Recently we were presented with a coveted “Recommended on TripAdvisor” badge by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, for our excellent customer rating of 4.5 out of 5. We are immensely proud of this recognition, not only for ourselves but also for our hard working staff and partners.

We love what we do and it is our philosophy to give our guests a personal and memorable holiday experience. Whether you’ve travelled from the other side of the world or from just up the road, we aim to offer a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with that familiar old-style holiday park feel.

Here are just a sample of the positive and enthusiastic responses we’ve received on the TripAdvisor website and via our guest book.

TripAdvisor

“A Fam Stay!” – 5 out of 5

“We have just experienced a wonderful week here with our family & friends. Clean, quiet and perfectly located to a beautiful running walking surfing beach and walking distance to general store, brilliant bakery & pizza shop. Fantastic spot with helpful friendly management and staff.”

“Ultimate family fun” – 5 out of 5

“We love the idea of caravans parks because your kids can run around free without you having to worry, something you can’t do at a resort. Our son met kids while we just relaxed out the front of our safari tent and watched the kids hooning on their scooters and climbing up trees. We had our bikes and there is a fantastic bike track all the way to town, it makes a real difference then having to ride on the road. The tent was so much fun, it had a kitchenette, bed and bunks and was very roomy. We would definitely come again.”

“Absolute Beach Bliss!” – 5 out of 5

“We live in the area (but away from the coast) and decided we wanted to get away to the beach for the weekend and treat our young daughter to the style of holiday our parents use to take us on. A friend recommended the Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park – and what a find! It had everything we wanted and so much more. The location is incredible. The park is located right on the beach (nestled in the dunes). We could walk from our cabin through a bush track and we were on the beach. The park managers were fantastic and everyone in the park seemed so relaxed. It was great to be out of the hustle and bustle of Byron, but still get to enjoy the beautiful beach. Thank you! We’ll be back!”

“In one word, “Awesome”!!” – 5 out of 5

“To quote my 8 year old daughter – This is the best holiday I’ve been on!”

“Excellent facilities, friendly service” – 5 out of 5

“The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating – highly recommended”

Guestbook Comments:

“Great relaxed atmosphere. Lots of happy kids in the camp. Fantastic setting, right on beachfront.”

“The security and safe feeling we all shared as a family really stood out for us.”

“I have been to many camping spots all over the world, yours is just amazing, friendly and nice atmosphere, loved it here, happy to come back.” 

Family School Holiday Photos:

Remember those holidays at the beach when you were a kid? Relaxed atmosphere, happy campers, kids riding bikes and endless BBQ’s? Well we’ve still got it! Please find below some great holiday pictures from families enjoying their recent school holiday break with us.

Looking to start your own camping holiday tradition? Check out our current Spring specials for some great offers to get you motivated for a family long weekend or short break in Byron Bay. Click here

Byron Bay Camping Holiday Essentials!

Thinking about a camping holiday in beautiful Byron Bay? The rain has cleared and the sun is shining, making it the ideal time to pitch a tent and set-up camp on one of Byron Bay’s most stunning beaches.

To make the most of your camping holiday, we have prepared a complete list of camping essentials to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. These have been collected over our years of experience and from our friendly customers. If you feel we’re missing anything, please join in the fun and post a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Don’t own a tent? Then our legendary safari tents are for you! They’re a wonderful, trouble-free way to have a traditional camping holiday, without spending hours packing the car and setting up. Simply arrive and start camping. For more information click here.

Top 10 Essential Camping Tips

1.) Before you leave home check your gear!

Don’t ruin your camping holiday with a leaky air mattress, empty gas bottle or no tent pegs. Before you leave home check that you have all your equipment, especially your tent ropes, poles and pegs. Another tip – don’t forget to pack a hammer. 

2.) Bring enough bedding for the season

Make sure you have the right kind of sleeping bag or bedding for the season and don’t forget your pillow! Need to check the weather forecast? Than click here for our Byron Bay weather page.

3.) Tarps, tarps and more tarps

Bring tarps. A leaking tent does not make for a great camping holiday! We also have tarps available at reception.

4.) Pack a first aid kit

You just never know when you’ll need a band-aid and always remember the insect repellent and sun screen.

5.) For a good night’s sleep bring an air mattress

Although a sleeping bag on the floor might sound more rustic, an air mattress makes all the difference. For comfort, we wouldn’t leave home without one.

6.) A can opener, scissors and power leads

They’re small…but big on our list of things to bring. Also remember to bring 15 amp power leads that are at least 20m long!

7.) Time to relax…

Don’t forget to pack a great book, frisbee or kite for the beach and a pack of cards for those long summer nights.

8.) Extra rope and pegs

For wet bikini bottoms, board shorts and towels.

9.) Esky and ice

You can grab some ice from our kiosk to fill up the esky and enjoy a sunset drink.

10.) Walking shoes

Surrounded by natural bushland and sandwiched between the Cape Byron headland and Broken Head headland, this is a great spot to explore by foot.

(I know we said our top 10, but we couldn’t stop… so here are a few more…)

11.) Book the right size site

Ensure your camp site matches your needs including tent size, number of cars, available outdoor space etc.

12.) LED lighting

We are seeing less and less gas lanterns and more LED lanterns, which we love! LED is more efficient, safer and can be recharged using solar power.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Paul and Maree Brooks