Multi Award winning Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is easily one the best caravan parks in our region.
It is an easy drive up to Canonvale, turning right at Proserpine and stopping just before Airlie Beach. This makes this spot a great choice for an easy weekend away. In the off-peak season, you can often find great deals such as stay 3, pay 2 which makes it great value. There are cabins available too, prices start around $145 a night for a studio.
Camping and Caravan Sites
From when you first check into this beautiful park, you know you are somewhere special. The trees and gardens are beautifully manicured carefully to create shade on every site. The staff are so professional and helpful at every turn and your check-in experience is a breeze. You have the opportunity to join up to Big 4 parks to get great discounts on stays at all Big 4s in Australia. This is a fantastic opportunity to save money especially on longer stays, as you get 10% off. A 2 year membership costs $50, you can get yours here
Driving into the park you will notice sites to your left. These sites are perfect thanks to their proximity to everything. There is a good sized amenities block very well located amongst the rows. You have 2 rows of shady concrete slab sites with a big green lawn in the middle. This is a wonderful place to supervise the kids while having your afternoon drinks. There are similar blocks further to the left. The first lot of slab sites here are our top choice for staying at Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday.
Driving further on you will come to the waterslides on the left and the cabins to your right. Keep driving past the slides and you come to the powered grass sites out the back. These sites do have a mesh pad to protect the area. There are even more grass sites around behind the cabins which back onto a small creek. Ensuite sites are also available.
At the moment, bookings for June/July school holidays have a special kids stay free deal. There are many more specials out of peak periods such as stay 3 and pay 2. Enquire about these when booking.
The amenities blocks are super clean and well maintained with music playing while you bathe. There are two well positioned blocks each containing men and ladies toilets, hot showers, wash basins, a laundry, as well as a family bathroom and disabled bathroom. The block over near the cabins also has a TV and camp kitchen too.
Things to do
Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort boasts incredible amenities. You will never want to leave!
Perfect for the kids, it’s newest and most famous attraction is the addition of 18 new waterslides! These slides are adjacent to the existing free form pool with a couple of smaller slides which enjoys heated water during the colder months. The are here has a small spa in the corner, sun lounges galore, a massage hut, and toilet. There is often a coffee van or ice-cream van on site too. The entire pool area is fenced but there is no fence between the waterslides and the main pool area so you need to keep a close eye on your little ones here. This place gets incredibly popular, especially during school holidays and they also allow visitor’s passes for $10.
A wonderful and shaded mini-golf course will entertain and this leads onto a massive adventure playground with 2 huge jumping pillows. The grass sites at the rear of the park are closer to the jumping pillows while the concrete slabs towards the front are closer to the pool. Badminton, basketball and tennis courts line the area next to the jumping pillows and there are movies shown on the big screen nightly during peak periods. Just BYO chair and insect repellant.
An onsite animal park is another great family friendly activity. Check feeding times with reception, this activity is FREE but bookings may be required during busy periods. There are baby sheep, calves and goats and plenty of ducks and chickens as well.
Horse rides are often available for an extra cost, and there are other art and craft activities on all the time at the Lilipad. Just ask at reception for all the details when you check in.
Bring your kid’s scooters or bikes, the road here is perfect for riding around safely. Just make sure they wear helmets as this is enforced. You can hire pedal cars too.
There is a small shop at the reception for ice blocks and emergency snack supplies. They also have a limited supply of things like milk, noodles and sunscreen.
If you can drag yourself away from the awesome facilities at Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, you will find a Woolworths supermarket and McDonalds right next door and the Reef Gateway Hotel directly across the road which does great meals and has an awesome kid’s club and a takeaway bottleshop.
Airlie Beach is 10 minutes down the road, check out the markets on the foreshore on a Saturday. You can find booking agents for any Whitsunday Island hopping in town too. The nearest hospital is Proserpine.
Definitely check out Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill at Woodwark Bay for an epic sunset cocktail spot. Fat Frog Cafe is the closest place for a decent cup of coffee, and you get a coupon for this when you check in too!
There is a golf driving range just west of Canonvale shops.
Any Bad Bits?
The sandflies and mosquitoes can be pretty fierce, so make sure you take your Aerogard. This place really heaves in the school holidays and long weekends thanks to its’ status as the best caravan park in our region. So if you are not into a lot of kids having a great time, then visit outside of these times.
Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort ticks so many boxes for family friendly holiday fun. It’s an awesome place in every way. The amazing facilities and activities on offer, the beautifully fun and clean pools and slides and the green lush gardens make your stay completely pleasant. This is a fantastic place to stay and play for as long as you possibly can.
Author: Kris Gadsby is a Mackay local and founder of Gadsventure – Family Travel a blog which documents the Gadsby family’s travels worldwide offering advice and tips on budget family travel. Now on a trip around the world with their 4 young children, they have enjoyed many years camping in their Jayco including a 12 month trip around Australia in 2015 and enjoyed exploring the many campsites close to Mackay on their weekends.
At a Glance:
|Cost: Powered sites start at $39 for 2 people|
|Discounts available with Big 4 membership|
|Bookings: www.adventurewhitsunday.com.au or by phoning 1300 640 587|
|Amenities: Hot Showers, Laundry, Family Bathroom, Disabled Bathroom, Camp Kitchen|
|Dump Point: Yes|
|Big Rigs: Drive thru sites available|
|Location: Cannonvale 145km north of Mackay, 1 hour 40 minutes.|
Off Peak Prices:
|Powered Ensuite Site: 1-2 People: From $59|
|Extra Persons: From $12|
|Powered Slab Site: 1-2 People: From $39|
|Extra Persons: From $12|
|Powered Grass Site: 1-2 People: From $39|
|Extra Persons: From $12|