REVIEW: Water slides win hearts at BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park
The epitome of family friendly, there’s so much on offer at BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, especially if you’ve got kids who adore the water. With cabins, powered and unpowered sites and so many pools to choose from, the only problem is finding time to do all the activities on offer.
A haven for kids who love water activities
With a theme-park worthy water park, complete with four slides of various speeds, a tipping bucket and an area for toddlers, kids will be busy from dawn until dusk.
There’s plenty of seating for parents, some of it under shelter and there’s also a toilet block so you don’t have to trudge back to campsite or cabin to use the loo.
Barbecues are also onsite so you can stay all day if you so decide.
When we visited it was raining on and off but our kids didn’t mind, although it was handy that just a few minutes’ walk away is a heated pool that also has a slide. There’s also seating at the lagoon pool for parents who aren’t brave enough to join kids in the pool.
Water park a tribute to holiday park’s surrounds
The water park actually mimics the iconic landmarks of the Tweed region and it also helps to educate visitors on the local surrounds. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park is situated in an area that’s defined by Tourism Australia as ‘Australia’s Green Cauldron’.
These surrounds were once a large volcano and are now home to the glorious formation known as Wollumbin-Mount Warning. This is the centrepiece of a national park of the same name and forms part of a World Heritage area.
Interestingly, Mt Warning-Wollumbin is the inspiration for one of three themed areas and this part of it has three water slides. The fascinating rocks of Fingal Head are at the heart of another themed area and feature a tipping bucket and slide.
The marine life that can be spotted around Cook Island, just offshore from Fingal Head, is the inspiration for the third and final area. It boasts a toddler play section, complete with a froggy slide. What I love is that this surface is rubber so small ones won’t graze their toes and knees.
With a locked gate and the kids visible from most aspects it’s a place where parents with young ones will be able to relax without worrying about them going walkabout.
Visitors can use the water park if they complete a registration form at the office and wear a wrist band. It costs $10 per adult or child, $5 per pensioner and is valid for one day. There is a maximum of four day visitors per site at any time.
The onsite billabong focal point of park
So it’s not just called Tweed Billabong for fun, the park’s namesake billabong offers a range of activities from kayaking, to stand up paddle boarding (SUP) or adventurous kids can even swim in it. Fishers can also try their hand at throwing a line in from the floating pontoon or water’s edge.
The park hires out kayaks, SUP and fishing rods so you don’t have to pack them if you’re short on time or space. Parents can watch their kids front the sheltered deck of the modern communal kitchen and lounge.
What accommodation is on offer?
Because the focal point of the park is the billabong, powered sites overlooking it are available. There’s also grass and concrete powered sites for tents and caravans. Some offer shade but all are on flat surfaces.
The cabins vary but range in size from four to six berth, and they’re modern and well equipped. We stayed in a Coolabah Cabin just overlooking the billabong and had a nice private balcony with fly screens to keep bugs away.
Luxury cabin with all the trimmings
Inside the Coolabah cabin is modern facilities and a queen bed with cosy linen and the carpet in all bedrooms is quite a treat when camping. The kid’s room had a bunk with a double bed underneath. What they loved the most was a spa bath, and so did I!
You’ll want for nothing in these cabins and they have a coffee machine, air conditioning and a lovely view across the water. To chill the kids out at night there’s a TV and DVD player.
The cabin also features include:
- Ceiling fans
- Bedrooms separate from living area
- All linen and towels provided
- Hair dryer, heater and iron
- Toiletries are supplied
- Hair chair available for hire on request
What else is on offer?
The kid’s playground is near arguably Australia’s best camp kitchen. With all the mod cons and a sleek design, this communal barbecue area also features a lounge room with a TV room if the kids feel like some downtime. A small library has books you can borrow.
A much-loved jumping pillow and toddler’s safe playground is close to reception, where the kids can buy an ice-cream or you can get other essential items such as ice and milk. Also for hire are pedal karts that kids will get a real kick out of.
During holidays there is a kid’s club, supervised activities, outdoor movies and special seasonal events include an Easter egg hunt. And don’t forget to pack bikes and scooters but a strict ‘no helmet no ride’ rule applies.
Where exactly is BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park located?
Ideally located in Tweed Heads South, BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park at 30 Holden Street, Tweed Heads South in NSW.
Within minutes of world class beaches, the Gold Coast Airport and tropical rainforests within short driving distance.
A shopping centre with supermarkets and specialty stores is close by, as are restaurants and clubs for when you decide to outsource dinner!
How to get there
The Tweed Billabong is located in Tweed Heads South, on the border of QLD and NSW. The Gold Coast/Coolangatta airport is a five minute drive. There is a bus terminal in Tweed Heads.
So if heading to an action-packed family friendly holiday park is your ideal staycation, then call then 5524 2444 on or visit their website here.