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For us, I ended up working in the area for the weekend, but it was due to be a wet and windy one. As time was going to be against us, we took this convenient and easy option to stay in someone else’s tent! Saved getting our stuff wet and muddy! It was the best idea yet!
Naracoorte is a small regional town located in South Australia. It’s just under a 4 hour drive from Adelaide or an hours drive north of Mount Gambier. Situated on the Riddoch Highway, just before the Victorian border, it’s surrounded by rich farmland scenery and plentiful wildlife.
If you are a little confused where it is, there is a heap of information on their website about all the different routes you can take to get there – from Adelaide and Melbourne.
With a population of around 6,000 people, the Main Street is accommodating with just what you need. With small boutiques, a range of cafes and restaurants, a few pubs, there are also 2 supermarkets, Woolworths and Foodland.
Welcome to Naracoorte Big 4 Holiday Park
Naracoorte Holiday Park is a franchise of Big4 and classed a ‘Classic’ Park. It’s on the smaller side for Big4’s but still offers the usual Big4 things you’d expect to find – facilities, standards, service, etc.
Luci, one of the hosts of the park was extremely welcoming. It’s been a long time since reaching such a warm, bubbly welcome… anywhere! We were given loads of information about the park, what to do, maps, money off vouchers, and best of all a smile, which is sometimes hard to get these days!
There is a lot more to do around Naracoorte than we initially thought. The Naracoorte Caves National Park is popular with their geological formations. Luci highlighted to us the different caves with tours available, and also The Sheep’s Back Museum and the Wrattonbully Wine Region were highly recommended.
The bit we’d been waiting for!
This was our first glamping experience and we loved it!
The initial ease of just getting out the car and walking straight into a set up tent is wonderful! If only it was this easy all the time!
There are 2 Bell tents at Naracoorte, both being able to sleep up to 4 people each. Natural in presentation, they include everything you need. There was a Waeco fridge, fan, all the kitchen utensils you need, a kettle, tea and coffee, camp chairs (yep!), towels, linen and conveniently, power! We love ready to use power when camping!
Note that linen is provided for the main bed only. There are bunk beds available, but linen would need to be rented, so if you can, best bring your own gear if you are planning on using them.
The bed was super comfy and with the way these Bell tents are designed, there was little movement of the canvas in the wind. Even with the rain overnight, it was a good nights sleep!
These 5m Simpson Bell tents, made my Homecamp in Melbourne, have plenty of room to move about freely. We loved the little windows around the base of the tent, it just wasn’t the weather for us to open them all up.
With the tents located opposite a playground, and some cabins just behind, it was quiet overnight as it is tucked off the main road through the park.
Just next to us was the 2 bedroom Black Wolf tent. Named after its brand, this is also another glamping tent where everything you need is included inside. Great idea if you are looking for a more traditional style tent.
Image credit: Big4 Naracoorte website
We actually took our own camp stove with us as we enjoy settling in for the evening around our own camp set up, but you don’t need to worry about this. The camp kitchen is just opposite and ideal for cooking up a storm. It was a good sized kitchen, clean, tidy with plenty of appliances for whatever needs you may have.
No Big4 Holiday park would be complete without the jumping pillow, and Naracoorte also offer outdoor BBQ areas, a games room and mini golf course. There is also a super cute mini train, called the Tiny Train Park that bumbles around the grounds, and even adults can get on it too!
The park is conveniently located next to the Naracoorte Swimming Lake which looked so inviting! This is a great space to spend the day relaxing and splashing about and is definitely an attraction to the local area. It is open from 1 December until 31 March.
The amenities in the park were well maintained and clean, and big enough to accommodate a full park. There is also a dump point available within the grounds.
Other accommodation at Naracoorte Big 4 Holiday Park
There is a range of cabins available including a studio cabin, one bedroom spa villa, two bedroom villa and one and two bedroom holiday units. There is still a lot of wood panelling going on, as seems to be the norm in holiday parks, but check out the two bedroom villa for something a bit more modern.
There are also a number of powered and unpowered sites around the park, many with good shelter.
Check out was as friendly as check in and were asked if were enjoyed our glamping experience! The tents are locked with a padlock so it was just a case of handing the key back in and off we went! Not without asking if we needed any additional information first though!
Out of 10, we score Naracoorte Big 4 Holiday Park an 8/10. We love the fact they are doing something a little different! In a town which is tucked out of the way, the glamping experience really does make them stand out.
We enjoyed the experience of just walking in and enjoying the outdoors without the hassle. The holiday park had a good atmosphere, well cared for and is perfect for a short break away.
Have you stayed here before? Have you previously visited Naracoorte? Lets us know in the comments below!
Booking.com offer some amazing rates for Big4 Holiday Parks so check out the latest Naracoorte deals (shhh… often they are cheaper than booking through the park themselves!).
Unfortunately, the glamping sites can’t be booked through Booking.com so find out more directly with the Big4 Naracoorte website.
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