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Discover Melbourne - Top 7 Caravan Parks
melbourneMelbourne ranks highly when it comes to multicultural cities in Australia, and is a cosmopolitan highlight of the state of Victoria. Travellers love coming to Melbourne, simply because there is just so much to see and do. It is also an ideal place for a campervan hire Melbourne holiday because of the wealth of accommodation options it offers to visitors. Campervan travellers will find a wide range of caravan parks here to choose from, ranging from resort-style parks to those suitable for any budget. But no matter where you stay, you can be assured that you will be close to that wealth of attractions previously mentioned! There truly is such a wide variety of parks to choose from that it would be almost impossible to narrow it down to the perfect one for you. However, this simple guide should give you a rough idea as to what kind of park you should stay in while in Melbourne.

1. Apollo Gardens Caravan Park: 284-290 Sydney Road (formerly the Hume Highway) Craigieburn, Victoria 1800 886 352

This great caravan park is situated just 21 kilometres from the city centre and is nestled on twenty hectares of grassy bushland. Kangaroos and other Australian wildlife frequent the grounds here, offering a rare sight so close to the city. The grounds are made even more pleasant by the beautiful waterfall pool and spa, that are accompanied with a delightful barbeque area. This is the best place to stay if your are looking to enjoy the country and the city in one.

2. Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park: 265 Elizabeth St Coburg 1800802678

The local BIG4 park rests just nine kilometres outside of the city, making it a great place to stay if you want to stick to an exploration of the city alone. There is so much space in this park even though it is home to special comforts such as a solar heated pool and spa, heated amenities, free BBQ’s, games rooms, camp kitchen, playground and kids activities. The nearby walking tracks are also popular and several of them lead to some of the local restaurants and popular attractions. This park is a great place to stay for city exploration and will delight you in many more ways than this.

3. Ashley Gardens Holiday Park: 129 Ashley St Braybrook 1800 061444

This park enjoys a pleasant country atmosphere, while still being within a very close distance to the city. Experience the best of fun that Melbourne has to offer as you explore the Melbourne Zoo, GoKart Centre and abundance of fantastic shopping centres. Family attractions are extremely close by, or if you would prefer to stay in, there is plenty on offer within the park itself. Relax by the swimming pool, take the kids to the playground, play a game of tennis or spend some time relaxing in the indoor spa and sauna.

4. BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park: 370 Frankston Rd, Dandenong 1800 648 346

The Dandenong Tourist Park is another ideally located park, enjoying a close proximity to both country and cosmopolitan Melbourne. Day trips are popular from here and it's a great place to come back to at the end of a day full of intense exploration. The grounds are comprised of sprawling green gardens with shady sites perfect for your campervan. Public transport it widely available which will give you a welcome break from driving. The Dandenong area is so beautiful that you wouldn’t need to go far to feel like you are having a relaxing, diverse holiday.

5. Werribee South Caravan Park: 39 Beach Rd Werribee South 03 9742 1755

If you regard yourself as the ultimate sight-seer and are keen to see all of Melbourne's most well known attractions, a great place for you to stay would have to be the Werribee South Caravan Park. With attractions such as the Werribee Open Range Zoo, Point Cook Coastal Park and Port Philip Bay just on your doorstep, you really can't go wrong. The sites here are rather large and enjoy the comfort of the shade. The city is not too far away either, so it really is the best of both worlds here.

6. Ocean Grove Holiday Park: 90 Wallington Rd, Ocean Grove 03 5256 2233

Enjoying an ideal position on the Bellarine Peninsula, right at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, the family friendly Ocean Grove Holiday Park is a great place to stay if you want to stay by some of the state's most picturesque scenery. Even though the ocean is right on your doorstep, the park features a sparkling swimming pool and indoor spa, while the kids are sure to love the games room, tennis court and adventure playground. A day trip to the city will take you just over an hour and the drive is packed full of great attractions and sights that you can stop off at. Also, take some time to discover the fantastic rock pools, fishing, boating and great local shopping right around the corner from the park. This is a destination in itself on the outskirts of the city.

7. Crystal Brooks Holiday Park: 182 Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road Doncaster East 03 9844 3637

A bush setting while camping always goes down well, especially when it is accompanied with a tranquil and quiet atmosphere. The Crystal Brooks Holiday Park is perfect, just 20 kilometres from Melbourne city, enjoyig a surrounding setting of native trees, birdlife and walking tracks. Relax in the swimming pool, playground, jumping pillow and excellent amenities. Shopping centres, galleries and café’s are also within walking distance. This really is a hidden oasis in a very big city, and you will feel right at home here.

Christine Barton

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