Discover Sydney - Top 7 Caravan Parks

Contributed By Jenny Brewer

Sydney offers the selective traveller a wealth of sightseeing choices, and diversity of caravan / holiday parks suitable for all types of travel, whether an overnight stay through to a home away from home. We have chosen parks based on the high standard of service, facilities available and close proximity to beautiful places just waiting to be explored.

A campervan holiday is not the same if you end up in a drab, unfriendly tourist park which ends up much less than anticipated. To maximize your 'Sydney and surrounds' adventure, check out these recommended parks, each with a unique flavour and drawcard, to top off a visit to one of Australia's most loved and attractive cities.

1. Sydney Gateway Holiday Park : 30 Majestic Drive Stanhope Gardens 1800 080117

This is a popular destination for many reasons, mainly the accessibility to Sydney's event centre, as well as being only half an hour from the city centre. In Sydney, this is still close. The facilities are have a resort atmosphere, with a night lit swimming pool and heated spa, games room and open air picnic complex just some of the highlights. Nearby attractions include the Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney Olympic Park and Parklea Markets. Powered sites are surrounded by gardens and close to all amenities. This is an ideal base for those wanting to experience Sydney at its best.

2. Lane Cove River Tourist Park : Plassey Road North Ryde 1300 729 133

Adjoining Lane Cove National Park and based in Sydney's inner west just ten kilometres from the city Centre, this is an attractive park fantastic for any length of stay. We stayed here for a week with our three children, and the natural attractions, wildlife and nearby shopping centre all contributed to an enjoyable stay. An ideal base if you are keen to visit the city attractions yet prefer to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the city, here you get the best of both worlds.

3. Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park : Lake Park Road North Narrabeen 1800 008 845

Located in beautiful Narrabeen between the beach and the lake, this is an ideal base for travellers wanting to combine a beach holiday with city attractions. There is something for the whole family here, with calm waters for the kids and close to twenty beaches to choose from for a stroll or swim, or why not explore the national parks and walks nearby? Set in thirty acres of landscaped gardens with excellent facilities, this will be a holiday to remember. The city centre is also an easy drive away or you can hop on the ferry for a different perspective.

4. Ocean Beach Holiday Park : Sydney Avenue Umina Beach 1800 611 522

Only one hours drive from the city, the Ocean Beach Holiday Park is another beachside location with a difference. There is everything here, from kids club, adventure playground, resort pool and rejuvenation spa, to the natural surrounding beauty of the beaches and Brisbane Water National Park. Once you have experienced everything the park has to offer, you will be relaxed and ready for a day trip to the city. You might prefer to stay 'home' the next day, or head out to the Sydney hinterland the next day. Close enough to visit the main attractions, and far enough away to completely relax, it's close to perfect.

5. Dural Village Caravan Park : 269 New Line Rd Dural 1800656017

Only thirty minutes easy drive to the city, the Dural Village Caravan Park is located in a leafy neighbourhood close to Castle Hill and Parramatta shopping centres. The Olympic Stadium is also a close drive away, with the Blue Mountains, National Parks, beaches and famous Hawkesbury River all perfect for a day trip. This is a clean, economical and relaxing park, central to everything Sydney has to offer, and with all the facilities you expect, as well as a tennis court, adventure playground, shop and swimming pool.

6. Del Rio Riverside Resort Hawkesbury Valley: Chaseling Road Webbs Creek 02 45664330

The Del Rio Riverside Resort is a Hawkesbury gem, with a wide range of activities and attractions to choose from once you have set up your home away from home. With activities including bushwalking, tennis, fishing, cycling, golf and waterskiing, you won't have much time left to see the city highlights, although they are close enough for a full day trip. There are kid's activities throughout the holidays, and a sports club for the kids at heart. What I love most here are the large tree lined grassy sites, the perfect location for your campervan. This is an ideal destination especially for the family and adventure lovers.

7. Grand Pines Tourist Park: 289 The Grand Parade Sans Souci

See Botany Bay close up as you get the best of the city and the foreshore. The city centre is just an easy half an hour away yet this park is peaceful and close to idyllic surroundings. Throw out a line at Ramsgate Beach, go for a leisurely circuit walk at dusk, or enjoy the nearby cafes. The beauty of this park is its proximity to Sydney's attractions and airport, combined with excellent facilities and service. A great choice for your city adventure!

Jenny Brewer is a travel agent whose passion is writing. After spending her leisure time writing childrens stories, she now enjoys writing about travel destinations. For more of her articles visit Campervans Australia

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