Discover Darwin - Top 7 Caravan Parks

Contributed By Jenny Brewer

Darwin is the ultimate base for your Australian Outback adventure. In every direction there are significant attractions that will take your breath away. With an abundance of wildlife parks, Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks, Darwin harbour, spectacular sunsets, Mindil Beach markets and world class fishing you will need plenty of time to enjoy this remote part of the world.

discovery-campervans, Campervan hire is one of the best choices combining accommodation and transport, mainly for the freedom and flexibility you have every day. Below are some of the best caravan parks available in Darwin to make your holiday planning even easier:

1. BIG4 Howard Springs: 170 Whitewood Rd, Howard Springs 1800831169

This has to be one of the best family parks in Darwin, for many reasons. It could be the peaceful location spread over fifteen acres, or maybe the three salt water pools, three spas, sauna, squash courts, games rooms and daily activities. You won't want to venture out of the grounds, but when you do there are plenty of the best attractions within easy reach. During May to September there is additional nightly entertainment at the park and lots of fun for the whole family. Start planning now for a memorable outback adventure.

2. Oasis Tourist Park: Morgan Road Howard Springs 89831048

With beautiful palm trees welcoming you on your arrival, this is a smaller park but friendly and perfect if you are looking for an outback getaway that will give you plenty of space and solitude. With recent renovations and a shady pool area and large grassy sites you will love this home away from home, and also the proximity to so many exciting attractions. Located just twenty minutes south from the city, it truly is an oasis in the desert.

3. Hidden Valley Tourist Park: 15 Hidden Valley Rd, Hidden Valley Berrimah 08 89471422

Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and only ten minutes south from the city centre, the Hidden Valley Tourist Park is the ideal base for your outback adventure. You really are off the beaten track here, but with all the comforts and high standards you would expect in a tropical oasis getaway. The sparkling swimming pool will cool you down on those hot days or while away the time in the sun lounge. This is an ideal family park with its quiet location and child friendly amenities.

4. Coolalinga Caravan Park: Stuart Highway Coolalinga (08) 8983 1026

Not far from Kakadu and Litchfield National Park is the beautiful Coolalinga Caravan Park, just twenty minutes south from the city and not far from Howard Springs. The large shady camp sites combined with swimming pool, games room, barbeque areas and fantastic amenities is the perfect recipe for an enjoyable and relaxing base to complement your Darwin holiday. There is plenty of space for the kids to run and a convenient shopping centre within walking distance. With so much to offer this is an ideal choice to set up your home away from home.

5. Darwin Boomerang Motel and Caravan Park: 2 Virginia Rd Virginia (08) 89831202

The beauty of the Darwin Boomerang Caravan Park, also set on six acres of beautiful grounds, is that it is centrally located with all the shops and amenities you need to make your stay as smooth as possible. Only twenty minutes south from the city, there is a salt water swimming pool, children's playground, restaurant and very easy access to plenty of attractions and shopping centres. If you are looking for flexibility and proximity, this park is for you.

6. Darwin Shady Glen Caravan Park: Cnr Stuart Hwy & Farrell Crs Winnellie 1800 662253

This is affordable accommodation at its best, with everything you need only ten minutes from the city centre and ideal if you are staying for a few nights and need a comfortable base close to Darwin. One of the highlights of this location is the Mindil Beach Markets drawing large crowds each week, and the panoramic sunsets over the beach in Fannie Bay. With a swimming pool, barbeque areas and plenty of shady spots this is a well known and practical location for a few days or a longer stay.

7. Free Spirit Resort, Darwin: 901 Stuart Highway Berrimah 1800 350888

Located only 17 kilometres south just off the Stuart Highway, this is an ideal park for the most selective traveller. There are three amazing swimming pools, licensed restaurant and bar, spacious barbeque area and large grassy sites. The team will look after you from the moment you arrive and help to organise any of your travel requirements. Suitable for any age group, the Free Spirit Resort has everything you need to unwind and soak in the Darwin atmosphere. You won't want to leave.

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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