Summer and the Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and for many Australian families, the time has come to start planning a camping adventure. Summer camping holidays are practically an institution in Australian culture and are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, unplug from busy lives and some quality time together as a family.
However, for some people, camping is less than appealing. If the thought of uncomfortable nights tossing and turning on an airbed leaves you cold, you're not alone. Yet, you may endure the misery to keep the rest of your camping-loving family happy.
The great news is that there are ways to reach a happy compromise. You can maintain an acceptable level of comfort while your family still enjoys the outdoor lifestyle of a traditional camping trip. Here are two summer holiday camping ideas that will cater to everyone's needs.
1. A deluxe holiday cabin
One of the big appeals of camping is being situated in a holiday park with easy access to the beach, playgrounds and swimming pools on site. A deluxe holiday cabin within a holiday park is a great option to achieve this without the primitive accommodation of a tent. Most holiday parks offer a range of cabin options with varying levels of comfort and amenities.
While they're not quite as luxurious as a five star hotel room, deluxe holiday cabins are considerably more glamourous than pitching a tent. You'll have a comfortable bed, electric lighting and proper weather-proof accommodation. Many also include en-suite bathrooms which will spare you from dashes to the communal toilet block in the middle of the night.
2. A camper van
Hiring a camper van for your holiday is another excellent way to make your summer camping trip more pleasant. While not as spacious as a cabin, you'll still have enough of the mod-cons to make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable. Most camper vans come equipped with a kitchen, full-size beds and air conditioning for those sticky summer evenings.
Look for a camper van that comes with a canvas awning that you can attach to the side of the van. This will help the die-hard camping fans get the authentic feeling of life under a tent that they so desire. Camper vans are also an excellent choice if you'd like to spread your holiday over a few different locations without the hassle of pitching and un-pitching a tent multiple times.