BIG4 Caravan Park, Wye River, Great Ocean Road. VIC

BIG4 Caravan Park, Wye River, Great Ocean Road. VIC

We couldn’t have picked a better place to hold our first Titanium Caravan Owners Rally. BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park is such a beautiful, large and well maintained park with lots of wildlife and grassy, open spaces.

The park is located in a lovely riverside valley with mountains behind, a babbling river running through, and a surf beach right across the road. There is also a general store and cafe right at the entrance to the park. We ordered pizzas, lasagne and salad for everyone from here and it was delicious!

Most of us are self contained in our vans, but I did go and check out the amenities which seemed pretty new! The laundry was awesome and the large washing machines and driers both cost just $3 a load.

The new camp kitchen was great! Fully enclosed and self contained with tables and a large fridge. There was no cutlery that we could find though – so be sure to take your own. There are also outdoor tables and bbq’s – some sites even have their own tables!

For the kids there is a games room, adventure playground, jumping pillow, go karts for hire plus plenty of walking and riding trails.

There are cabins and powered plus un-powered sites, it’s dog-friendly and has all the regular awesome stuff that BIG4’s often have. Live music, firepits for hire, fire wood for purchase, drive through sites, disabled bathroom and the list goes on.

Check out the website for more info or to book. Say you heard about it from us and you never know they might give you the VIP treatment 😉

The best part of this park is most definitely the location. The Great Ocean Road is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular roads in Australia!

Long Weekend with the Crew at Habitat Noosa

Long Weekend with the Crew at Habitat Noosa

Think an enormous campground on the banks of an enormous flat lake where enormously good times can be had!

Habitat Noosa is a 65-acre eco-resort in The Great Sandy National Park on the Sunshine Coast with 500 metres of lake front on the Noosa River. The stunning Lake Cootharaba, the largest salt water inland lake on the Noosa River is the gateway to the upper Noosa River and the Noosa Everglades.

This weekend (being a long weekend), the lake was filled with people on stand-ups, kayaks, canoes and when we were here before (years ago!) we saw people sailing, wind-surfing, kite surfing and fishing. Complete with solar-sites, 9-par golf course, bistro/bar, micro-brewery, watercraft for hire and even tours into Australia’s Everglades, it’s no wonder this place was completely booked out for the Ekka long weekend! I had no idea that there are only 2 Everglades in the world … The Florida Everglades and these ones – The Noosa Everglades. There is also direct access from here to some ripper walking trails in the National Park.

Please note that as this is a national park, no pets are allowed and all rules that apply to national parks apply.


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We went with our regular crew of about 12 vans and a few that used the wilderness glamping and luxury glamping tents. Oh – and of course the teenagers that swagged it under the gazebo.

It was a long weekend for most, but not Chris’s kids who live on the Bayside. Most of our friends headed up on the Thursday, but we had to wait for the kids to finish school on the Friday and then enjoy the long weekend traffic all the way up. It took just under 4 hours! Others who went up earlier in the day had the same headache. Oh, how we love the weekend traffic to the Sunny Coast! 

We picked up our late check-in pack from reception and pulled in through the bright red boom gate about 7pm. The campfire was roaring, and beers and conversations were already flowing. What a relaxing way to end to another hectic week.

The next morning we thought we would get up early to snap a few pics of the sunrise over the lake, but the closest we got to that was a shot of the light seeping in through the hatch in the roof of the van as the sky changed from dark to light. It was overcast and threatening to rain.

It soon cleared up to a beautiful morning filled with exploring, water ‘sports’ reading, sunbaking, wheelies and just hanging out.

While I was reading/sunbaking on the beach I overheard the people behind me saying that the guys in reception had said a storm was coming about 3pm. The winds started picking up about 11:00 and mid-afternoon the ‘storm’ hit. It was more like a windy sun shower … but it made for some interesting times none-the-less!

At 12:00 the (big) boys headed over to the Eco-brewery to try 6 of the 8 beers on offer. This is Australia’s only artesian micro-brewery using water that has been filtered through time in the Cooloola sandmass to produce delicious, preservative free beer. This was by booking only due to Covid restrictions. They had one hour to finish the 6 jugs and did so easily!  

While the boys were at the bar, I headed back to the van and baked some scones in the air fryer and the teenagers did ‘teenager stuff’.

The rest of the day was filled with more of the same; friends, brews and good times (and Chris annoying everyone with the video camera!)

When Sunday rolled around, there was no feeling of ‘it’s gone way too fast!’ from us! The kids caught a lift home with our mate’s son who’s now on his P’s (how cool is it when the kids start driving?!) and we simply packed up and headed off to our next destination – Glastonbury Campground in the Brooyar State Forest. Now that’s an adventure for another time …


  • Powered/unpowered sites
  • Glamping tents
  • 9-hole par 3 golf course
  • kiosk
  • watercraft for hire
  • Everglades tours
  • new toilets and showers
  • renovated camp-kitchen
  • group and education centres
  • CootharaBAR – bar and bistro
  • Eco-brewery artesion micro-brewery
  • kiosk serving breakfast, snacks and First Batch coffee
  • two levels and styles of glamping accommodation

Book here:

Camping from $33 per night

Wilderness Glamping from $150 per night

Luxury Glamping from $239 per night

Bigriggen – fun for the whole family!

Bigriggen – fun for the whole family!

Name: Bigriggen


Location: 196 Bigriggan Rd, Bigriggan Via Rathdowney QLD 4287

Date of Stay: March 3-5, 2018

Type of Park: Mountain/National Park/River

Rating: 4.5



A family-friendly, dog-friendly caravan park and camping ground located just an hour from both Brisbane and/or the Gold Coast that accommodates even the biggest of caravans/campers.

Bigriggen Park is far enough to “get away”, yet close enough to spend less time travelling and more time enjoying. It’s the perfect place for a weekend escape which is exactly what we did. ‘Relax and unwind amid peaceful surroundings and natural wonders just waiting to be explored’ is what it says on their website. And while it didn’t go quite that way for us, we still thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommed that you check it out.

Everything about Bigriggen is picturesque, even the driveway. The tall trees, wooden fences, and rolling hills were just lovely. The lady at reception who greeted us was charming as she fluffed the freshly cut grass off the doormat.

It wasn’t hard to find the ‘perfect spot’- an unpowered site not far from the little BMX track and close to the entrance to the swimming hole/creek. Within minutes – well, almost, we were all set up and the kids had disappeared on their bikes. I wandered over to check out the amenities, which weren’t too bad for a bush retreat. Three toilets, three showers and as clean as they could be considering everyone’s shoes were covered in mud and freshly cut grass! There was a mop and bucket that was used every now and then and not a drop toilet in sight.

There is a lovely little creek/river/swimming hole  that would be lovely in Summer! Kids (and adults) were scooting down the rapids on all sorts of inflatables – coming back up through the bush and doing it again. It would need to be a tad warmer for me to get that wet! I had a quick dip in the swimming hole, and that was enough for me.

The huge open spaces at Bigriggen are just what kids love – and all sorts of games were going on around us. Cricket, frisbee, soccer, volleyball and tag were happening alongside people relaxing, laughing, eating, drinking, reading, playing with their dogs, preparing the fire for when the sun went down, and all sorts of other ‘weekend activites’.

We were told to be prepared for lots of wildlife to come out at night, but we didn’t see anthing other than a horrible looking spider that one of our friends moved (yes, MOVED – not killed) for me.

The next day we set off to explore some of the ‘natural wonders’ but ended up with a broken CV/drive shaft. We spent most of the day waiting for the boys to comeback with tools to put the broken Hilux back together (which they did quite well!).

This leaves us wanting to return for another weekend, perhaps even a long weekend, so we can really explore the area, and spend some time just relaxing and enjoying the park.

We loved our stay at Bigriggen and we will be back soon, that’s for sure! 🙂



  • Walking & Relaxing
  • Swimming
  • Cycling (there is a small BMX track)
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Bird Watching
  • Platypus Spotting
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Spotting
  • Cooking & Conversation around a campfire (20kg firewood for sale or BYO)




  • Amenities block (an extra one opens up during peak periods)
  • DumpEzy dump point
  • Flushing toilets
  • Hand basins with soap dispensers
  • Hot showers that require $1.00 coins
  • Kiosk
  • Bait
  • Firewood



Lovely! The lady was charming upon check in and everyone was concerned and trying to help when we phoned for help.



100 acres, 45 acres of high hilltops and bush and 55 acres of gentle river flats for Camping (all unpowered) Plus 30 powered sites



  • No set camp sites for unpowered
  • Site is accessible with 2WD
  • Numbers capped in peak times (so it doesn’t get crowded)
  • Plenty of campfire drums to use when no fire ban is in place
  • Location (so much to nearby!)
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Close to Brisabe/Gold Coast
  • Great for kids
  • River/Water
  • Fairly cheap
  • Kiosk is well stocked and well-priced.



  • freshly cut grass was everywhere (I’m sure this doesn’t happen often)
  • most scenic drives nearby require a 4WD (only a negative if you haven’t got a 4WD!)
  • fire wood is a bit pricey but great quality





Heading down the rapids

Just before we broke it

There is so much open space!