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Fun in the park
The kids wont want to go home & you wont need to leave the park unless you want to with all the amazing facilities we have at BIG4 Sunshine. Check out the images, tours & videos below to see how much fun can be had here!
The top things to do in South West Rocks: For kids & for adults
South West Rocks is the perfect half way point if you are heading between Sydney & Brisbane. We are only 1.5 hours from Port Macquarie or Coffs Harbour Airports and a great relaxing spot to explore the beautiful Mid-North Coast of New South Wales:
The most fun you can have on the mid north coast - Shipwreck Island has to be experienced to be believed!
BIG4 Sunshine's guide to being a Fearsome, Swashbuckling AWESOME Pirate!
How to Talk like a Pirate:
Fun for all ages & skill levels! Take on grandpa, mum, your sister or your friends at Sharkeys Putt Putt 9 hole golf course at no extra cost!
Our undercover playground & huge jumping pillow is perfect for when the kids need to get out of the sun or rain, offering dry, shady facilities for hours of fun!
The games room is the perfect place to make new friends and take on mum or dad at pool, air hockey, play station, or ping pong! Kids Club craft activities happen here during the school holidays too.
Venue: Camp Kitchen
Dates: First Thursday of the month and Wednesday Afternoons @ 3pm in the School Holidays.
Come and listen to Elizabeth (Liz) Holden speak of her humble beginnings and her family's traditional nomadic life on the beaches of the Macleay.
You will be captivated by her stories as she tells of how life was working the beaches, fishing, collecting sea worms & pipis. Learn how Liz's early life taught her how to respect & live off the land.
Liz has been a Ngaku Elder of the Dunghutti Nation for over 15 years.
The Dunghutti Nation are the proud native people of the Macleay Valley Region.
Liz has dedicated her adult life to supporting her Aboriginal community & writing the indigenous education program for the state government.
Liz has a unique & captivating knowledge of the region and its edible bush tucker along with the Aboriginal history of this part and the region.
These stories are known to few and are a stark contrast of how we live today.
Join Liz as she takes you through a journey of time & revel in the stunning history of the Macleay Valley, BIG4 Sunshine holiday park & the lift of an extraodinary woman.
After a long day in the sun, kick back, relax and watch a movie on the big screen in our private Movie Room. This is the perfect way to have the kids wind down after hours of fun.
Relax in the sun by our resort-style pool here at BIG4 Sunshine. No pirates in this pool (most of the time anyway!). Toddlers pool & Spa also available.
Beaches, some of the most beautiful on the coast are here to enjoy at South West Rocks, whether you are looking for calm kid friendly or for surfing & diving, weve got the lot!
The waters of the sublime TRIAL BAY are a swimming beach and popular with families and small children. Only 12 minutes walk through a eucalypt gum lined track or 2 minutes drive. This westerly facing cove is perfect for a couple to share a wine while watching the water turn golden with the setting of the sun. See if you can spot the shipwrecks in the bay at low tide.
Dependant on the wind direction and sand bars SOUTH SMOKY BEACH can offer good waves for the experienced surfer. It has four wheel drive access for those with a permit. This long secluded beach is the perfect place to find a quiet spot to settle the family for the day. Neither of these beaches are patrolled.
HORSESHOE BAY is the local’s preferred surfing beach when there is an East Coast Low. This spectacular beach has two grassy headlands to picnic on, a sandy beach to sunbake and sheltered cove to swim in. It is patrolled on weekends and during holiday season. Although MAIN BEACH is not regarded as a good surfing beach it does offer good body-boarding and body surfing. It is also patrolled on weekends and during the holiday season.
Whether you are camping in a caravan or staying in one of our cabins, you will get the unique experience to see Australian wildlife up close. Here at BIG4 Sunshine South West Rocks kangaroos are our friends, and they can often be seen around our grounds.
When it comes to popularity, there are two types of fishing destinations: those that are hot all the time and those that wax and wane depending on the season. South West Rocks is in the first category. The reason it is popular isn’t just fishing consistency, it’s also the variety of species. Anglers have multiple options of beach, estuary or blue-water to choose from, so even when the weather cuts up rough, you can still fish somewhere. Ask at reception for a local fishing map & what is currently biting!
Standing high on a narrow headland, Smoky Cape Lighthouse is surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery of Hat Head National Park. The lighthouse itself is as beautiful as the views – check out its winding staircase and octagonal tower.
Built in 1891, this heritage lighthouse is one of the last designed by the Colonial Architect, James Barnet. Smoky Cape headland was so named by Captain Cook after he saw Aboriginal fires burning there in 1770. Guided tours of the lighthouse are available if you would like to find out more.
Smoky Cape is a fantastic spot for whale watching, birdwatching and picnicking. Great snorkling at the beach below too! Don’t miss the views at nearby Captain Cook’s lookout.
When you stay at BIG4 Sunshine, don’t forget to check out the Saltwater Lagoon, hire a canoe from reception & check it out!
Step back in time on a guided tour of Trial Bay Gaol, soaking up the history and the amazing coastal views that surround it.
The gaol opened in 1886, after 13 years of construction. It must have been a strange feeling building a prison in such a beautiful setting. The prison labourers were there to construct a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour between Sydney and Brisbane. Unfortunately the scheme failed, however you’ll still be able to see the remains of the breakwater from the guard tower lookout. During World War I the gaol became an internment camp for people of German descent who were feared to be enemy sympathisers.
Today, this picturesque historic ruin stands as a testament to those who lived and died here, with a museum and memorial for visitors to get a better idea of life in those days. Feeling energetic? Try the nearby Powder Magazine walking track or Monument Hill walking track.