The words "Summer holidays in Australia" sprout images of white beautiful beaches, sparkling shorelines, barrels of surf, blue skies and sunshine. Though in this financial market the tourism industry is slowing down as families can't justify spending so much money on a hotel for all the kids. However there is a much smarter way of travelling and not emptying the bank account.

Let's take a trip up the East Coast of NSW of Australia and see just how good you and your family can have it. come check out a cheap family holiday.

Heading north to Shoal Bay, NSW:

Hitch your caravan, camper trailer or pack the boot of your car with your camping gear and head north from the sprawling city of Sydney on the freeway for 3 hours and you come to one of the prettiest coastal towns of Australia, Shoal Bay. It contains a pristine white sandy beach with flat water perfect for swimming with the kids. This bay has a great place to throw a line with the kids or if you are towing a boat there is a 2 lane all tide boat ramp with trailer parking or simply enjoy a great day splashing around in the crystal clear waters, lying on the white sandy beaches and a BBQ picnic with friends and family!

Directly opposite this haven is where you will stay, camping near the beach - Halifax Holiday Park, set in natural bushland. The park has concrete slabs for easy to set up caravan, RV or camper trailers, or lovely grassy and shady areas to pitch a tent. It is a 4 star holiday park with modern amenities, guest laundry, lovely undercover bbq area, onsite Children’s playground and the parents heaven sent “Sandicoots Kids activity Club” run through NSW school holiday periods. The activities range from arts & craft, games, nature walks and movie nights. This great set up is more like “glamping” than “camping”! For the older teenagers wanting to play in the surf there are also 3 surf beaches close by to this camping holiday park; Box Beach, Wreck Beach and Zenith Beach. It is also just a 15 minute stroll from the centre of Nelson Bay and the popular Nelson Bay marina. The marina is situated in the idyllic waters of Port Stephens offering local activities like dolphin or whale watching cruises, scuba diving or offshore fishing trips or if you need to escape the water a visit to Oakvale Farm to pet animals…There is something for the whole family. This is a cheap family getaway and base to launch into the great outdoors around Nelson Bay or simply chill out, you won’t want to leave this place.

Sydney to Shoal Bay to South West Rocks

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Heading further north to South West Rocks, NSW:

Are you and your family ready to explore further coastline? Hitch your van or trailer back up to the car and jump back on the road. 4 hours further north will take you to the amazing scenery of South West Rocks. The beauty of this place is it can’t grow too big as it is surrounded by National Parks and rivers ways where you will find fantastic bush walks hugging the coastline. Hat Head National Park, just 25km from the centre of South West Rocks, has basic camping facilities leading to Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Your kids will enjoy a bush fire at night and keep your eyes out for the local animals…beautiful possums and kangaroos will come and say hi. The park has long sweeping beaches and dramatic headlands, and if the wind is blowing right you will see some paragliders up cruising the cliffs edges. You can’t get much cheaper than this $5 per adult and $3 per child per night. It is another perfect tourist destination for the cheap family holiday, though if you require a few more luxuries than Hat Head offers, head to Trial Bay Goal Camp Ground. It is situated on the shoreline of Trial Bay, facing west across the bay to South West Rocks. Picture yourself watching whales or the sunset from your camp site while your kids play on the beach only 5m to 100m away. With over 100 sites for you to pitch a tent or gather your caravanning Club and family & friends and an onsite licensed restaurant/café/kiosk for when you don’t feel like bbq-ing you have the perfect mixture that a family needs to escape. From surfing, fishing, paragliding, scuba diving and boat hire South West Rocks offers a great variety of local activities and family entertainment. Off the water enjoy a relaxing picnic on the shady waterfront reserve, spend a morning at the beach front markets or soak up some history at the Trial Bay Goal Ruins. Go and visit the magnificent beaches with breathtaking coastal scenery in the Macleay Valley Coast. You and your family will take away precious memories.

Need a vacation on the East Coast Of NSW? Come do it on a shoe string and have a fabulous time!