A review of the Big 4 Anglesea

A review of the Big 4 Anglesea

We had a wonderful long weekend stay at the Anglesea Big 4 Caravan Park. We have stayed here before, it was when I was pregnant with Olive. We have been keen to return ever since we read about the awesome update the park has had.

Here is our Anglesea Big 4 review

I am sometimes put off by the initial prices I see for Big 4 caravan parks (and other parks with similar facilities) but the range of facilities you get staying at a Big 4 just does not compare to a hotel, motel or even most holiday homes. These are the places where kids first gain some freedom and independence as they walk across the park to the playground by themselves!

The Anglesea Holiday Park is a family-owned and operated business and has been this way for over 30 years. I am sure the owners, Tim, Peter and Kathie Bone have definitely seen the changes in camping grounds over the years.

Caravan Parks are definitely not what they used to be. The owners of the Big 4 Anglesea do remember the days when all families wanted was a little patch of grass for their tent and access to the beach. Nowadays, these parks are designed around families and children with so many facilities and activities. TV’s are the norm, as are jumping pillows, playgrounds and other organised activities.

Here at the Anglesea Big4, you are at the start of the amazing Great Ocean Road, meaning there are so many opportunities for exploring outside the park (as well as inside). Big4 Anglesea provides a super family-friendly environment in a small (very small compared to some other Big 4’s) but they pack a lot into this little park.

The Big 4 Anglesea is now very impressive upon arrival. The whole reception has had a wonderful makeover, it definitely looks very high end.

There is a check-in bay to pull over into while you nick inside to pick up your park map, site number and keys if you are staying in a cabin.

Accommodation options at the Angelsea Big4

The Anglesea Big 4 has a few different accommodation options. We were super keen to check out their new safari tents and jumped at the chance when I saw they were advertising winter specials.

Safari Tents

Safari Tents. Glamping. Anglesea Big 4. Big 4 Anglesea. Hill Tribe Travels

Very funky safari tents – photo thanks to Anglesea Big4

The Safari tents are perfect for those families who have never camped before. It’s a great introduction to camping or glamping!

These are actual canvas tents but have been re-enforced with timber to make it a ‘permanent’ structure. With steps leading up to the wooden veranda, you enter the tent through a zip, just like a normal tent. There are no keys or locks but we were assured at the reception that we were safe.

On the veranda out the front, there is a covered BBQ with utensils, a hanging swing and an outdoor bath! The kids loved the bath. I ran out of time to actually have one though unfortunately. It was a little strange though as it is not like we were in the middle of the bush. So bathers required!

Inside the safari tent, you will find enough space to sleep 6. There is a very comfortable double bed and a set of funky bunks for the kids. There is also a  double couch.

Bunk beds for the kids in the safari tents at the Anglesea Big 4 Caravan Park

Great bunk beds for the kids – photo thanks to  Big4 Anglesea

There is a small kitchen bench with a mini-fridge, microwave and sink with cutlery and crockery. The bathroom is small but includes a toilet and shower with a rain head shower (which are not my favourite, to be honest, as I don’t always want to get my hair wet). Towels and basic toiletries are included as is linen for the beds, with extra blankets if required.

Being made out of canvas it does get cold. We arrived back late and it did take a while for the heater to heat up the tent. There are also gap’s between the decking, tent and ground. But this is all part of the glamping experience.

The heater is also an air conditioner which would be necessary for the heat of summer. The tents are open plan and even though the bathroom is separate and behind a solid wall everything is still ‘all together’ inside the tent if that makes sense.

There is a 4 seater dining table inside but no outside chairs (apart from the swinging chair) so you’ll need to bring the inside chairs to the deck to relax outside.

Also to note, there is no TV!!

Bell Tents

The Glamping Bell Tents at the Big4 Anglesea

The glamping Bell Tents – photo thanks to Anglesea Big4

The Bell Tents at the Anglesea Big 4 are gorgeous! Sleeping 4 (2 adults and 2 kids)  they are smaller than the safari tents and they don’t have a bathroom.

Linen is provided as is a kettle, cutlery, toaster and a heater!!! The bell tents are permanent and everything is set up ready for your arrival.

There is plenty of space inside for chilling out, but cooking and eating etc will need to be done outside or in the camp kitchen.

They are very lush though. Beautifully furnished, you won’t be disappointed staying in one of these.

Cabins

One of the cabin options at the Anglesea Big4

One of the cabin options

There are a number of different cabins options to choose between at the Anglesea Big 4.

The cabins come stocked with everything you need for a great stay. Including linen, towels and in the kitchen there are toasters, cookware and crockery etc.

There is even a spa unit with a large corner spa.

Caravan and Camping

The caravan and camping sites are in the middle of the park. These seem to be all fake grass which I think is much easier to maintain, especially over the winter months.

There are lots of shady sites around this small park.

If you have a motorhome/campervan there are sites specifically for you. These include a level concrete ‘pad’ for you to drive onto. Water, power and sullage points are included on the site. These sites are not used for other campers or caravans.

Facilities

There are so many wonderful facilities at the Anglesea Big4 Holiday Park. There is the awesome heated indoor water complex which includes toddler pool (and fountains), smaller pool and the larger pool with small waterslide and waterfall.

Anglesea Big4 Pool Facilities. Big4 Anglesea Caravan Park awesome pool facilities. Heated indoor pool, waterslide and waterfall

Pool Facilities – photo thanks to the Anglesea Big4

There are showers and a change room in the pool complex.

Outside you will find the jumping pillow (always a kid favourite), brand new adventure playground, smaller existing playground, toddler playroom, a cinema room, small games room, giant outdoor chess set, and friendly kangaroo’s who like to visit at dusk.

Part of the adventure playground at the Anglesea Big 4

Part of the adventure playground – photo thanks to Big4 Anglesea

There is a great camp kitchen and the newly updated amenities are divine. The bathroom facilities are very unlike most caravan parks. Each cubicle has a toilet, shower and sink with plenty of space to hang towels and clothes and room for the kids to be in with you.

Here is a list to give you an idea of all the facilities –

  • BBQ’s
  • Board Games Available
  • Cabins
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Caravaning sites
  • Conference Facilities – small
  • Convenience Store/Kiosk
  • Cots & High Chair Hire
  • Family Bathroom
  • Giant Chess Board
  • Giant Jumping Pillow
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Kids Adventure Playground
  • Playground
  • Pool – Heated and Indoor
  • Motorhome Friendly Sites
  • Toddler Pool
  • TV & Video Room
  • DVD’s are available to hire from reception
  • Reception stocks basic supplies and coffee for those that need a proper coffee!

Booking at Anglesea Big 4 Caravan Park

Easy peasy to book direct and online but also please check out the prices on booking.com. You can then compare the best deals for your needs.

Fresh Air Park

Anglesea Big4 is a fresh air park. This means that all sites, accommodation and all open spaces inside the park are smoke-free. There is a specially designated area for smokers.

Other things to note when staying at the Big4 in Anglesea

Check-in and Check-out times

UNITS – Arrival time is from 2pm. Checkout time is 10am

SITES –  Arrival time is from 12pm. Checkout time is 10am

Late Checkout

Late checkouts are sometimes available. At $30 for sites and $50 for units you can hang around until 3pm instead of 10am.

Lasagne Night at Anglesea Big 4

What a fantastic idea for those arriving late after work on a Friday night. Order a homemade lasagne with a side salad if you’re staying on a Friday night. Pre-order and purchase a fresh homemade lasagne that will be ready and waiting in your fridge upon check-in. Fridays only! Let reception know your booking reference number no later than 12pm the Thursday prior to order your lasagne.

  • Large (feeds 6) $35
  • Medium (feeds 4) $25
  • Small (feeds 2) $15

Day Visitors to the Anglesea Big 4

Friends are allowed to visit you at the Big4 Anglesea! Yay! They just need to let reception know and there is a charge.

Day visitor fees are $10 per child (aged 2 and over) adults are free!

Bikes

Bikes and scooters are welcome to be ridden within the Park between 8am-5pm only but no skateboards or motorised scooters, please. Helmets must always be worn.

Pool Rules

The indoor pool complex is an unsupervised area, so always keep an eye on your children.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the pool area at all times. The pool is open daily 9am-8pm and you will need to bring a pool towel.

BBQ’s and Fires

Unfortunately, no campfires are allowed due to park restrictions.

Cockatoos

Cute, but naughty Cockatoos at the Big4 Anglesea Caravan Park

Cute, but naughty Cockatoos – photo thanks to Anglesea Big4

Please do not feed the local birds. They may look super cute but cockatoos can become aggressive.

There is evidence of all the cockatoo’s chewing the wood around the safari tents.

Do we recommend staying a the Big4 Caravan Park in Angelsea?

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay in Anglesea at the Big4. I only wish we had an extra day to enjoy the facilities. There is a fine line between getting out and exploring and staying in to play!

The safari tents were great fun, the bell tents look divine, there are plenty of caravan sites and the facilities in the park are great fun.

We would highly recommend staying at the Anglesea Big4.

Have you stayed here or in another Big4? Where would you recommend we stay next?

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By | 2019-09-05T19:34:13+10:00 September 5th, 2019|Categories: Country VIC|0 Comments

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