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Shae Killey3 years ago

Camping, caravanning or cabin-hopping, you decide!

Northern Rivers is a beautiful part of northern New South Wales, nestled between the Coffs and Tweed coastlines. Home to one-of-a-kind beachside locations like Lennox Head, Evans Head, Suffolk Park and Ballina, as well as unique inland towns like Lismore and Nimbin, there's always something to see and do in the Northern Rivers. Blessed with a warmer climate, you can escape the colder, southern states this winter and enjoy a day of soaking up the crisp countryside with rolling green hills as far as the eye can see. Perhaps you'd prefer a surf-seeking road trip down the coastline? Whatever the case, if you're looking for a relaxing, laidback escape, choose the Northern Rivers as your next holiday destination.

While we’d all love to just drop everything and go on a holiday right now, not all of us can afford to do so. Just because you’re a bit light on the pocket doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy yourself! We’ve found a few budget-friendly holiday parks for you to call home during your Northern Rivers holiday.

Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park

Pristine views, Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park - Northern Rivers
Pristine views, Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park – Northern Rivers

If you’re looking to explore everything the Northern Rivers has to offer, you may want to consider making Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park your base during your trip. Its rather central Northern Rivers location means it’s not far from northern or southern beachside towns, and is only a short 30-minute drive to Lismore.

Situated adjacent to Shaws Bay and a stone’s throw from the beach, at Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park you can do as little or as much as you’d like. Relax by the lake and soak up the serenity, or explore the nearby lighthouse for some of the best views in the area. There’s a variety of cabins available and plenty of places to park your caravan. With a pool, water park, TV room, mini-golf and jumping pillow, you really can’t look past Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park for your next family holiday.
Where: 25 Fenwick Dr Ballina Northern Rivers NSW

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park

Nestled in a bushland setting, Suffolk Park Holiday Park - Northern Rivers
Nestled in a bushland setting, Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park – Northern Rivers

Perhaps you’d prefer to stick to the upper Northern Rivers region? Only a short drive south of Byron Bay’s CBD, Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for something a little more rural, but don’t want to venture too far out of Byron.

Start your day with a sandy walk through Tallow Beach, before grabbing the rods and your comfy camping chair for an afternoon of fishing. Come back and cook up your catch using the free barbecue facilities, and eat as a family in the undercover dining area. Whether you’re after a place to pitch your tent, a caravan site to park, or a safari-style camping tent to rent, there’s something for everyone at this versatile holiday park. If you’re looking to spend a few nights exploring Byron Bay, Bangalow or Suffolk Park, this holiday destination is made for you.
Where: Alcorn St Suffolk Park Northern Rivers NSW

North Coast Holiday Parks Lennox Head

Relax & have fun, North Coast Holiday Parks Lennox Head - Northern Rivers
Relax & have fun, North Coast Holiday Parks Lennox Head – Northern Rivers

If you’re an avid surfer or just want an affordable place to unwind during your holiday, book a few nights at North Coast Holiday Parks Lennox head. With lake frontage and direct access to the beach, you can spend the day enjoying a relaxing picnic by Lake Ainsworth or catching some big swell at the famous Seven Mile Beach. Holiday parks are always a cost-effective way to travel as a family. With great facilities, beach and lakeside location, as well as being within walking distance to the town centre, your kids will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities. Depending on your budget there are a variety of camping sites (both powered and unpowered), caravan sites and cabins available at North Coast Holiday Parks Lennox Head.
Where: Pacific Parade Lennox Head Northern Rivers NSW

If you’re after a place to relax with a few beers during your holiday, click here for the 4 best pubs in the Northern Rivers. Otherwise, if you’re more of a morning person, click here for the best cafes to grab a cup of coffee.

Have we missed your favourite budget-friendly place to stay in the Northern Rivers? Let us know where you like to stay in the comments below.