The Best Holiday and Caravan Parks in Canberra


Take a moment to remember the simple family holidays you’ve had at caravan parks. It’s time to create some more of those memories. Whether you’re looking for a traditional, budget-friendly park or something with resort style facilities, Canberra has it all.

Here are some great reasons to choose a caravan park for your next holiday:

  • You can enjoy resort style facilities and stay on budget.
  • You can accommodate larger families or groups, and there are lots of activities for the kids.
  • You always have the option to cook your own food, enjoy free parking, and soak up the social atmosphere.
  • Caravan parks are usually set at peaceful locations.

Canberra’s Best Caravan Parks

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

To help you start dreaming about your next relaxing holiday, we’ve put together a list of Canberra’s best caravan parks. Put your feet up and read on.

Alivo Tourist Park

Alivo Tourist Park offers a variety of accommodation including cabins, villas, motel rooms and caravan sites.

Located only 4km from the city yet nestled in a gorgeous bush setting, Alivo has plenty of great facilities. Start your day with breakfast in the café and wind down after an active day with a nightcap in the bar. Keep everyone entertained with the swimming pool, table tennis, tennis court, basketball court, playground, foosball, mountain bike trails and bushwalking.

And, to help make your stay stress-free, make use of the BBQ, shop, camp kitchen and laundry. This award-winning park is rated four stars and has its own member program with great benefits.

Alivo Tourist Park was the winner of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016 and 2017. Kathleen B from Sydney gets straight to the point, “Excellent tourist park. Caters for all budgets and family friendly. Very clean and well maintained.”

Crestview Tourist Park

Crestview’s accommodation options include spacious cabins with king size beds, villas, studios, log cabins and caravan sites.

The park is conveniently located 10km from the centre of Canberra in beautifully landscaped gardens. Enjoy the solar heated pool, kids playground and BBQ facilities. When planning your sightseeing, Crestview is there to lend a hand with free tour bookings.

To make things even easier, the city bus stop is just outside the park’s entrance. In addition, Crestview offers free access to Alive Health and Fitness Gym and free Wi-Fi.

Michael N sums up his stay at Crestview, “A wonderful place to stay, staff were very nice and helpful, cabins were clean and very comfortable. Crystal clean swimming pool with BBQ area is provided as well, great for the Aussie summer.”

Southside Village

Set in large, landscaped gardens and Australian native bush, Southside Village offers affordable accommodation including cabins and powered and unpowered flat grassy sites.

The 3.5 star rated park is located in Fyshwick, a pleasant 20-minute drive from the city centre. With comfort and convenience in mind, the cabins are well equipped with reverse cycle air-conditioning, a large fridge, toaster, kettle, all crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils, gas cooking hotplates, a microwave, TV, DVD, iron, ironing board and hairdryers.

Take full advantage of the children’s playground, BBQ and picnic area. As well as a laundry, the amenities block includes a baby’s bathroom. Southside Village is a great choice for those on a budget who do not want to compromise on facilities and service.

As one happy camper puts it, “The staff were friendly and so were the residents that live there, they know how to make you feel welcome and the area was maintained and clean. The price was in budget and I will definitely be going back.” Kalinda Nedelcos, Melbourne

Capital Country Holiday Park

Family run Capital Country Holiday Park is only 15 minutes to Canberra city. Don’t be fooled by the central location though as the park is set on 40 glorious acres of charming countryside.

Accommodation includes villas, bungalows, cabins, and powered and unpowered sites. There is so much to do at Capital Country. Just ask Peta M from Campbelltown, “Absolutely loved our stay here. Jumping pillow, putt-putt golf, pool, tennis, volleyball & basketball all here, so amazing for the kids.”

And if you’re not worn out by all the fun, why not try one of the many walking trails in the region. When it’s time to relax, you can hang out on the lake deck or gather around the fire pit for a good yarn. This park is also dog friendly, meaning the whole family can join in the fun.

Queanbeyan Riverside Tourist Park

Queanbeyan Riverside Tourist Park is a wonderful, budget-friendly option. This park provides both cabins and powered and unpowered sites at some of the best rates on the market.

You don’t have to sacrifice quality and location to make great savings though. Lynne Susanne from the ACT was very happy with her stay, “Great park, some cement slabs, very clean amenities, revamped since our last visit. Close walking distance to shops, clubs and hotels. Very helpful managers, they give the park a friendly family atmosphere.”

All cabins are fully equipped with a kitchenette and cooking facilities, microwave oven, reverse cycle air conditioning, private bathrooms, refrigerator, and television. Although linen is not supplied, it is available for hire.

Park facilities include laundry, amenities block, and a BBQ area. Pets are allowed in the caravan and camping area.

Location is one of the best features of this park. Set on the banks of the stunning Queanbeyan River and a short walk to Riverside Plaza, Main Street, and Crawford Street lifestyle precinct. All of this is situated just 20-minutes from Canberra’s city centre.

Canberra Ave Villas

A unique offering in Canberra, the Canberra Ave Villas are a quaint set of 19 cabins located in the centre of Queanbeyan. Caravan and camping facilities are not available.

While you enjoy the peace and tranquility of the villas, rest assured that in just 10 to 15 minutes, you can be in the centre of Canberra city with all its exciting attractions. Self-rated at 3.5 stars, the villas can accommodate up to 3 people.

All villas have been fitted with new kitchens and inclusions and are fully self-contained and air-conditioned. The complex offers 24hr onsite management and a 10pm noise curfew safeguarding your peace and security.

Enjoy outdoor areas, BBQ facilities, laundry and ample parking for boats and trailers. Here’s what Karen S from NSW had to say about Canberra Ave Villas, “The Villa was very nice, spacious, clean and felt like a home away from home. The Villa has everything you need. “

Your Experience at Canberra Caravan Parks

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

No matter where you decide to stay on your next holiday, the most important advantage of a caravan park holiday is that it brings families together, strengthens bonds, and creates irreplaceable memories. So pack up the car and head out today, you won’t regret it.

Have you stayed in a caravan park in Canberra? We’d love to hear about your experiences, let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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11 Responses to The Best Holiday and Caravan Parks in Canberra
EvanJames EvanJames 12:04 am 07 May 13

IrishPete said :

Riverside in Queanbeyan doesn’t cope we’ll with rain. Though it doesn’t flood very often it much more frequently stinks of sewage after rain. I don’t know why, but I certainly wouldn’t want to be staying there when it happens – it’s bad enough just driving past.


That’d be the sewerage sub station over the road. Used to be just some pipes, but they tarted it up a while back and it seems to smell a lot less. It’s the faintly industrial-looking installation on the corner.

IrishPete IrishPete 9:46 pm 06 May 13

Riverside in Queanbeyan doesn’t cope we’ll with rain. Though it doesn’t flood very often it much more frequently stinks of sewage after rain. I don’t know why, but I certainly wouldn’t want to be staying there when it happens – it’s bad enough just driving past.


c_c™ c_c™ 9:20 pm 06 May 13

TheBusDriver said :

The others I have not stayed at. I head the Car-o-tel is cheap, but keep an eye on your valubles.

If TripAdvisor is any indication, you’d be better off grabbing a sleeping bag, prying your way into an abandoned shop at Downer Village and spending the night.

gentoopenguin gentoopenguin 9:14 pm 06 May 13

There’s always the Carotel in Watson. It’s well located to Civic and the Highway. We have it all here…

TheBusDriver TheBusDriver 9:07 pm 06 May 13

I’ve stayed at both caravan parks in Queanbeyan. Both are pretty reasonable in terms of amenaties. Riverside is very close to the center of Queanbeyan, but that tends to mean you get the occasional idiot wander in and cause trouble. I recall some bloke in a 5th wheeler close to the entrance woke up one night to find some locals stealing stuff out of his cargo lockers.
Crestview is nice, quiet, but the management are… not nice. The sites are rather nice but there are not many of them, and they are pricy. You will need to book ahead.
I have also stayed out of town at The Cotter camp site and I like it. It is in either a national park or state firest and is about 15-20 minutes out of town. It is quiet, cheap and has reasonable facillities.
Canberra South tends to be popular as it is kind of central, easy to find, has reasonable public transport going past it. You need to book ahead. In the old days it had a pub in the middle and the residents, mostly working people would drink till they fell over or got knocked out in bar fights. I have heard it still has the pub but has cleaned up its image some what.
The others I have not stayed at. I head the Car-o-tel is cheap, but keep an eye on your valubles.

dungfungus dungfungus 8:10 pm 06 May 13

There is a free one near old Parliament House with limited facilities. It helps if you support a particular political agenda.

pierce pierce 4:22 pm 06 May 13

I think there’s also an option to caravan (excuse my verbing) in the northern part of EPIC

aleayr aleayr 4:11 pm 06 May 13

Here are a few more: (In Fyshwick) (In O’Connor) (In Watson)

I’ve stayed at Canberra South Motor Park and Crestview about 6 years ago when I was moving to Canberra and looking for permanent accommodation, both seemed fine from a facilities perspective, even though I pretty much was just there to sleep. Both were fairly quiet the weeks I was there.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 3:55 pm 06 May 13

aidan said :

Carvan in Canberra in July!? Are they mad?

My advice is DON’T!

Exactly, come to Qbn instead. The Riverside caravan park is right next to the cbd.

aidan aidan 2:27 pm 06 May 13

Carvan in Canberra in July!? Are they mad?

My advice is DON’T!

Stinger Stinger 2:11 pm 06 May 13

Have a look at this website and ipad app… we’ve been using it, and it’s pretty good!

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