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How to plan a family reunion in Victoria the whole family will enjoy!
Planning a family reunion will look different for each family, depending on the size of the family, their resources, where they live and the length of time everyone can be together. Some families get together annually for a feast at Christmas, whilst others get together regularly for Sunday dinners. However, if you look back on your own family holidays and reunions, the ones that stand out the most are likely to be the camping holidays together with your family. Camping family holidays often form unforgettable, fond memories for everyone involved. Children and adults alike can benefit from the coming together of families through a stronger sense of connectedness, shared experiences that will lead to great memories and a deeper sense of identity to a family culture.
Holidaying with family should be fun!
However, planning a family camping reunion is no easy feat as there are many things to consider. For everything to run smoothly, be enjoyable and as memorable as it can be for all the right reasons planning is essential. This article highlights things to consider when choosing the location of your next camping family reunion in Australia, with a special focus on Victoria and its wild weather!
5 Things to consider when booking your campsite:
1. The size of your family get together
You should consider the number of people who will be staying at your chosen campground. This is especially important if you are organising a large family reunion. The logistics of hosting a large group will be made much simpler if the campsite has been built to host large groups.
Majority vote on where to camp
If your family is divided on the remoteness and accessibility to amenities, (shops) it may be worthwhile going with the majority vote. If your goal is to get as many family members as possible together, then make the holiday accessible, affordable, and appealing to the majority. However, if your intention is to go off-grid, somewhere remote, then holidaying with a smaller convoy of family members could be the answer. Share an epic shared adventure with a smaller, committed group.
Be clear on the number of family members committed to the family reunion before booking accommodation. For example, if you book a campsite that has the capacity for a small group, then it may not be able to host your last-minute relatives that decide to join.
2. Camping Experience/Preferences for all ages
An important step in choosing a campsite that most family members will enjoy is to get a feel for the preferences of the group. There are logistical things to consider when choosing a campsite. Some campgrounds have restrictions on where kids can play, lighting of camp fires and some do not allow pets. Ensure the campground is appropriate for your group. If you are planning a camping trip with younger children, make sure you choose a campground that has a wide variety of activities for them to enjoy. If you want to include your furry friend on the family reunion make sure pets are allowed at the camping facility.
Accommodate all ages when camping
When organising a camping trip for a family reunion, consider the age range and appropriateness of your accommodation for the youngest and especially the oldest family members. An integral part of a family reunion is having the grandparents present. When planning the reunion, make sure the accommodation and activities are appropriate for older adults to enjoy too.
Accommodation for large groups in Victoria
If you’re looking for accommodation for large groups in Victoria, consider what types of accommodation options that are available on site. Does the venue offer traditional camp sites for tents and caravans? Are private cabins an option? Considering the Victorian weather, having a wet weather plan, in the colder months is necessary. Shared kitchen/s, group rooms or amenities offer shelter if it is rainy. These rooms also offer another meeting place if the weather is cold, especially during the evenings. Camp Belgrave is an hour from Melbourne and may be the spot to host your family get-together.
Some families find the appeal of going remote without access to amenities tantalising. The group’s preferences will ultimately determine where the reunion takes place.
3. The season and weather of your chosen dates
It is no secret that Victoria has changeable and unpredictable weather, therefore when considering planning a family holiday in Victoria you need to plan for all weather. Make sure your campground has shelter from the rain and cold. Include a tarp in your equipment and take adequate warm clothing.
4. Campsite Location & Accessible Activities for all ages
A campsite that is easily accessible by car is an important. Multiple trips too and fro carrying equipment into the camping site quickly loses its gloss. Campsites only accessible by foot may not be suitable for the young and the aged of the group. Do your research into the accessibility of your campsite before you book. Safety is also important, especially when there are young children. If you are camping near water, high traffic areas or remote areas, always put safety at the top of your list.
Activities around the campground
A fun part of the camping experience are the activities around the campsite. Many camping grounds around Australia have playgrounds decked out with bouncing pillows and skate parks for the kids. Other camping venues rely on the location of the camping park – those close to beach areas may mean a trip to the beach, building sandcastles or body surfing on the boogie board. Bushwalking or night walks with a spotlight are great activities for the kids and the older kids.
5. Your Family Reunion Budget for Accommodation
Affordability when planning this camping trip is a must. Knowing what each family unit is willing to spend will allow planning a family holiday much easier. Accommodation is normally the most expensive part of a holiday. If you have a big group, ask if there is a discount for larger groups.
Plan, plan and then check the plan! Remember, even a disastrous holiday will be recanted years later with fond memories. Get Out&About and start planning your family camping reunion.
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