Planning a family get together

YOURLifeChoices Savvy Traveller helps member Joan plan a large family get together which won’t break the bank.

Q. Joan
We’re planning a family get together in May and are looking to spend a long weekend just outside Sydney. There are 12 adults and eight children, so we’re looking for somewhere which can accommodate us all, where noise isn’t an issue and that has enough for us all to do. Do you have any suggestions about where we should head and what type of accommodation we should be looking at?

A. Sounds as if national parks might solve your problem, Joan. They’re a great option for large groups or families of all shapes and sizes. NSW National Parks has a useful search tool letting you locate and book accommodation in national parks statewide. Start searching early, as bookings are usually brisk.

I asked Carl Solomon, director of tourism at NSW National Parks for a specific recommendation. He says: “One suitable option for a group of 20 or more is the Sugar Loaf Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages at stunning Myall Lakes National Park located on the north coast not far from Newcastle, which would make for a fantastic holiday experience.”

Though not in a national park, I’d recommend Jemby Rinjah Eco Lodge at Blackheath. They have one- two- and four-bedroom self-catering eco cabins in bushland. They’re not luxurious but are cosy, and the Blue Mountains offer plenty of family activities.