We were excited to be heading back to our favourite region of Tasmania, Tamar Valley, but first we needed to find somewhere to stay. We wanted somewhere self contained with enough space for the five of us as well as with fun facilities onsite where our kids may be able to make friends with other kids.
Located in Kelso at the top of the Tamar River near Bass Strait, this holiday park has many accommodation options including cabins perfect for us, some great facilities (including a pool), wildlife and is a short drive from many great attractions like Seahorse World and Platypus House.
We were sold!
If you are wondering if this Kelso Sands caravan park Tasmania is right for you, below you will find our full Big4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park review including what the accommodation options are like, what facilities exist and where you can find the Big 4 caravan park Kelso Tasmania.
Big4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park Review
Location Of Big4 Kelso Sands Holiday & Native Wildlife Park
This Big4 Kelso Sands Tasmania is located at 86 Paranaple Rd, Kelso.
There really isn’t much around the Big 4 and you should definitely bring supplies with you.
The park fronts on to its own stretch of beach and feels very private. While beach is a loose term and I can’t imagine anyone lounging here and swimming, it is a nice area to walk around and relax.
The park itself is quite big and open with a huge lawn area. Because it’s referred to as a nature park, I expected more bush and trees but it’s more lawns and open area.
There are a range of accommodation options at the Big4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park. There are cabins, cottages and onsite vans as well as powered and unpowered sites for caravans and campers.
The cottages are three bedroom and the cabins’ two bedroom. Depending on the hotel booking site, they are also called bungalows. They have fully self contained kitchens (except no oven), small living and dining areas, private bathrooms and bedrooms.
They also have tea and coffee making facilities, heating and linen provided. A great feature is that they have their own balcony area with private BBQ.
The three bedroom cottages have more spacious living and dining areas as well as a private ensuite bathroom.
We booked a two-bedroom bungalow for our family of five and it was as expected.
The first thing we noticed was the deck with private BBQ and small table and chairs. It seemed quite luxurious to have our own BBQ and we used it a few times. It’s definitely a big pro of this park.
On entering the bungalow, we were straight into the kitchen/dining/lounge area. There’s a four person dining table and chairs on one side and a triple couch which folds out to a big bed on the other. There’s also a heater which we used even though it was the middle of summer.
The kitchen had everything we needed including a fridge and freezer, microwave and stove top.
To the left is the main bedroom with a double bed and cupboard space.
To the right, a second bedroom and a small bathroom with shower. The second bedroom has a bunk bed with double bed on the bottom and a small cupboard. Linen is supplied for everyone but the second bedroom beds are not made up.
Some bars of soap are the only supplied toiletries.
Everything is clean and comfortable and it was very easy to stay in the two-bedroom bungalow. My only complaint is that only one pillow was supplied in the second bedroom for three kids and reception was already shut when we arrived.
Note that the water in the cabins is bore water. While it’s safe to drink, you can get rainwater instead for drinking from some tanks within the park. If I was to stay here again, I would bring a few big water bottles with me so I didn’t have to keep going back to the tanks to top up our small bottles. The taps are quite near the ground so don’t bring anything too big.
A big part of the reason why we picked the Big4 Kelso Sands is the facilities and we weren’t disappointed.
The big one for us is the solar heated, outdoor pool. It’s a great size in a great area with plenty of seating, some shade and it had party music playing. We quite enjoyed hanging out here. However, the water was quite cold, even with solar heating, so we couldn’t spend much time in the pool. It closes after the March long weekend.
There’s also a large play area that has volleyball, soccer and basketball as well as a playground and sandpit. There’s plenty of space. You can also hire pedal go karts.
There’s the beach area right there and plenty of space around to enjoy. The manual in the room also mentioned a jumping pillow but we couldn’t find that anywhere so my guess is that it used to have one but not anymore.
For campers, there’s a camp kitchen, amenity block and BBQs. There’s a laundry block with coin-operated machines. We found the camp kitchen shut in the evenings apart from an outdoor BBQ area and it is simple.
Wildlife is highlighted as a feature of this park and I was disappointed not to spot any wombats despire seemingly every photo of the park online featuring them. We did see plenty of potoroos in the evening though.
Free wifi is also included. I was not able to get it working though. On the upside, my Vodafone mobile worked fine at the park.
Apart from self catering, there are no dining options in the park. You can buy ice creams and water at reception, but it has very limited opening hours.
The Big4 Kelso Sands Holiday and Nature Park is an easy place to be, relax and hang out.
The pool area is nice, the playground great and everything is well maintained. The park was quite busy but still very quiet when we visited.
The downside is that the park isn’t that close to shops and restaurants. It’s a bit annoying having to drive to get bread, etc. There is a takeaway shop in Green Beach which is less than ten minutes drive away though and we had dinner at the Beauty Point Waterfront Hotel which was 15 minutes away. There was not that many kids around like I hoped.
It is easily accessible to the Tamar Valley’s attractions and the spot is pretty and easy. The staff are friendly and helpful and the private BBQ is a big pro.
We would happily stay here again!
Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.