'Gramping' the new trend in outdoor holidays
CAMPING is hot and it's now quite cool to take your pop and nana.
So cool, in fact, that there is now a recognised category for the family that loads up with the kids and the grandparents to go "gramping".
As the holiday lifestyle choice, pitching a tent or renting a cabin for a big family get-together has also moved up market.
Caravan parks are no longer parks but resorts in beautiful surroundings with lagoon pools, playgrounds and even outdoor cinemas.
There is no stigma to admit to a weekend away in a tent when it's more like a chateau, or that your grandpa and grandma came too.
The trend to have three generations of an Aussie family camping together has spawned the gramping online site turu.com.au.
Holiday makers using the site have just voted a Whitsunday caravan park as the best place in Australia to go gramping.
Turu site operator Robert Gallagher said 3000 people took part in the online survey and the Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort near Airlie Beach got the nod.
The choice took into account the quality of facilities on hand for all three generations - leisure activities, location and local attractions.
Mr Gallagher said the website was promoting outdoor "grampouts".
The site was proving to be a good way to share knowledge and there was now a gramping association to share tips.
Last weekend three generations of a Townsville family were happily gramping outdoors at the Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, with the kids enjoying their time with pop and nanny.
Shane and Beverly Turton,their daughter Rebekah Reynolds and husband Ben, and their children Jayde, 3, and Ethan, 2, had their tents pitched in the resort's tropical gardens beneath giant palms, with pop's hammock suspended between two trees.
Peeling prawns, Mr Turton said there was simply "no need to leave" the resort.
Mrs Turton said: "It's great to be with our grandkids. It's a catch-up and a holiday all in one. It has everything you need and you feel safe."