Who remembers family holidays in caravans by the sea? The entire family squashed in to small quarters, traipsing to the amenities block in the middle of the night, sunburn, ice cream and playing by the sea all day. For many, these holiday memories are among their happiest. Wellnow you can return to those simple holidays of your youth, but do it in style. Many caravan and holiday parks across Australia are now providing stylish, cabin-style accommodation including this one that we’ve just checked into with the Frequent Small Flyer (FSF) at Stockton Beach Tourist Park,near Newcastle. Think neutral, beachy interiors, comfy queen size beds, flat screen TVs, kitchens, sparkling new bathrooms and cute bunk beds for the kids. But the best thing is we can hear the waves crashing on the shore just across the dunes on Stockton Beach. Stockton, although just a short ferry ride from Newcastle City, almost appears trapped in a seventies time warp, with a quaint ‘Sea Change’ feel. I half expect torun into Diver Dan down the shops. We’re going to catch the ferry later and have dinner tonight on the harbour at the fabulous Nor’East. Now all we need is a Paddlepop, a couple of ice cold beers on the deck and we’ll be sorted. Have a great weekend everyone.