Put down your phone to enjoy the real moments is the message Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park is sending to visitors during the busy holiday period.
Holidaymakers are being given the opportunity to lock their phones away, completely switch off from the outside world and embrace all there is on offer for a holiday in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.
The initiative is an Australian first, where guests place their phones in secure Yondr pouches that can only be unlocked by a device at reception. People can lock their devices away for an hour or up to 24 hours.
The park recently took home gold in the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards for its leadership in innovation, unique local experiences and world class customer service.
Park manager Dawn Marchment said it's sad that all too often she sees kids who want their parents to go for a bike ride, or watch them while they do a trick in the pool.
"Unfortunately some parents are too busy being on their phones to spend those quality moments with their children," she said.
Dawn is also challenging children to switch off from their iPads and embrace traditional outdoor games, such as hopscotch.
The park had to write out the rules of hopscotch, as some children didn't know how to play.
Dawn said it's important children embrace potential boredom, as that's what sparks their creativity.
The digital detox is the park's gift to visitors, Dawn said, to nurture their inner child, relax them, motivate their minds and awaken what's possible.
"Technology has a place in the world but a holiday is not that place," she said.
It's hoped the digital detox initiative will inspire people to make the most of being in the Port Macquarie region, through visiting pristine beaches, walking through rainforests, cycling near rives and dining at cafes.