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CEO Sleepout Grant Wilckens
Discovery Parks CEO Grant Wilckens has signed up to take part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout for the second year running and will be sleeping rough along with other South Australian CEO's, politicians, managing directors and community leaders on the 25th of June helping to raise funding and awareness for homelessness in Australia.
Here's a few words from Grant on why he has decided to take part and lend his support:
As some of you may know, I participated in the Vinnies' CEO Sleepout last year.
Last year's effort was a resounding success and I was extremely proud knowing my efforts, along with the generous support, played a part in raising money for this life changing cause.
I couldn't miss the opportunity to do the same again this year, therefore, I am writing to advise that I will be joining some of Australia's top business and community leaders sleeping rough on one of the coldest nights of the year again on the 25th June.
I know we can all make a significant difference by enriching people's lives. Funds raised through the Vinnies CEO Sleepout will go towards helping more than 100,000 Australian men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness to find the warmth, safety and dignity that they desperately deserve.
In South Australia, the money raised has helped the homeless through:
- Homeless mentoring - providing pathways to employment for selected people experiencing homelessness
- Refugee support - providing housing for new arrivals fleeing dangerous situations, through our Migrant & Refugee Service
- Households in crisis - extending the existing home visitation program to provide higher level support for households with challenging financial circumstances at risk of experiencing homelessness counselling to clients to address the issues that significantly contribute to their repeated experiences of homelessness
Please support me once again in reaching my donation goal - www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/sa-ceos/grant-wilckens
This is a great initiative and is reflective of Vinnies' determination to provide real alternatives to homelessness and to truly offer a hand up, not only a hand out.
A Taste of the Clare Valley - Anzac Weekend
A WEEKEND OF WINE FOOD AND MUSIC
at Discovery Holiday Parks - Clare
Come and celebrate everything Australian at our free weekend event this ANZAC weekend at Discovery Holiday Parks - Clare.
We've got a full programme lined up with live music, fundraiser sausage sizzles , two up games, out door movies and more. Come and stay for the weekend and join in all the fun. All events are free for everyone to attend.
A Taste Of The Clare Valley Weekend Programme
Book now and come and join in the fun
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Discovery Parks 10th Birthday Competition - Your Favourite Parks!
Thanks to everyone who took part in our 10th Birthday competition and voted for their favourite Discovery Holiday Park!
After a month of voting your favourite Discovery Holiday Parks are:
1. Discovery Holiday Parks - Pambula Beach
Our largest park is a big hit with kids, who'll never complain of boredom. How could they? There's a heated swimming pool and spa, games room, jumping pillow and Kids Club. Pambula Beach is a three and a half hour drive from Canberra, with daily flights from Melbourne and Sydney to nearby Merimbula.
2. Discovery Holiday Parks - Robe
If accommodation right next to white sands, family-friendly shallows and waking up to the sound of breaking waves is your perfect beach holiday, look no further than Robe and the multi-award winning Discovery Holiday Parks - Robe. With cabin and campsite accommodation, you'll find yourself lost amidst stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, mountainous sand dunes and national reserves.
3. Discovery Holiday Parks - Lake Bonney
One of Australia's best aquatic playgrounds awaits you at Discovery Holiday Parks - Lake Bonney, in the Riverland town of Barmera. Dive in and experience the broad range of family-friendly water sports. Enjoy the space and spend some quality time with the kids.
4. Discovery Holiday Parks - Warrnambool
Discovery Holiday Parks - Warrnambool offers day trip heaven in every direction. When you're ready to rest your weary selves, it will be a joy to come home to our extensive range of accommodation, from a 4.5 star luxury spa cabin to a simple, shaded, grassed camp site.
5. Discovery Holiday Parks - Barossa Valley
Discovery Holiday Parks - Barossa Valley is only a few minutes walk to the centre of Tanunda, Barossa's picturesque main town and nearby to wineries, historic buildings, museums, scenic tours, bush walks, art galleries, fine restaurants and more
6. Discovery Holiday Parks - Clare
Submit to the riches of the Clare Valley, where internationally acclaimed wines flow, fresh produce is bountiful, the scenery is stunning (no matter what season) and your kids can stretch their legs in the great outdoors.
7. Discovery Holiday Parks - Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Bring your family or loved one and immerse yourself in a true wilderness experience. Discovery Holiday Parks - Cradle Mountain is located on the perimeter of the World-Heritage listed Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park, home of the famous Cradle Mountain in Tasmania's Western Wilderness.
8. Discovery Holiday Parks - Tannum Sands
A quiet bushland setting with direct access to the golden sands of Tannum Beach and within walking distance of the picturesque seaside communities of Tannum Sands and Boyne Island is where you'll find Discovery Holiday Parks - Tannum Sands, tucked away from the hustle and bustle providing a sanctuary to escape the everyday and embrace a relaxed coastal lifestyle centred on the outdoors and marine pursuits.
9. Discovery Holiday Parks - Jindabyne
Overlooking the gorgeous Lake Jindabyne, Discovery Holiday Parks - Jindabyneis an awesome all year adventure destination. The region's alpine country ski slopes beckon in winter. Summer's the time for mountain biking, white-water rafting, horse-riding and bushwalking.
10. Discovery Holiday Parks - Rockhampton
Ten acres of landscaped gardens, views of majestic Mount Archer in the distance and 300 days of sunshine per year. Discovery Holiday Park - Rockhampton is just 10 minutes from the bustling town centre with plenty of pools playgrounds nad things for the whole family. You may not even want to leave the luxury of your 4.5 star apartment, with air-conditioning in every room and our gorgeous camp site settings must been seen to be believed. Plus for those on a budget we have a range of budget accommodation including motel style rooms.
Thanks for everyone who voted, and congratulations to our winners:
Discovery Holiday Parks - Pambula Beach - Colin Sprague
Discovery Holiday Parks - Robe - Terryne Whittaker
Discovery Holiday Parks - Lake Bonney - Angelina Kabos
Discovery Holiday Parks - Warrnambool - Lexie Picken
Discovery Holiday Parks - Barossa Valley - David Campbell
Discovery Holiday Parks - Clare - Cherie Tomlin
Discovery Holiday Parks - Cradle Mountain - Glenn Stickland
Discovery Holiday Parks - Tannum Sands - Loretta Potts
Discovery Holiday Parks - Jindabyne - Tatiana Pavlovskaya
Discovery Holiday Parks- Rockhampton - Dean Butler
Did your favourite park make the Top 10?
Top Tourist Summer Hot Deals
Summer days are stretching out ahead and now's a great time to book a family getaway. Whether you want to hit the beach or the lake, pack up the kids and avoid the crowds with these great Top Tourist Summer Hot Deals.
Make it a break to remember at Discovery Holiday Parks where you can relax knowing the kids are safe and have plenty of activities to explore.
Select your favourite destination and book now as space is filling up fast!
Pick your favourite Top Tourist destination:
3 Nights for $379
5 Nights for $599
3 Nights for $379
5 Nights for $599
3 Nights for $379
3 Nights for $379
3 Nights for $379
Mister Weekend - 7 Reasons To Hike Cradle Mountain
Photo: Mister Weekender
Sydney Blogger Mister Weekender recently visited Tasmania and ticked 'Hiking Cradle Mountain' of his bucket list. Here are his 7 reasons why you should hike Cradle Mountain too!
It’s no secret I love hiking. I’m one of those nature lovers who’d rather be climbing mountains than sitting at a café in Bondi eating quinoa pancakes. Don’t get me wrong, I really love good food but there is more than sitting in a café weekend after weekend. I was recently in Tasmania exploring Strahan and Cradle Mountain. Hiking Cradle Mountain has been on my bucket list for a long time and I was thrilled that I finally got the chance to hike the summit.
But before I continue, there is something you need to know. Hiking Cradle Mountain National Park is not a walk through a park. It’s tough, demanding and the weather changes with the blink of an eye. In the seven hour hike, I experienced snow, ice, sleet, wind, rain, mist and a mere splash of sun. It was the toughest hike I’ve ever done – or perhaps ask me when I come back from South America next month!
I went in July, smack bang in the middle of winter but regardless of the time of the year, my biggest tips are to wear the proper gear (Nike sneakers are not enough), pack enough water and appropriate food, and start the day early as daylight closes in quickly come 5pm in the late afternoon.
If this sounds a little daunting, below are my top seven reasons why you should put hiking Cradle Mountain National Park on your bucket list.
#1 Tasmania is Australia’s best kept secret
I really think that trsvellers rush to explore the east and west coasts of Australia so quickly that sometimes they forget Tasmania! Part of me is quite happy about this because I want it to stay that way, but that’s really selfish! If you’ve been reading Mister Weekender this year, then you’ll know how much I love Tasmania, including Wineglass Bay, Strahan, Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet Marine Park and Roky Hills Retreat. I’ve been twice this year and I am going back in January. So excited!
#2 Adventure is good for the soul
No matter when or where you go, or the difficulty of the trek, there is something wildly beautiful about hiking and being in the wilderness. Climbing a summit, scaling a ridge, seeing animals in the wild and trekking over new landscapes gives an unspeakable adrenalin rush – even more so when solo hiking.
#3 Hiking is great for fitness
Pilates with friends and running along the beach is a lot of fun, but sometimes you need to mix it up a little! So go hiking. It’s the perfect way to lift your fitness whilst exploring nature.
#4 It’s affordable
Have I mentioned hiking is cheaper than a pilates class? Well it is! Depending on where you go, most hiking trails are free and some national parks require an admission fee (usually up to $24 in Australia). But it’s well worth it!
#5 It’s perfect for stress relief
After a hectic and stressful week, the first thing I want to do is switch off from technology, get amongst nature and go hiking. Adventure can have some seriously positive effects on stress levels and when combined with the other great aspects of hiking, including overall fitness, I start feeling immediately better. You will too, promise!
#6 Oh thy beautiful nature
The main reason why I go hiking is nature. No matter the hike, no matter the location – nothing beats fresh air, wide open spaces and nature. It might be a cloudless sunset, the view on top of a mountain or swimming in a creek – nature RULES.
#7 You’ll never travel the same again
Once you start hiking, your holidays will start looking a little different. You’ll start looking for adventure and more hiking trails, rather than paving the pavement looking for coffee. Puhhh-lease, there is so much more beauty in the world than that! My friends and I are planning a big trip overseas next year and my only requirement is going hiking to several beautiful national parks. As long as I have that, I know I’ll be a happy traveller.
Time to pack your bags? Check out our Journey of Discovery special offer plus tips on things to see and do in Tasmania at www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/tasmania
For more travel stories from Mr Weekender see: www.misterweekender.com/category/travels
This article first appeared on misterweekender.com.au, it has been republished here with full permission.