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Discover what the Tas-mania is all about!
We're rather precious about our special island state of Tasmania - and some may even say a tad partial when championing its many virtues.
So it's good to be reminded that we're not alone, and that those in the know at the respected Travel + Leisure recently voted Tasmania the 'Top Island' in the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region for 2015 - and honoured it with fourth spot on the list of the Top 10 islands across the world.
So what's so special?
Well, considering there's everything from mesmerising wilderness scenery and charming villages to Indigenous and settler history, great food and wine and the buzz of downtown Hobart, it's no easy task deciding where to start.But as most visitors disembark the Spirit of Tasmania at Devonport, common sense says this should be our launching point.
With feet back on terra firma, explore the area's rich nautical history at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre or take in the local art at the Devonport Regional Gallery before hitting the highway to Launceston and indulging in the profusion of delicious local produce en route.
Sample mouth-watering fare at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, the total chocolate experience at the House of Anvers and the cheese-lovers' delight that is Ashgrove Cheese and, when in Launceston, a visit to the many award-winning wineries fringing the Tamar River and Pipers Brook areas is a must.
Moving south, Cradle Mountain and its surrounds are currently blanketed with lush snow, the air is wholesomely bracing and the stunning walks equally exhilarating, with Lake St Clair National Park and its Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area adding to the overall appeal.
As you meander towards Australia's second oldest capital city, Hobart, allow your mind to do likewise and reflect on the many attractions that await, from the best whisky anywhere on the planet at Sullivans Cove Whisky, to the city's rich and vibrant arts and culture scene that includes the Festival of Voices, the Henry Jones Art Hotel and the iconic Museum of Old and New Art - or MONA in the local vernacular!
Another beauty of Tasmania is that wherever you go, there's a raft of accommodation options for all pockets and preferences, with organisations like Discovery Holiday Parks there to host you every step of the way with fully-equipped cottages and cabins as well as caravan and camping sites.
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