25 Jan 2019
Updated October 2021
It's amazing how long children can spend in a pool before they get tired - or bored!
Hours will pass while they play Marco Polo or some kind of aquatic treasure hunt. Are they over it yet? Of course not, they're having the time of their lives!
With over 70 locations around Australia, Discovery Parks have some amazing resort-style swimming pools. Even better, they're usually accompanied by waterparks, wet areas and nature playgrounds that are perfect for family-based fun.
If you're due for a cool down, or if your kids won't forgive you for not booking a pool, here are a few of our favourites!
Barossa Valley, SA
There are two pools to choose from at Barossa Valley, plus a waterpark for kids that's out of this world.
Located in the garden area at the centre of the park, a resort-style pool is also yours to discover. Featuring an in-built water purification system, this one is especially good for children whose allergies play up during summer.
As for the waterpark, it's already getting rave reviews!
Meanwhile, our couples-only Safari Tents are a secluded oasis in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Walk like an Egyptian from your air-conditioned accommodation to your private morning swim!
If you're from anywhere near New England, Newcastle or the Central Coast, Discovery Parks - Harrington is a hop, skip and a splash away. With walking tracks at Crowdy Bay National Park and koalas you can snuggle in Port Macquarie, our pool is the cherry on top of an already tasty cake!
On top of the range of accommodation on offer (think Safari tents and timber-decked cabins), this swimming pool has a slide for the kiddies and a shaded area to spread out with a book and a towel.
The waterpark is right next door, meaning hours of fun for energetic little campers.
On South Australia's stunning Limestone Coast, a summer stay in Robe is a virtual no-brainer.
Picture local craft beers, 4WD adventures, and state-of-the-art cabins - just a few of the things that you'll love. The best part about the indoor swimming pool here is the respite you get from the heat, except when it's the middle of winter and we decide to turn the heat on!
Even better, there's a nature playground and jumping pillow right outside the door!
Pambula Beach, NSW
Indoor and outdoor swimming pools? A water park? Sub us in, coach!
After the kids have given the kangaroos a friendly G'day one the walk from your cabin to the pool, they can make new friends at the Pambula's popular holiday Kids Club.
With activities scheduled five days a week, keep a lookout for deals that have all the bells and whistles! A holiday within your holiday is waiting.
Byron Bay, NSW
Complete with its own water purification system, Discovery Parks - Byron Bay looks after kids with asthma, eczema and other common allergies.
While away the hours while your little campers do laps of the pool, splash around the waterpark, or bounce on the nearby jumping pillow. If Byron Bay isn't relaxing enough, the atmosphere inside our park will soon have you forgetting your day-to-day cares.
Bunbury Foreshore, WA
While there is a splash park anticipated for 2021, this friendly pool with cafe next door is still an all-day fountain of fun. Next time you gather the friend group together, catch up for coffee while the little ones splash away!
Airlie Beach, QLD
Always dreamt of the Whitsunday Islands?
You might've seen images of white sand beaches and wonder when your time will come. Make it this year with a holiday to one of our most in-demand parks!
Not only is it next to Australia's most sparkling set of islands, but the park itself is its own oasis. Relax by this resort-style swimming pool, make friends with the rainbow lorikeets, and let the kids run around to their hearts content.
There are many reasons that this is one of our most popular parks. Don't miss out!
Lake Hume, VIC
Forget about infinity pools, try this on for size!
With a view of the sunset that overlooks Lake Hume, you'll be hard pressed to find a better poolside hang. Before you become a prune, step out and dry off on the nearby tennis court or try a fun game of volleyball with the kids. If you're anywhere near Canberra or Melbourne, Discovery Parks - Lake Hume should be high on the list for your next family weekend away.
This pool deserves its own spot on the Top 10 reasons to visit Ballina.
Including a play space for even the tiniest tots to enjoy, the set up here is a 10/10. And, once you venture outside the park, get ready to tick off one of Australia's most iconic 'big' things: the sacred Big Prawn.
Don't let that be the only reason you come to town though, this pool and this park are seriously good!
We love the tropics.
Offering ideal holiday weather all-year-round (leave the kid's mini sweaters at home), this resort-style pool and waterpark has a bonus feature: an above-ground waterslide tunnel!
While the pool is for humans only, like many of our parks, your canine bestie is free to explore this amazing location with you.