25 Jan 2019
Have you heard it's been hot lately? As in, all over the news hot? Could fry an egg on a pan type of sweltering? When they say it's cooking, they mean it this time.
Summer is kicking it's feet up to stay a little while longer - we're not complaining. More sunshine means more pool time (just lather on the zinc).
It is amazing how long kids can spend in the pool before tiring out. Hours pass and they're still playing Marco Polo. Aren't they bored yet? But no, they're having the time of their lives and parents are enjoying the peace.
Our holiday parks have some pretty flash swimming pools that families love. If you're due for a cool down, here are some parks to bob around in on your next holiday.
Barossa Valley, SA
There are a couple of pools here you can set yourself up around. Our couples only, exclusive Safari Tent area is a little oasis in the Barossa Valley. From your air-conditioned comfort in a glamping tent, you can look out to where you'll spend the rest of your afternoon: this gorgeous pool. In the main area of the park, we also have a resort-style pool that has some exciting new features: a new water purification system that allows children with allergies to join in on the summer fun.
Waterpark = YEP!
Is home in New England, Newcastle or the Central Coast? We've got a little spot to tell you about: Discovery Parks - Harrington. There are walking tracks at Crowdy Bay National Park and koalas you can snuggle in nearby Port Macquarie - but let's face it, you're reading this because you want to find out about the pool. You're in luck! On top of the range of accommodation (re: Safari Tents), there's a swimming pool with a slide (for the kiddies) and a shaded area to lie down with your towel on the grass (for you).
Waterpark = YES!
Robe, set on the Limestone Coast, is a no-brainer for summer in South Australia. Local craft beer, four-wheel driving adventures, and our brand new cabins are a few things that you'll love. The best part about the swimming pool here is the respite from the heat. Sometimes, it really is just too hot outside, or sometimes it's the middle of winter and we want to close our eyes and pretend it's sunny season all over again. Discovery Parks - Robe has an indoor heated swimming pool with a toddler area for the nose-pickers.
Still want to get outside? The nature playground is a goodie.
Pambula Beach, NSW
Indoor and outdoor swimming pools? Sub us in, coach! You can even give the kangaroos a g'day when you're walking from your cabin to the pool. When they're not wearing their togs like a summer uniform, they can run off to meet new little mates at the Kids Club. The club has been rated #2 in Australia, with activities five days a week all year round. Keep a lookout for package deals that have all the bells and whistles included.
Waterpark = YOU KNOW IT!
Byron Bay, NSW
Barossa Valley isn't the only pool that's been upgraded. With new pool and waterpark purification systems in place at Discovery Parks - Byron Bay, kids with asthma, eczema and other allergies can go for a dip, too! Get the best of both worlds at this park. You can easily while away the hours watching the kids pedal past, swim in the pool, splash around the waterpark, or bounce on the jumping pillow. OR get out and about to ol' Byron town - the atmosphere is so relaxed you'll forget all your day-to-day worries.
Waterpark = Mhmmm!
Bunbury Foreshore, WA
First things first: Discovery Parks - Bunbury Foreshore plans to open a brand new splash park by Christmas 2019. Not only that, but it's a shipwreck-themed splash park (ahoy, matey). It'll have over 40 water features, featuring tipping bucket and water sprays. Sna-zzy! In the meantime, drop by to enjoy the swimming pool complete with a lovely poolside cafe. If you gather a couple of your friends together for a group holiday, the parents can catch up with coffees while the little ones splash the day away.
Airlie Beach, QLD
Have you always dreamt of visiting the Whitsunday Islands that you see in the glossy brochures? You might look at the long stretches of white sand and water as blue as Frank Sinatra's eyes, then wonder when your time will come. Make it 2019 with a holiday to Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach! Not only is it set beside the glittering islands, but the park on its own is a beauty. Come for the partly-shaded swimming pool, stay for the rainbow lorikeet feedings.
Waterpark = YAH!
Lake Hume, VIC
Forget about infinity pools. Try this for a change - a view at sunset looking out over Lake Hume. If we're honest with ourselves, we know swimming pools are always better with a backdrop. Before you become a prune, step out and dry off with a match on the tennis court or a game of volleyball. If you're based out of Canberra or Melbourne, make Discovery Parks - Lake Hume your next weekend away.
You might have seen this little town on our round-up of the top 10 places to discover in 2019. Here's another reason you should visit Ballina: to rest and recharge in the pool. There's even a place for the tiny tots to play, too at the water play park (perfect for ages 0 to 5). Venture outside the park to tick off one of Australia's most iconic big things: the sacred Big Prawn. Is a gigantic prawn in a coastal town famous for its seafood a coincidence? We think not!
We were lucky enough to welcome this park into the Discovery Parks family last year. We love the dry tropics, offering ideal holiday weather throughout the year (leave those sweaters back in the drawer). The resort-style pool even has a fun bonus feature: a little tunnel waterslide. But is a holiday without Scruff just not the same? At Discovery Parks - Townsville, pets can stay with you on sites! While the pool is for humans only, the family pup can definitely take part in a much-deserved break.
Stay, swim, play, repeat. This is your routine on a family holiday at Discovery Holiday Parks across Australia. Explore our parks today and book your next getaway.