30 Dec 2019
The new year has just started, and have you already muttered the words “this year I’m going to travel more”?
Us too, which is why we've put together this month-by-month guide to inspire you and get you out there exploring your backyard this year.
Give yourself something to look forward to each month and plan your 2020 holiday itinerary with these suggestions.
Before the school holidays end, take the family on a summer holiday to Discovery Parks – Pambula Beach. A family favourite park, it’s no secret that this is the place to be when the weather heats ups, with a waterpark, swimming pool and award-winning kids club. Plus, its location is spectacular with the beach right on the park’s doorstep – it’s so close you can taste it. But, book early, this in demand property can book out months in advance.BOOK NOW
A Superior 2-Bedroom Cabin with ocean views and daily kangaroo visitors at dusk
February is the month for lovers so celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic glamping getaway. It’s the perfect experience for people who love the idea of camping but need those extra creature comforts.
Sleep (almost) under the stars in a comfortable canvas eco-tent, nestled behind the sand dunes of Pinky Beach at Discovery – Rottnest Island. A night in Deluxe Dune Tent with premium ocean and sunset views will give you all the feels – or is that the signature cocktail from Pinky’s Beach Club talking?!
Discovery Parks – Barossa Valley hosts an adult only area away from the rest of the park where you have exclusive access to facilities including an outdoor lounge, BBQ, firepit, heated swimming pool and spa.
If you can’t find a baby-sitter, Discovery Parks – Byron Bay, Dubbo, Harrington Beach and Fraser Street, Hervey Bay offer a family experience with tents that sleep up to 6 people with a queen bed and single bunk configuration.
Adelaide isn’t known as the Festival State for no reason. It’s definitely the place to be in March with days and nights, parklands and theatres coming alive with performers from all over the world.
There are hundreds of events in the capital, as well as regional centres, with Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Superloop Adelaide500 Concert Series, Writers’ Week, WOMADelaide; you’ll quickly realise why the month is affectionately named Mad March. In between all the festivities, don’t forget to indulge in South Australia’s impressive food & wine scene with a taste to satisfy every tongue. Make Discovery Parks – Adelaide Beachfront your base to rest – just a 30 minute drive from the CBD. You’d be mad to miss it!
A Superior Studio with king bed and wifi to post all your festival reviews to social
Keep the musical holiday vibes going with a stay at Discovery Parks – Byron Bay to indulge in Bluesfest over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 9 April to Monday 13 April 2020). This family-friendly event showcases blues & roots music from around the world with 200 performers playing across multiple stages over the 5 days. Who knows, you may even spot a Hemsworth playing air-guitar in the crowd. Mellow out in the region post-concert with a surf day at Watergos Beach, shopping at the community markets for local designer wares or hike to the lighthouse for stunning views of the ocean and hinterland.
A Superior Lakeside 2-Bedroom Cabin to relax in between music acts
The weather is cooling down so time to start your winter adventure to the top end of Australia and chase the sun. Whether you’re driving the Big D (West to East) or Little d (through the middle to the west), you won’t want to bypass Discovery Parks – Broome to witness the natural phenomenon of Staircase to the Moon. This spectacular sight occurs from March to November where the full moon rises over Roebuck Bay to create the illusion of a ‘staircase’ leading from the beach directly to the moon. Just make sure you time your stay, as the ‘staircase’ is only visible during the full moon days of each month. Estimated May 2020 timings are Friday 8th at 6:21pm, Saturday 9th at 7:14pm and Sunday 10th at 8:10pm.BOOK NOW
A site right on the beach for uninterrupted views of Roebuck Bay from the doorstep of your caravan or tent
It’s the last long weekend until October so make the most of it with a visit to the Apple Isle. Cross Bass Strait and discover Tasmania with a road trip exploring national parks, a thriving food and wine scene as well as cultural and contemporary art with Dark Mofo Festival in conjunction with Mona Museum. Stay at Discovery Parks - Hobart and indulge in this thought-provoking, captivating and often confronting arts festival. Events are held throughout the month and often sell out in advance so book tickets and your stay early to avoid disappointment and experience this cult-phenomenon.
A Deluxe 4-Berth Cabin to relax on your balcony complete with BBQ and stunning bush views
In mid-July to late October, Hervey Bay provides one of the best vantage points to see humpback whales on their annual migration from Antarctica. Stop over for a few days at Discovery Parks – Fraser Street, Hervey Bay to tick another resolution off your 2020 bucket-list while you relax and play with these majestic mammals. If you’re really adventurous, book a tour to swim with the whales to get super up-close and personal with these inquisitive sea creatures. And, don’t forget to get a quick language lesson in whale from Dory so you can communicate with them; who knows what secrets of the deep they may have to share!
A Powered Ensuite Site and enjoy a sundowner pondside
Never seen snow before and want to build a snowman? Snowscape to Discovery Parks – Jindabyne, it’s the perfect location to set up ski camp in the iconic Snowy Mountains, just a short 30 minute drive from some of the best ski slopes in NSW. Hit the slopes at Thredbo, Perisher and/or Smiggin Holes and come home to a deluxe 2 bedroom cabin that sleeps up to six people with a fireplace and drying room for you ski gear. Expereince an alpine adventure in your favourite winter knit with a warming cup of hot chocolate.
A Deluxe 2-Bedroom Cabin that sleeps up to six people with a fireplace and drying room for ski gear
It’s got the MasterChef Australia tick off approval so why wouldn’t you head West and kick off Spring in the Swan Valley. The oldest wine region in WA is just a 25-minute drive from Discovery Parks – Perth Airport. Head to wine country and take in a crisp chardonnay in the Spring sunshine accompanied by a long degustation lunch or some good old pub grub. With over 40 wineries and six boutique breweries, cideries and distilleries, make the most of the region and book an overnight stay at Discovery Parks – Swan Valley so you can really indulge. Bottoms up!
A Deluxe Studio Room before your Swan Valley romantic getaway
A Deluxe 2-Bedroom Cabin so you can really enjoy the delicious Food and Wine Trail covering 150 attractions in Swan Valley
Fancy yourself a bit on a conservationist? Take a trip to Discovery Parks - Port Hedland and get involved with Care for Hedland to learn all about the Flatback turtle. Help monitor this protected species in their natural environment during their nesting and hatching season from October to March. Fallen in love with these sea creatures? You can adopt your very own Hedland Flatback turtle with official adoption certificate and customised nesting report.
A Superior Waterfront Cabin to also enjoy the unique Staircase to the Moon phenomenon
It’s time to dust off the fascinators, it’s Melbourne Cup Carnival time! Get a bunch of fillies together and stay at Discovery Parks – Melbourne, a short 10-minute drive from Flemington Racecourse. Go a few days early and indulge in some retail therapy in the fashion capital of Australia to find your fashions on the field.
A Deluxe 3-Bedroom Townhouse or Deluxe 2-Bedroom Cabin which sleep 6-8 people and share the cost of your stay
The first day of summer and your focus has no doubt shifted to holidays and the festive season.
A coastal holiday is in every Aussie’s DNA so go fa la la la la away from home with a getaway over Christmas and New Year. With some many Discovery Parks locations on the coast, you’ll have a hard time choosing where to park the caravan, pitch the tent or make yourself cabin comfortable. Explore one of SA’s most loved beach towns with a stay at Discovery Parks – Robe. The park is a short stroll to white sandy beaches perfect for spending days and nights with fish & chips and ice cream cones.
And, if the kids are worried that the big man in the red suit won’t know where to find them, give them some confidence with our tips here.
A Deluxe Waterfront 2-Bedroom Cabin on the esplanade and wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the beach