25 Jun 2020
It’s not often you can start a job and grow your career while working in amazing places across the country, but that’s exactly what Andy Forman did when he started as a Groundskeeper with Discovery Parks thirteen years ago! “I started at Lake Maraboon [QLD] and worked my way up to Assistant Manager. Then I moved to Discovery Parks – Robe and managed the park for seven years.”
Recently, Andy made the move the Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney, Barmera, in South Australia’s Riverland. The lake is a true destination and the park offers the best in shoreline and sunset views. Andy tells us the lakeside scenery is worth exploring by foot, noting “the further you walk the more natural and peaceful it gets”. It’s also a top spot for fishing, and Andy recommends casting a line from the banks to try your luck catching the local carp. He says, “It’s so peaceful and relaxing on a summer’s day”.
Family fun is a huge drawcard for Lake Bonney and Andy says the water park is not only his favourite park feature but also a hit with his twin five-year-old boys. There are plenty of ways for kids big and small to make a splash in park, with water trikes, trampoline and paddle boards available for hire to enjoy the water. Further afield, the region offers plenty in bush walks through national parks and great options for 4WD and outdoor adventure, including nearby Monash Playground for a fun day out.
At the end of the day, it’s family time and a relaxing dinner for Andy and fiancee Tara. And what better backdrop for relaxing with loved ones than beautiful Lake Bonney with its peaceful water and famous sunsets!
Quick Q & A with Andy
What’s your favourite local place to grab dinner?
The Barmera Hotel – it’s family friendly and a great place to chill.
What’s an essential item for campers to pack?
Don’t forget your hose connection – it’s the most commonly forgotten thing. And tent pegs are a must!
What’s your favourite road trip song?
Khe Sanh by Cold Chisel. It’s a classic Aussie song.
Other than your park, what is your favourite park in the Discovery Parks network and why?
Discovery Parks – Clare! Clare offers so much in regard to wine tastings and things for the kids to do.
Getaway to the Riverland wtih a stay on the banks on Lake Bonney with Andy at Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney.