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DISCOVERY BARKS: Say G’day to our park dogs

25 Jun 2020

They say that dogs are man’s best friend and we know that Aussies from coast to coast love to hit the road with their four-legged family members! Heads out the car window, tongues lolling in the breeze – dogs love holidays too and we have a huge range of parks with top notch pet-friendly facilities that set tails wagging.

But don’t just take our word for it. Behind every great park manager there’s often a great canine companion, so paws what you are doing and join us as we set out to meet some of Discovery’s favourite park dogs.


MINNIE, Discovery Parks - Barossa (SA)

11-year-old Fox Terrier X Jack RussellDiscovery Parks Barossa - Park DogDon’t let her size fool you; this little lady is in charge! Minnie supervises all aspects of Discovery Parks – Barossa, whether it’s helping Jacky and team in the office or getting outdoors in her hi-vis safety jacket to help Bill around the park. She’s a fan of walking the lovely main street of Tanunda, riding in the car to take in the sights of the Barossa region, and doesn’t mind a leftover sausage from the park sausage sizzles.

At 11 years young, Minnie is never far from Jacky or Bill’s sight and misses them terribly when they are away. Last time they hit the road for an interstate trip Minnie snuck away from her dog sitter and was found sitting by the park entrance waiting for them to come back. That sounds like love to us!

Discovery Parks – Barossa is dog friendly on sites and selected cabins.


ROSIE, Discovery Parks - Coolwaters, Yeppoon (QLD)

2-year-old Golden RetrieverDiscovery Parks Coolwaters Yeppoon - Park DogRosie the Golden Retriever is just two years old and she belongs to Kate, Park Manager at Discovery Parks – Coolwaters in Queensland. A big bundle of energy, Rosie’s favourite place to play is the beach so she’s right at home in Yeppoon, with plenty of local coastline to explore including Kinka Beach, which is right next to the park. 

From chasing balls into the waves or meeting the guests (and especially the kids) while on walks in the park, she’s most at home where there are people to see and play with. Kate tells us she doesn’t like being left alone and will often come into the office to keep the team company and if she can sneak some human food as a treat, all the better! 

Discovery Parks – Coolwaters is dog friendly on sites only.


BANKSY, Discovery Parks - Geelong (VIC)

4-year-old American Staffy x English BulldogDiscovery Parks Geelong - Park DogThis smiling face belongs to lovable Banksy, who rumour has it, is the loudest snorer in his family! Banksy had a tough start: Park Manager Sandy adopted him from the RSCPA in Queensland, driving him all the way home to Victoria and new life as a park dog. 

Now he calls Discovery Parks – Geelong home and loves meeting the guests and stopping for a pat and a play. With the Barwon River right opposite the park, Banksy enjoys getting out and about exploring and Sandy tells us that, in true Bulldog fashion, if he isn’t ready to come home he will drop on the grass and you can’t budge him. 

Discovery Parks – Geelong welcomes disability dogs only.


RASTUS, Discovery Parks - Forster (NSW)

7- or 8-year-old Staffy XDiscovery Parks Forster - Park DogRastus found his fur-ever home with Mick and Jane at Discovery Parks - Forster after being abandoned. Jane tells us that despite being a rescue, Rastus was really the most expensive dog ever, because the deal was that if she got a new dog, Mick got a new boat!

That was three years ago and now Rastus is putting his best paw forward as the park’s doggie ambassador, overseeing all the pet friendly features in park (the dog wash and off-the-leash play area are big favourites) and enjoying the local beaches and pet-friendly cafes in town. Jane says that you really can teach old dogs new tricks and Rastus loves a ride in the boat, so it seems like he found the right family to call his own!

Discovery Parks – Forster is dog friendly on sites and selected cabins.


BOSS, Discovery Parks - Townsville (QLD)

5-year-old American Staffy

Boss by name, Houdini by nature! If you head to Discovery Parks Townsville you might meet Boss, a true escape artist, able to leap high fences and known for sneaking out of the yard to visit with his doggie friends!

Being quite the character, Boss is quick to make friends with neighbours and guests and Park Manager Sarah tells us that he was so well known in the town where they used to live he could spend a whole day with the neighbours (or, sometimes, snoozing in the neighbour’s chicken coop!). Sarah says that despite his antics, Boss is really a big sook who is happiest with his people and whose favourite treat is whatever human food is on offer!

Discovery Parks – Townsville is dog friendly on sites only.


Ready to book your next pet friendly holiday? Check out our range of pet-friendly park options here.

*Please note - Each holiday park has an individual ‘Dog Friendly’ policy and we recommend checking with the park before booking your stay.



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