1 Jul 2020
If you’re heading to Victoria’s surf coast and bustling Geelong, a stay at Discovery Parks – Geelong will put you right in the heart of the action and will give you a chance to say G’day to Park Manager Sandy Marsh.
Sandy has been managing the park since joining Discovery just over 15 months ago and tells us her favourite feature is the indoor heated mineral swimming pool. The pool is new addition to the park that was completed in December last year: “it can get pretty cold in winter, so being able to swim all year round is just the best. It’s magnesium, so it’s great for sore muscles and the water is crystal clear and so light.” Between the relaxing mineral pool and the comfy beds Sandy says there’s one thing guaranteed – a good night’s sleep!
Even if winter is a little chilly, the cooler months are a fantastic time to explore the sights and attractions of Geelong. As Victoria’s second largest city and the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, there’s plenty to do no matter the time of year. The Little Creatures Brewery is a stone’s throw away, and the waterfront hosts plenty of cafes and restaurants to grab a bite. Sandy says the local bike trails – in particular along the Barwon River which runs right opposite the park – will not disappoint: “the scenery is just gorgeous, especially now with all the autumn leaves falling.”
Keeping Sandy company is American Staffy x English Bulldog, Banksy, who belongs to Sandy’s daughter and is considered a bit of a legend around the park. “He’s very popular with the permanent residents and regular guests,” Sandy says, and we can see why!
When she’s not working, Sandy loves to explore the local area by bike or hit the shops for some retail therapy. She’s also nanna to five grandkids who live in Queensland, so family visits are high on the agenda. She would love to take her two daughters and grandkids to Discovery Parks – Pambula Beach, proving that park people love park holidays: “It’s a great place to relax with so much to do for the kids and so close to the beach. My kind of holiday!”
Quick Q&A with Sandy
What is the one piece of advice you would give holiday makers about park etiquette?
Be considerate of other guests, be mindful of noise, enjoy your stay and be friendly!
What is your favourite local restaurant?
Arani Thai Restaurant. My favourite meal is the Green Thai Curry with Coconut Rice.
If there is one thing you would tell guests to do in-park, what would it be?
Have a swim in the indoor heated pool, or join us at one of our pancake mornings.
What is your favourite road trip song?
Price Tag by Jessie J. I think it’s groovy and love singing like I’m auditioning for The Voice – it just takes away the stress.
Discovery Parks – Geelong is a clear winner in the location stakes and, with Park Manager Sandy and her assistant Bansky running the show, you’re bound to have a great getaway!