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12 School Holiday Camping Destinations Parents Won't Regret

14 Sep 2021

Taking the family away during school holidays is a team effort.

Activities and new adventures for the kiddo’s, the opportunity to unwind and relax in nature for you!

Luckily, with over 80 properties nationwide, Discovery Parks has got what it takes to do both - in style.

Consider this list of school holiday destinations you won't regret when you stay with us!

QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | NT | NSW | WA

Queensland

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Still beautiful one day, perfect the next, Queensland is Australia’s very own tropical paradise with beaches, rainforests and some of Australia’s most famous attractions to play on. Why wouldn’t you take the family?

Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach

Fairly described as the gateway to the white sands of the Whitsunday Islands, the resort vibe of this holiday park in Far North Queensland will have you wanting to stay well beyond the holidays.

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The perfect base for a well-earned daytime poolside recovery session, the Standard Studio Cabin is the park’s most popular accommodation, sleeping up to 4 people in one Queen-size bed and two bunks.

Perfectly self-contained, it includes a fully-equipped kitchen with cooktop, oven, fridge and microwave. It also has an ensuite bathroom and air conditioning throughout.

Alternatively, if cabins aren’t your thing, Airlie Beach offers space enough for a 6-man tent on either it's powered or unpowered sites under the stars!

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All guests get access to the communal Camp Kitchen, BBQ areas, Waterpark, Swimming Pool and Activity Room. Activities around the park include Hamilton Island Nature Escapes, Whitsunday Cruises, Ocean Rafting, Great Barrier Reef Escapes and general beach and island hopping! 

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Discovery Parks - Townsville | Cluden

Located in the dry tropics and only a short sail from the koalas of Magnetic Island, this resort style property is an oasis among the Queensland palms. Whether your family prefers to take it easy or get into activities like Scuba Diving or Snorkelling, there’s so much to explore from here.

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A solar-powered Deluxe 2-Bedroom Cabin sleeps 5 in one Queen size, one double bunk bed and one single bed. All linen is provided and kitchen facilities include a full-size stove with oven, dishwasher and microwave. The cabin includes a large balcony with outdoor setting and the bathroom includes a shower with toilet and vanity unit. There is also a lounge with TV and DVD player and air-conditioning throughout.

All guests to this pet-friendly park get access to our Swimming Pool, Waterpark, BBQ area and Camp Kitchen. Aside from watersports like Diving and Snorkelling, there are Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore, community markets and a Street Arts Trail encompassing more than 20 locally produced murals.

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South Australia

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Although it’s gaining more attention, SA has everything the eastern states have - but without the crowds! That’s changing though as more and more people wise up to how good South Australia is. Heaps Good, actually!

Discovery Parks - Robe

Take the chance to explore one of SA’s most loved beach towns along one of SA’s most loved coastlines - the Limestone Coast!

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Only a short walk from white sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming, surfing and paddling, Discovery Parks - Robe is also within range of local brewpubs, fish and chippies and of course, ice-cream shops to round out the perfect summer's day!

By securing our Deluxe Waterfront 2-Bedroom Cabin, you can sleep up to 6 people in one Queen-size bed and 2 double-bunks, all within earshot of waves crashing on rocks. Each cabin comes with a fully functioning kitchen, bathroom with walk-in shower, a balcony with outdoor setting and air-conditioning throughout.

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Powered and Unpowered sites are also available and all guests get access to our Heated Indoor Swimming Pool, communal Camp Kitchen, Adventure Playground and Activity Room. Nearby attractions include Beachport Conservation Park, the Coonawarra Wine region, Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake and Naracoorte Caves National Park.

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Discovery Parks - Lake Bonney

Another destination for water lovers with a huge range of family-friendly water sports on offer. Swimming, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, boating and fishing are all possible! There are also over a dozen different national parks nearby, meaning walking and hiking trails are easy to find.

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Most popular with families are the Deluxe 2-Bedroom Cabins which sleep 6 on one Queen size bed and 2 sets of single bunks. Including a kitchen with microwave, cooktop, oven and a full-size fridge, the bathroom has a walk-in shower and there is a verandah with outdoor setting. Each cabin also has air-conditioning throughout.

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Lakefront powered and unpowered sites are also popular so booking early for Lake Bonney is imperative during busy periods. All guests get access to our Swimming Pool, Bicycle Pump Track, Waterpark, Activity Room and Camp Kitchen. Nearby attractions include Monash Adventure Park, Barmera’s Main Street Market and the Banrock Wine and Wetland Centre.

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Tasmania

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In a country full of frontier wilderness and incredible landscapes, Tasmania delivers over and above when it comes to natural beauty, adventure, and food and wine experiences you don’t want to miss.

Discovery Parks - Cradle Mountain

You simply have to see Cradle Mountain to believe it, as it is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world. The famous Overland Track begins here and delivers a wild experience on your Tasmanian doorstep. 

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Booking a Standard Cabin means you can sleep up to 6 on one Queen size bed and two double bunks comfortably. Including all bed linen, an electric blanket on the main bed, a kitchenette with microwave, fridge and fry pan, this is the perfect place to recharge the batteries after a full day in the Tasmanian wilderness.

All guests get full access to our Camp Kitchen, BBQ area and Laundry area. There is Wi-Fi throughout the park and so much to see and do nearby. Indulge the family at Cradle Mountain Lodge’s award-winning day spa. Go Horseriding for a full/half or multi-day experience in the stunning Mersey Valley. Meet the famous Tassie Devil at the Cradle Mountain Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary or push yourself further by canyoning Cradle Mountain!

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Victoria

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Don’t wait another second to explore the incredible National Parks and Gardens of Victoria. Already famous for its capital city, Victoria’s regional centres, coastlines and hidden bays are worthy of a family road trip.

Discovery Parks - Geelong

The coastal town of Torquay (just down the road from our park) nearly triples in size during school holidays, so booking early is key! Well known by surfers who flock to take on the swell at world-famous Bells Beach, this part of Victoria is truly one of Australia’s great summer playgrounds.

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By booking the Standard 3-Bedroom Cabin, you’ll be able to sleep up to 8 people on one Queen size and two double beds with overhead bunks. There’s a functioning kitchen with a full size fridge, cook top, oven and microwave as well as a bathroom with walk-in shower and toilet. There’s also a spacious verandah with outdoor setting and air-conditioning throughout.

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Unpowered and Powered sites are also available and all guests get access to the Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, shared BBQ areas, Camp Kitchen and Playground. By staying with us you also put yourself within spitting distance of the Great Ocean Road, Boutique Wineries and the Great Otway National Park.

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Discovery Parks - Nagambie Lakes

Ideal for families who love being out on the water, Nagambie Lakes sits on the banks of the picturesque Goulburn River in the heart of Victoria's original gold-rush country. The park is well set up for young travellers with an Adventure Playground, Pump Track, Tennis Court and Swimming Pool to enjoy.

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The Superior Riverside 2-Bedroom Cabin sleeps up to 6 on one Queen size bed and two bunks. A fully functioning kitchen includes a small fridge, microwave and 4-burner gas hot plate. The bathroom features a walk-in shower, baby bath and separate toilet, while the cabin also includes a spacious balcony with outdoor setting, ceiling fans throughout and a panoramic 4-panel lockable sliding door.

Nearby activities include the Goulburn River, a number of world-famous wineries and the opportunity to fish for your supper! Nagambie is also at the heart of Victoria’s horse racing industry, with a number of high-profile horse studs to explore nearby.

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Northern Territory

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The Northern Territory is a place every Australian should have on their travel bucket list. Explore our ancient Indigenous culture, be immersed in world-famous natural beauty and enjoy the hospitality of this incredibly diverse and dramatic part of Australia’s history.

Discovery Parks - Darwin

There’s no better place to start exploring the Top End than its capital city. Not only is Darwin an excellent base from which to visit the world-famous Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, there are myriad activities to get the family into like fishing, boating and swimming. There is also a great waterfront restaurant and dining scene to treat your family right!

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A Standard 2-Bedroom Cabin is the ideal retreat for you and your family after a busy day. Able to sleep 5 on one Queen size bed, 2 single bunks and one single bed, the kitchen includes a full-size fridge, stove top, microwave, electric frypan and cooking utensils. A balcony with outdoor furniture is included, as is a lounge and dining area with flat screen TV.

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All guests get access to our Swimming Pool, Camp Kitchen, BBQ area and famous Bouncing Pillows! Activities not to be missed include the Crocosaurus Cove where you can swim (safely) with these incredible animals, the Darwin Aviation Museum where a world of history awaits, and the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, a great place to meet like-minded travellers and enjoy an eclectic mix of craft, food and fashion stalls.

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New South Wales

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The great state of New South Wales offers every type of landscape you can imagine in Australia. Most famous for its stretch of coastline north of Sydney, any trip inside New South Wales is likely to be an iconic Australian destination.

Discovery Parks - Byron Bay

Sun, sand, surf ‘n’ turf! What a famous destination to explore this summer. Go celebrity spotting between beach sessions and dive into the local arts and culture, community markets and designer boutiques!

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Experience the nightlife, but more importantly, soak up those Byron vibes with friends or like-minded neighbours. Book a Deluxe 2-Bedroom Cabin and sleep 6 with one King-size and two sets of bunks in the second bedroom. Take advantage of a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and modern bathroom with a walk-in shower and bathroom. Also features a large balcony with outdoor setting and air-conditioning throughout.

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While there are many things to do around Byron, first-timers should not miss out on visiting the Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron Marine Park or exploring the nearby Hinterland, where brewpubs and artisanal food-makers await.

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Discovery Parks - Pambula Beach

Located in the heart of the New South Wales Sapphire Coast, Pambula Beach is in proximity to some of Australia’s most beautiful and secluded bays, the Ben Boyd National Park and nearby Pambula Village, where loads of family-friendly activities await.

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By staying in one of our Superior 2-Bedroom Cabins upto 5 guests (1 Queen size bed + 1 single and 1 double bunk) can enjoy the total relaxation of a full kitchen including a microwave, gas cooktop, oven and large fridge. Also featuring a bathroom with walk-in shower and toilet, the property has a verandah with outdoor setting, a TV and air-conditioning throughout.

All guests also gain access to both of our Swimming Pools (1 indoor heated & 1 resort style outdoor) and Spa, Waterpark, Mini-golf, Adventure Playground and Camp Kitchen.

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Western Australia

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Western Australia is so vast and beautiful that there are almost no bad choices when it comes to taking a trip with the family. From south to north there are beaches, wineries, ancient geographic landscapes, Indigenous culture and incredible journeys to be had.

Discovery - Rottnest Island

This is your family holiday to remember in one of Western Australia’s most idyllic locations in accommodation that blows ‘ordinary’ out of the water. Located a short ferry ride from Perth, Discovery Rottnest Island is nestled sweetly behind the dunes of Pinky Beach and offers safari-tent style glamping that will immerse you in nature and keep you above the elements in style.                                                                
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Even our Standard Tents for two adults include all the creature comforts with an ensuite bathroom, pillow-topped bed, fly-screened windows, ceiling fans and an outdoor deck to enjoy your included breakfast.

Always popular at any time of the year, booking early for school holidays is imperative on Rotto. A Superior Family Tent sleeps up to 5 people with one King size bed, a set of single bunks and one rollaway, and includes a kitchenette, bed linen and beach and bath towels.

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Discovery Rottnest features a Swimming Pool, BBQ area, Pinky’s Beach Club and access to the incredible Indian ocean from your door. We highly recommend getting up close and personal with the islands famous Quokka population, going snorkelling and exploring at least some of the 45 kilometre Wadjemup Trails, which take walkers through cross-coastal headlands, inland lakes and showcase the rich flora and fauna of Rottnest.

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Discovery Parks - Woodman Point

Just a stone’s throw from the charming port town of Fremantle and within spitting distance of Coogee Beach, Woodman Point is the perfect oasis for families looking for a getaway or relaxing short break. After a few days enjoying the beach, don’t forget to explore Fremantle’s bustling streets, famous for their Victorian and Georgian era landmarks.

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Our Superior 2-Bedroom Cabin sleeps up to 6 guests on one Queen size bed and two sets of single bunks. A kitchenette includes a cooktop, microwave and full-size fridge and the bathroom has a walk-in shower and separate toilet. A verandah with outdoor setting is a nice place to relax in the evening and there is reverse cycle air-con throughout.

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All guests get access to our Swimming Pool, Playground, Camp Kitchen and Activity Room that features table tennis and a billiards table. Ask about movie nights, cooking classes and regular magic shows. Not far from Woodman's Point there is the opportunity to catch a ferry to Rottnest Island for the day, explore the WA Maritime Museum or even take a ghost tour of the Fremantle Prison!

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