Byron Bay is a must stop destination if you are travelling Australia’s east coast. It has some of Australia’s most stunning beaches and landscape, and is simply a place you must experience! Best of all, it’s kid friendly too! And has one of our kids favourite places to stay – Discovery Park Byron Bay!
Byron Bay is only around 2 hours from Brisbane and half an hour or so from the Gold Coast. It’s easily an accessible day trip from several destinations up the north coast of New South Wales too, and it has some pretty amazing places to stay, but when you’re travelling with kids, one of the biggest checklist items is a place that is FUN! And Discovery Parks Byron Bay definitely gets a big tick!
DISCOVERY PARKS BYRON BAY
The Discovery Parks are known for their family friendly qualities but also for their range of accommodation to suit different budgets. Like most big holiday parks, they cater to campers, short stays, cabins and my favourite, deluxe safari tents! And it’s close to the centre of Byron Bay making it a great place to stay when you’re planning to explore this beautiful part of the world!
Discovery Parks Byron Bay is just 2KMs from the Byron Bay city centre and walking distance to the nearest beaches! But honestly, you won’t even need to leave the park all that much because of all that they have on offer right there on the grounds.
The grounds are actually really beautiful too with some natural scenery that you will enjoy. It’s a great place to take an afternoon stroll as the weather cools down, before cooking dinner. Plenty to see and do! Below is the view the superior cabins get. Fancy!!
Discovery Parks Byron Bay has a variety of accommodation types with basic campgrounds for pitching a tent and powered sites for campervans and caravan travellers, and a backpackers zone.
Or if you prefer a few more modern touches, they have a range of different size cabins that also range in luxury from basic to home away from home style deluxe cabins. And as I mentioned before, one of their newest accommodation types are their deluxe safari tents.
These things are amazing! All the modern comforts you want… full ensuite bathroom, kitchenette with full size fridge, beds and TV, anda BBQ on the deck for meals. But with the difference of being inside a permanent tent structure… a big safari tent. Zip open the windows just like in a real tent but have the sense of security of real, lockable doors. Oh and there’s aircon too!
You can still chill on the couch and watch some TV or give the kids downtime with some cartoons while you cook meals. This is such a great alternative if camping scares you a little and honestly, we aren’t your typical campers so the extra facilities are definitely our style.
We stayed in a deluxe safari tent for 4 and it was so fun! A queen size bed plus a bunk was perfect for our family of 4! And the kids loved our nightly BBQs on our deck!
As with most holiday parks, there is a community kitchen and shower blocks for campers and backpackers, plus a mini store on site. The park is secured with key entry through the front gates, so no unwelcome lurkers too.
There is also a cafe on site in case you want to grab a quick bite to eat and don’t feel like cooking!
But best of all is the fun stuff!!
There is a large swimming pool with plenty of room even when it gets busy. And it may even be heated. I wasn’t able to work out if that was the case but it was unusually warm considering our visit was on the shoulder season and not overly hot! It has shallow wading areas plus deeper areas to suit kids with different levels of swimming skills too which is great!
There is also a giant bouncing pillow next to the pool. This thing gets pretty hot during the heat of the day for little feet so something to be mindful of with younger kids. But it is a lot of fun still. And big enough to fit a few people at once too. And of course adults are allowed on there too! Try not to bounce your child off though!!
And the best bit… THE WATERPARK!! When we ask our eldest what her favourite holiday was, she will tell us Disneyland (of course), and that place with the water park. We had such a fun time during our stay and even though it wasn’t hot, we sure did make the most of our time in the waterpark!
It’s not huge but it has plenty of entertainment for all ages with 3 water slides… a higher spiral slide, a small wide slide for the smaller kids and a steeper wide one too. The slides are designed so several people can go down them at once, which makes them even more fun and there are plenty of water jets and sprays around too. There is also a tipping bucket that continually fills and tips at regular intervals. Lots of fun for the whole family!
We felt like we were big kids again playing in the water park… because we had small kids and had to help of course! HA!
During our visit to Byron Bay, staying at Discovery Park Byron Bay, we mostly stayed at the park itself since there was plenty to do and we only had a weekend, but we did go for a visit to the Byron Bay Lighthouse which isn’t far. There are some incredible and breathtaking views from the lighthouse area and lots of great walking tracks too if you have the time, and bigger kids. We just took a mini walk down the shortest track from the lighthouse and back, but look forward to exploring a few others next visit.
There are also lots of beautiful beaches to see and experience, plus foodie delights with plenty of places to eat out! One place we didn’t get to visit on our visit was The Farm, although Simon has been on his way back from a boys camping trip recently, plus other friends rave about what a great place it is with farm animals and great food. A perfect place to take the kids!
Discovery Parks Byron Bay Review
We adored our stay at the park and will definitely be staying again in the near future, maybe with the extended family too since my parents are about to set off on their Australia wide travelling lifestyle. It was the perfect place to stay with kids with plenty of fun water activities to do and local places to explore and there was accommodation styles to suit every budget as well. Definitely a bonus! We do highly recommend the safari tents though if you get the chance!! Discovery Parks Byron Bay is a great family friendly accommodation on the east coast!
Tip: Sign up or the Discovery Parks email newsletter as they often have discount deals and % off sales for some or all of their Discovery Parks, which are located all around Australia. A great way to stay for cheaper!
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