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Discovery Parks Byron Bay

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Byron Bay is a must-stop destination if you are travelling on Australia’s East coast. It has some of Australia’s best beaches and landscape, and is simply a place you must experience! Best of all, it’s kid-friendly too! And has one of our kid’s favourite places to stay – Discovery Park Byron Bay!

If you haven’t had the chance to stay at one of the Discovery Parks holiday parks yet, you are missing out!! These family friendly accommodation parks are perfect for families and are set up for fun!

Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation


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!

Discovery Parks Byron Bay is conveniently located 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!

The park is just 2 kms 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.

One of the stand out attractions is this super awesome water park which is one of the first things you will see once you enter the park gates! And the kids will be chomping at the bit to get out and give it a test run!

The Discovery Parks Byron Bay grounds are 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. There is plenty to see and do!

Below is the view the superior cabins get, backing onto a lake. Fancy!!

Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation


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. We stayed in a safari tent!

These things are amazing! All the modern comforts you want… full ensuite bathroom, kitchenette with full size fridge, beds and TV, and a 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!

Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation
Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation

The safari tents are fully equipped with the comforts of a standard hotel, such as a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. No camp shower needed! So it’s essentially your home away from home and glamping at its very best!

Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation
Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation

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 private deck!

Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation

Byron Bay Discovery Parks Facilities

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 hanging about.

There is a cafe on site in case you want to grab a quick bite to eat and don’t feel like cooking! It was quite a popular hang out while we were staying at Discovery Parks Byron Bay, although we didn’t check it out as we were well prepared with our own meals to cook.

Best of all is the fun stuff!!

Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation

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!

Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation
Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation

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 WATER PARK!! When we asked 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!

Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation
Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation

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!

Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation
Byron Bay Discovery Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation

Nearby to Discovery Park Byron Bay

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.

You will want to make time to experience some of the best Byron Bay beaches when you visit too, as they are one of the highlights of visiting NSW Central Coast. Or explore further to some of the best secret beaches in New South Wales.

You may even be able to go sea kayaking with dolphins during your visit, which would be an incredible experience to have.

Plus there are 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 there before on his way back from a boys camping trip . We have lots of friends who rave about what a great place it is with farm animals and great food. A perfect place to take the kids!

Discovery Park Byron Bay Holiday Park review. Byron Bay family accommodation

Getting to Discovery Parks Byron Bay

Byron Bay is only around 2 hours from Brisbane and under 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!

The nearest airport to Byron Bay is Ballina, which is around 34km away, or just over half an hour drive.

Coolangatta Airport on the Gold Coast is another close alternative, around 50 minutes away from Byron Bay.

There is public transport available or you can hire a car from the airport if you are flying in, so there are quite a few options for getting to Byron Bay.

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!

Byron Bay is one of our favourite longer day trips from Brisbane and well worth the trip if you are headed to New South Wales or South-East Queensland. But with so much to see and do so, it makes sense to extend it for a night or 5 if you have the time!

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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