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REVIEW: Staycation Ideas – Discovery Parks Byron Bay

Families Magazine – Gold Editor, Rebel Wylie and her family stayed as guests of Discovery Parks – Byron Bay.

There is no denying that Byron Bay, with it’s pristine coast and vibrant community is a virtual mecca for family fun. While a day-trip is always an adventure, staying for a night or two really lets you immerse in all that there is on offer.

Gold Coast Editor, Rebel and her family recently explored Byron Bay while staying at Discovery Parks – Byron BayHere’s what they thought …

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Byron’s Barrel Waterpark is the brand new water feature at Discovery Parks – Byron Bay

Family fun at Discovery Parks – Byron Bay

Just two kilometres from Byron Bay town centre is Discovery Parks – Byron Bay. Gorgeous clean facilities and a super fun new waterpark are just some of the reasons why you’ll want to come and stay.

Hot tip: Even if you are not a guest at the park, you can pop in and check out the facilities on a Sunday when everyone is welcome to pay a visit and use the Pedal Karts!

The accommodation options:

We stayed in a Deluxe 2 bedroom cabin which boasted features such as a modern kitchen and ensuite, spacious living area with sofa, dining table, TV and DVD player and a large balcony. However the park features options for many types of visitors.

  • Deluxe Cabins
  • Standard Cabins
  • Studio Cabins
  • Safari Tents
  • Budget Cabins
  • Powered Sites
  • Powered Ensuite Sites
  • Unpowered Sites
  • Backpacker Options

The Deluxe Cabins are a great option for families 

Let’s talk about those Safari Tents!

While we weren’t staying in one ourselves, I was super-intrigued so management let me stick my head into one to see what ‘Safari’ camping was all about. And WOW! I’ll be booking one of these bad boys for our next adventure for sure.

Kind of like a hybrid tent/cabin they give you the feeling of a camping trip with the luxury and amenities that you’d expect in a regular cabin.

Eg if you stayed in the large Safari tent that accommodates up to six people you could expect:

  • Open plan
  • Queen Bed
  • Two sets of Single Bunks
  • Reverse cycle air-con/heating
  • 3 seater lounge
  • Dining table and chairs
  • 40” TV with Blue Ray
  • Deck with large private BBQ and outdoor setting

Check out the pics I snapped of the Safari Tent built for two …

Not exactly roughing it! The Safari Tents are a quirky, fun option for families.

What’s there to do at Discovery Parks – Byron Bay?

Our cabin was lovely, but to be honest we hardly saw it, there was just so much to do in the grounds of the park itself. Highlights for us were the Waterpark, the Pedal Karts and that jumping pillow!

The cafe didn’t really cater to little kids, but fortunately our cabin kitchen was fully equipped and were able to sort them out with snacks to eat on the run … because we were bu-usy!


I doubt you’ll hear many ‘I’m Boreds’ on a stay at Discovery Parks – Byron Bay

What’s there to do near Discovery Parks – Byron Bay

Just two kilometres from Byron Bay town centre there are tonnes of things to do outside the gates. We stayed for one night, and in that time visited the beach, the Lighthouse, the markets and had a delicious meal at the Services Club.

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The views from Byron Bay Lighthouse are something to behold. The kids will LOVE it!

Byron Bay Markets are a fun day out for families. If you;re going to stay, try and time it for a market weekend.

The facilities …

Designed to give you the best holiday accommodation experience possible, Discovery Parks – Byron Bay, has really thought of everything!

  • Waterpark ‘Byron’s Barrel’
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Pedal Cart Hire
  • Jumping Pillow
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Shaded picnic tables
  • Internet Kiosks
  • Free Wireless Internet – Subject to Availability*
  • Tour Desk & Ticket Sales
  • Dump Point
  • Guest amenities building
  • Guest laundry with washing machines and dryers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Telephone/Fax Facilities
  • Car Parking
  • Security Entrance Gates
  • Cots available on request
  • Cafe

We loved our stay, and if you’re looking for comfortable and family-oriented accommodation, you’d be crazy not to consider Discovery parks – Byron Bay. We’ll be back for sure … I have my eye on the Safari Tent!


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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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