An accommodation review of the deluxe lakeside cabins at the Discovery Park Byron Bay and an overview to get you started exploring Byrons many attractions .
Winter might be my new favourite time to visit Byron Bay, although in honesty I would have to say any time is a good time. This laid back beachside village has a great mix of things to do whether you want to be active or completely laze away a few days while you recharge your batteries.
As we drove into town we headed straight for Wategos Beach, one of my favourites. Watego’s has a bit of everything but is a little bit further from town and hence is a bit less crowded and even more laid back if that’s possible. A bit of sand under the feet and I was feeling the benefits of escaping the city for a few days already. Take a swim, scramble around the rocks or do as we did and join the coastal walkway loop from here. The views are incredible as you make your way up to the historic lighthouse and it’s a great workout for the legs.
If you’re after something less strenuous take your pick from any of the 9 fabulous surf beaches in the area, stake out a table at the multitude of excellent cafes, restaurants and bars, or hunt down a bargain at the weekend markets. For something more unexpected how about a craft brewery tour at Wood and Stone or brunch at Three Blue Ducks followed by a walk around The Farm. Maybe a yoga session is more your thing, a massage, or how about ending the day watching one of the best sunsets on Australia’s east coast?
Discovery Park Byron Bay
Byron Bay is a gorgeous part of the New South Wales coast with it’s own special vibe but it can be really difficult at times finding somewhere to stay that meets all of your needs AND your budget. Discovery Park Bryon Bay might just have the answer to that for a whole range of different travellers. They offer everything from tent sites to powered RV sites, glamping style safari tents, cabins and their new deluxe lake-front cabins that we stayed in on this trip.
The park is 2km from the centre of town and Main Beach. It’s a feasible distance to cycle or walk which can be handy as parking in Byron Bay can be tricky to find sometimes and expensive.
Within the Discovery Holiday Park are a range of facilites for all the family. The lagoon pool with its tree view immediately caught our attention as a great place to relax. Familes were drawn to the enormous bouncy mat beyond and the kids waterpark – actually we both wanted to have a play in that too, it’s a fabulous addition to the park.
Management has paid attention to security too with gated access to the entire park and safety fences around the two pools, bouncy mat and water park to ensure little legs don’t wander off on their own.
Although not technically part of the park, another top find was Folk Byron Bay cafe just outside the main gate. It’s open from 7.30 am – 2.30 pm with good coffee, an amazing spicy hot cocao, sweet treats and organic, plant based nourish bowls that are every bit as pretty as they are delicious.
Our Deluxe Studio Cabin
On this visit we stayed in a deluxe studio cabin on the edge of the lake. These cabins are more like an apartment than the traditional campsite cabin. They come complete with everything you need during your stay including good quality linen and a kitchenette fully stocked to enable you to self cater if you want to. We were really impressed at how modern, clean and well maintained they were.
The kitchen area includes pots and pans, a good size fridge with a small freezer. microwave and cook top. Or if you preferred to cook outdoor there are a number of BBQ facilities around the lake and pool areas. To eat you’d probably choose your private patio area over the lake but there was also a small but functional dining table inside the studio.
I was impressed by the extremely comfortable bed, not something you’re always guaranteed even in a top hotel but always a pleasure to find at the end of a very full day of adventure. There was also a flat screen TV on the wall although I do have to admit we didn’t get time to turn it on, there was too much else to see and do.
The Discovery Park Byron Bay is located at 399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, Australia.
Bryon Bay is on the northern New South Wales coast around 9 hours from Sydney or an easy 2 hours from Brisbane which makes it the perfect stop on your east coast road trip. It’s also a popular spot for holiday makers, surfers and those seeking a more laid back lifestyle.
Discovery Parks have over 50 destinations to visit from the beach to the snow (yes we do get snow in Australia) and cover 7 states and territories across the country. Find all their parks and locations here.
Disclosure: We stayed as guests of Discovery Park Byron Bay. Providing accurate and authentic information for your travel planning is really important to us, as always the article reflects our personal experience, thoughts and honest opinions.