We have found the ultimate SA family getaway spot!
Discovery Park Lake Bonney was an easy three hour drive from Adelaide (with kids). To quote my kids – ‘that weekend was completely worth the driving’.
Last weekend the Kids in Adelaide crew were invite to spend a couple of nights lakeside at Lake Bonney. We decided to make the most of the weekend, and ALL of the water sports, and left directly from school on Friday. We enjoyed an easy trip, with kids who are pretty used to being on the road.
Arriving at the park before sunset on our first night was a great plan. The kids quite literally had their heads hanging out of the car windows as we drove in the park gates, and they could barely process all of the awesome their little eyes were taking in. We love caravan parks, yet they had never seen one quite like this before. Fair to say our sense of arrival was excellent (and probably loud). I have to admit to giving a pretty decent fist pump my self when I saw the water activities.
As we pulled in to our modern Deluxe Balcony Cabin, my immediate concern was how would we fit all of this into a two night stay? And with that, the kids had gone off exploring ready to make a plan of action for tomorrow while I unpacked the car. Typical really.
We slept well in comfy new beds, actually our master bedroom was on par with any fresh new hotel – even had a flat screen on the wall and a built in robe. The kids had full sized modern bunks, with quality innerspring mattresses. All linen and towels were provided in this cabin type. BYO swimming towels.
Our cabin in general was a little bit fancy and very well appointed, however please don’t think this park is too expensive for you, as we noted over our stay there are sites and cabins for all budgets. There are even some directly adjacent one of the TWO pools that allow dogs – how good is that for including the whole family!
We always pack walkie talkies on these type of trips – our kids are old enough for a bit of independence, but it’s just fun and handy (usually just kids radio-ing their snack delivery demands back to ‘base’ tbh – that or dobbing on each other – you feel me?) Our other hot tips – grab some cheap head lamps for a little family night time walking adventure. Finally, what is a caravan park stay with out some wheels – scooters, bikes, skateboard – what ever your ride of preference might be. Don’t forget the stack hats.
As suspected we managed to fill a day and a half to the brim, with out leaving the park. Kicking off on the pump track, which is a decent size.
We then toured the park via pedal cart. These are for hire from the office, along with some pretty fun looking tandem bikes. My 5 yo was JUST tall enough to ride a single cart on her own.
Waiting for the sun to put in an appearance, we spent time in the new playground and on the jumping pillow – all fabulous fun and all the while working up a huge appetite, as kids do.
Back to the cabin for lunch on our beautiful balcony and a quick rest before hitting the water sports on the lake (stand up paddle boards, water trikes, paddle boats and kayaks for hire) but the real winner? The oversized inflatable TRAMPOLINE pontoon – completely free. Pack life jackets if you have some, they are mandatory on the lake but also available from the park office.
Our last bit of energy for day one was spent in the water park, we loved both slides, the tipping bucket and the water squirt guns that shut off when pointed over the fence towards parents are GENIUS. No time to suss the actual swimming pools on day one.
Bright and early day two, we checked out the pools and told the kids to each pick one activity to revisit prior leaving. I guessed right and it was the water park for Miss 5 and the pontoon for the bigger kids (41 is still a big kid right?).
Let it be known there were tears on leaving. The pinnacle of a good weekend away.
Prior to leaving, we walked for coffee just a few hundred meters up from the park on the lake front, and also stopped at the ridiculously good Barmera Nature Playspace. The Riverland sure know how to whack up a good playground or two.
Picture your self here? Who wouldn’t! Maybe for a family weekend away or future school holidays
Find Discovery Parks Lake Bonney at: Lakeside Drive, Barmera SA 5345
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Phone: (08) 8588 2234