We have found the ultimate SA family getaway spot!


*offer not valid 1-5 April and 9-26 April. Excludes McCracken, Streaky Bay and Roxby Downs

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

Follow Discovery Parks on Facebook Here

Follow Discovery Parks on Instagram HERE

Phone: (08) 8588 2234

Email: lakebonney@discoveryparks.com.au

You might also be interested in

  • This April I was lucky enough to spend a couple of nights on a "mini break" at Discovery Parks - Adelaide Beachfront down at Semaphore. I have to admit, I had to rely on the trusty GPS to get me there. Semaphore is a place I haven't been to in a LONG time. I was expecting it to take much longer to get there actually so I was surprised when only around 45 minutes after we left the Adelaide Hills, we pulled up to the entrance of the park.....far enough to feel like we were going somewhere new, not far enough to get any moans of travel boredom from the back seat! The park is located at 349 Military Road right next to Fort Glanville and only a walk to the beach as well as only a short drive to the maritime, railway and aviation museums, the Esplanade with it's playgrounds, carousel, walking/bike track and plenty of prime picnic spots and Semaphore Road's funky cafes and shops. There really is a lot to do for kids and families down this way. The location is a BIG bonus for this park. Oh and here's a tip, if you're looking for a…

  • With eight fantastic locations across South Australia in iconic coastal, wine, outback and Riverland there is bound to be a Discovery Holiday Parks holiday destination to suit your family. Each property is unique, but some of the fun features and facilities you can expect to find across the South Australian parks include: bouncing pillows, swimming pools, playgrounds, camp kitchens, games rooms, and even a gigantic water park at the Barossa Valley. Over the school holidays the parks host a range of activities to engage both the young and the young at heart creating new communities and friendships. Discovery Parks – Adelaide Beachfront 349 Military Rd, Semaphore Park  P 1800 810 140 Discovery Parks – Barossa Valley Barossa Valley Way, Tanunda P 1800 991 590 Discovery Parks – Clare Lot 136 Main North Road  5453 P 1800 422 724 Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney Lakeside Avenue  5345 P 1800 034 828 Discovery Parks – Port Augusta Cnr Hwy 1 & Stokes Tce, Pt Augusta  P 1800 833 444 Discovery Parks – Robe 70 – 80 Esplanade  5276 P 1800 106 106 Discovery Parks – Roxby Downs Burgoyne St, Roxby Downs  P 1800 356 103 Discovery Parks – Whyalla Foreshore Broadbent Terrace,…

  • We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands Lake Bumbunga is found Head about 2 hours north from Adelaide, around 25 minutes from Port Wakefield and you'll find the striking pink of Lake Bumbunga cutting through the scenery. Lake Bumbunga is made up of three salt pans which have been harvested for over 30 years for use in swimming pools, water softener and of course fish and chips! It's name is reportedly derived from the Parnpangka people (local indigenous) term for ‘rain water lake’. Tips for your visit to Lake Bumbunga Stop in at Jitter Bean Oasis cafeThis place gets great reviews and has been know to completely sell out of food.......it must be good (they were closed when we visited) Lots of homemade fare, pies, frittatas, lasagne as well as take home packs for travellers, espresso coffee, hot chocolate and a range of cold drinks. Take your sunscreen, hat and definitely sunglasses.It's pretty bright and glary. Do not drive on the lake! It's for your feet only.....and you'll probably end up on the list of people who have tried it and ended up bogged. Take some waterproof shoes, and probably not…

Looking for something?

Generic filters




Baby Bunting


Love to Dream