Discovery Parks

Discovery Parks are the largest owner and operator of lifestyle holiday parks in Australia, with 60 sites around the country. 

I was invited to spend a few nights at a Discovery park of my choosing and chose Bunbury Village, which is just off the Bussell Highway about ten minutes from the Bunbury city centre.

The park offers a range of accommodation from unpowered tent sites to basic cabins and family villas. Facilities include a swimming pool, playground, tennis courts, mini golf and boring practical things like a laundry.

Discovery ParksDespite travelling alone, I wanted to see the best Discovery Parks had to offer and booked a deluxe two-storey A-frame villa, which is advertised as sleeping six and starts at $132 a night.

Online booking was simple, and check-in on arrival friendly and efficient. Finding my villa was easy using the map provided by reception, and as a terrible parker I was pleased to find my own, well-sized parking space. 

Saying that the villa sleeps six was no exaggeration. With a queen-sized bedroom downstairs and four beds upstairs this would be ideal for a family, or group who don’t mind sharing bunk beds. There is a smaller version that sleeps four from $99 a night.

The villa included everything you would expect, from a decent size bathroom to two TVs, two reverse-cycle air-conditioners and a kitchen with microwave, full-size fridge and a double-hotplate. Everything was clean and functional on arrival, the linen was of good quality and the main bed comfortable (although I always take my own pillows when I travel by car).

Discovery Parks

My two nights at Bunbury Village were uneventful, quiet, comfortable and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again. No doubt at peak times it would be busier – and probably noisier – but this is a holiday park and that’s to be expected.

Whether you’re a family looking for cost-effective holiday accommodation or (like me) want a practical and comfortable base while working or travelling around WA’s south-west, this is definitely an option to consider.

Find the complete list of Discovery Holiday Parks here, and see some more photos from my stay below.

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