Discover Park Resort was the first place we stayed during our visit to the Whitsunday Islands region, it is a campground/cabin chain found in various parts of Australia. Discovery Parks in Airlie Beach is a gateway to the enchanting white sands of the Whitsunday Islands. This holiday park is near lots of Whitsundays adventures including cruises, scenic flights, ocean rafting, and day trips easily booked through the front desk and just a short taxi to the marina. Some of the companies include hotel pick up and drop off, like Red Cat Adventures.
When we first arrive to Airlie Beach we didn’t do anything today except hang out at this hotel. We were super jet-lagged from the 14 hour plane ride, followed by the 2.5 hour plane ride from Sydney to Whitsundays, and of course the 19 hour time change.
Our goal was to stay awake until sunset, which we managed to do. It’s important to try and stay awake so you can get a good night’s sleep. We went to sleep around 7:30 pm and slept until around 5:30 am. We needed to be up early for our excursions so this worked out great.
In order to stay awake, we went to the swimming pool, the spashpad, and the bounce pillow all located on-site at this hotel. It was great to be able to keep active without ever having to leave.
DISCOVERY PARKS AIRLIE BEACH
In a protected amphitheatre alongside the rainforest of Conway National Park, Discovery Parks – Airlie Beach is set against a tranquil, tropical paradise. Here you will find all kinds of Australian wildlife milling about the park, including kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, scrub turkeys, parrots and rainbow Lorikeets according to their website. Granted, we only saw Lorikeets and some other types of birds so I am unsure how often these other animals are on-site. The birds we saw were awesome. It was so cool to have them hanging out on our front porch. We spent quite a bit of time hanging out just watching them.
Assorted Lodging Options
From cabins amongst the tall gnarled trees to pet friendly sites, you will have an option that suites you. We stayed in a Standard Studio Cabin. Our cabin could sleep up to six people with two double beds and one set of bunk beds. The best part was having a kitchen because eating out in Australia is expensive. Being able to make your own meals will save you a lot of money.
- Fully self-contained kitchen
- Full-size fridge
- Iron and ironing board
- Ensuite bathroom with shower
- Air conditioning
- Ceiling fan
- Flat screen TV
- Table and chairs
How to Get to Airlie Beach Discovery Parks
This is not the easiest place to get to, but none of the places in this area are in my opinion. Neither of the airports are that close to Airlie Beach. We flew into Proserpine airport and caught a bus to the hotel. It took us over an hour to be dropped off.
Amenities at Discovery Parks Airlie Beach Location
Discovery Parks is insanely family friendly. On-site is a bounce pillow, water playground, swimming pool, hot tub, game room, playground, and more. My kids favorite amenity was the bounce pillow. They spent a good hour on it and that was with them being horribly jet-lagged. Here is a full list of amenities:
- Activity Room with TV & internet
- Bike Track
- Bouncing Pillow
- Camp Kitchen – I saw at least three camp kitchens. I would have loved to use the one back by the bounce pillow, had we not been so tired.
- Dump Point – In case you have an RV.
- Hire Equipment
- Kids Facilities
- Kiosk/Store – This store had sunscreen and bug spray. I highly recommend buying bug spray. Whitsundays seems to have a bug problem. I was bitten at least 30 times in one day and didn’t even realize it. It was awful.
- Swimming Pool
- Tour Booking Office
- Water park
- Dogs allowed (You must request permission in advance.)
- Hot tub – There was a hot tub, but when we visited it was not heated.
- Basket Ball Court
I noticed not far from the basketball court near the back of the property were some trails. You may want to inquire with the office what kinds of trails these are. There might be an awesome hike back there we missed.
This picture below pretty much sums up how exhausted we all were. I don’t think I’ve seen my kids on one of these ride things for toddlers in at least 8 years!
Website: www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/caravan- parks/queensland/whitsunday-coast-airlie-beach
Address: 2634 Shute Harbour Road, Jubilee Pocket, Airlie Beach, QLD 4802
Local Phone Number: (07) 4946 6727
Toll Free Phone Number: 1-800-653-445