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Discovery Parks - Ballina
Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stayed at Ballina Lakeside from 15th to 22nd May 2014 on a powered site (22 foot caravan) with our 2 young daughters. We didn't know what to expect as had never been to Ballina before.

The park is located right by the water in a beautiful, leafy area. It has excellent amenities as well as fabulous facilities for children (playground, jumping pillow, mini golf, pools with water features) and a lovely grassy waterfront area. We also noticed an amazing camp kitchen with about 8 large tables and 10 BBQs, all this undercover. This park seems very friendly to large groups as well.

We didn't need to take our car into town as the centre of town was a short 10 min bike ride along the water.

The park was very quiet and extremely well maintained and we definitely recommend it to anyone travelling to or through Ballina.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank juliette21
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

We camp here as often as we can. It's like a five star resort without the price tag! We park the car when we arrive and find getting around town on bikes so easy. You are so close to everything- the lake, the ocean, the massive skate park and the Main Street of town. Their are beaches all around and Byron or alstonville are only a short drive away. The park itself has loads to keep the kids occupied. Ours love the jumping pillow, mini golf and pool area. Highly recommend this park!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Jodiemac02
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

Our large family stayed here in January on the way to the Gold Coast. We had the best time. The grounds and facilities are top notch, the kids loved being able to explore and especially lover,the mini golf set up. The service was fantastic(couldn't b anymore helpful if they tried!. The accommodation was great and clean. We wished we stayed here longer rather than move onto the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast...as it was relaxing. Will most definitely be staying here many more times to come.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Thank MeganM0974
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

We stayed in January 2 adults 3 children in an ensuite cabin and it was just perfect! The park had everything we could ask for to the point where one of the days we stayed at the park to have fun! Staff were very friendly and accommodation wonderful we are planning a return in September!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Erin K
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Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

We did the Holiday Park for a family long weekend away and were stoked with our choice. We had water views from our lakeside 3 bedroom bungalow which was clean and well appointed. The mini golf course and jumping pillow were hits with the kids.

Stayed: June 2014
Thank Rachel W
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

I stayed with my wife & 3 very active children (age 5,6,8) ANZAC weekend in a Villa Cabin. The cabin was spotless & well maintained as were the spotless grounds around the park. My children love there is so much to do, you really don't need to leave. The kids loved the jumping pillow & water park, in some cases, getting to the jumping pillow before we even got out of bed.

We are always impressed how great the park is maintained.

We have stayed here 3 times now, both camping (ensuite site) & villa's.

I would go back again in a heart beat, we don't like leaving from such a friendly atmosphere. We look forward to our next visit.

Our favourite holiday park.

Thanks Ballina Lakeside, we loved our stay and thank you to the staff also who were very helpfull & friendly.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Nice location, very friendly staff and quite a peaceful park. My only complaint is that, contrary to advertising is is NOT very dog friendly. Rather, I would suggest they are simply dog tolerant. Only small dogs allowed and a $50 deposit per dog on arrival. I had no issue with either of these conditions. The rule that irked me though is that the tiny little dogs that are allowed to stay here (<10kgs) are NOT allowed to be walked thorough the park at any time - even on a lead. Staff direct you to walk your dog through the Shaws Bay foreshore (which is also clearly signposted by Council as "no dogs")...even the local beach is no dogs at any time, even on leashes! We brought our dogs here for a holiday. The poor little fellows spent 90% of their time inside the caravan!

Room Tip: If you are travelling with kids you will love this park.
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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5  Thank ShelbInOz
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Address: 25 Fenwick Drive, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia (Formerly Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park)
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Ballina
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Ballina
Price Range: $75 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Discovery Parks - Ballina 4.5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set alongside the sparkling waters of beautiful Shaw's Bay lake, Discovery Parks - Ballina offers a range of accommodation to suit all budgets including bungalows, cabins and powered caravan and camping sites, all with waterfront options. Park facilities include a swimming pool, waterpark, modern camp kitchen, jumping pillow, mini golf course, indoor games room, kids nook, TV room and gymnasium. Nearby activity options include cycling, paddleboarding, fishing, golfing or just relaxing by the pool. Discovery Parks - Ballina is a tranquil retreat where simple pleasures offer their own reward. ... more   less 
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