Discovery Parks Clare Valley is located in a fantastic holiday destination right in the heart of the Clare Valley wine region in South Australia. The park offers a range of accommodation options to suit all needs, from spacious and modern cabins to powered and unpowered camping sites.
I recently camped at Discovery Parks Clare Valley in our tent for four nights. Here is what I found here and my thoughts about our stay.
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Where to Stay in the Clare Valley
When choosing a location to stay in the Clare Valley, Discovery Parks is the closest caravan park to the town of Clare. This means you are close to shops, restaurants, and of course, the wineries the region is known for.
In fact, there is a handful within walking distance of the park – perfect for wine tasting without the need to drive afterwards.
One of the good features of Discovery Parks Clare Valley is its picturesque location. Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, the park offers a lot of space to move.
It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax, whether you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life or just want to get away for a few days.
Right next door to the caravan park is the Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre which not only houses the Clare Valley Visitor Information Centre, it also has a cafe, offers wine tasting and is a great place to stock up on local produce.
We picked up some Clare Valley honey to take home.
Discovery Parks Clare Valley Facilities
The park itself is well-maintained and clean, with plenty of facilities to keep guests entertained.
There’s a great swimming pool with a spa, which lots of the kids enjoyed throughout our stay. It’s not heated though, so even with temperatures in the mid-twenties, it was a little too cold for me to jump in.
Kids will love the pump track, basketball ring, and of course, there is a bouncing pillow here too.
While we visited during the school term and there was only a handful of kids staying in the park, I can imagine that this area would be very popular in the school holidays.
For those who don’t enjoy the sounds of kids squealing with delight as they play (I do understand, it can be a bit much from 7 am until 10 pm) there are plenty of cabins and sites away from the playground area.
There is a fantastic outdoor BBQ area not too far from the pool and bouncing pillow, containing a huge open fireplace that would be amazing in winter (it’s only used outside the fire danger season).
There are also two BBQs and two pizza ovens in this undercover area, with plenty of seating for all the crew.
That’s not the only BBQ area though, there are three others located in various areas of the park if you want an option closer to your site or cabin.
There are two shower/toilet blocks, each with three showers and three toilets (at least for the female sides).
There is also another toilet block near the playground, and a fantastic kids/baby room with family-friendly baths, showers and change facilities. This would have been a godsend when I was travelling with young kids.
The laundry is home to three washing machines and two dryers, with plenty of space for sorting. There’s an iron and ironing board here and four clotheslines can be found nearby.
The camp kitchen is clean and has everything you could need, including a kettle, toaster, microwave, two cooktops and two sinks. There are two toaster ovens, and two fridge/freezers for guest use.
There is a small collection of pots and pans and other items, but I do suggest you bring your own because there isn’t much here.
The staff are friendly and helpful, and always on hand to assist with any questions or queries you might have. I left my hairdryer at home, and even though they couldn’t find one in the end, they did try to help out and get one for me.
Discovery Park Clare Valley also has a range of buggies to hire which the kids will love pedalling around the park.
Adults will love the option to hire E-bikes right here so that they can immediately hit the Reisling Trail, one of the best things to do here in the Clare Valley
As you would expect, there is free wifi available throughout the park. It worked great for me, but I do have to say we were located close to the facilities and other buildings.
If on an unpowered site at the back of the park, it might not be so good.
As a bonus, we were given a range of vouchers to use at local restaurants and wineries during our stay. Most offered 10% off our purchases, but some were more than that.
While not part of Discover Parks Clare Valley itself, there is a playground right next door. There is also what appears to be a defunct wildlife park behind the playground (over the bridge), where we spotted a pair of emus.
They came right up to the fence to greet us. There may be more animals there too, but kids will love seeing the emus right up close.
Types of Accommodation at Discovery Parks Clare Valley
The accommodation options at Discovery Parks Clare Valley are also top-notch. In general, the cabins seem modern and comfortable, with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
They come in a range of sizes to suit all group sizes, from small couples’ cabins to larger family-sized options.
The beds are comfortable and the rooms are spacious, with plenty of natural light and great views of the surrounding countryside.
Even though I was camping, I took a walk and was able to sneak a peek inside a couple of the different cabin types and even the cheapest Economy Cabins looked more modern than what I was expecting.
There are also deluxe, superior and standard cabins available. The cabins are studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom, and can sleep up to six people.
For those who prefer to camp, the park offers a range of powered and unpowered sites. The camping facilities are clean and well-maintained, with plenty of space for tents, caravans and camper trailers.
There are both grassed and hard sites, depending on your preference.
Some sites are right near the front of the park, others are towards the back. If you are sensitive to road noise, then I recommend requesting a site towards the back.
That was the one negative thing I found here – but we were right at the front and it was grape harvest time, so trucks passing all through the night as well as the day (grapes tend to be harvested in the cooler nighttime temperatures)
Discovery Parks Clare Valley is also pet friendly. Some of the cabins and the sites can cater for your furry friends if you are travelling with pets.
What to do here in the Clare Valley
One of the standout features of Discovery Parks Clare Valley is its proximity to the region’s many wineries.
The Clare Valley is famous for its world-class wines, and there are dozens of vineyards and cellar doors within a short drive of the park.
The staff at the park are always happy to provide recommendations and tips on which wineries to visit and which wines to try, making it the perfect base for a wine-tasting weekend.
Clare is also a great location for exploring the nearby areas, such as the historical towns of Mintaro and Burra. Visit Martindale Hall, a historic house used in many movies.
The food in this area is fantastic too, so don’t discount the country pubs in the area for meals – they are a step above your normal country pub.
Look out for the many cycling and walking trails in the area, they are a great way to take a look around.
Overall, I would highly recommend Discovery Parks Clare Valley to anyone looking for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday in the heart of one of South Australia’s most beautiful wine regions.
The park offers comfortable accommodation, excellent facilities, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Whether you’re travelling with family, friends, or as a couple, you’re sure to have a great time at Discovery Parks Clare Valley.
Find more things to do around Clare here
Sip, Eat, Hike, Repeat: A Guide to the Clare Valley Wine and Wilderness Walk
Discover 21 Top Things to Do in Clare Valley
Things to do in Burra
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