Arriving at Discovery Parks – Lake Kununurra felt a little bit like we’d stepped into a dream.
We hadn’t expected much from the town of Kununurra in Western Australia, thinking it would be little more than the usual Outback pit stop affair.
Yet here we were, stood on the end of a gorgeous blue lake, watching the colours of sky change by the minute as the sun began its descent towards the horizon at the end of another hot day.
It was breathtakingly beautiful.
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Arriving at Lake Kununurra
We’d pulled into Kununurra, just across the border from the Northern Territory, after a hot and humid few weeks 4wding and camping in the many of the Northern Territory National Parks.
Using the opportunity of civilisation Kununurra presented on the map therefore, we’d really only planned to use it as little more than a chance to refuel, refill the fridge and enjoy a shower.
Yet what started out as a quick couple of days to recoup and regroup between a wild time in the NT and the remote Gibb River Road in front of us, actually turned into one of the most delightful and relaxing stays we’ve had on a journey so far.
And that was down to one thing: our delightful stay at Discovery Parks – Lake Kununurra.
Camping at Lake Kununurra
Set right at the very edge of the lake, discovery seems an apt word to use here, because we found this beautiful place, with barely any research, a little way out of town.
And not knowing anything about it or the lake, we were bowled over by what is the winner among the many Kununurra caravan parks.
From the moment we were greeted by the friendly staff and personally escorted to our amply-sized site, to moment we checked out 3 days later, we never even left the grounds!
Forget exploring more of Kununurra and the huge array of things to do around there, we were just so content to find this little unexpected haven at the Lake, that we didn’t even think about going anywhere else!
5 ESSENTIAL PACKING ITEMS FOR AUSTRALIA
#1 Good Camera – You will be pretty much snapping non-stop in Australia and will need a good camera to do this gorgeous country justice. I highly recommend the Sony A6000, which I use for all my travels and love, not least because it’s light, compact and robust!
#2 Good Walking Shoes – There will be a lot of walking in Australia – from cities to national parks! Make sure your feet are comfortable therefore with a pair of New Balance Trainers. Perfect for stylish strolling, I love mine.
#3 Good Guidebook – I’m still a massive fan of the Lonely Planet Guidebooks and do think their Australia edition is well put together.
#4 Good Water Bottle – Travelling in hot old Australia can be thirsty work, so make sure you have a metal water bottle that you can refill as you go, because tap water is drinkable… and free!
#5 Good Sun Hat – And there’s no denying you’ll need a good sun hat for protection in Australia too. In my opinion, you can’t go past this Hello Sunshine one, which is both gorgeous and ideal for keeping the rays off your face.
Staying Longer at Lake Kununurra
In fact, we even extended our stay, just so we could relax at Discovery Parks – Lake Kununurra for another day!
Delighting in the simple things, our days were filled with lakeside sunrise watching, breakfasts on the free BBQs and delightful hours in the pool meeting and befriending our fellow campers.
After that, I’d enjoy a spot of yoga in a shady spot under a tree, while the boy would croc watch and bird spot along the river and then snap the epic sunsets.
(If either of us were the fishing sort, then we’d definitely be throwing a line in too!)
The only real downfall to Discovery Parks – Lake Kununurra is that fact that it’s set quite far out of town.
This means you either have to drive or endure a hot 30 minute walk if you want to get supplies.
However this distance is also what really makes this place the best of the Kununurra caravan parks, what really counts as its trump card; that is its incredible setting on 10 acres of Australian bushland at the edge of Lake Kununurra.
With a spot on the bank, aptly named ‘Sunset Strip’, we were treated every day to the view of the huge red fiery orb of the sun descending below the waters of the mirror-like lake.
It seemed the perfect welcome to Western Australia.
Friendly, Clean & Comfortable
Not only this, but with the temperatures as high as they were, we were also treated to a 5am alarm call every morning as the sun, in all her glory, started to rise out of the lake, again sending a magnificent array of colours rippling across its surface.
With such a great focal point, Discovery Parks – Lake Kununurra really is hard to beat.
On top of this, the whole place was clean, comfortable and very welcoming.
After stepping in from the Outback, this was a real treat indeed – especially the plethora of washing machines, which we immediately put to use!
The showers were hot, with such good pressure that the boy described them as almost blasting him away!
And the pool was wonderfully refreshing – which is all you really need on a 40 degree day!
With camp kitchens, boat tours, kayak hire and a heap of other lake-related activities all available too, there’s no doubt you could easily pass a week in this gorgeous spot and not even feel the need to leave!
We both agreed, Discovery Parks – Lake Kununurra was by far our favourite caravan park of the trip, clearly making it a top pick within the Kununurra caravan parks themselves.
Highly recommended, (we’ve already sent a good few people there!) this place left us enchanted with this lake and its surrounds!
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