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Up until today, I’ve been mildly terrified of the upcoming school holidays, with so much still closed and many borders off-limits.
But I may have uncovered Canberra’s best-kept secret just in time.
Just 4km from Canberra’s city centre in O’Connor sits a hidden gem called Alivio Tourist Park. Complete with two pools, spa, a brand new water play space, playgrounds, restaurant, bar, barbecue areas and an abundance of recreational activities, it’s the perfect spot for a staycation (and most importantly, to keep the kids busy).
Formerly the Canberra Motor Village, the park has been around since 1967 but has had a name change and recently undergone extensive renovations.
“A lot of tourists outside of Canberra know about us, but I think we’re still a hidden gem to Canberrans,” says General Manager Jarrod McDaniel.
Spread over seven hectares and made up of more than 150 villas and cabins, the property has a wide selection of two-or three-bedroom units on offer, which can sleep up to eight people.
Most rooms come equipped with kitchens, but if you don’t feel like cooking the park’s restaurant known as The Verandah offers full breakfast spreads, a family-favourite pizza menu or crowd-pleasing meals on their standard menu with a great new deck overlooking the bushland and the pool area, perfect for those who want to indulge in a drink or two.
For guests keen to get active, there are plenty of recreational activities on offer including tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
With the property backing onto O’Connor’s Bruce Ridge, there is also easy access to some of Canberra’s best mountain biking or bushwalking treks.
“Our biggest strength is probably our location, we’re surrounded by bushland but minutes to the city,” Jarrod says.
With a water play space, selection of playgrounds, two pools, table tennis, foosball and other recreational activities, it’s safe to say you won’t hear “I’m bored” much.
“The biggest feedback we get is that we’re more than just a room—the kids won’t ever be stuck on their iPads with so much to do on-site,” says Jarrod.
“It’s also a great option for friends and family who might be visiting for Christmas this summer.”
STAYCATION GIVEAWAY FOR HERCANBERRA READERS
Alivio Tourist Park Canberra is giving one HerCanberra reader the chance to win a three-night staycation for up to six guests this September, during the upcoming school holidays, including a $100 voucher to use at The Verandah restaurant.
How to enter
Visit aliviogroup.com.au/hercanberra to enter!
What: Alivio Tourist Park Canberra
Where: 20 Kunzea Street, O’Connor
How much: Rooms from $120 per night