After being cooped up inside for much of last year, many of us are itching to reconnect with nature and that means camping holidays are back on. Why choose to pitch a tent, pull up a van or check in to a cabin in our region? Let me list the reasons: the abundance of top-tier holiday parks available; our proximity to natural assets - mountains, bushlands and seaside getaways; plus we’re budget-friendly. Looking for a place to make camp for the night? Here’s where we think you should go.
Big 4 Beacon Resort
Resort is the key word here. Beacon is an incredible, multi award-winning park with loads to do in the park and a bunch of really excellent experiences not far away with the beach across the road and the town of Queenscliff just up the street. There's a couple of highlights for Mum here too: the on site Mud Day Spa is the perfect campaign indulgence and the legends in the shop will deliver your barista-made coffee to your door in the morning!
Big4 Bellarine Holiday Park
Perfect for the whole family, this holiday park has something for everyone: cabins and units for those keen to just bring a suitcase and not much else, as well as expansive camping space for you to roll up and pitch a tent. On-site facilities include a BMX track, a heated indoor pool, children’s playground and fitness centre.
More of a seaside kinda family? Check out Bellarine Bayside Holiday Park. There are a number of camping sites available stretching across Portarlington to St Leonard’s. This is the perfect option for those wanting to escape for a spot of fishing in the morning or to cool off in the beautiful bays of the Bellarine.
Barwon River Holiday Park
Family owned and operated, Barwon River Holiday Park is conveniently located just 2km from central Geelong. Nestled on the Barwon River, campers will enjoy a range of accommodation choices including poolside villas and budget cabins, through to ensuite sites and caravan and tent sites. Group bookings are also welcome.
Queenscliff Tourist Park
Offering everything from powered camping sites for caravans and tents, to deluxe ocean view cabins - Queenscliff Tourist Park is a tranquil place to escape for the weekend. The park, nestled among native Moonah Trees, is decked with modern facilities such as electric BBQs and accessible bathrooms - plus it’s only a short stroll to the shopping district of Hesse Street where you’ll find cafes, restaurants, galleries and more.