I went to Rosebud and we had a good time there, but I doubt I'll return. First it was $18.50 to camp. The Yarra Valley campsite at the end of the Warburton Hwy was only $5. I forgot to show my pension card this time but this is just a ridiculous amount to pay for a space to park your car and pitch your tent. Particularly when the site itself frustrated me no end because most of the ground in it was too hard for the thin pegs I had. I managed to adjust the placement of the tent after much frustration so that most of the pegs went in, but still only managed it because I found an old and much sturdier peg in the sand that broke through the hard ground rather than bending. There wasn't much wind and it was summer so it probably would have been okay without those pegs I guess, but old habits die hard and I've camped all weathers and know that setting your shelter up properly can mean the difference between a comfortable night and one spent wet and miserable and wondering if your tent is going to sail away with the next gust of wind.
The hard ground was annoying, but worse concerns were enough broken glass around to be a concern for my 4 year old in bare feet. And worse again was on my 14 year old daughter's first trip to the loo's there were half a dozen syringes lying around on floors and sinks etc.
As I said we didn't let these things spoil our time there, the swimming was great and it was perfect weather for camping- but I doubt I'll ever go back. On Sunday we drove to Sorrento back beach to check out the rock pools there. It was fun but we couldn't find the main aim of our search which was starfish. We then drove down to Point Leo and checked out the camping spots there and found a few crabs in the rock pools before going surfing.
Well, boogie boarding, it was my son's first time in the surf with his board. The waves were breaking a bit too close to shore for really successful surfing even for the kids, but Beren had me to help him so he managed to get a few good waves take him to shore.
If we get up there again this summer we'll try that camping ground or one of the other two marked on that side of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. We'll probably visit Arthur's Seat next time too. Point Nepean looks like it's worth checking out as well.