Camping in SE Vic

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Camping in SE Vic

Postby Gab_n_Gee » Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:58 pm

Hi all.

I am planning on taking the family away on our first camping trip over Labor weekend. I have hired a camper trailer for the weekend, but now I need somewhere to take it.

Can anyone suggest a good/family friendly place somewhere in the South East? I have to pass thru Traralgon to pick my eldest daughter up, so will be looking for somewhere say between Port Welshpool and Golden Beach. Or if someone knows of an inland area with a lake. The only requirement from the BOSS is that it must have decent toilet facilities. I know that does restrict us abit, but she has only just given the green light to us going, and I want to ease her into it. Our kids are 8, 3 and 7 months, so will need to be kid friendly.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby HGMonaro » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:35 am

I don't know of any non caravan park camping with toilets along that stretch but I'm not very familar with the area. There's a few van parks that would meet that criteriea if you want to stay in one of those. There's lots of spots without toilets. We went to Seaspray one Australia Day and although the van park and beach (patrolled) is great, I'm afraid the number of drop-kicks roaming around means I'll never return on that weekend. Labour Day might be different, but I reckon it's too close to Traralgon that any long weekend it will be full of them. We stayed at Port Albert one year (2007) which was over the Labour Day weekend and that was fine. The place we stayed (Seabank Caravan Park... there was another van park right in the town but it was closed for refurbishment at the time) was different from most van parks, lots of 'weekender' on-site vans, most with fisherman in residence. Everyone seemed to have a dog or three but it was quite at night. Shower block was a little run down but ok. Best thing about the place was they supplied fire drums and wood so you can have a 'camp fire' (bring the marshmellows!). Been awhile since we were there so more recent info might be needed. Not sure what decent beach is around there either. Our kids had a paddle out the front of the main street but they are easily amused.

Another location that might suit is Lake Glenmaggie. There's a caravan park there and I believe there's camping along the river but once again, probably no toilets other than some longs drops maybe (I gather that won't meet the Bosses minimum level of comfort!)

Hopefully someone with more knowledge will wander along!

Cheers, Nige
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby Bradd » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:42 am

I know it's not the exact area you are looking at but.

I am organising a Camping weekend for families with young kids (most are under 5)
on the Labour Day weekend at Caringal Scout Camp (nth of Moe)
You and anyone else from the forum would be welcome to join in.

I am intending to make a post here about it once I receive the
information from the camp in the mail

We are booked into Site 14 and if needed 15
We have 5 families definitely coming and another 4 maybes

Cost is
$7.50 per adult per night
$5.00 Kids 5 - 15
$0.00 Kids under 5

Resident managers
Phone: 5165 3210
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby Bradd » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:47 am

The Campground at Paradise Beach (2km from Golden beach) is quite good
It has clean modern drop toilets and a short walk over the dune to the beach.
Its only drawback is the mosquitos, so if you go make sure to bring plenty of
repellant and mozzie coils.
Coin operated hot showers are available in Golden beach.

We stayed in September holidays and there was not many others there.
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby Titch » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:42 pm

Bradd wrote:The Campground at Paradise Beach (2km from Golden beach) is quite good
It has clean modern drop toilets and a short walk over the dune to the beach.
Its only drawback is the mosquitos, so if you go make sure to bring plenty of
repellant and mozzie coils.
Coin operated hot showers are available in Golden beach.

We stayed in September holidays and there was not many others there.


lovely spot we love it, BUT be aware ,in the warm, long weekend times you MAY get alcohol fuelled peeps of both Genders invading the area.
They may have the Primate skills associated with the Moccasin brigade, that most of us may prefer to ovoid.
Hope this is as clear as.Mud.
Shame a fantastic spot can be ruined by a few Jerks.
Off season, it is a most magnificent place to visit.
PS.
Take a rake, a site clean will make your stay more comfortable.
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby Gab_n_Gee » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:48 pm

Thanks for the great advice.

Ive been looking at Seaspray Caravan Park? The pictures on the website look nice, but is it still too close to the 'moccy brigade'? The last thing I want is a few idiots to ruin our first family outing, and maybe put my wife and kids off the idea.
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby Bradd » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:15 pm

There are a few places on
http://ozcamps.net/

Badgers caravan park reports site may have something
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~badger04/parks_v0.htm

Have you enquired if there are vacancies at Tidal River (Wilsons Prom) ?
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby Titch » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:18 pm

Brad,s post above may be the bee,s knee,s.
other than that I cannot help you.
May borrow a few Kids and attend Brad,s do lol.
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OOPS Bradd not Brad, sorry
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby Bradd » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:45 pm

titch wrote: OOPS Bradd not Brad, sorry


Apologiy not neccesary
Bradd is the nic name, Brad is the real name and of course you would never guess my surname starts with D.

I can't help with Caravan parks as we try to avoid them where possible
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby HGMonaro » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:40 am

I'd add Loch Sport into the mix but last time I was there (many years ago) the mossies were of the 747 variety... big mongrals!

Another option could be Paynsville... bit more sophisticated crowd around there, or Metung (although a quick check dosen't show up any van parks).
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby Gab_n_Gee » Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:13 pm

Thanks HG. I have been told the mozzies along most of that coast pack their own cutlery :(

Im guessing somewhere away from the inlets etc will have a lower mozzie population, or is that just wishfull thinking?

I have taken a punt and booked into Woodside Caravan Park. I have heard afew nice things about it, so willing to give it a go.

Thanks to all for your helpfull tips, i have afew ideas if we make it to a next time :grin:
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby knoath » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:49 pm

Stayed at Loch Sport at Easter 2009, no mozzies to speak of... caravan park was OK, just don't let the kids ride their bikes without a helmet... owner goes nucking futs!

Big, generous campsites, generally clear and fires OK too.

Worth a look I'd say... been to worse.
Right on the lake and near 90 mile beach.
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Re: Camping in SE Vic

Postby HGMonaro » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:17 pm

look forward to your report!
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