River side camping close to Melbourne?

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 22:53
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Hi All,

Can anyone recommend a grassed riverside campsite that is within 100kms of Melbourne?? We are looking to get away just for one night and our little girl wants to camp by a river :)
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 22:56

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 22:56
not really 100kms but Jamieson?
Walhalla?
Phillip Island - theres an AWESOME kids petting/feeding zoo there thats cheap.

Tent in my backyard and drive to frankston beach?
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:00

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:00
LOL, how much do you charge :)

Was thinking of around the Jamieson area but it might be a bit far just for an overnighter - will be heading up that way on the long weekend.

Is there decent campsites on Phillip Island?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:02

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:02
Jammo isnt too far for 1 nighter.. 3 hours or so and your there

not really any 'free' campsites at the island anymore.. van parks arent too bad though..
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:06

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:06
Yeah, I don't mind the three hours but the wife wants somewhere close this time.

I'll check the web and see what I can find out about the Phillip Island caravan parks.

Thanks for the info.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:12

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:12
Kaloha caravan park.
can HIGHLY recommend....

Ask for Val there she is a brilliant woman. she loooked after us every yr at the bike GP with St George MCC...
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Follow Up By: GazzaS (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:33

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:33
Can recommend Cowes Caravan park on the Island. Is on Church street about 2K from Cowes and is right on the beach. there is direct access to the beach. and good grassy and shady sites. Phone number (03) 5952-2211
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Follow Up By: iMusty - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:47

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:47
Licola. Sheenes Crk.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 18:21

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 18:21
iMusty ...... where is Sheenes Creek?
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Follow Up By: iMusty - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 11:43

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 11:43
I think it's actually Sheenes Bridge I am at an IT cafe now. My pc has sh^t itself.

It is a bridge you must cross going from Glenmagie to Licola. If you look on the Melway edition 31 map 628 e4 it is around the blue number 45.

This morning I remembered Warburton East. That's a little harder to give directions to but is quite lovley. Running brooks, ferns, occasional horses. Forest-like attosmaphere. Only an 90 minite drive from melb. Not much to do there but walk and explore. Very relaxing. Very.

I think it is on or near Andersons creek Road. It is past Reefton Hotel. Turn letf onto the spur and its another left onto Andersons Creek Road. (I think)? It's much easier to show than TELL.

Would be willing to go for a drive with you to SHOW if you want to.

You will only need a car. Not 4by at all.

Leave a way to contact
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:25

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:25
Ok, thank you ... now I know.

It is Cheyne's Bridge. Quite a good spot if you have only 2WD.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 23:34

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 23:34
So where did ya go?
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 00:17

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 00:17
LOL, had the trailer hooked up Friday evening - all set - just needed to throw the fridge in the back in the morning - woke to an absolutely miserable day....bom.gov.au showed no improvement forseeable...unhooked the trailer and took the girls to an indoor play centre.

Went and had a look at Drouin West Caravan Park on the Sunday to see what it was like - good grassed areas on the river and you can take your dog.

Then went and had lunch at Drouin in the park there - tried to let the girls play in the playground - except there were 4 guys and 3 girls - all around 20 there, hanging out, doing their best to bust the swing set and swearing and carrying on - absolutely disgusted - you'd think they could find something better to do on weekends than hang around a kiddies playground wrecking it!

So....no trip, but will be heading away this Friday :) ... and the weather forecast is looking good
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Reply By: Brian - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:54

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:54
There is a caravan park on the banks of the Barwon river at Geelong , forget the name of it , suppose Geelong would be about 1 hour from Melbourne
Brian
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:59

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:59
That's weird...was just looking at the www.barwoncoast.com.au website to get some info on the Barwon Heads Caravan Park.

Have you stayed there??
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Reply By: Brian - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 01:45

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 01:45
Yeah we stayed there last March , reasonable sort of park
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 07:00

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 07:00
Moggs,

Kurth Kiln at Gembrook and Murrundindi.

Kurth Kiln also has small lake, the old kiln and the old caraetaker's cottage which is of some interest.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 19:15

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 19:15
Saw Kurth Kiln in the guide - is it grassed or dirt???
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Reply By: Well 55 - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 07:04

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 07:04
Whats wrong with the Yarra just below the MCG, nice grassy banks, just watch out for the duck ..it.
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 07:20

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 07:20
Almost.

Point Leo on the Mornington Peninsula has a lovely, smallish grassy area right on the beach and 100m or so from a caravan park. Loos and showers are available. It's a pay site $10 or $15 I think. Beautiful spot.

I've only stayed there for one night about four years ago with a new-ish girlfriend (can one have "girlfriends" at my age?) who had never camped before so I thought it would make a gentle and romantic introduction to camping. Midweek, the sound of the ocean, just us on the camp ground, the moon rising over the ocean, me cooking a subtle Thai curry and getting all expectant... unfortunately about 9pm we had an argument and stopped speaking to one-another. In due course off I went to bed leaving her sulking - it was a cool night and I had earlier set her up a camp bed complete with sleeping bag. I thought she was very restless in the night but we weren't speaking so too bad! By the morning we were speaking and it transpired she was very cold in the night (it had been a cool one). Strange I said, that's a good quality bag it should have been fine at that temp. "Bag!?" she said, "Bag!?", "What bag!? - I thought it was a quilt and I tried to keep warm underneath it". Unfortunately I hadn't thought to explain to her the previous evening how sleeping bags worked :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul J (ACT) - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 08:47

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 08:47
But was the curry good, you two still together? hehehehe..

Paul..
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Follow Up By: iMusty - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:45

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:45
Mike,

Mate !

I was reading and reading and thinking (what the hell is he on about? where the heck is this going with this?)

Then the ROARING burst of laughter.,

Thanks : - )

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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 17:55

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 17:55
>But was the curry good

My Thai curries are always good! (usually) :)

>you two still together? hehehehe..

No, we have gone our separate ways. But it did last a few years and I must say that given she was a classical musician who had _no idea_ (and I mean NONE) about the bush she took to it like a duck to water and made the best bush female I’ve ever come across. Nothing that girl couldn’t do – and I remember some magical times when she played for me in those remote places many of us on this forum know – I swear, sometimes, even the animals and birds stopped to listen.

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 11:51

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 11:51
Moggs whats wrong with the aussie resort where your pic was taken? Bit further than the hours drive, but hey its worth it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it is such a top place.......
Karen
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 19:05

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 19:05
It is a top place isn't it - great for the kids. Bit far for an overnighter though. Last 'weekend' trip we did was to Bendethera from Melbourne - 14 hour trip home with 4.5 & 1 year old girls ain't fun - Natalie has therefore limited me to 100kms for this trip.

Looking forward to going back to GAR soon though.
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Reply By: Julian - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 15:00

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 15:00
Moggs

There's a pleasant spot called Major Mitchell Creek campsite a few kms SW of Nagambie. If you take the Goulburn Hwy off the Hume just past Seymour then turn left off the Goulburn Hwy for Mitchelton Winery just about 5 kms before Nagambie and keep driving for 6kms or so you'll get there. It's fairly pleasant with toilets and creekside sites etc. Have been on public holidays and it was busy but not full. Other times you should be able to find a nice spot by the creek. It must be OK 'cos we've stayed there at least five times over the last 10 years, because it's not far from Melbourne's North.

Cheers

Julian
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Reply By: Moggs - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 19:14

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 19:14
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone - will now have many weekend overnighter places to check out.

This time around we will be going to either Phillip Island - Cowes or Kaloha Caravan Park - have seen Cowes on the net but can't find anything on Kaloha other than Trucksters vote of approval....or we may go to Glen Cromie caravan Park at Drouin West - a park that looks pretty good on the net and is only 80km's from home.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 00:16

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 00:16
its a bit further, but on the king river at whitfield there is a nice campground on the edge of town, the river is beautifull and clean and at that spot is nice and wide and not real deep, so its pretty safe for the kids. Can catch some nice freshwater crays with a forked stick and knife and a little cunning.

Unfortunately not much in the way of nice clean rivers / creeks anywhere near melb.
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