Loch Sport - Easter

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Review of Easter Break at Loch Sport 2006

Background:

We are a couple in our late 50s /early 60s
We Travel with our Jack Russell Dog

Our Cub-O-Matic Camper trailer came back from getting its canvas replaced 4 days before the Easter holidays so we had not booked at all.
After a ring around at a few places that we knew we were getting the impression that everywhere was “Full” and we were not likely to get in to a caravan park.
However a telephone call by my daughter found a vacant powered site at The Loch Sport Caravan Park the cost was $28-00 per night and we booked from Thursday until Monday.

A quick check on the net seem to indicate that whilst the caravan park was in a nice spot it was a little run down and that the sites had no grass at all and camping was on black sand.

We had never been to loch sport before so we investigated and found the towns website at www.lochsport.com

The Drive down.

We left home at just after 8am on Thursday morning and after a little congestion on stud road in rowville we had a pleasant trip stopping at Mc Donalds in Moe for Breakfast and then onwards to Sale Via Rosedale .
Traffic was light and drivers were being “sensible”.

I was a little unsure of the location of the road to Golden Beach / Loch Sport so a quick call on the UHF repeater and I was given the info, the drive from Sale to Loch Sport was again a pleasure with only very light traffic.

The Loch Sport Caravan Park

The park has about 160 sites and was run by the council but has now been taken over by Caravan Parks Victoria www.caravanparksvictoria.com and is privately operated.
The RACV rate this caravan Park at 3 ½ stars

The Park is located in a very nice area with some sites having water views.

On arrival we checked in and paid for our stay, we were shown on a site map where our site was (no 11) it was easy to find however we were not escorted to the site by staff.

As Stated the sites are not grass, they are black sand , the sites are large and there are ample taps , there were however no sullage points or sewerage connection for vans with toilets.

There was a fair number of shade trees and the park had good gravel roadways . Most of the powered sites seemed to be level but a number of the unpowered sites were on sloping ground.

The black sand was fine and deep, making tent pegging a problem as normal style pegs would not hold and would pull out easily , use long heavy pegs here. The Black sand was very intrusive and messy , you will have to do a clean up when you get home to get it out of your gear.

The toilet facilities were quite good with plenty of hot water and good showers, there are two blocks one on the lower part of the park and another higher up.
There are a number of BBQs and some tables and benches
There was a laundry and a camp kitchen.

Our first night was disturbed by people arriving at 11:30pm at the site net to us which contained a semi-permanent rather run down caravan and annexe the people brought a sailing yacht towed by a FWD and arrive with two other cars, there was much noise and door banging.

After this the site was quiet , however on Sunday morning I discovered that the UHF Antenna had been stolen off my car, on reporting this to camp management I was told that a number of others had been taken during the night and also some fishing gear (the fishing gear was later recovered being thrown into the bush). I was asked if I wanted to report the theft to the police but declined, not wanting to take up police time as they were based in Sale some distance away.

The theft of the antenna combined with the weather which from Saturday onwards was cold with showers did put a “damper” on our holiday and contributed to our decision to leave on Sunday rather than Monday.

So on Sunday We packed up and left we drove home via Golden Beach and Seaspray and then via the back road to Rosedale where we joined the main road back to Melbourne. , Traffic on the main road was moderate and moved well we had a nice drive home stopping in Taralgon Mc Donalds for a late lunch.

Loch Sport Township.

A Pleasant enough little place, The RSL club is nice and their Bristro meals are very nice, The main shopping area (The Lodge Supermarket) was nice and well stocked and operated by by nice people, the Small Café and Bar next door is very nice the Beer is icy and her burgers tasty , and sitting outside on the raised wooden deck is very nice on a warm day.

For the Boaties there are a number of launching ramps and a rather nice small marina next to the pub.

There are a number of other shop and café’s scattered around the town , there is a good bakery which also sells pizza and a large general store near the caravan park which also sells fuel ULP was $1:41 a litre

The wash up,

Would we go again, we would go to Loch Sport again but we would not stay at the caravan park , we visited 90 Mile Beach Holiday Retreat which is about 5 km out of town and then about a further 5 km down a dirt road, this appeared to be a much nicer place to camp / caravan despite the rough access road..

We rate the Loch Sport Caravan Park at 2.1/2 star , we liked the location and the large sites, we did not like the invasive black sand , we did not like having our antenna stolen and think that security needs to be stepped up perhaps with boom gate Entrance

The Toilets and other Facilities were ok , the bore water on tap was ok but the rainwater for drinking was dirty and unusable we bought bottled water for drinking

On the whole we enjoyed our short break ..we hope you enjoyed our report and find it helpful

Jean and John
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:50

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:50
Thanks for that very balanced account of your Easter break.

I am sure that everyone wanting to visit Lake Sport wil take note of your experiences.

Cheers

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