I don’t normally write posts like this, and I’m putting it out there that is is in no way sponsored. But, when you have a wonderful experience staying somewhere, especially as a family, well, I feel as though I just have to share it.
Over the school holidays our family, along with six other families headed to the Grampians, Halls Gap for just over a week. We all had tents or caravans and chose to stay at Halls Gap Lakeside. Don’t be put off if you’re not the camping type, make sure you head to their website and check out their other accommodation including Safari Tents (totally want to do this next time) Bell Tents and a Retro Caravan!
Apart from the breathtaking setting, wildlife and the facilities (including a wood-fire heated pool, which also heats the ensuites, yes you read it right, a toilet block of ensuites!), I have never been to a park that is so well run and organised. From the minute we walked in, we were greeted by the most lovely and helpful staff, including the owners. You can hire a fire drum for your camping site for a small fee, which comes with a container for water to put the fire out. Plus you can order wood which gets delivered directly to your site when you need it. As a rule, last logs on the fire at 10pm, and fires out at 11pm (the night manager comes around to check that you do this), which I think is awesome for a family-friendly park (it also meant the adults got to bed at a reasonable time ha!). Hubby was also able to order the paper and loaf of bread, which he did for each day of our stay, all we had to do each morning was to walk down to the office and pick it up.
Over the holidays, the Halls Gap Zoo visited twice while we were there, bringing some animals for the kids to meet and hold. The colouring competitions and scavenger hunts were also a big hit with the kids. But mainly, they spent their time riding around the park, swimming in the pool or feeding the birds.
(This was her excited but quickly packing herself face haha!)
Each night at 6:30pm, the ice-cream cart was ridden around the park, think Mr Whippy on a bicycle adorned with fairy lights and an iPod speaker, the kids loved when it came around (and this was probably Hubby’s favourite, considering his current addiction to all things ice-cream!).
The actual location of the park was perfect, the sites were quite large I thought. It was only short drive back to town or a nice walk. This also meant there was good access to the walking tracks within the Grampians itself, including family friendly ones like the Venus Baths or Clementine Falls.
I couldn’t fault our experience at Halls Gap Lakeside at all, not one bit and the family and I look forward to heading back there again! Let me know if you have been before, or if you decide to go!