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Camping or Glamping: A camping guide to Geelong and the Bellarine

I remember reading some research about camping holidays. It found that people were better friends with the people they shared a caravan park with for four weeks in summer than they were with the neighbours they lived with all year.

As someone who’s always loved the simplicity of a campground holiday, it’s not hard to understand this phenomenon. There’s something about camping that forces you to just relax. The air is fresh, the kids are happy and the drinks are cold.

Geelong and The Bellarine has a ton of caravan/camping options depending on what you’re after:

  • I want a holiday where my kids have fun away from their iPads. BIG4 Bellarine is a modern park with amazing facilities, expertly put together by the family who owns it (based on the insights they’ve gained by having four small children theselves). There’s an indoor pool with slide, jumping pillows, flying fox, BMX track, playgrounds with soccer and footy goals and a whole heap more. Plus, its right in the middle of the Bellarine, so ten minutes in any direction takes you to a coastal township with beaches, shopping and places to eat.

          

  • I need a balance between kids stuff and adult stuff – this holiday’s for the whole family! BIG 4 Beacon Resort is a great bet! Plenty of on-site activities to keep little ones busy (including the fabulous, 364 days a year CoutaKidz activity program) it’s balanced with the onsite Mud Day Spa, Saturday morning yoga sessions and decent coffee from the in house café!

             

  • I want to be beside the seaside. Try Bellarine Bayside Holiday Park with sites available across the whole North Bellarine stretch of sand between Portarlington and St. Leonards. There are beachfront sites that will give you direct access to the boat, jetski, snorkeling or sandcastles as well as views across Port Phillip Bay to the skyline of Melbourne.
  • I just need something simple where I can walk to the beach with my board. Try the caravan parks in Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove – spectacular locations, you can hear the ocean from your site.
  • I’m want to stay somewhere in Geelong that’s central to facilities and activities. There are several caravan parks located in Geelong on the Barwon River offering sites and accommodation. You’re close to tracks for walking, running or riding, they are close to shopping and services (and Simonds Stadium if you’re heading to the footy!) and only a couple of minutes from the CBD.

            

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