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Barwon River Holiday Park

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published March 1st 2020
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We recently stayed at the Barwon River Holiday Park and explored the nearby surrounds.... And do you know what? The kids absolutely LOVED IT! "When can we go back?" was the question we were asked before we had even checked out. It just goes to show that a weekend away doesn't need to be far from home, nor cost a fortune to be enjoyable.

Entrance to Barwon River Holiday Park

Although camping can be cheap and fun, sometimes it's nicer/easier to stay in a cabin. We booked a two-bedroom poolside villa for our stay, and couldn't have been happier with it.

'Poolside villas'

Our 6 berth poolside villa consisted of two bedrooms. One with two sets of double bunks, the other with a queen-size bed. The queen bed was actually really comfy, and the room had its own T.V (which was perfect for my husband who had 'man flu' and was in need of downtime.)

Inside the spacious poolside villa

Main bedroom

The cabin deck was literally metres away from the pool, which naturally made it a nice spot to sit, relax and watch the kids swim from (competent older swimmers).
Cooking up a family feast for growing, super active kids was easy in this well laid out kitchen. It had absolutely everything we needed.
Though we did bring our own sandwich press for toasties!

Poolside Villas

Other accommodation options you'll find in the park include an array of standard and budget cabins, caravan and camping sites, along with some sites that have their own bathroom facilities (as pictured below).

Sites with private bathroom facilities

Caravan and camping sites

The coolest camper award goes to....

Park facilities include:
10-acre tree-lined park
Solar heated swimming pool open between 8am-7pm
2 BBQ areas with plenty of tables and chairs
Camp Kitchen
3 amenity blocks
Dump Point for those with their own toilets
Kiosk/Store with essential supplies

For the Kids:
Bouncing Pillow
Half basketball court
Playgrounds - 3 smaller playgrounds perfect for younger kids.
Shallow kids pool
Buggy/pedal cart hire ($10 per hour)
Outdoor table tennis

Bouncing pillow

Half basketball court

Overall summary:
The owners/park managers were extremely flexible when it came to us needing to change the dates that we had booked on two previous occasions before our stay (due to unfortunate, unavoidable circumstances). They were not only very understanding, but went above and beyond to accommodate our needs and make our stay memorable.

Staff were friendly and constantly busy, buzzing around on a little golf cart maintaining garden beds, cleaning amenities, and carrying out other general park maintenance.

Our cabin was spotlessly clean and comfortable.

I would definitely recommend a weekend away with your family in this park.

BBQ area and pedal car

What's situated nearby to Barwon River Holiday Park? Located across the road from the popular Barwon River, with access to the 20km - fully paved Barwon River cycling/walking trail, next door to the Belmont Park Tennis Club, moments from major shopping amenities (Coles, Kmart, Aldi, fast food etc), Belmont Sunday Market, South Geelong Farmers Market, walking distance to the Kardinia Park Stadium, Barwon River Fun Park, as well as Barwon Rowing Club and Corio Bay Rowing Club, all within 1km of the Holiday Park.

Sunrise walk on the Barwon River Trail

Barwon River

Geelong town centre is a stones throw further (2.5km), with attractions such as the National Wool Museum, Eastern Beach, Geelong Waterfront Precinct (home to Geelong's famous bollards), the fabulously restored Geelong Carousel , stunning Geelong Botanic Gardens, and many more things that can be found here.

Geelong Carousel is fun for kids

South Geelong Farmers Market

Vibrant flowers for sale at the farmers market

Though one of my favourite things was simply strolling through South Geelong and Belmont, looking at these beautiful homes.

I hope you enjoy your stay at Barwon River Holiday Park... And share your experience with us here at WeekendNotes in the comments section below.

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Why? Family weekend away
When: All year round
Phone: (03) 5243 3842
Where: 153 Barrabool Rd, Belmont VIC 3216
Cost: Various prices
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