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Published November 6th 2014
A Beautiful Bush Setting For Family Based Camping
This could be your view in the morning
There are toddlers playing at the playground, children climbing the rock climbing tower, teenagers patting horses, family playing ball and sitting by open fires and retirees sipping tea next to they hired camper van. You can hear the sounds of birds and even koalas growling up above. The Park is full of wildlife such as koalas, possums, kangaroos, echidnas and over 70 varieties of birdlife. It's pretty relaxed at Bindi Park.
The digger is popular
To find this natural bush sanctuary you have to drive 15 minutes past Apollo Bay. It's literally up a beaten track on the way to the Lighthouse. Drive slowly as people atop on the sides of the road to get a closer look at the koalas. We were lucky enough to spot one with a baby on its back.
Bindi Park was our stopover on the way to the Otway treetop adventure. It's also a great vacation if you're interested in visiting the 12 apostles, Loch Arc Gorge, Gibson Steps, Triplet Falls, Blanket Bay, Parker River, Point Franklin and lots of other beautiful sights on the Great Ocean Road.
Part of the park
Important to me was the top-quality amenities block, Wi-Fi and kids activities. I loved the idea of the outdoor Cinema, the playground and horse riding. But the first thing you have to notice is the rock-climbing tower that is 10 m tall. My kids couldn't wait to get their paws on that.
Frank and Katrina have owned the caravan park for 10 years. Clearly they enjoy what they do. They have three boys who love to roam the bush and make friends. They have lots of regulars who keep coming back year after year.
Frank was our coach for the 3 storey rock climbing. He was very patient (despite many excited interruptions and questions) explaining the automatic system which allows climbers to let go at any time and slowly be lowered to the ground.
I challenge you NOT to try this
Frank told the kids that the hardest part is getting your 1st foot off the ground. He explianed that a lot of it is about confidence and you just have to take a risk. He told us that when the tower first arrived he couldn't even do it when it was lying down! My son, who always has a question up his sleeve, asked Frank what was the biggest risk he had ever taken. His reply was 'buying a caravan park.'
Frank told me they paid $130,000 for this climbing Tower and added that they don't do it for the money. He laughed and said 'This is definitely not an investment, we are never going to get our money back.'
For $15 per hour including coaching and a free photo, you can't get a much cheaper adventure activity. When I pointed out to Frank we had had more than our fair share of time he just shrugged and said he didn't mind, otherwise he'd just be cleaning the dunnies.
When Frank realised I'd never been camping before he enquired about how much I liked it. My delayed reaction was understood and Frank said 'It's not for everyone.' he also told me that as well is there unpowered and powered sites that they have 3 to 4 star Cabins. Now that's more like it. The fees range from $20 per night for 2 adults for unpowered sites (off peak) to $190 per night 4 star ensuite cabins (peak period). They also have on site vans, private dom rooms and other cabins.
On their way out several people stopped to chat to Frank. He enquired about the possum visitors and wished people (by name) a happy and safe day. 'Hope to see you soon' was the reply by many people leaving.
Lots to do or do nothing… you choose
At Bindi Park they also run a lot of walking clubs so there's plenty to do for those who are so inclined. Bindi Park is for those who love camping and those who are yet to love it.