Domestic and international visitors to Melbourne each year number in the many millions yet I don't think there are many Melburnians who could claim to have seen everything worth seeing: many local attractions having been put in the "one day I'll get there" basket.
So here's an idea, why not go camping or caravanning in Melbourne even when you already live here. Given the great diversity of landscapes, cultures, attractions and things to do in our city and surrounds, it's a great way to stay a while in a different area and experience just what's available in our own backyard.
A few good reasons to stay in suburban caravan park in Melbourne could be:
A staycation to explore different parts of the city and their attractions;
To attend a nearby festival, concert, sporting or other event;
Of course as an intra, interstate or overseas visitor to Melbourne, staying in a caravan park offers another, and often cheaper, accommodation option in Melbourne. Simply bring your own tent or caravan or in some parks you can hire a cabin, villa or motel room. Aside from all the usual reasons to visit our beautiful city, travellers coming through Melbourne in order to catch the Spirit of Tasmania often find staying over in Melbourne before sailing can be a convenient option.
Enjoy some different views of Melbourne / Image: Pixabay CCO Creative Commons
So where can you find caravan parks in metropolitan Melbourne? Turns out there are quite a few, with locations ranging from the very inner urban through to beachside and country surroundings. Given the size of greater Melbourne, I've only listed those parks within around 50 km of Melbourne city.
Braybrook (north-west) Discovery Park Approx 9 km from the CBD Offers powered sites for vans and tents, an ensuite site, cabins, villas and townhouses. Local attractions are the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple and Fun Galore indoor entertainment centre. Melbourne city is easily accessible by car and public transport.
Approx 48 km from the CBD This Holiday Park and motel has powered sites and motel rooms. If you're travelling with a pet this one will appeal as they have some pet-friendly sites and rooms. Nearby attractions are Dainton Family Brewery, Bayside Rockclimbing, local beaches and golf courses and the park is on the way to the Mornington Peninsula.
This park is relatively close to the city and is walking distance to public transport. Accommodation options include villas, spa cottages, cabins, powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites and ensuite sites. Nearby attractions are Coburg Lake and Coburg Drive-in as well as plenty of shopping, cafes and restaurants.
Doncaster East (north-east) Crystal Brook Tourist Park
Approx 24 km from the CBD
Crystal Brook is set in natural surroundings so you can enjoy the birdlife and fresh air. They have villas, cabins, powered and ensuite caravan sites and powered and unpowered campsites. The Park is pet friendly - conditions apply however, so call first before booking. Nearby attractions include Schramms Cottage and Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Laverton North (west) Honey Hush Caravan Park
Approx 17 km from the CBD
Offering cabins, powered caravan sites and unpowered tent sites this park is close to freeways to the city, the airport and Geelong. Some of the attractions in the area are Laverton Market and historic Williamstown and there are numerous parks and beaches nearby.
Wantirna (east) Wantirna Park Caravan Park
Approx 25 km from the CBD
This park has powered sites and ensuite sites for caravans and is close to public transport. The Dandenongs and Yarra Valley wineries are an easy drive and Westfield Knox Shopping Centre is nearby as are several parks with walking and cycling trails.