Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published September 18th 2016
An Idyllic Country Coastal Holiday Spot
Along the Bunurong Coastal Drive just a few minutes from Inverloch the RACV Inverloch Resort beckons. This all-inclusive holiday destination is a one stop shop for a Bass Coast escape. The resort has accommodation options from caravan sites through to luxury villas but we treated ourselves to a Premium Ocean View Room for a weekend getaway from Melbourne. Ours was a couples retreat but there were no shortage of families amongst the resorts guests.
Night settles over the resort (Photo RACV Inverloch Resort Facebook Page)
We began our weekend with a Phillip Island stopover and given the wide appeal of the attractions on the island you may wish to do the same. While families might call into Amaze N Things Fun Park or to Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate we chose a visit to the National Vietnam Veterans Museum.
The view from the balcony of a Premium Ocean View Room (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
There is some spectacular scenery on the trip to RACV Inverloch resort. Back on the Bass Highway you will catch sweeping coastline views as you crest the hill to Kilcunda. You might want to break your journey here to take a look at the historic Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge which can be viewed from the beach.
Interesting gardens are scattered throughout the resort (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
In Wonthaggi we turned toward Cape Paterson where we began the picturesque Bunurong Coastal Drive (Cape Paterson-Inverloch Road) and the last leg of the trip to the resort. Atop a hill overlooking the Bass Strait and Andersons Inlet the resort is otherwise surrounding by rolling green hills. It is five kilometres from the township of Inverloch so enjoys a tranquil country coastal setting. The long driveway winds through bushland and then well-kept native gardens to the reception at the main building. Even in the car park we are surrounded by birdsong.
The restaurant with scenic ocean views (Photo from RACV Inverloch Facebook Page)
After settling into our room we sought out the Zenith Lounge for coffee and cake. It was a winter's day when we visited and a gas log fire added to the atmosphere. Choose from armchairs or couches and sit by the floor to ceiling windows to take in views of the ocean. This restful lounge is open from 9am to 10pm so your coffee fix is never far away.
The walking track passes the resorts main building (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Radius Restaurant. Buffet breakfasts offer a wide selection of hot and cold foods. Children seemed particularly excited to be choosing from the buffet. Like the Zenith Lounge the Radius Restaurant has floor to ceiling windows with ocean views. We also had dinner here for the two nights we stayed and I recommend you try the entré tasting platter for two which gives you a choice of any three entré items; you will not be disappointed.
Seats and story boards along the walking track around the wetlands (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
A map of the resort revealed a walking track around wetlands and so I set off to explore. The wetlands are between the main building and the road. The land in front of the buildings slopes away and a fenced gravel path passes the indoor heated pool with its spacious wooden decking on the one side and the tree tops on the other. The path winds down to the wetlands where the occasional wooden seat provides a place to rest and take in the quiet. Story boards tell the history of the area and its environment. A boardwalk crosses the wetlands and from the other side you have good views back to the resort and across the water. Ducks, cormorants and other water birds abound. Wrens flit about in the shrubs.
The beach across the road from the resort (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Across the road visitors can access the beach. In the mornings the tide is out and expansive rock flats are revealed. This was a popular place for rock pool exploring. We saw many families strolling about there. Once the tide is in the rocks are hidden and the beach is narrow.
A wren in the resorts wetlands (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
The return walk again passes the pool area which also houses a toddler pool, a spa and sauna, gym equipment, a children's playroom and a games room. I loop around the main building, past some of the villas and onto a road that passes a grassed area and a football oval with BBQ facilities. The excited squeals of children alert me to the presence of the giant jumping pillow even before I see it. A playground in this area is only one of several available.
One of several playgrounds in the resort (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Towards the back of the property the resort is dissected by a green belt and creek. Across a bridge the cabin area gives way to the caravan park. A flying fox by the bridge is popular with the young children. At the back of the caravan park a covered BBQ area sits beside a large playground. An access road for caravans crosses back over the creek to the tennis courts where a spirited parents versus children doubles match is in progress. The loop is now complete and all 32 hectares of the site have been explored.
A boardwalk across the resorts wetlands (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
There is no need to leave the resort but should you wish to Inverloch is only a few minutes away. The town has a good selection of shops, a calm inlet beach and a skate park. We took some time to explore and called into the Shell Museum and Dinosaur Display which is a delight to children and adults alike.
A kangaroo lounging at the edge of the resort (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
The RACV Inverloch Resort is at 70 Cape Paterson-Inverloch Road, Inverloch. It is around 150kms and just under 2 hours from the Melbourne CBD. We chose the scenic Bunurong Coastal Drive but you could also take a route via Wonthaggi and Inverloch. Click here for directions. The resort can be contacted and bookings made via their website or by telephoning (03) 5674 0000. Accommodation options impact the price and RACV member discounts and seasonal special deals apply.