I stayed here for a week in October and the weather was nothing short of lousy the entire week. Driving wind and rain - which I loved. Actually forced me to relax and unwind from busy corporate life.
I wanted something basic, no frills and above all else: QUIET. And that it was. Maybe because I was staying out of peak times. Although I did stay the weekend of the melbourne - Warrnambool bicycle race but with a park half full of semi-pro NRS cyclists they weren't an issue.
I found the average stay of other visitors to the park was max 2 - 3 nights and didn't have any issues with anyone else. Very few kids there (which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you are on your own and want quiet)
I went down with three goals of: riding the Port Fairy - Warny Railtrail, riding the beach trail and relax. Achieved all 3 without stepping on the sand.
You pay $2 (2 x $1) to use the communal spa. The pool was heated in October which was good.
The communal bbq area was quiet and very clean - was enclosed that time of the year, with a tv in the area, 4 bbq tops, 2 fridges (if you don't have a fridge you can use one of these if you mark your items with your name/ site number, sink and boiling water tap (to make tea/ coffee).
The games room next to the eating area was quite nice - including a free video game to play whilst waiting for the clothes washing/ drying.
To use the washing machine is $3 (3 x $1) (laundry powder available @ reception) and I spent $3 (3 x $1) per dryer load (industrial sized dryers) which was sufficient for quite a large load to dry. Reception has change if you require. I didn't have have issues with the laundry (ie. didn't appear to be used that often) using 1. the bbq area, 2.washing/ drying rooms and 3. pool/ spa.
I stayed in the 6 berth family deluxe cabin as I had a bike to store and I found it neat, tidy and well presented. It is basic, but what do you expect from a Jayco Cabin in a cabin park? If you want something better, you'll pay more and be further away from the beach and in the centre of town in a motel. The 6 berth cabin came with an iron/ board, broom, plates, knives, forks etc. The TV was atop the fridge if you have kids, this could cause a problem, but tell them to outside and play, or read a book - I know i did plenty of reading that week as I didn't want to sit and watch tv all week.
The beach is across the road plus an easy cut through the caravan park opposite (that is only open during peak season) - you can still walk through the caravan park opposite when it is closed without issue. Maybe 2 minute easy walk. I stayed @ the back of the park so road noise and oceans crashing wasn't an issue. WIth onsite resident managers, I don't think they'd tolerate too much late night partying and disruption to other guests.
I didn't have much to do with the onsite managers but when I did they were always polite and cheerful and always said hello. I was basically left to myself - which is definately what I needed/ wanted.
Reasonable pricing for fully self contained basic accomodation.
I found the queen bed quite comfortable. In the 6 berth cabin the main bedroom was a bit small with a queen sized bed in there, but I wasn't phased. I was on my lonesome. I used the 2nd bedroom to store suitcase and bike + bike bits as I was on my lonesome for most of the trip. Listening to the howling winds coming in off the southern ocean and the rain pelting on the cabin roof brought back fond memories of stayinig in my parent's caravan. Even the tree branches rustling on the roof was quite relaxing.
Lake Pertobe and relaxing walks are only 1 minute away. The breakwater is only 6 - 7 mins walk away and the township centre is only 5 mins drive away. The Port Fairy-Warrny railtrail start is @ the breakwater is accessible off road from directly opposite the park if you want to start right @ the start. Otherwise it goes within 200metres of the park entrance.
Don't get me wrong, this park isn't designed for couples or singles, it is a family park: for kids, there is the beach across the road and through the caravan park opposite, onsite games room, onsite heated swimming pool, paid mini golf is 30 seconds walk, bike path alongside/ off the road is directly across the road, lake pertobe adventure playground is 4 mins walk away (adult speed), lawn tennis is next door for hire and Flagstaff hill museum is 2 mins drive away.
I'd recommend staying here again for sure.
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