We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Apollo Bay
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan & Camp Park
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
75 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Choices...,”
Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

We choose this over the phone after inspecting an alternative, more modern park which offered a 'spa cabin' which turned out to be a bathtub with jets. Having decided that the 'spa' wasn't worth it we took a cabin here for a bit more than half the price of the other offering.
The cabin was basic, spartan and dated but ok.
There is a BBQ area in the park but don't wast your time; none of the BBQs in the 'shed' even have knobs on them.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
Helpful?
3 Thank NotQuiteAWinnebago
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gary M, General Manager at Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan & Camp Park, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your feedback; it is appreciated.

Otway Coast Committee is the manager of the Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve (ABRR) and Wye River Foreshore Camping Ground and also manages the foreshore areas of all the coastal towns between Marengo / Apollo Bay and Wye River / Separation Creek.

The Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve has 110 powered sites, 35 of a which are available for casual use with the remainder occupied by Annual Permit Holders (65) and Committee owned Cabins and onsite vans.
There are also 220 unpowered sites situated along the river, around the oval and on the hill above the oval.

Over the summer period, and throughout the year for that matter, many thousands of people stay and we receive far more compliments than the handful of negative comments that now appear on trip advisor.

In our defence I offer the following comments on the points raised on Trip Advisor;
• The ABBR has consistently met the requirements of a 3 star rating;
• The peak and off-season tariffs are significantly cheaper than local alternatives;
• Our tariffs are for 4 people whereas practically all others are for 2 people;
• A new amenities facility was completed last year at a cost of $150k bringing to 4 the number of amenities blocks;
• The main amenities block was fully renovated 5 years ago at a cost of $130k;
• A new BBQ area was constructed last year at a cost of $50k;
• Many of the “permanents” are in fact Twelve Month Permit (TMP) holder over which the committee has little control other than when sites turnover;
• Many of the TMP’s vans have been onsite for decades;
• TMP’ s are not allowed to live permanently at the ABRR;
• The cabins are basic, and are priced accordingly, but are 2 bedroom do have and Air Con, Full Kitchen, 2 TV’s. AAA tourism regularly comment on their cleanliness.
• We attempt to respond to all concerns regarding maintenance, cleanliness, immediately or in a timely manner;
• All sites are well grassed; however extensive below ground plumbing works prior to last summer left some of the Powered sites with less than 100 grass cover;
• The ABRR is well situated across the road from the beach and within easy walking distance to the centre town;
• Because of its size and tariff, especially over summer crowd control can be an issue and consequently security personnel are employed;
• The Committee is currently finishing a redevelopment Master Plan for the ABRR that will detail the identified works that are required to improve the ABRR.

The OCC takes seriously its responsibility to manage the ABRR to the best of our ability within its financial constraints. All surplus funds are directed toward improving the camping grounds we manage and last financial year on top of the 2 capital projects noted above at the ABRR, the OCC completed a new Sewage Treatment Plant and new modular amenities block at the Wye River Foreshore Camping Ground at a cost of $500k.

We understand and know the ABRR has limitations that we are working to address, but we also know far more people are happy to stay with us than those who have commented on Trip Advisor.

I hope my comments were of some assistance.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

46 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    3
    4
    15
    12
    12
See reviews for
13
21
1
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (4)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
118 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2013

This park is run by the local council and is definitely 1 star. For a powered site for $34 it is a total rip off. There are no discounts, even for those on a Veterans Disability pension.
Sites are muddy, we were wedged in between two vans and a tree when there were plenty of other available sunny sites, amenities are 1950's vintage.. cold and barely basic. There are quite a few permanents in shabby "abodes". Minimal garbage bins and no other facilities to speak of. All the good sites next to the river are unpowered.
Can I say anything good about this place? They take dogs.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Janine2511
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gary M, General Manager at Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan & Camp Park, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your feedback; it is appreciated.

Otway Coast Committee is the manager of the Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve (ABRR) and Wye River Foreshore Camping Ground and also manages the foreshore areas of all the coastal towns between Marengo / Apollo Bay and Wye River / Separation Creek.

The Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve has 110 powered sites, 35 of a which are available for casual use with the remainder occupied by Annual Permit Holders (65) and Committee owned Cabins and onsite vans.
There are also 220 unpowered sites situated along the river, around the oval and on the hill above the oval.

Over the summer period, and throughout the year for that matter, many thousands of people stay and we receive far more compliments than the handful of negative comments that now appear on trip advisor.

In our defence I offer the following comments on the points raised on Trip Advisor;
• The ABBR has consistently met the requirements of a 3 star rating;
• The peak and off-season tariffs are significantly cheaper than local alternatives;
• Our tariffs are for 4 people whereas practically all others are for 2 people;
• A new amenities facility was completed last year at a cost of $150k bringing to 4 the number of amenities blocks;
• The main amenities block was fully renovated 5 years ago at a cost of $130k;
• A new BBQ area was constructed last year at a cost of $50k;
• Many of the “permanents” are in fact Twelve Month Permit (TMP) holder over which the committee has little control other than when sites turnover;
• Many of the TMP’s vans have been onsite for decades;
• TMP’ s are not allowed to live permanently at the ABRR;
• The cabins are basic, and are priced accordingly, but are 2 bedroom do have and Air Con, Full Kitchen, 2 TV’s. AAA tourism regularly comment on their cleanliness.
• We attempt to respond to all concerns regarding maintenance, cleanliness, immediately or in a timely manner;
• All sites are well grassed; however extensive below ground plumbing works prior to last summer left some of the Powered sites with less than 100 grass cover;
• The ABRR is well situated across the road from the beach and within easy walking distance to the centre town;
• Because of its size and tariff, especially over summer crowd control can be an issue and consequently security personnel are employed;
• The Committee is currently finishing a redevelopment Master Plan for the ABRR that will detail the identified works that are required to improve the ABRR.

The OCC takes seriously its responsibility to manage the ABRR to the best of our ability within its financial constraints. All surplus funds are directed toward improving the camping grounds we manage and last financial year on top of the 2 capital projects noted above at the ABRR, the OCC completed a new Sewage Treatment Plant and new modular amenities block at the Wye River Foreshore Camping Ground at a cost of $500k.

We understand and know the ABRR has limitations that we are working to address, but we also know far more people are happy to stay with us than those who have commented on Trip Advisor.

I hope my comments were of some assistance.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers are raving about these Apollo Bay hotels

Portarlington
Level Contributor
26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2013

The Otway Coast Committee of Management should hang their heads in shame at the state of this park. I can't believe that this place has only 1 review on Tripadvisor, i would have thought people could not resist logging in just to smash this place. I recently stayed which was my first since I was a teenager in the 1980's. Short story - I wont be back. The facilities are a relic from another camping era. Not sure when the park open but they facilities really haven't been touched since. I would estimate circa 1950 - 60. The Management Committee are happy to take your money (and the park isn't that cheap in comparison to the facilities provided) but none of this money is going back into the park. Disgrace really. If you were thinking of staying here DONT! Travel the extra 400 meters and stay at Marengo in a much more picturesque and modern park where management actually have some pride in the service and facilities that are provided. To the members of the Otway Coast Committee of Management - resign from your positions, you failed dismally some decades ago. Maybe your replacements will bulldoze the place and rebuild something that is worth staying at the park for. Pitiful.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
9 Thank Tiffany G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gary M, General Manager at Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan & Camp Park, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your feedback; it is appreciated.

Otway Coast Committee is the manager of the Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve (ABRR) and Wye River Foreshore Camping Ground and also manages the foreshore areas of all the coastal towns between Marengo / Apollo Bay and Wye River / Separation Creek.

The Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve has 110 powered sites, 35 of a which are available for casual use with the remainder occupied by Annual Permit Holders (65) and Committee owned Cabins and onsite vans.
There are also 220 unpowered sites situated along the river, around the oval and on the hill above the oval.

Over the summer period, and throughout the year for that matter, many thousands of people stay and we receive far more compliments than the handful of negative comments that now appear on trip advisor.

In our defence I offer the following comments on the points raised on Trip Advisor;
• The ABBR has consistently met the requirements of a 3 star rating;
• The peak and off-season tariffs are significantly cheaper than local alternatives;
• Our tariffs are for 4 people whereas practically all others are for 2 people;
• A new amenities facility was completed last year at a cost of $150k bringing to 4 the number of amenities blocks;
• The main amenities block was fully renovated 5 years ago at a cost of $130k;
• A new BBQ area was constructed last year at a cost of $50k;
• Many of the “permanents” are in fact Twelve Month Permit (TMP) holder over which the committee has little control other than when sites turnover;
• Many of the TMP’s vans have been onsite for decades;
• TMP’ s are not allowed to live permanently at the ABRR;
• The cabins are basic, and are priced accordingly, but are 2 bedroom do have and Air Con, Full Kitchen, 2 TV’s. AAA tourism regularly comment on their cleanliness.
• We attempt to respond to all concerns regarding maintenance, cleanliness, immediately or in a timely manner;
• All sites are well grassed; however extensive below ground plumbing works prior to last summer left some of the Powered sites with less than 100 grass cover;
• The ABRR is well situated across the road from the beach and within easy walking distance to the centre town;
• Because of its size and tariff, especially over summer crowd control can be an issue and consequently security personnel are employed;
• The Committee is currently finishing a redevelopment Master Plan for the ABRR that will detail the identified works that are required to improve the ABRR.

The OCC takes seriously its responsibility to manage the ABRR to the best of our ability within its financial constraints. All surplus funds are directed toward improving the camping grounds we manage and last financial year on top of the 2 capital projects noted above at the ABRR, the OCC completed a new Sewage Treatment Plant and new modular amenities block at the Wye River Foreshore Camping Ground at a cost of $500k.

We understand and know the ABRR has limitations that we are working to address, but we also know far more people are happy to stay with us than those who have commented on Trip Advisor.

I hope my comments were of some assistance.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
399 reviews
278 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve & Caravan Park is located next to Great Ocean Road. The town centre and the beach are at walking distance. We checked-in for one of the 35 powered sites. As it was winter and off-season we were the only camper-van in the park. Staffs appeared friendly and correct.

Apollo Bay was established in the 1840s with a whaling station at Point Bunbury where today is the golf course. Named after a visiting schooner the town was known as Middleton and later Kambruk until becoming Apollo Bay in 1952.

Apollo Bay Caravan Park stretches along the Barnham River and encloses the Football Oval. The park is OK when you need a powered site for your camper-van. The park hosts quite a number of semi-permanent residents which gives the park a slightly shabby outlook. We found the communal toilets and showers simple, yet adequate and clean.

Considering its location we found Apollo Bay Caravan Park a reasonable good place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank MrsPiket
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Apollo Bay hotels
0.3 mi away
Comfort Inn The International
0.1 mi away
Beachfront Motel
Beachfront Motel
#9 of 12 in Apollo Bay
248 reviews
0.3 mi away
Beachcomber Motel and Apartments
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 mi away
Captain's At The Bay
Captain's At The Bay
#1 of 19 in Apollo Bay
519 reviews
1.6 mi away
Marengo Holiday Park
Marengo Holiday Park
#8 of 32 in Apollo Bay
147 reviews
1.0 mi away
BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan & Camp Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan & Camp Park

Property: Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan & Camp Park
Address: Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Apollo Bay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Apollo Bay
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan & Camp Park Great Ocean Road

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing