We are traveling for 3 months in our van, so we needed a place to stay for the Easter break. We are doing the Great Ocean Road for the first time so we wanted to stay somewhere along the way. We did leave it a bit late to book in for Easter and a few of the parks I rang were fully booked but I after ringing the Big 4 in Port Fairy they suggested that I call the Belfast Cove as they still had availabilities. I did and they did have a spot for us and he said the rate was $73 per night, which I thought was outrageous. I rang a couple of other parks and found that they were booked out as well so we felt that we had no choice but to take the spot. I did comment to the owner that the fee was higher than I expected, to which he replied that the Big 4 was $80 per night!!!! During the course of the next couple of weeks we enquired at every park we stayed and we found that the dearest park was only $55 per night for Easter. Due to this I again rang the owner and checked the rates which he confirmed were $73 per night but he told me that it was because his park had so many extra facilities, i.e heated pool, jumping pillow, camp kitchen.
We arrived expecting to find a park packed with fabulous facilities to warrant the rate, however we found that the van beside us was plugged into our water as they had no water outlet. We used the outlet and allowed him to run his water from our van. We also had no outlet for the power as a campsite behind us was using that outlet. The owner did sort out these issues, but I would have thought they would have been done prior. The park has only 1 - yes 1 set of amenities which was a long way from our site and very busy, sometimes meaning a wait to use the toilet. The park also only had 2 washing machines, which I have NEVER encountered in any park before. We called into another park in Port Fairy and found that their rates were only $43 so after finding that out I really felt ripped off. The park itself is very nice and I'm sure that in quieter times it would be a lovely place to stay, but sadly I won't be staying again because I really feel that they charged way too much. We also asked at the Big 4 in Warrnambool and their rates were only $55!!!!! The owner may feel that a heated pool and jumping pillow may justify his excessive rates, but I would have preferred a closer set of toilets and an extra washing machine!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belfast Cove Holiday Park has embraced a name change after many years and will now trade as Port Fairy Holiday Park. This will allow us to further highlight our place within the region we love! Same owners, same location and same great guest experience! Select your own little piece of garden to park your van. Set out the picnic table and the deck chairs in the shelter of the trees. You can’t help but relax into the gentle pace of Port Fairy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Port Fairy Holiday Park Victoria