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Resort driving distance from Melbourne?

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Resort driving distance from Melbourne?

Hi, We (family of four kids are 7 & 9) are coming to visit family in Melbourne for Christmas and want to add say 5 days on after this for relaxing by a pool. I realise Victoria isn't really resort land - but are there any resorts that are driving distance from Melbourne (or Geelong as thats where we will be) that we can relax at with two kids - essentially we want to lie by a pool - and ideally not super crowded, I really want to avoid New Years eve crowd spots. Last year we went to Fiji over New Years and it was amazing just totally relaxing and not super busy or crazy with New Years. Is there anywhere that might be like this?? Thanks so much for any help! Or should we just fly to brisbane and find a resort up there and then fly home to NZ from brisbane?

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1. Re: Resort driving distance from Melbourne?

I'm not sure what your definition of a resort is and the closest thing I can think of is caravan/cabin parks which are in prime locations and have their own swimming pools playgrounds and fully equipped self catering cabins.

On the Bellarine peninsula there are two Big4 cabin parks Beacon Point at Queenscliff and a newer one on Bellarine highway further afield there are others at Anglesea and Apollo Bay.

https://www.beaconresort.com.au/

https:/…bellarine-holiday-park

https:/…anglesea-holiday-park

http://piscespark.com.au/contact-us/

For cabin parks in other locations look at www.big4.com.au www.toptouristparks.com.au

At that time of the year you would want to be booking any sort of holiday accommodation now.

As a disclaimer I have no connection with the Big4 group other than I use the product where possible when doing road trips.

Edited: 13 June 2018, 15:12
Melbourne, Australia
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2. Re: Resort driving distance from Melbourne?

Peak holiday season across southern Australia (like NZ) so super busy. We don't really have those Fiji resort style places in Victoria. As Famrick has suggested maybe the bigger caravan parks, but even there you won't be ordering cocktails by the pool.

Melbourne, Australia
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3. Re: Resort driving distance from Melbourne?

Agree, Victoria doesn't really do the resort thing but places in Queensland or NSW would be better suited to your needs, .e.g. Hamilton Island.

The closest thing to a resort in Victoria to me would be the RACV branded resorts (mainly new) .e.g Inverloch, Torquay and Cape Schank. But as mentioned, they won't be quiet as Summer is peak season and most people are on Summer holidays. https:/…racv-resorts.html

Melbourne
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4. Re: Resort driving distance from Melbourne?

"Last year we went to Fiji over New Years and it was amazing just totally relaxing and not super busy or crazy with New Years.' Agree with the others. I don't think you will find this in Victoria and especially around Christmas and New Year.

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5. Re: Resort driving distance from Melbourne?

Pretty sure most Victorians if they want a resort holiday would fly to Fiji or Noosa.

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6. Re: Resort driving distance from Melbourne?

You can fly from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast airports which would save you a bit of a commute - have a look at the RACV resort in Noosa, or just pick a serviced apartment in Noosaville (we like Munna Beach Apartments - nice pool and across the road from the river/beach/barbecues and ferry stop.)

You could also look at Caloundra (in which case fly in to Brisbane) Rumba Resort or Rolling Surf are good locations for a family.

Cheers.

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