We stayed at the Big 4 Holiday Park which was very central to everything, they had a nice (albeit cold) swimming area with 3 pools and the accommodations were more than sufficient for a couple nights rest. They had a nice children’s play area and the entire park is set in a very desirable outdoor setting.
While exploring the region for one day we were able to find a surprisingly large number of things to do.
Lakes entrance has a wonderful children’s playground, a pretty beach that is great for kids and families and a beautiful riverside walking/hiking trail that made for a nice sunrise run.
Although this would not be a “must see” activity on your Australian itinerary if you are driving from the Great Ocean Road like we were or from Melbourne it is a good stopping point to relax and recharge.
What do you get when you combine a nifty little surf beach, soft sand, gentle waves and an amazing holiday park right on the beach. Something pretty close to perfect.
Just like Lakes Entrance this was an overnight stop that could have turned into a lot more. If you are driving up the coast and have a chance to stop in Merimbula plan for a couple days. The Big 4 Holiday Park has a kids club and a huge child friendly pool great for kids of all ages. Its location on the beach makes it a big win for everyone.
There is a nice boardwalk that you can pick up in Merimbula City that makes for a spectacular run/walk through a mangrove forest right over the ocean inlet. This is a great way to spend your morning after a nice cup of coffee.
I was doing some research on where to stop on the way up from Melbourne, once I saw the Kangaroos I was sold.
Pretty beach may very well be one of the most memorable stops on our trip.
Pretty beach itself is a bit difficult to find and the campground is simple with two on site cabins that were truly amazing given they are owned and operated by the Australian Parks system. There are only 2 cabins so if you are going to make this a stop you must book early!
There is hiking, wildlife galore and yes, lots of Kangaroos!