Yes, it is deliberate. We decided to deliberately keep WIFI out of the park and create a central point for accessing internet. Strange you say? Well, it's not so strange, as most of you have your own wifi with your phone contracts or your dongles. For those who don’t, we offer unlimited access at any time of the day to keep in touch with loved ones, share your Instagram posts, check Facebook or send an urgent email. On many occasions we have been praised for only making wifi available in our hotspot because teenagers only have access while they're in the hub so when they sit around the campfire with you, they are actually with you, physically and mentally. It's much eaiser to connect after you've disconnected.
Eight Springfree trampolines are located at the playground for both kids AND adults. Safety is really important here at Halls Gap Lakeside and thus we only buy the best of the best. This NZ designed trampoline is one of the safest trampolines in the world.
Even crawlers love the trampolines. TIP: bring a balloon, it will keep bouncing and coming back to them as they move around!
There are some rules and we would really appreciate it if you could discuss these with your children.
- No more than 2 children at a time (max 100kg and for the small ones 80kg)
- No shoes
- No jumping after dusk (to minimise impact on others)
If you want some more information on these trampolines, please visit the manufacturer's website here.
WOOD FIRE HEATED POOL
Yes, you are reading this right!
It's very unique and extremely popular, especially in winter when its cold outside, but the pools are a steaming 33 degrees!
The top pool is 1.8 metres at its deepest point, so for the non-swimmers we recommend some floaties. Also, goggles are recommended because we have chlorinated the pool according to Australian standards. The top pool is 11 metres long and 3.8 metres wide.
The new bottom pool is a bit larger in size due to the shallow toddler area which measures about 2.5m x 2.5m and is only 50cm deep. The main section of the pool is similar in size of the top pool measuring in at 12m x 4m.
Both pools are surrounded by lush grass and merbau decking, so Mum and Dad can soak up some Vitamin D whilst watching the kids. Make sure to bring your beach towels!
Not keen on sharing? No problem! We try to cater for everyone. In the amenities block at the top of the park we offer private bathrooms. Bathrooms are equipped with a toilet, shower and basin and whilst the door is locked, the bathroom is all yours. It is just like an ensuite, the only difference is that you don’t pay more and you can't leave your toothbrush! Due to renovations in Autumn 2020 we now have 6 private fully equipped unisex bathrooms and 4 single unisex toilets. They have come up like a treat and are super easy to clean with minimime silicone, thanks to Ballarat Epoxy Flake & Flooring
BRAND NEW AMENITIES
Mid September 2018 we launched our newly renovated amenities. While the exterior is still the same, the bathrooms inside have been fully renovated in similar style to that of a 5 star hotel. For the little men, we have positioned one of the urinals lower, so dad and son can comfortably make a visit to the toilet at the same time. The gents have 4 showers, 3 toilets and 3 urinals, the ladies have 4 showers and 6 toilets. We hope you love them as much as we do.
This very basic bathroom has a shower, toilet and basin. If you need access, just ask at reception for the code.
This separate bathroom includes a bath and baby sink, ideal for those families who love to give their little ones a warm bath before bed and story time! Just ask us for the code so you can access this bathroom during your stay.
An important part of camping is happy hour, right? The camp lounge is the perfect spot! Fitted with a bar and barstools, fridge, seating and a cosy campfire, all you need to bring is your drinks and a cheese platter! Kids love using this space for board games and colouring in. Free to air TV is also screened, but no Foxtel. The Halls Gap Hotel can help you there.
Just some housekeeping
People often ask if they can use the camp lounge for private functions. After all Halls Gap Lakeside is an ideal spot to gather for family birthdays and reunions due to the high variety of accommodation options. We strongly advise that if you use the camp kitchen and lounge for larger gatherings, you start nice and early. We have a strict no noise policy from 11pm, so we ask that you wrap up your gathering prior to this time. Please keep in mind that the camp lounge and kitchen should be accessible to all guests at all times, so no hogging. That's fair for everyone in a family oriented park.
There is nothing nicer than the mesmerising flames of a cozy fire, especially in the colder months. Recently the fire was given a further function, as Rohan was clever enough to utilise the heat by ducting it to take the chill out of the amenities, guaranteeing a comfortable visit to the toilet and showers! He's more than just a pretty face!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. I scream toasting marshmallows and a CAMPFIRE! Camping without a campfire? NO way! It is one element that makes camping special. And here at Lakeside we are still priviledged enough to be able to offer this vital part of camping. Not many places in Victoria allow this any longer. You can hire a fire drum for $10 for the period of your stay, all year around. We deliver it to your location and when you depart, we collect and dispose of the ashes! It's as easy as that.
Have a look over here for some rules and regulations. I know, it's not an exciting read, but necessary, since we like to continue to offer such service, we need to all understand a few rule sand regulations.
Of course we have a playground, in fact it's right in the middle of the park. Cabins 82 to 87 look over the playground area, which is great for those with young children, but we recommend to avoid these cabins if you prefer to get some rest! The playground has two swings and a slide, don’t forget our spring free trampolines.
As we like to invest in things we like ourselves, a proper espresso machine was installed at reception. All of our front office staff have undergone proper barista training and will serve you a latte, capucchino, flat white, long black, short black, hot chocolate or chai. We have 3 sizes and offer full cream, REV, BonSoy and almond milk. If you use other milk due to dietary requirements please bring it up with you and we will serve your coffee with the milk replacement fit for your diet. In autumn 2020, we renovated front reception, to specifically be able to cater for your daily coffee needs.
Located in the brick amenities block in the middle of the park, the camp kitchen is ideal to quickly heat some lasagne or cook a meal from scratch. The kitchen includes dishwashing facilities, a microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge. We recommend that you mark your refrigerated items with your name and departure date, just in case. Please bring your own pots, pans, cutlery and plates, like a real camper. The camp kitchen has received a facelift in winter 2019. Not only has it become extremly functional, it is dead set gorgeous!
We have one central laundry facility, fully renovated and located in the main amenities block in the middel of the park. The washing machine and dryers cost $4.00 per load and take a mixture of $1 and $2 coins. If you need change, just come and see us at reception. Our opening hours are 9am until 5.30pm. We also sell washing powder at $0.50 a sachet.
Washing lines are hidden behind merbau screens at both amenities blocks. Pegs can be borrowed at reception.
Fitted with outdoor BBQs, this deck will make you forget you are in a caravan park! Just bring a couple of drinks or a cuppa and relax. All that’s missing is a chef to give you the full Alfresco experience!
All of our units also come with a Webber BBQ on the deck.
Several different gift ideas are available from the shop at reception.
Weather permitting, our ice-cream cart operates every weekend and school holidays between September and April.
We offer four different flavours every night.
Our art gallery is certainly a hidden feature, with artist Veronica McDonald (Mum of owner Rohan McDonald) residing in Winchelsea, but having some of her work on display right here at Lakeside! If you are keen to have a look and the gallery appears to be closed, please see the friendly staff at reception to collect the key. Veronica will love that you made the effort to visit.