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Marengo Holiday Park - Great Ocean Road - Apollo Bay - Victoria

There is something magic about staying in a caravan park right on the ocean! The Great Ocean Road certainly adds to that magic as the scenery is absolutely stunning and, in our view, world class. Marengo is a couple of kms west of Apollo Bay and in holiday times is just that little bit quieter. On arrival you are greeted like an old friend and you are told that you can park anywhere! We love parks like this! Now the "anywhere" turned out to be anywhere along the beachfront.


 
 

You can see the ocean from most sites and hear it from all of them as the park is partly on a headland! There is zero traffic noise. Taps are a bit on the scarce side though but most sites have sullage available. All sites are grassy with no concrete annex pads at all. We liked the circular layout of this park as it was obviously done to maximise the views. We got a good picture on channel 2 using a boosted Winegard aerial. CDMA and GSM mobiles work fine.


 
 
 

If you have been out along the Mornington Peninsula, the amenities will really tickle you as all the doors are done in the same colourful style as those little bathing huts right on the beach. We also liked the way the lights came on as soon as you entered. The laundry has a good iron on site all the time. Tubs have hot water. A really nice touch is the "family" bathroom complete with believe it or not a full size bath and a toilet. A great idea and one that solves many problems. This facility is open to all - great to have a soakl after a long tiring walk along the clifftops. The photo below was taken inside the camp kitchen. Again a lot of good ideas here. It has a fridge, stove and a large BBQ and lots of seating. Being indoors makes it great in winter and on those Antartic wind days! Anyone who went to the CMCA Paskeville Rally knows what we mean!


 
 
 

Cost wise we paid $22.00 for a powered site in November 2003. Lots of unpowered sites right on the water at $18.00. Many of the signs at the park have been rather cleverly hand made like the "mens" sign below. Great stuff!


 
 
 

This has to be walkers paradise! It is an easy walk back into Apollo Bay and the beach is lovely and hard at low tide - also wonderful for bikes. Speaking of bikes, there is an excellent track leading right back into Apollo Bay. The Great Ocean Walk actually starts from just within the park. Oh yes - we had better mention the resident seal colony. These little guys are on a tiny reef right outside the park and are really visible with binoculars.


 
 

Managers Tony and Lee James do a great job keeping the amenities spotless and overall this is a well managed park. Yes there are a few older vans here but that is neither here nor there. You can get more info on (03) 5237 6162, Emailmarengo@vicnet.net.au and on the excellent website at www.marengopark.com.au. Don't forget this is a very doggy friendly park as well!

Absolutely recommended!

Chrissy Eustace

Hema 39 K10

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