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Forest Lodge Farm (VIC)

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Jack River
Gippsland, Victoria

It is always so pleasing to go down to this part of Victoria. I think it has to be one of my favourite drives. We camp as a family down this way often. The rolling pasture lands of Gippsland, the gateway to Wilsons Promontory, fantastic waterways, surf, excellent fishing and secluded spots. It can be so under-utilised, unlike the west-coast of Victoria. Anyone that I ever mention this drive too always knows exactly what I am talking about. Twenty or even ten years ago, going this way and stopping for a bite to eat or a coffee was extremely limited for quality or choice. Now it is a gourmet paradise all the way- you are now spoilt for choice.

Meeting Kathryn and Paul from Forest Lodge Farm was a real delight. They are so passionate about this working dairy farm. We reported in a recent Camping News that they had recently won the 2016 Prime 7 Wellington People’s Choice Awards ‘Best B&B/Cottages Accommodation’ award. Well deserved.

The camp is set on 40 acres of flat open land, overlooking the beautiful Strzelecki Mountain Ranges and neighbouring lush dairy farms. The family home on the property is a beautiful old red bricked homestead. Plenty of bushland adjacent in the Alberton State Forest which they use for bushwalking. It would make a perfect spot for extended overnight walking journeys.

Not a small camp by any stretch at 114 beds. Most of these beds are set out over 18 rooms in one large bunkhouse with other beds in separate cabins and a self-contained cottage.

The massive large grass sports oval is smack in the middle of camp which is handy for keeping an eye on groups. Plenty of undercover areas (as this region can experience decent rain at times). Loads of activities, such as giant swing, flying fox, archery, canoeing, raft building, low ropes initiatives course (which is massive and could be an all-day activity in itself), hut building, bush cooking, frisbee golf, fishing, yabbying and ponding. Plenty of interaction with heaps of farm animals is a real highlight of going on camp here especially for city schools who rarely get the opportunity to be up close farm animals. The best activity that I saw was hay bale jumping- it looked like so much fun.

A great example of a progressive independent camp delivering inclusive programs without the same resources that some of the multi-site operators enjoy. Go Forest Lodge Farm keep winning awards!

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