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Golden Valleys Lodge (VIC)

The Mornington Peninsula, especially the Arthurs Seat/Red Hill area, is now a sea of millionaires properties all with obligatory vineyard. Many of these properties can sit idle for weeks at a time, the owners seemingly too busy attending polo matches or skiing on man made snow at our alpine resorts.

Golden Valleys Lodge built in 1979 is set amongst these property’s and is an absolute jewel in the crown, having secured this diamond location well before the ‘Peninsula’ became the place to own a second (or third) home and toy farm.

The location near the top of Arthurs Seat is outstanding. Adjacent to Greens Bush, the 74 acre property is unlike any of its neighbours. It has a warm and inviting feel about it, partly due to the owner Andrea Brown, who is an old hand at camps. Andrea’s mother worked at the camp until the ripe young age of 88! Andrea runs a tight ship and knows what’s going on in all areas of the camp. The buildings are country style log cabins all with views of activity areas.

Standing on the verandas looking over the Mornington Peninsula National Park it is serene. The bunk rooms have a total capacity of 117. Andrea proudly shows us our ACA preferred supplier camp bunks from Hypersonic Industries. They look brand new, but they aren’t, as they have had them for quite some time. A good testament to the quality of them and the punishment they can withstand.

Kangaroos abound as we walk to towards the flying fox area; the ‘Roos’ are like a thick shaggy carpet on the ground there is that many of them. The area Andrea tells me is built on an extinct volcano. Activities, such as mountain biking are spread throughout the property and are purpose built mountain bike courses. There is no shortage of activities to do. Check out the list here. The indoor archery hall is the first of this type I have seen and it means it is an all weather activity. No more missing arrows in the grass either! Of course the beach is just a short distance away as well.

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