Grantville, Westernport Bay, Victoria
Only one hour from Melbourne, the location of this camp offers boundless opportunities to visit wildlife and the marine delights of Phillip Island.
The views from the camp over Westernport Bay, are somewhat spectacular. The camp has a mixture of spaces to explore. I particularly liked the low-ropes course area set in forest. Belinda, the Site Manager took me for a tour which started with the Labyrinth; this hand-made from local stone giant sculpture is a great initiative. Hey camps! Do you have any dead space out there that you would love to fill? Want to make a feature piece on camp, perhaps? Then build labyrinth. A great self-facilitated activity. Better still get the next group staying with you to build it. They look like a work of art once finished.
When I arrived, a group was busy building and paving the installation of some large chess platforms. I love all these little touches camps make as they add some much colour and interest.
The cabins look spacious and are laid out in light forest in a classic horse-shoe formation. Very handy having the self-catering block smack in the centre of these bunk rooms, as I can imagine supervising from this sentry position has many advantages to catch possible mischievous wandering youth! The camp can accommodate up to 130 in thirteen en-suited rooms in eight cabins and several self-contained houses.
Lots of excellent activities are spread around the camp. A real emphasis is on space here. Nothing is too close to each other. Spoilt for choice, you have high-ropes, canoeing, archery, flying fox, indoor games hall, playing field, bushwalking, volleyball, Ga Ga pit and a swimming pool.
I must add that I was really impressed with the signage as I entered the camp. Some really enticing images. It made me excited about what to expect at the camp.