I have been fortunate to have seen some camps which are set in some pretty stunning locations with fantastic views, such as deep valleys, pristine forests, deserts, rivers and mountains. Coastal sea views are always high on the agenda of most people given that most holiday homes proliferate large sections of our coast.
Lake Tyers is set right on the coast overlooking the Tasman Sea in Gippsland. The facility has a mix of cabins, bunkhouses, static homes, caravan sites and tent sites. It is a real boating mecca for the holiday seekers wanting to access the sea easily for fishing and facilities for cleaning boats and fish are provided. The group accommodation facilities are all centrally located in the camp.
The majority of the cabins line the hill-top with views out to the ocean and along 90 mile beach. These all have private bathrooms and small kitchens. Plenty of space is provided between each cabin for privacy. The remaining bunkhouses are dispersed near the central ablution block as these do not have bathrooms. These older style bunkhouses have a warm and charming ambiance about them.
A central dinning hall contains a self-catering
spacious kitchen and would be any camp Chef’s dream. Outside this is an undercover recreation area, which will be undergoing some refurbishment in the future.
Additional outside recreational spaces including playground, volley ball court and BBQ area are all close by and central to the dinning hall. However, the real attraction of being at this camp is the wildness that the beach offers and the vastness of the sea. A small chapel (used for local community services every second weekend) is perched on the hill top on the edge of the camp.
The camp dates back to the 1940s when it first opened for church groups only, for summer and Easter holiday camps. It would’ve been a pretty isolated spot back then, not to mention the big trek from Melbourne to get there. Now its neighbour, Lakes Entrance, is a major holiday destination; however Lake Tyers, only a stones throw away, has kept much of its charm as a small sea-side holiday destination.
The hand-made bricks of some of the old bunkhouses have been graffitied over the decades with the names of the campers and the year they stayed. It’s not ugly graffiti (no ‘Shazza woz ere’ stuff), instead it sort of tells a nice story about the time line the camp has been in operation.