The drive to Weekaway is interesting. Located only 80 odd kilometres north of Melbourne in the Benloch Valley, this immediate area was new too me. The landscape is dotted with huge granite boulders set amongst forest, you can just imagine in the winter with the mist surrounding the hills how magical the place must feel, enough to get visitors to the property giddy with anticipation of what the camp has in store.
As you enter the camp along the driveway the neatly manicured lawns immediately strike you as this is going to be an efficiently run camp. On arrival I make my way to the dinning area as I can hear much raucous coming from it.
Darren Burns, Owner Manager whom I am due to meet is right in the thick of it, sleeves rolled up, serving over a hundred school kids lunch. He appears enthusiastic and loving every minute. He soon takes me on a tour of the camp starting with the two sleeping quarters, with the main bunkhouse having a feature central fire place and a smaller groups bunkhouse.
The main bunkhouse sits next to dinning hall with includes an outdoor dinning area. All these facilities overlook the open grassland leading to the lake used for canoeing. We continue our tour around the 30 ha property in the 4WD buggy checking out the activities, such as canoeing, ropes course, initiative course, flying fox, archery, mountain biking, rogaining, golf, bushwalking, hut building, indoor basketball and night glow trails.
The golf would explain the neat manicured lawns, but Darren explains different, that he takes pride in keeping the place looking its best, a daunting task given that they have suffered some serious flood damage in the last few years.