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Wombat Corner (VIC)

Wombat Corner Camp
Emerald, Victoria

I visited the lake Wombat Corner Camp is perched above nearly 10 years ago, when I was fortunate to be a best man at a friends wedding. The wedding ceremony was held on the banks of this picturesque lake. I distinctly remember the autumn colours and how the precipitation was dripping from the trees. Just as the bride would have been praying for, like a miracle, the sun came out for the ceremony and the photo shoot, and just as quickly it was gone again. After all, the location of this camp is in the Dandenong Ranges and the annual rainfall is pretty high.

Wombat Corner reminds me of a European alpine lodge, especially as it is surrounded by deciduous European trees. Originally the building was a grand lodge, called Silver Springs, a hills guest house and it is filled with character. It has been extended and modernised to provide comfortable and functional accommodation for groups up to 95 people. Lots of framed images of yesteryear are on display in the main lounge building. A very welcoming open fire-place is in the main lounge-room, which doubles as the main meeting room for groups. The camp utilises the surrounding 60 hectare parkland (and lake) for water activities such as canoeing, bushwalks and nature studies. It is also one of the stops for the famous old steam train, Puffing Billy.

Outside program activities on the actual camp’s property are all amazingly squeezed onto the 2.5 acre site. These include a flying fox, low-ropes course, archery, in-ground trampolines, initiative course, soccer field and mobile climbing tower. Plenty of activities are indoors as well, such as bouldering wall, games room with pool soccer, table tennis and air hockey tables. The dining room, which is elevated, overlooks the main activity areas.

The bedrooms/cabins are various sizes ranging from five to eighteen beds. All have en-suites or bathrooms under one roof. They are all carpeted and heated for the expected cold weather this region can deliver.

Plenty of plans are in the pipe-line for extensions to the current buildings. I’m sure when they are completed they will be in keeping with the current character of the lodge.
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