For Cup weekend we stayed at the Time Out Holiday Park in Koonoomoo, Vic. It’s a huge campsite about 3 hours away from Melbourne and it’s right next to The Murray River. We went with Stu’s parents and his sister and her family. It was very cute because they his mum and dad were telling me how they’d been there 15 years ago when Stu and his sister were young!
We had three sites with power and a little ensuite shower and toilet block which was a nice luxury to have. We’ve been bush camping before but since we were camping for the first time with a baby it was great to have these amenities.
Here’s what I thought of the Time Out Holiday Park:
Very family friendly – There was a big playground with a huge jumping pillow and lots of places for kids to cycle around the caravan park.
There were also activities put on by Time Out for the Cup Weekend such as Christmas crafts and a petting zoo. I even got one of Amelia’s bodysuits tie dyed!
It was noisy! – Let’s get back to that jumping pillow that was riiigghhttt near our tent. Those kids sure were having fun and that was great during the day but then the boom boom boom of their little feet and the teenagers with their portable speakers made it tough to get a baby to sleep in the early evening. Gosh, I sound OLD saying that but it’s true.
It also seemed that on the Saturday night the Time Out Holiday Park and nearby river turned into a nightclub as all the adults were living it up with a drink or two or three. Oh and to the bloke outside my tent shouting to their mate to be quiet as there were kids sleeping, you really didn’t help.
Fortunately though as the park rules state it did get quieter after midnight. It really wasn’t a problem though as you don’t go to a place like this and expect quiet, especially during peak times and with tent walls as thin as paper.
It’s a nice place to stay – The whole Holiday Park was pretty clean, everyone was friendly enough, there’s a little milk bar on site and the park has access to a private boat ramp and stretch of beach along the Murray.
What Did We Get Up To?
The main aim was to spend time relaxing but we did get up to a few things.
– We went for lots of walks around the campsite as it helped get Amelia to sleep!
– We found a cool tree swing in the bush just outside the main holiday park area. It made for great photo opportunities.
– We had koala spotting competitions – they are in the trees surrounding the holiday park and one even went for a stroll on the ground in front of our tent.
– We went into the town of Tocumwal, which is in NSW and got some fish & chips and ate on a bench. There was also a massive market that stretched along the foreshore and I couldn’t really be bothered walking through it but then I accidentally bought Amelia a dress haha! You can check out the dates for the Tocumwal Foreshore Market here.
– We visited The Big Strawberry and took photos in front of the gigantic piece of fruit. We also had scones with cream and jam. Strawberry jam of course! You can read about our visit to The Big Strawberry here.
– We chilled out and had drinks by the side of The Murray. Funny story – We set up and then realised that the tree we were under had a koala in it. We ooohd and ahhhd and made jokes about being peed on. Then we noticed it had a joey so we ooohd and ahhhd some more!
For more ideas of places to visit when staying at the Time Out Holiday Park check out this great list from Caravan Parks of Australia. There’s a cool looking place called Cactus Country that looks like a beautful place to check out.
Overall we had a fantastic time and as our first camping trip together as a family I definitely think it was a success. I can’t wait to take Melie away camping again.