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Three of a kind: fabulous family holidays

13:00 AEST Fri Sep 23 2011
Jules Lund checked out just how a family holiday should be done in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, while Kelly Landry took to NSW's South Coast to examine two family-friendly holiday options.


Since he's been a dad, Jules' days of nightclubbing and relaxing in jacuzzi tubs are over. These days he's checking out suitable locations for family holidays.

Amberlee Family Holiday Park

An hour or so from Melbourne in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, Amberlee Family Park offers Four Star Breakaways for families and couples.

They have self-contained cabins and villas with kitchens, stoves, refrigerator and so on, and upstairs master bedrooms overlook the lower level. Budget cabins are available and for caravans, there are drive-through sites on grassed areas.

There's a landscaped play area with an in-ground pool, a shade covered toddlers' lagoon pool, spa, trampolines, tennis and basketball courts, volley ball and nine-hole minigolf. Winding parks are there to explore, so make sure you pack the bicycles!

During school holidays there is a diverse activities roster which might include making bowling pins or lamingtons. Swings, slides, monkey bars, fireman's pole and a flying fox give hours of energetic fun.

New South Wales

Kelly will be a parent very soon, so was keen to visit the beautiful Gerringong and Gerroa areas a couple of hours south of Sydney to see what they have for families.

Seven Mile Beach extends from Gerroa to Shoalhaven Heads. It's an extremely open beach which experiences quite windy conditions making it popular with wind and kite surfers. Werri is a 1.5 kilometre surfing beach. It has a surf club and is patrolled.

The Beach House Gerroa

Once a place of shacks and caravans, Gerroa is no longer a secret. It's an upmarket holiday town with beautiful million-dollar properties and fine dining.

The Beach House sits where Crooked River meets the sea. It's been extensively renovated to offer three large bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, dining room and lounge room. Floor-to-ceiling windows face the ocean and decor is definitely seaside. Not only perfect for taking in the views, but good for keeping an eye on the children across the road enjoying the beach.

A bottle of wine awaits guests and a set fire ready to light on cool evenings.

Ocean Farm Gerringong

This one, on a 141-hectare beef hobby farm, has four bedrooms and two bathrooms — perfect for eight guests. Where the farm meets the ocean, Ocean Farm is cradled in rainforest and faces the ocean.

It has a huge entertaining area and games room, open plan living room and fully equipped gourmet kitchen. The rumpus room has a home cinema and games.

Ocean Farm boasts 150 square metres of balconies, an internal atrium, stocked fireplace and barbecues.

There is a wonderful infinity pool but if you prefer sand between your toes, a one-kilometre grass track takes you to Werri Beach.


Rosebud on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and the south coast of New South Wales.


Amberlee Family Cabins start at $145 a night for two adults. Budget Cabins start at $75 for two adults. Each child is $15 a night. Powered ensuite sites start at $38 a night.

The Beach House ranges between $440 and $520 a night for two guests. Additional guests cost $25 a night.

Ocean Farm starts at $2500 for Friday and Saturday night stays and $2900 for three night weekends. It has four bedrooms and is available for a maximum of eight guests.

Virgin Australia has one-way flights to Melbourne from:

  • Adelaide $88
  • Sydney $95
  • Brisbane $119
  • Perth $189

The fares are available for a limited time only so log on to for further details.

Prices correct at 24.09.2011.

For further information

Virgin Australia
Ph: 13 6789

Amberlee Family Holiday Park
306 Jetty Road
Rosebud 3939
Ph: (03) 5982 2122
Fax: (03) 5981 2567

The Beach House
31 Burke Parade
Gerroa 2534
Ph: (02) 4234 2065

Ocean Farm
25 Princes Highway
Gerringong 2534
Ph: (02) 4234 2065

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