Cape Conran Coastal Park is located near Marlo in eastern Victoria. It is 11,700 hectares of coastal wilderness fronting 60 kilometres of isolated sandy Bass Strait beaches. Nature lovers and campers can't get enough of its headlands, banksia woodlands and a wonderful array of colourful fungi. They surf, shore and boat-fish, walk, watch flocks of nectar-feeding birds and recharge their batteries while observing potaroos, possums, echidna, wallabies, seals and occasional whales.
There are three levels of accommodation at the park. Seven natural timber cabins sleep up to eight people. They have a kitchen, pot-belly heating, shower and toilet and are named after local timbers such as Blackwood and Red Box and fitted out accordingly.
Wilderness Retreats offer a new camping experience. Perfect for couples and just two minutes from the beach, they let you be at one with nature while staying in contemporary safari-style tents. Bedding and linen are provided and fully-equipped kitchen, shower and toilet are shared. All you need to pack is food and personal needs.
Campsites at Banksia Bluff have septic toilets, tables, fireplaces and cold showers. They are so popular they are often booked out well in advance. Christmas bookings are decided by ballot.
There is also a lodge with a commercial-sized kitchen, barbecues and log ovens and room to sleep up to 17. It can be cleared or set up with rows of tables and benches to seat up to 80 people, so is the perfect versatile venue for a conference in the bush.
There are woodfired barbecues, which, of course, are restricted when fire restrictions are in force.
Cape Conran Wilderness Retreat starts at $120 a double a night. A minimum booking of one week applies in peak season. Rates effective until August 31, 2007, and are subject to change.
Prices quoted correct at July 19, 2007
396km east of Melbourne.
For further information
Cape Conran Wilderness Retreat
Ph: 131 963
Fax: (03) 5154 8496