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Bayplay Lodge Adventure Centre

Thursday, May 30, 2002
Ben has found the perfect place if you want an active holiday in the water.

Amanda Crestani and Gary Grant, who run Bayplay Lodge on Port Phillip Bay, describe it as a holiday home for people who don't have one — with the added benefit of staff.

While there are loads of activities to choose from, and that's why most people keep returning, it is not a pre-requisite to be busy, and you can be assured of having a relaxing, laid-back stay if that's what you want.

Blairgowrie is on the thinnest part of the Mornington Peninsula and Bayplay Lodge is on half a hectare, about 500 metres from bay beaches. There are lots of ti trees hiding the road, which makes it feel totally remote.

All on one level, the lodge accommodates up to 30, staying in a combination of rooms with bunks, double beds and queen beds. Linen and duvets are provided and there is cosy under-floor heating. The open dining room leads into a living area with large windows, comfortable couches and a log fire for cold days.

There is a licensed cafe for snacks at any time, and lunch and dinner are at set times each day.

There are plenty of activities to choose from, whatever the time of year. Bayplay offers packages including budget-style accommodation, all meals and activities. The hardest thing is deciding just how to choose what you want to do.

For a total unwind in the cooler months, they run meditation, yoga, writing retreats and special interest group weekends.

There is an international relaxation theme, including a Yemen-inspired Arabic sauna and steam room, Indonesian-inspired bay bed, Japanese-inspired outdoor baths, day spa and massage where they use Li'Tya products and Yogo where you bathe with the gods. There are celestial discussions and a well-being program.

There are 60 shipwrecks and World War II submarines in Port Phillip Bay. Seals and dolphins come in to swim, and you can join the curious creatures as you and your guide snorkel around the colourful reef eco-system. You will spot weedy sea dragons, which are closely related to the sea horse and are endemic to the area.

You can take an exhilarating horse-ride along the beach in the morning, afternoon or at sunset, through Greens Bush or to nearby wineries.

The Peninsula is perfect for cycling or bushwalking or you may prefer to laze in a hammock by the pool. Bayplay's study has some good books and interesting art works, and the gardens grow exotic flowers.

You might like to sail, sea kayak, do some sport fishing in the ocean from the Sea Eagle or Kariba or test your balance on a surfboard. Coaching is available for all standards of surfers.

This is the perfect place to take the skydiving plunge. Tandem diving is the way to be introduced to this exciting sport, and adding to the thrill is the superb scenery of Bells Beach and Torquay.


Blairgowrie on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.


Bayplay Lodge has one-night weekend packages, including breakfast and dinner, from $50 per person. Activities are not included in this rate.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Bayplay Lodge
46 Canterbury Jetty Road
Blairgowrie 3942
Ph: (03) 5988 0188
Fax: (03) 5988 8032

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