This nice Tourist Park is a gem we found online through the recommendation of a friend, nicely tucked away in a little corner within Belmont, with the entrance facing a river. At check-in we got asked some details just to make sure we're the correct persons, but generally smooth procedure. I personally think we just have to be nice to the staff and they will be more than willing to go the extra mile for you. The old gentleman at check-in even told us to help ourselves to a copy of the Geelong Intro Guides they have placed at the counters and went on to show us some visit-worthy places.
We got allocated to SU03, which is a Spa Cabin, ideal for couples. It's situated right at the end of the Tourist Park, somewhere at the centre within the row. An elevated cabin means that it would help keep out the rain water from flowing in on rainy days. Also, the driveway to park my car was more than enough for my Nissan Dualis to open all its doors at its widest including the boot of this hatchback, without occupying at space on my neighbour's parking lot. However, I do agree that some other cabins didn't have this luxury of such big parking space.
Pleasantly surprised that the cabin doors are like chalets, sliding door style, with blinds available from the inside. Greeting you at the door is the living room, with the kitchenette, which is really useful, especially considering that eating at restaurants will take quite a bite off your wallet compared to cooking on your own.
The highlight of this cabin is Jacuzzi tub they have in the bathroom, with heating lights available, so you can still feel some warmth after your shower. This is extremely useful if you're planning to take a shower early in the morning during winter days.
The all-in-one air-con/heater is working fine and kept us comfy throughout the times when we were in the cabin. Nothing to pick on, really. The view from my cabin is just nice facing the sun rise every morning and with the dining table near the door, I always enjoy a scenic breakfast watching the sub rise every morning.
The only grouse I have is that the Kitchen Vent is not working, luckily we found out about this prior to frying, so what we did was we only cooked soup stuff, otherwise the whole house would have been really oily and smelled bad.
Overall quite a comfy stay, other than the channels being limited and sometime bad signals will further limit your TV watching experience, but it didn't really bother me much, since we can do online viewing from our laptop. I didn't bother about WiFi because I bought a Data Sim Card which I tethered the data off my phone.
One thing to note is that the reception is only open from 8am to 6pm, so if you're too early, you've got to wait till they open. If you're checking out earlier, all you need to do is to drop the key through a letter hole at their reception door, then off you go. But if you're driving, be sure to tap the reader at the exit, drive your car out before depositing the keys, otherwise you'll be stuck inside until the staff comes back and you may miss your next timing to meet or worse, your flight.
So just plan your timings properly and I guarantee you'll be in for a really enjoyable time at this Tourist Park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Geelong Riverview Tourist Park is located less than five minutes drive from the centre of Geelong and fifteen minutes from World Class beaches. The Great Ocean Road region offers surfer’s year round action with dozens of surf breaks along the coast including the internationally famous Bells Beach. Bells Beach is the home of the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival one of the world's longest running surfing competitions held in April each year. Swimming, sailing, boating, scuba diving and surfing are all popular pastimes in the region. If water sports isn’t your scene then explore Geelong's Waterfront; a perfect place to take in the sights and sounds of Geelong. Take a stroll along the boardwalks to Cunningham Pier for family fun or pack a picnic and enjoy a day in the sun on the vast expanses of lawn at Eastern Beach. Visit the beautifully restored steam-driven, antique carousel, view public art on a waterfront walk and discover the many quirky Baywalk Bollards representative of the many characters who formed Geelong as we know it today. Uncover Geelong’s History and explore National Trust listed buildings. View a collection of outstanding Australian paintings and sculpture at the Art Gallery, explore Geelong’s darker side and take part in a ghost tour of the Geelong Gaol or learn about the history of wool at the National Wool Museum. Nearby, the Bellarine Peninsula is home to beautiful cool climate wines, superb restaurants, quaint cafés, fresh local produce, seafood and Sunday markets. Geelong Riverview Tourist Park offers the perfect place to begin or end your Great Ocean Road journey. Travel along one of the world's most scenic roads and discover the wonders of the Twelve Apostles, the Otway’s rainforest, Bells Beach and the Surf Coast. ... more less
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