If you’d like to Visit Victoria and find out all this wonderful state has to offer and you or one of your travelling companions has reduced or limited mobility, this BIG4 Holiday Parks travel itinerary will help you choose accommodation that will suit your needs.
***When booking your reduced or limited mobility accommodation, please phone the individual Parks and discuss your requirements to make sure they have accommodation available that will suit your needs.***
From the Bellarine Peninsula to the mighty Murray in the North West, you’ll love every piece of Victoria. Travel the Great Ocean Road and beyond for one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, and see the 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and waterfalls. Head inland to relax and unwind in the picturesque surrounds of the Grampians, then set off to Bendigo to discover the history of the Goldfields before heading north to the mighty Murray River.
Discover the charms of this historic seaside village of Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, with its elegant Victorian-era hotels, stately churches and quaint fishermen’s cottages. Wander down Hesse Street and find exemplary displays of heritage architecture, art galleries, shops and great places to dine. Pick up local produce at specialty shops and community markets or a piping-hot parcel of fish and chips for a seaside picnic under the shade of giant foreshore pines.
Explore endless opportunities for water activities on Port Phillip Bay, with a range of charter boats departing Queenscliff. Dive down to some of Australia’s best reefs and shipwrecks, with abundant marine life to see. Swim with dolphins and seals or try a spot of fishing from piers, beaches or charter boats. Ride the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento, a 40 minute journey which takes passengers and cars to the other side of Port Phillip Bay. While in Queenscliff, stay at BIG4 Beacon Resort – which has two styles of accommodation. The ‘Curlewis Villa’ (sleeps 8) and the ‘Swan Bay Cabin’ (sleeps 6).
QUEENSCLIFF to APOLLO BAY – 113km
Stop into the beautiful seaside village of Apollo Bay located at the foothills of the mighty Otways. Hit the waters of the southern ocean, fossick for antiques, or enjoy the fruits of the sea caught by local fishermen. Use the bay as a base to explore the famous 12 Apostles and the vast Otway Ranges.
There are markets, gift shops, galleries and tea houses along with countless culinary delights on offer. Fishing is an important local industry so seafood is always on the menu at the local cafes and restaurants. Weekend visitors will love the regular Saturday foreshore market for local crafts, artworks, curios and fresh produce. One of the ‘Deluxe Cabin 5 Berth’ (sleeps 5) at BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces – has been designed for increased access.
APOLLO BAY to HALLS GAP – 285km
Get right to the heart of the Grampians at Halls Gap. Spend days exploring the nearby wonders and evenings tucked in front of a fire in stunning eco-accommodation. Relax and unwind in the picturesque surrounds, which attracts curious locals including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, possums and an abundance of birdlife. There are two accommodation options at BIG4 Grampians Parkgate Resort – they have a ‘2 Bedroom Brick Unit’ (sleeps 5) or a ‘1 Bedroom Brick Unit’ (sleeps 2).
HALLS GAP to BALLARAT – 141km
Steeped in history, Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland city and the site of the world’s largest deposit of alluvial gold. Explore the legacy of the gold rush, still evident in the magnificent architecture and tree-lined streets of the town today. Admire the city’s Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens, statues, and churches by following one of the visitor information centre’s self-guided heritage walks. Pan for gold and watch the hustle and bustle of an 1850s gold mining settlement at Sovereign Hill.
Spend a day enjoying the fantastic collection of Australian art and the original Eureka flag at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery. Catch a show at Her Majesty’s Theatre, originally opened in 1875, and wander through specialty shops stocking everything from boutique clothing and books to homewares, crafts and homemade supplies. You can stay at BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park in the ’3 bedroom Manna’ (sleeps 7) which is equipped with a ramp and floor level shower.
BALLARAT to BENDIGO – 117km
Experience the splendour of Bendigo, an elegant regional city in central Victoria and an ideal base from which to explore Victoria’s golden heritage. Dine in sidewalk cafes, discover art galleries and antique stores, and take in ornate gold rush architecture nestled among century-old gardens. Take a walk or ride on Bendigo’s talking tram and explore the city’s heritage architecture, including the Alexandra Fountain, the magnificent former post office, the law courts, and the ornate Shamrock Hotel.
Slow right down in Rosalind Park and admire its delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery. Take time out to visit some of the renowned local wineries scattered across the Goldfields. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the region is famous for its magnificent Shiraz. Stay at BIG4 Bendigo Ascot Holiday Park – in a disabled access ‘Holiday Unit 2 bedroom 5 berth’ (sleeps 5).
BENDIGO to SWAN HILL – 187km
Nestled on the banks of the Murray River in the heart of Victoria’s food bowl, Swan Hill serves up no end of boating and fishing opportunities, fine food and wine, and offers an excellent opportunity to learn all about pioneer history. Get out on the water in the 105-year-old Paddle Steamer Pyap, or take an overnight trip on a houseboat and see the river at your own pace.
European explorer Major Thomas Mitchell, who visited in 1836, named Swan Hill. Since then, fortunes have been made on the banks of the Murray River. First by the early squatters and later by farmers whose crops thrived thanks to irrigation from the river. Explore historic residences or get a glimpse of what life was like for the pioneers at The Pioneer Settlement, Australia’s first open-air museum. While visiting Swan Hill, you can stay at BIG4 Swan Hill – which has a spacious ‘2 Bedroom Apartment’ (sleeps 6).
SWAN HILL to MILDURA – 222km
Step onto the edge of the Australian outback and into an oasis by the Murray River. Mildura offers pretty citrus groves and vineyards, endless sunshine, great food and wine, and abundant water-based activities. Beyond the lush, green countryside of the riverbanks stretches the Australian outback. Explore the sand hills of Mungo National Park, a sublime, ancient environment containing some of Australia’s most significant Aboriginal sites. Visit the Mallee with its abundant wildlife, rugged outback scenery and striking sunsets at national parks like Hattah-Kulkyne and Murray-Sunset.
If you are looking for accommodation in Mildura, BIG4 Mildura Deakin Holiday Park – has plenty of options including a ‘3 Bedroom Deluxe Villa Unit (Wheelchair Access)’ (sleeps 6), a ‘2 Bedroom Deluxe Unit 6 berth (Wheelchair Access)’ (sleeps 6) and a ‘2 Bedroom Deluxe Unit 5 berth (Wheelchair Access)’ (sleeps 5).
* All accommodation mentioned in this itinerary has reduced or limited mobility access. Please contact the Parks directly to book your accommodation. This information is correct at time of publishing.