Anglesea is a natural playground for families that just want to have fun.
Located just 10 minutes past Torquay, Anglesea is the perfect ‘Choose your own adventure’ destination for all ages. Explore the sandy beaches, learn to surf on gentle rolling waves, take a fun boat through the middle of town then jump, bounce, flip and race on 360 degree trampolines. Visit the 400 friendly kangaroos at Anglesea Golf Course – where kids and parents can play a round too! Then drop a line at Anglesea River, the perfect place to tackle fishing for the first time. Even if there’s no bites you’re guaranteed to catch a great meal at the local cafés and restaurants. It’s a great weekend for the whole family in Anglesea.
The Anglesea Family Caravan Park boasts fantastic facilities that will keep the whole family entertained. Bounce on the giant jumping pillow, play a few holes on the mini golf course, dive into the heated swimming pool then test out the playgrounds, volleyball court and basketball rings. After that, the kids will sleep like babies in your deluxe country-style cedar cottage. When you wake Anglesea River and Anglesea Surf Beach will be waiting just a short walk away.
The family favourite is fun in all seasons. When the sun is shining this 700m north-east facing sandy cove is the ideal place for kids and adults alike to try surfing for the first time. This is the safest beach in the region and the gentle rolling waves reach the beach with an average under 1m. It is patrolled daily by lifeguards over the Christmas holiday period.
Even on cooler days there is lots to discover – explore the rockpools at low tide, play amongst the weathered pier pillars or take a beach walk, you’ll be amazing by the size of the soaring sandstone cliffs.
If the waves have worked up an appetite head straight to this riverside bar and bistro with a South American influence. This 70’s surf shack has been given a new lease on life and now serves up great food, drinks and music at one of the best locations in Anglesea.
Hire a family friendly fun boat from the iconic Anglesea Paddle Boat and Canoe Hire and motor through the centre of this vibrant seaside town along the Anglesea River. Owner Adrian has run this business since 1978 and he’ll soon get you putting along on the calm waters of this stunning shallow estuary.
At Anglesea there are plenty of great fishing options to try. We headed to the sheltered riverside boat sheds located beside the bridge to drop a line. From the river entrance, you can catch many whiting, Pinkies, flathead, and flounder. As you move further down the river you can target bream and mullet walking along the river trail or fishing on many of the scattered jetties.
Even if the fish aren’t biting countless cafés, restaurants and takeaway options are only a short walk away. We couldn’t go past the famous fish & chips ‘Fish By Moonlite’, located right in the centre of the main street. We took our freshly cooked bounty back to the boatsheds for dinner overlooking the Anglesea River and Coogoorah Nature Reserve. We weren’t giving up on catching our own just yet!
You’ve probably had ample opportunities to meet the native wildlife over your great weekend. But if you haven’t, a guaranteed place to meet the resident Eastern Grey Kangaroos is at the Anglesea Golf Course. Hop onto the open-air tour bus with your guide as you explore the course nestled into the natural bushland of Anglesea Health. 400+ kangaroos call this golf course home and they love the immaculate green grass of the fairways. They’re not moving out of their prime position in the shade for any golfer!
You can’t come to this picturesque golf course nestled in native bushland without playing a hole or two! All ages will enjoy putting their putting skills to the test on this 18-hole mini-golf course. The course sits atop the rolling fairways of Anglesea Golf Course and has been designed with every level of player in mind. Some holes offer even beginners the chance to score a ‘hole in one’ while others challenge even the most pro golfers!
Frequently described as the friendliest golf club on Victoria’s spectacular Surf Coast parents might like to tee off and play 9 or 18 holes on this meticulously maintained course themselves. Other might prefer to settle back at the 19th hole and enjoy Live Music Sunday’s with a woodfired pizza.
You can’t finish off a great weekend without jumping at the chance to bounce, flip and race on the 360degree trampolines at Jumpz. Located at the Great Ocean Road Resort this unique outdoor facility lets kids jump off walls, literally. Let’s them flip out here and not in the car on the way home!
Kids riding their first waves at Pt Roadknight
Seeing baby joeys on the Roo Tour
Fun boating along Anglesea River
Fish and chips riverside
Staying and playing at Anglesea Family Caravan Park
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