Bimbi Park, Cape Otway, Victoria

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:25 December 2016 

Located in Cape Otway, at the centre of the famous Great Ocean Walk, Bimbi Park takes you far from the madding crowd and into a secluded paradise.

Average Winter Temp: 14°C

Average Summer Temp: 20.7°C

Traditionally inhabited by: Gadubanud people

There’s a lot in store for tourists heading out to Victoria’s glorious coast for their next holiday. There are beaches to be explored, a variety of water-based adventures to be added to your kitty, glorious sunset views to be captured, majestic forest ecosystems to be admired, the Great Ocean Walk to be embarked on, and we’re just getting started. Bimbi Park combines all these experiences, throws in some camping fun, and ensures that your vacation has everything that you’d hoped for.

Bimbi Park gets its name from the aboriginal term for ‘a place of many birds’. It also proudly declares its USP – the rare experience of ‘camping under koalas’.

At Bimbi Park, you set up camp right in the heart of this natural bliss. And from here, you venture into the beaches, bays, forests, cliffs and walkways that constitute the spectacular Cape Otway region. In addition to this, the management coordinates a number of additional activities including rock climbing and horseback riding.

Attractions & Activities:

  • Overnight Camping
  • Bush Walking
  • Photography
  • Bird Watching
  • Horse Riding
  • Stargazing
  • Big Hill Lookout
  • Bimbi Park-Cape Otway Circular Route
  • Cape Otway Lighthouse
  • Cape Otway Cemetery
  • Blanket Bay
  • Crayfish Bay
  • Great Ocean Walk
  • Otway Fly
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Apollo Bay

Caravan Parks / Accommodation:

Bimbi Park – Camping Under Koalas

Cape Otway, Vic

Bimbi Park is best experienced by spending a spending a few days within the beautiful property. The cabins and campsites offered here are very popular among tourists, and cater to all types of budgets and preferences. Options include powered and unpowered campsites, budget and deluxe cabins, rooms with bunk beds, on-site caravans, and a unique take on tent camping – camping pods. These are complemented by well-appointed toilets, showers, a kitchen and covered barbecue area, a convenience store, and a variety of recreation areas and activities for those who aren’t very much into the off-the-grid experience. In short, a stay and Bimbi Park has all the makings of a perfect getaway, whether you’re travelling solo or with the family.

$20/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $8 for every additional person; $3 per child (off-peak season rate)

$40/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $10 for every additional person; $8 per child (peak season rate)

$25/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $8 for every additional person; $3 per child (off-peak season rate)

$45/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 for every additional person; $8 per child (peak season rate)

(Cabins, bunk rooms and camping pods are also available.)

 

Apollo Bay Holiday Park

Apollo Bay, Vic

A popular family-friendly caravan park just a stone’s throw away from the beach, Apollo Bay Holiday Park is a half-hour’s drive from Bimbi Park, towards the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road. Its great location gives you a chance to explore the Otway rainforests, swim at any of the safe and clean beaches around the site, and go surfing if you’re feeling more adventurous. Accommodation options range from unpowered caravan sites to modern cabins, and are supported by good facilities and infrastructure.

Caravan park rates start at $30/night for 2 persons. Management to be contacted for specific rates.

 

Otways Tourist Park

Gellibrand, Vic

Though slightly off the main Cap Otway area (foot of the Otway ranges at Gellibrand), Otways Tourist Park deserves a mention on account of its beautifully maintained 3.2ha expanse of campsites, van sites, villas, cabins and rooms. The property is well-equipped with camping facilities, and offers additional perks including a solar heated swimming pool, a convenience store, and of course its proximity to some of the most beautiful waterfalls and scenic delights of the Otway ranges.

$32/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $16 for every additional person; $7 per child (off-peak season rate)

$38/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $18 for every additional person; $7 per child (peak season rate)

$36/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $16 for every additional person; $7 per child (off-peak season rate)

$42/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $18 for every additional person; $7 per child (peak season rate)

(Cabins, motel rooms and villas are also available.)

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:

The locations of free rest areas in Victoria can be found on the RACV website. Free campsites are a little difficult to find around Cape Otway, but tourists planning a trip around Victoria can find some good options around Alpine National Park.