Posted on 15/02/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Family Glamping Weekends
Imagine sitting by the campfire as it crackles and hisses gently, the smoke swirling upwards on a light breeze that carries a hint of the sea and the unmistakeable aroma of damper as it cooks. The outer layer on the marshmallow you’ve been toasting is just crusty enough to stop the gooey centre oozing out so you pop it in your mouth; and it is perfect.
For those who love the idea of camping out under the stars and getting back to nature, but just aren’t sure about the whole ‘roughing it’ concept, the new glamping weekends on Churchill Island may offer the perfect solution to let you create your own wonderful fireside memories.
All of the hard work is done as a cosy yet private tent village is set up for you in the beautiful and historic grounds of Churchill Island Heritage Farm. The luxury bell tents boast super comfortable air mattresses adorned with thick doonas and soft pillows, and extra creature comforts like a bedside lamp, bath towels, a radio and even a deck of cards.
Glampers will also have the chance to see conservation in action as they head out by torchlight to spot the endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots that are thriving on Churchill Island following their release there a couple of years ago. These cute little nocturnal marsupials are extinct in the wild on mainland Victoria, but thanks to the conservation efforts of Nature Parks’ researchers they have established a sustainable population on Churchill Island and provided glampers with a unique wildlife viewing opportunity available to only a very select few.
Farm manager Trevor Heywood, who often hosts these weekends himself, said previous events had been very successful, with families leaving feeling relaxed, revived, and reconnected, taking away lifelong memories of their experience.
“Many families that attend our glamping weekends are from the city and have little or no camping experience, yet want to share a weekend with their children in the great outdoors,” Trevor said.
“The Nature Parks established the glamping weekends to help families disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and reconnect with each other in the great outdoors, without needing camping equipment, bush survival skills or having to ‘rough it’. It provides them with a unique experience, and something new and fun for them to do on the Island.”
“We also manage to weave a little education into the weekend. Children can learn about the work we do to protect and conserve the wildlife on the island - such as the penguins, seals and koalas – as well as the coastline. They also have a chance to take part in some farm activities like feeding the animals, which is a great way for children to learn about the paddock to plate process.”
“Our glamping events help us to raise money to further our conservation and research work, and after experiencing the Penguin Parade and visiting the Koala Centre, our guests love knowing that their money is going towards supporting these projects along with many others,” he said.
The day one experience includes a virtual journey to the world’s most remote continent as you explore the giant screens and augmented reality experience at the WWF Antarctic Journey. Enjoy your Aussie BBQ dinner at the Nobbies then take the short drive to the Penguin Parade to experience the magic of the little penguins waddling across the beach. Return to Churchill Island and gather around the campfire to toast marshmallows and then head out by torchlight to spot the endangered and very cute Eastern Barred Bandicoots that are now calling Churchill Island home, then turning in for a restful night’s sleep.
Day two begins with damper around the campfire before tending to a few simple farm chores like feeding the animals before tucking into a hearty, cooked breakfast. Once the work is done and you’ve packed up your gear, head off to visit the koalas and see them up close from the treetop boardwalks. Explore the woodland walking trails, looking out for wallabies and echidna and one of the 40 species of birds that call these woodlands home.
Glamping experiences on Churchill Island operate on scheduled dates from January through to May, with a range of different activities and inclusions, so stay tuned for further dates and glamping themes including Widlife Adventures and Pamper weekends. Private groups available on request.
The Family Glamping experience includes:
• Family 4 Parks Pass – Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm with activities as listed
• Luxury bell tent with air mattress, linens and inclusions as listed
• Dinner and Breakfast
What: Family Glamping Weekends
When: 17 - 18 February 2018 & 10 - 11 March 2018
Where: Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island
Cost: $549.20 all inclusive for Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) $97.12 per additional child
Bookings: Ph: 03 5951 2887 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org