Matt, myself and the kids decided to set off to Big 4 Hopkins River which is approximately 5 kilometres east of Warrnambool VIC. Once I saw the sign on the highway and turned off I started to feel the excitement of 3 nights relaxation – I was driving a few hundred metres looking at the paddocks either side of me and admiring the scenery, as a country girl I was loving it but I must admit I thought to myself how could there be a Big 4 out here, well next moment I went over the hill rise and BINGO there it was and straight away I felt an instant buzz when I seen the spectacular Hopkins River and the Big 4 sign – I knew instantly that Matt and I and the kids were in for a fantastic Australia Day long weekend. This park is beautiful and clean, well maintained in a gorgeous rural setting with the security of boom gates.
This excitement I was feeling was going to be tested as I “checked in” – because let’s face it, how we are greeted and treated on arrival at the front reception can make a big impact - if you are going to be in for a good stay… or not so good stay. Well let me tell you my excitement continued as the front reception staff and owners are absolutely gorgeous, bubby, friendly, kind helpful people – I felt tingles of the hairs on my arms standing up as I knew this place was just going to be awesome, And I was right.
I cannot praise the Managers of this park, Brett and Catherine Hein enough and their children. They are so lovely, professional, helpful, generous and down to earth people who would do anything for anyone – these guys were definitely born to manage a caravan park and the same with their staff you can just tell from their smiles on their faces that they just love their job. They run a very efficient, gorgeous friendly caravan park which is also great for couples, singles, groups and in the “off peak” season they get a few Grey Nomad’s come in.
A little bit about this park, first thing I noticed was the tidiness of the park and that there was plenty of trees to provide shade – although you can find a sunny spot to work on your tan! (I am always trying to work on my tan).
As I said earlier it is located 5 kms east of Warrnambool which is quieter and you don’t have the hussle and bussle of being in a big town although from time to time you do hear the train.
The park ticked all the boxes in which we look for
Large green sites with landscaped gardens, drive through sites, gym, indoor pool and spa, outdoor pool with slide and waterfall, great roadways for the kids to ride bikes on or a game of cricket, jumping pillow, mini golf, hire bikes (for all ages), fish off the pontoons, tennis courts, convenience store/kiosk, playground, table tennis, fantastic camp kitchen which reminded me of being at home which is fully contained, foxtel on a big screen and the games room even has PS3 game consoles, and you can even bring your 4 legged loved ones – yes it is pet friendly.
This park offers lots of accommodation ranging from family villa small, family villa medium, family villa large, family villa twin, 1 bedroom villa, budget family cabin, deluxe 3 bedroom villa, even a pet friendly studio that sleeps 2, powered sites and ensuite sites. There are also a few permanent residents.
The most spectacular thing about this park and I have never experienced it anywhere else was they have a pop up coffee van – for me this was a big hit as I cannot function in the morning until I have had coffee, pop up cocktail bar, pop up food vans which whilst we were there the kids enjoyed hotdogs and pies one night and the other night Thai food, squid, pork belly and lots of other delicious foods on the menu on the pop up Thai n Grill van – Yummo.
Brett, Catherine and staff put on a fantastic pancake breakfast one morning and a sausage sizzle for a typical aussie day lunch. Like I said this couple go beyond to make sure their guests are enjoying their stay.
We will definitely return to the Big 4 Hopkins River and we fully recommend it. I could talk about it for ages but the best thing you can do is come see it and experience it for yourselves – ring now or book online and make this spectacular place a spot on your “must visit” list – you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy life and go make some wonderful memories.
Reviewed By: Paula Louise Williams