Around three and a half hours east of Melbourne is a secret family getaway gem. Licola Wilderness Village is the only privately owned village in Victoria – owned by the Lions Club. They run a camp there specifically for disadvantaged youth. Self contained accommodation is available in the cabins on site – for a budget price.
Nestled next to the picturesque McAllister River, perfect for kayaking and trout fishing alike visitors are greeted by an imposing lion sculpture.
The camp at Licola Wilderness Village is obviously a labour of love for those that maintain it. The camp is immaculate – from the lawns around the obstacle course to the wooden sculptures near the barbecue area.
The facilities for visitors staying at Licola Wilderness Village give any Big 4 holiday park a run for their money. There are trampolines, mini-golf, a swimming pool, low ropes course and obstacle course all of these are open to overnight guests.
The best time to experience Licola Wilderness Village is over the Melbourne Cup weekend when they have an open day to raise money for the camp. Over the open day all the additional adventure activities are open and staffed by outdoor education experts. The giant swing, high ropes course, rock climbing and abseiling will give any junior adrenalin junkie a thrill.
Licola Wilderness Village isn’t a luxury resort and overnight guests should expect to stay in school camp style bunkhouses (although ours also had a sitting room and kitchen)
Tips for enjoying your stay at Licola Wilderness Village
- Bring all of your own food – there is a general store however the stock is limited and expensive.
- The kitchens are not well supplied with cooking implements – pack the essentials.
- Do not drive through Jamieson – the road is often closed.
- Drive into Licola Wilderness village during daylight hours – the last hour of the drive is treacherous and windy – best to be first experienced with full vision.
- Licola Wilderness Village is great for extended family groups or groups of friends. If visiting with a group consider hiring an outdoor education guide for the day which will allow you to experience all the adventure activities.