3 Oct 2008
Lakeside Country Club, Numurkah, Australia
Unit
A$199/£90 Week
36° 5'6.92"S 145°27'23.68"E
2 Bedrooms

 

We booked into this timeshare resort for two consecutive weeks, meaning no moving! The second week was only A$175/£83 for some reason.

Lakeside Country Club is a huge timeshare only resort with almost 90 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units - the vast majority of them are two bedrooms. The units are pretty much the same as any unit you get in Australia complete with carport and driving past, it looks pretty much like any other housing estate.

The sprawling grounds house a large (sadly, drought-depleted) lake with non-motorised water sports, both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, tennis and squash courts, a large kids club for the toddlers, a fair size games room for older kids with paid and free games and a lounge for adults which is used for organized activities and to show films.

All of this is topped off with a BMX circuit, crazy golf course and other outdoor activities. For the bigger kids, the neighbouring Numurkah Golf and Bowls Club (within walking distance even with the clubs) is available for guests to use with no green fees.

The units are really, really good. Two large bedrooms (both with built in wardrobes and bathroom) and a sofa bed make up the sleeping arrangements. In the living area there were two large sofas, a TV with local channels only, a DVD and a stereo. A large dining table with 6 chairs was in it's own area behind the fully equipped kitchen, which included a dishwasher and laundry area with washing machine and dryer.

For the extremes in temperature that inland Victoria gets, there was a large and very effective reverse air system in the living/dining area and ceiling fans in the bedrooms for the summer.

Beds and pillows were comfortable and all of the furnishings, fixtures and equipment were in very good condition. Electric BBQ's were dotted around the grounds and were cleaned daily.

The resort has lots of organized activities every week - many geared at pre-school children - and some day trips to local attractions which were good value. There is dial up internet access for laptops if you have a 1900 you can access or there is a video shop in town which doubles as an internet cafe. The town library may only be open a few days a week, but if you ask them nicely they give you free access without being a member. Of course, there are signals floating around that don't take much trouble finding.

Numurkah (a 1.5km stroll from the resort) is a town of just over 4,000 people and has a fairly busy main street with all you would expect in a country town including 2 supermarkets, a mini-mart, banks (only 3 of the big 4 - no Westpac) and a disproportionate number of takeaway food shops, but I imagine that these are catering largely to the resort guests. Numurkah has a small (but I think Base) hospital a couple of GP's and a couple of pharmacies. The large regional town of Shepparton is 35km away and Melbourne 220km - divided highway most of the way passing through a few townships and Nagambie Lakes to break up the journey.

Being in the middle of the Gouldburn Valley, it's completely flat which makes it great for bikes (especially if you haven't ridden one for a long time). If you're in a car being in the area is also a great excuse to visit the canneries and stock up on your tinned tomatoes, fruit and soup. Just don't make the mistake I did a few years ago and buy a tray or two without lables then mix them up in the cupboard.

Nice and relaxing, we've been there several times (we even went out on the lake in canoes once) and if we can will stay there again when we're back in Australia.