17 Oct 2008
Belbrae Country Club, Torquay, Australia
Unit
A$225/£98 Week
38°19'46.41"S 144°15'45.21"E
2 Bedrooms

 

Another timeshare resort not too far out of Melbourne - about an hour and a half drive

Belbrae is a small resort with about 40 units of one and two bedrooms. The two bedroom units come in 2 different sizes - accommodating 4 or 6 people. We had the smaller one and to be honest the living area would have felt a little cramped with 4 adults in it. The sofa's were comfortable and there was a TV and DVD player and a second TV in one of the bedrooms.

The kitchen was very small, but fully equipped including dishwasher and a washing machine/dryer in the laundry area.

Both bedrooms were huge and each had their own bathroom. The main bedroom led out to an undercover outdoor area with a table and chairs.

Amenities within the resort were good - a games room, indoor pool, sauna, driving range and a really good mini golf course. Internet access was available but expensive and due to the isolated location mobile phone reception was a problem at times. There were several organized activities, mainly for adults.

One of the best things about Belbrae is the animal farm. They have a big avery, a couple of donkeys, rabbits and sheep, lots of ducks and geese and an emu which seemed to be chased everywhere by an aggressive duck about a tenth of it's size. 3 or 4 days a week there is animal feeding time where kids (and adults) are allowed to get as close as it gets to them.

The view from the units is magnificent - rolling hills and bush. The drawback to this is that you're a long way from just about anything. The township of Belbrae would be within walking distance at a push, but there are no shops there. Torquay has everything you could possibly need, but is about 7km. Bells Beach is closer and has a better surf beach, but supplies and food are limited, and you would still need a car.

We've been here several times before for the weekend, and would definitely come back again when in Melbourne.