Recently I went to the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead for a BBQ with my extended family. This year it was decided the family would get together the Sunday before Christmas and celebrate somewhere other than at my Aunty’s house. Which is fair enough as Christmas day can get hectic with a lot of things going on. I had never been to the homestead or the wetlands before so I had no preconceived idea of what to expect other than a quick Google search for directions. It’s located along the Mornington Peninsula in Somers, Victoria and is a fairly straightforward run if travelling by car. And, as someone who is geographically challenged at the best of times and known for arguing with her GPS, this is saying something: If I can drive there easily enough you can too.
With a BBQ area, plenty of shade and the beach in walking distance, the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead makes a perfect picnic location for any family gathering or day out. Though, to be fair, we did have great weather, good company and plenty of time on our side. So I may be biased in my experience. But hey, what review isn’t? It’s all subjective. And I’m sure if it had been bucketing with rain I still would have had no regrets and some interesting, if not soggy, memories to look back on.
Some side notes I feel obliged to share:
- There are opening times. Gates open at 9am and close promptly at 5pm. So if you go wandering you might want to keep track of the time.
- Be prepared to take your rubbish with you when you leave. One of my aunties packed garbage bags so we weren’t caught out. The same aunty also packed pegs to secure the table cloth on the picnic tables and to hang the bag on a tree branch to make it easier and keep it off the ground, isn’t she adorable and organised?
- Be considerate to the wildlife. There are a bunch of birds (including curious Ibis’s) who are sharing their space with you. Be kind, don’t chase them, don’t harm them and again don’t pollute their home with your plastic and other discarded bits and pieces.
- Mosquitoes. Be prepared for a few of them in Summer and use repellent. Don’t forget your feet if you are wearing thongs (aka flip flops for any Americans) or ballet flats.
Ok, now for the important part, photo time! Please excuse the interior shots, I was having camera and lighting issues (hence the black and white filter):
And that’s it from me. For more information visit the Parks Victoria website