Dutch backpacker Josephina McDonald met and fell in love with a dashing Aussie who drove a big mower in Lorne Victoria 12 years ago. She went back to Holland but missed him so much she came back and supported by the McDonald family married him in Halls Gap,the town which looks up to the towering ramparts of the Grampians National Park.
Now she and husband Rohan (the bloke with the mower) have leased the park and re-opened a completely revitalised Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park with ownersAlan and Pam Hislop in a $1 million redevelopment.
The sign near the brand new office - Wildlife Hwy points to Lakeside's difference. As this comes with new facilities, big campsites and new cabins with Josephina's personal touches Lakeside has changed big time. The range of new family cabins provide the newest accommodation facilities available in Halls Gap.
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Big Red drops in for cake Halls Gap Lakeside TP IMAG0975
Serious spa Halls Gap Lakeside Top Tourist Park
Apart from the obvious improvements in the caravan park's presentation the flocks of local native birds enjoy a bonanza as they scratch and bill about in the thick compost which now nurtures hundreds of new native plants.
Rohan's diverse experience includes golf course green keeping during his time in Lorneand that certainly shows at Lakeside. Hard work, grass seed and water have worked magic and the caravan park is glowing green.
Once again the wildlife are delighted as they graze the new pastures .
Up to 60 kangaroos, accompanied by emus are part of daily life at Lakeside so this is an Aussie animal bush encounter and it all comes with the camping.
Editors note: Pam and Alan who are members of thewww.GoSeeAustralia.com.au team have ownedHalls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park in Tymna Drive Halls Gap (near Lake Bellfield) since 1996. They lived in Halls Gap until they moved to Geelong about seven years ago.
Recently, new lessees Rohan and Josephina McDonald purchased the business side of things and since March this year there has been a major re-development of the tourist park.
Halls Gap has been through some rough times over the past few years and we are excited with the new direction Halls Gap is taking with new marketing initiatives, the fitness and health opportunities provided with almost complete 'bike track' to Lake Bellfield, tours, attractions and festivals, all positive and inviting to visitors to the area, Alan said.
We are proud of Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park's new direction and support from past and new customers is extremely encouraging. We particularly made a point of using local tradesman and businesses in this major upgrade and want to make Halls Gap the place to visit, he said.
The 're-launch' of Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park was held on Friday , October 26. Here are Information Articles from the free GoSee library which reflect the Halls Gap and the magnificent Grampians National Park.
34 degs in the woodfired Lakeside swimming pool
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Mayor Cr Dorothy Patton re-opens Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park.IMG 0336
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