Camperdown is located on the world’s third largest volcanic plain! The biggest is the Deccan Plateau in India followed by the Snake River Plateau in the USA. This means Camperdown, located in Lakes and Craters country, provides a wide range of outdoor activities, great for your next holiday.

The region’s lush pastures are home to dairy farms producing mouth-watering cheeses, which can be sampled and purchased at nearby Timboon.

Lakes and craters

Climb to the top of Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf and take in 360-degree views of the coastal ranges and rolling western plains. Volcanic activity has shaped much of the surrounding landscape, leaving a legacy of cones, lakes and craters to explore.

Keen anglers will enjoy the chance to catch a few trout or chinook salmon at the many nearby lakes and streams.

Winding trails

For a dose of fresh country air, climb aboard your bike and head along the Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail to take in rolling green pastures, lakes, historic trestle bridges and pristine bushland.

Gourmet Produce

With a growing reputation for fine local produce and gourmet treats, the region now attracts foodies from across the state. Bring your basket and traverse the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail to sample everything from whisky, cheese and wine to yoghurt, strawberries and craft beer.

Shopping

Camperdown has an eclectic mix of shops. There are several second-hand/antique/bric-a-brac stores, which we have written about previously.

You can also find great clothing from stores including Excuse Me, Laffs, Curls Surfwear and HERE home style & design.

Other stores include George Taylors (perfect for camping supplies), Camperdown Hardware, Camperdown Newsagency, Betta Home Living (and electrical) and Gee Bees Media (Leading Edge Computers and Telstra), The Little Pharmacy and Shoe Shop and Murray Fry Pharmacy.

Eat

Camperdown is very well serviced with places to dine or takeaway, including The Milkbar, DJ’s Café, Snout in the Trough, Midtown Café, The Loaf and Lounge, Hampden Hotel, Madden’s Commercial Hotel, Pat’s Chinese, Camperdown Country Roasts and Salads, Camperdown Bakery, Camperdown Seafoods, Tiangge Takeaway and the 24-Hour Roadhouse.

We look forward to welcoming you to Camperdown on your next holiday. As always please don’t hesitate to contact us on 5593 1253, or via email info@lchp.com.au so we can assist with your holiday planning.

Vacancy | Cleaner

We are looking for a highly motivated, reliable and experienced cleaner to provide commercial cleaning duties.

To be successful in your application, you will need to possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Proven, previous experience in a busy, commercial environment.
  • High attention to detail with the ability to think on your feet and work at a fast pace
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility in working hours and shifts
  • Must be able to work unsupervised
  • Manual driver license.

You will be responsible for undertaking day-to-day room cleaning, bed making, public area cleaning and ensuring the cleanliness of the property.

This position is casual and approximately 10 hours per week, including weekend work.

Award rates under the hospitality award apply.

Please email your resume to info@lchp.com.au

Find a piece of treasure in Camperdown

It’s long been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Camperdown is the ideal place to spend some time and seek out a piece of treasure to take home.

Camperdown has always had a number of second-hand and collectable outlets, but there is now a record number of these shops, where you can relive your past, learn a bit about history, and take home a little piece of Camperdown.

New and Pre-loved Furniture, Art Supplies and More

Mammoth Mart has been operating on Camperdown’s main street, Manifold Street for decades. In addition to having a massive shed full of pre-loved collectables, Mammoth Mart also stocks new furniture, art and craft supplies and a well-stocked plant nursery.

A newcomer to Camperdown’s main street is Element Bazaar, operated by Paul Theologous. The yard at Element Bazaar is full of collectables, including farm machinery and implements including ploughs and harrows, telephone boxes, vehicles such as tractors and more. Inside you will find a collection of bric-a-brac and antiques. Element Bazaar is open every Friday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm or by appointment.

Household fittings from television’s “Demolition Man”

Lawrie Voutier Demolitions is the perfect place to seek out second-hand fittings such as windows, doors and other household fixtures. He really does have everything (including the kitchen sink). Lawrie specialises in the recovery of items from the sites he demolishes – perfect for your next upcycled project. Lawrie is also well-known as television’s Demolition Man.

The Lake’s Hunter and Gatherer is owned and operated by Cynthia Crompton and stocks treasured antiques, vintage, second hand, new pieces and handmade crafts.

Oakbrook Collectables are open most weekends and buy and sell antiques, vintage, garagenalia, and industrial items. Oakbrook Collectables is owned and operated by Chris Brooks and Sarah Oakley.

Long-time western district antiques dealer Brian O’Halloran took on the lease of the Leura Hotel building in 2017. Pieces available in the Victorian Auctions and Valuations shop include Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture, a number of Australian and international artworks and porcelain, silver and glass crockery.

Pombo Mart is an antique gift centre and café located in an iconic and historical shed along Princes Highway. Call in for a cappuccino or to browse the wide selection of antiques for sale, while on your way to or from Camperdown.

Plan your Visit

  • Element Bazaar 242 Manifold Street Camperdown Ph: 0407 441 492 Open Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm or by appointment
  • Lawrie Voutier 253 Manifold Street Camperdown Ph: 0408 522 043
  • The Lakes’ Hunter and Gatherer 127 Manifold Street Camperdown 0418 323 321
  • Oakbrook Collectables 8a Pike Street Camperdown 0419 043 103 Open most weekends Saturday and Sunday 10am – 2pm.
  • Mammoth Mart 261 Manifold Street Camperdown 03 5593 1277
  • Leura Antiques 175 Manifold Street Camperdown 0427 736 405
  • Pombo Mart 2846 Princes Highway Pomborneit Ph: 03 5594 7312
  • Sunnyside Op-Shop 184 Manifold Street Camperdown 03 5593 1175
  • Vinnies Op-Shop 156 Manifold Street Camperdown 03 5593 1122
  • Lifeline Op-Shop 152 Manifold Street Camperdown 03 5593 1441

We are looking for a highly motivated, reliable and experienced cleaner to provide commercial cleaning duties.

To be successful in your application, you will need to possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Proven, previous experience in a busy, commercial environments.
  • High attention to detail with the ability to think on your feet and work at a fast pace
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility in working hours and shifts
  • Must be able to work unsupervised
  • Manual driver license.

Your main responsibilities may include, but won’t be limited to:
You will be responsible for undertaking day to day room cleaning, bed making, public area cleaning and ensuring the cleanliness of the property.

This position is casual and approximately 6 hours per week, including weekend work.

Please email your resume to mojoontherun@gmail.com

As our name infers, Lakes and Craters Holiday Park is located adjacent to some pretty amazing scenery including Lake Bullen Merri.
Lake Bullen Merri is a crater lake located just outside of Camperdown. The clover-leaf shape of Lake Bullen Merri indicates that it was probably formed by two overlapping volcanoes.
Volcanic sands frame the beautiful waterway providing a wonderful venue for picnics, walking, boating, fishing, water skiing and swimming.
Visit on the weekends for a hive of local activity or take some time out during the week for quiet, relaxation and rejuvenation.
The foreshore of Lake Bullen Merri is a great spot to take friends and family for a picnic or BBQ (free BBQ facilities available).
BBQ Facilities Lake Bullen Merri
In terms of recreational facilities, Lake Bullen Merri has plenty of options. There is a fairly safe swimming area at South Beach where you can have a splash. There is also an accessible fishing platform for those wanting to throw in a fishing line, but there is also a boat ramp so you can put your fishing boat in. Rainbow trout, brown trout, chinook salmon, Atlantic salmon and Australian bass can be found in Lake Bullen Merri.
Speed boats are also welcome at Lake Bullen Merri, and you will often see water-skiers hitting the lake in the summer months.

To reserve your cabin or camping site please give us a call on 03 5593 1253.

Job Position Vacant – Part Time Front Office Receptionist 4 days on 10 days off
Experienced receptionist/office clerk required for Lakes and Craters Holiday Park. Hospitality experience will be highly regarded.

This position is part-time, 4 days on 10 days off for an initial period of 3 months. Hours are 8.30am to 6.00pm and on call after hours, must be local to Camperdown as will be on call.

The 4 days includes Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Must be able to commit to working every second weekend.

Must be comfortable working autonomously. This is a job share position. Must be available to start immediately.

Award rates plus 25% loading, annual leave and sick leave.

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Managing guest bookings in RMS
  • Welcoming guests
  • Ensuring that check-in runs smoothly
  • Answering phone and email enquiries
  • Direct marketing to caravan clubs, fishing clubs etc.
  • Cleaning of cabins and amenities when required
  • Rostering of cleaning staff
  • Reconciliation of Travel Auction bookings
  • Facebook marketing
  • Scanning and filing of accounts
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office – word, excel etc.

Lakes and Craters Holiday Park is a great place to work. A small team environment and fantastic location.
Please apply by submitting a cover letter and cv to accounts@lchp.com.au Attention: Jodie Jagoe.
No phone calls please.

220 Park Road
Camperdown, Victoria 3260

 

Towering over Camperdown is Mount Leura. Next to it is the almost perfectly conical Mount Sugarloaf. Surrounding them are a further 20 or so smaller volcanic cones that have formed inside a “nested maar” that 20,000 years ago was a hive of volcanic activity with steam gushing forth. From the top of Mount Leura (Mount Leura Road), the other dormant volcanoes of the district resemble massive sleeping elephants on the horizon. On a winter”s afternoon, the myriad volcanic lakes of the surrounding Western District glitter in shades of mauve and gold. (Six Reasons to visit Camperdown, The Age-June 2013)

Find your own space along meandering country laneways that weave besides the beautiful waterways of the twin lakes of Bullen Merri and Gnotuk, providing a wonderful venue for picnicking, walking, bicycling and horse riding.

The Lakes and Craters Holiday Park is uniquely set within the Camperdown Botanical Gardens and Arboretum in one of the biggest park reserves in Victoria. The land was reserved in 1869 with work being carried out by Daniel Bunce from 1870, in 1888 improvements were made under the guidance of William Guilfoyle (architect of the famous Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens) The Gardens and Arboretum feature three species of trees on the Significant Tree Registry – The African Holly (included on the World Rare and Endangered list) , an avenue of Linden trees and Himalayan Oaks. The impressive canopy also includes Elms, Cedars and Pines from around the world. These magnificent gardens are perched above the two volcanic crater lakes of Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk and are a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic or BBQ (free electric) with your friends and family.