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Current availability
The campground is now fully booked until February, camp sites are now filling fast for the weekends after the Summer school holidays. To secure a site please click here

 Upon arrival

Please call into the office before setting up. If the office is unattended please call the out of hours contact number on the office window, to receive further instructions.

If you have not already completed your the COVID check in process,  we will ask you to do so upon arrival.

Upon arrival we will also provide you with a campers car pass, an access code to the toilets, and a map to your camping site

Check In / Check Out Times

Check in time is strictly after 1 pm. The office does not open for arrivals until 1 pm.
Upon check in we will provide you with a map of the sites, the toilet access code and your campers car pass

Your  campers car pass will grant you free entry to the reserve over the weekend when the ticket box is open, it also  informs all our staff that you are paid up , (this will stop our team from waking you up really early in the morning with a bunch of silly questions!) please ensure that your car pass is clearly displayed on your dash

Check out time is 11.30 am.

 

Campfires

Campfires are  prohibited within the reserve at all times. Please report any campfires to 0408536143 immediately.

There is a noise curfew of 9.30 pm, please be considerate of your fellow campers. Drunken, noisy, antisocial behaviour WILL NOT be tolerated. Campers found to be disturbing the peace will be told to leave the park.

The site you have booked will be the site you must camp on, as we book out for most weekends over the Spring, Summer and Autumn periods we will not be able to swap you to a different site.

Night Ranger

There will be a night ranger on duty, their phone number will be on the bottom of your campers car pass, please report any issues / antisocial behaviour immediately to this number.

Facilities
Toilets and showers
The reserve has toilet and shower facilities available for use by campers.

Kitchens
Sites 1 to 56 also have access to a small camp kitchen which contains an electric stove, Fridge, sink and kettle, cooking equipment is required to be supplied by each camping group.
Sites 101 to 246 have access to a larger camp kitchen, again with an electric stove, Fridge, sink and kettle, cooking equipment is required to be supplied by each camping group. This camp kitchen also have several picnic tables inside to enable campers to get in out of the wet when eating if required.
Campers in the 300s are welcome to use the above camp kitchen, however the walk is up to 200 meters to reach this facility.

Laundries
Washing machines. Over summer, laundries are available to service all areas of the campsites. No laundry facilities are available from the End of January through until the middle of December. The nearest laundromat is in Balnarring.

Water.
There are SHARED taps throughout the park. This is town water and is safe to drink. Individual taps for sites are not available

Chosen site and Rebooking.

Please note, whilst we endeavour to keep everyone on the site that they choose when booking, we reserve the right to move bookings to alternate sites if required. Campers that camp with us over any given period have 48 hours from the time of departure to rebook the same site for the same period. If you book a site that  has where an existing camper has priority we will call you to discuss which site we will move you to.


All sites must be booked online, Sorry we do not accept bookings over the phone
Our online bookings portal is now accepting bookings for camping from Monday the 9th of November onward.
Bookings for the peak periods of the Summer School Holidays (including the Australia Day long weekend), Easter 4 day period (Good Friday to Easter Monday) and the Melbourne Cup and March Long Weekend holiday periods are allocated by ballot. For more information and to enter the ballot for any of these periods please select the desired period from the dropdown menu under the “camping information” drop down page at the top of this screen.
For bookings outside of these ballot periods please read on

To make a booking on-line please CLICK HERE

 

 


AMALAGATION 

The Point Leo Foreshore is currently managed by a volunteer Committee of Management.
 
We are entirely self funded, we receive NO financial assistance from local state or federal government.
 
100% of the funds generated within the Foreshore are spent with the foreshore.
 
This week the Department Of Environment, Land , Water and Planning (DELWP) have released their proposal (Future Foreshores Project) for the amalgamation of Point Leo with surrounding foreshores. As they will not be conducting public consultation themselves, they have asked us to provide to our community and customers an update on this Project.

How the Project is implemented will have a significant and possibly negative impact on how the Foreshore Reserve at Pt Leo is managed and financed into the future. 

We have been asked by DEWLP to share with you details of the Project, to assist you in understanding its implications and to ask you to provide your own feedback to DWELP on the 3 options it has proposed for the future management of coastal reserves along  the Westernport coastline between Hastings and Shoreham and for Pt Leo in particular.

Unfortunately DELWP have only provided a short period for the public to respond with such feedback (until 5 July 2020). 

After reading the information below, If you felt strongly enough about this issue,  there is a link at the bottom to provide feedback  via a DELWP devised survey

In order for you to understand the Project and its proposed Options, DELWP expect you to read a high volume of material, and view lengthy online videos. This is onerous, but to assist you we set our comments below.

To read the full proposal please follow the following links.

Improving management arrangements of Coastal Crown land and DELWPs FAQ

The Options Paper.  

The Options Paper has been developed by Grosvenor Consulting Group for DELWP. It essentially uses a scale to grade 3 possible options: 

Option 1: retain existing Committee of Management (COM) structure over each of the                     coastal reserves. COMs are drawn from local communities and are usually                     resident at or near the relevant reserve. Such positions are voluntary.

Option 2:  (a)merge the Somers, Balnarring and Merricks reserves under one COM and

                 (b) merge Pt Leo and Shoreham under one COM

Option 3: merge each of Somers, Balnarring, Merricks , Pt Leo and Shoreham under                     one COM

The Options Paper applies a series of “desirable outcomes” as detailed in the Outlook Framework (page 7) to each option as a means to assess their respective merit. Objectively each “outcome” is desirable. The question is whether the implementation and funding of the relevant option will in fact deliver the desired outcome. In our view, the assumption that any particular Option will result in the desired Outcome is not supported by any evidence provided by Grosvenor or DELWP in the documentation. Wishful thinking is not a sound basis for change.

In addition, the Options Paper sets out a Change Continuum Graph (page 9). Unfortunately while the concept of plotting management outcomes can be helpful in assessing options, this graph does not set out any measurable scale and risks being misleading. 

At the core of Option 2 and 3 is the appointment of “professional” (paid) COMs but does not detail the cost of this overhead. Nor does the paper commit to external funding of those positions or for cost of the centralisation of administration across all Foreshore reserves.  

Option 2 is potentially workable as both Shoreham and Pt Leo are co-located, and already undertake co-operative activities across both foreshore areas. It also has the advantage that each have sustainable and adequate self generated funding sources.

Option 3 in particular risks the leakage of Pt Leo sourced revenues (camping and parking fees) to subsidise other Reserves which have no significant revenue generation capacity. In addition, a centralised mega COM risks losing the localised representation and participation that our current system tries to promote at present. 

Please follow this link to view DELWPs Comparative analysis of Options and our comments and concerns on both the application of the rating scale and on the Current State Report which purports to support allocation of grading.

The analysis is not, in our view,  sufficiently supported by hard evidence. Conclusions merely asserted without evidence, are of no probative or predictive value. And without any budget detail with funding it is difficult to assess whether any option would deliver the proposed outcomes. For this reason the absence of evidence supporting the outcome conclusions, budget and funding details, Pt Leo COM is not able to recommend either Option 2 or 3. 

We say this because:

  1. No costings have been done or presented of any option.
  2. No cost benefit analysis has been done or presented.
  3.  No additional money is being offered for operating budgets on any option.
  4. The additional cost of paid directors will be an additional cost paid out of the current revenue and reduce operating budgets.
  5. No additional revenue streams have been suggested anywhere.
  6. No assessment of the impact of any option on the environment has been done. Itis not an assessment criterion in the Comparative Analysis.
  7. No assessment of the loss of volunteerism of any option has been done.
  8. No management structure of any option has been presented.
  9. There has been no adequate public consultation  by DELWP
  10. No assessment of how combining Somers, Balnarring and Merrick’s could be financially feasible has been done or presented.
  11.  No assessment of the different sizes, natural environments or needs of the 5  foreshores for example in terms of staff, equipment, botanical knowledge relating to operational needs has been provided.

Please read the material carefully,  and if you have any questions please direct them to Tony Walkington our  Foreshore Manager by email at info@pointleo.com 

Once you have done so please go online prior to July 5 and register your feedback in the Survey found here.

 


Campfires.

Campfires are now prohibited within the reserve at all times. Please report any campfires to 0408536143 immediately.


Winter Camping at Point Leo

Sites 1 to 249 are open all through winter for camping.

This now includes camping in seasonal campsites East

To make a booking please follow this link. We request all bookings to be made using this online system
For the opportunity to be able to select your camp-site from a map, please book from a desktop/laptop computer.
On our website, you are able to
  • Check availability of areas and sites
  • Select a site and make a booking.
  • Book multiple sites under the one booking
  • Find a current fee schedule
  • Read when you can, and can not have fires, as well as all the other relevant park regulations.
If you have any further inquiries after you have made your booking please feel free to email us at info@pointleo.com.

Upon arrival please call into the office before setting up. If the office is unattended please call the out of hours contact number on the office window.


Arriving without a booking?

Bookings are required for campsites Friday to Sunday. If you arrive without a booking on a weekend we may not be able to accommodate you.

Bookings are recommended Sunday to Thursday. If you arrive without a booking and the office is closed please call the number on the office window.  If you arrive stafter the office is closed at 4 pm you will not be able to choose your own campsite. We have 6 sites put aside for mid week campers that arrive after the office is closed, you will be allocated one of these.


Please… Help us protect our Nesting Shorebirds

It’s Spring! (well at least the calendar and the shorebirds think so) and that means that our red capped plovers are beginning to nest again. For those of you who haven’t heard of these beaut little birds, they are the  small little white and grey birds found mostly on the sand between the surf life saving club and Shoreham. Their nests are super hard to see and their eggs are superbly camouflaged to blend in with the sand. Locally they are vulnerable (at risk of becoming endangered).  We try to fence off the nests when we find them but there is a couple of simple things that you can do to help us look after these birds.

  • Always keep your dogs on a lead
  • During the nesting season keep to the hard packed sand when on the beach

More information can be found in this great article on the Shoreham community website, including details of a volunteer training day if you would like to participate in the monitoring and care of these birds on our beaches.