Glamping on The Grove

Pulling up to The Grove was nothing short of magic. We drove slowly but surely through the cow covered hills of Gippsland. It felt like we were racing the clouds. Once we'd arrived, the rain had eased - golden hour was at its peak. We watched the last of the sunset through the misty trees. We knew we were in for a treat staying here.

We ran through the rain to our tent. It was so welcoming after a rugged, stormy trip. The fairy lights were on, candles were glowing and our brekky hamper for the morning was waiting for us. We popped up to the restaurant but had arrived too late for dinner. The wonderful team welcomed us in anyway, the chef cooked us up a feast and we settled in with a delish bottle of wine. Our escape was off to a great start.

Both mornings we woke to the sound of roosters crowing in the distance, and got up to watch the sunrise over the olive trees. We made ourselves a cup of tea, sat by the water and enjoyed listening to the sounds of the animals nearby – how nice it was to be out of the city.

The team recommended we check out a nearby town called Loch. It was like a small town out of a movie. We stopped at the cutest local grocer to pickup some supplies and headed back to The Grove. We spent the afternoon outside our tent playing board games, relaxing in the sun – ahh.

We wandered around the sculptures on the way up to dinner. The view was breathtaking - that combined with the fine food, it was really an experience to remember. We enjoyed the most of the daylight, and headed back to our tent. We listened to music and chatted over a bottle of wine before falling asleep to the sound of rain on our tent.. heaven!

Sunday morning, we didn’t want to leave. We had brekky in the restaurant and headed back to Loch to visit a renowned op shop and check out the local maker’s stores. We left with a few vintage wares and plants, so we could take a little bit of Gippsland back home with us.

For the first time in a long while, we felt content and relaxed, ready to head back to the city.
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Things We Did

  • Food & Drink
  • Lookout
  • Town
  • Walk
  • Hike
Udder & Hoe Gippsland
We stumbled across the cutest grocer, Udder & Hoe. They're all about sustainable and organic produce, stocking loads of local goodies to support the farmers and community. We had a bottle of wine and a few snacks here. We sat in the space and enjoyed watching as locals popped in and out. We chatted over a glass of wine with one of the ladies working there, everyone was so lovely and the atmosphere was so relaxing. This would be a must-visit....
Cape Horn Lookout
We stopped at the Cape Horn Lookout with some of the snacks we'd bought in town. It's a perfect spot for a picnic, with a table overlooking the beautiful hills and farmland. It was a bit windy, but it didn't spoil the gorgeous view; it was nice to cuddle up and spot animals in the distance. We were there on an overcast day, but apparently, it's an awesome spot to watch the sunset....
Loch Makers Village
There was a strip of studios and stores with crafted bits, healthy plants, vintage, and locally made clothing. We wandered through the beautiful street and popped into all the stores - all of the shopkeepers were so friendly and proud to show us what they had on offer. We ended up purchasing a few plants in handmade pots from a shop called Loch Leaf - it was so lovely....
Walking 'round The Grove
In addition to the glamping, there's plenty to see on the property at The Grove. We walked around for about an hour and a half, exploring the Gum Tree forest, appreciating the sculptures and listening to the sounds of local birds - it was so relaxing. And it's all about a 2-minute walk from the tent!...
Mount Worth State Park
It was an hour drive away, but we knew it would be worth it based on pictures. Plus, the drive was a good excuse to stop at a local bakery and pick up a few pastries. At Mount Worth, the rainforest walking trails were so lush. In the end, we dipped our toes in the river to cool off. It was so refreshing! I would definitely recommend this because it wasn't too strenuous, just perfect for a relaxing adventure....

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