We’ve put together a list of the four most picturesque bowls clubs you need to getaway to once travel restrictions are lifted in Australia.
Mornington Bowling Club – Victoria
Located around an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Mornington Bowling Club is situated on a cliff top overlooking Port Phillip Bay.
Just a five-minute walk from Mornington’s Main Street, the club is a popular destination for residents and coastal holiday makers alike.
With stunning beaches, unique gardens, spectacular walking landscapes and diverse coastlines you won’t be short of activities to enjoy and places to explore without breaking the budget on this getaway.
The Mornington Peninsula has a thriving craft beer and artisan spirit scene, with a number of small independent brewers, you can pop into a local brewery and have a hands-on experience at a distillery, producing your own special gin with infused botanicals.
Other local sights to check out include Cape Schanck’s 1850s lighthouse or Point Nepean’s historic military installations.
The Mornington Peninsula vineyards are famous as well and you can fill your picnic basket at a farm-gate or share a regional platter at a winery restaurant.
The Mornington Peninsula is one of the few regions in Victoria where you visit casual cafés, chic restaurants and fine dining both in coastal villages and hinterland hamlets.
You’ll find award-winning restaurants, casual piazzas overlooking kitchen gardens, acclaimed outdoor sculpture and private summer picnics in beautiful estates.
Ocean Shores Country Club – New South Wales
Situated on a hilltop with panoramic hinterland and ocean views, the all-encompassing Ocean Shores Country Club boasts a championship golf course, bowling greens and hospitality facilities.
Just 15 minutes north of Byron Bay and 30 minutes south of Coolangatta Airport, this club picked itself in the picturesque category.
The Ocean Shores Country Club is the heart of ocean shores and occupies a central location in the town and is a hub for locals and visitors.
Ocean Shores was established in 1969 backed by American singer Pat Boone, in fact the town was named after Boone’s property in Ocean Shores, Washington USA.
The area has a strong Aboriginal heritage and Aboriginal Middens (sites containing seafood shells, the contents of which had been eaten by local people) have been found along the banks of Marshalls Creek.
Ocean Shores is a hilly area with many vantage points offering lovely sea views. The flatter area of North Ocean Shores, South Golden Beach and New Brighton offer direct beach access.
The stretch of beach along New Brighton, South Golden Beach and Ocean Shores North is beautiful and seldom crowded.
There’s plenty to during your getaway in this idyllic town, the farmers market is a crowd favourite and has a relaxed friendly atmosphere where locals and visitors can slow down, eat some good wholesome food and have a chat while soaking up the unique atmosphere of the North Coast’s tranquil lifestyle.
Mosman Park Bowling Club – Western Australia
Known as the club with the ‘million dollar views’, Mosman certainly lives up to its reputation as it enjoys one of the most unique sporting locations in Australia.
The club has magnificent views of the Swan River, Perth city skyline and Darling Ranges, and is just 25 minutes south-west of the West Australian capital.
Mosman Park is located along Stirling Highway approximately 14 kilometres from Perth and 3 kilometres from Fremantle.
It is bordered by the suburbs of Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and North Fremantle and is unique in having the Indian Ocean on its western boundary and the beautiful shores of the Swan River as its eastern boundary.
The area is well served by a number of beautiful parks and there are plans for the provision of a regional park connecting the river and sea through Buckland Hill.
Mosman Park may not be as popular as other cities in Australia, but don’t let that fool you. Mosman Park is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit.
The Buckland Hill Obelisk is a great local sight to visit on your getaway and offers brilliant scenic views. Dating back to the years 1878-80, Buckland Hill Obelisk is said to have replaced the trigonometrical station that was first present here.
Gaining importance, especially for traders, it has and continues to serve as a navigation landmark for over 100 years.
The Port Elliot Bowling Club – South Australia
Dubbed as the ‘the carpet on the coast’, Port Elliot is situated on the famous Horseshoe Bay on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula with beautiful surrounds.
Just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide on the coast, the club boasts a full coastal view and could well be one of the most picturesque settings in Australia.
A big future was envisioned for Port Elliot when it was earmarked in 1854 as the major Encounter Bay outlet through which the rich agricultural bounty shipped down the Murray River would be exported.
A battered breakwater is all that remains of the failed attempt to construct a safe shipping harbour but in its place is one of the sweetest beach settings in South Australia.
A caravan park, public reserve and restaurant each claim the best position around Horseshoe Bay, which is protected by several little islands not far offshore where whale sightings are a regular attraction in winter which makes it a great getaway spot.
The town itself is a model seaside village, renowned for its cafés, pubs and gift shops along The Strand, its wide choice of accommodation, and a bakery that regularly draws queues.
Head for the train station to catch the Cockle Train to Goolwa or Victor Harbor, follow the Port Elliot Maritime Heritage Trail on the foreshore of Horseshoe Bay or explore vantage points such as Freemans Nob and the cliff top walking path for stunning views of the Encounter Bay coastline.