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Why Cobram is the perfect holiday for kids

Kim Gardner and her family discover why Cobram is the perfect holiday for kids.

Golden rays of light shine down from a clear blue sky, welcoming us to RACV Cobram Resort in Victoria’s Murray River region. With over 300 days of sunshine per year it’s little wonder that this region is known as Sun Country.

Just a three-hour drive from Melbourne, Cobram is located on the Victorian and NSW border along the mighty Murray River making it the perfect location for a short getaway or family holiday.

Bouncing into RACV

RACV Cobram Resort has accommodation for every budget, from apartments and cabins, to caravan sites and camper trailer and tent sites. As soon as we check into our large two-bedroom, fully self-contained apartment, the kids are ready to dive into all the fun on offer.

The resort is a treasure trove of activities and facilities for kids of all ages. Our little ones head straight for the large adventure playground. They bounce on the jumping pillows until they work up a thirst that only an ice-cold slushy from the on-site cafe and a dip in the pool can quench. We head indoors for fun in the recreation room where a pool table, table tennis and a selection of video game consoles bring out their competitive streak. It’s something that continues outside as they race around the resort on the pedal-powered go karts, the highlight of their day. Feeling the need to cool off we dive into the outdoor pool before retreating to the indoor heated pool and spa to relax. The pool facilities have undergone a major upgrade, adding a kids’ splash and play area, a children’s pool with mushroom waterfall and a shaded toddlers’ pool.

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Crossing the border

After squeezing as much out of our day as possible, we head across the border into NSW to the neighbouring township of Barooga and Sporties Barooga. Dinner at this popular local proves ideal for families with a kids’ menu and a supervised children’s room on Friday.

The rising sun heralds another day of adventure in the Murray River region, and we put on our walking shoes to take a stroll along the walking track through the landscaped gardens and around the lake at the resort. Breakfast is at the on-site Poolside Cafe, which offers all-day options, including a continental breakfast and meals cooked to order. The kids jump at the idea of pancakes with ice-cream and maple syrup for breakfast and wash it down with a chocolate milkshake.

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Out-of-this-world attractions

We head out in the car to explore the unusual sights surrounding RACV Cobram Resort. We begin the journey with a trip to another world: Cactus Country in Strathmerton, a little slice of Mexico with gigantic cactus plants as far as the eye can see. With around 4000 species of cacti and succulents to explore over four hectares, the kids mark them off on a discovery worksheet. We have several ‘wow’ moments when we spot varieties of cacti that we have never seen before, including one that looks as though it is spouting miniature pineapples. Photo opportunities here are endless and it’s no wonder that so many people come here for fashion shoots. Sombreros are on hand if the kids wish to play dress-ups for a selfie or family photo. We end our journey through Cactus Country with a slice of unique cactus cake from the cafe.

Rich Glen Olive Estate in Yarrawonga is our pick for lunch, a stunning property set among ancient red gums, offering fun for all ages and serving seasonal and local produce at the Farmgate Cafe. The kids’ Healthy & Fun Lunch Box meal is a must-try here for little ones (between two and 10) and comes with a pack of toys. Fun activities for young adventurers include a lookout cubby, hopscotch, giant chess and grass area to kick the ball around. A pat of the farm animals, including lambs and goats, is a highlight for our kids.

After lunch, we stop at The Big Strawberry for the kids to pick and eat fresh berries, before ending our trip with a final swim back at the RACV Cobram Resort pool and a delicious barbecue dinner by sunset.

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Getting there

RACV Cobram Resort is around 260 kilometres from Melbourne, an easy three-hour drive. Follow the Hume Freeway to Seymour, then the Goulburn Valley Freeway through Shepparton. At the Murray Valley Highway, turn right to Cobram.

This article appeared in volume 52 of Holidays with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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