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Clubs to visit this summer – Eastern Metropolitan & Gippsland (VIC)

by Domenic Favata

We continue our series scanning the country for the clubs you need to visit this summer, with Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne & Gippsland (VIC) next in focus.


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South-East Metropolitan Melbourne

Elwood Bowls Club (Elsternwick Park Sports Club)

When you’re next visiting Melbourne, experience both a quintessential tram journey and a game of barefoot bowls by catching the 67 (University of Melbourne – Carnegie) to stop 42 (Hotham Street/Brighton Road), and here you will find the picturesque Elsternwick Park Sports Club just a stone’s throw away. It’s a must-visit, as one of the city’s live music hubs with views of the prestigious Elsternwick Park next door and gorgeous sunsets that bring a glittering end to a satisfying day out on the green.

Moorabbin Bowling Club

Located 15km south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, Moorabbin Bowling Club offers barefoot bowls, music and BBQ options to suit families and businesses alike. Situated in the same precinct as St Kilda Football Club’s RESA Park, this also offers the opportunity to tour a professional sporting facility and if you’re lucky enough, you might even meet an AFL player!

Carrum Bowling Club

Highlighted by a start-of-the-art and eye-catching new pavilion, the Carrum Bowling Club is just a whisker off the Nepean Highway en-route to Frankston with great ocean views and pristine greens. Another club that takes in the views of Port Phillip Bay, Carrum is a conveniently located club just under an hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD.

Dandenong Club

Located just off the Monash Freeway, the award-winning Dandenong Club offers a brand new world-class undercover facility which is perfect for Jack Attack and barefoot bowls. With a large television screen facing towards the green, a nearby café and bar, along with a bowls shop with a wide range of products, add this venue to your list when you’re next in Melbourne.

Mornington Peninsula 

Mornington

Located around an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Mornington Bowling Club is situated on a clifftop overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Just a five-minute walk from Mornington’s Main Street, the club is a popular destination for residents and coastal holidaymakers alike.

Western Port

Phillip Island Bowling Club

Just under 90 minutes drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is the home to a variety of wildlife viewing including the iconic penguins, whale watching and koalas. In addition, the Island is also home to lovely little bowls club that boasts two sublime synthetic greens, meaning bowling is a year-round pastime.

Gippsland 

Lakes Entrance

Boasting Australia’s largest inland network of waterways, Lakes Entrance has long been a popular Gippsland holiday spot for Victorians, especially for young families. Lakes Entrance is situated on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean and the town is well-equipped with accommodation, services and facilities for those enjoying their coastal getaway. It is also home to the Lakes Entrance Bowls Club, which offers full TAB facilities, Keno, café, bistro, sports bar, private members bowling lounge, main bar, indoor kids play area and two world-class artificial bowling greens for year-round bowls. The club also owns and operates the adjoining Woodbine Tourist Park which offers affordable powered sites, modern leisure homes and budget cabin-style accommodation perfect for your next coastal holiday.

Loch Sport Bowls Club

Located 40 minutes east from Sale, Loch Sport Bowls Club offers a very popular barefoot bowls facility for all who visit. With camping, fishing and boating all located nearby, this is truly a hidden getaway location in Central Gippsland.

Contributions by Scot Nicholson – Regional Bowls Manager (Eastern Metropolitan/Gippsland)