With Australia locked in the middle of summer we decided to survey the nation to find our most picturesque bowls clubs worth a look while on your summer getaway.
It’s no surprise that our great country ‘girt by sea’ possesses some breathtaking seaside venues, which feature prominently in our list.
Here are the 12 most picturesque bowls clubs you must visit this summer. Which have you ticked off your bowls bucket list?
Mornington Bowling Club
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 the Mornington’s Main Street, the club is a popular destination for residents and coastal holidaymakers alike.
Torquay Bowls Club
Named as the Stockland Retirement Living Club of the Year by Bowls Australia in 2017, Torquay have reinvigorated their club from a rapidly declining membership base to a now 800+ strong faithful. South-west of Melbourne, the seaside town is a 30 minutes drive from Geelong at the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road and is known for the popular surf beaches like Bells Beach and Jan Juc.
Carrum Bowling Club
Headlined 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.
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Tathra Beach Bowling Club
With the waves crashing on the Sapphire Coast in the background, Tathra Beach Bowling Club is situated around 25km north of Merimbula and three hours south of the nation’s capital. Definitely a club worth dropping in for a roll when visiting the surrounding holiday region.
Clovelly Lawn Bowls Club
A small beach-side suburbs in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Clovelly is home to a picturesque bowling club upon the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With the famous Bondi and Bronte beaches located nearby, the club is just a 20 minutes drive from Sydney’s CBD.
Ocean Shores Country Club
Situated on a hilltop with panoramic hinterland and ocean views, the all-encompassing Ocean Shores Country Club boasts a 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.
Burleigh Heads Bowls Club
Located a pit-stop south of Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads is a vibrant social hot-spot on the Gold Coast offering a wonderful ocean backdrop while still being conveniently located in the heart of the town. One of many clubs in the bowls heartland that is the Gold Coast.
Broadbeach Bowls Club
Just metres from the beautiful white sandy beach of Broadbeach, a trip to the Gold Coast would not be complete with a visit to the host venue of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. A bucket-list item for any bowls enthusiast to play on the same world class greens as our Australian Jackaroos.
Mosman Park Bowling Club
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.
The Port Elliot Bowling Club
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 of the most picturesque settings in Australia.
West Launceston Bowls Club
A stone throw’s away from central Launceston, this club takes in a wonderful view of the riverside city and is well worth a visit when on the Apple Isle.
Darwin Bowls Club
One of the Territory’s most historic bowls clubs, Darwin Bowls Club has in recent years undergone a transformation with synthetic grass greens and a cover over one of the greens. Located just off the shoreline of Fannie Bay, the now versatile club is a great venue for the ever-changing conditions of the Top End.