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Big Red Kidney Bus - Victoria

Noel with the Big Red Kidney Bus

Important notice

Our Big Red Kidney Bus was due to provide holiday dialysis in Lakes Entrance during February and March. Due to bushfire threatening the area, we have worked with Monash Health to amend the schedule to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

The  Vic Bus will be now stationed at Lakes Entrance from 4 February until 22 February. We are working with patients currently booked for this period to ensure they can still enjoy their holiday time on the bus while also ensuring their safety. Please contact the Bus team with any questions.


For over a year, Noel has been receiving his dialysis treatments at Coburg renal unit.  However, it wasn’t until his daughter Nicolina came across the Big Red Kidney Bus program at the renal unit that got her thinking.  In secret, Nicolina and her siblings organised with Kidney Health Australia’s Big Red Kidney Bus team and the renal unit her dad’s dialysis treatments on the Bus so that she could surprise her dad with not just a get-away to Lakes Entrance but also the surprise of having the immediate family there to create fond memories.

Just like Nicolina and Noel, the Big Red Kidney Bus makes it possible for families living with kidney disease to vacation and spend quality time together. 

If you’re planning a trip in Victoria, take a browse through our latest holiday brochure and be inspired or take a look at our locations below.

Lakes Entrance
Tuesday 4 February – Saturday 22 February 2020

BIG4 Whiters Holiday Village

Lakes Entrance boasts Australia’s largest network of waterways, and is a haven for seafood lovers and adventure seekers.

Melbourne
Monday 2 March – Saturday 28 March 2020

Royal Botanic Gardens

Packed with incredible food, art, sports and diverse gardens, you’ll soon see why Melbourne won world’s ‘most liveable city’ seven years in a row.

Ballarat
Monday 6 April – Saturday 2 May 2020

Big4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park

Take a step back in time and enjoy the gold rush at Sovereign Hill or a medieval re-enactment at Kryal Castle. Ballarat has a thriving food and arts culture that will make any holiday maker’s trip.

Mildura
Monday 11 May – Saturday 20 June 2020

BIG4 Mildura Getaway Holiday Park

Foodies will relish in the world-class cuisine, for the more active at heart there are stunning golf courses and national parks. In Mildura there’s something for everyone.

Torquay
Monday 6 July – Saturday 1 August 2020

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park

As the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Torquay has plenty to offer holiday makers from surf culture and shopping, to stunning natural wonders.

Lorne
Monday 10 August – Saturday 5 September 2020

Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park

Located along the world famous Great Ocean Road, Lorne is the perfect spot for a relaxing seaside getaway or hiking through the Otway National Park.

Halls Gap
Monday 21 September – Saturday 24 October 2020

NRMA BIG4 Halls Gap Holiday Park

At the heart of the Grampians, Halls Gap is the perfect spot to enjoy picturesque bush scenery or go exploring on a quad bike.

Warrnambool
Monday 2 November – Saturday 12 December 2020

NRMA BIG4 Warrnambool Riverside Holiday Park

With a range of clean sheltered beaches, manicured parks and gardens, visiting whales, shipwrecks and contemporary art, there is something here for everyone.

Please note that these availabilities are updated regularly and accurate as of 17-01-2019.  See here for current availabilities.

Book your spot today

Please return your booking form to bigredkidneybus@kidney.org.au. Bookings require two weeks notice. Questions? Call 1800 454 363.

Further information

You’ll need to book your own holiday accommodation. Most of the holiday parks where the Bus is located give a discount, so please mention the Big Red Kidney Bus when making a booking.

Arrange transport to and from the holiday destination, as well as from your accommodation to the Bus location for your dialysis. There is a hydraulic hoist on the Bus, therefore, we are able to accommodate people with wheelchairs. However, you need to be able to transfer from the wheelchair to the dialysis chair unassisted.

Dates and locations are subject to change under extenuating circumstances.

Please read the admission criteria before you book a haemodialysis dialysis chair. In Victoria, Monash Health provides the clinical and medical aspects of the Big Red Kidney Bus and will confirm bookings once the admission criteria has been met. 

 

Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance boasts Australia’s largest network of waterways, and is a haven for seafood lovers and adventure seekers.

Lakes Entrance is situated on the edge of the famous Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean. Settle yourself on the water’s edge and catch your own fish, or simply taken in the picturesque surroundings.

If you’re more of a land-lover, take a stroll through the Nyerimilang Hertiage Park or along
The Entrance Walk.

Things to do:

  • Gippsland Lakes
  • 90 Mile Beach
  • Nyerimilang Heritage Park
  • Cunninghame Arm Footbridge
  • Lakes Entrance Aquadome
  • Rigbys Island

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at BIG4 Whiters Holiday Village, 55 Roadknight Street
Lakes Entrance.

Learn more about what to do in Lakes Entrance.

Book your spot!

Holiday dialysis renal nurses the buses are proudly provided by Monash Hospital in Victoria.

Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne is a growing metropolis of art, culture, food and sports with a new adventure awaiting you behind every graffiti clad door.

Brush up on your art knowledge at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and stay for an evening of live music and delicious food on a Friday night.

If heights thrill you, take a ride on the Melbourne Star or take it to the next level and test your bravery at the Eureka Sky Deck which is nearly 300m high!

You don’t have to have a big budget to have a fun filled time in Melbourne, with all of the free activities and entertainment available there is something for everyone.

Things to do:

  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Moonlight Cinemas
  • A-League
  • Laneway tour

Events:

  • ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final – Sunday 8 March
  • Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival – Wednesday 4 March to Saturday 14 March
  • NGV Friday Nights

Book your spot!

Holiday dialysis renal nurses on the Bus are proudly provided by Monash Hospital in Victoria.

Ballarat

Being Victoria’s third largest city, Ballarat has no shortage of things to see and do. Famous for the prosperous gold rush in the 1800’s, Ballarat is dotted with opulent buildings of yesteryear.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the city at Sovereign Hill, the living and breathing museum takes you back to a time when gold lined the streets. Learn to pan for gold, explore the old mines and stay for the incredible sound and light show that takes you back to the Eureka Stockade.  

Take yourself back to the 21st century and stroll along walking tracks at Mount Buninyong, which is situated just outside the main township. Bring a picnic to enjoy while you’re there and take in the stunning views of the surrounding grasslands.

Things to do:

  • Sovereign Hill
  • Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Kryal Castle
  • Ballarat Botanical Gardens
  • Lake Wendouree

Events:

  • Farmers Market

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park, 108 Clayton St, Ballarat Central.

Learn more about what to do in Ballarat.

Book your spot!

Holiday dialysis renal nurses on the Bus are proudly provided by Monash Hospital in Victoria.

Mildura

Mildura

Mildura

Mildura has something to offer everyone no matter your ideal pace.

Whether you're watching the world go by on-board the iconic paddle steamer or skiing the wake, the Murray River has it all.

Assemble a picnic of yummy local produce and relax on the riverbank whilst watching the kids play. Alternatively, why not dine in style at one of the world-class restaurants.

If adventure and the great outdoors is more your style, you can explore the trails through the billabongs and lush bushland.   

Things to do:

  • The Art Vault
  • Old Wentworth Gaol
  • Pioneer Wold Museum
  • Orange World

Events:

  • Sunraysia Farmers Market
  • The Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph
  • Wentworth Show

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at BIG4 Mildura Getaway Holiday Park, 472-486 Deakin Ave, Mildura.

Learn more about what to do in Mildura.

Book your spot now

Holiday dialysis renal nurses the buses are proudly provided by Monash Health in Victoria.

Torquay

Torquay

As the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Torquay has plenty to offer holiday makers, whether you’re a surfer or a shopper. Immerse yourself in nature or prefer to haul up in a café; no matter which you choose, you’ll have a great time in Torquay.

Visit the iconic Bells Beach where the famous Rip Curl Pro takes place each year and watch the waves roll in, or brave the wintery waves yourself and surf the same waters as the surfing legends before you.

Visit Point Danger Marine Sanctuary to see if you can spot the 96 different species of sea slugs that inhabit the limestone reef or the doomed Joseph H. Scammell shipwreck.

Things to do:

  • Australian National Surfing Museum
  • Surf Coast Walk
  • Great Ocean Walk
  • Bells Beach
  • Point Danger Marine Sanctuary

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park, 35 Bell St, Torquay VIC 3228

Learn more about what to do in Torquay.

Book your spot!

Lorne

Lorne

Cruise down the iconic Great Ocean Road and you’ll find the picturesque town of Lorne on the shores of Loutit Bay. The old school charm from the roaring twenties is alive and well with Art Deco architecture and all the indulgences you could desire.

Stroll through the main street, shopping at unique boutiques filled with local goods and stop for a break in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Take things up a notch and explore the bay or journey to the waterfalls of the nearby Otway’s.

Take a trip out to sea to spot the migrating whales as they journey across the coast or simply enjoy the soft waves and serenity of being at sea.

Things to do:

  • Otway National Park
  • Stories of the Great Ocean Road QR Trail
  • Gentle Annie Berry Gardens
  • Teddy’s Lookout

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park, 2 Great Ocean Rd, Lorne.

Learn more about what to do in Lorne.

Book your spot!

Holiday dialysis renal nurses on the Bus are proudly provided by Monash Hospital in Victoria.

Halls Gap

Halls Gap

Halls Gap is the gateway to the beautiful Grampians National Park, home to the towering MacKenzie Falls, elusive wallabies and some of the best views in Victoria.

Brave the heights to take a selfie Halls Gap is the gateway to the beautiful Grampians National Park, home to the towering MacKenzie Falls, elusive wallabies and some of the best views in Victoria.at the famous Pinnacle Lookout or gaze across the sweeping views of the Victorian country side, keeping an eye out for eagles soaring far above the treetops. The Grampians have walking tracks for all fitness levels, without compromise on the views.

Take a break from mountain walks and canoe across Lake Bellfield, be sure to have a fishing rod with you to catch some redfin or river blackfish for dinner.

Things to do:

  • Grampians National Park
  • Lake Bellfield
  • Halls Gap Zoo

Events:

  • The Grampians Wildflower Show
  • Horsham Agricultural Show

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at NRMA BIG4 Halls Gap Holiday Park, 2372 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap.

Learn more about what to do in Halls Gap.

Book your spot!

Holiday dialysis renal nurses on the buses are proudly provided by Monash Hospital in Victoria.

Warrnambool

Visit Warrnambool

Warrnambool

Nestled at the end of the iconic Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool has everything you would want from a beach holiday.

The vibrant city has lots to do for every interest and budget, strolling along the coast exploring family run cafés, restaurants and shops.

Get your dose of history at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and learn about the infamous Loch Ard shipwreck of 1878, or meet the wildlife on both land and sea on whale cruises and guided tours through the Tower Hill Reserve.

With a range of clean sheltered beaches, manicured parks and gardens, fascinating shipwrecks and contemporary art, there is certainly something for everyone when you visit Warrnambool.

Things to do:

  • Lake Pertobe
  • Whale watching
  • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village
  • Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
  • Fletcher Jones Market

Events:

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  • St James Annual Rose Show
  • Harrison Craig sings Elton John Love Songs
  • Warrnambool Hillside and Summer Night markets
  • Carols by the Merri

Book your seat in Warrnambool today!

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