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camp grounds in Victoria

camp grounds with hot showers

  • most commercial caravan parks (these are generally NOT listed although some are and usually marked by HP or CP)
  • non-commercial grounds within 2 hours drive from Melbourne with hot showers:
    • Vaughan Springs camping area
      • 1hr 15min from NW suburbs; only for few vans and 6 tents but its free
      • 1.5hrs from NW suburbs, lots of sites along the Loddon River $15/n pay at hotel
    • Greenhill Lakes Reserve Ararat
      • 2hrs from NW suburbs; free camp up to 5 days
    • Fraser block at Lake Eildon
      • 2hrs from northern suburbs, book via Parks Vic
    • Heyfield Oval near Glenmaggie
      • 2hrs from Dandenong
      • coin showers
  • East Gippsland:
  • West Gippsland
      • has 2 separate areas, Ocean view is elevated and best for caravans, while tents are best in the Kywong area (site 118 overlooks the beach although exposed to S/SW winds, while site 113 has a short path to overlook the beach and is more wind protected)
    • Tidal River Wilsons Prom National Park
    • Golden Beach / Paradise Beach - nearby $2 showers at shops
    • showers also available at Loch Sport Marina Google map
    • Heyfield oval - coin showers (near Lake Glenmaggie)
    • 36hr RV site Metung Free hot showers at the brick toilet block behind the yacht club, next to the bowls club.
  • NE Victoria:
  • Central Victoria:
    • Vaughan Springs camping area (only for few vans and 6 tents but its free)
    • Bacchus Marsh CP
    • Blackwood Mineral Springs HP
    • Lake Burumbeet CP
    • Lake Eppalock HP
      • 1.5hrs drive from NW suburbs Melbourne
      • Can camp right on the Loddon river - plenty of spaces. Can fish and swim and pet friendly. Big footy oval and pub walking distance across the bridge. Poor Telstra mobile reception though! Open fires allowed; Dogs allowed;
      • camp fees ($15/n at pub) - flush toilets, showers are free 5min hot shower just press the button
    • Lake Bolac Foreshore
  • Grampians area:
    • Greenhill Lakes Reserve Ararat - free camp up to 5 days
    • Acacia Ararat
    • Casterton
    • Dunkeld
    • Hamilton CP
    • Edenhope Lakeside
    • Halls Gap CP
    • Lakeside caravan park Halls Gap
    • Big 4 caravan park Halls Gap
    • Hynes Reserve Rocklands reservoir
    • Wash Tomorrow CP
    • Wimmera Lakes CP Horsham
    • Natimuk Lake CP
    • Lake Fyans CP
  • NW Victoria:
    • Green Lake (Birchip-Sea Lake Rd)
    • Four Mile Beach on Lake Hindmarsh
    • Apex River Beach HP Mildura
    • Robinvale Riverside CP
    • Underpool Rec Reserve between M-S NP and Wyperfeld
    • Bushman's Rest CP on Lake Cullulleraine
    • Lake Cullulleraine HP
    • Hilltop Resort Swan Hill
    • Lake Boga CP
    • Ouyen CP
    • Wooroonook Lakes Campground near Charlton
    • Walpeup Lake camping area
    • Lake Lascelles Hopetoun - gold coin donations you can also utilise the laundry
  • SW Coast:
    • Kywong CP near Sth Aust border
    • Princess Margaret Rose Caves
    • Narrawong HP
    • Mt Eccles camp area
    • Killarney Beach CP Warrnambool
    • Warrnambool HP
    • Gardens CP Port Fairy
    • Gum Tree CP Port Fairy
    • Yambuk Lake CP near Port Fairy 200m from beach
    • GOR TP Peterborough
    • Port Campbell HP
    • Timboon CP $5/n per car
    • Princetown Rec Reserve
    • Camperdown Lakes HP
    • Central HP Colac
    • Lake Colac CP
    • Lake Purrumbete HP
    • Lake Tooliorook CG
    • Bimbi Park Cape Otway
    • Marengo Apollo Bay
    • Apollo Bay Rec Reserve
    • Skenes Ck Beachfront CP
    • Kennett River HP
    • Wye River Foreshore
    • Cumberland River HP near Lorne
    • Erskine River Park Lorne
    • Aireys Inlet HP
    • Anglesea Family CP
    • Barwon Heads CP
    • Riverview Ocean Grove
    • Torquay HP
    • Torquay Foreshore CP
    • Breamlea HP
    • Anderson Reserve Indented Heads
    • Batman Park Indented Heads
    • Taylors reserve Indented Heads
    • Royal Park Pt Lonsdale
    • St Leonards Foreshore
    • Portarlington HP
    • Queenscliff Rec reserve
    • Barwon River Tourist P Geelong

camp grounds with cold showers

General list of camp grounds

  • the following list generally do not have showers unless they are commercial camp grounds
  • many will have drop toilets, some will have flush sewered toilets, many have no toilets!
  • “dispersed bush camping” generally means free sites with no facilities and BYO drinking water although some have drop toilets.

non-commercial grounds within 2hrs of Melbourne outer suburbs

Far west Victoria

  • Grampians
  • Rocklands Reservoir
  • Mildura region:
    • Lake Cullulleraine is lovely and safe just that it’s about 80 kms away from Mildura.
      • Bushman’s Rest CP great sunrises over the lake
    • Merbein Common
    • Psyche Bend
    • Murray Sunset NP:
      • Lake Crosbie - biggest of 4 pink salt lakes; southern edge of NP; 12km gravel road to camp ground;
    • Hattah-Kulkyne NP
    • Murray Kulkyne Park - bush camping areas
    • Lake Hindmarsh Reserve - biggest natural freshwater lake in Vic, 22km N of Dimboola
    • Wyperfeld NP
    • Nyah:
      • Free camp at Nyah at the rec reserve next to the Murray river
    • Hopetoun:
      • Lake Lascelles Hopetoun - internet, drinking water, hot showers, laundry but can be very windy, free (donation) or $20/n powered site option; less mozzies than the Murray; shallow lake edge, great for dogs and kids;
    • Tchum lake just out of Birchip. It’s magic.
    • Lake watchem. Just out of Watchem

NW Victoria

    • 1.5hrs from NW suburb Melb via Calder
    • hot showers
  • Melville Caves camp ground, Kooyoora State Park
    • 2hrs from NW suburb Melb via Calder and 24min past Newbridge
    • nice massive boulder lookouts to explore plus 6km and 4.5km walks
    • great view from Mt Brenanah
  • Laanecoorie River Reserve
    • between Bendigo and Dunolly and NW of Maldon
  • Waanyarra Camp ground
    • historic gold mining area, some buildings and old cemetery
    • between Tarnagulla and Dunolly
  • Teddington Reservoir camp in Kara Kara NP south of St Arnaud
    • flush toilets; fire pits;
    • 2.5hrs from NW suburbs of Melb via Harcourt and Dunolly or via Ballarat and Avoca
  • Mountain Creek camp ground
    • near Moonambel and Warrenmang vineyard and just south of Kara Kara NP
    • need to boil the creek water
  • Wooroonook Lakes campground
    • near Charlton
    • 2.5hrs from NW suburbs of Melb via Harcourt and Wedderburn
  • Hard hill at Wedderburn is said to be amazing

West Victoria

  • river at Meredith
  • Meredith Park 10min by car to Colac
    • flush toilets, long narrow camping along foreshore, gets very windy, close to Otways, thefts from cars is problematic so ensure all valuables are locked away and out of view.
  • Smith's Bridge
    • 18km N of Beaufort; drop toilet; fire pits;
  • Hidden lagoon at Langi Giran or kyalma falls
  • Green Hill Lake Ararat
    • lots of noise from the highway and constant trucks overnight
  • Lake Bolac free camp

Otways

  • Tanners road camp ground off Forest Rd is closest free camp to beach in Otways
  • Dandos
  • Stevenson’s falls

South-West Coast

Central Victoria

  • Maldon area:
    • The Butts campground
    • Welshman reef caravan park
    • Laanecoorie
    • Cairn Curran
      • at Picnic Point on the Maryborough to Castlemaine Road
  • Castlemaine area:
    • Warburton's crossing near GlenLuce
    • Vaughan Springs
    • Glenlyon Rec Reserve
    • Leangarook picnic ground Mt Alexander - ~650m elevation so can get cold; running non-potable water and flush toilets;
  • Daylesford area:
  • Slaty creek camp ground creswick
  • Anderson’s garden in Mt Disappointment - 2WD access from Clonbinane; small walk to campsite from car; popular with kids?
  • North of Bendigo:
    • Whipstick Nat Park:
      • Notley Camping area
        • fairly quiet spot with drop toilets only; picnic shelter; firepits, no water although there is a dam nearby with lots of frogs croaking at night; box forests walks through old gold mining relics (Old Tom mine)
  • Rushworth area:
    • Green's camp ground near historic Whroo Balaclava gold mine area
      • 7 camp sites; drop toilets; ground is hard to peg; nice walks; can be dusty; 1hr 45min drive from NW suburbs;
  • Euroa area:
    • Longwood recreation reserve camping
      • toilets, fire pits, water, donation; walk to pub

Eildon region

  • Cathedral Ranges
    • Andersons Mill
    • Cooks Mill
    • Cambarville
    • Big River
  • Rubicon River
    • Kendalls campground
    • Rubicon Boys campground
    • drop toilets but public toilets back on main road near bridge
    • nice tramway walk through the old hydroelectric power station beside water channels through forest to a dam
    • nice creek to swim in on hot days (water is cold!)
    • drive to Snobs Creek falls (2WD) or to Morris Lookout (4WD)
  • Lake Eildon
    • Delatite Arm
    • Jerusalem creek
      • not free but worth it. Drop toilets. Even after rain camp sites don't tend to get muddy.
      • access may be difficult for 2WD vehicles after rain as rutted, gravel road
      • 8 separate camp grounds:
        • campground 1 has 8 sites
        • campground 2 has 19 sites
        • campgrounds 3/4 has 16 sites combined
        • campgrounds 5/6 has 16 sites combined
        • campground 7 has 11 sites
        • campground 8 is well away from the lake and has 3 sites
      • Book campground 1 site 7/8. Great access to water and quiet.
  • Fraser NP, Alexandra / Stockyard Bay

Mansfield/Howqua/Mt Buller/Jamieson region

  • Howqua Hills historic gold mining area:
    • Sheepyard flats
      • very large and very popular free camping area on the Howqua River;
      • windy gravel road to access but still suitable for vans
      • Historic Walk from Sheepyard Flat to Fry’s Hut
  • Running Creek Camping Reserve
    • popular with anglers, paddlers and campers. There are two walking tracks that start here and end at Tobacco Flat, approximately 12 kms upstream.
    • located on the Howqua River and accessed via Howqua River Road
  • Craig's Hut Mt Stirling
    • needs 4WD to access, or a 45min uphill hike from the circuit road (road closed in Winter)
  • Jamieson region:
    • Granny’s Flat Camping Area
      • 4WD needed in wet weather; road closed in snow season;
      • Great river frontages with campers tubing down the river; well maintained; fire pits;
    • Skipworth 8 minutes from Jamieson - nice, firepits, drop toilets, water
    • Doctor Creek Reserve

Wangaratta region

  • Pioneer bridges rest area
  • Ovens river
  • Kings river
  • Mark wood (35kms away from Wangaratta)
  • Ah Young or Good Hope Flat in Buckland Valley - plenty space but busy at Xmas
  • Edi Cutting in King River Valley - very popular
  • Bells Flat Rd area near Yackandandah

Benalla region

  • Tungamah Lions RV Park - on a river, toilets, free
  • James reserve just past swan pool on a beautiful creek
  • Boho/strathbogie

Beechworth / Bright region

  • At Kangaroo crossing Eldorado side there are several spots within 10m of the creek, the other side of the crossing the creek access is a little more difficult. There are many other sites heading towards Beechworth on the creek side, right through to Woolshed falls.
  • Buckland valley better than Eldorado?
  • Nug Nug (SW of Myrtleford) on Buffalo River

Far NE Victoria

  • Rutherglen region
    • Police Paddocks
      • Pleasant bush camping on broad open grassed banks extending along Murphy Creek, a Murray River anabranch.
      • One bench and one BBQ. No beaches. BYO water; no toilets;
    • Stantons bend
      • large dispersed bush camping reserve with 15 sites on the banks of the Lake Moodermere, west of Rutherglen
      • A long stretch of sandy river beach offers safe swimming and thus popular with families; low cliffs rising just downstream of the reserve makes for a stunning visual backdrop.
  • Tallangatta / Mitta Mitta region
    • Ludlows reserve, Ebden just east of Wodonga (high county rail trail) - 24hr max vans, no tents
    • Tallangatta ( closest to river)
    • Conttontree creek campground (bridle track)
    • Mitta Mitta river
    • Walnuts campground - lovely area
    • Snowy creek campsite - nicer than Walnuts

Murray River

Yarrawonga area

  • Bruce's Beach #1 or #2
    • half hr from Cobram
    • no toilets; no dogs; can get bogggy in winter and after heavy rain.
  • Nevins Beach Yarrawonga - no toilets; no dogs; can get bogggy in winter and after heavy rain.
  • Yarrawonga Green Bank - pit toilets
  • Yarrawonga River Camp - pit toilets

Cobram area

  • Between Cobram and Tocumwal. Koonoomoo is more precise.
    • Go past the abattoir and race track, over the levee bank and there is the river. On your left you'll see a pumping station. Go right and follow the track until it meanders left - follow it over a little log bridge to a private, quite small beach that is close to town and public toilets. Gets crowded early, before long weekends etc. If you have 4-5 families and can get there early enough then you own it. Go left and follow any of the tracks off to the right and you'll find a few large beaches, plenty of sand, great for ski boats, tents, caravans
  • Town beach Tocumwal $5/n some facilities
  • Area opposite town boat ramp
  • Big toms Beach, dead end beach.
  • near horseshoe take Quicks Beach 2 track
  • Scott’s beach
  • Apex beach
  • Pebbly beach
  • Greens beach
  • Bouchiers beach
  • Great spots on NSW side, but you must register that you are there.
    • Little pebble beach Boomanooma half way between Barooga and Mulwala is a ripper

Echuca area

West Gippsland

    • 15min from Gembrook; has a creek to play in, drop toilets, easy trails, easy road in and is close to town. It can get busy/loud on weekends or public holidays
  • Willow Park in Rosedale
  • Walhalla free camping
    • not as good for camping anymore, the area has been overrun by permanent camping residents
    • Coopers Creek
    • Aberfeldy Bridge on Walhalla Rd
      • not as well known as Coopers creek camp as it is 45min 26km to the north and near Thompson Reservoir, ie, 16km and 26min to north of Walhalla
  • Lang Lang Foreshore Caravan Park
  • Corinella
  • Powlett River HP
  • Bear Gully Camp Ground (National Park)
  • Walkerville caravan park
    • unpowered, $20/couple/night (kids extra), drop dunnies, great fishing, swimming and walks, but lots mozzies & sandflies
  • Mirboo / Strzelecki Ranges area:
    • Minnehaha Falls near Hiawatha

Central Gippsland

  • Mitchell River (NW of Bairnsdale):
    • Angusvale is huge plenty of space even at Easter, toilets
    • Bark hut camp park - not free though and very busy at Easter
    • Hollets camp ground - Green grass and clean toilets
  • Reeves Beach - free, drop loo, 2 min walk to beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Willow Park, Rosedale is a popular free overnight stop
  • Marlay Point 48hr camp on west shore of Lake Wellington, near Sale
  • Loch Sport
  • Blue Pools Briagolong - can hike to McKinnons Point and back
  • The Quarries, Briagolong - $10/n pay in town at General Store, nice river and toilets
  • Deptford north of Bairnsdale
  • Mt Taylor north of Bairnsdale -lots of mozzies?
  • Log Crossing in the Colquhoun state Park. About 25 km from Bairnsdale north of Lakes Entrance
  • Lake Tyers
    • Trident Arm — in Toorloo Arm
    • free behind the WaterWheel tavern but buy a meal, power, water, very close to the water; 2N max.
  • Hinamongee Bridge not far from Omeo is great

East Gippsland

  • Woods Point camp ground near Orbost
  • Drummer Rainforest Walk near Cann River - toilets, picnic table, fairly quiet
  • Genoa free camping
australia/vic/campgrounds.txt · Last modified: 2022/12/01 21:12 by gary1

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