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non-commercial camp grounds for tents 2-4 hours from Melbourne

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  • there are almost no non-commercial camp grounds in west Gippsland or the beach side of the Otways
  • travel times are OFF-PEAK
  • many areas have seasonal road closures that are in place from the Thursday after the Queens Birthday Long Weekend in June until the Thursday before Melbourne Cup Weekend in November.

those with toilets and hot showers

  • Golden Beach / Paradise Beach
  • showers also available at Loch Sport Marina Google map
  • 36hr RV site Metung Free hot showers at the brick toilet block behind the yacht club, next to the bowls club.
  • free hot toilets around the lakes at Lakes Entrance see
  • Mt Buffalo NP - Lake Catani camping area
  • Wooroonook Lakes Campground near Charlton
  • Walpeup Lake camping area
  • 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;
  • Four Mile Beach Camp Ground Lake Hindmarsh near Jeparit
    • 4hrs from NW suburbs; coin donation showers;
    • Powered and unpowered sites are available. Camping fees apply.
  • Underpool Rec Reserve between M-S NP and Wyperfeld
  • Mt Eccles camp area
  • Timboon CP $5/n per car
  • Princetown Rec Reserve
  • Anderson Reserve Indented Heads
  • Batman Park Indented Heads
  • Taylors reserve Indented Heads

those with toilets but NO showers

north-west of Melbourne

  • Mt Cole / Mt Buangor
    • Ditchfields
    • Richards
    • Smiths Bridge
    • following require advance booking:
      • Middle Creek
      • Bailes
      • Ferntree - bookings required
    • Beeripmo walk in camp
  • Grampians
  • Mt Terrick Terrick picnic area
    • N of Bendigo and SE of Echuca; nice little remote forest; drop toilets; granite boulder and views; ~6 camp sites;
  • Avoca Falls campground
  • Teddington camp ground Stuart Mill, Kara Kara NP
    • 2hr 40min from Melb
  • Centenary Park, Mt Arapiles
    • 3hr 50min from Melb; no fires except winter;
  • Little Desert NP* * Ackle Bend * 3hr 40min from NW suburbs * bookings * Horseshoe Bend * 3hr 40min from NW suburbs * Bookings ====NE of Melbourne==== *Mansfield / 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 *Tungamah Lions RV Park near Benalla - on a river, toilets, free ====SE of Melbourne==== *Bear Gully Camp Ground (National Park) * online bookings *Shallow Inlet * unpowered, $20/couple/night (kids extra), drop dunnies, great fishing, swimming and walks, but lots mozzies & sandflies *Reeves Beach - free, drop loo, 2 min walk to beach *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 *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 ====SW of Melbourne==== *Great Otway National Park: * Allenvale, Lorne walk-in camp 20 sites; carpark is 230m away; * bookings * Jamieson Creek near Wye River 24 sites * bookings * Blanket Bay Cape Otway * * Big Hill Cape Otway 13 camp sites * bookings * Johanna Beach * online bookings *Port Campbell Rec Reserve *Princetown Rec Reserve =====By elevation above sea level===== *every 100m elevation is generally 1degC colder ====under 200m elevation==== ====200-400m elevation==== ====400-600m elevation==== ====600-800m elevation==== =====other camp grounds “bush camps” no toilets, limited facilities===== ====NW of Melbourne==== ====NE of Melbourne==== ===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=== *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== *see: Echuca and surrounds ====SW of Melbourne==== *Warrnambool region: * Panmure on the Hopkins River - free but only 30m from Hway * Fitzroy River camp-site in Tyrendarra but could be smelly * Sawpit camp ground - the best of these three * Dartmoor has free camps ====SE of Melbourne==== *Mirboo / Strzelecki Ranges area: * Minnehaha Falls near Hiawatha =====other road side one night spots mainly for vans, generally NOT tents===== *Gippsland**
    • Willow Park, Rosedale is a popular free overnight stop
    • Marlay Point 48hr camp on west shore of Lake Wellington, near Sale
    • Lake Tyers
      • free behind the WaterWheel tavern but buy a meal, power, water, very close to the water; 2N max.
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