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non-commercial camp grounds for tents within 2 hours of Melbourne

see also:

  • there are no camp grounds in the Dandenong Ranges - closest is Kurth Kiln camp ground
  • there are almost no non-commercial camp grounds in west Gippsland or the beach side of the Otways
  • travel times are OFF-PEAK

those with toilets and hot showers

those with toilets but NO showers

north-west of Melbourne

  • Anderson’s garden in Wandong Regional Park
    • 55min from NW suburbs; 1hr 10min from CBD; near Wandong; ~350m elevation;
  • Blairs Hut, Mt Disappointment, near Kinglake
    • 65min from NW suburbs via Wallan ignore Google, stay on Mt Disappointment Rd else need 4WD!; elevation ~700m;
    • nice 1.5hr summit walk; toilets; tent camping only;
  • Lerderderg Campground
    • 53min from NW suburbs; 1hr 15min from CBD via Gisborne; including 22min 12.5km on gravel 2WD dry weather road;
    • toilets, fireplaces; ~530m elevation;
    • this new campground replaces O'Brien's Crossing camp area which is now only a day visitors area
  • Firth Park, Trentham
    • 50min from NW suburbs; 1hr 16min from CBD; not great site, very cold; elevation ~700m;
  • Ambler Lane campground Lerderderg
    • dry 4WD or hike in only; no wood fires; no potable water;
  • Redesdale Hotel
    • 3 night max; fire pits;
  • Glenlyon Rec Reserve
    • 1hr 20 from CBD; 570m elevation; toilets; donation;
  • Steiglitz Brisbane Ranges
    • 70min from NW suburbs; online bookings; ~250m elevation in valley;
  • Mt Beckworth, Clunes
    • camp sites are ~400m elevation; Mt Beckworth hits 629m;
  • Slaty creek camp ground Creswick
    • 1.5hrs from CBD, good for panning for gold; ~520m elevation;
    • 1hr from NW suburbs; 1.5hrs from CBD; ~650m elevation - similar temperatures as Woodend/Kyneton;
  • Warburton's crossing near GlenLuce
    • 1.5hrs from CBD near Vaughan Springs
    • approx 300m elevation
  • Mt Franklin Reserve
    • 1.5hrs from CBD, near Daylesford, inside a volcanic crater - very cold in winter!
    • 550m elevation in crater; Mt Franklin hits about 620m elevation;
  • Maldon Mt Tarrengower Butt's Reserve
    • 1hr 15min from NW suburbs; ~400m elevation; Mt Tarrengower hits 571m;
  • Laanecoorie River Reserve
    • 1.5hrs from NW suburbs; between Bendigo and Dunolly and NW of Maldon
    • ~160m elevation;
  • Waanyarra Camp ground
    • 1hr 50min from NW suburbs; 2hr 10min from CBD; via Laanecoorie; 203m elevation;
    • historic gold mining area, some buildings and old cemetery
    • between Tarnagulla and Dunolly
  • Eddington Park behind Community Centre
  • Paddy's Ranges Maryborough, rain water tank but not potable?
  • Moliagul campground
  • Melville Caves camp ground, Kooyoora State Park
    • 2hrs from NW suburb Melb via Calder and 24min past Newbridge; 380m elevation;
    • nice massive boulder lookouts to explore plus 6km and 4.5km walks
    • great view from Mt Brenanah
  • Hard Hill Tourist Reserve, Wedderburn
    • 2hrs from NW suburbs; 205m elevation;
  • Notley camping area, Whipstick, north of Bendigo
    • 2hrs from CBD; 205m elevation;
  • Flat Rock camp site, Tallarook
    • 1hr 20min from CBD; 630m elevation
  • Freemans Camp Tallarook Ennis Rd
    • near Flat Rock
  • Dargile camping ground, Heathcote
    • 2hrs from CBD; 230m elevation
  • Ayson's Reserve, Burnewang
    • 1hr 50min from NW suburbs; 126m elevation
  • Langi Ghiran Picnic And Camping Area, Warrak
    • 2hrs from NW suburbs; 400m elevation;

NE of Melbourne

  • The Gums campground Kinglake NP
    • 1hr 20min from CBD; 18 campsites; drop toilets; free communal gas barbeque; wood fireplaces; BYO water, firewood; ~330m elevation;
  • Toolangi recreation reserve
    • 48hr stays;
  • Murrindindi Scenic Reserve
    • 1.5hrs from CBD via Yarra Glen and Glenburn; 100 camp sites in 6 areas; 260m elevation; drop toilet; fireplace; stream but needs to be boiled for drinking;
    • flushing toilets are located at Suspension Bridge, Ferns and Bull Creek campsites, with pit toilets at the other 3 camping locations: Water Gauge, Sec Bridge, elevation ~340m;
  • Anderson's Mill Marysville
    • 1hr 45min from CBD; 550m elevation;
  • Cook's Mill Cathedral Ranges
    • 2hrs from CBD; 360m elevation
  • Ned's Gully Cathedral Ranges
  • Rubicon valley
    • 2hrs from CBD; 310m elevation;
  • Jerusalem Creek Lake Eildon

SE of Melbourne

    • 1hr 20min from CBD; near Gembrook; elevation 220m;
  • Mortimer picnic ground in Bunyip State park
    • tents but no vans; fire pits, drop toilets;
  • Forest Rd Unloading Area, Labertouche, north of Bunyip/Drouin
    • not for vans;
  • Start of tramway, Smyth Ck Rd, Big Pats Creek south of East Warburton
    • fire pits;
    • 1hr 50min from NW suburbs; 1.5hrs from CBD; 200m elevation;
  • Starlings Gap picnic and camping area, north of Powelltown
    • 1hr 40min from CBD; 760m elevation
  • Fairhaven campground on west side of French Island;
    • 6 sites, near ferry; must book, no charge;
  • Longwarry Nth recreation reserve near Drouin
    • toilets, water, bbqs, free; 1 night only;

SW of Melbourne

  • 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.
  • Tanners Road Bend campground Otways, NW of Anglesea
    • 1.5hrs from CBD; 180m elevation;
  • Hammond Rd North, Wensleydale, Otways
    • free;
  • Hammond Rd, Wensleydale, Otways
    • must book in advance; fee; 12km inland from Aireys Inlet in a natural bush setting. 16 sites;
  • Lake Elizabeth Otways
    • 2hrs 6min from CBD; 200m elevation bookings
  • Stevenson’s falls Otways
    • 2hrs from SW suburbs; 150m elevation;
  • Dandos campground Otways
    • 2.5hrs from CBD; 111m elevation
  • Beauchamp Falls
    • 2.5hrs from CBD; 452m elevation;

By elevation above sea level

  • every 100m elevation is generally 1degC colder

under 200m elevation

  • Mornington Peninsula Foreshore Camping
  • Loch Memorial Reserve near Korumburra
    • booking and fee required; hot showers, drinking water, firepits; 95m elevation;
  • Ayson's Reserve, Burnewang
    • 1hr 50min from NW suburbs; 126m elevation
  • Stevenson’s falls Otways
    • 2hrs from SW suburbs; 150m elevation;
    • 1.5hrs from NW suburbs; hot showers $15/n; ~155m elevation;
  • Laanecoorie River Reserve
    • 1.5hrs from NW suburbs; between Bendigo and Dunolly and NW of Maldon
    • ~160m elevation;
  • Tanners Road Bend campground Otways, NW of Anglesea
    • 1.5hrs from CBD; 180m elevation;
  • Lake Elizabeth Otways
    • 2hrs 6min from CBD; 200m elevation
  • Start of tramway, Smyth Ck Rd, Big Pats Creek south of East Warburton
    • fire pits;
    • 1hr 50min from NW suburbs; 1.5hrs from CBD; 200m elevation;

200-400m elevation

  • Waanyarra Camp ground
    • 1hr 50min from NW suburbs; 2hr 10min from CBD; via Laanecoorie; 203m elevation;
    • historic gold mining area, some buildings and old cemetery
    • between Tarnagulla and Dunolly
  • Notley camping area, Whipstick, north of Bendigo
    • 2hrs from CBD; 205m elevation;
  • Hard Hill Tourist Reserve, Wedderburn
    • 2hrs from NW suburbs; 205m elevation;
    • 1hr 20min from CBD; near Gembrook; elevation 220m;
  • Dargile camping ground, Heathcote
    • 2hrs from CBD; 230m elevation
  • Steiglitz Brisbane Ranges
    • 70min from NW suburbs; online bookings; ~250m elevation in valley;
  • Murrindindi Scenic Reserve
    • 1.5hrs from CBD via Yarra Glen and Glenburn; 100 camp sites in 6 areas; 260m elevation; drop toilet; fireplace; stream but needs to be boiled for drinking; elevation ~340m;
    • flushing toilets are located at Suspension Bridge, Ferns and Bull Creek campsites, with pit toilets at the other 3 camping locations: Water Gauge, Sec Bridge,
    • further sth is Dindi Mill camp, Winch Rd, Narbethong
  • Vaughan Springs near Castlemaine
    • 70min from NW suburbs; only 6 sites but has hot showers
    • ~280m elevation near a lovely mineral spring picnic area and nice walks
  • Warburton's crossing near GlenLuce
    • 1.5hrs from CBD near Vaughan Springs
    • approx 300m elevation
  • Jerusalem Creek Lake Eildon
  • Rubicon valley
    • 2hrs from CBD; 310m elevation;
  • The Gums campground Kinglake NP
    • 1hr 20min from CBD; 18 campsites; drop toilets; free communal gas barbeque; wood fireplaces; BYO water, firewood; ~330m elevation;
  • Anderson’s garden in Wandong Regional Park
    • 55min from NW suburbs; 1hr 10min from CBD; near Wandong; ~350m elevation;
  • Cook's Mill Cathedral Ranges
    • 2hrs from CBD; 360m elevation
  • Melville Caves camp ground, Kooyoora State Park
    • 2hrs from NW suburb Melb via Calder and 24min past Newbridge; 380m elevation;
    • nice massive boulder lookouts to explore plus 6km and 4.5km walks
    • great view from Mt Brenanah
  • Langi Ghiran Picnic And Camping Area, Warrak
    • 2hrs from NW suburbs; 400m elevation;

400-600m elevation

  • Mt Beckworth, Clunes
    • camp sites are ~400m elevation; Mt Beckworth hits 629m;
  • Maldon Mt Tarrengower Butt's Reserve
    • 1hr 15min from NW suburbs; ~400m elevation; Mt Tarrengower hits 571m;
    • the nearby bush camps on north side of Mt Tarrengower Rd overlooking Maldon to NE are elevation 480m
  • Slaty creek camp ground Creswick
    • 1.5hrs from CBD, good for panning for gold; ~520m elevation;
  • Lerderderg Campground
    • 53min from NW suburbs; 1hr 15min from CBD via Gisborne; including 22min 12.5km on gravel 2WD dry weather road;
    • toilets, fireplaces; ~530m elevation;
    • this new campground replaces O'Brien's Crossing camp area which is now only a day visitors area
  • Mt Franklin Reserve
    • 1.5hrs from CBD, near Daylesford, inside a volcanic crater - very cold in winter!
    • 550m elevation in crater; Mt Franklin hits about 620m elevation;
  • Anderson's Mill Marysville
    • 1hr 45min from CBD; 550m elevation;
  • Glenlyon Rec Reserve
    • 1hr 20 from CBD; 570m elevation; toilets; donation;
  • Werribee River camp ground, Spargo Creek, north of Ballan
    • 55min from NW suburbs; firepits but no toilets; ~590m elevation;

600-800m elevation

  • Flat Rock camp site, Tallarook
    • 1hr 20min from CBD; 630m elevation
    • 1hr from NW suburbs; 1.5hrs from CBD; ~650m elevation - similar temperatures as Woodend/Kyneton;
  • Firth Park, Trentham
    • 50min from NW suburbs; 1hr 16min from CBD; not great site, very cold; elevation ~700m;
  • Blairs Hut, Mt Disappointment, near Kinglake
    • 65min from NW suburbs via Wallan ignore Google, stay on Mt Disappointment Rd else need 4WD!; elevation ~700m;
    • nice 1.5hr summit walk; toilets; tent camping only;
  • Starlings Gap picnic and camping area, north of Powelltown
    • 1hr 40min from CBD; 760m elevation

other camp grounds "bush camps" no toilets, limited facilities

  • NW of Newstead area:
    • Hamilton's Crossing Baringhup West
    • Dunolly free campsite - no signs head NW from Dunoly along main st, turn R into the dirt rd just before railway crossing then after 100m turn R at 2nd track into campground
    • Daisy Patch camping area Dunolly
    • Newbridge Lddon River free camp Newbridge-Bridgewater Rd
    • Arnold Town Hall picnic area near Newbridge on Bridgewater-Dunolly Rd
      • power available, BBQs;
    • Myrphy's Creek campground
    • Longbush State forest camp
  • Mount Alexander region:
    • Oak Forest, Harcourt - no facilities and minimal spaces
    • Powells Quarry, Mt Alexander - no facilities and minimal spaces
    • Oven Rock campground, Elphinstone
      • no facilities, but nice spot not for low caravans though; 4km unsealed road;
      • 1hr from NW suburbs; 1hr 25min from CBD; 490m elevation;
    • Cobaw State Forest
    • Metcalfe camp ground
    • Chokem Flat Fryerstown
    • Fryers Range State Forest near Glenluce ?4WD only
      • Doug Stones Gold Map campsite in
      • Hunters Track- 3 camp areas - Hunters Lane Northside camp is lovely beside creek bed
    • Upper Loddon Bush camp 4WD
  • Wombat state forest region mainly 4WD
    • Wombat trail camp
    • Countess track 4wd
    • Hayden Track site
    • Clear water creek
    • Rock creek
    • Margaret's Corner, Amblers Lane Track
    • Balt camp, Blakevile
  • Ambler Lane campground Lerderderg
    • dry 4WD or hike in only; no wood fires; no potable water;
  • Werribee River camp ground, Spargo Creek, north of Ballan
    • 55min from NW suburbs; firepits but no toilets; ~590m elevation;
  • Bunyip Weir (Freemans Mill)
    • hike in only camp
  • Lukas Camp East Warburton
    • next to Yarra River and road, nice;
  • Perts streamside reserve near Yea
  • Todd Rock Mt Hickey Rd, Tallarook
  • Kalatha Creek camps 1 & 2 and Aeroplane Track, Toolangi, near Glenburn
    • 4WD access only
  • Derek 1, Toolangi
    • 4WD access only
  • Goat track, Barwon Downs, Otways
    • 4WD; dangerous roads when wet; seasonal closure;

other road side one night spots mainly for vans, generally NOT tents

  • Sawpit Gully Reserve, Elphinstone
    • 24hr limit; power, sheltered electric BBQs, picnic tables, toilet block, town water taps, water fountain and playground.
  • Kyneton Mineral Springs Stopover - RVs and caravans only; limited spaces; 48hr limit; BBQ, toilets; noisy a next to main road.
  • Gisborne roadside rest area - toilets, drinking water.
  • George Bass Hotel in Bass near Phillip Island:
    • must book and expected you use the hotel
  • Korumburra Showground - toilets, water, power, donation.
  • Korumburra rest area - no toilets
  • Bunyip River rest area near Drouin - no facilities
  • Gladysdale gravel pit - near Powelltown
  • Powelltown Hall 3 sites only can use tent
  • Old Glenburn pub site
  • Broadford bowling club
  • Trentham Sports ground (must have own toilet)
  • Newstead Racecourse hot showers and toilets $10 donation
australia/vic/campgroundsnearmelbourne.txt · Last modified: 2022/07/08 14:23 by gary1

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