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  • many camp grounds are managed by Parks Victoria and most of these require online booking and fees - see:
      • “the only Victorian parks without any fee-free options are Brisbane Ranges, Kinglake, Lower Glenelg, Mount Buffalo, Budj Bim, The Lakes and Wilsons Promontory national parks; Mount Buangor and Mount Arapiles-Tooan state parks; Cape Liptrap and Discovery Bay coastal parks; Buchan Caves, Corringle Foreshore and Peachtree Creek reserves; Longridge Camp, Nioka Bush Camp and Upper Yarra Reservoir”
  • most of the other parks are managed by DELWP Vic State Forest management of camp grounds website
    • these are generally free and do not require booking but are accessible on a first in first served basis
    • NB.
      • must camp >20m from water
      • bury any toilet waste > 100m from water
  • I have also included some commercial caravan/camp parks where these are remote or low cost
  • In addition, local councils generally operate their foreshore camping grounds for a fee

What do you want with your camping?

5 star camping with hot showers, sewered toilets, barbecues and access to power in the laundry?

  • most of these are booked out for school holidays and long weekend public holidays well in advance, and even the other weekends Nov-Mar can be booked out weeks in advance!
  • many commercial parks now require you to bring additional safety gear especially if using a powered site - read the fine print!

4 star camping with hot showers and flush toilets but no power, barbecues or laundry

Camp with a camp fire or solid fuel fire

  • you will need to check with the destination if these are permitted
    • most National Parks do NOT permit solid fuel fires in Victoria
  • you will need to check if the region is in a Fire Danger Period
    • these usually start in Oct-Dec pending upon fire season and region and last through to end of April or perhaps until Easter
    • whilst you can have a campfire there are many restrictions in particular, wind MUST be LESS than 10kph (leaves rustling only)!
  • most areas require you to BYO wood and use supplied fire pits (or your own off ground stove)
  • some areas allow collection of fire wood from fallen dead wood only - you may need a chain saw and watch out for snakes
  • obviously these are NOT permitted on Total Fire Ban Days

Camp with your dog

  • dogs are NOT permitted in various camp grounds such as:
    • National Parks
  • popular camp grounds for dog owners are generally those which allow camp fires (see above)
  • NB. snakes are always an issue with dogs, especially close to streams
  • some areas do have wild dogs / dingoes which prowl near the camp ground and can be an issue with stressing your dog
  • other camper dogs may be an issue

3 star relatively remote drop toilet camp sites to get away from it all

"2 star" remote camp sites without facilities

  • these are generally free sites and are first in first served and are BYO water, etc
  • exceptions are pre-booked hike in only camp sites as part of National Park system such as:
    • overnight walks in Wilsons Prom
    • South West Trail walk
  • examples of ocean beach camp sites not needing booking:
    • Paradise Beach near Sale in Gippsland - there is a nearby public toilet and paid shower facility
  • examples of coastal forest camp sites not needing booking:
    • Lorne: Sharps Camping Area

South-West Victoria

Great Otway NP

Inland western plains

  • Meredith Park, on the banks of Lake Colac

Brisbane Ranges



  • Powlett River caravan park - private fees
  • Gippland Lakes Coastal Park, Honeysuckles campsite 1-6, shoreline drive at Golden beach
  • Reeves Beach on 90 Mile Beach
  • Bear Gully Cape Liptrap - fees apply
  • Wilsons Promontory - fees apply
  • Ninety Mile Beach:
    • McLoughlins Beach region:
      • Reeves Beach 5 sites, drop toilets and fire places
      • McGaurans Beach (no facilities but right on the beach)
    • Golden Beach
      • dispersed zones of 2-15 sites each zone tucked in between the Ninety Mile Beach sand dunes and Seaspray -Letts Beach Road giving a 50m or so walk to the ocean beach for surf fishing
      • shade provided by large banksia and Tea-tree
      • free flush toilets and hot showers (2x $2 coins) at round about near fish and chip shop
      • SW of Golden Beach
        • near Debray Beach
        • near The Wreck
        • near Flamingo Beach
    • Paradise Beach
      • (small fees but better facilities - book online here)
  • Corringle Slips - fees
  • Cape Conran - 135 sites plus cabins; more expensive fees than other east Gippsland NP sites
  • Cann River area:
    • Choof Choof camp area free, near Tamboon, not suitable for vans
    • Croajingalong NP
      • these are quite remote wilderness camps, expect goannas, snakes, mozzies, paralysis ticks, no drinking water, no power, no phone reception, just drop toilets and wild-life and in many cases great coastal beaches and scenery - come prepared!
      • Mueller Inlet via Point Hicks Rd - 5 sites plus 3 walk-in only sites; fees
        • online booking - advanced bookings only for Easter and Summer holidays;
      • Thurra River via Point Hicks Rd 40km from Cann River - 46 sites of which 7 are walk-in only; fees
        • popular in hot weather; advanced bookings only for Easter and Summer holidays;
        • 30m high shifting dunes walk and sand surfing;
        • beach walk to Mueller Inlet 1.5hrs 4.5km return;
        • Point Hicks Lighthouse walk 1.5hrs 4.5km return commencing at the Lightstation Reserve gate and car park
        • SS Saros shipwreck walk 30min 600m
        • Sledge and West Beach Tracks walks 1hr 1.5km return
        • Mt Everard walk 2.5hr, 6km return
      • PeachTree Creek on eastern shores of Tamboon Inlet - 11 sites, fees
      • Wingan Inlet - 23 sites, fees
        • 36km gravel road
        • coast can be accessed via the fly cove walking track or by boat to the mouth of the inlet
        • designated for walkers on the Wilderness Track
      • Shipwreck Creek Campground 13.6km along Betka Track from Mallacoota; 5 sites, fees;
        • designated for walkers on the Wilderness Track
        • small secluded beach 300m from camp; drop toilets; fireplaces; fenced sites;
      • Genoa Rest Area - 4 Park Road, Genoa; beware camping under poplar trees as fruit bats can make a mess

inland Gippsland


Central Victoria

  • Yarra Valley region
  • Kinglake region
    • Anderson's Garden, Mt Disappointment, Whittlesea
    • Toolangi Recreational Area, Cherrys Lane, Toolangi
    • Murrindindi Scenic Reserve - fees apply
  • Cathedral Ranges
  • Eildon region
  • North-East Victoria
  • Mansfield region
    • Blue Range camp ground Mt Samaria
    • Snakes Reserve, 28kms South of Jamieson
      • Sheepyard Flats
      • Frys Flat
      • Bluff Hut (4WD)
    • Craigs Hut (4WD or walk up)
    • Mt Stirling (walk up)
    • Lake Cobbler (4WD)
    • Bennies camping area beside the Rose River (2WD access)
    • Pineapple Flat (4WD)
    • King Hut (4WD)
  • Wangaratta region
    • Warby Ranges
      • Wenhams camp
      • The Forest Camp
    • a number of camp sites in Ovens Valley
  • Bright region
    • Pioneer Bridges Rest Area, on the bank of Ovens River, 2kms South of the highway on the road to Markford
    • JB Plain between Hotham Village and Dinner Plain on the Great Alpine Road (walk in only)
    • Buckety Plain, Rasberry Hill and Langfords West (horse yards) on the Bogong High Plains east of Falls Creek
    • Mountain Creek at the foot of Mt Bogong near Tawonga
    • Mount Feathertop
  • Daylesford region:
    • Mt Franklin
    • Warburton's Bridge Camping Ground on the Loddon River, Glenluce
    • Wombat State Forest
      • O'Briens Crossing
      • Lerderderg campground Upper Chadwick Track (4WD)
      • Firth Park near Trentham
  • Castlemaine region
    • Muckleford Historic Area
    • Mount Alexander
    • Oak Forest
  • Maryborough:
    • Paddys Ranges State Park
  • Bendigo region
    • Whipstick State Park

Murray Valley

  • Echuca region:
    • Christie's Beach
    • Gunbower Island
  • Cobram region:
    • Scotts Beach Camping Area
  • Campaspe River region:
    • Ayson’s Reserve, near Elmore
    • Greens Lake Recreation Reserve, near Elmore
  • Tallangatta region:
    • Jarvis Creek Plateau Regional Park:
      • Lightening Creek Camp - small camp in secluded valley surrounded by lush vegetation and a forest of tall gums
      • The Plateau Camp
    • Pigs Point Reserve, 9kms South East of Tallangatta on the Omeo Highway and about a hours drive from Albury/Wodonga.
    • Taylor’s Crossing beside the Mitta Mitta River
    • Dogman Hut near Tom Groggin Station
    • Limestone Creek (4WD only) - Limestone - Black Mountain Road (Camper trailers can access Limestone Creek Camping Area from the Black Mountain-Limestone Road)
    • The Poplars (4WD dry weather only) - Limestone Creek - McCarthy’s Tracks
    • Charlies Creek (4WD only) on the southern end of Davies Plain Track
    • Davies Plain Hut (4WD only) on the northern end of Davies Plain Track.
    • Bunroy Creek on the banks of the Murray River, access via the Bunroy Road
    • Along the Omeo Highway - travelling from Omeo to Mitta Mitta there is:
      • CRB Camp near Anglers Rest
      • Anglers Rest near the historic ‘Blue Duck’ hotel
      • Jokers Flat beside the Big River
      • Big River Bridge near Glen Valley
australia/vic/camping_free.txt · Last modified: 2023/11/19 20:52 by gary1

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