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Dandos camp ground Otways


  • Dandos is a large free camp ground in a forest setting on the Gellibrand River on the northern side of the Otways, south of Colac and north of Apollo Bay
  • no phone reception
  • BYO water and firewood
  • drop toilets
  • see Youtube video:
  • it can get very busy and noisy and feral even on normal weekends - it has a reputation drunk yobbos turning up and blasting music all night long
  • it is not great after heavy rain - becomes muddy and swampy - not helped by hoons in 4WDs churning the ground up
  • very steep hill in and out
  • river isn’t great for swimming
  • go mid-week for a more pleasant experience

Getting there

  • ~2.5hrs from NW suburbs via Colac
    • 38min (38km) from Colac

Nearby camp grounds

    • 21min (11.4km) to the east
  • Lake Elizabeth camp ground
    • 30min (19km); can be lots of mozzies and leeches
  • Beauchamp falls
    • 30min (18km) via Beech Forest
    • 40min (35km) via Gellibrand - better road
  • Johanna beach camp ground (online booking)
    • 55min (55km) via Gellibrand and Lavers Hill
  • Apollo Bay commercial camp grounds
    • ~50min (40km)
  • Aire River camp grounds (online booking)
    • 1hr via Gellibrand and Lavers Hill
    • 82min via Apollo Bay
  • Blanket Bay campground in Cape Otway (online booking)
    • 1.5hrs either via Gellibrand and Lavers Hill or via Apollo Bay

Nearby attractions

    • 21min (11.4km) to the east
  • Beauchamp falls
    • 30min (18km) via Beech Forest
    • 40min (35km) via Gellibrand - better road
  • Hopetoun Falls and the Redwood forest
    • near Beauchamp Falls
    • 44min (37km)
  • Otway Fly elevated tree walk
    • commercial
  • Triplet Falls near Weeaproinah
    • 41min (34km)
  • Melba Gully glow worms at dusk
    • 47min (45km) near Lavers Hill
  • The Twelve Apostles
    • 80min
australia/vic/dandos.txt · Last modified: 2024/01/31 19:03 by gary1

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