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campgrounds in Rubicon valley


  • nice free campgrounds alongside a fast flowing mountain stream
  • drop toilets
  • limited mobile reception - may need to go back to main road
  • dogs allowed on leash
  • can be dusty in dry conditions in peak periods when there is lots of traffic on the access road
  • nice walks to do:
    • Rubicon heritage walk mainly alongside the old tramway and waterway - SEC sawmill and up to Rubicon Dam
      • hint: drive up Royston Rd and park at junction of Rubicon River Rd
    • Rubicon Falls walk and Rubicon Falls Dam
  • short drive to Snob Creek Falls
  • not far from Eildon

Getting there

  • ~2hrs from Melbourne via Healesville and Buxton
    • 1hr from Healesville
  • ~2hrs 15min via Yea and Alexandra
  • bitumen up to the camp ground


  • does not seem to have as much variety of bird life as does Murrindindi
  • lots of kookaburras which can be a little too “friendly” and try to take your food
  • magpies
  • some smaller birds and other birds
  • presumably the usual snakes

Nearby amenities

  • public toilets with flush toilets and change rooms at Willow Park Playground alongside the river on the main Taggerty-Thornton road (6km from Kendalls)
  • may be able to find fire wood on the Blue Range Rd
  • Thornton
    • small town 8min (9km) from Kendalls
    • public toilets, hotel with nice lunches, cafe/general store, butcher, caravan park
  • Eildon
    • main regional town 18min (21km) via Thornton
    • hardware store, 24hr petrol, cafes, bakery, caravan parks, grocer, public toilets, medical centre, house boat rentals
  • Alexandra
    • main regional town 18min (21km) via Thornton
      • petrol, cafes, pizza, hotels, Foodworks, caravan parks, pharmacy, medical centre, public toilets
  • Taggerty
    • small store only, but has smallstreamside picnic area in “Little River” and public toilets near main intersection
  • Buxton 21 min (28km)
    • hotel meals; petrol

Nearby attractions

  • Rubicon valley:
    • Rubicon hydroelectric power station
    • Rubicon Heritage Walk - SEC sawmill, walking path alongside water race to the pondage +/- waterfalls Rubicon Falls
    • fast flowing alpine stream
    • 4wd track to Morris Lookout
  • Snob Creek waterfall + 4WD tracks
  • Lake Eildon
  • Cathedral Ranges
  • Marysville
    • rebuilt rural town after bushfires
    • 32min (40km) via Taggety
    • Steavensons Falls
    • Lady Talbot Drive
    • Lake Mountain Alpine Resort

Nearby campgrounds

Kendall's campground

  • the 1st campground on the road
  • nice grassy areas and not far from the stream
  • sites at the end of the camp ground are closest to deeper swimming holes
  • 3 separate drop toilets well spaced
  • lots of sites
  • closes Kings BDay to Cup Day

Rubicon Boys campground

  • much smaller camp ground 4km further and closer to the Rubicon hydro-electric power station
  • 1.1km flat walk from Kendalls
  • 5 large sites on the left at the entrance (may get dust from both gravel roads) prior to the single toilets block then there are a further ~15 sites in the next section
  • access to the stream which is mainly shallow at this point
australia/vic/rubicon.txt · Last modified: 2024/02/23 16:53 by gary1

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