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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 Kings Birthday Long Weekend in June until the Thursday before Melbourne Cup Weekend in November.
  • CHECK before you go especially after severe weather events as many may be closed due to storm or flood damage, or the roads inaccessible
  • the following Nat Park camp grounds book out very early for summer weekends:
    • Tidal River and overnight hikes
    • Lake Eildon: Devils Cove
    • Cathedral Ranges: Cooks Mill, Neds Gully
    • Mt Buffalo, Lake Catani
    • Gippsland Lakes: Paradise Beach, Emu Bight
    • East Gippsland: Peachtree; Buchan Caves;Thurra River;
    • SW Vic: Wild Dog Bend; McLennans Punt, Battersby, Forest Sth, Redgum Landing, Princess Margaret Caves, Hutchessons,
    • Otways: Johanna Beach, Parker Hill and Blanket Bay Cape Otway, Lake Elizabeth
    • NW Vic: Lake Hattah;

those with toilets and hot showers

  • Gippsland
  • Mt Buffalo NP - Lake Catani camping area
  • SW Victoria:
    • Mt Eccles Budj Bim camp area 22 camp sites; 3.5hrs from NW suburbs Melb; 41min to Port Fairy;
    • Timboon CP $5/n per car
    • Princetown Rec Reserve
    • Anderson Reserve Indented Heads
    • Batman Park Indented Heads
    • Taylors reserve Indented Heads
    • Henty Park RV Camping, Portland
      • free site in middle of town, 5min walk to town, adjacent botanic gardens and near foreshore; tennis courts, footy oval;
      • NOISY due to escavators at the adjacent wood mill even early hours of morning;
  • NW Victoria:
    • Wooroonook Lakes Campground near Charlton
    • Hard Hill Tourist Reserve, Wedderburn
    • 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
    • Lake Ratzcastle camp ground
    • Brim camp ground Redda's Park
      • north of Horsham in the silo art town of Brim; 3.5hrs from NW suburbs;
      • hot showers; power; $10 fee; sandy beach on the edge of the weir pool; fishing platform;

those with toilets but NO hot showers

north-west of Melbourne

  • Mt Cole / Mt Buangor
    • Ditchfields
    • Richards
    • Smiths Bridge
    • following require advance booking:
    • Beeripmo walk in camp
  • Avoca Falls campground
  • Grampians
    • Boreang 335m elevation
    • Borough Huts 310m elevation
    • Buandik Campground 255m elevation
    • Coppermine 4WD only 355m elevation
    • Smith's Mill 33 sites; does have a bush shower; near The Balconies, Reed's Lookout and MacKenzie Falls; 450m elevation; 3hr drive form NW suburbs Melb;
    • Jimmy Creek - 21 camp sites; “showers”; half way between Halls Gap and Dunkeld
    • Freshwater Lake free overnight camp
      • overnight free camp (donation box) oSkinners Flat Reservoir,n Victoria Valley Rd 8km NW of Dunkeld; toilets are 150m north beside Victoria Valley Rd; small picnic area; fire pits; emus;
      • visually pleasant, reedy, spear thistle infested, shallow, often dry lake with mowed walking track around the lake; Nice maintained campsites, heaps of room and the sites are spread out;
      • bush camping possible on sand hills on the northern edge of the lake shaded by pine and scrub, accessed via a faint track directly on from the picnic area entrance; nice walks;
      • almost 3hrs drive from NW suburbs Melb;
    • Plantation campground, Mt Zero, north Grampians
  • Rocklands Reservoir (free camps west of Grampians)
    • 3.5hrs from NW suburbs Melb via Dunkeld
    • Glendinning camp - very popular camp ground
    • Ferguson's camp
    • Baba camp
  • Northern Victoria
    • 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;
    • Skinners Flat Reservoir, Wedderburn
    • Bealiba Reservoir Recreation Area
      • Free camping is permitted around Bealiba Reservoir, where there is plenty of space to set up tents or park caravans/RVs.
      • swimming (but can be leaches), fishing, gold prospecting; walks; firepits, two drop toilet blocks; no petrol powered boats;
      • donation box is located at the SHOPPE in Main St Bealiba
      • scenic lookout on nearby Mt Bealiba with its large boulders
    • Teddington camp ground Stuart Mill, Kara Kara NP
      • 2hr 40min from Melb
  • Far NW Victoria:
    • Horsham area
      • Taylor Lake
        • plenty of sites at NW side of the Lake; fire pits; swimming, boating, jet skis; very open and windy;
        • lake is muddy but the other side has white sand beaches;
    • Centenary Park, Mt Arapiles
      • 3hr 50min from Melb; no fires except winter;
    • Jane Duff Highway Park
    • Little Desert NP
      • Ackle Bend
      • Horseshoe Bend

NE of Melbourne

  • Lake Eildon
  • Mansfield / Jamieson region
    • Delatite arm, Lake Eildon via Goughs Bay - these have drop toilets
    • Carter's Mill Picnic Area and nearby camp ground
    • Howqua Hills historic gold mining area:
        • 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
      • for horses: Tunnel Bend Flat or Fry's Hut
      • Tobacco Flat
      • Pickering Hut
      • 7 mile camp site
        • 2WD access in dry weather; only for 8 sites so toilets less full
      • Pikes Flat
      • Davons
    • 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
    • Mt Stirling region
      • Craig's Hut Mt Stirling
        • needs 4WD to access, or a 45min uphill hike from the circuit road (road closed in Winter)
      • Upper Howqua campground:
      • Flat Spur campground:
      • Bindaree Hut campground
    • Jamieson region:
      • SE along Jamiesion River:
        • 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;
        • Gallows
        • The River Inn
        • Wrens Flat
      • SE along Jamiesion-Licola Rd:
        • Connrs Plain campsite
      • South of Jamieson along Goulburn River towards Woods Point:
        • Skipworth 8 minutes from Jamieson - nice, firepits, drop toilets, water
        • Flourbag Reserve
        • Tunnel Bend
        • Blue Hole Reserve
        • Snakes Reserve
        • CC Campsite
        • Knockwood Reserve
  • Mount Samaria region (north of Mansfield)
    • Blue Range camping ground
      • drop toilets, picnic ground; ~5km gravel road 2WD access;
    • Camphora campground
      • 150m walk in site amongst tall eucalypts, granite outcrops, ?views, historic relics
    • Wild Dog Creek Falls campground
      • 800m walk in site amongst tall eucalypts;
      • may need 4WD to access the small carpark when wet
      • lovely 3km return walk to falls and views
    • Samaria Well campground
    • James camping reserve, Lima East
      • grassy campground 2hr 40min from NW subs via Hume and Violet Town or via Bonnie Doon
      • situated in a valley to the west of Mt Samaria, elevation 380m
    • Jones reserve camping area
      • 3hrs from NW subs via Hume and Violet Town
      • situated in a valley EAST of Mt Samaria at 440m elevation (seasonally closed in winter)
      • 2WD access in dry weather only; logging trucks;
      • nice flat grassed areas with fire pits, picnic tables and drop toilets set amongst forest and adjacent Holland creek
  • Tungamah Lions RV Park near Benalla - on a river, toilets, free
  • Beechworth region
    • RV Rest Area opposite Brown Bros Winery, Milawa
    • Pioneer Bridges Rest Area
      • on the Ovens River near Milawa/Markwood/Everton; sealed road access; 15+ sites; shady; lovely sandy bank down to the river for swimming, fishing; OK for caravans; can be popular;
    • Yackandanda Camp Site No 2, Yack Gate Rd
      • dirt bike tracks nearby;
    • Yackandandah Creek Site No 3, Yack Gate Rd
      • nice spot next to creek; dirt bike tracks nearby
    • Twist Creek
      • nice quiet spot; Off Bells Flat Rd, Yackandanda
  • Bright region
    • Nug Nug Reserve Myrtleford $7.50/n unpowered per adult; $10/n powered sites, cold showers; no bookings, honesty box or caretaker;
      • flat grassed areas with deciduous trees and lovely adjacent shallow stream; tennis court;
    • Smoko campground on Ovens River Harrietville
      • almost 4hrs from NW suburbs and 17km south of Bright, towards Harrietville; good for an overnighter before you go to Mt Feathertop or Mt Hotham; bike path to Bright;
      • Dredge Hole at Harrietville great for canoeing and swimming;
      • can have lots of rubbish left behind

SE of Melbourne

  • Bear Gully Camp Ground (National Park)
    • 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
    • Echo Bend camping park
      • near Den of Nargun
      • 3.5hrs from NW subs via Briagolong
  • Briagolong / Freestone Creek:
    • over 3hrs from NW suburbs;
    • The Quarries campground - $10/n pay in town at General Store, nice river and toilets
    • Blue Pool campground - can hike to McKinnons Point and back
    • Froam campground
    • McKinnons Point campground
    • Johnston's Flat campground
    • Lee Creek campsite

SW of Melbourne

  • Great Otway National Park:
  • Lake Elingamite Camping Area near Cobden
  • Port Campbell Rec Reserve
  • Princetown Rec Reserve
  • Lake Bolac foreshore camp
    • 2hrs 15min from NW suburbs; 75min from Western Fway at Ballarat via Beaufort; 30min E of Dunkeld; ~1hr from Halls Gap via Pomonal or Mafeking; 1hr Nth of Warrnambool; 1.5hrs to Port Campbell;
    • hot showers and power sockets at Picnic Point at end of Main Beach
      • hot showers require token which costs $5 for 5 minutes. Tokens are available from Lake Bolac Information and Business Centre and Lake Bolac Diner and Cafe
      • cold showers are available for no charge in the old (apricot) brick amenities block at Picnic Point
    • $15/n collected by foreshore rangers on regular patrol. BYO wood;
    • southern beach is free?
    • when full, Lake Bolac is about 6-7 feet deep;
    • 3.5hrs from NW suburbs Melbourne via Lake Bolac (75min away)
    • 32min east of Heywood; 33min Sth of Hamilton; 40min NW of Port Fairy; 34min N of Fitzroy River Camping on the coast; 52min to Tower Hill volcanic reserve; 25min to Byaduk Caves; 65min E of Moleside Canoe camp on the Lower Glenelg River; 68min E of Swan Lake camp on the coast at Cape Bridgewater;
  • Sawpit camp ground, north of Narrawong
    • just under 4hrs from NW suburbs; Volcanic Mount Clay (189m) is located to the east, about 5.5km (by road) off Tower Rd.
    • 6 sites;
    • easy 15 minute walk through Messmate leads to the edge of the ridge and Whalers Lookout for views over Portland Bay
  • Fitzroy River Camping, Tyrendarra near Narrawong on the coast between Port Fairy and Portland
    • 3hr 45min from NW suburbs Melb;
    • $8/n; jetty for fishing; boat ramp; flat roadside grassed area for vans and tents but very few trees - better to drive towards the end and closer to river, toilets and beach but more windy.
  • Swan Lake camp on the coast at Cape Bridgewater
    • 4.5hrs from NW suburbs Melb
  • Moleside Canoe camp on the Lower Glenelg River
    • just over 4hrs from NW suburbs Melbourne

By elevation above sea level

  • every 100m elevation is generally 1degC colder

under 200m elevation

200-400m elevation

400-600m elevation

  • Buangor: Smith's Bridge - 430m elevation (on the Raglan-Emhurst Rd)
  • Grampians: Smith's Mill near The Balconies, Reed's Lookout and MacKenzie Falls; 450m elevation; 3hr drive from NW suburbs Melb
  • Buangor: Richards - 470m elevation
  • Buangor: Bailes - 470m elevation bookings
  • Buangor: Ferntree - 520m elevation bookings

600-1000m elevation

  • Buangor: Ditchfields - 720m elevation
  • Buangor: Beeripmo hike in - 880m elevation
  • Buangor: Mugwamp Hut and campsite 920m elevation (near Mt Buangor Lookout elevation 920m)

More than 1000m elevation

  • Bluff Hut
  • Lovick's hut

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

  • Eldorado Reedy Creek
  • Eldorado Woolshed Creek
  • 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?
  • Hurdle Flat, Beechworth
    • 203 Hurdle Flat Rd; unofficial camp site; can be torn up by locals;
  • Willow Tree campground
    • 30min from Beechworth; ~3.5hrs from NW suburbs;
    • 8 sites each could fit 3 2P tents;
  • Yackandandah North Rest Area, junction Of C532 & C315
  • Yackandandah Creek Site 1, Yack Gate Rd - drop toilets 10min walk away
  • Yackandandah Creek Site #6 No1 link Rd
  • Yackandandah Creek Site #2 - 4WD only
  • Tuan campground, Chiltern, cnr Depot Rd & Tuan Track
    • 1 picnic table and firepit; gravel road access easy to find; no dogs;
  • Clark's Corner, Six Mile Road, Stanley

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 boggy 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

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

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.
  • NW Victoria
    • Natimuk parking bay
      • opp. the pub
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