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free camping in Victoria

Introduction

  • 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
  • “Most free camps are hidden away either in the bush or the back of town. There is no sign in many cases so unless you do your research, you’re unlikely to come across free camp grounds.”

South-West Victoria

Great Otway NP

Inland western plains

  • Meredith Park, on the banks of Lake Colac

Brisbane Ranges

Gippsland

coastal

  • 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 (expensive)
  • Corringle Slips - fees
  • Cape Conran - fees
  • Cann River area:
    • Choof Choof camp area free, near Tamboon, not suitable for vans
    • Croajingalong NP
      • Mueller Inlet - fees
      • Thurra River - fees
      • Shipwreck Creek Campground 13.6km along Betka Track
      • Genoa Rest Area - 4 Park Road, Genoa; beware camping under poplar trees as fruit bats can make a mess

inland Gippsland

  • western Gippsland:
    • Bass Valley Campground, Loch
    • Wickhams Road Recreation Reserve, Launching Place
    • Kurth Kiln Scout Loop, Soldiers Rd, Gembrook - issues with rubbish and only 1 toilet and busy on weekends
    • Ernest Lloyd Reserve, Gladysdale - Yarra Junction- Noojee Rd
    • Millgrove Riverside Camp Areas, 135 Dee Road, Millgrove
    • East Warby, 173 Woods Point Rd, East Warburton
    • Big Log Campsite, Yarra Junction-Noojee Road, Powelltown
  • Yarram region - Won Wron and Mullundung State Forest:

alpine

Central Victoria

  • Yarra Valley region
  • Kinglake region
    • Anderson's Garden, Mt Disappointment, Whittlesea
    • Toolangi Recreational Area, Cherrys Lane, Toolangi
    • Murrindindi Scenic Reserve - fees apply
  • Mansfield region
  • 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: 2019/02/13 14:36 by gary1