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Ayson's Reserve Camping Ground


  • large (could fit over 100 unmarked sites) free generally flat and treed camp ground along the Campaspe River suitable for tents and all vehicle types
  • small boat ramp
  • flush toilets but BYO toilet paper and drinking water
  • no potable water
  • camp fires allowed pending CFA restrictions
  • can go swimming or laze on an inflatable on hot days
  • fairly wide river with generally slow currents so good for kayaking and small boats but lots of submerged fallen trees
  • maximum stay 3 days - but can get a permit for up to 14 days
  • do not camp on the river side of the bollards - you are likely to get fined
    • an unmarked contractor drives around taking photos for evidence!
  • ground can be very hard - you may need a sledge hammer for pegs and a claw hammer to get them out again!
  • subject to flooding!


  • just under 2hrs drive from NW suburbs of Melbourne
  • close to nearby towns of:
    • Elmore - nice hotel for meals; bakery
    • Rochester - painted silos; IGA grocery;
  • good spot to explore gold rush areas of:
    • Heathcote - nice wineries, great bakery - Gaffney's bakery; heritage walks;
    • Rushworth and Whroo Balaclava gold mine
  • not far from Echuca and the Murray River
  • nearby non-commercial camp grounds
    • Greens Lake Recreation Reserve campground
      • 2hrs from NW suburbs; near Rochester and also near Aysons Reserve camp ground (no showers)
      • can have lots of toxic masculinity and large dogs
      • hot showers can be too hot!
    • English's Bridge campground
      • further south on the Campaspe River
      • no toilets; dry weather road only;
    • Dargile
      • near Heathcote
    • Green's camp near Whroo gold mine
      • 7 camp sites; drop toilets; ground is hard to peg; nice walks; can be dusty;
    • Whipstick
      • north of Bendigo
    • Murray River camp areas
  • nearby commercial campgrounds
    • Rochester Riverside Holiday Park
    • Rochester Caravan Park
    • Miner's Pick Caravan Park, Rushworth
    • Heathcote Queen Meadow Caravan Park
    • Lake Eppalock caravan parks

Campaspe River

  • source is in the Wombat State Forest on the northern aspect of Lerderderg and just south of Firth Park
  • it then flows to Lake Eppalock via Carlsruhe, Kyneton, Turpins Falls, Barfold, and Redesdale
  • the Coliban River (arises south of Lyonville) also feeds into Lake Eppalock via Trenthan Falls, Lauriston, Malmsbury, Taradale, Metcalfe
  • flow of the northern parts arises from outflow of Lake Eppalock
  • runs northwards through Elmore then to Aysons, then Rochester then to Echuca where it feeds into the Murray River
  • in the 2022 floods it formed a 10km wide flood zone around Rochester flooding most of the shops and houses
australia/vic/aysons.txt · Last modified: 2023/01/30 18:17 by gary1

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