Set up your Camper Trailer, sleep under the stars and wake up to sounds of the bushland – this round up provides a selection of the top campsites and holiday parks in regional Victoria.
The Grampians National Park and surrounding state parks offer some of Victoria’s best free camping spots. The Park, three hours west of Melbourne, offers a great base for day-trips to waterfalls or challenging hikes to renowned rocky escarpments. Visitors can get closer to nature and meet resident wildlife.
Jimmy Creek Campground located in the Southern Grampians, offers an outback camping experience just a short drive to Dunkeld. Campers can stock up on wood fired bread, locally produced yoghurt and honey from the Dunkeld General Store.
JimmyCreek Campground – Grampians
HallsGapLakesideTouristPark is surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the GrampiansNational Park and is only three kilometers from the center of Halls Gap township. The park features a heated outdoor pool, new amenities with individual bathrooms and modern facilities. Halls Gap Zoo, Grampians Adventure Golf and Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre are just some of the family friendly attractions visitors can experience within Halls Gap.
Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort is ideally located on the Western Highway at the eastern end of Horsham with the GrampiansNational Park as a distant breathtaking backdrop to the park. Visitors can enjoy a barbecue in the camp kitchen, a swim in the solar heated pool or some fun on their outdoor playground Jumping Pillow.
BIG4 Parkgate Resort located in the foothills of the GrampiansNational Park is a short drive from the town center of Halls Gap. Ensuites and powered sites, set in idyllic locations with modern amenities are ideal for enjoying the great outdoors.
With temperate climate and spectacular wilderness areas, The Murray region provides idllyic bushland and riverbank camping along the Murray River.
GunbowerIsland in Gannawarra is an expansive island situated alongside the Murray River, well suited for the adventurous camper. There are three, free camping sites set among spectacular bushland, with access to the river for water skiing, swimming and fishing.
Gunbower creek cohuna – The Murray
The Murray River is lined with 12 BIG4 holiday parks offering cabin, caravan and camping accommodation. Big 4 Riverside Swan Hill offers riverside camping and deluxe cabins surrounded by breathtaking scenery, as well as pool facilities and golf packages for the award winning Murray Downs Golf Course which is located nearby.
Just a short drive from Swan Hill, LakeBogaCaravanPark offers the visitor magnificent lake views and easy access to the iconic LakeBoga. The lake is a great place for all water sports. The CaravanPark has its own boat ramp with other facilities including laundry, camp kitchen and a BBQ area.
For the combined bushland and coastal camping experience, Gippsland offers striking terrain, ideal for a range of adventurous activities.
Nestled between the river and the ocean beach, near Point Hicks, the ThurraRiver is the largest camp ground in CroajingolongNational Park. With 46 campsites, the ThurraRiver is shallow, making it a popular spot for families to relax on hot days.
CapeConranCoastalPark has 135 camping sites spread over one kilometre along with a range of accommodation including cabins and a large lodge which sleeps up to 17 people. The Park fronts on to 60 kilometres of isolated sandy beaches facing the rugged Bass Strait.
For those wanting a, ‘glamping’ option Parks Victoria Wilderness Retreats are ideal. Located at WilsonsPromontoryNational Park, CapeConranCoastalPark and BuchanCaves, the comfortable safari-style tents combines the “close to nature” experience of bush camping with the comforts of modern park cabins.
Cape Conran Wilderness retreats – Grampians
Great Ocean Road
From Torquay to Port Campbell, visitors will find a range of camping options from luxury ‘glamping’ at remote and secluded beaches to wilderness camping at sites nestled deep in the Otways.
A popular free camp ground in the region is Johanna Beach, located in the OtwayNational Park among sand dunes, excellent for camping with dogs, caravanning and catching the surf.
Pebble Point is another luxury camping experience situated at the end of the Great Ocean Walk in the small coastal village of Princetown. The exclusive bush retreat has five luxury tents with quality king-sized beds, linen and towels with spacious ensuite bathrooms and private decks.
Those looking for a more leafy green camping experience can stay at BimbiPark in CapeOtway. BimbiPark is sheltered among tall manna gums with many resident koalas spotted in the area. The Park caters for a range of camping options with powered camp sites, on-site vans, bunk rooms and standard and deluxe cabins.
BimbiPark – Great Ocean Road
Camping within the High Country region offers pristine natural environment combined with proximity to bountiful towns boasting vibrant food and wine as well as plenty of outdoor adventures with cycling and walking trails.
PorepunkahPinesCaravanPark is an award winning park conveniently situated on the Great Alpine Road, just minutes from the beautiful township of Bright. The park features two solar heated pools with a shaded water park for the little ones, also a large camp kitchen, barbecues, games room and kids playground. Accommodation ranges from powered sites to well-maintained cabins and two houses that sleep up to 12 people.
Campers can enjoy sweet seclusion in Victoria’s far north east at Colac Colac (Clack Clack) CaravanPark, near Corryong. Located in a beautiful valley, ColacColacPark boasts tall trees, sprawling lawns and a great swimming hole for the kids.
Colac Colac – High Country
An hour’s drive from Mansfield, Sheepyard Flat in the old gold-mining Howqua Hills Historic Area, is one of several flats along the HowquaRiver, with open, grassy campsites arrayed on either side of the Howqua Track. A popular spot for picnics, horse riding, bushwalking, fishing and 4WD driving.
The Goldfields region is rich with things to do and see, especially within the towns of Ballarat and Bendigo. From beautifully preserved architecture, some of Victoria’s best galleries and museums to quality local produce at many top restaurants. Holiday parks just out of town provide the best of both worlds – enjoying natural surrounds and located only a short drive to the region’s many family friendly attractions.
The multi-award winning BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park is situated in Ballarat, within close proximity to the city’s major attractions. Caravan and camping sites, budget cabins, spa cottages and villas are available, along with a solar heated swimming pool, giant jumping pillow, giant checkers, indoor heated spa, tennis, go-karts and more.
BendigoParkLaneHolidayPark located within close proximity to Bendigo’s CBD, offers powered sites, cabins and luxury villas. Families will keep entertained with Bendigo’s largest indoor play centre, Parky’s Wonderland – a four level indoor play structure – as well as pedal karts, a sand volleyball court, plus much more.
Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
The scenic beauty of lush forest, bush settings and clear mountain streams make for the perfect backdrop for a camping holiday. Visitors can stay in a forest park or choose a holiday site with full facilities.
Big 4 Badger Creek Holiday Park is surrounded by 24 hectares of peace and tranquility, immersed by natural bush land in the YarraValley. The HolidayPark offers quality caravanning, camping or self-contained park accommodation. Hillside Cabins are nestled amongst the native trees and the Park cabins overlook the creek.
The WarburtonCaravanPark is located on the banks of the YarraRiver, in the UpperYarraValley, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. The Park includes a tennis court, laundry and shower facilities, children’s playground and electric bbq and shelter areas. There are many scenic campsites as well as cabins along the kilometre of river frontage which is ideal for canoeing or fishing.
Big 4, BadgerCreekHolidayPark – YarraValley
The beautiful Port Phillip Bay coastline of the MorningtonPeninsula, from Rosebud to Rye to Sorrento, boasts 13km of foreshore camping with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. There are excellent facilities with shower and toilet blocks, barbeques and kids’ play areas, as well as top dining destinations and many places to pick up gourmet foods in nearby coastal villages.
The Rosebud Foreshore Reserve stretches approximately 7km from Anthony’s nose in McCrae down to Chinaman’s Creek in Rosebud West. There are 665 camping sites available, both powered and non-powered, all with great access to the beach, amenities and various shops.
Camping at the Rye & Sorrento Foreshores is available from the last weekend of October to April. There are 315 camping sites available with both powered and non-powered sites for caravans and tents.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire manages camping along the natural foreshore reserves with all bookings to be made via the Foreshore Camping Team.
Daylesford and Macedon Ranges
Visitors to the region will be rewarded with lush parks, rugged river gorges and dramatic rock formations in state and regional parks. Days are filled with waking up to panoramic views, energising springwaters along with plenty of walking tracks to explore.
O’Briens Crossing camping area is located beside LerderdergRiver in LerderdergState Park and flanked by steep, wild slopes. It offers a true bush experience and walking is the best way to get to know the park – there are several tracks for a range of walks from short, easy strolls to strenuous overnight hikes for experienced bushwalkers.
O’Briens Crossing, LerderdergState Park
The sheltered extinct volcanic crater of MountFranklin in HepburnRegionalPark provides ideal surroundings for a picnic or short term camping. Panoramic views can be obtained from the summit and there is a scenic walking track along the rim of the crater.
PhillipIsland has all the elements for a memorable seaside holiday with plenty of family attractions, friendly wildlife and sheltered bays perfect for a spot of beach cricket.
BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park is nestled amongst the sand dunes of the NewhavenBeach in a natural landscape setting of trees and gardens, and is conveniently located within 500 metres of restaurants, cafes and shops. There is a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from shady camping sites to three bedroom deluxe villas as well as entertainment rooms, a children’s play area and sport facilities and washing vicinities.
CowesCaravanPark offers beach front sites, only one kilometre from Cowes township. The park offers a full range of accommodation with cabins and powered and unpowered camp sites. The park is well equipped with a camp kitchen, recreation hall with open fire, playground and full amenities.
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