Victoria is home to some of the best camping areas in Australia. From the dramatic cliffs along the scenic Great Ocean Road to the impressive mountains in the northeast, we’ve identified eight of Victoria’s best wilderness camping spots.
Admire stunning forest landscapes, adventure out on day hikes and swim in cascading waterfalls. There are several camping spots in a peaceful forest setting beside a tranquil river throughout the Grampians National Park, including the Jimmy Creek Campground, Strachans Campground and Borough Huts Campground, to name a few.
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s most pristine stretches of coastline, with opportunities to surf, hike, visit historical attractions. One of our favourite places to stay around the area is Cumberland River Reserve – an unspoiled, grassed camping area. Located next to a gentle river flowing out to sea and surrounded by cliffs, it’s nothing short of magical.
Croajingolong National Park
You’ll encounter white sandy beaches and lush rainforest throughout Croajingolong National Park in Victoria’s far-east. Go hiking, fishing and enjoy walks along the beach.There are several secluded campgrounds throughout the park, includinb Shipwreck Creek and Wingan Inlet. Both can be accessed via car but book in advance.
Gunbower Island, Gannawarra
Camp between the bush and the banks of the mighty Murray River at Gunbower Island, the world’s largest inland island. Here you can have all sorts of fun in the water such as fishing, swimming and waterskiing. Stay at the Gunbower Island Camping Ground, located on the island’s northern section, or the many other small campgrounds nearby.
Murray-Sunset National Park
Take in perfect sunset views at the Murray-Sunset National Park in northwest Victoria, one of the world’s last relatively untouched semi-arid regions. It’s home to The Pink Lakes, which change from white to a deep pink throughout the year. The area’s main campground is at Lake Crosbie, where there are toilets, fireplaces and gas barbecues. The free campsite at Lake Becking is another great place to set up camp for a few nights.
Lerderderg State Park
A real Aussie bush experience in the Great Dividing Range, with many walking tracks and opportunities to spot native animals or take a cool swim in the stunning Lerderderg River. Vehicle based camping is available at Amblers Crossing but is only accessible in dry weather.
Snowy River National Park
Here you’ll find rugged gorges, tranquil rock pools and magnificent forests like no other. One of the best places to stay in this wonderland is the Raymond Creek Falls Camping Ground. It’s accessible all year round and only a short walk from the spectacular falls which plunge 20 metres into a deep, clear pool. Other top camping spots include Balley Hooley and the junction of the Snowy and Buchan Rivers.
Baw Baw National Park
Beautiful at any time of year, Baw Baw National Park is ideal for the passionate bushwalker. Exquisite river scenery with plenty of opportunities for kayaking. Camping sites include the tranquil, grassy Aberfeldy Bridge Camping Area and the Baw Baw Plateau Camping Area (free).