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19 Free Camps You Need To Know About In Victoria

by Meri Gasem

When Victoria comes to mind, the first thing that crosses your mind is the Great Ocean Road and surfers. But this small state has so much hidden treasure, from pristine coastal lines, untouched rainforest, to small charming towns. Picking where to stay can be troublesome – you’ll want to visit everything and stay everywhere! And accommodation does get pricy. Let’s help you choose the best free camps in Victoria.

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Cann River Caravan Park

Located on the banks of Cann River, this free camp offers a plethora of amenities, drive-through sites, secluded and spacious campsites. The sounds of the resident colony of Bellbirds will help you relax, and if you’re up for a stroll, you can take a walk in the rainforest behind the camp.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets and Showers.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; Drinking Water; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; Swimming; Dump Spot; TV Reception.
Time Limit: 36 Hours.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Pearl Point Camp Area

Lovely bushcamp surrounded by dunes, sedimentary rock formations, wildly rich seabirds and sea life. Pearl Point offers four campsites accessible via an unsealed 4WD road or the trail from East Cape. The area is a popular surf fishing spot.

Showers/Toilets: None.
Access: 4WD Only.
Phone Service: No.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Non-drinking Water; Open Fire Pits; 4WD Tracks; Swimming; Fishing.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Pettmans Beach

A great beachside campground with around 8 campsites and very close to the ocean. Frogs, birds, fish, wallabies, you’ll find them all here. The perfect spot for avid fishers!

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD.
Phone Service: Telstra.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dogs Allowed On A Leash; Non-drinking Water; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; 4WD Tracks; Walking Tracks; Swimming; Fishing; TV Reception.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Woods Point Camping And Picnic Area

Stay along the edges of Snowy River at this quiet secluded camping area. Accessible only via 4WD due to the steep road in and the occasional wet road due to river overflow. One of the best free camps on the East Coast.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 4WD; Off-road Caravans.
Phone Service: No.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; 4WD Tracks; Wildlife; Swimming; Fishing;
Time Limit: 7 Days.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Goongerah Camping Ground

This small, grassy and charming campground survived the bushfires and is already green again. It’s suitable for a short stay. Not a popular place, so great to visit even on school holidays and weekends.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans.
Phone Service: No.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Non-drinking Water; BBQs; Picnic Tables; Open Fire Pits; Walking and Cycling Tracks; Wildlife; Swimming.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Shoreline Drive Campground

Shoreline Drive provides 19 campsites located on the Gippsland Lake Park adjoining a lake system separated by the Tasman sea via the sand dunes on Ninety Beach. You can enjoy your own private access to the beach.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; Swimming; Fishing; TV Reception; Pull-Through Bays.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Port Albert Boat Ramp

Wellington Council welcomes you to camp by the waters at Port Albert and taste the fantastic fish and chips nearby! Suitable for self-contained campers and early risers as the boat ramp gets busy in the morning. Nice flat walking track beside the water to stretch your legs.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; TV Reception; BBQs; Playground; Car Wash; Boat Ramp Nearby; Dump Spot; Swimming; Fishing.
Time Limit: 48 Hours.

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Mortimer Picnic Ground

This tent-only daytime and camping area is the perfect introduction to Bunyip State Park.This camp provides parking for your vehicle, and you can stay in a tent or swag, enjoying the lush greenery and Lyrebirds.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD.
Phone Service: None.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; Walking and Cycling Tracks; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Starlings Gap – Walk In Camp

Located in Yarra State Forest, a walk-in grassy campground that gets popular on weekends and in peak season, so come early to secure a spot. It’s reachable by a vehicle, but you have to walk 5 to 30 metres since the camping area is separated from the parking with bollards. Great walking tracks around.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 4WD Only.
Phone Service: Telstra.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; Walking Tracks; 4WD Tracks.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Anderson Mill

Quiet campground with few levelled sites and great location to nearby attractions. Only 15 minutes out of Marysville, plenty of shaded and sunny spots. Lots of firewood and fire pits for cozy nights, not many visitors, so you might get it all to yourselves!

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Non-drinking Water; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; 4WD Tracks; Walking Tracks.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Aire Crossing

A nice bushcamp in the Great Otway National Park near a creek crossing. Experience a magical stay in the rainforest among the enormous trees and ferns. It’s a tiny campground with up to 10 spots, and it gets packed fast.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 4WD.
Phone Service: None.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Non-drinking Water; Swimming; Fishing; Walking Tracks; 4WD Tracks; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Panmure Campground

A well-maintained camp near Panmure, a walking distance to a great pub and shops. Perfect stay if you plan on visiting Hopkin Falls. Try to spot a platypus in the nearby waterhole!

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; Playground; Swimming; BBQs; Picnic Tables; Pub.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Henty Park

A 48-hour camping area for self-contained campers in Portland near all the must-see attractions. Try the Cable Tram ride and visit the museums. The council and volunteers do a great job of keeping the campground pristine and the visitors informed.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No, but must check-in via text message on 0437 898 138.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Drinking Water; TV Reception; WiFi; Dump Spot;
Time Limit: 48 Hours.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lake Burrumbeet South

Awesome campground near Ballarat with easy access and unforgettable sunsets. Serene spot, with so much space it doesn’t get crowded. Lots of wildlife around, shades and a huge lake with watersports opportunities.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Non-drinking Water; Swimming; Fishing; Walking and Cycling Tracks; Boat Ramp Nearby; TV Reception; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Walkers Lake

Scenic campground on the shore of Walkers Lake, a natural oasis in the Avon Plains. Watch your pup as there is blue-green algae in the lake, and it is not suitable for swimming. Magnificent red gums surround the lake and provide majestic views.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Telstra.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Open Fire Pits; Walking Tracks; Fishing; Boat Ramp Nearby; TV Reception; Pull-through Bays; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Meredith Park Campground

Situated on over 6 hectares of the shoreline of Lake Colac, this campground is home to the endangered Corangamite Water Skink. Beautiful spot with great amenities but can get windy at times. You can try fishing right off the shore and get a decent catch!

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Open Fire Pits; Picnic Tables; Swimming; Fishing; Boat Ramp Nearby; TV Reception; Wildlife.
Time Limit: 48 Hours.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Barwon River Reserve

A council-run campground on the Barwon River welcoming self-contained campers only. Good stopover when moving to or from Melbourne, a walking distance to shops and all you need. The area is prone to flooding, so check before going.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Wheelchair Accessible; Generators Allowed; Playground; Walking and Cycling Tracks; Pull-through Bays; Wildlife.
Time Limit: 48 Hours.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lake Crosbie Campground

Located in Murray Sunset National Park and under the Mallee Total Fire Ban District, so fires are prohibited on Total Fire Ban days. An extraordinary spacious camping spot on the pink salt lake and exciting nature and history to explore around. The sunsets are some of the best you’ll see on your Big Lap.

Showers/Toilets: Toilets.
Access: 2WD; Caravans.
Phone Service: None.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Non-drinking Water; Open Fire Pits; BBQs; Picnic Tables; Walking Tracks; Wildlife.
Time Limit: None.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Culgoa Kaneira Hotel

Quiet campsites in the rear of the hotel with complimentary 24/7 toilets and showers. Make sure to support the wonderful hosts with a drink or meal at the pub. The resident goats and chooks are a nice touch and lots of fun for the kids!

Showers/Toilets: Toilets and Showers.
Access: 2WD; Caravans; Big Rigs.
Phone Service: Yes.
Booking Required: No.
Other Amenities: Dog-friendly; Walking Tracks; TV Reception; WiFi; Gas Available; On-site Accommodation; Pub.
Time Limit: 7 days, but flexible.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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