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7 Free Camps In Victoria You Should Check Out

by Courtney Thomson

When it comes to beautiful camping spots, Victoria is definitely spoiled for choice. Whether you’re looking for adventure or a relaxing getaway, Victoria is sure to have the perfect camping ground for you. 

 That’s not all! Throughout Victoria, there are a number of free campsites. Spacious forest land or a quaint spot by the riverside, there is plenty of sites on offer. And, don’t you know that some of the best things in  life are free?! Here is a list of 7 free campsites in Victoria.

1. Lerderderg State Park, Newbury

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Lerderderg State Park offers campers the authentic bush camping experience. Sat within the Great Dividing Range, this free camping site is host to a large variety of plants and native wildlife. This particular spot is great for those who are itching for adventure, as the camp is surrounded by a number of walking trails, varying in their levels of difficulty. 

 Less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne, visitors can embrace the peace and serenity of this idyllic bush setting.

Amenities:

  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fireplaces

2. Gunbower National Park, Murray River

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Resting along the banks of the Murray River, Gunbower National Park offers campers the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. About a three hour drive north of Melbourne, this spot is actually an island, framed by forest and wetlands.  This camping site is renowned for its wildlife, particularly birds, who make their presence known after heavy rainfall. If you enjoy a bit of a challenge, then you can choose to tackle the 14 km walking track that starts at Koondrook. Alternatively, if canoeing appeals to you, you can follow the 5 km Koondrook Canoe Trail and witness the majestic Red Gum forests along the river. 

Amenities:

  • Water
  • Pets allowed(Conditions apply)
  • Wood barbeques 


3. Sheepyard Flat Camping Area, Howqua Hills

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Sheepyard Flat is a spacious grassed area that rests in the shade of the Howqua River. With plenty of room to stretch your legs, visitors can fish, swim or just bask in the scenery. If you’re a keen walker, you can enjoy the Howqua Hills Historic Walk, which follows the Howqua River from Sheepyard Flat to Fry’s Flat.

 Amenities:

  • Drop Toilets
  • Fishing
  • Picnic tables
  • Fireplaces
  • Suitable for caravans and camper trailers

 

 4. Aysons Reserve Camping Area, Burnewang

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Located on the Campaspe River, the Aysons Reserve is spread out across large grassy areas. This is a great place to roam and explore, with the opportunity to take full advantage of the river. Here, visitors can kayak, fish, swim or just laze by the water. 

Amenities:

  • Toilets
  • Mobile reception
  • Space to maneuver large rigs

5. Blue Pool Campground, Briagolong State Forest

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Set against the stunning backdrop of the Briagolong State Forest, Blue Pool campground is a great spot to set up camp. The camp itself is a short walk away from the Blue Pool deep swimming hole, where visitors can enjoy a fresh paddle. This free camping site is also lined with a number of short and long hiking trails, so there is plenty to see. 

 Amenities:

  • Toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ
  • Fire pits

6. Ada River Camping Area, Errinundra National Park

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Ada River sits on the southern boundary of the majestic Errinundra National Park. This spot is the perfect starting point to explore everything the vast temperate rainforest of the park has to offer. With much to see, visitors can take in the view from the Ocean View Lookout and explore the ancient groves at Errinundria Saddle.  

Amenities:

  • Pet-friendly
  • Longdrop toilets
  • Non-potable water available
  • Wood BBQs available

7. Aire Crossing Campground, Great Otway National Park

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Aire Crossing offers five numbered sites in a remote forest setting. With all sites suitable for caravans or tents, this campground is just north of the magnificent Triplet Falls. 

 Located within the Great Otway National Park, Aire Crossing offers a wide range of scenic wonders to check out. These natural features include sandy beaches, rock platforms as well as vast forests and stunning waterfalls. 

 Amenities:

  • Toilets

 

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