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7 Places To Camp In Victoria That Are Definitely Worth Checking Out!

by Courtney Thomson

Looking for the perfect place to getaway? A place to escape the noise of the busy city and live on vacation time? Well, you’re in luck! Victoria just so happens to have a whole range of stunning landscapes for you to enjoy. From idyllic stretches along the coast, glistering lakes and secluded ridges, you are sure to find something to match your own definition of an oasis.

 So, just your campervan ready and check out our list of 7 of the best places to camp in Victoria.

1.  Killarney Beach Camping Reserve, Shipwreck Coast

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 A short 10-minute drive from the quaint little town of Port Fairy, Kilarney Beach Camping Reserve lies along a strip of pristine white sand. This campground is the perfect place to sneak in a spot of fishing, with the opportunity to catch salmon in the winter and King George during the springtime. That’s not all! As the name suggests, campers can enjoy the spoils of this beachside location by enjoying a swim in the crystalline waters or take a detour to the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve where you may even stumble upon a 30,000-year-old dormant volcano. 

 Amenities:

  • 20 powered and unpowered sites
  • Hot showers
  • Flushable toilets
  • Gas BBQs
  • Playground

2. Johanna Beach Campground, Great Otway National Park

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Overlooking wind-whipped cliffs and rolling grass fields, Johanna Beach is an idyllic location along the coast. Around 50km south-east of the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, this campsite has plenty to offer. Here, campers can enjoy the surf or have a relaxing picnic by the beach. Also, this area is sat close to the Great Otway’s hiking trails, which cater to all the varying levels of walkers. Not only this, if you venture a mere 15km from your campsite you will discover the Melba Gully, a place where you can delight in the scenic wonders of the rainforest. 

 Amenities:

  • 25 unpowered sites
  • Non-flushable toilets

3. Plantation Campground, Grampians National Park 

Located approximately 260 km north-west of Melbourne, Plantation Campground is framed by striking sandstone mountain ranges. These peaks and gorges, which have stood for millions of years, are ideal for any keen hikers. There are several scenic walks that lie within this area, including the Hollow Mountain (Wudjub-Guyan) trail and Mount Sturgeon (Wuragarri) walk. This campground is regarded as a National Heritage-listed park and makes for a great starting point to kickstart your adventure into Halls Gap. 

 Amenities:

  • 30 unpowered sites
  • Bush showers
  • Non-flushable toilets
  • Fireplaces

4.  Cumberland River Holiday Park, Great Ocean Road

Approximately 7km from Lorne, the Cumberland River Holiday Park sits along the magnificent Great Ocean Road. This delightful camp stretches along the banks of the Cumberland River, with some spots giving you the chance to set up camp close to the river’s edge. At this holiday park, campers have the option to choose between a traditional camping ground or spoil yourself with a luxurious stay in one of their deluxe cabins. 

At Cumberland River, there are a range of activities for campers to enjoy. Here, you can embark on a scenic bushwalk, discover private beaches and fish for trout in the river. Not only this, if you’re looking for a vantage point to snap the perfect panorama, then you can also walk 5km from camp to the Castle Rock lookout or Langdale Pike lookout. 

 Amenities:

  • Well-stocked kiosk
  • LPG gas supplies
  • Ice
  • Firewood
  • Payphone
  • Fire drums

 5. Fraser Camping Area, Lake Eildon National Park

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Nestled into the northern foothills of the Central Highlands, Lake Eildon National Park offers campers the perfect break from the city. Located 150 km north-east of Melbourne, this spot is full of scenic charm. The landscape is filled with open woodlands and a lake that snakes itself through the area, meaning there is much for you to explore. Lake Eildon is known as a popular waterway for a whole range of aquatic activities. On this vast lake, there is plenty of room to boat, kayak, wakeboard and paddleboard. 

 The Fraser Camping Area is comprised of three individual campsites: Lakeside, Candlebark and Devil Core. Each campsite resides a different point along the banks of Lake Eildon, offering campers direct access to many hectares-worth of forest and wooded hills as well as of course the lake.

 Amenities:

  • Hot showers
  • Flushable toilets
  • Gas BBQs

6. Sealer’s Cove Hike-in Campsite, Wilson’s Promontory National Park

If after a bit of serenity and solitude, then Sealer’s Cove is the spot for you. As this location is a hike-in campsite, this means that it’s out of reach for those traveling in a campervan.  While the hike into camp is roughly 10km, it’s also considered one of the prettiest walks in Victoria. On this hike, you will witness picturesque views of the cove from Windy Saddle, before accessing the campsite by the southern inlet of the beach. 

Amenities:

  • Toilets

7. Lake Crosbie Campground, Murray-Sunset National Park

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Around six hours by car from Melbourne sits the Murray-Sunset National Park. Within the National Park, campers will stumble upon a spacious landscape filled with a range of flora and fauna. 

 At the park’s southern entrance, lie four lakes that snake through the landscape. These lakes are popularly referred to as the Pink Lakes as their colours can shift from white to bright pink. At the southern tip of the lakes sits the Lake Crosbie Campground. This campground is both spacious and filled with many facilities to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

 Amenities:

  • Toilets
  • Water tank with non-drinkable water for washing
  • Fireplaces
  • Picnic tables

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