Craving a night under the stars? Bust out the bug spray, because these camping spots in Victoria will have you counting down the days to your next outdoor adventure.

Whether you’d rather pitch your tent by the beach or in the forest, this list of where to camp in Vic has something for every type of camper.

 

 

Kalymna Falls Campground – Grampians National Park

Kalymna Falls Campground – Grampians National Park

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Grampians National Park is a nature lover’s dream. Rich in magnificent wildlife and endless plant species, the park offers a large number of campgrounds to choose from. Kalymna is one of the smaller campgrounds, providing peace and quiet among the lush greenery of the forest. Plus, it puts you in prime position for the beautiful walk to Kalymna Falls, and gives you avid hikers access to the Major Mitchell Plateau. If you’re looking to get back to nature, Grampians National Park offers the picturesque natural beauty you’re yearning for.

Facilities

  • Non-flush toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • Fireplace

You Should Know

  • Suitable for tent camping only
  • No drinking water supplied, so pack plenty of your own
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • No booking or payment required – first in, first served

 

Johanna Beach – Great Ocean Road

Johanna Beach – Great Ocean Road

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Always wanted to tick the Great Ocean Road off your list? What better way to experience this Australian icon than by pitching your tent for the weekend? Johanna Beach is a special spot where rolling hills meet the sea, so you get the best of both worlds. The facilities are quite basic, so if you’re into glamping, this may not be the place for you. Spend your days swimming, surfing and fishing, or lace up your hiking boots for the Great Ocean Walk, a 100km trek from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell. And if you can’t bear to leave your four-legged family member at home, you’re in luck – Johanna Beach Campground allows dogs on leads.

Facilities

  • Non-flush toilets

You Should Know

  • You have to supply your own drinking water
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Dogs are permitted on leads
  • Fires are prohibited
  • Bookings essential

 

Cooks Mill Campground – Cathedral Range State Park

Cooks Mill Campground – Cathedral Range State Park

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Hidden among towering gumtrees and within walking distance to the bubbling waters of the Little River, it’s no wonder the shady campground of Cooks Mill is a go-to for locals. Located in the stunning Cathedral Ranges, Cooks Mill offers 30 campsites, suitable for tents, camper trailers, and campervans. Popular activities include picnicking, bushwalking, and good old fashioned sing-alongs (OK, this hasn’t been proven, but who doesn’t love a campsite singalong?).

Facilities

  • Non-flush toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • Picnic shelter
  • Fireplaces

You Should Know

  • You have to supply your own drinking water
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Firewood collection is prohibited in the park
  • Fireplaces don’t include a cooking plate, so bring your own
  • Bookings essential

 

Lake Catani Campground – Mount Buffalo National Park

Lake Catani Campground – Mount Buffalo National Park

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Situated in Mount Buffalo National Park, Lake Catani Campground may be a bit out of the way (roughly 4 hours north of Melbourne), but the road trip is worth it. Home to waterfalls, alpine landscapes and dense Snow Gum woodlands, Lake Catani Campground is brimming with natural beauty. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, bushwalking and picnicking, or indulge your inner photographer and fill your Instagram with endless postcard-worthy pics. For a truly magical view, take a drive to The Horn, offering sweeping 360-degree views of the Australian Alps. Pack some lunch to enjoy at the tables in the picnic area before stretching up for the walk to the summit.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Hot showers (score!)
  • Basic dishwashing and laundry amenities
  • Shared stone shelter with tables and fireplaces

You Should Know

  • You have to supply your own drinking water
  • Firewood collection is prohibited in the park
  • Bookings are essential, and this popular spot doesn’t take long to book out

 

Phillip Island Caravan Park – Phillip Island

Phillip Island Caravan Park – Phillip Island

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If you’re dying to meet the famous little penguins of Phillip Island, Phillip Island Caravan Park is the perfect place to pitch your tent (or park your caravan or campervan). Sitting between Newhaven Beach and the wetlands, this conveniently located campsite is perfect for families. It has great facilities along with a jumping pillow, volleyball net, basketball ring, games room, and buggy hire. If you tend to get restless on quiet camping trips, Phillip Island Caravan Park is sure to keep you entertained (and keep the kids out of your hair while you down that wine – amirite?).

Facilities

  • Modern camp kitchen
  • Kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Hot showers
  • Laundry with washing machines and dryers
  • Games room
  • TV and video room
  • Children’s playground
  • Free Wi-Fi (conditions apply)

You Should Know

  • Bookings are essential

 

Barmah Lakes Campground – Barmah National Park

Barmah Lakes Campground

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Head way up north to the Murray River and you’ll find Barmah Lakes Campground, a quiet camping spot surrounded by towering River Red Gum trees. This is an ideal campground if you’re into water sports, with swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating and paddle boarding being popular ways to spend the days.

Facilities

  • Non-flush toilets
  • Wood barbecues
  • Picnic tables

You Should Know

  • You have to supply your own drinking water
  • Fires are prohibited
  • Pets are prohibited
  • No booking or payment required – first in, first served
  • Keep an eye out for flood warnings as conditions can change quickly

Time to take down the tent and put your kayak, rods and other camping gear away until next year? Keep them safe in a self-storage unit.

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