TOP 5 CAMPING DESTINATIONS IN VICTORIA
Camping is one of the most popular pastimes in Australia and for good reason. Just in Victoria alone, there are a lot of spectacular camping destinations. You’re sure to find a suitable campsite whether you’re camping on a budget or going for a glamping experience. Most of all, these destinations allow you to temporarily unplug from society and get back in touch with nature. Read on to find out some of my favourite camping destinations in Victoria.
The Grampians National Park is a fantastic camping destination. You’ll be able to enjoy picturesque mountain ranges and indigenous rock formations as well as get acquainted with the rich wildlife in the area. Best of all, it’s just three hours west of Melbourne. You can go on a day trip or a quick weekend getaway.
Halls Gap Caravan Park is just one of the many campgrounds in the region. It has a lot of amenities, and it’s just right at the foot of the Grampians National Park. It has many famous trails, including one that will lead you to the stunning Mackenzie Falls. Kalymna is a much smaller campground, so you can enjoy some peace and quiet as you commune with nature. It doesn’t have a lot of amenities, but you can stay there for free.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most famous destinations in Victoria. Those who do the Great Ocean Walk can drive along the 243km coastline and see a lot of landmarks, including the world-famous Twelve Apostles limestone stacks.
Another famous location within the Great Ocean Road is Johanna Beach. Amenities may be basic, but you can enjoy a wide range of activities. You’re right beside the ocean so you can swim, surf and fish. At the same time, you’re also near the Great Otway National Park, where you can see the rainforest and waterfalls. Johanna Beach is also a dog-friendly campsite.
The Cathedral Ranges State Park is another spectacular camping destination. You’ll see stunning ridges that run 7km long and 1.5km wide. The Cathedral Ranges is home to natural Australian bushland, so a lot of people enjoy hiking, abseiling and rock climbing in the area. There are a lot of trails with different difficulty levels. If you’re up for a challenge, you can hike Sugarloaf Peak where you’ll be rewarded with a lovely panoramic view of the Cathedral Ranges.
Cooks Mill has 30 campsites and is perfect if you want an authentic camping experience. The campground has picnic tables, fireplaces and amenities. You can head to The Farmyard if you are looking for somewhere to camp for free.
Phillip Island is a popular destination for families because of its two main attractions: penguins and koalas. Phillip Island Caravan Park in Newhaven has a lot of activities for the family. There’s a basketball ring, volleyball net, playground, TV, game rooms and even Wi-Fi. It’s perfect to keep kids entertained for hours on end. Your camping experience will also be comfortable as there are a lot of modern amenities in the area.
Just three hours southeast of Melbourne, the Wilsons Promontory National Park is famous for its bushlands, rainforests, mountains, beaches and wildlife. You can rough it out but still have amenities close by. Hiking is a popular activity. There are trails that only take an hour or so while there are some that will take you multiple days to trek through.
Tidal River is the most popular destination in The Prom. It can host up to 500 campers, and there are a lot of amenities. However, since it tends to get busy, there’s a ballot system for prospective campers. You may also want to try the Little Waterloo Bay campground, but it’s only accessible by foot and will entail a 2.5-hour hike from Tidal River. You can visit Yanakie Caravan Park if you want to have a glamping experience.
These five camping destinations are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more to explore in Victoria. You can have a relaxing weekend at a picturesque location, bond with the whole family or test how far you can go in the great outdoors. If you’re new to camping, you can start small with basic activities and feature-rich campsites. As you gain more experience, you’ll eventually find yourself taking on some of the most challenging camping destinations in Victoria.
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